Vixenwriter: A Seduction In Words

 

Tuesday, August 29, 2006


       MOVIN!

Hey everyone! My blog is now housed at my website so please come on over to see me at
http://www.laurendane.com/blog and if you've been kind enough to have me linked, I'd love you forever if you put my new url in!

Monday, August 28, 2006


       Writerspace!

Whoops, I forgot to blog that tonight I'll be at the monthly Ellora's Cave Author Chat at Writerspace at 5 pm pacific/8 eastern! Don't miss it.

Sunday, August 27, 2006


       Ch-ch-changes!

I've got some cool new stuff for my blog and website in the works. Or, I should say my incredible webgoddess Frauke has some cool new stuff in the works.

I've become so frustrated with yahoo loops over the last year or so. The message delivery only works about 40% of the time within a ten minute period, sometimes (and much more often lately) not until a day or two later if at all. It bounces addresses randomly. Worse, it always seems to happen during a list celebration of some kind and messages come out of order, prize posts don't go up, people can't enter contests because they don't get the messages on time - it's just ridiculously frustrating.

So after seeing some folks move to bulletin boards through their websites successfully, I've decided to try out php bulletin boards at mine. Only I'm a technological doofus and I know I'd mess it up so I threw myself on Frauke's mercy and she's going to install it when whe gets my wordpress blog up.

Another frustration has been the increasing amount of time it takes to do daily blogging around outages, etc. So Angie the Magnificent (aka my editor) convinced me that wordpress was a great option to load it through my website and have more control.

Again, the goddess Frauke has taken pity on me and is helping me (and after all the hassle it's been dealing with moving from windows servers to linux servers - why don't they just say that wordpress won't work with windows servers?) and sql database insanity, I think it all may be in place by the early part of the week.

I'll make an annoucement here with all the corresponding re-directs, etc when it's ready to go!

c'est tout bon

Saturday, August 26, 2006


       Matrix...

I go for months or even longer without watching some of my favorite movies and then I binge. So I watched all three Matrix movies over the last few days and I'd forgotten how much I loved them. Happy sigh.

'K, now I'm going to wax all fangirl about the movies so feel free to move on, LOL!


I love the duality in the Matrix movies, the lush quality of fantasy versus the stark reality. Still, there's something so beautiful about the scene where Link's wife is running around the dock with the other woman with the rocket launcher trying to take out the main digging machine. The concentration, knowing you're totally going to die but doing it anyway because why die a coward? Why not take them out if you can?

And the commander of the APU corps as they are on the docks as swarms of sentinels come in - amazing. I love that.

The Oracle, love it! The very first time Neo goes back into the Matrix when they're all dressed to the nines - gorgeous and then tragic. There's always that edge in the movies.

And Smith. Agent Smith is one of my favorite movie villains of all time. So complicated and totally batshit crazy! I love a crazy villain! The interrogation scene with they've got Morpheous in the agent headquarters and they come in with the helicopter? Fabulous! What imagination!

No small amount of tragedy in the movies though, I like that too. There are several points, usually between Neo and Trinity that I get weepy.

And speaking of Trinity - that moment in the first movie when she's just jumped from one building to the other, being chased by agents - she's on her back at the bottom of the stairwell and she's telling herself, "get up, Trinity, get up, Trinity" it's sort of one of my little mantras. I love her character! When she goes into the club and meets Monica Belluci (and oh my god, honestly, I adore her, what a completely beautiful woman Belluci is!) that little moment when Bellucci wants to kiss Neo, oh that was good! And when Neo saved her life! And at the end, when she tells Neo what she was going to say to him the first time he saved her life? *weeps* Motorcycle Trinity, helicopter Trinity, soft Trinity in a dress - she's a wonderful heroine.

Jada Pinkett as Niobe is fab too! That scene on the freeway with her and Ghost? Loved it! And when she's piloting the Hammer back to Zion in revolutions and the sentinels are all over the ship and she's just totally kicking ass with Morpheus at her side.

And who doesn't love Morpheus? What a great metaphorical character he is. This is a man who's gained legendary status and he's so humble in that strength. He believes in Neo even when Neo doesn't. Even at the end, he believes - puts aside his status and his pride and pours that belief into Neo. That's strength wielded wisely. As opposed to Locke, who can't believe in anything and now he's empty and bitter and holds on to Niobe as a way to get back at Morpheus but he doesn't truly get Niobe the way Morpheus does. Morpheus inspires because while he owns his power, he doesn't misuse it.

There are so many wonderful meta themes in the movies. I'm always in awe of the way all the important things in the universe are layered into the movies with such a deft touch. And yeah, sometimes a heavy hand, but still, if I can create characters that are half as vivid as Mifune on that damned dock, I'll count myself fortunate indeed.

Friday, August 25, 2006


       All Will Be Revealed...

A lot of times people ask writers about where they get their inspiration. Some authors have excellent answers that are complex and fascinating about process.

Me? Led Zeppelin. I'm not joking.

Music is a huge part of my creative process. I make jewelry listening to music, I cook listening to music and I definitely write and edit listening to music.

But as I was going through all my projects and notes, trying to put them in some sort of order of importance so I would not go insane and feel so stressed I just keeled over, I found a little three sentence word document. A kernel of a book.

And I began to think on it and the characters began to introduce themselves to me. But it wasn't until Monday when I was coming back from taking my 2 year old to her Well Baby Visit that it all clicked.

Why?

Here's where Led Zeppelin comes in. Kasmir came on the radio. Now I lurve me some Led Zeppelin. I love that bawdy mix of blues and 70's rock. I love the over the top references to the Lord of the Rings and the Hobbit and I love those hokey videos/mini movies they made.

So Kasmir came on and there's that opening. Now if you haven't ever heard Kasmir, go and download it from itunes or Amazon or something. Everyone should hear it. It's a great song. Slow, methodical, it's got this great sort of eastern flair (hence Kasmir). And the lyrics start.

Oh let the sun beat down upon my face, stars to fill my dream I am a traveler of both time and space, to be where I have been To sit with elders of the gentle race, this world has seldom seen They talk of days for which they sit and wait and all will be revealed

Talk and song from tongues of lilting grace, whose sounds caress my ear But not a word I heard could I relate, the story was quite clear

And there it was. Celtic Triangle was born, it had a title (with some wonderful help from my husband the following day) and my metastory fell into place and I finished my rough outline last night. I should thank Plant and Page in my dedication. Oh and my babysitter who first introduced me to Led Zeppelin when I was nine.

Thursday, August 24, 2006


       Ahhh, Parenting...

Right now the boys are running around the house with pillow cases safety pinned to their shirts and "flying" Of course I had to give the cautionary, "You can't REALLY fly. Do you both understand that? Repeat what I just said." because my sons, while loveable, tend to attract danger and injury.

We went to the new elementary school yesterday for the open house. New schools rock. They have a computer lab in the library with new computers that were donated by a local corporation. At my oldest's last school they had like 486s. Shameful. I do hope that school got some new computers too, it had the lowest number of computers per student in the entire district. The boys have a computer at home but most of the kids at their old school didn't.

My oldest met his 3rd grade teacher. He seemed very nice and it struck me how he is now moving into real school. They have desks in rows versus tables. Kiddo #1 said, "I've never had a teacher who was a Mister before." LOL, the dude was amused too. I was amused because the guy looked just like the lead singer of the Presidents of the United States.

He was also impressed that the library was just a few doors down, the bathrooms next door and the playground literally just outside. "All the things I like best!"

Middle Kid was most impressed by the fact that his kindy class had a bathroom in it.

Of course by tour's end, Ms. Terrible Two was throwing a huge fit and trying to toss herself out of my arms and if I put her down she laid on the asphalt. Sigh. That was just apparently part and parcel of my day yesterday.

Wednesday, August 23, 2006


       Contest for Samhain!

Lots of give-aways this week to celebrate our coming back online better than before!

All Ebooks are 10% off through Monday, August 28 to celebrate being back online and better than ever.

All Trade PRINT books are ON SALE too! 10% off cover price plus FREE Shipping!



Daily prizes plus, a Grand Prize to be awarded on Samhain, November 1st!
From now until September 30, 2006, every purchase** will count toward a drawing for an ebook reader!
The winner may choose between an eBookwise, a Palm Tungsten E2, or an HP IPAQ rx1950!

Today's prize is an autographed copy of Rosemary Laurey's Be Mine Forever
To win, be the first person* to read and post a review for one of these titles

A Sixpence in Her Shoe by Liz Andrews
Love's Evolution by Ally Blue
A Carnal Agreement by Silvia Violet
Not Quite Dead by Sela Carson



*Reviews for review sites don't count, individual reviews only! You can be a reviewer, but your review can't belong to a review site.Thanks!

** Remember to enter the drawing without making a purchase by sending a postcard with your name, address, phone number, email address, and how you heard about MBaM to this address: My Bookstore and More 2932 Ross Clark Circle #384 Dothan AL 36301 All postcards must be received by October 31st, winner will be announced on November 1st, 2006


       Wednesday Griping

So I started off the day pretty well. My kids were mostly well behaved and my husband looked handsome and smelled good as he headed off to work. He called me a few minutes later with an idea he had about a title connundrum I'm experiencing and it was really good and cascaded into something I'd already been thinking on.

And then. Okay, I'm trying to be circumspect. Because this is a public blog and all but honestly, I get so frustrated by some things.

Firstly, a bookseller for any RWA approved conference who won't order books from an RWA approved publisher but who wants me to bring them myself and then take 40% from me? After treating me like crap? Oh, I don't think so. For the record, if I'm going to an RWA conference of any kind I don't think it's too much to ask that the bookseller be willing to order books from RWA approved publishers. Especially when I know for a fact that two of my readers went into the very bookstore chain and ordered copies of A Touch of Fae from them and it arrived. They have to use Ingrams or Baker and Taylor but they do for other titles too. So uh, thanks but no thanks. This only further deteriorates my opinion on this particular bookseller.

Edited to add - Have you ever read Kafka? Or watched the old Newhart show? You know, there's one rational person watching insanity and she tries to be rational and use a rational worldview but the system keeps on applying rules that are just insane? Okay, so this day keeps on getting worse and more Kafkaesque. When someone applies a rule and you say, "oh, but that doesn't apply because your facts are totally incorrect" and then they repeat the same incorrect info and shrug - that shit drives me up a wall. Why? Why do people repeat the same damned thing over and over when it's wrong? And then instead of just saying, "yes, it's wrong but I can't help you" which at least would be honest, they just say it again, like somehow that makes it correct.


Secondly, is it too much to ask that employees for a business actually do their jobs? Even just like, oh forty percent of the time? If you say, think answering emails is above your station in life, could you please answer your voicemail as a compromise? Because if you aren't at your desk all the time, one has to leave a message. But if you don't answer your phone, reply to your email or deal with repeated emails, it's sort of impossible for me to get my problem taken care of. Do you see my connundrum? Good, so glad we could have this little chat.

Tuesday, August 22, 2006


       Tuesday News!

Let's see -

If you haven't gone over to Cobblestone and picked up Crystal Jordan's Full Swing, why not? It's a short, it's under 4 bucks and it's really good. So go on, you'll thank me.

It's release day at Samhain! And a good day indeed. Mandy Roth, Meg Allison, Lorelai James, Brenda Williamson and Emelia Elias all have books out! Go check out the homepage for the blurbs and buylinks.

I got a signed cover flat for Lacy Danes' upcoming Aphrodesia book What She Craves. Because Lacy is a sweetie. It's gorgeous and if you're in the Seattle area, she's having an author event at Third Place Books on Saturday the 26th! Check out her blog for all the relevant details.

I'm at the EC board today (link in the post below) and having a great time posting some fabulous excerpts. Of course the problem is that I want to buy everything I read. Well, that's not a problem really but my husband will hide the debit card one of these days!

There was a great article in the Detroit Free Press about erotic romance and my agent was quoted! Go Laura!

Oh and I've gotten a few notes recently about the font on my website being hard to read. I've adjusted it larger so hopefully it's better now. Please let me know if you continue to have problems!

Joyfully Reviewed is having a very long, totally fabulous One Year Anniversary party at their loop. I've had a blast. There are theme days and prizes and loads of excerpts and chat. Check em out! I love Joyfully Reviewed, it's a great site and it's always so nice to have another review site that writes comprehensive reviews and explains what about the book worked and didn't.

I think that's it for now. I'm over at EC if you want to come and wave hello!

Monday, August 21, 2006


       Powerful Paranormal Women List Mom Day!!

Don't forget that Anya and I are going to be hosting the "Powerful Paranormal Women" day at the EC Readerboard tomorrow, August 22nd!

We'll have some great excerpts, chances to win great prizes, it's going to be fabulous! So come on by! I'll be rolling in at about 9 am eastern/6 pacific!

Sunday, August 20, 2006


       Release Date Moved Up for Taking Chase!

My most fabulous editor, Angie has informed me that the release date for Taking Chase has been moved from January 30, 2007 to November 21! Yay!