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Monday, May 3, 2010

Bad Pecker

There's a woodpecker out there who's lookin' to get smacked. For three days this woodpecker has been pecking at my satellite dish, the same satellite dish that is my lifeline to the outside world, the same satellite dish that's made out of fiberglass.

If he keeps it up, I'm putting a contract on his beak.

I had to play catch-up all weekend and I still didn't make a dent. But I did find a terrific blog thanks to Jackie at Housewife Blues & Chihuahua Stories.

I almost didn't go to Dirty, Sexy Books because, you know (wink, wink) I thought it was really dirty. LOL! But in fact, it's a really smart book review blog run by Rebecca. And this particular post about the good, the bad and the ugly in blogs was a brilliant piece of observation.

Check it out and tell me how you think your blog rates.

Despite my intermittent connection, I still made my two chat sessions at Coyote Con, a digital con that is going on all month long.

The first chat was on ghosts, and I was sorely disappointed--in myself! The chat was set up past my bedtime and as much as I wanted to participate, I could barely keep my eyes open. I stayed up so I could at least save the transcript, but the good folks at Coyote Con are saving all the transcripts anyway.

The second chat was on science fiction romance. I have a feeling this genre is truly frontier fiction. The sky is wide open and I'm glad it's finally out of the closet. About time! It was good to see so many people interested in this sub genre.

While I was at Coyote Con I bumped into regular commenter, Sherri Meyer. If you missed her recent comments, she's hosting Kait Nolan on her blog on May 25. Check out Kait's novella,
Forsaken By Shadow.


And speaking of new books, KS Augustin has a brand new book coming out with the very awesome Carina Press. It's called IN ENEMY HANDS, and I love the premise of this story! This guy has his memory stripped every two days. It just gives me chills!

Srin Flerovs, Moon’s new research partner, is a chemically enhanced maths genius whose memory is erased every two days. While he and Moon work on a method of bringing dead stars back to life, attraction between them flares, together with the realisation that they are nothing more than pawns in a much larger game.

You're going to hear more about IN ENEMY HANDS as we get closer to the launch, but in the meantime, follow KS Augustin's blog for a chance to win her book.

Should you fail to score a free book with her, you'll get a second chance with me, cuz I'm just that kind of girl. I am going to buy one lucky commenter a copy of Kaz Augustin's book. Stay tuned for more info!

As you can tell, it's been a busy weekend, despite my internet spazzing out on me and that woodpecker drumming out Morse code.

Oh, and before I forget! I stopped by Shelley Munro's blog and left my Writing Tip of the day. Stop over there and tell me if it's something you've already tried or if it's new-to-you. It's been useful for me, and I recommend it highly.

Whew! Have I sent you to enough places today? I told you I was busy this weekend--despite the damn pecker.

One last request. I am trying to be a better Twit. If you're on Twitter, would you follow me? I promise, I'll follow back. Here's my Twitter Address.


Kait Nolan said...

Thanks for the plug Maria!

jacabur1 said...

Thanks for the mention and am now following you on Twitter @jacabur1. I know what you mean about the Bad Pecker, we have them out here in the wooded area we live in also every once in a while. Man those birds are persistent little noise makers, and destructive too.
I am very happy you made it over to DSB site, you thought the same as me that it was a (Ahem) porn site or such. Nice surprise to find out it is not wasn't it?

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Jennifer Shirk said...

Wow, great links. That'll keep me busy! :)

Maria Zannini said...

Kait: You're welcome! Happy book birthday.

Maria Zannini said...

Jackie: Thank you! I enjoy your blog too. You have a great voice!

Maria Zannini said...

Jennifer: Well yanno, I realized you didn't have enough to do. :grin:

Kaz Augustin said...

1) Man, what I wouldn't give to see that woodpecker pecking at your sat dish! LOL

2) Thx for the link. Very good article.

3) Coyote Con is a difficult one for me, due to time-zone issues. Have fun!

4) And, hey, thanks for the callout and for the comp! Have I told you lately how utterly wonderful you are? :)

Maria Zannini said...

Kaz: You are welcome!

Ref: Have I told you lately how utterly wonderful you are?

Aw, shucks. :blushes:

India Drummond said...

Oh dear.. woodpeckers. That sounds truly dreadful! (Does it make me a bad person that I laughed?)sub

Maria Zannini said...

India: I was laughing too...until I realized I couldn't shoo him off.

PS Thanks for following me on Twitter!