Wednesday, October 27, 2010

Wednesday Bits and Pieces

Tomorrow's Guest Blogger

Don't miss Terry Kroenung's post for tomorrow. It has a little to do with his books Brimstone and Lily and Jasper's Foul Tongue, and a lot to do with the Poop Monster. If you need a book for a kid this holiday season, you need to take a look at Terry's books. And here's the book trailer. Honestly, even though it lasts almost three minutes, you must watch it all the way through:

What I'm Reading

I just finished Betty Webb's second mystery in her new Gunn Zoo series, The Koala of Death. I loved it, but then I love all of Betty's books. Her Lena Jones series deals with more serious topics (besides murder, I mean). The Gunn Zoo series is more light-hearted with a cast of quirky characters (including that koala).

Yesterday I started reading Headwind by KK Brees, the first book I downloaded to the Kindle App now on my desktop. If I decide I like reading in the e-book format, I may ask for one for Christmas.

Introduction to Genealogy

I signed up for a three-hour class on Saturday the 30th. See, I have this idea for a novel...

Ideas take us down interesting paths and lead us to interesting people. It was only by chance I saw the notice about the class, so I'm guessing serendipity is at work again. We'll see where this takes me.

Sex at The Blood-Red Pencil

Did you know The Blood-Red Pencil has been featuring a whole series of articles on sex? Well, I mean, writing about sex, writing sex scenes, pros and cons of writing all the details versus closing the door and leaving the whole thing to the reader's imagination, etc. If you're interested, start with the October 18th post on Talking Sexual Overtones with Author Rachelle Chase and work your way forward to the two-part feature on Erotica.

No, I don't have a post in this particular series. I write about murder. My characters have no time for sex scenes because they're busy running away from or tracking down killers...

That's my story and I'm sticking to it.

Blogging Tips at Blog Book Tours

Dani Greer has been featuring a blogging tip each day at the Blog Book Tours blog.

The Exercise Ball

I bought one of those exercise balls and am using it as my computer chair at least one hour a day. I'm hoping less slumping and better posture will lead to fewer aches and pains.

My husband is convinced I will eventually forget I'm balanced on the ball and will fall off. Yes, I can be forgetful, but that would be ridiculous.



N. R. Williams said...

I'd fall off, LOL. Interesting post. I'm sorry I missed you and Ron last Saturday. I've been sick.
N. R. Williams, fantasy author

Margot Kinberg said...

Patricia - Thanks for sharing that book trailer; it's always really interesting to see how authors' work is presented in trailers.

I've heard other people say, too, that they love the Gunn Zoo series; maybe it's time for me to give that one a try.

In the meantime.... I wish you luck with your exercise ball; I know I'd fall off right away...

Laura Eno said...

Uhhh...I once stepped off a ladder, forgetting that I was up on the 4th rung.

Kay Theodoratus said...

You found an exercise ball that got you at the right height from the keyboard?

Patricia Stoltey said...

Hi Nancy -- hope you feel better soon. It would have been great to see you at the panel.

Good morning, Margot -- I don't dare fall off. My husband would then be able to say, "I told you so."

Laura -- that's pretty scary. I'm getting ready to paint a wall in my living room, so I just had a vision of stepping off that fourth step with a bucket of paint. That would not be good.

Hi Kay -- yep, it's exactly the right height. My little old swaybacked computer table has a drop down tray for the keyboard. Works perfectly.

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

I have no story, I just don't do sex scenes!

Patricia Stoltey said...

Alex -- I don't dare -- my 91-year-old mom said she'd be too embarrassed to read my book. :)

Clarissa Draper said...

WOw, a lot of great things going on. I would like to try doing that exercise ball thing.


Jemi Fraser said...

The cutie patootie in the trailer is gorgeous!!

I tried to get the school board to spring for those exercise balls for my classroom. They're supposed to be great for ADHD kids as well. I'd love to try them out!

Anonymous said...

How interesting to use an exercise ball at your desk. I never thought of that and I threw out my exercise ball before trying it.

Enjoy your genealogy class.