Monday, August 25, 2014

Suitcase Full of Books...and Other Good Things

I don't know about you, but the end of this summer is turning into happy madness for me. 

First off is Pitch Wars, which is fantastic fun - even in the waiting stages. Regardless of whether or not you're taking part in it, you should definitely check out the hashtag. It's such a great way to get to know other writers. 

Secondly, it's traveling time once again! I'm so intensely excited to be dusting off the old suitcase again. This won't be too long of a trip, but it will be memorable. I mean....Spain! *Breaks into tap dance -- remember I can't tap dance -- settles for enthusiastic jumping.* Plus, I've made sure I have some new books in honor of the occasion:

- Just Like the Movies (Kelly Fiore)
- Gates of Thread and Stone (Lori M. Lee)
- Obsidian (Jennifer L. Armentrout)
- Being Jamie Baker (Kelly Oram)
- Prep School Confidential (Kara Taylor)

There are just wins all over the place. This does, however, mean next week's post will probably be a little late, as I'm not sure what ye olde Internet situation will be like. But when I do post, expect pictures!

Finally, there is the fundraiser. Planning is going awesomely. The list of items to be auctioned is growing and chock full o really fun things. I've mentioned a few on Twitter, but will be sending out more updates over the coming months, so keep an eye out! And, of course, endless thanks to everyone for their generosity thus far!!

Now, I'm off to do my traditional packing ritual - something akin to Supermarket Sweep. Ten minutes to pull clothes from drawers and then no looking in the bag until I reach my destination. Keeps things interesting. 

Have a happy new week, folks! When next we speak, I should be nursing a nice sunburn and the traditional September smell of pumpkin spice everything will be in the air. 

Friday, August 22, 2014

Not-So-Guilty Pleasures: The Emmie Mears Edition

Hello all!

I'm still coming off last week's auction high. And since it really can't be said enough, let me once again mention how big time awesome you all are. Also, thank you. A million times over.

Excitingly, today we get to know one of last week's donors a little bit better. Emmie Mears is here! And she's going to spill all of her not-so-guilty pleasures.

Not-So-Guilty Pleasures

Read Emmie's bio here!

I am a sucker for the Winchesters and their buddy angel Castiel. I started watching Supernatural because a good friend told me to, and it’s become my favorite show on air...and in my top five of all time. I love the snappy writing, the often creepy plot, and the fact that it’s a very adult show on the CW. The acting is top notch, and having gotten to meet the cast at conventions, I can say that they’re great humans, too. Which only increases my esteem for the show. I always love shows that can mix heart-wrenching drama with laugh-till-you-cry humor, and Supernatural is one of those shows.

Plus, have you SEEN Jensen Ackles and Jared Padalecki? I mean, really.

Cheese on Carbs

I don’t care if it’s nachos, pizza, cheesy bread, fries with cheese, chips and queso, cheesy rice, or what. Cheese + carbs = Emmie kryptonite. I cannot withstand its delicious power. Even though my metabolism conspires against me and I’ve had to learn how to indulge without bingeing, I always make time in my schedule for some cheese on carbs.

Coke Zero

I don’t know if it’s the power of suggestive marketing or simply a placebo effect, but compared to diet Coke, Coke Zero wins everything. I end up buying it by the case in caffeine free, because I like to drink it at night and cannot for the life of me drink caffeine after 3 PM.


I lived there on and off for a few years during university, and I absolutely fell head over heels in love. I haven’t been able to go back since 2010, but I plan to move there in a few years. My family on both sides came from Scotland, and I love the country from Hadrian’s Wall to John O’Groats and the islands. My dream is to have a cottage somewhere in the Highlands and become a recluse.


Yep. I like fancy panties. Anything from Victoria’s Secret lacy things to awesome geeky ones like glow in the dark Batman panties. At any given moment I probably have about 30-40 pairs of underwear, and not just because doing laundry is my least favorite chore. In my early 20s, I went through a time where I was ashamed of my body and didn’t feel at home in it. As I grew more confident, I found that buying fun and sexy panties was a way to love the skin I’m in -- whether anyone sees it or not.

As if she wasn't already awesome enough, Supernatural and cheesy snacks? Well, I certainly want to be her best friend for life. And since I know you all do too, you can find her here:

Monday, August 11, 2014

Literary Deathmatch: Round 2

I have finished another round of editing, which means it break time. For me, break time means two things:

- Binge watching Haven and Emma Approved.
- Trying to decide which literary character would win in a drag-down, knock-out fight.

On the first topic, all I'm going to say is that if you don't watch those two things, you really should. Two very different tones, both extremely awesome.

It's my second break time activity that I'm focusing on right now. Last time I wrote about one of these (not the last time I thought about it - because I think about these things all. the. time.) it was Ms. Bennet and Ms. Eyre donning their boxing gloves. This time, I'm looking at two women of a slightly different moral caliber.

By Airman 1st Class Kerelin Molina [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons

"Okay, I'm going to need a pair of these in snow white and a pair
in cotton candy pink. Yes, the contenders are very serious
about their color choices."

In this corner, in starched and pressed white, we have one Nurse Ratched!

This contender is no stranger to wielding absolute power. Through manipulation, guilt, deprivation of food and the occasional shock therapy, she keeps the inmates of Oregon State Hospital toeing the line. Ratched has been known to drive men to suicide, but when she finds herself unable to successfully push someone's buttons, she is not above lobotomizing her foe.

And in this corner, in a stunning uniform of pink - No, ma'am. Wands must be left at the door. Fight rules. - is Madame Undersecretary Professor Delores Jane Umbridge!

Don't let her constant prim smiling fool you folks, this is no demure lady. This contender is a Slytherin alum who not only embraces her bigotry, but ensures that she is in the appropriate position of power to act on it. She not only undermines the education of children, she actively harms them both emotionally and physically. As for adults, she happily sent them to prison with the soul sucking Dementors if she so much as disapproved of their lineage.

Seeing as there is no magical or pharmaceutical tools allowed in the ring, these women are fairly well matched. As they are both concerned with giving off a composed appearance, this fight might be a little slow starting. I would assume that it would begin first with each trying to exercise her uncanny knack for seeing the emotional weaknesses of others. However, when they find themselves equals on that front, a physical altercation will be all that's left.

While in a twisted way, these two women probably have enough similar interests to be great friends, neither will yield when the fists start flying - both see the public loss of face as too cruel a punishment to bear.

Physically, they're both of similar matronly builds. Both rely heavily on the tools of their trade (whether that be drugs and surgery or wands and blood quills) to reach their goals, however, the nature of Nurse Ratched's work likely gives her an advantage in terms of physical strength. The work of a nurse, in general, requires stamina and one would assume that this would be particularly true in a mental institution. It is not unlikely that she has had physical altercations with some of the patients at one time or another. After all, approaching a patient with a needle or pills requires one to get much closer to the other individual than approaching someone with a wand.

Delores Umbridge is not someone who will go down easily - a person evil enough to feel strengthened by a horcrux is not one to be trifled with. That being said, without the aid of magic, I believe I would bet on Nurse Ratched. Despite ruling the roost over at OSH, Ratched lives her life constantly surrounded by men who hate her and never being presented with the option of a quick Stupefy - or, more likely, Cruciatus - I'm guessing she's more physically prepared for whatever's thrown at her.

What do you guys think?

Sunday, August 3, 2014

Let the Planning Commence!

Good morning, ladies and gents!

I am so extremely excited to tell you that the 2nd Annual RAINN Down Hope Dinner & Auction is well in to the planning stages. Not surprisingly, it's all thanks to you. When I first started thinking about doing the dinner auction last year, I was fully prepared to have a wonderful night with whatever lovely family members could make it. Instead, I ended up in a room with 150 people, raising over $11,000 for RAINN. And, still, that wasn't the end of it.

Over the last seven plus months, I've had numerous people ask me about when we're doing the next one. As always, I am floored by the response and generosity of those around me. I am, also, happy to announce that the dinner will be held December 6, 2014 at Woodlands at the Greens in Melville, NY.

I've already started getting donations of items and baskets to be auctioned off. Spoiler alert: There are going to be some pretty awesome prizes to be won.

I'll be letting you know updates here over the next few months and you can also check out my RAINNmakers page for more info. I'm getting ready to send out Save the Dates. If you think you're going to be in the area in December and would like to get one, email me your address and I'll make sure you do!

If you're interested in donating an item for auction (signed books were a big hit last year!), please email me or drop me a note in the comments.

Thank you in advance for any signal boosting you can do! I know that, with your help, we can make this event a true celebration of the 20 years of good work done by RAINN.

On a final note, you're all awesome and I feel consistently lucky when I think of the people whose paths have crossed mine. So, thanks for that too.