With my youngest heading back to school, this week’s been really busy. Curly’s in his last year of school – in fact technically he graduated high school in June although the ceremony won’t be until October. But he couldn’t decide what he wanted to do “when he grew up” until this spring and realized he needed to have taken a co-op course since to get into the college course he’ll be taking requires work placement experience. So he’s back in high school for one last year. Though his study load should be a lot easier, he’s going to be busy as not only will he have to go to school for a couple hours a day, but he’ll also be working at his co-op placement every afternoon, and he’ll still try to be holding down his part-time job at the grocery store to help pay for his college tuition next year. I’m going to have to keep an eye on him to make sure he doesn’t burn out.
Guitar Hero has just worked his last day at his full-time job, and is taking a week off and then starts his new course in Toronto on the 21st. Maybe, just maybe, I’ll have the house to myself during the day after that. I haven’t been alone in the house during the day since October 2001. I’m really looking forward to having some quiet time to concentrate on my writing. (I’m doing my stretches and warmups for the happy-dancing I’ll be doing on that day, I tell you.)
Starting Monday, the fantastic Maya Banks will be kicking off an e-book extravaganza over on her WriteMinded blog. During the week she’ll be giving away over 100 ebooks. No, the winner doesn’t get all 100, there will be four posts per day of five books. So you’ll have lots of chances to win. More details are available here. Yes, I’ve kicked in one of my books for the contest.
Also starting Monday, a group of authors have gotten together to start up a brand new Yahoo group specifically for romance readers. It’s called Romance Bookmark. (There’s a “Join the Loop” button over on the sidebar.) I can hear you groaning already – “Why would I want to join another loop? I’m in too many already.” Because Romance Bookmark is going to be all about chatting about reading. No author promos will be allowed. Authors will be allowed to join and participate in the discussions but they have to wear their reader hats. They’re not going to be allowed to pimp their books or flood the loop with blurbs and excerpts. The moderators so far are: Shelley Munro, Tessa Radley, Christina Phillips, Tawny Weber, Leah Braemel (Me!), and Beth Andrews. We’ll be popping in from time to time throughout the day to say hi and shoot the breeze, but no PROMOS. We promise! From time to time, there’ll be contests giving away both print books and ebooks. We’ve all donated some of our own books but I’ve also donated some brand new free print books I’ve picked up along the way by authors such as Eloisa James, Tessa Dare, and Maya Banks, amongst others. But the whole point of the group is to have a relaxed atmosphere where you can talk about what you are reading, books you like or didn’t like, tropes you love or despise, what you had for dinner last night, you name it. It’s going to be all about the reader.
And finally, today is Snippet Saturday, but I didn’t have a snippet to post today. But don’t forget to check out the other people who do have snippets up to read. Today’s snippets are all about worldbuilding.