Tuesday, February 14, 2006

Squirl's February blog-class and Story Sensei changes

Captain's Log, Stardate 02.14.2006

Book giveaway:
My Thursday book giveaway (A HERO FOR DRY CREEK) is here.
Randy Ingermanson's guest blog and the Fiction 101 CD giveaway is here.
You can still enter both of them. Just post a comment on those blog posts.
On Thursday, I'll draw the winner for HERO FOR DRY CREEK and post the title for another book I'm giving away. Stay tuned.

I will have a special guest blogger on Thursday. Ooooh, who is it? who is it? If you subscribe to my YahooGroup newsletter Camys_Loft, you already know.


Squirl's Blog-class on contests: My friend Cheryl Wyatt is doing a terrific blog-class during the month of February on writing contests. Since she has entered and finaled in a bazillion contests--including the 2005 Noble Theme with me--this is very apropos. Her blog is here.

Story Sensei changes: I decided to stop offering partial manuscript critiques. It just takes too long for me, especially when speed-readers like Robin take half the time and can offer it to people as well. I'll do occasional jobs, depending on initial assessment, but it's no longer offered regularly on my website.

However, I'll still be doing high-level structural critiques on synopses.

Oh, and Hmmph Valentine's Day, too.

Okay, okay, just kidding. I'm really not that unromantic.

Happy Valentine's Day: My husband and I usually celebrate on a different day, for multiple reasons:

1) For many years while my husband and I were dating, the church would have a ski trip in Tahoe over Presidents' Day Weekend. The trip offered a Youth Cabin, which allowed weary parents to thrust their offspring into a separate rented cabin so they could enjoy a much-needed respite, playing cutthroat games of Scrabble with the grown-ups in the Adult Cabins.

The church Youth Group Staff workers were stuck bunking with the miscreants--sleeping bags and all, people. Hence, in years past, my husband and I spent Presidents' Day Weekend chaperoning a cabin of loud teens who stayed up all hours playing card games (BS was a particular favorite, probably because staff leader David was so darn good at it).

Often, Valentine's Day fell on that weekend somewhere, so my husband and I ended up celebrating the weekend after, usually.

This year we are FREE--er, very sad that the church is not hosting a large ski trip. It doesn't matter, though, because Valentine's Day is not during President's Day Weekend, for once. Which leads me to the other reasons...

2) Restaurants in this area are usually booked solid by the weekend before.

3) Restaurants in this area jack up their prices to screech-levels.

4) Restaurants in this area tend to be very crowded on Valentine's Day.

5) Our favorite restaurant, the Charthouse in Saratoga, is now closed. :(

6) This year, my husband is playing IVL volleyball and is playing tonight, the bugger.

Bible in 90 Days: Day 37. Still in the Psalms and loving it a lot. The words resonate with me as I read. God is faithful and unfailing. Even when we are in pain and turmoil, He wants us to look to Him, cry out to Him, wait on Him. Our trust in Him should be complete, like David's, like Job's.

Writing: I got NOTHING done yesterday because of Genesis stuff. I'm hoping I'll have time today to get some work done, but I also realize that this week will be pretty busy.

Diet: Yesterday: 1600, plus 2 hours at PT. Today--I went for a walk, but had to eat leftovers for lunch since we have so much (800) and I had some chips (200) this afternoon. I'll have to eat healthy tonight.


  1. Oh, the comments thing is working again? :)

    Hubby took the day off. I drooled over his manly beauty under the afternoons sunlight of this really lovely day. He bought me chocolate truffles (always tasty) and offered to take me anywhere to dinner. I said, "Nah, let's stay home and smooch up a storm."

    I felt like I was 22 again. God blessed this day.

    I will have to kick myself in the hiney, though. I sent my GENESIS entry in the SF/F category...and I just noticed I overlooked FOUR TYPOS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    Sometimes...you just gotta laugh or you'll bawl.
    My Blog, Mirathon

  2. HA. We both had kinda rotten days at work today, so we blew our diets and took the two teenagers to Casa Ole. Woooo. At least I didn't have to cook. I would have probably burned the fajitas just to be ornery. :)

  3. Happy Valentine's Day...late! LOL! Just checkin in on ya!

  4. He should get a sub for that that day, wife+valentines before volleyball!

    Bad Neal!