Wednesday, October 31, 2012
I blame my father. He was an artist and loved Halloween. Store bought costumes had no place in his house. Instead, we'd decide what we wanted to be, and then we'd make it. My brother and his friends went as a rock band one year - complete with custom-made instruments created from basement odds-and-ends. I was a robot, a wizard and then a "mom" about three times in a row when I realized that dressing my dog as my "baby" and taking him around was worth double the candy.
The best costume had to be the year my mom joked and said she wanted to go out for Halloween in a canoe. My dad built a canoe for two, with built-in beer holders. How's that for romance?
So now we're carrying on the tradition in our house. My normally GQ husband is going as KISS rocker Gene Simmons, and I'll be a biker witch, complete with a biker dog (our poodle, Moxie).
Oh and the winner of my last giveaway, a copy of My Zombie Valentine, is Reneec23! Drop me a line at angie@ angie fox.com and I'll mail that book out to you!
Posted by Angie Fox at 8:45 AM
Tuesday, October 30, 2012
By Robin 'Red Hot' Kaye
Monday, October 29, 2012
I always dreamed of the day but never really thought it would happen. But it has.
I've resigned from my day job and starting next Monday, will be a full-time fiction author.
It has taken 10 years, thousands of hours, lots of shortened holidays, lost weekends, no vacations and limited time for friends and family, but all that hard work will finally pay off.
I can't be more excited. I have so many ideas that I haven't had the time to work on. Not that you can write fiction for 10 hours a day, but still. No more getting dressed for the office. No more commuting through 50 school zones with 20 bored cops. No more office politics.
It's a dream come true.
So what about you? Do you have a dream? If you weren't slaving away for "the man" or wiping noses and bottoms, what would you want to be doing?
And for all our friends on the east coast, please keep safe!!!!!!
Deadly (Dreamin') DeLeon
Posted by Jana DeLeon at 10:45 AM
Friday, October 26, 2012
With the election only 11 days away, you can't escape the constant barrage of commercials, robocalls, and signage. Obviously the entire country is voting in the presidential and House elections, and some states also have a Senator to vote for. And maybe you even have state legislators and municipal elections thrown in there at the same time.
If your town looks anything like mine, the streets are decorated with red and blue campaign posters. (And yellow and green -- Virginia state law forbids printing party affiliation on the ballot for local elections. With so many federal employees living in the DC area -- who are not allowed to affiliate publicly with a particular party for fear of violating the Hatch Act -- you'd never have enough people for City Council or the school board if you were limited to Dem or Repub.)
But this post isn't about who to vote for. No way. It's about dating.
I've always wondered how a couple could survive if they're on two different sides of the battle lines at this time of year. My friend Laurie is a Jewish northeastern liberal...dating a Southern Baptist conservative Republican. This is their second presidential election together, so it obviously hasn't ruined the relationship yet. And don't forget Mary Matalin and James Carville.
Vice-presidential candidate Paul Ryan's wife has moved to the right over the twelve years they've been married, but she was a rising star Democratic lobbyist from a prominent Oklahoma political family when she first started dating the brand-new Republican Congressman. (If I recall correctly, they met at the gym.)
To me, this is fascinating. But I could never imagine experiencing it myself.
Heck, the only time I ever dated someone who was my polar opposite politically, it ended badly. I knew he and I didn't see eye to eye on most political issues as soon as I heard what Senator he worked for. But I still agreed to go out with him because he was hot. (Hey, I was 22...)
I suppose in retrospect I didn't bother to tell him outright my political philosophy. It didn't seem applicable at the time. But I guess he must have figured it out through conversations, because he stood me up on our very next date. He called me up and told me that the Marine Corps Ball (his boss was on the Armed Services Committee, so he got tickets) had been cancelled.
I was already dressed in my brand new floor-length gown, and was in the process of doing a twist to my hair.
Really? Cancelled? Dude, grow a pair and just tell me you don't want to see me anymore.
Posted by Amanda Brice at 6:01 AM
Thursday, October 25, 2012
Posted by kyradavis at 1:23 AM
Wednesday, October 24, 2012
By the way, my friends thought it was weird that I had a developed back-story. Non-writers, eh?
(This was my editor's favorite blog of mine. Hope you enjoyed it!)
Posted by Leslie Langtry at 1:30 AM
Tuesday, October 23, 2012
CONTEST! CONTEST! Giving away six books today . . . stay tuned for details!
Posted by Christie Craig at 3:30 AM
Monday, October 22, 2012
Posted by Diane Kelly at 12:00 AM