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Friday, March 31, 2006

What's New

The short answer is not much and a lot.

My writing has slowed somewhat while I'm searching for a workshopping home. The ones that have the people I like are less active for crits. The active critter sites are too comfortable for my style of writing. So, I have my feet in more than one pool trying to find the best fit in all directions.

On the home front, my brother and I (including our spouses) have purchased a small manufactured home for my parents. I've been doing quite a bit of running around getting that together. The fun part is the house we ended up getting is literally right across the street from mine. Do I want my parents that close? Damn straight, I do! They've been living way out in the country, so that any trip to the doctor or shopping is a thirty mile round trip. Not good. The house they've been in (a rental) has only a wood stove for heat. Double not good. It's definitely time for them to move into town and get a bit closer to services and have the advantage of a nice furnace in the winter.

My husband and I did just have a quick two-day trip to Ashland, Oregon's Shakespearean Festival. This is world-class theater, winning Tony award and so on. If you ever get in the vicinity of southern Oregon, then check it out. Buy tickets ahead of time, though. While you can get some at the door, most performances are sold out months in advance. We saw "A Winters Tale" (Shakespeare) and "The Importance of Being Ernest" (Oscar Wilde). See, there's more than the Bard offered. At the end of August, we'll be taking the granddaughters down for "Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde." Hey, they chose the play, not me!

There, now I've caught my vast reading audience up to date. I wish I had more story sales to report, but it's been a very dry month from that standpoint.

Tuesday, March 21, 2006

M I C - K E Y M O U S E

Okay, gang, you all remember the words, right?
M I C - K E Y M O U S E
Mickey Mouse!
Donald Duck!
Forever let us hold our banner high, high, high!
Come along and join the (band?) hmmm hmmm hmmm

Well, I could certainly still sing along if I were watching the Mickey Mouse Club on television. My favorite was Spin in Spin & Marty and I won't hear anything different.

Okay, if you've a yen to re-visit your childhood, hardly anything you do is neater or safer than going to one of the Disney extravanganza worlds. I'm lately acquainted with a lady who runs a travel website called Mouse for Less, which is so loaded with information on the parks, you'd have to spend a week just browsing.

So, I'm here to give a plug if you get a yen to go up Space Mountain or wander around on Tom Sawyer's Island, visit Mouse for Less for the information alone. Then, book a trip. I'm sure she'd love the business.

Mouse for Less

Tuesday, March 14, 2006

Latest Publication

Antithesis Common just came out with their Spring issue featuring my little Eddie story, The Thief.

I've corrected the link to the left to point right at it.

Sunday, March 12, 2006

Writerly Stuff

I've just signed on to the Freelance Writers Association. Free signup and one can donate if you're so moved. However, it's got a ton of information for all types of writers, not just of fiction, but journalistic, technical, etc. So, I'll give them a plug here.

Thousands Of Free Writing Resources
Freelance Writers' Intl.


and

Inkwell Newswatch (IN) Writing and Literary Ezine for Writers
Inkwell Newswatch

Sunday, March 05, 2006

And Yet Another?

The fabulous guy who put up Writers Refuge, has started a newer and better site for workshopping.

Titled Pen and Ink Club (maybe that will change?), here's the raw link:

http://s10.invisionfree.com/Pen_and_Ink_Club/index.php