Monday, February 25, 2008

The Monday Blues

"Sometimes it pays to stay in bed in Monday, rather than spending the rest of the week debugging Monday's code." ~Dan Solomon

Well, I guess I don't really have the blues, per se. I just don't have much exciting chatter for today. Among other less-than-newsworthy notes:

1. I added a ticker to track my progress on my latest "One Night..." novel - it's over there on the sidebar. As you can see, I have a way to go!

2. I'm about halfway through Lady of the Knight by Tori Phillips, another historical romance, and enjoying it. It's a twist on the Pygmalion story, so not really anything new, but it's entertaining all the same.

3. I designed some really nice brochures for One Night in Boston, to send off to my publisher. Their marketing person is sending out mailings to bookstores every other month, so it's a relatively inexpensive way to promote my upcoming print release. Oh, and I used Vista Print. I've had a lot of things done there and always been happy with the quality. You really can't beat the price, either. Some authors on one of my loops complained recently because apparently they got signed up for a program that billed their credit card $15/month without their approval. Turns out it's one of those fine-print deals if you click "Yes" to a free offer after you order from Vista Print. Listen, folks, get smart here: don't click on any free deals that seem too good to be true. And if you do, read the fine print. And finally, read your credit card statement every month and make sure you know where every charge comes from. You have to be the smart consumer.

(steps down from her soapbox)

4. Speaking of promoting my books, I've added another appearance to my list, also over there on the sidebar. It's the annual craft fair in my hometown - quite a big deal for the community, so I'm looking forward to it.

5. I watched the red carpet pre-Oscar show last night but not the awards ceremony itself. I see that "No Country for Old Men" was the big winner - no big surprise, from previous buzz. I put "Juno" on my list to rent, though I just read an article criticizing the movie for glamorizing teen pregnancy and downplaying the negative, life-changing consequences. Anyone see it and have an opinion either way?

Well, I'm off to work. Happy Monday!!


windycindy said...

Hello, It sounds like you are making a lot or promotional head way. I have not seen "Juno" but people say it is good and funny! Sometimes, life happens and one has to make the best of it. Take care, Cindi

LaskiGal said...

Looks like you've been busy!

As for Juno--I thought is was cute and funny and a little, well, unrealistic. I don't know many teens that talk/act like Juno. Her vocabulary, the experience as a whole, the reaction of her parents, peers, and the "boyfriend," the plot . . . somewhat unrealistic. I don't think it glamorized anything. AND, I really don't think it would be the film's job to preach . . . it is just a movie--thus, it is not really based in REALITY no matter how REAL it claims to be. Let me know what you think after you watch it . . .

Diane Craver said...

I saw Juno and I liked it. But I did read Ellen Goodman's article and she's right about it being unrealistic. Also a mother who was a pregnant teenager wrote one for our paper about how she didn't like Juno since she knew what it was really like. But it was a fun movie to watch.

BTW, I have a pregnant teenager in my book, NEVER THE SAME.