Sunday, November 28, 2010

Six Sentence Sunday - 11/28/10

This week I’m selecting my six from Playing For Keeps, which I submitted to Carina Press. As I wait oh so patiently I thought I’d share the end of the first kiss scene. This scene itself won the New England Romance Writers of America First Kiss contest many moons ago.
Playing For Keeps is about a woman sportswriter and a professional football player. The scene takes place inside a stuck elevator. After playing a couple of rounds of Go Fish (a card game) – one thing leads to another – and they are kissing – and then…

“Ryan, we’re going down.”
“You’re going down?” he asked dazed.
She pounded on his chest. “No, you idiot!”
The realization of what she meant hit him like a bucket of cold Gatorade. He immediately released her and stepped to the far side of the elevator shaking his head. “And we spent the last hour playing Go Fish.”

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Friday, November 26, 2010

“Counting sheep is boring…one Playmate, two Playmates, three…” Juan

Attention female writers: If you need advice on how to write in the male point of view look no further than the above quote.

Even though my wonderfully Peruvian instructor reads/writes poetry, says that East of Eden reminds him of Thanksgiving and writes things on Facebook like, “When I’m with you, there is a million dances but not enough songs.” and “Fingerprints that you left in my soul.” (not to or about me –lol- just wanted to make that clear) – it all comes down to the above quote which yes he really did post as his status update on Facebook.

Men like sex. Men think about sex. All the time.

What else do you need to know? -How to decode what men say.
For instance below are the results from a Men’s Health magazine survey that asked men to list of The Top 5 Qualities Men Want in a Wife.

And as a public service to women writers I will decode the list – what they are really thinking in the parenthesis.

1. Financial Savvy (- will not spend more than $100 on a single item of clothing – including shoes and handbags)

2. Independent (- has her own stuff going on so she won’t notice if I go out with the guys for a beer)

3. Intelligent (- knows not to walk in front of the TV or talk during a game)

4. Loyal (- will not disclosed embarrassing info about him to her girlfriends/family)

5. Sexually Adventurous (-will have sex more than once a week)

So there you have it – men decoded.

Oh and I’ve already told Juan I’m stealing his Facebook status for my book. Definitely sounds like something Russ would say.

Wednesday, November 24, 2010

We can only be said to be alive in those moments when our hearts are conscious of our treasures. ~Thornton Wilder

Thanksgiving is my favorite holiday. It's day that people of all faiths can share in and for that I am most thankful.

Here is poem I sketched out...

Count your blessings
the saying goes
how many can one have
let count the ways
as Browning would say
my family and
friends are just for starters
my health and
a job that pays the bills
for my creative well
For the world God gave us
even with all that is wrong
it is up to the human race
to find His grace
this Thanksgiving Day

Of course I need to end my post with a funny Thanksgiving Day quote....

Thanksgiving, man! Not a good day to be my pants.
Kevin James

Sunday, November 21, 2010

Six Sentence Sunday - 11/22/10

This is my second week of Six Sentence Sunday. Again from my work-in progress Love By Design.

Russ is Victoria's temporary co-host on a design show but he'd been moonlighting as a stripper for the Thunder Down Under Male Revue. He invites her to a show. Her friend Ava drags here there and Russ brings her up on the stage. The song ends and....

Russ reached for her hand and led her back to her seat but before she climbed down he kissed her hand like he was a gentleman from a Jane Austen novel instead of stripper wearing only a sequined thong. She so did not feel like a lady.
Maybe he’d give her a private performance tonight then she’d turn the tables on him and peel off her clothes for him.
“I can’t believe you just did that.” Ava shouted out at her when she got down.
Victoria sported a feline smile that Catwoman would’ve have been proud of. “Got a cigarette?”

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Friday, November 19, 2010

"The road to success is always under construction." Lily Tomlin

I am so dating myself here but I loved the show Laugh-In (aired 1968-1973). My favorite was Lily Tomlin - the phone operator and the little girl in the hugh rocking chair.

Here are some of Lily Tomlin's quotes.

I always wondered why somebody doesn't do something about that. Then I realized I was somebody.
Lily Tomlin

I worry that the person who thought up Muzak may be thinking up something else.
Lily Tomlin

The problem with winning the rat race is you're still a rat.
Lily Tomlin

Why is it that when we talk to God we're said to be praying, but when God talks to us we're schizophrenic?
Lily Tomlin

Of the five quotes which is your favorite.
Do you remember Laugh-in?
Sock it to me.

Wednesday, November 17, 2010

"I may not have riches, but I have a rich life." - Liz Matis

In the October 18th issue of The New Yorker there is a short article by Rebecca Mead – interviewing Arne Glimcher an art gallery owner - he said something so true –

“It was a question of choosing the life you wanted to live, and I wanted a life in art. There is no chance if getting rich as an art dealer, but there was a chance of a rich life with artists.”


Even though I have my day job as a mild manner accountant which brings in the cash, I surround myself with creative people whether it’s the wonderful woman of both my critique groups, the Woodstock Film Festival, writing conferences or attend a play my sister, the actress, is in. My son is an unemployed news producer(writer)/comedian and my husband can create just about anything with pieces of wood. And, of course, my writing where I can create my own worlds.

So you see I may not have riches but I have a rich life.

Sunday, November 14, 2010

Six Sentence Sunday - 11/14/10

Trying something new.... There is a blog ( where writers participate by putting up 6 sentences of writing on their blogs whether it's from a work in progress or something already published.

Here is mine. It's from my work-in-progress, Love By Design. Victoria's mother (a rich, snooty socialite) has told Russ he nothing but a toy to Victoria - who is standing there as well.

Russ knew the mother was changing tactics by appealing to his male ego and it was working. After all, she was probably right. He meant nothing more to Victoria than the sex toy in her nightstand drawer. But he wouldn’t let them see how much that fact stung. He jabbed his thumbs through the loops of his jeans. Using the thick Aussie drawl Victoria hated he said, “Well, your daughter can play with me anytime she likes.”

Let me know what you think.

Tuesday, November 9, 2010

In a bet there is a fool and a thief. ~Proverb

The first night on the ship my husband and I went down to the casino and started out with drinks. I had a lemon drop martini and the bartender made it STRONG - he poured vodka, vodka, vodka, vodka, lemonade. I was flying high by the time we hit the slots and my husband being the hero he is spotted the True Romance slot machine. "Look honey, just for you."
I immediately put in a twenty and on the third spin hit eighty dollars!

Instead of cherries and bars the spins revealed flowers, hearts, pictures of a historical romance couple, and....when you won the guy would say or rather he moaned...wait for it...."oh baby."


We had a great time but the only goal I met was reading and taking down notes for research for my next book.

Oh and by the third night I lost the eighty and the twenty. Yep, that machine lured me in with promises of roses, romance, and riches then left me high and dry. True Romance? Not a chance.