Monday, June 9, 2008

The World's Worst Blogger

My Apologies For Not Posting

That's me, the world's worst blogger. No matter how many times I think up brilliant blog posts, I usually forget to type them up and post them. I had a bevy of terrific post ideas this past month-but between the mayhem of end of school year, the freak storms that came every other day, and my own inclination to forget to blog-they never made it past the idea stage.

I Was Tagged

I've been tagged by my brilliant CP, Gillian. I have to describe my life in six words. The perfect motto:

Let the craziness ensue, I'm game.

That ought to sum it up pretty well. Because my life is plumb full of craziness at any given time.

I'm not tagging anyone, because I figure everyone that reads this blog has been tagged in my absence.

What I've Been Reading

I've bought some really great books this past month.

I just finished The Lost Duke of Wyndham by Julia Quinn-absolutely terrific book but I wish they would have released it and Mr. Cavendish at the same time-since the books parallel each other and we find out who the Duke is in the first one. I love the dialogue in Julia Quinn's books-it's so realistic and the heroine's always have a smart comeback, a trait I admire in real life so I love finding it in books.

I also read A Wanted Man by Linda Lael Miller, another terrific book. I love how Ms Miller inserts humor at really tense moments-that is so realistic to me, as someone in my family always manages to do that. I just adore her books. She writes some of the best heroes in the business, in my humble opinion.

On To Other Things

I've got a new favorite song. Brad Paisley's I'm Just a Guy. I love this song-it shows the differences between women and men in a fun and quirky way. My favorite part? 'You see a priceless French painting. I see a drunk, naked girl.' That just sums it up eloquently, don't you think? I could imagine my hubby saying something like that, easily. There's parts of this song that make me stop and go-'Oh, I could see a Romance Hero saying something like that!"

Lazy Days of Summer-NOT!

I am determined to have my wip finished and start the query process by the middle of July. Wish me luck. The query letter and the synopsis are worse than getting teeth pulled, I believe. I am actually dreading having to do this. I read on another blog that Harlequin (I am targeting HH) only wants a 2 page synopsis. I have to reduce this book I have been slaving over for a year into 2 pages. That ought to be fun.

So, let me know what's happening with all of you. Anyone else working up the nerve to submit? Any new books you want to recommend? How about a song that makes you stop and go "Now how true is that?"


Gillian Layne said...

When you blog, you really blog! I love your motto. :)

I need to pull up the Paisley song on Youtube. I've heard it mentioned by others as well. I think he is a wonderful singer, and I always love how he can laugh at himself and all the fame surrounding him.

I wish she had released the two together, as well. "The Courtesan's Secret" by Claudia Dain is amazing.

Terry Stone said...

Gillian, hello. I figure after a month and a day of being absent, I should really make up for it.

Yes, do look up I'm Still a Guy-I swear, it is so funny. I love almost all songs by him, but my favorite is Waiting on a Woman, the line where he says 'he poked me in the side like old men do' always just gives me a visual of my grandpa doing that. I think he's one of the most talented songwriters out there. And it doesn't hurt that he is a fellow West Virginian ;0)

I'll have to order The Courtesan's Secret off of Amazon-our local Wally World had a VERY limited selection this month. Very, very limited. I had a big list and got there and only found the Julia Quinn-I was a little perterbed.

Louisa Cornell said...

Hey, Terry Jo and Gillian!

Great blog, Terry Jo! Love that Brad Paisley song and it is SO true.

I have Julia Quinn's latest on my TBR stack. And I agree, Gillian! The Courtesan's Secret is terrific! Loretta Chase's newest Your Scandalous Ways is really wonderful as well.

I have queried to two agents and I am trying to screw up the courage to send out some more. Scary prospect, isn't it?

Terry Stone said...

Louisa! I am so proud of you! I know you'll have an agent before long-with your stories, how could you not?

As I told Gillian, our local Walmart had a very small selection of books. But I did get the hardback of Dean Koontz's Odd Hours. I am a huge fan of Odd Thomas', and rush to get the books when they're released.

Kelly Krysten said...

Good luck with the submissions! I read JQ's latest and LOVED it!Great blog!
(Can you tell I love exclamation points?lol.)