Monday, November 22, 2004


Imagine a racecar zooming past you at 125 miles per hour. That's what I'm doing kilobyte version! Finally I have a cable internet connection, instead of dialup. Since we live so far outside of town, the dialup could only achieve a speed of 28.8 at the best. Now we have 256K and it's wonderful! I can't wait to visit all my favorite websites and NOT have to wait forever for them to load.

So, how many of you have cable, or DSL, or wireless? Do you like it? What are the pros and cons?

I have a new book out: ENCHANTED HOLIDAYS, an anthology of paranormal romance. There are six novellas in it, two based on Christmas, two on New Year's, and two on Valentine's Day. The six authors involved are me (of course!) plus Kim Cox, Chris Grover, Elaine Hopper, Maureem McMahon, and Sheryl Hames Torres. You can check out the cover art, read an excerpt and the reviews, and order your own copy in trade paper or e-book format by going to my website: . It makes a great holiday gift! ;-)


Wednesday, November 10, 2004

Back From the Depths of Illness

The antibiotics have done their job, at least mostly, and I'm back online again. There's nothing like being sick to make you appreciate good health!

It's very windy here tonight, 28 mph with gusts up to 38, 39 degrees and wind chill currently 27. Spitting rain, and possibly a snowflake here or there. I guess fall is definitely here, with winter crowding hard on its heels. I like the change of seasons, but it's always tough to get used to the cold. Especially with our money-saving thermostat setting of 65 degrees! And the electric and gas bills are still awfully high...

We really need to develop alternative forms of energy. Get rid of the gas-guzzling cars and go with electric power, or something cheap and plentiful. Same for heating and cooling our homes and water. I fear the prices will only go up, up, up.

So, what kind of energy-saving devices would you like to see on the market in the next few years? Light bulbs that never burn out? Cars that run on batteries without needing any other energy source? Solar heating for your house? Batteries for all your handheld gizmos that last a year--or ten? Now, just get out there and invent them! ;-)


Thursday, November 04, 2004

A Fiendish Plot?

A frightening election result. Nine hours babysitting two whirling dervish toddler and infant grandchildren. Getting sick and needing massive doses of multiple drugs. Getting sick two days before leaving town on vacation. Guess which of these things have happened to me this week?

Try ALL.

So I say, it's gotta be some kind of nefarious plot designed to drive me stark raving mad. Either that, or I'm on some horrific hidden-camera reality show. Boy, I just hope the prize for this one is really good. :-)

Tell me the stories of some of YOUR worst days...or weeks. How did you make it through? I'm not talking major disasters here--that's a whole different category. But sometimes there just seems to be one little mini-catastrophe after another. How do you get through those times? Chocolate? Bubble bath? Take the phone off the hook? Buy something outrageous? Read? Get a massage?

Hope your week is running smoothly!