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Vote for Red! then Analyze This

Red by Kait NolanFirst up, we need to talk about Red and DABWAHA again. In the tournament, Red’s up for voting between 1pm-1am Eastern. You don’t have to be signed up and it’s totally not hard. This is just some poll-style button clicking. You just go to the website and start clicking buttons.

In this round of the tournament, Kait Nolan’s Red is up against Kendare Blake’s ANNA DRESSED IN BLOOD. I haven’t read it, but I heard there’s cat killin’ in it, so I’m thinking your choice is pretty clear. A vote for Kait Nolan is a vote for an author who would never kill a pet. (No, seriously, she has this thing about it. Don’t get her started.)

This 1pm-1am window is the only time you can vote on this particular match-up before the tournament moves forward. For the love of Kait, would you please help her get to the next round?

Up next, analysis of me.

Oh wait, I can’t believe I just invited this.

Well, anyway, I continue to try to find balance in life. My daughter’s at that age where she’s very interested in what Mommy’s doing. But, if you’ve read my books, you know that’s not bedtime reading for my second-grader. Now Miss Briar is not a doll fanatic, but she’s not completely disinterested, and it’s one of those things we can mess around with together. So I’ve been trying to get back into that a bit, and I’ve put together a new site for that stuff that’s more manageable than what I had before.



One of the things I’d love to have over there is a page to showcase each of my dolls (or at least my favorites) with pictures, specs for fellow collectors, and whatever bits of their bio–personality, history, etc.–I’ve come up with. I did one yesterday. And then I also made it a blog post.

Then I realized that this is exactly what I should be doing for the Talents. Creating a character reference page for this site has long been on my to-do list. It would be nice to have the names on that page linked to other pages with more in-depth bios. It could be a lot of fun! Plus, every time I did a new page, I could take the info and make a blog post out of it, and thereby allay some of my non-blogging guilt.



So I immediately started searching about for Joss-like imagery, got them all uploaded, got on my dashboard here and opened up the screen to create a Joss page.

And totally froze.

What was I going to write? How was I going to write it? What angle? What perspective? What to include?

Friends, I am so often crippled by my own perfectionism, it’s not even funny.

Well, I think I just analyzed that myself. But if you have anything to add regarding, perhaps, why it’s so easy to write a whole page about Ciara but I can’t write about Joss who…only exists because I write about her…

Bang. My mind just exploded. A little bit.

In other news, you may notice I have some Add to Cart buttons around the site. A by-product of the dolly business is that I have to deal with digital products in a more hands-on way than I do with the ebooks. So as long as I was doing set-up on the new doll site, I thought I’d experiment over here with the ebooks. If anyone ever chooses to buy them this way and I get any data, I will eventually report on that.

Thanks for stopping by, and don’t forget to go and vote for Kait and Red. Do it now, before you get distracted.


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My Intentions for 2011

Well, I stayed up until midnight last night, but was so tired I forgot to check my numbers before they went away. So now I’ll have to wait until the reports come up to see how I did in December. So I guess I’ll be putting off my look back at the year for a few days. Which is cool. This frees me up talk about what I want to do this year.

Intentions 2011


  • Really work at least an hour each weekday (30 min. ALONE) on real work.
    Heroes 'Til Curfew Cover Art

    Cover Art by Robin Ludwig

    Not blogging, or any other kind of marketing, and calling that book work. If I don’t get work done during the day, I need to make up the time after everyone goes to bed.

  • Complete and release Heroes ‘Til Curfew, the short story about what happened when Joss got home at the end of Hush Money (needs title that’s shorter than that!), possibly another short story, and a full-length book 3 novel.
  • Do some real work on outlining the series.
  • Write at least 3 scenes per week until the draft of Heroes ‘Til Curfew is finished.
  • Complete 1 scene per weekday on the next book. Get back in the habit of sitting down and writing a complete thought.


Heather's scrapbook cover for the blog

  • Work out a schedule to post at least three days a week.
  • Write at least one regular post a week that might interest non-writing visitors. I actually have no idea what it is to be a non-writer, or what interests non-writers. If anyone’s got topic suggestions, I’d love to hear them.


My current doll collections

I need to get back to having time for other things in my life.

  • I want to read more books this year.
  • I want to get back to my doll hobby. I’ve got several dolls that need their faces painted and other maintenance.

    A knitting pattern on the Sony Reader

  • I want to get back to sewing and patternmaking. I enjoy that and I want to find the time to create and publish patterns again.
  • I want to continue knitting at least once a week. Getting out with actual people is good for me and I haven’t been to knitting in over a month now. So I’d like to try to do that. Even if I miss my regular day for some reason, there’s no reason I can drop in a different day. (Why am I so rigid?)
  • Exercise. While hardly a hobby, ew, I don’t want to give it its own category. So I’ll put in here with things to make time for. I just need to make sure I get up and do some little thing every day. And we’ll see where that leads. I got an indoor bike trainer for Christmas, so maybe I’ll be able to combine exercise with reading this year.


I used to be pretty into Flylady, which was a huge help to me. I’ve really slacked off on that since my daughter started school and I’ve turned my attentions toward creative pursuits.

What lunch used to look like before Hush Money.

  • Restart the baby steps and re-establish routines
  • Get back to regular menu planning because getting the cooking/shopping stuff under control always makes things run more smoothly. I’ve got some great recipe management software now, so I should be able to make this not so much of a chore.
  • Make this the year I get rid of all the excess crap. I’ve still got most of my daughter’s baby clothes and toys. I’ve got tons of fabric and yarn I’ll never use. I’ve got mountains of paper books that will never be read again (and as most of them are too old for the used bookstore, I’ve no idea what to do with them).

Christmas 2011

It’s pretty safe to say I mostly failed at Christmas this year. I don’t ever do a

Even the little dollies got presents in 2009.

fabulous Christmas, but I usually do a lot better than this. I usually put away a little cash out of my grocery money every week all through the year and then have most of my gifts purchased by November. I usually give lots of gifts of homemade cookies. None of that happened this year. Nor did I send any cards.

In previous years I’d done the Holiday Grand Plan, and I’d even run the LJ community for it for the last few years. Since it starts at the end of August, right when I was into marketing Hush Money, learning a ton of new stuff, trying to get the print version out, etc, I turned the running of the group over to someone else and didn’t participate. And when Christmas came around I could really feel the difference. So this year I need to get back on that wagon and make this Christmas better and less stressful at the same time.


If you’ve read this far, you’re pretty awesome (and possibly really bored). Thanks for hanging out with me while I think through my life. This probably looks like a lot, but I don’t think there’s anything new here, or anything that’s not what I already feel I need to be doing. It’s just working out how to be more consistent with all of it that’s a problem for me.

Organization. Maybe my real intention is to stop being my own worst enemy. Help me help you, Susan.


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