Sunday, August 31, 2008

Something To Make You Smile

A Florida senior citizen drove his brand new Corvette convertible out of the dealership. Taking off down the road, he pushed it to 80 mph, enjoying the wind blowing through what little hair he had left. Amazing he thought as he flew down I-95, pushing the pedal even more.

Looking in his rear view mirror, he saw a state trooper behind him, blue lights flashing and siren blaring. He floored it to 100 mph, then 110, then 120.

Suddenly he thought What am I doing? I'm too old for this and he pulled over to await the trooper's arrival.

Pulling in behind him, the trooper walked up to the Corvette, looked at his watch and said, "Sir, my shift ends in 30 minutes. If you can give me a reason for speeding that I've never heard before, I'll let you go."

The old gentleman paused. Then said, "Three years ago, my wife ran off with a Florida State Trooper. I thought you were bringing her back."

"Have a good day, Sir," replied the trooper.

Saturday, August 30, 2008

Author's Responsibility To Write A Book?

Stephenie Meyers, author of the wildly popular Twilight series, announced at her website that a partial draft of Midnight Sun (her current work-in-progress which is the latest book in the series) was illegally posted on the Internet, and as a result she has put the book on hold indefinitely. As a writer, I can understand that this would cause her to lose the focus and enthusiasm that she needs to finish the book.

There's a reader’s board I visit, which is frequented by some very die-hard Twilight fans, and let me tell you--those fans are pissed. They feel that Meyers is 'punishing' them by refusing to finish the book. The one statement they made which made me stop and think was, "Meyers has a responsibility to her fans to finish it."

Certainly, an author has responsibilities to their readers. They have the responsibility of writing the best book possible. They have the responsibility of treating their readers with respect. But is it an author's responsibility to write a specific book? Maybe, in particular if it’s part of a series and they’ve announced that they’re writing it. Or maybe not. What are your thoughts?

Friday, August 29, 2008

I Did Not See This One Coming…

I try my best not to blog about political issues, but I was so surprised by this...

John McCain chooses Sarah Palin as his running mate

To give equal time to the Democratic nominees...Barack Obama and Joe Biden

As someone pointed out to me--whatever happens, history will be made. The US will either have their first female vice-president or their first African-American president. All I will say on the subject is--for the love of all that’s holy, please do not cast your vote based merely on gender or race.

Wednesday, August 27, 2008

First Kiss Day

Today is 'First Kiss Day'. On this day in 1929, Popeye and Olive Oyl had their first kiss :)

I remember my first kiss very well. I was 14, it was summer, and we were standing in front of my house under a huge shade tree (I have no clue what kind of tree it was). We were both nervous. The kiss was...okay. But it was just okay. There were no 'fireworks', which I found somewhat disappointing. And sadly, the kisses never improved much with him.

But thankfully that wasn’t my only first kiss. You get a new first kiss with each relationship. And with my second first kiss--the fireworks exploded!

Thursday, August 21, 2008

The Winner Is...

I received over 600 (no, that’s not a typo) entries for my August contest! I was a little curious about the HUGE increase, so I did some snooping and discovered that the contest got listed on a contest/sweepstake website, which apparently had a lot of visitors :)

I assigned each entry a number and had my youngest son pick a number at random.

The winner was...Judy J. from Oklahoma. Congrats, Judy!

Thanks to all who took the time to enter. Please be sure to check my website and blog the beginning of September for information about my next contest.

Saturday, August 02, 2008

August Contest (ends 08/20/08)

August is Romance Awareness Month. In honor of that I’m giving one lucky winner a $25 online gift card to Victoria’s Secret. You can visit their website by clicking HERE. You’ll find plenty of items--sleepwear, lingerie, beauty products, and more--to help keep the romance and passion thriving in your relationship!

The contest will run through August 20th, 2008.

Click HERE to visit my website for the details of how to enter.

Good luck!