Snow on the Tulips
Yep, it snowed again. The forecast says we'll get more this weekend. It's not a lot, not a blizzard or anything like that, but the skies are constantly overcast. I'm spoiled, I guess. Since moving to Northern Colorado in 1998, I've grown accustomed to lots of sunshine. This dreariness is affecting my mood and my energy level. Sigh.
At least I have the winter Olympics to cheer me up. Nothing like watching skiers and snowboarders take enormous risks, then crash and slide. Seems like most have a pretty good attitude about losing, though. Most of the crying and sobbing has come from the winners.
I admit to being a big fan of ice skating and ice dancing. I stayed up to watch all of the men's long program last night. What a thrill to see an American pull out the gold for the first time since 1988 when Brian Boitano won. The great events leave a lasting impression.
A Blog Carnival
Kerrie Flanagan at The Writing Bug has posted a blog carnival for Northern Colorado Writers members. Since our membership includes all kinds of writers and businessfolks who work with writers, this is a very diverse carnival. Check it out.
And I've linked to a fun post from Scattershot for you. This one made me laugh out loud.
The Prairie Grass Murders
The eHarlequin Online Store is the only place to buy the mass market paperback edition of my first Sylvia and Willie mystery. The second book in the series, The Desert Hedge Murders, is scheduled for release in September.
Dead Beyond the Fence: A Novel of the Zombie Apocalypse
My friend (and critique group partner) Brian Kaufman has a new release. His launch party will be a zombie event at Reader's Cove Bookstore in Fort Collins, CO on Tuesday, February 23, 2010 from 6:00 to 8:00. I've never been to a zombie event before. Or eaten zombie cookies (promised in the promo announcement).
I'm betting the turnout will be huge. I'm seriously thinking about switching from mystery to gore, just so I can throw a great launch party with trolls and ghouls and...and...yeah, even vampires.
The Fort Collins Coloradoan had a nice article about the Fort Collins 16-year-old who made it to American Idol's top 24. I think she's going to have strong support from Northern Colorado.
What I'm Doing These Days (besides watching television)
1. Reading. I'll finish Heart of the Hunter (Deon Meyer) tonight. I'm not sure what I'll read next.
2. Writing blog posts. I'm doing a couple of guest posts, and I'm a contributor to The Blood-Red Pencil. And I'm still posting daily on my own blog, even when I have absolutely nothing to say.
3. Getting ready to apply critique suggestions to the first thirteen chapters of the first draft of my suspense novel.
4. Putting together a handout for the Social Media for Beginners workshop I'm teaching on March 1st at the Northern Colorado Writers Studio.
5. Trying my best to get organized. The rest of this afternoon I'll be working on my To Do List, brainstorming with myself to come up with new blog post topics, and making a plan to clean up my office space.
6. Thinking deep thoughts. Really.