Wednesday, November 30, 2005


Hello all. Sorry I haven't been by. I am in the final stretch of many, many things and am just POOPED. I am trying desperately NOT to get sick, so I'm gargling salt water, taking vitamin C, etc. because I have a sore throat, runny nose and plugged ears. This, I believe, is as a result of riding on an airplane with lots and lots of people carrying germs my immune system had never met. ("HI Guys! Glad to meet you. SURE come on over. Let's PARTY!")

Oh, and I'm feeling (as you can guess from paragraph 1) a little surreal.

Let's see. News, news... Do I have any news... hmnnn...

Wellllllll, we're in negotiations with Tor for a contract for 2007. This is, of course, very good news.

I am literally at the last two paragraphs of Cat. I had to go to work so I had to stop. Can't tell you HOW FRUSTRATING that was!!!!! I'm delivering it to Cathy this evening along with all the notes and pictures, etc. that I used to frame the time line to make it fit with all the other existing books. Believe me, it was a trick. If I made ANY mistakes, PLEASE FORGIVE ME!!!!

Oh, we're thinking about whether to have a newsletter, a forum or other stuff for the fans. So if anybody has any ideas or preferences, let me know.

Gotta run. Life calls. Be happy.

I don't have a movie quote, but I have a movie/book thought: Dumbledore saying that it's not our talents that define us, it's our decisions and our actions.

Lotsa love.


Wednesday, November 23, 2005

Happy Thanksgiving

Happy Thanksgiving a day in advance. I don't think I will be on line tomorrow, so I thought I would take a moment to give everyone my best wishes.

I am thankful for so many things but I decided to name 10 (in no particular order):

1) My family.
2) My friends.
3) My animal companions past and present.
4) My faith.
5) The gift of actually being able to do the thing which I love and get paid for it.
6) My home, and all of the myriad of possessions which I have been given.
7) That I live in a time where there are so many modern conveniences (Let's hear it for modern medicine, central heating and indoor plumbing WHOOO HOOO!!!!)
8) That my health has improved enough that I am ALMOST healthy.
9) That I have enough food to eat.
10) For the beauty of nature.

I could go on forever, but I'll stop at 10 because most people have probably gotten bored and moved on by now. But that's OK. They get to. Just like I get to post this.

All of the folks who lost so much in the disasters that have hit all over the world are in my prayers. I have an acquaintance from New Orleans who lost practically all of her worldly possessions and is starting over. It is a daunting thought.

Blessings to you all, whatever your beliefs. Happy Holidays.



Still trying to load pictures. I don't know why I can't seem to get the hang of it. Really very annoying!

Hope everybody is looking forward to a great Thanksgiving holiday. I am going to be resting and writing! I am very excited about the future right now. And I am more relaxed after the trip than I've been in a VERY long time. I have a great deal to be thankful for.

Of course, in my life, things tend to be a little bit more balanced than in a lot of folks:

Bad news -- clutch went out on the truck.
Good news -- my bank balance was almost EXACTLY the amount needed AND the clutch didn't go out when I was clear the heck in Austin, or on the way to the airport, but when I got back home and within walking distance of a friend's house so I could call the mechanic.

My whole life is like that. Almost completely balanced. From what I understand, it doesn't necessarily work that way for other folks.

Anyway, got the new clutch and the truck is back. Weird, weird, weird. It's like learning to drive a stick shift all over again because the new clutch is so sensitive and, as the mechanic put it "You certainly did get your use out of THAT clutch." (i.e., 'damn woman! You wore the poor thing out! Think you could've replaced it a LITTLE sooner?') LOL.

I had a very happy birthday yesterday. Things are going well for the most part. My blood pressure is even low.

Big smiles to everybody. Can't think of a great movie quote for today's mood, so I guess you guy's are just going to have to be deprived. (I said dePRIVED not Depraved! GRIN)


Monday, November 21, 2005

I'm Baaaaaaaaack!

Hi Guys!

Back from DC, tired but happy. Let's see...

I think the interview went well. I may have sounded like an idiot, but I gave it a try, which is definitely something! This is a national radio program, and then the interview gets published on the net as well. Since I don't believe we have that station in my area, I'm looking forward (and dreading) seeing the post.

It felt good to be in DC. The hotel (The Hamilton Crowne Plaza) was quite nice, the staff lovely (particularly the door men and the room service guy). I don't generally travel all that well. (I have a fatiguing illness that tends to kick up when I push myself hard to go on trips.) This time, however, I seem to be OK.

Only got to see about half of the sights I wanted to. There simply wasn't enough time and energy to go everywhere! Washington Monument, Lincoln Memorial (currently being restored), Jefferson Memorial, WWII memorial, Holocaust Museum, etc. Have to admit the Holocaust museum was hard for me. Wound up getting caught up in the middle of a march about homelessness, which is really OK since, frankly, it is a charity dear to my heart. They were also having a Habitat for Humanity build on the National Mall, which I visited and took pictures of, because that too is one of my favorite charities.

Ate a lot at a terrific deli next door to the hotel. Unfortunately, I can't remember the name of it or I would recommend it here. (Sorry).

I am now back, and pooped, but ready to get back in the thick of things.

Movie quote of the day. "Ferris Bueller, you're my hero!"

Thought of the day: If, in order to win the war, you become what you are fighting, you have lost more than any war.

Best wishes.


Wednesday, November 16, 2005

Trying Again

Tried to post the other day, and the picture I put up wouldn't work. Couldn't seem to delete it without deleting the rest of the post. UGH. Wish I was better at this stuff!

Heading off to DC early early in the morning tomorrow. VERY excited and nervous. Looking forward to it, but... well, I like travel in the getting on a roller coaster kind of way.

I'll let you all know how it goes. At least I still seem healthy!

Thursday, November 10, 2005

Just for Fun

Racer girl!
Your a happy go lucky girl! You love excitement and
fun anywhere! Very protective of your friends
and family you will do anything to make people

What Type of girl are you?
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Quote of the day:

"Rationalizations are more important than sex."
(After astonished looks from the other men in the room.)
"Have you ever gone a week without a good rationalization?"

Greetings and Salutations


Cie here. I'm feeling a little better today. Still a headache, but no sniffles or cough. Definitely going to keep up with the vitamin C and rest though.

I have another kitten. This brings the cat total to 4 -- 2 above my usual. What happened was that the tiny stray kitten we had been taking care of (it belonged to a neighbor who wasn't taking care of it properly so I was feeding it, treating it for fleas, and generally giving it love and affection) got killed messily. It broke my heart. So when a non-collared, doesn't belong to anybody stray kitten came up onto my porch I fretted all night worrying that it would get killed too. The next morning, I opened the front door and he walked in like he owns the place.

The older 3 are getting used to it. Tibbs, the big (30lb) white male thinks it is utterly cool and loves playing with Gonzo. (Seeing this kitten the length and weight of a hardback book playing with a 30lb tom is a hoot -- the kitten can literally stand underneath Tibbs without brushing the big cat's belly!) Bacchus is wary, but getting better. Algonquin, however, is still royally pissed. She is SOOOO not amused. She hadn't completely forgiven me for adopting 2 cats last time instead of just one.

I think I annoyed someone with my honest opinion about the subsidy and POD publishing as industries. Alas, it is my honest opinion and I will stand behind it.

Bought the ticket to DC, and am in the process of working out the hotel and sightseeing itinerary. VERY exciting. I'm really nervous about it, but happy.

Well, gotta run. Hi ho hi ho!


Tuesday, November 08, 2005

Greetings from the planet BUSY

Hi guys!

Cie here. I've caught a cold. Those of you who know me know I don't GET colds. I go almost directly to bronchitis and pneumonia (do not pass go, spend at least $200.00). Now, I am trying DESPERATELY (see the all caps, I mean it) to take my vitamins, rest in bed, drink plenty of fluids and be CALM. (Stress just wipes out my immune system). I have to be clearheaded and healthy by the 17th when I fly out to DC for the interview and some actual (GASP) vacation. So everybody put in a good word for me to whichever diety you believe in.

The signing the other day was nice. Kind of quiet, but that's OK. We met a very nice man who was pushing his books. He'd brought his wife, who was charming, and much more ambitious than he.

Well, work awaits (as do the cold pills, OJ and sleep.)

Oh and VOTE if you get the chance. Here in the backyard of Texas there are some (at least to me) scarily conservative things that they're trying to push as constitutional amendments. I think that constitutions should be overarching documents that aren't tinkered with. Tinkering should be done with regular old laws by the legislators.

Then again, I'm one of those ****** liberal Yankee types.

Everybody have a great day.


Thursday, November 03, 2005

Hello Again

Sorry I haven't been coming by much. Life has been, shall we say, LIVELY.

Let's see.

They delivered the piano. I closed on the house. The book is moving along nicely (although not as fast as I wanted). We have a book signing in San Angelo on Saturday. I'm being interviewed by Bill Thompson of Eye On Books ( Washington, DC later this month. I'm getting my car worked on a bit, my teeth worked on a bit (I grind them when I'm stressed, and I broke another one. SIGH). Oh, and I have become addicted to Quizilla and it is all Yolanda's fault.

Do I sound busy yet? I feel like I'm on a gerbil wheel.

Movie quote of the day. (I'll try to remember to do one every time I blog)

"Don't torture yourself Gomez. That's my job."

Gotta run. Hope all is well with everybody and that you'll forgive me for not posting more often.