Tuesday, February 28, 2006

Public enemy number one

They eat all the food I put out for the birds. They chew through my wooden bird feeders. At the house we used to live at, they went so far as to chew through a limb to get to a bird feeder.

They chew through our trash can lids and anything plastic that they think might contain food.

Now, apparently, we have one living in our attic *blinks*.

May the muses have squirrel repellant

PS Yes, dear, I blogged and not one of those eye rolling quizes LOL.

Monday, February 27, 2006

What color are you?

WHITES are motivated by PEACE, seek independence

and require kindness. They resist

confrontation at all costs. (Feeling good is

more important than being good.) They are

typically quiet by nature, they process

things very deeply and objectively, and they

are by far the best listeners of all the

colors. They respect people who are kind, but

recoil from perceived hostility or verbal


WHITES need their quiet independence and refuse to

be controlled by others. WHITES want to do

things their own way, in their own time. They

ask little of others, and resent others

demanding much of them. WHITES are much

stronger than people think because they dont

reveal their feelings. WHITES are kind,

non-discriminate, patient and can be

indecisive, timid, and silently stubborn.

When you deal with a WHITE, be kind, accept

(and support) their individuality, and look

for nonverbal clues to their feelings.

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Sunday, February 26, 2006

A song Vince Gill wrote when his brother passed away

Artist/Band: Gill Vince
Lyrics for Song: Go Rest High On That Mountain
Album: When Love Finds You

I know your life
On earth was troubled
And only you could know the pain
You weren't afraid to face the devil
You were no stranger to the rain

Go rest high on that mountain
Son, you work on earth is done
Go to heaven a shoutin'
Love for the Father and Son

Oh, how we cried the day you left us
We gathered round your grave to grieve
I wish I could see the angel’s faces
When they hear your sweet voice sing

Go rest high on that mountain
Son, you work on earth is done
Go to heaven a shoutin'
Love for the Father and Son

Friday, February 24, 2006

A matched set

Thanks for all the well wishes on the kidlet's wrist. Guess what she's now sporting on her other wrist?

A nifty green cast.

Yep, she has another buckle fracture. We are suspicious that she hurt it Valentine's and it's been nagging at her since then. And several falls this week finished it off.

It's not slowing her down LOL. Amazing how resilient kids can be.

She likes the hammer sound the casts make when you bang them together.

I received line edits back on Blood Lines: Conduit so back to working on those. I'm almost done *g*. Yippeeeee!

May the muses not fall

Tuesday, February 21, 2006

Rainbow Days

I have a signed, framed Lynn Johnston For Better or For Worse strip hanging on my kitchen wall. It has Elizabeth and her Mom talking about a friend of Elly’s who’s dying. And every time she talks to them, she laughs but then cries after she hangs up. Elizabeth says that’s it a Rainbow Day because she laughed and cried.

Last week was one of those weeks.

My youngest, who’s four, fell and has a buckle fracture in her wrist. She’s now sporting a very bright yellow cast. Aside from scaring the heebejeebies out of me with falling, the cast is very frustrating for my active little girl. It’s already driving her batty. And we have at least two and a half weeks to go.

So there were some gray days as we adjust to the fracture aftermath, or at least, attempt to.

But…the week was framed. Saturday before last, I received some great news about release dates. Mine are being pushed up, you’ll see Conduit and Crimson’s Rose sooner than I thought. There was another interesting event that day that I’m not ready to share yet LOL. But it was definitely the sun before the clouds came in.

On Saturday, the last day of my hectic week, I got a wonderful review for Blood Kiss. Here’s what Klarissa had to say: Wow! A Blood Kiss was great! I enjoyed everything about this paranormal tale. Ms. Armstrong creates a fantastic story that kept me glued to page after page of this hot read. The characters and setting pulled me right in. Ms. Armstrong knows how to tap into the emotions of her characters, making them believable. Her vivid imagination allows Nick and Sarah’s world to come alive with deception and suspense. Nick and Sarah burn up the sheets, and I found that I was absorbed and excited by how their relationship progressed. I was emotionally invested in Nick and Sarah. I even felt bad for the villain once I found out about his past. I look forward to reading more from Ms. Armstrong. I highly recommend Blood Kiss! http://www.joyfullyreviewed.com/reviews/BloodKiss.html

It literally made me teary because I thought I was done with reviews for Blood Kiss, so it was a surprise, and she “got” my book.

I also had sent some Melany writing to a friend to read. Sunday morning when I got up, there was an excited IM from her. She had lost track of time reading! She loved the storyline. I bounced to hear that because her opinion matters a lot to me.

So I had a rainbow week last week.

May the muses have rainbows

Wednesday, February 15, 2006

Contest and Loose Id news

Check out the Romance Junkies contest page. Melany Logen and I are running a contest!


From Loose Id:

In honor of Loowis and Loosey, we’re throwing a five day sale event, beginning right now and lasting through Sunday February 19th at midnight. You’ll get 5% off every ebook title you purchase for five days, automatically.

There’s just one catch, and isn’t there always with a babe like Loosey? Wouldn’t you know she’s a bit particular. For some reason, she wants all of Loowis’s friends to sign her guest book. Why? We didn’t ask. She loves our Loowis, and if she wants to be a little finicky, we’re of a mind to indulge her.

They are moving to a new site, http://www.loose-id.net Everything should work the same way. So go take advantage of the sale!

May the muses have sales and contests

Tuesday, February 14, 2006

Shouting out

Monday, February 13, 2006

What kind of Princess are you?

The Traditional Princess

You are generous, graceful, and practical with both

feet planted firmly on the ground. You tend

to be a little on the old-fashioned side. You

value home, hearth, and family life and love

to be of service to others.

Role Models: Snow White, Maid Marian

You are most likely to: Discover a hidden talent

for spinning straw into gold.

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Thursday, February 09, 2006

Brag 2--Isn't it pretty?

April Martinez is the cover artist.

I have been very blessed with covers. *snoopy dances*

May the muses have lovely covers

Brag 1--I'm in heaven

Friday, February 03, 2006

New FREE short piece has been posted

at my website. It's the second part of the Knight in a Cowboy Hat series. I'm having such fun doing that. http://www.mechelearmstrong.com

Also, I do have a wonderful new interview with Lucynda Storey in her newsletter. You can access it by joining her group. She asked some very thought provoking questions. http://groups.yahoo.com/group/lucynda_Storey.

And the official results are in at the Preditors and Editors poll. I came in 21st, tied with a bunch of other authors. Yes, I'm still thrilled at seeing my name up there LOL.

May the muses have knights

Thursday, February 02, 2006

A Wrinkle in Time (some spoilers)

I reread A Wrinkle in Time and was blown away by how much I realized this book affected me the first time I read it, particularly, the character of Meg.

Meg was everything I was and everything I wanted to be rolled into one. She didn't quite feel like she fit anywhere. And I was the odd duck in school. I grew up in a rural area, and I was the smart shy one. I didn't feel I fit in for a long time. I found a group in late junior high school and in high school, but when I read the book, I hadn't quite found my niche. Plus, Meg was assertive, something I was not. I can remember pretending to be Meg in my daydreams.

And Meg had Calvin. Whooo what a guy. I loved the hints of romance in the books between the two. Calvin liked Meg for who she was, odd duck and all. And I loved that and how much stronger it made Meg.

I also realized how this book has influenced my own writing. I've been told by a critique partner that I write strong heroines. In A Wrinkle in Time, Meg realizes at the end, she must act to save Charles Wallace. She had wanted her father to save him, but she's the only one who can pull it off. So reluctantly, she presses on and does what has to be done. My heroines typically help in the rescue at the end. They play a part in the defeat of the villain. It's never completely up to the hero to pull it off.

I really enjoyed rereading this. Do you have books like that? Books that you identified with a main character? Or that you realize have influenced your own writing in some way?

May the muses have dreams