so MUCH to do

First: my meme from Candy. I cannot afford to ignore a summons from one of The Bitches.

The first time I noticed this meme making the rounds a few weeks ago, it was in a bunch of blogs devoted to infertility. . . Hmmmm.

1. Delve into your blog archive.
I'm going to go to my ORIGINAL blog for this. Talk about devotion to duty!

2. Find your 23rd post (or closest to).
From, the post was titled Contest FAQ and Official Announcement Post

3. Find the fifth sentence (or closest to).
"I'm thinking The Creepy, The Funny, and The Moved Me to Tears Categories, with one grand prize winner from all the categories getting the sox and a book."

4. Post the text of the sentence in your blog along with these instructions. Ponder it for meaning, subtext or hidden agendas… I used to have contests all the time, usually 55 word entries. I loved them--the entries were wonderful--but I had to nag people to enter, and then I had to remember to mail off the prizes. I haven't had a single one in this blog. . . lazy person. Maybe later. Yup.

5. Tag five people to do the same
Huh. How about this. if you do it, let me know. It's like Smart Bitches Day. I will celebrate your achievement!


next on the agenda:

Tomorrow is Author Day at the Belfry Collective. Yeah, I'm a member there. I'm like one of those guys who's a Moose, an Elk and a Rotarian. I've learned a slew of secret handshakes and sacred oaths. But I like these people, dang it. And they are great writers and critiquers. It's going to be fun. I just have to figure out what it all means.


Last item: Useful advice for writers learned in New Jersey

I had a wonderful time but I didn't take notes in New Jersey. Not one. If only I'd gone to Teresa Bodwell's talk, maybe I'd have something new and interesting to discuss. But I'll see if I can dig up anything from the notes other people took.

I didn't even go to the editor talk. No great loss--I asked a friend if I'd missed anything interesting and the news is familiar. Historicals are hard to place, erotica's still hot, paranormal's still hot and......

Editors are.....ready for this?
hold onto your seat......

.....LOOKING FOR FRESH NEW VOICES. Who'd have guessed it?

oh, and Mary Stella was in NJ but it's okay to mention this now because she and her pack of vicious Rotweillers are home again.


  1. It's cool seeing this meme making the rounds.

    I'm Smart Bitching today, too ;o)

  2. Ah, good times good times. That was the first contest I believe? You have no idea how much it helped me to write the story I entered in that one. I've ment to tell you before, thank you Kate.

  3. OMG, they want fresh new voices? Geez, trying to keep up with what editors want is a PITA, huh?

  4. doug-- we got tagged at the same time once again proving we're twins.

    cheryl--it's wonderful to hear that the contest helped you. You're a good writer too, so it helps the rest of us. once I publish another print book, I'll have another contest. You probably don't need any more sox though.

    shannon, ya goober, I know that's sarcasm. And I know that you know that the day editors get up and announce that they don't want any fresh new voices will be the day the world comes to an end.

    A group whimper from all the rioters will set off some kind of apocalypse trigger.

    Speaking of natural disasters, I hear your state is under water. Your fault. You shouldn't have tried to go camping.

  5. Kate,

    Just a fwap by razzle from a fellow bat!


  6. Toooooo funny, Kate. Nice to see you at the NJRW Conference. The dogs are sorry they had to stay home and protect my house while I was gone. *g*

  7. You would think they'd find a fresh new way to say 'fresh new voices', wouldn't you? :)

  8. So what I'm getting from your post is, "Write a historical paranormal erotic romance in a fresh new voice." So why haven't you done that yet, Kate? You've been home, what, 3 days now? You should have written at LEAST 80K by now. Get cracking.


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