Official Book trailer for my friend A.G. Howard’s next YA Novel.


Nearer and nearer…


Well, Wednesday we have our home study interview. The case worker said it should take about 3 hours. We don’t think there’s three hours worth to us to interview, and  even she said our case appeared to be easy enough, since we had all our paperwork in order and didn’t have any ex-anybodies to investigate, or children of our own to interview and investigate. I’m not too nervous about this step. Mr. Man seems more concerned about this one. And I can see why. I mean, the big question is, will we be rejected after they interview us? Will we be found wanting, unqualified, not up to snuff?

Oddly,  I am calmer. I was mor100_2927e concerned about the city coming to give us a health inspection. As prehistoric  as it sounds, in this house, as in many, the housekeeping is mainly under my jurisdiction,  and who in their right mind wouldn’t  be jumpy at the prospect  of being put under the microscope?  But, as I said, the inspectors who came were very nice, professional, and put me at ease almost immediately. Oh, and don’t get me wrong, when the occasion calls for it, Mr. Man DOES step up to the plate. It’s just mainly my area.  Joy.

As you can see, we have pretty much prepared as much as we can without knowing who we’re going


to get. We have the room set aside, and two little beds all ready. The rest we can get as we go.


Unless the caseworker tells us differently.

Our oldest niece, AM,

on Mr. Man’s side, works for CPS, and says the people who are contracted to do the interviews are really nice, too. And the lady was cordial on the telephone. So, we’ll see.

Dodger and Hermione seem to know something’s up. They had to get in on the action as Mr. Man put together the beds.


Did I mention we had a blizzard Friday?

We sure as heck did. Or close enough that’s what I’m going to call it. They’ve been quibbling about the technicality of it, but it was what it was. We had a snow day at home, and it was glorious! I dreaded getting out the next morning and digging out my car, and was sure I’d be late to work, because let’s face it, I’m late on a good day, forget about getting up EXTRA early.  I also knew the snowblower Mom bought for the family  to share was deep in the bowels of our garage, where it’s sat, unneeded for a couple of years. Behind all the furniture and crap we’ve stored in there for that move we thought we’d have made by now.

100_2938My concerns were, as usual, unwarranted, even though I had to shove my door open and plunge into a drift that came up over my knees.  Wading through that, I swept a foot and a half off of my car, only to find a crust of ice beneath. You see, the blizzard sent a calling card ahead of time, in the form of freezing rain and sleet. Again, I was lucky. The ice practically fell off at the mere wave of the ice scraper I’d inherited from Daddy. I ended up having time to stop and get my morning Diet Coke with time to spare, since the streets, though slick, weren’t the worst I’d ever navigated.

By the afternoon, nearly ALL of the drifts and snowfall had disappeared, soaked in by the thirsty, drought-ridden earth where our hometown rests.  If I’d had more initiative, I would have gotten out of my pj’s  and  taken video of some very befuddled weenie dogs, or at least more pictures.

But no. I had a Lisa Kleypas’s BLUE-EYED DEVIL to finish. That woman can tell a story like nobody’s business. I’ve met her a couple of times, and she is not only talented, but gorgeous and sweet, too. *sigh*

Critique groups have been off due to Spring Break, but I look forward to them starting up again. Once I get our taxes done, I’ll be able to settle down to the WIP again. I know, that REEKS of excuse-ology, especially with the time I spend online, and here on the blog. But I can’t really count the blog, because this is kind of my unloading spot, where I send a good amount of my brain clutter into space, where  few actually care. (By no means do I download  it all. I don’t want to scare anybody.  🙂 But enough to help me sleep.) Besides, it’s not like I’m being real creative on here.

Most of the time.

I spoke to the crew in  OKC tonight. Everyone seems to be doing well, and Toddler was even a bit talkative tonight. I miss them so much sometimes, my heart aches. But we’ll see them soon.  And now that SisM has her blog, CHARMED LIFE, we can keep up with one another even more. Brother also mentioned an interest in setting one up. How fun!

I didn’t think I had much to say tonight, but I managed to fill up a page. I suppose I should sign off now, so I’ll have some reading time before I turn out the lights. Right now, I’m reading MONTANA CREEDS: DYLAN, the second in the new trilogy by Linda Lael Miller, another of my auto-buys. I’ll just have to remind myself to find a stopping place before I end up finishing it and cussing myself out when my alarm goes of after only 3 or 4 hours of sleep.

Wish me luck!


hpdhcover1.jpgWell, Publisher’s Lunch had a bit in it today about the leak of the newest installment of Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows. According to this article, there have been numerous leaks reported, but all them have turned out to be fakes, or Fan Fiction. It seems that this time, some spoiled sport has really done it, and posted a full copy of J.K. Rowling’s conclusion to Harry’s story on the Internet. A hard to read copy, featuring photographs of the books pages, but enough to provide massive spoilers. There are various theories on how this could have happened, and whether this is a legitimate copy of the book or not.

Scholastic released this (Thanks to MuggleNet.com):

Scholastic has recently learned that some individuals have received copies of Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows through the mail , beginning on Tuesday, July 17th, as a result of a breach of the on-sale agreement by the distributor, Levy Home Entertainment, and shipments made by DeepDiscount.com, a customer of that distributor. We are taking immediate legal action against DeepDiscount.com and Levy Home Entertainment. The number of copies shipped is around one one-hundredth of one percent of the total U.S. copies to go on sale at 12:01 am on July 21st.

We are also making a direct appeal to the Harry Potter fans who bought their books from DeepDiscount.com and may receive copies early requesting that they keep the packages hidden until midnight on July 21st.

Scholastic is especially grateful to the other retailers and distributors for their careful attention to keeping the books secure until the release time and for planning thousands of spectacular midnight parties where fans will celebrate together. And we ask everyone, especially the media, to preserve the fun and excitement for fans everywhere.

The fans themselves have made it abundantly clear that they are looking forward to going to the midnight parties, receiving their very own copy of the book and finally getting to read the book they have so anxiously awaited.

The TorrentFreak blogger makes this remark:

Die-hard fans of the series will undoubtedly rush to grab a copy of the torrent for themselves.

Maybe some will. But not this fan.

When I first discovered the Harry Potter magic, I did so as a skeptic. And, I admit, as a jealous unpublished writer who thought, “Yeah, yeah. Another down on their luck writer ‘all of a sudden’ makes it big. Whoo hoo. Hype-hype-hype.” Bad form, I readily admit. (Maybe I shouldn’t be so forthcoming, it isn’t attractive! 🙂 )

So one day, I settled myself into a cushy Barnes and Noble chair and opened Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone. BAM! Page one got me, and by the time it was time for me to rouse myself and go back to work, I had to buy the book so I could take it with me and finish it! J.K. Rowling had cast a spell over me with Harry Potter and his adventures. As far as I’m concerned, she’s earned every bit off acclaim she’s received.

Fan that I am, I WILL NOT be rushing to the websites that have the leaked pages. First of all, I respect the author and her wishes. She’s released this statement:

We are almost there! As launch night looms, let’s all, please, ignore the misinformation popping up on the web and in the press on the plot of Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows. I’d like to ask everyone who calls themselves a Potter fan to help preserve the secrecy of the plot for all those who are looking forward to reading the book at the same time on publication day. In a very short time you will know EVERYTHING!

Another reason– I don’t WANT the surprise ruined. I’ve never understood why some people take so much pleasure in spoiling surprises. At Christmas, I do everything I can not to find out what gifts may be coming my way. (I’ve always suspected Brother was a peeker. Don’t tell him I said so. But I think he was.) I don’t want the ending to movies sprung on me before I see the show. I don’t want to have a ‘fortune teller’ lay the rest of my life out before me.

The suspense, the anticipation, all those excited feelings are all part of it for me. I want to open up Deathly Hallows and read for myself how the journey turns out. I don’t want it spoiled for me.

What do the people who post these Harry Potter spoilers want to get out of this? What’s in it for them? Yay, you’re first, you know the ending before anyone else, and get to spoil it for millions of others. And this makes you. . . what? Popular? Big Man on the Internet? What?

No one can force people to read the spoilers. But what’s to stop other mean-spirited spoilers from blabbing it out before someone can cover their ears?

All I can do is my part, I guess. I’m waiting eagerly until the 21st, so we can read it for ourselves.

Short Stories Posted

If you’ll look in the sidebar, you’ll find I’ve added a couple of my short stories.  🙂

I’m IT?

I’ve been tagged by Keely, of Keely’s Faery Good Advice!  I’ve never been tagged, that I remember! But I guess this is how it goes….

Directions – POST RULES…

1. Each player starts with eight random facts/habits about themselves.

2. People who are tagged need to write their own blog about their eight things and post these rules.

3. At the end of your blog, you need to choose eight people to get tagged and list their names.

4. Don’t forget to leave them a comment telling them they’re tagged, and to read your blog.

Eight Random Things About Me 

  1. Sometimes people think I’m mean or surly, until they get to know me.
  2. I’m a soap opera fan.  I have watched all of the CBS soaps as long as I’ve been watching TV. Read the rest of this entry »

Google launches Authors@Google site

“Just this year, we’ve hosted a great variety of authors, including Martin Amis, Strobe Talbott, Bob & Lee Woodruff, Jonathan Lethem, Don Tapscott, Senator Hillary Clinton, and Carly Fiorina. The subjects of their talks range from literary fiction to science fiction, sociology to technology, politics to business.” Goto: google.com/talks/authors

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Interview with Bleak House Books Editor