Tuesday, January 24, 2006

Miscellaneous Updates

Red Shoes

Today I am wearing brown boots. I apologise. But since I dug a glass splinter out of the ball of my foot (insert sympathetic wince here) last night, I'm thinking you'll excuse me. I would say my red-shoes-to-ordinary-footwear rate of success is running at about 40%.

I can do better.

I'm loving The Night Before Christmas. So far the stars of note are Jill Shalvis and Kathy Love - their stories really shone. Jill surprised me, but Kathy delivered just what I was counting on.

I'm a forgiving reader, not prone to bemoaning the 'state of the the romance novel industry', but for me, romance reads fall into two categories. The ones where you enjoy the fantasy, but when you leave the story you sigh to rejoin reality, and the ones that remind you that you're right to believe in love, dammit. Kathy's stories remind you that love is out there, it's real and it's wonderful.

I've surprised myself by enjoying a short story anthology so much. Perhaps it's really what suits my current existence.... Must try some more, and see.

Any recommendations? (Yes, Sela, I'm asking you.)

I'm posting this from Durham, Tuesdays being my MA day. And how I love Tuesdays. I'm going to have to muse on this some more, and blog about it properly.

Today the sun is shining on the Castle and the Cathedral, the air is cold, and the students are smiling.

And the river is full of rowers with exceptionally defined musculature.

I'm married, I'm thirty-one, and I'm ogling undergraduate rowers.

I'm going to hell.

Or maybe I just appreciate the beauty in life.

Yes, that's it. Not lech: artist.

In case you haven't already worked it out, blogging is currently my displacement activity of choice, to distract myself from the fact that I sent a partial to a mainstream UK pub yesterday. I would be entirely unsurprised by a "romantic suspense - are you mad?" rejection (mental note:- must restock my emergency supply of Haagen Dazs Pralines and Cream icecream in case of rejection), but I can't be the only thirty-something woman who still shivers at the thought of Mary Stewart's heroes, and longs for more Brit-bred RS on the shelves.

Here's hoping.


At 5:02 pm, Anonymous Loreth said...

Mary Stewart's heroes??? Brit-bred RS??? Oooh, Anna, I'm in line already! The very, very best of luck with this.

But 31?? You're still a babe, my dear.

At 7:30 pm, Blogger Sadhbh said...

On watching the rowers - just because you're on a diet doesn't mean you can't look at the menu

or as a priest I know used to phrase it
"It doesn't matter where you find your appetite, as long as you have your dinner AT HOME!"

'nuff said

Good luck with the submission

At 7:33 pm, Blogger Biddy said...

Oooo rowers!!! Mmmm I'm 34 and single, I can sooo look and feel ;)

WOOOOO!!! On the submission.

At 9:05 pm, Blogger Anna Lucia said...

LORETH!!! So nice to see you, babe. *VBG* Ah, I know I'm still young - it's just they're younger. A LOT younger.

So true, Sadhbh. And I do so love looking at the menu, thinking about the combination of flavours, the way the meal is put together.... *bobs eyebrows*

Biddy! Come on up and ogle with me sometime... *wink*

At 12:06 am, Anonymous Danica said...

Okay, you just made me feel better about myself... 30 and ogling some of the men I ogle... Okay, artist, not lech. Very good.

At 3:52 am, Anonymous kathy said...

Anna! What a wonderful, wonderful compliment! Oh my. That really makes me feel so good, and couldn't have come at a better time. Writing has been a struggle lately, and your words make me realize why I keep struggling.

Thank you.

At 8:48 am, Blogger Anna Lucia said...

Exactly, Danica. Well done... ggg

Ah, Kathy, I've been meaning to e-mail you and let you know you might want to pop in. You're welcome, I'm glad I could help - but really, you're helping yourself! It's your writing, after all, I'm just calling it as I read it.

(Started Fangs, too, and loving that)

At 3:30 pm, Blogger Sela Carsen said...

I'll go through my shelves for you! Never fear, I'll find some grand anthologies for you to read.


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