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Friday, February 24, 2012

I'm feeling kind lazy this last week; and the feeling is getting worse as the weekend approaches.  When I'm feeling lazy I do a lot of reading.

I subscribe to eFiction Magazine on my Kindle, and I've been so busy with the blogfests earlier this month I'm only just now getting to read February's edition.  Funny how this months theme seems to fit perfectly with this weeks Romantic Friday Writers prompt, The Perfect 9.5.  I'm not submitting an excerpt to RFW this week - that lazy writing thing ya know - but I've been enjoying reading stories with the theme of flawed romantic interets and the less than ideal dating escapades that end in happily ever after.  Weird for me, as I'm not normally into fluffy romance - Chic lit - or happy endings.  At least not all the eFiction short stories have "happy endings", but close enough.

And what am I watching now?  Sleepless In Seattle.  And it just got to the part where Sam tells his son Jonah, "There's no such thing as a perfect . ." and he trails off as he watches Anne Reed make her way down the airport concourse.  My heart flutters just a bit and I sigh an "ahhh."

Is this romantic month over yet?  I'm going pink or somethin . .

Here's just the thing to pick me up, I think.  You know Jeffrey Beesler of World of the Scribe?  Well, he's just released his first novel on e-book - Spell Of Enchantment - and he's conducting a blog tour through March.  He still has a few slots open, if you're interested in signing up.  I just sent him an e-mail to claim March 17, or 18 so don't get your hopes up on those days.

And did you notice The Literary Lab revealed the cover for the 3rd anthology Variations on a Theme today?

Some of my reading this week included some great blog posts:

Sarah Pearson (Empty White Pages) reveals The Magic Appreciation Tour.
Jamie Gold; and a whole series of excellent writing posts.
MPax (Wistful Nebulae) on outlining.
Raquel Byrnes (nitewriter) on sell sheets/one sheets.  A must read if you attend writers conferences.
Stephanie M Loree (Scribler to Scribe) on Requesting a book interview.
Elizabeth Spann-Craig (Mystery Writing is Murder) on eliminating unnecessary plot complications.
DL Hammons (Cruising Altitude) motivational "be the ball."  Don't forget he's still hosting WriteClub.
Bryan Russel (The Alchemy of Writing) has a cool rebuttal to Jonathan Frazzen's attack on women (which started as a guest post on the Rejectionist).

There were a lot of blogs - many with excellent writing tips and techniques - I've read over the last week or so, but I've had some problems with word processing, so haven't been able to save them.  And being so lazy, I haven't worked too hard at discovering the problem (I know it will involve money and I'm broke).  And I haven't commented on very many of the blogs I've been reading due to my laziness and that silly new word verif thingy.  My bad as a blog reader; sorry folks.

I'm hoping to be more productive this weekend by writing two book reviews, and accompanying author interviews, fulfilling a promise for L'Aussie Denise, and polishing my Catch Fire tour post for 2/28.

But, it sure is the perfect weather for cozying up with a good book while the wind blows and the heater fights off the cold.


Kyra Lennon said...

I am all too familiar with the lazy writer thing. You sound a little downhearted, though, I hope all is okay with you!

Thanks for adding my blogfest to your events! <3

mooderino said...

Not lazy, recharging. Next week, attack!

DeniseCovey_L_Aussie said...

Gee if you're lazy I'd hate to see you on the move, lol.

Pity you couldn't harness your '9.5' but some of the entries have been pretty groovy. I hope the promise was to help judge??


DL Hammons said...

There's a time and place for everything...and that includes LAZY! I'm a big fan of lazy!!

Thank you for the mention!! :)

Simon Kewin said...

That sounds like a pretty busy month to me! A lot of writing goes on in the subconscious while you're "thinking" or doing other stuff. I'm sure that's what's been happening to you ...

Jai Joshi said...

Casablanca was on TV just the other day and I caught the line:

"You must remember this, a kiss is just a kiss, a sigh is just a sigh..."

love it!

I like lazy reading weeks. Been having a lot of those lately.


Pat Hatt said...

Yeah lazy weeks are fun to have once in a while, sleepless in seattle is a really good movie too.

Julie Dao said...

Nothing wrong with being lazy once in a while, especially if you're productive most of the time :) Take a break! My lazy time was in December, but now the gears are turning and it's time to do some work :) (Love Casablanca by the way)

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

Very excited for Jeffrey! All signed up for his tour.

Michael Di Gesu said...

HI, Donna,

The sun is shining and it's a glorious day here in Key West, Fl. I wish you could drop down and soak up some of this fabulous sun.

I just signed up for A-Z, even though it nearly killed me last week.

Reading BG to my friends here and they are in awe. The final is shaping up nicely and should have a copy for you in the next day or so.

Could you believe I am still finding the stupidest tyops? Even after so many sets of eagle eyes. Reading it aloud is helping me find them big time.

I sent a full out too soon. I plan to send the newest version the minute I finish. Hopefully she hasn't gotten to mine yet. If so, oh well, at least the tone and story are spot on. They'll just have to make allowances for some of the mechanical crap.

Have a lovely "lazy" weekend and thanks for the links.

Michael Offutt, Tebow Cult Initiate said...

OMG...Michael Gesu shows up to brag about his weekend in Key West...as if he isn't already doing this in spades on his own blog. *rolls eyes.

It's okay to be lazy, Donna.

And love you Michael...i wish I too could be in Key West.

Jaleh D said...

I haven't been a good blog reader for the past few months, so I understand how that goes. Glad you made it over to mine a couple days ago. :D

I caught part of Sleepless in Seattle yesterday on tv. I have a thing for most of Tom Hanks movies. I laugh hysterically everytime they get to the parts when talking about that one movie and the girls always start bawling. The guys make fun of them, then start talking about a sports movie and they do it too.

Have a wonderful weekend!

Donna Hole said...

Best wishes on the blogfest Kyra :)

I like "recharcing" Moody

I've read a few of the RFWs already Denise, and I agree they are great. Uh no, the promise wasn't about judging, but yes, I will help out :) I'll get the A-Z info to you this weekend. Yes yes, I will :)

Thanks Don.

I'm sure too Simon.

Jai; I remember watching Casablanca a long time ago; I'll have to catch it again.

Hello Pat :)

I see you have some excellent posts up Julie, so you must have come back "recharged".

You got the choice spot at the end Alex. I'm sure it will be a great post :)

I'm so please for you Michael Di :) I'm sure the agent will overlook a few typo's for the story line. I can't wait to read the revision.

Lol Mike O; yep I wish I could be in Key West too :)

Hello Jaleh :) Yeah, Tom Hanks is one of my favorite actors. I've loved him since Boosom Buddies, although that was so long ago I only remember it was funny and he looked good in a dress . .


Sarah Pearson said...

Thanks for the shout out for Daniel, Donna :-)

I don't actually know where Key West is, but I want to be there too :-)

kelworthfiles said...

Hi Donna. I think I've got the February blues too, but maybe this is the cure:

You've been tagged at the Kelworth Files! Check it out and see my questions for you to answer - http://kelworthfiles.wordpress.com/2012/02/25/the-joy-of-being-tagged-and-tagging/

Laura said...

Donna... you going all pink and fluffy on us? What's the world coming to?

Hope that your few 'lazy' days have done you good - we all need to hit that re-charge button occasionally!

Love Laura x

Trisha said...

Oooh, some cool links. Thanks for sharing Donna!

I think everyone needs a lazy time on occasion to recharge.

Asim Kumar Paul said...


Donna Hole said...

Hi Sarah :)

Thanks Chris, I'll check it out.

Passing phase Laura; passing phase.

It was a nice weekend Trisha :)

Hello Asim.


lbdiamond said...

Sometimes you just need a break, you know?

Stina Lindenblatt said...

I LOVE Sleepless in Seattle.

Thanks for the links. I have to check out the one on eliminating unnecessary plot complications. :D

Stina Lindenblatt said...

(psst. The link to the post is wrong. It's linked to Scribbler to Scribe instead of to Elizabeth's blog. )

Donna Hole said...

Hello Dianne :)

Thanks Stina; the link is fixed now :)


DEZMOND said...

can you believe that I still haven't seen CASABLANCA?