Ramblings from the Desert

The man who trades freedom for security does not deserve nor will he ever receive either. ~Benjamin Franklin

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Location: New Mexico

Author of the urban fantasy novel, The Music of Chaos, and the paranormal romance, The Canvas Thief.

Thursday, March 03, 2005

Absolutely Nothing

Weather, phooey!

It was absolutely fabulous this morning. Then, just about noon, all kinds of dark gray ugliness started to approach from Rio Rancho. I'm always wary of stuff from Rio Rancho, not just because it's a vestibule of bad taste and urban sprawl, but because the storm that generated a funnel cloud came from the west.

Anyway, I was getting psyched, thinking about taking some time to "goof off" and start on the spring yard stuff. Prune the roses and lavender, etc.

Oh, well, at least I've already gotten in a couple of short work sessions with the Nikster.

Something cute sent to me by college bud, Christy.

It is good to be a woman
1. We got off the Titanic first.
2. We can scare male bosses with the mysterious gynecological disorder excuses. [There's nothing funnier than watching a grown man turn olive green at the first hint of "girl troubles."]
3. Taxis stop for us.
4. We don't look like a frog in a blender when dancing.
5. No fashion faux pas we make could ever rival the Speedo. [Man panties, snerk]
6. We don't have to pass gas to amuse ourselves. [Er, yeah, but it's still funny.]
7. If we forget to shave, no one has to know. [At least, during the winter.]
8. We can congratulate our teammate without ever touching her rear end. [And thank God for that. Isn't it interesting how the most homophobic gender--men--has that little tradition? Ho-yay.]
9. We never have to reach down every so often to make sure our privates are still there. [Where, pray tell, do they think they've gone, anyway?]
10. We have the ability to dress ourselves.
11. We can talk to the opposite sex without having to picture them naked. [Well, yes, but that's because most men just aren't worth the effort. OTOH, a conversation with Hugh Jackman might involve copious imaginary nakeness.]
12. If we marry someone 20 years younger, we are aware that we will look like an idiot.
13. We will never regret piercing our ears.
14. There are times when chocolate really can solve all your problems.
15. We can make comments about how silly men are in their presence because they aren't listening anyway.

Listening to...
"Queen of the Damned" Soundtrack
Love Bites, Lynsay Sands
The Silver Spoon, Stacey Klemstein
The War for the Oaks, Emma Bull
Sunshine, Robin McKinley
Undead and Unwed, Mary Janice Davidson--Cute, but lacks tension. Object lesson for me. If the protagonist doesn't take the antagonist (Big Bad) very seriously, then the audience won't either. Diminishes tension. (Sending query to her agent anyway, since my novel is [sort of] in same genre.) Recommended if you like very, very light reading.
The Lovely Bones, Alice Sebold--Not a keeper, but I liked it. Despite nature of inciting incident--murder/rape of teenager--one of those quiet novels that explores, almost Seinfeld-like, all the little nuances of life that we often ignore. Recommended.

Trying to write a story for a market that extended its deadline by twenty days. Actually, I'm trying to write the first draft today. Chunks of it are already written, but...I've never written anything, not even short-shorts, in under two months.




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