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15 April 2010 @ 10:07 am
Hello, hello  
 It seems I've gone so long without a general post, I have too many things to talk about.

Well, first the sad news.  I have managed to fry something on my espresso machine.  :(  I apparently left the steam button on all day and overnight all unknowing, and have likely burnt out the heating coil or possibly the thermal fuse.  Either are beyond my skill to repair, and so I'm calling espresso repair places to see what can be done.  In the meantime, I am managing with inferior coffee.  The horror!!

I finished the lastest Dresden files book by Jim Butcher, and as last year's entry in the series, this one will make my top five books of the year list.  Wow.  Jim wasn't kidding when he entitled the book Changes.  I am very unhappy that we now must wait a whole entire year to find out WTH happens after that season finale-esque cliffhanger ending.  

But the book was excellent.  Probably my favorite so far in the series, which is saying something.

One of my crit partners got a full manuscript request from the Donald Maass agency, which is pretty nifty stuff.  I don't have any exact figures or anything, but they're probably the oldest, most prestigious literary agency representing genre fiction out there.  That's not to say other agencies are any better or worse, but when the client list is as large and full as theirs is bound to be, getting a request for a full is pretty awesome, even if that's as far as it goes.  (Which I hope it won't be.  This particular writer is long overdue for such things as landing an agent and getting published.  He often says it's anybody's game in our little crit circle for who will succeed in that area first, but I feel strongly that I'd rather he get there before me.  Of the five or so novels of his I've read, I would buy any one of them off the shelf, and then buy everything else he ever wrote.)

My own writing, well now that Norwes is past and the sewing machine is packed away, I'm back to that third rewrite of Nemesis.  I'll keep you all posted, and perhaps I'll even post a snippet soon.  

I've had a couple of jewelry orders for the first time in...awhile.  A sign of improving economic times?  Perhaps.  One can hope, as selling jewelry has become less a hobby and more a stay-home-and-work necessity of late.  I'm contemplating how to make that a reality.

All my TV shows are headed toward season finales, and it seems like the seasons just started, somehow!  I was less than impressed with the Criminal Minds spinoff set up episode of last week.  It reminded me painfully of NCIS: LA, which was a crushing disappointment.  I'm not sure I'll be tuning in if it gets the green light.  Chuck continues to be awesome, as does The Vampire Diaries.  I've been drawing out my watching of the last season of B5, to extend it just a little longer.  I don't want it to be over! :(  

I'm all caught up on the pretty trash that is Spartacus.  The husband has even started watching, but he can't quite get past the overdone fight scenes.  Although he says it's a lot like a train wreck - so bad you can't look away.  We'll see if he continues past the first few eps.  I doubt it.  He is less drawn to all the pretty naked muscle decorating the screen, after all.  

USA is apparently planning some sort of spy show, so you all know I'm there for that when it airs.  I need another spy show in my life.  :)

I'll close with some jewelry pics.  First new stuff I've made in a really long time.  Mixed metal earrings.

I experimented with mixing copper and silver with these, and attaching kidney style eawires to the back, which was kind of a pain, but I do like the way they hang from the ears.  If they prove popular, I will likely do more this way.  

As usual, more pics and info at my Etsy store.
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Dragonsinger: Dean Raymond dance (Ewan McGregor)dragonsinger on April 15th, 2010 05:31 pm (UTC)
Yay for the rewrite! Keep on keeping on!
Sandy Williamssandy_williams on April 15th, 2010 06:21 pm (UTC)
Wow. That's awesome your crit partner received a request from the Maas agency. I've never known someone to get a req from them!
kistha on April 15th, 2010 07:26 pm (UTC)
Miss Crankypants: Alias Sarkney Hold Upaka_paloma on April 15th, 2010 09:16 pm (UTC)
And tonight is David Anders' first appearance on Vampire Diaries! Can't wait! So much squee! (And so many exclamation marks evidently. Oh, dear.)
Patron Saint of Pessimism: Dogs: Deuce smilingwoodrunner on April 15th, 2010 10:36 pm (UTC)

The Maas agency? That rocks! **crosses fingers**


(also, excellent on everything else, except the espresso machine fritzing. I am not a fan of the Criminal Minds spinoff episode, and NCIS LA, either).

Stephstephdub on April 16th, 2010 05:01 am (UTC)
Those earrings are beautiful!