Thursday, October 30, 2008

50 Ks in 30 Days


The rules are simple just write, edit and submit your novel in twelve months. Challenge starts 1st November 2008 and runs through to 31st October 2009.

Tuesday, October 28, 2008

4 THINGS YOU PROBABLY NEVER KNEW YOUR MOBILE PHONE COULD DO

I'm not sure if these are an urban myth or not...but hey, it can't hurt to try them in an emergency...

1: Emergency
The Emergency Number worldwide for Mobile is 112. If you find yourself out of the coverage area of your mobile network and there is an emergency, dial 112 and the mobile will search any existing network to establish the emergency number for you, and interestingly this number 112 can be dialed even if the keypad is locked.

2: Locked your keys in the car?
Does your car have remote keyless entry? If you lock your keys in the car and the spare keys are at home, call someone at home on their mobile phone from your cell phone.
Hold your mobile phone about a foot from your car door and have the person at your home press the unlock button, holding it near the mobile phone on their end. Your car will unlock. Saves someone from having to drive your keys to you. Distance is no object. You could be hundreds of miles away, and if you can reach someone who has the other "remote" for your car, you can unlock the doors (or the trunk).

3: Hidden Battery Power
Imagine your mobile battery is very low. (Oh, this makes me laugh...no imagination necesary)
To activate, press the keys *3370#. Your mobile will restart with this reserve and the instrument will show a 50% increase in battery. This reserve will get chargedwhen you charge your mobile next time.

4: Disable a STOLEN mobile phone
To check your Mobile phone's serial number, key in the following digits on your phone: *#06#.
A 15-digit-code will appear on the screen. This number is unique to your handset. Write it down and keep it somewhere safe. When your phone gets stolen, you can phone your service provider and give them this code. They will then be able to block your handset so even if the thief changes the SIM card, your phone will be totally useless. You probably won't get your phone back, but at least you know that whoever stole it can't use/sell it either. If everybody does this, there would be no point in people stealing mobile phones.

Thursday, October 23, 2008

Need some incentive to NaNoWriMo?

If you're looking for an idea...this opportunity should help ::

"Men In Uniform" Romance Novel Contest
with NAL Publishing editor, Becky Vinter

::::Contest Rules:::
Entry Deadline: entries will be accepted January 3, 2009 -- February 28, 2009
Entry Length: 1000 word excerpt (computer count).
Entries over 1000 words will be disqualified.

This is a novel length (80k - 100k) contest. Entry length of the excerpt is 1000 words (computer count). Excerpt can be any part of the story as long as it follows the above theme. Excerpt must be from a new, not yet published, manuscript.
Heat Level: Steamy!

::::Contest Prizes::::
Top 10 entries will be read by NAL editor, Becky Vinter Entry with the most reader votes will be named "Reader's Choice"
Becky Vinter will pick one entry to be named "Editor's Choice"

For more information see http://www.manicreaders.com/index.cfm?disp=authorContest

Wednesday, October 22, 2008

Wanna Win?


WriteMinded is having an ebook day...and guess who is one of the giveaways?


Par for the Course is in Ebook Giveaway #8...all you need to do is tell them what flavor of ice cream you prefer

Saturday, October 18, 2008

In Review...


I found one for Her Cinderella Complex today..


Her Cinderella Complex is a sweet romance about a woman who is dreaming of happily ever after with a man who views their relationship as yet another business transaction. I enjoyed watching the development of their relationship. -- Gotta Write Network

Wednesday, October 15, 2008

At The Pink Heat Society

Jenna is away and can't take your call right now...leave a message over at The Pink Heart Society where she is waxing on about NaNoWriMo...

Monday, October 13, 2008

What Have You Heard...

Viagra is stalking me. I get about six emails a day from someone pimping Viagra. Now, I don't know what kind of evil internet rumors are about, but I am not their target market. I completely lack a penis, so having one with disfunctional erectile issues is completly out of the realm of possibility. Still, I deal with Viagra everyday. So I say...use Cialis.

And yes, I shoudl be writing.

Thursday, October 09, 2008

Thurday 13 : 34th edition (I counted)

WHO DO YOU THINK YOU ARE?



So, I'm reading Wishcraft and it has an exercise where you write down who you are. Quickly, without thinking...so here goes... (you try it too)

  1. Mother
  2. Wife
  3. Daughter
  4. Author
  5. Friend
  6. Sister
  7. Collector
  8. Reader
  9. Thinker
  10. Mini-van driver (hey, they aren't sexy but they are practical as all heck)
  11. Artist
  12. Shopper
  13. Woman

OK...so then Wishcraft has you take a hard look at that list. How many are what you do, not who you are? Unless you LOVE what you do, it's not who you are. Thank goodness I did this now, not when I was a bitch (manager) or pimp (staffing manager).

Some of it is semantics. Author would change to writer. I love writing, the publicity buy-my-book dance is exhausting. The mini-van thing is silly as it has and will change through the years. I think the collector is related to the shopper. I like things. Touching them, having them, lining them up just so. It makes me happy. No clue why.

The book reccomends letting go of all the lables, which is good I guess. But some of them bring me joy. I'm proud to be someone's wife (14 years in, no less), thrilled to be someone's mother (3 times over) and every woman should have woman on that list (IMHO).

So...what's on your list?

Tuesday, October 07, 2008

What a Hassle...

...the window of our van was smashed so some nugget could steal the Garmin (a navigation thingamajig Hubba Bubba just got for his birthday). I hate being ripped off, don't get me wrong, but worse is the feeling that someone so nefarious was that close to my home. And since I'm a mini-van mom, I practically live in my van.

Luckily a neighbor spotted the aftermath so we weren't shocked. The boys are still shaken up, their play filled with robbers and theivery.

Plus it made a HUGE mess, and the insurance company is being wonky... so I'll be squeezing my kiddos into a rental until they learn their cheese from their whizz...and really...I just want my van back in one piece.

Needless to say, I didn't get any writing done because I was a bit busy with trying to explain cheese whizz to the insurance genuises. Or is it geniusi? They probably need to review that...

Saturday, October 04, 2008

Sleeping In

The baby hasn't been sleeping...so I haven't been sleeping. Or writing. Or doing much else for that matter. I'm wrecked when both sleep and caffiene deprived. But today Hubba Bubba kept the boys quiet so I could sleep while the baby did, a whole three hours! That is huge when you haven't seen three hours in a row in weeks!

ONE LAST FLING

7203 / 50000 words. 14% done!

Friday, October 03, 2008

Wednesday, October 01, 2008

Sensational Sex

David & Sophie's story sold to Samhain! Will the title be Sensational Sex, Working it Out, or Breaking His Rules? Heiditor is deciding...


ONE LAST FLING

5784 / 50000 words. 12% done!