Friday, September 17, 2010

A Nook Report

I did mention dh was sweet enough to buy me a Nook for my birthday, right? Well, it's been just about a month and I wanted to share with you my experience with my new toy. The upshot?

I'm in love!

The convenience of having so many books at my fingertips (or stuffed into my purse) overwhelms me. My reading has increased tenfold because I'm finding more opportunities to whip out my Nook and flip it open. Doctors' offices, work breaks, traffic jams, and anywhere else I'm sitting still for several minutes at a clip. I even have my own books on my Nook, which makes it easy for me to show them off with the flip of a finger. Downloading e-books from the Barnes & Noble site is a snap and they instantly appear on my Nook.

I'm totally thrilled with my Nook! And I highly recommend it to anyone in the market for a new e-book reader.

Monday, September 13, 2010

"It Was 24 Years Ago Today..."

Today's my wedding anniversary. 24 years. Look at us------>
We were babies. But we knew love when it hit us. And there's no one else I would have rather spent the last two decades with. We've had laughter and tears, weathered illness and death, shared the trials and joys of being parents to two terrific children, and we're looking forward to more wonderful moments in the future.

He's my best friend, my confidant, the one who never lets me quit on myself. I hope I've given back to him a fraction of what he's given to me over the years.

Happy anniversary, sweetheart. I love you now more than ever.

Friday, September 10, 2010

Sick Days

I'm home these days, thanks to some major league joint pain, episodes of vertigo, and assorted other issues that could mean lyme disease, could be a virus, or could mean I'm going out of my mind. And while I've been able to catch up on my reading (as well as get hooked on My Fair Wedding with David Tutera) my own writing is in a little slump. I did finish Chapter 8 of my current wip, Nobody's Business, but between the painkillers and the pain, my mind's too foggy to do much writing.

With luck, by the end of today I'll have an accurate diagnosis and be on the mend.

Saturday, September 4, 2010


That's for Earl, who turned out to be more ego than power. Scattered heavy rain, no wind, heavy surf on the East End of our beautiful Island home. But nothing else. Luckily, I long ago got used to the doom-and-gloom forecasters and learned to ignore the warnings. I think the Y2K panic was what finally did it for me.

So when the rest of the world runs out to buy duct tape, bottled water, and batteries, I stay home and relax. someday, I might need rescuing off my roof if the Big One actually does eventually happen. But until then, I'm not getting suckered in to every big weather event that comes along.

How'd you fare?

Friday, September 3, 2010

Batten Down the Hatches!

Hurricane Earl's heading our way. Stay safe and dry if you live on the eastern coast of the U.S.

The term, "batten down the hatches" is nautical in origin. Batten, on the sea, means to secure or tie down. And hatches are the doorways leading from one deck to another (sort of like your attic door in your ceiling, if you've got one.) When storms were on the horizon, captains would order their crews to batten down the hatches, meaning to secure all loose articles, including those trap doors, for safety.

How do I know all this? Katherine Brandon does lots of research for her books because many of her characters spend their lives at sea. Some of that research came in handy in Kismet's Angel (available now from The Wild Rose Press) but even more of it is evident in Book III, Kismet's Salvation, due out next month from The Wild Rose Press.)

As I write this blog post, the air is still, and a weak sun peeks out from a hazy morning sky. My coffee cup, filled with Perfect Peach today, is dangerously close to Need-Refill-ASAP status. After a stint at Le Day Job, I will come home and batten down my hatches. I wish all of you a safe journey through today.