Book Recs

Just finished the YA book Lips Touch Three Times by Laini Taylor. If you haven't read it, do! It's darkish and delicious.

I also highly recommend the author's first two books: Faeries of Dreamdark: Blackbringer and its sequel Dreamdark: Silksinger. Not as darkish, but just as delish! :-)

This woman can write - and she has a fabulous imagination.

Enjoy! And any librarians on my flist - please check these out and consider getting them if you're able. (No, I don't know the author - I just think she's deserving.)

Can't make it to WriterCon

I won't be able to come to WriterCon. :-(

As some of you know, my mom is 'failing' and is under hospice care. She is having a minor procedure Saturday morning and, as her health care POA, I need to be close at hand. I gave a lot of thought to whether availability on a cell phone counted as 'close at hand' and had to admit it didn't.

Of course, I am beyond disappointed. I'm looking forward to reading all the con reports and seeing pics, but even that won't make up for not being able to see everyone and be a part of the fun.

I hope all of you who are going have a terrific weekend!

Michael Jackson

Four times in my life I've shed tears upon learning of the death of a celebrity. I cried for Walt Disney, for Jim Hensen, for Princess Diana and tonight, for Michael Jackson. Michael's music provided some of the soundtrack of my life. We were of an age and, for the most part, his music made me happy; made me want to move and dance and sing along. His life, I thought, was in so many, many ways sad and tragic, but his talent was simply immense.

And yeah, it might sound cliche, but I'm going to say it anyway; Rest in Peace, Michael. Thank you for the songs and the dancing that gave me so much joy. Your talent impacted the worlds of music and dance and will not be forgotten.

SMG Pregnant

Just read that Sarah Michelle Gellar & some hubby are expecting a baby in the fall. Congrats to them.

Happy Easter to all who celebrate it!

:-)

New Addition to My Family

After eight years of deliberation (didn't want to rush into anything, you know) I've made Trace, a Bernese Mountain Dog pup, a part of my family. He's 13 weeks old, I am completely smitten and we are bonding wonderfully.

There's a lot of stress in other parts of my life right now - changing database systems and web design at work, but most significantly, the admitance of my mother into hospice in early October.

Trace is proving a great stress reliever and I'm so glad to have him with me. You can a couple of other pics here: http://pics.livejournal.com/mary5958/gallery/0004rth5

I know I've been a terrible LJ'er lately, but i'd love to hear how everyone is doing. I hope you're all well.


Trace

WriterCon 2009

Yeah, woo-hoo and other assorted expressions of happiness and excitement. It's WriterCon 2009!!!

WRITERCON 2009
July 30 – August 2, 2009
Radisson Plaza Hotel
Minneapolis, Minnesota

The first two WriterCon's were unforgettable and I'm looking forward to adding new memories to those I gathered at each of them.

PLEASE come!

So - I've been absent...

It's been quite a while since I've posted. Shortly after my last post, my modem was knocked out by one of the devastating storms we experienced here in early June and it was a couple of weeks before I replaced it.

In the meantime, however, I wracked up my back and am still having a lot of trouble with it. Though I'm in therapy and doing regular exercizes to strengthen it, sitting in front of my computer - especially after a day at work - is just not do-able. It is getting better and is not nearly as painful as it was a month ago, but I'm guessing my computer time will continue to be severly limited.

I apologize for being unable to keep up with everyone and I hope everyone on my flist is doing well. I still have comments and invitations issued before all this happened to respond to and I hope to take care of those over the next few days. Thank you so much to those of you who emailed to check up on me!

And look - I actually have a manip to share! My first in quite some time. As usual, the full size is kinda big! :-) Main texture by uglybusiness. Hope you enjoy.

Untitled Buffy Manip – Full Size.