If you really know me, there are some things that you are aware of.
1. I'm not a social creature.
2. Time only has real meaning to me when you are interrupting mine.
3. I'm a lousy housekeeper.
These factors have me running around today in a haze of OMG, my mother in law is coming! I can't stand yet another party right now, so what are we going to do for the Wee One's birthday? Crap! It's the 30th, and I haven't done any of my critiques for the writer's group! Oh my friggin' gaaaaaawd, my mother in law is COMING HERE!!!
With that playing on loop in my mind, I came up from the basement, put away some things that I purposely placed in my computer chair to force myself to not leave them where they should not have been, and thought: "I watched reruns of The Vampire Diaries and Moonlight last night, so it must be Friday again."
Ugh. Friday again, and I haven't done the research for the post that would cover not only Kelley Armstrong's books, but also what tidbits I could pick up from her on writing and the industry without reproducing the major posts on plotting and etc. she's put up for the writing members of her site (cuz she rocks like that).
Having skipped the last Friday post, I felt like I had to produce something. I thought, "Hey, I can scan Facebook for all the author news that people not on FB--or who are on but not following a lot of authors--might not know.
Ah, the best laid plans....I believe I mentioned that I'd finally given in to FB and followed blogger Tez and Kelley Armstrong over to the site, only to be "friended" by a bunch of authors who, either assumed I had to be good people if I hung with them...or who at least thought maybe I'd buy their books. Some of the others from the writing group friended me and introduced me to those obnoxious FB games that we all complain about when we're not playing them. To advance in those games, you often need a large number of fellow players, so I found myself adding hundreds of people that I don't actually know to my friend's feed. To be able to keep up with those I do know, I created a filter for friends and authors...
......I've got dozens of authors in that filter, but, I realized as I went searching for updates to post, there are also tens of second cousins twice removed and scores of people from my high school....
And then, the author posts are sorted out, they aren't all or even mostly about writing. Do you really want to know that Devon Monk (Magic to the Bone (Allie Beckstrom) ) wrote: Great. Mutant spider's on the loose on my desk. Sprayed it w/bleach, didn't faze it. Think it flipped me off as it skittered under computer.
Yeah, so do I! Maybe it's feeling like your favorite authors are accessible, or the joy of glimpsing the person behind the words, but I enjoy the status updates I get daily on Facebook and when I remember to log in to Twitter. So let's have some fun!
Gerrie Ferris-Finger (The End Game: A Mystery) linked to The E-books Article Drinking Game. In my defense, I was also sick of the articles, but had to add my two scents when I got an e-reader of my very own.
Mark Henry (Happy Hour of the Damned) turned friends and fans on to funnies.
RG Alexander did a cyber Snoopy dance over a pic of her (?) new release shelved early at a certain Borders. It's much like these other covers.... that are all primed and ready for me to put up, so you get the idea. I'm going to stop scanning updates because I feel a rant building. I mean, why aren't more covers like this? Not that I need all my books to be stamped with muscular men....one or two will do nicely. But if they're going to keep telling us that Urban Fantasy is a woman's genre, what's without all the female body parts on the cover? I'm rereading Dime Store Magic (Women of the Otherworld), which now has a nifty new cover. But I'm reading the original:
What the hell? Not only does the leg not make the book more appealing, but if you read just a chapter or two, you know that sure as hell isn't the narrator's leg! Poor Paige, replaced by some skinny witch. I'm not going to make the post too image heavy, but the urge is to show the sea of midriff and tramp stamps, broken up by the occasional over sized breasts or sexy thigh.
Humphf. Rather than talk about the mixed messages of kick-ass heroines that have to look like sex kittens (even when they don't), I'm going to head over to R.G. Alexander's webpage to try and figure out if any of the paranormal romances come close enough to urban fantasy...or look sexy enough to keep me distracted from the fact that my mother in law is coming!