The Novelist’s Dilemma (is not a dilemma at all, is it?)

images (4)My posts lately have been rawly honest. Opening up my pea-head and displaying not just the cray-cray but the insecurities I have as a novelist is not easy. I’ve always displayed a more positive outlook because I recognize how lucky I am to do this. I’m extremely grateful for what success I’ve had, and for how I am able to write beautiful words and interesting unique characters—how easily the words (not plots) come to me. But sometimes I over-think things—it’s a character flaw. And I’ve been over-thinking this new book—and my entire career as a novelist.

At different points in a novelist’s career there are decisions to be made that affect the novelist. Consider that it takes months or more to complete a novel all the way through from first draft to final-ready-to-be-published. No one wants to spend that much time on any project only to have to scrap it, or to have it fail. Who would like those odds?  Not I, said the Kat.

There arrives the “what next?” question. What seems an innocuous query is fraught with complication. (Now, following here, excuse me for  mentioning my books and linking to them and their sales on Kindle – indulge me, since I don’t do it often but I should!).

tgraces1743500_553542498076585_1943216434_nsweetieLast night I picked up my copy of “Tender Graces” and began to read it as if I didn’t write it (I recently also read “Sweetie”, and such a warm and tender feeling overcame me. The words were rich and full and lush. The character apparent. The work isn’t perfect—in fact, I can see things I’d change about TG;  it was my very first novel, after all. But I felt the novelist’s love for her work, the language, the setting, place, tone, characters. It all came rushing back to me just how much I love what I do. And how lucky I am to be able to do it. The “Virginia Kate Sagas” (TG, Secret Graces & Family Graces – SG & FG are on sale for under $5 on Kindle, y’all, Sweetie for under $6) and Sweetie are examples of a writer who created out of nothing Secret%20Graces%202012%20-%20screenbut love for this writing life—it shows, and the readers felt it, too—I receive more mail on the Virginia Kate books & Sweetie than any other–I think they get the better reviews, too. Not perfection, but sincerity and truth. I believe in this author. I trust this author. The characters come alive and appear as apparitions in the room.1461250_496657083765127_1387255473_n

With the exception of one of my novels—The Lighting Charmer (and to some extent even that book), which is on sale for .99 cents on Kindle! and sorry for the touting — my published books were written in one way: I sat down and followed my character to see what she, or he, would do. I didn’t think about plots or outlines or “what I should do;” I just wrote. With abandon. Without fear. With love. With hope. These images of my book covers you see here?: I did this. I wrote these books. *Takes a moment to be filled with happy gratitude* family_graces_-_screen

Then the “novelist’s dilemma” smacked me stupid – should I write what I love; how it comes naturally to me? Or should I write what I hope will be more popular? Before you say “don’t fix what ain’t broke—write what you love!” Understand that the novelist profession is not only from the guts of us as artists, but it is also a business. This is not a hobby for me. I count on this as income. I count on this to help pay bills. And that’s where the rubber skids crazily on the road. Because what I love to write, what comes naturally to me, is not “Popular Fiction” that consistently time and again tears up Amazon rankings in the top 100 (though Tender Graces, Sweetie, and yes, even The Lightning Charmer were Amazon Best-Sellers. TG & Sweetie made it to top 100. TG was number 1 on Amazon paid list – The Help was number 2: haw! Yeah, I’ve had my moments!)

someone sent me this screenshot - wish I had one of TG & Sweetie!

someone sent me this screenshot – wish I had one of TG & Sweetie! So-Why am I whining? huh. Stop it, Kat

I fiercely love Virginia Kate and those cast of characters; I adore Sweetie & Melissa. I love Ayron & Laura in Lightning Charmer and I still think that’s my best attempt at a romancy-supernatural-mountain people kind of novel—I think that book would have been even better had I let myself “go” and wrote with the same abandon as I did with my previous novels, warts and all; imperfection and all. Those characters interested me, and still do. They captured my attention and my imagination. Still do.

I was in love. I was so very grateful. What happened to that? I can bet many novelists/authors out there can answer that question with a wry twist to their mouths.

So, the novelist’s dilemma: write what you love and let the money chips fall where they may, or, try to write something “Popular” and . . . and . . . be an unhappy novelist! One who isn’t writing very much. One who writes sad discombobulated blog posts about how she is not writing and feels uninspired.

If a novelist isn’t writing, then what’s the point? If the novelist is unhappy and discombobulated, then she must find out why and remedy it. If the novelist wants to be loved by the masses, then she best not be a novelist. And if Ego is involved—oh, Ego is a terrible snarling drool-faced monster! Kick Ego out the writing room door, y’all—kick it HARD until it never returns.

The answer is clearing the cobwebs in my wonky brain. The path I choose from the paths before me that fork off in fifty-galleven directions is—drum roll, please—the one that makes me happy. Duh. The one that may (or may not!) mean failure in my bank account, but always success in my heart account. As for some “popular” attention and sales? Well, there’s always a chance that will again come. Right? Yes! I’m still alive! I’m still a gifted writer! I can still write write write as much as and as long as I want to.

I’m a woman in her 50s. I’ve paid my life dues. I can bloody well do what the hell I want to. *Fist Pump*

When I am on my “deathbed,” believe me, I won’t be sorry that I didn’t write a huge spectacular best-seller, I will be sorry that I gave up the writing just because I couldn’t write a huge spectacular best seller. Huh. Well now.

Consider: when we are not true to ourselves. When we do not do what we know in our hearts and gizzards is the Right Thing (for us). When we look outward to other novelists’ successes. When we keep checking our bank account to see how much money we have. These things change us, changes the way we think about the writing.

I need an ass-whupin if I don't get back to work!

I need an ass-whoopin if I don’t get back to work!

And the writing will suffer right along with the novelist. The heart is not pierced with love. Something is missing—and it will be apparent to the reader. Oh yes, it will.

So what if I just take this new book and turn it over on its end and shake out its pockets and take a look at what falls out? The lint along with the pocket change and interesting rocks and bones and a leaf and something magical and a supernatural glowy thing and interesting odds and ends and whatnotalls. What if I followed the character around to see what she’s up to, and she’s up to something believe you me. What if I followed to see what her magic is? How it is affecting the town? Why some of the town is suspicious of her? What about that man in the shop: what’s he up to, or is he only in love with her? What are those “Memory Vases?” What is she doing with the vial of blood or the strand of hair—why is she mixing that into her magic paints? What’s she up to? What’s her story? Let me follow her around until I find out! “Black Moon Cove” . . . why is that bomping me upside my head as a “working title” . . . ?

What if I wrote how I did when I was happy with love and excitement?

What if the novelist’s dilemma is really not a dilemma at all? What if we are in control of our own writing lives? Well, dang me!

Yeah. What if?

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Touty shout out of the day (and in the future, I’ll be shouting out lots of people here—not just writers):

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Friday Linky/Video Love: Books, Eagles, Give-aways, and Owls, et cetera!

C.G. Blake is not only a nice man, and writes up thoughtful reviews on books (including Tender Graces, thank you CG!), but he has written a wonderful coming of age/family saga called Small Change. I so enjoyed his book.   I’m waiting for him to write more about this family.

If you haven’t yet seen it, check out the Alcoa Bald Eagle live webcam, where you can watch a pair of eagles and their little ones–love this. “A pair of bald eagles joined the Alcoa Davenport community in Iowa in 2009. They built their 7-foot nest on our 400-acre facility in a tree near the Mississippi River. In the spring of 2010 they fledged a pair of eaglets and later that year we installed our first Eaglecam. We recently launched a new camera with improved video streaming. Employees and the community helped name the eagle pair Liberty and Justice.”

writers at work at last year's Fairhope secret hide-away

Since I will be at the Fairhope conference and leaving poor GMR and doggies in the little log house in the cove without  me so that they will surely miss my chaoticnessnessess, I am typing this ahead of time, so hope you all checked out the beautiful Sharla’s authors on parade, where on Thursday (yesterday) the prize was a copy of my soon-to-be-released Family Graces. Can’t wait to see who won a copy! FG isn’t out yet, but will be this spring. While there, check out my good friend and colleague Sharla’s blog and news about her upcoming new release The Reason is You— my blurb of it is on the back, teeheehee! :-D It’s a kick-arse book, y’all. L O V E D it!

And, at Amy Nathan’s place I have donated a copy of a signed Tender Graces for her: Put On Your Fancy Hats! It’s Women’s Fiction Writers 1-Year Blogiversary Mega Book Giveaway! I adore Amy’s blog–check out her author series. She’s truly a supporter of authors, writers, women, and I appreciate her!

My friend (Hi Angie!) sent this video to me “of a very high speed camera. Watch his feathers in the last few seconds.”


There are more at Vurtrunner on YouTube.

I hope to have other posts up before I leave, but if not, I hope to be posting from Fairhope. Or a little of both. For now, I must get back to the galley proof of Family Graces, for right now it is not yet Friday-oh wait, it is Friday where you are sitting but right  at this moment, back in time, where I am now sitting it is not Friday, but as you read this it is, but . . .  — lawd! I have a headache! Have a wonderful weekend, y’allses!

Friday Linky Love: Space Porn & Blogger Buds & RT Art Gallery . . .

Morning from my porch at Killian Knob!

Remember I wrote last Friday that I’d not be on any panels at the Fairhope Conference? Welp, somehow I ended up on two panels *laughing* lawd (Our Rose & Thorn Journal panel of what editors are looking for, and I’ll be on a “what works and what doesn’t in social media [when it comes to our books], etc, panel). If you are in around those parts, come join us. Angie Ledbetter and I would love to say hello.

Also, I hope you will stop by our newest feature at the Rose & Thorn – our Art Galley “wall.” We are blown away by the art/artists. While there, check out the prose and poetry–soon, May 15, our spring issue will go live. Every other Wednesday on our blog, our Art Director Alaine Benard announces two new artists. We are honored. The alternating blog posts are Back Story posts from our writers and poets. Y’all come!

Linda Hoye, a wonderful beautiful woman, has a new book coming out in June, a memoir “Two Hearts.” Go by and check it out. I’m looking forward to buying my own copy!

I’ve been visiting Write It Sideways, and today’s post is about “How to read your way to better writing.” I can’t imagine never reading (double negative -haw!). It’s always been about The Book. I adore books, and that’s part of the reason I became a writer–the two are intertwined.

Karen Elliott has had “Musician Week” over at her blog. Prior to that was “editor week” — I always look forward to her “weeks” :-D

Sharla Lovelace is having some wonderful contests over at her blog to celebrate the release of her new book “The Reason is You,” which comes out next month. Go by – it’s easy and fun and you just may win a prize.

I had a wonderful time at Book Blather on Marilee’s blog. Unfortunately, I, and some others who stopped by, weren’t able to comment, so I want to to thank those who stopped by and read. I enjoyed the conversation with Marilee. As well, I was so nervous about putting up that small excerpt from the new Graces book coming out this spring– it was one of the sadder/darker parts of Family Graces.

spring is here in the mountains! wow!

I stumbled on this site, Space Porn (laughing!), from a Huffington Post article. I love science and physics, and even if I don’t always grasp every concept, I can’t get enough of it! At Huffington, I spend time on the Books and Book Publishing areas, but I’ll also go to the food and science posts as well.

That’s enough for now. I’m busy listening to the Sweetie audio book files just to make sure all is well. I want to finish that this week, since I’m hopping in the BoopMobile and heading Down South to Fairhope next week. Poor GMR and Not Quite Fat Dog and Psycho Cutie Girl will miss me – – maybe, haw! Oh, ‘course they will, teeheehee. I am amazed at how the “voice-artist” reads–her instincts are so on point and her voice so clear and mesmerizing, it’s really not a chore at all to listen. She’s absolutely wonderful and is bringing to life my characters. She’s perfect for Melissa’s voice. Love it and her!

boop-boop-beep-beep!

Now, y’all go do the day, feel Gratitude, and have a wonderful weekend.

Friday Linky Love: Gumbo Writers & Fairhope Conferences, Penneys & Cartier, Ocean & Interview

Kat, Angie, Alaine

First, I visited Marilee Brothers at Book Blather and am there now, well not really there now, since I am here now, but I am there, too — lawd, I can see me caught up in this loop with all my crazy-arse brainackities. She’s a fellow BB author and I love it when we support each other!

My bestie and fellow Publishing Editor of R&T Angie Ledbetter is back on her Gumbo Writer blog after a “life is insane” hiatus. She offers up  fun, funnies, recipes, and all things wonderful. If you haven’t been by, go see her, or if you haven’t been by in a while, she’s back! She’s one of the most wonderful, giving, cool-arse women you will ever come to know.

the beginning of the mischief in fairhope

And, at the Gulf Coast Association of Creative Writing Teachers conference Angie and I will be attending along with other colleagues and friends in Fairhope, Ala (where we went last year and . . . I wrote a post about some of it —Girl’s Night Out in Fairhope Alabama–Starting with the End & the Bloody Man Blues — . . . “there’s something to be said from sitting outside of a bar when you are not inebriated but have all your clear-headed faculties  . . . ” ) *post script – the inebriation came earlier* -Laughing). Our  R&T Managing Editor Cyn Toups, our RT Art Director Alaine Benard (my other bestie!), and one of our poetry editors Marilyn Shapley will be on the panel for Ekphrasis Squared — Hybrid Synergy of Art to Poem, Poem to Canvas. Angie and I decided we probably won’t be on a panel this year and instead attend and enjoy panels (but one never knows)– if you are in the area, come to the conference! Fees are only around $30, and it’s a laid back group, and held in a beautiful little town.

wheee - gimme another martini!

I have loved JC Penney for a while now, for they have clothes that bridge that gap between “this is too young for me” and “this is too old for me” — I mean, I don’t want to wear granny clothes and I don’t want to wear twenty-somethings clothes, and Penney’s has a little of everything–including clothing lines that fit my style. So, now they’re changing how they do business and asked Ellen DeGeneres to be their spokesperson–Loving this! As well, I went in to Penney’s the other day and I don’t care that it’s all about “creating buzz” – it was just so cool to see things marked without the .99 on them. Now, that may mean in some instances I am paying one cent more (like if something that is $14.99 is instead $15) but I don’t care, I just love the concept and it’s something new to give my jittery chaotic mind a “whooo-haaa! new new new new shiny thing!” And they have the best sales–I picked up several shirts for $4 and $5–and not just because they were so cheap, but because I LOVED them. Go JC Penneys!

I adore OCEAN Magazine — editor Diane Buccheri gives of her time and money and more time and more money to create a print magazine that celebrates and protects our oceans. I know she is always looking for poetry and prose submissions, as well as photography–all in and of and about and around the ocean. I have been honored to have had poetry, prose, and photographs published  there. I’m also a subscriber – because I believe in her and her philosophy of honoring and protecting our Oceans. Please do check out her website and if you are moved to do so, subscribe.

And finally, I had this video on my Facebook page, so those of you who are round those parts may have already seen it, but if not, this is a commercial that had me actually pressing the “stop” to my fast forwarding through commercials, rewinding, and then watching the entire beautiful thing. I don’t care if it’s a commercial, or even that I doubt I’ll ever own anything from Cartier, this commercial WOW’d me – it made me want to write something fantastical and epic and mystical!

I am working on the fifth novel and so excited to be back to work on something new. The last book in the Graces Trilogy (Family Graces) will be out this spring – next month – and I can’t wait to hold that in my hands (in print and kindle version! :-D) . . . I have the best job EVER! Now, y’all go do the day and be filled with gratitude for this life we live on this beautiful earth.

Linky Love Friday: I’m showing mine; now you show me yours!

"Momma, can I go out and play with my friends?"

Morning All Y’allses Beautiful People out there!

While I ain’t a social networking wizard, I do spend a fair amount of time with social networking sites before I start my writing day, or during a break in writing. Partly because otherwise I’d be so reclusive I’d soon be running down the cove road nekkid yanking out my hair, rending my garments, shouting, “Aiyeeeeeee Aiyeeeeee Aiyeeeee!” And partly because it is really “Expected” of an author to show herself on social networking.

Really, gone are the days when authors sat on their ivory high golden thrones as enigmas that rarely interacted with their readers (though some are still there and perhaps rightly so!). Now, authors must show their faces, to some degree, to the “World,” and not just our physical faces, but pieces of ourselves. I keep a lot of my life still private, but I also share bits of my life — not just about my books, which you know I do not do much of that, but about writing and friends and books and products and etc etc etc. It is how I stay connected, yet still remain rather reclusive here in the cove.

Come Join!

So, I’d like to invite you all to join me on FACEBOOK, and on TWITTER–where I do most all of my social networking (other than this blog), and if you are interested in further social networking (where I admit I am lacking in time and energy and pieces of me stretched thin to spend too much time on—), Pinterest (be careful with copyright issues!) and I make the rounds every so often on Google+. I’m on Networked Blogs, as well, now that I figured out you have to actually join it, teeheehee. If you’ve requested friending/following and not heard back from me, that probably means I never saw the request, accidentally deleted it, went in spam file, something, as I do my best to answer all mail, email, requests, et cetera!

In the comments section, I invite you to share your links and further, if you like, something about You. So share! Let us know who you are and where you are!

Join us on R&T's Facebook page!

There on my Facebook page, I have Rose & Thorn Journal’s page, Writer Unboxed, Photo of the Day, and other wonderful places to visit/join/like. If you have an “author page” (which I do not), feel free to link to that as well so we can all check it out.

 

 

 

 

See you later from the smoky mountain cove at killian knob

Y’all have a wonderful weekend — go do the day and remember to Be Filled with Gratitude.

Friday Linky Love (and you, twitter-friend, that’s Linky not Kinky-you know who you are *laughing*): Writer Unboxed

Morning, Y’allses!

My break between novels is over as of yesterday, and I will be working my wittle arse to the bone–wait, is that the right analogy/imagery? Huhn, well, that’s how it’ll feel once said arse sits upon said brown leather chair (or on warm days, on rocker or cushioned iron chair on the p’och–that’s porch for all you non-southern/appalachian types) for hours and hours and danged hours upon danged more hours! I have to remember to: eat, stand and walk around, actually look at GMR and acknowledge him instead of going “uh huh, hmmm, uh huh” when he speaks, and to remember that GMR doesn’t know who Laura is or any of the other characters, so when I excitedly ramble about so and so and such and such and GMR goes “who are you talking about?” I have to remember he’s not in my chaotic pea-head (thank gawd!, for that’s a danged ole scary place to be–ungh!). This new book will have supernatural elements (previous novels touched on it, but this one will dive full-tilt into the supernatural–at least that’s the plan :-D – lawd) and I am ready to unleash the crazy-dawgs (that’s dogs for . . . well, you know the rest).

The final Graces Saga book. Family Graces, will be out this spring and I’ll post more about that later–you all know I don’t do the yappity do dah day about my books, unless I have news to share.

So this morning for Linky Love day (and I laughed when a new twitter friend mis-read and thought I wrote “Kinky Love Day” last week – haw!), I want to talk once again about Writer Unboxed. If you are a writer, or a reader, or in publishing/books, then this is the place to be. Writer Unboxed is growing–as I said on Writer Unboxed’s Facebook Page, “I feel all snuggly-poo that I’ve been here from the start,” and they now have over a thousand members–and quickly growing, y’all!

The WU Blog is an eclectic mix of this that and the other for readers, writers, industry peoples (publishing, books, agents, literature, etc etc etc), and tons of support and information to help us in our publishing, writing, reading, et cetera, lives.  The WU newsletter is out and if you haven’t signed up, oh do think to do so–I am reading through the first issue and it’s chock-full of gooey goodstuff. I just can’t say enough good things about Writer Unboxed.

And, I was surprised to have a mention in the very first WU Newsletter for my “Monday Classroom” series–teehee–thank you wonderful WU Guru Vaughn Roycroft for that mention. I love writing my blawg posts for Monday Classroom, and hope I continue to delight and astound–okay, maybe not *laughing* – I just appreciate all yallses danged ole support and I hope my lil tidbits help you in your writing journeys.

Now, ya’ll go do the day–do it Strong! do it Happy! do it with Gratitude! Remember–dreams ain’t nothing without some good old fashioned hard work to help them come true. And while I’m on that subject–sometimes we have to take our dreams, turn them upside down, shake the hell-far (that’s hell-fire for you non-southern/appalachian peoples) out of them to see if maybe, just maybe, something we never expected falls out of the dream’s deep deep pockets, way down deep in the very corners where lint usually resides. Dreams can often offer lint-covered surprises, if you are open to giving them a big ole shake and then brush off that lint to see what shiny thing emerges.

Friday Linky Love Day: Little’a this and little’a that.

Colleague and friend, author Vanessa Gebbie – the US edition of her novel, The Coward’s Tale, comes out early next week with Bloomsbury. I read Gebbie’s collection of stories, “Words from a Glass Bubble,” and oh, I was so happy to have read that book, so looking forward to her novel. She also has a really cool website that rather fascinates me.

Some of you may have already read this post from a while back, but if not, I’m a guest on Bellebooks/Bell Bridge books blog – Is the Novelist Work Not Valued, or Under Valued?

Stacy S. Jensen “Writing My Way Through Life” has a Thankful Thursday (love!), and for her TT this week, she talks about the wonderful Writer Unboxed, for which they will soon have a newsletter. Go by and check out Stacy’s blog, and while there, read all about Writer Unboxed and their up-coming newsletter news. Excited!

A friend of mine has a new blog, so want to send her some linky love — Stories of Strong Southern Women–“Nothing is ever truly forgotten. The past lives forever in our memories. Marina Aimer.”

I adore MORE magazine, and am a subscriber. Received my new issue yesterday and am gobbling it up. I love how it is geared towards women over 40, although the magazine attracts other ages, as well. They are also online, and have a 20 Get-Healthy Beauty Picks. Since I do my “I’m your guinea pig” series on Wednesay Free-for-all, I may try out one or two of these products and let you know how it goes–especially the Miss Oops for rosacea. I would be in a state of YAYY! if More would have my books in their “books” section. Especially for “women over 50” who have achieved a life-long dream. A girl can dream for more (haha! hey -!) can’t she? :-D lawd.

On the Rose & Thorn Blog, we added a feature in the comments section where you may now add a link to your blog or website when you leave a comment. We’re hoping you will stop by and subscribe, read, comment. Our poets, writers, and artists will appreciate you. Up now is notice on our two new artists for our new Art Gallery.

I read a lot of my publishing news on Huffington Post. It’s an easy way to see things at a glance. They also have many things to read — health, beauty, entertainment, etc etc etc — as if I need one more place to distract me – haw! But, well, dang.

And speaking of distraction, I dipped my teeny toe in Pinterest. I’m not sure if I’ll be so active with it, but I do see the appeal! What I want to be careful with is copyright issues. I’m uber careful about copyright, but I will be fiddle-dee-deeing around with it, as long as I am sure whatever images I place on my “boards” are not someone else’s “property.” When I signed up, Pinterest automatically followed a bunch of people, so maybe I am already following you there! :-D

An Update – Author Sharla Lovelace (The Reason is You will be out this spring, right about the time my Family Graces will be – I read this book because I “cover-blurbed” it – it’s wonderful!) anyway, I’m (Sweetie is) on her “Shameless Saturday” where writers can leave a comment and “shamelessly” talk about their works.

 

 

I was fascinated by the images that showed up on just my name and my name + Tender Graces in google images. Including this photo (lawd! laughing!). (No, I wasn’t googling myself -teeheee- I was looking for my Amazon Author Page to make sure these posts were showing up . . . they are . . . and saw the links. Huhn. :-D) Yup, that’s Tender Graces covering the, uh, the, um, well I . . .  anyway . . . *ahem* Anyyyywaaaaay, I have a vague memory of someone sending me this image and our having a good laugh, but I don’t remember who it was . . . haw! lawdy.

This video made me laugh. I don’t do book signings anymore (or very very rarely), so this really hit home “You mean it didn’t go well; I signed you for three more” and the look on his face – haw! :-D

Soon I should be receiving the new bookcover for the 2nd book, Secret Graces, and the for the final in the trilogy, Family Graces, and when I do, I’ll share them *smiling.* Beginning March 1, my “vacay break between novels” ends and I’ll be putting my head down to work on my 5th novel (not counting the novella, but maybe I should!). Terrifying and exciting and wonderful.

What’s your news? What’s happening with you? Any news you want to share?

Friday: Linky/video Love. Unromantic Queen, Physicists Crushes, Russian Love?

Valentines Day:

GMR never has to worry about Valentine’s Day, for he knows I couldn’t care less, and in fact, have grown to dislike Valentine’s Day – bleah!

I gave a nod to it by reading the posts on BelleBooks/Bell Bridge Books blog for their Valentines Week blog posts. (I have one called The UnRomantic Queen but this is a repeat post from some time back, so some of you may have already seen a version of this–see, couldn’t even inspire myself to write up something new for V’s Day -haw!).

Diane Estrella had a “how cupid shot me” bloghop – so if you are looking for something a bit more romantic, bleah romantic bleah (but not bleah on her blog, which is wonderful!), then go by and take a look at the offerings others have posted there (look in the comments section for their links or on the linky thingee there).

And I’ve just discovered (again, for a friend had a poem published here a few years back) Hyper Text where the V’s Day offerings are eclectic, and where fellow blog-buddy Kristin Bair O’Keeffe from Writerhead has fiction.

Enough of V’s Day (once again: Bleah!).

Rose & Thorn:

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My physicist crush:

My other “physicist crush” (besides Neil deGrasse Tyson who hosts Nova scienceNow) is Professor Brian Cox, who hosts “Wonders of the Universe,” and when I write that, I keep saying it as he does “Wonders of the U-nee-vuhse” teehee, what a cutie. There is a mathematician-scientist whose name I can’t recall, though I can see his face, and wish I could pull that name out of my blackholed brain, for he is fascinating as well. Dang. I *heart* physicists/scientists :-D

Online Journals/Magazines:

The Nervous Breakdown, an online magazine/journal, sends me a newsletter to remind me of its eclectic offerings – check them out, sign up for their newsletter.  Yes, I realize/recognize that I am a Publishing Editor of an online journal (above!), but someone else’s success or great-ta-tude does not take away from the enjoyment and love Angie Ledbetter, I, and our Managing Editor Cynthia Toups (and all our wonderful staff) have publishing our little journal. TNB puts their all into their endeavor and it shows! I believe we should all support and tout about one another–this goes for authors, too.

Russian (and Washington) Kat Lovers?

I sometimes go look at my website (kathrynmagendie.com) stats just to see where people are clicking from. I don’t know who they are, just where they are from. Like my State Department friend(s) who visit daily–could Hillary be a closet Kat novel-lover? reading my books under the covers with a flashlight? *teeheehee.* But the last couple of days I’ve had a lot of visits from Russia. Tender Graces and Secret Graces are going to be released there (so far?), but I don’t know when or how that works. I did find this page that has that airbrushed photo of me  that I hate (where I look like my much younger twin teeheehee) and everything else is in Russian, so I’m clueless–there is a “lib” in there; library? Dunno. Maybe I’m now a Russian bride and will start receiving mail from creepy .  .  .  uh, I mean lonely  .  . .  American men until they realize I’m an almost 55 year old American woman *haw!* Some of the pics at the bottom made me laugh :-D. If you know Russian, maybe you can clue me in!

Videos that made me go “Haw!” or “aww” or “lawd” . . . :
GMR just shakes his head, or at least he used to when these commercials would air, but it makes me laugh every danged time – I’m laughing now! *they have a PEPPER BAAAAR!* laughing . . . lawd.

And my poor brother *laughing* – he spent hours doing this and keeps saying “No one likes it! Huhn . . . well, shoot . . .” and I just laugh, because it’s so silly, but it still makes me laugh at how he spent hours on this, moving the dogs and doing all this stop-action and cutting and pasting and etc, and, well, um, see for yourself *laughing* . . . oh, of course I mean, *poor brother* teehee.

Finally, last video – this is wonderful and must have taken hours and hours (take a lesson brother *HAW* -okay, just kidding . . . lawd). I love the idea of magic happening once humans have left a building/room.

That’s all for now. You all have a wonderful weekend and I’ll see you Monday for Monday Classroom. I have been trying to visit around on social networking, but soon I’ll have to bury my head in the new book and that will really curtail my visiting–I’m writing something even more Supernatural this time. My books have ‘hinted’ at it or touched on it, but this time I’m giving myself full reign to use my imagination–release the hounds! :-D

Friday is Linky Love Day: Something for Everyone, even piggie lovers like me.

With Valentine’s Day fast approaching and who cares *Kat is sooo unromantic and doesn’t really like Valentine’s Day – Bah Humbuger!* maybe I’ll send a “some e-cardscard to GMR. Teeheehee. If you like irreverent, then you’ll like some e-cards.

The Rose & Thorn Journal has a new feature: our Art Gallery, more information, and other goodies, can be found at the Rose & Thorn blog.

Did you know there is a place where you can join to (at least attempt to) be rid of unwanted catalogues and other mail?  Their header: “Stop unwanted mail. Free service to opt out of catalogs, coupons, credit card offers, phone books, circulars and more.” Catalog Choice.

I have a YouTube Channel. Do you? A place where I post videos or add faves or subscribe. Let me know in the comments and I’ll subscribe to yours.

I’d love to see you on Facebook, if I don’t already.

As for our wonderful blogging community – I have linked to many here on Linky Love Friday, so I hope you will scroll down and around and visit. Today I want to link to author Barbara Forte Abate, who has a marvelous novel “The Secret of Lies,” for which I loved! Give her some visit love; she’s a wonderful writer. Another author to visit is Linda Cassidy Lewis, who never shies away from telling her truths, and I like that, and I loved her book “The Brevity of Roses” very much as well!

And then I just wanted to do a random Google search, so I put incute pigs YouTube” and now I will go peruse them – I love piggies. Please don’t eat the poor piggies – *sob* (all you bacon-lovers out there — shaaaaaammme! – though I know that Bacon Lovers have no shame – I’ve never seen such adamant eaters of a foodstuff – lawd! *laughing*)

Soon I’ll have an image of the new bookcover for the last in the Graces (Virginia Kate Sagas) trilogy. They re-fashioned the Secret Graces cover, as well. I have links to my books Up There at the top of the page. But y’all know I don’t like all the white noise of yapping about my books. But, when I have news, I do like to share. So, soon as I have the final image, I’ll post it here, there, and yonder, including my “books page” above.

Now Y’all go have a wonderful weekend and I’ll see you on Monday for “Monday Classroom,” where we will talk about commas.

Friday Linky Love: something for everyone

Oh, I am late with my linky love this morning. But all because of good wonderful things. First, I have received back my manuscript from my editor for the third Graces book in the trilogy (Family Graces) and she didn’t maul me! She didn’t slaughter me! She loved the book! Yay! I am so relieved. However, I do have some little things here and there to fix, so I will be hunkering down for that.

Then! in other good news: Bellebooks/Bell Bridge Books has offered me a contract on what will be my sixth book (one of those was a novella)! To be released next September 2013. I am so excited. More later, for there’s lots to be done before I talk too much about this book; however, it’s a little different. It’ll have some supernatural elements (though my stuff kind of touches on that anyway).

So, I’m quickly posting some links and then I have to run run run –

First, I am a guest at Lines of Beauty. She has reposted something I wrote here because she liked it and wanted her readers to enjoy. I hope you will stop by and say hello to her – visit her blog, give her some love! (My “Professor Kat” photo is up and it makes me laugh).

I know I have linked to Writer Unboxed before, but they continue to have wonderful informative posts. Today Jane Friedman has 5 Attitudes Toward Publishing You Should Avoid – there seems to be some trouble with the link today but I hope you will keep trying, or go by the Writer Unboxed site on Facebook (see below).

I like to stop by Publishing Pulse, Query Tracker, where there is a round up of links. There’s a little of this, that, and the other in publishing news.

I’m seeing Pinterest (Pinterest is an online pinboard) all over the place and I have the “go ahead” to do my own Pinterest site, but I’m hesitating – one more thing to do. However, I am going to check it out. Are any of you doing it? and if so, what do you think?

And because it makes me laugh and smile and miss my Lil Boop . . . a day at the park with Granny Kat . . .

And Soco Falls in Cherokee Reservation

I hope you’ll come join me on Facebook – we have a good time there. As well, two places on facebook I love, besides Writer Unboxed, are Three Things I Like and Photo of the Day. Come Join!