Monday, December 31

2013 Goals

Hello everyone!

Since I posted my 2012 goals yesterday, I thought I would end the year with my goals for the new year =)

Writing

--Write 500 words a day, or 3500 words a week

--Finish A Highlander’s Ransom

--Write a synopsis and query A Highlander's Ransom

---Write and finish another novel (Struck, or something else of similar length)

--Write a query letter and synopsis for other novel, and query story

--Buy domain name and create a website

--Order new business cards

--Join Hearts Through History RWA Chapter

--Renew RWA, RT, and Celtic Hearts (this might seem strange to put on my list, but RWA is an expensive investment, so it is a goal to be able to renew my memberships)

--Look at seriously attending the RWA National Conference in Atlanta this summer

--Read at least 50 books this year (this is seriously down from the past two years, but I need to be realistic about my free time)

--Continue working on the Celtic Hearts Newsletter Committee

--Be a judge for the Golden Claddagh contest


Personal

--Continue to keep up on birthdays—send out cards etc…

--Work on resume & find a job (once I can legally work)

--Continue to work towards my Green Card

--Go through the whole house and donate a bunch of clothes and other items

--Train Powell, whether through an obedience class or on our own

So there you have it! Those are my new goals for 2013! I tried to be a bit more realistic this year and focused instead on writing goals. I hope that means I'll accomplish more of them, but we'll see =)

Sunday, December 30

2012 Goals Reviewed


Hello everyone!

I thought today I would post my goals from 2012. I was positive I had posted them here last year, but I can't seem to find them. Anyway, here they are listed below. Some of them aren't really goals so much as events I needed to finish planning. As you can see, my goals for last year were a tad outrageous. I would have needed a personal assistant to accomplish all of them. Oh well, I dream big ;)

If something is in red, I did not accomplish them this year. In brackets will be my explanation--if I have one.

 Writing

--Finish A Highlander’s Ransom (*sighs*)

--Write query letter for A Highlander's Ransom

--Write a synopsis for A Highlander's Ransom

--Buy domain name and create a website (I wanted to wait until I was done another book before I distracted myself with this).

--Query A Highlander’s Ransom

-- Order new business cards (need to have a website address first)

--Join Virginia Romance Writers group (still not sure I will join a face-to-face chapter again)

--Join Hearts Through History (I don't know why I haven't done this yet...)

--Read more than 118 books (Hah, I've barely had time to sleep)

--Renew RWA membership in America

--Create Tumblr background (ended up deleting Tumblr—served no purpose)

--Join Celtic Hearts

--Become more involved in RWA

--Switch over Facebook profiles so I have a private and a public one

--Renew my RT membership

--Blog more often

Personal

--Take my driver’s test (I believe I posted about this earlier in the year)

--Finish my degree and graduate! (Squee!)

--Do everything needed to get my Fiance Visa (I succeeded in my Fiance Visa, but now I'm waiting for my Green Card)

--Finish planning the wedding & get married!

--Pack up everything and move to Virginia!

--Work out & lose weight (I don't know why I always insist on putting this on my list every year since all of the experts say NOT to do this. However, I'm going to count this as a partial win because I originally wrote it down out of fear that I would suddenly gain 20 lbs and not fit in my wedding dress. I did, however, fit perfectly in my dress and have not gained any weight throughout the year, so it's win-win, really).

--Keep everything organized (By this I meant that I would send birthday cards to everyone and stay on top of things). 

--Work on resume & apply for jobs in Virginia (Unfortunately, I am not allowed to work since I don't have my Green Card, so working on my resume has not been a top priority, and obviously, neither has applying for jobs).

So there you have it! Those were my goals for 2012. As you can see, my writing goals fell to the wayside a bit, but I'm not beating myself up about it. I had a lot going on in 2012 and it would be foolhardy of me to blame myself. 

I also thought it would be interesting to post a few things I accomplished over 2012 that I didn't expect:

--After joining Celtic Hearts, I was approached to be a judge for our Golden Claddagh contest. I was shocked--and flattered. The person who approached me mentioned that my experience as an English major and History minor would be a great asset to the contest and that they would love it if I could help out. So, of course, I did. I both loved and hated it. I loved it because I have a strange love of critique--I like to make things all shiny and clean, even if it's not my own work. However, I also disliked it because I received some truly awful entries that I had to slog my way through. And, of course, you have to be polite even when I wanted to shake the author through my computer screen. 

--On the tails of the Golden Claddagh contest, another Celtic Hearts member contacted me about possibly joining a committee in Celtic Hearts. After checking with everyone, I was placed on the Newsletter Committee to help out. In my goals I had put that I wanted to be more involved in RWA, but this was a bit more than I'd originally planned for. Still, I am enjoying it thoroughly.

--This isn't something I "accomplished" but my husband and I had to deal with a lot of illness in the family this year. Pawpaw had a major surgery and ended up in ICU for several months (and missed the wedding because of it). That took an emotional and physical toll on the whole family, especially my mother-in-law and aunt-in-law who spent the majority of their summer driving between Roanoke and Staunton (and the UVA medical facility in Charlottesville). As well, Granny has been in a lot of pain because of herniated discs, so we've all had to step in to help take care of her. On my side of the family, we had to deal with my dad having skin cancer and my mum struggling with the nerve pain in her legs. It's been a lot of stress, but everyone seems to be doing a bit better. People are healing and others are going in for tests etc..., which is the most we can ask for right now.

--As some of  you might know, I am a neat freak. I don't know why, but everything has to have a place and be in its place or I go a little crazy. I'm not as bad as I used to be, but it's still pretty bad. Therefore, moving into a townhouse with everything in boxes was a little difficult for me, especially with a husband who is...not as organized as I am ;)  I spent a very long time unpacking everything and trying desperately to find a spot for it. We could really use a basement or an attic (or even a tiny shed out back), but alas, we do not. If we did, that would help solve some of our space issues. We have a townhouse that is over 1000 sq ft, but we have a lot of stuff already, especially furniture! 

--My husband and I were also involved in a Venturing Crew for a few months as advisors  but it seems to have fallen to the wayside.  I am not entirely displeased with that, since I wasn't enjoying myself to begin with. 

--My husband and I adopted a puppy. Although this may not seem like a lot, it has taken up a considerable amount of my time. I adore him, but Powell can be a handful!

So there you have it! Tomorrow I will post my goals for 2013.

Friday, December 28

Ten Things to Keep in Mind When Writing Your New Year's Resolutions (Continued...)

Here is the second half of the New Year's Resolutions points. I hope you guys find these helpful!

---Keep your writing goals and your personal goals separate…but not too separate. I know as writers we tend to blur the line between our “work” and our “personal” life. When it comes to making goals for them, however, it is important that we remember they are, in fact, different things.  Come up with two lists of what you’d like to accomplish. Once you’re done, set them side by side and see if there will be any conflicts of interest. If, for example, one of your goals is to write every single day but you also plan on gutting and redoing your kitchen, there might be a slight problem. Plan ahead for these things. You are the one making the rules—no one else. If you decide that you’ll write every day except for the two weeks you’re working on your kitchen, then that’s fine. But write it down in your goals from the beginning.

---Be prepared if you fail. This sounds harsh, but you need to be able to accept that failure is an option. We don’t want to fail, and we need to try our hardest to succeed, but sometimes it is out of our hands. Try your hardest, but don’t beat yourself up if you don’t quite make your goal. Chances are you will finish a million other things that you never even considered writing down in the first place. Try and remember that every step you make towards fulfilling your dreams is a step in the right direction. If it helps, keep a list throughout the year of things you accomplished that weren’t part of your New Year’s Goals. Our life changes every second of the day—it would be foolish of us to believe you won’t change with it.

---Make a back-up plan. If failure is truly abhorrent to you, make a back-up plan. Goals can be difficult to achieve alone. Tell a friend what you would like to accomplish in the next year. They will hold you accountable for your actions and cheer you on throughout the year. 

---Reward yourself. Whatever it takes to keep you going, do it. If you need to bribe yourself each week by making a trip to Barnes & Noble to get your favourite book, then so be it. Do whatever you need to do to make sure you meet your goals. Treating yourself is not a bad thing. Parents bribe their toddlers into eating their vegetables—how is this any different?

---Have fun. Lastly, and most importantly, have fun with your goals. Get together with your friends and celebrate your victories. We all know you can succeed; it’s just a matter of how hard you try!

Wednesday, December 26

Ten Things to Keep in Mind When Writing Your New Year's Resolutions


Hello all! I hope you had a wonderful Christmas! This is another of the articles I wrote for the Celtic Hearts newsletter, Call of the Clans. I'm going to break up the points into two a posts so I don't overwhelm you. I hope you enjoy =)

--Think of the big picture. Start with your long term goals first. You don’t need to write them down, but stop and ask yourself, where do I want to be in five years?  We all know the publishing world is unpredictable, and a lot of it is out of our control, but we can still make plans and goals for ourselves. If, in five years, you would like to have an agent and a book deal, then you can certainly work towards that goal.

--Keep it simple. It’s great to have elaborate goals for yourself, but you don’t need to complicate your life further by stressing out over the small things. If your goal is to have two manuscripts written in the next year, then keep it at that. Don’t go into detail on exactly what day they need to be done or exactly how many words they need to be. Although you can have loose deadlines, you don’t want to be bogged down in the details. Life will get in the way.


--Keep it realistic. If you are an unpublished writer and one of your goals is to be on the NYT Bestseller list by October 2013… Well, let’s just say you’re setting yourself up for disappointment. Sometimes you need to keep your goals realistic, even if you have daydreams about all of the wonderful things you want to accomplish in the coming year. Of course, that doesn’t mean you should stop dreaming. We’re writers—dream away, my friends, dream away! But keep your goals realistic.

--Challenge yourself. This is probably the trickiest thing for people to do. You want to keep your goals simple and realistic, but you still need to challenge yourself. If your goal is to write a thousand words a day but you’re accustomed to writing upwards of three thousand a day, then you can see where the problem lies. That being said, there is nothing wrong with making a goal you know you can meet. The feelings of success you’ll feel when you meet your goal are always a good thing. However, at the end of the day you didn’t achieve much if you know deep down that you could have done more. Let one goal be simple and easy, but make sure your other goals challenge you.

--Write them down in order of importance. Not every goal you make is going to be of the utmost importance. You will have goals that rank higher than others, so don’t act as if every goal is life or death. Rank them on your list from most important to least important. You want to try and achieve all of them, but if you can’t you need to be able to pick the ones that are most important to you and focus on them.

I hope you guys have a wonderful Boxing Day!!

Friday, December 21

My Birthday & The End of the World

Yes, it's true, today is my 23rd birthday. Of course, if the world does happen to end, I take no responsibility for it ;)* Then again, my maiden name is Murphy... Cue evil laughter.

Ahem.

Anywho... assuming the world remains in tact, I am going out to lunch with my husband and his aunt and cousin, and then this evening his whole family and I are going to Longhorn for dinner. After that we are going back to our townhouse to open presents and have some yummy DQ cake =)

I'm sorry I'm not posting a movie of the week post again, but I shall resume those segments in the new year.

I hope you guys have a wonderful weekend!

*Under no circumstances do I believe the world is going to end. I could rant on and on about this, but suffice it to say I think the whole thing is ludicrous.

Wednesday, December 19

Yuletide Traditions

Hello all!

This is one of the articles I wrote for the Celtic Hearts Newsletter, Call of the Clans. Since a lot of you aren't in the Celtic Hearts RWA, I thought I'd post it here for you. I hope you enjoy.


Some Basic Information

·                  --Date:  December 21, the winter solstice
·                 --History: Yule is one of the oldest and most widely observed of the Celtic Sabbats (solar/lunar festivals). It was introduced to England by the Vikings at the end of the 8th century, although many of the traditions come from the Roman feast of Saturnalia. When the Normans invaded and conquered England in 1066, the Christian influence turned Yuletide into a celebration of Christ, now commonly known as Christmas.
·                --Festival of Light: During the winter solstice the sun is at its lowest point, making it the “shortest day of the year.” Yule is therefore a festival of light that encourages the return of the sun. Bonfires, candles, and other forms of light are commonly used in Yuletide traditions.
·               --Also Known As: Alban Arthuan (Druid festival), Gehul (Saxon), Haul (Welsh), Midwinter, Christmas, Winter Rite
·              --Associated Celtic Deities: Mabon, Cernunnos, virgin goddesses, the Triple Goddess, newborn gods, Holly and Oak Kings
Customs and Symbols

·           -- Mistletoe: Throughout history, mistletoe was believed to have magical properties. It was commonly associated with romance, fertility, and vitality. The custom of kissing under the mistletoe was first associated with the Roman festival of Saturnalia, where the majority of Yuletide traditions originated.
·              --Yule log: The Yule log was the highlight of the winter solstice festival and traditionally made of Ash. The log was harvested on the homeowner's land, or given as a gift (it was never bought). At Yuletide, the log was placed in the fire and decorated with greenery. It was then doused in cider or ale, and then dusted with flour before it was set on fire using a piece of last year’s log. It would burn throughout the night, then smolder for 12 days before being ceremonially put out.
·        --  Evergreen Boughs and Christmas Trees: Similar to today, the Celts decorated the inside and outside of their homes with evergreen boughs. They believed the evergreen tree represented continuity of life, protection, and prosperity. They also associated it with the sun god, who steadily grew stronger after the winter solstice.
·        ---Boxing Day: Boxing Day is celebrated on December 26, the day after Christmas. It began as a day where servants would gather and receive gifts from their lords. Although the exact etymology of the term "boxing" is unknown, most historians agree that it is derived 
      from the custom of wrapping the gifts in a box.
Nowadays, Boxing Day is a public and, sadly, a commercial holiday. Most people think of Boxing Day as a “shopping day” because stores host big blow-out sales.
·            --Traditional Incenses: Cedar, bayberry, pine, rosemary
·              --Sacred Foods: White wine, white cakes, bitter herbs, mints

Sources
·         Asala, Joanne. Celtic Folklore Cooking (p. 12). Kindle Edition.
·         Emrys, Akasha. “The Winter Solstice - Yule Lore.” 1999. The Celtic Connection. Web. 6 Nov. 2012. 
·         “History of Christmas Trees.” 2012. The History Channel. Web. 6 Nov. 2012. 

Monday, December 17

The Next Big Thing!


Hello everyone!

I hope you all had a wonderful weekend. We did some last minute Christmas shopping and then spent the rest of the time with Powell and my husband's family.  It was a nice weekend.

For today's post I am going to do this meme I've been tagged in by two of my best writer friends, B.E. Sanderson and Diana Paz. I hope you enjoy!

1. What is your working title of your book? 
    A Highlander's Ransom.

2. Where did the idea come from for the book?
   Honestly, my story ideas come out of nowhere. Something might inspire me (a movie, a song, a book etc...) but the actual story just appears in my head. I also tend to "dream up" my stories and my characters while resting or sleeping. After that it feels like they've always been with me =)

3. What genre does your book fall under?
It is set in the Highlands of Scotland in 1490, so it is classified as a historical romance.

4. Which actors would you choose to play your characters in a movie rendition?
I don't tend to base my characters off of an actor, but I'll often find physical aspects of an actor or model that  reminds me of my characters. Here are a few of them:

Lachlan Cameron (the hero): Jason Mamoa
Meara Mackintosh (the heroine): Judith Bedard (a model)
Devlin Cameron (hero's younger brother): Henry Cavill
Gregor Cameron (hero's older brother): Gerard Butler

5. What is the one sentence synopsis of your book?
Unfortunately I haven't created a one line sentence of my book yet (I know, bad me), but if you check out my writing page you can see my little "back cover blurb." It will probably change by the time I'm done writing the story... but it might not. Who knows!

6. Will your book be self-published or represented by an agency?
I'm hoping to go the agency route and then a traditional publisher. I don't have an agent yet, but hopefully in the next year?! ;)

7. How long did it take you to write the first draft of your manuscript?
I'm currently sitting at just under 30K for this book, so I can't answer this question just yet ;) One book took me six months during university, but I've been writing this one for a long time. I've been a bit busy, heheh.

8. What other books would you compare this story to within your genre?
Anything by Monica McCarty or the Knight series by Gaelen Foley.

9. Who or what inspired you to write this book?
As I said earlier, my inspiration and ideas come from music, movies, and other books. I also get inspiration from the weather (especially rainy, grey days) and the green rolling hills of Virginia (it's the closest I've ever come to Ireland and Scotland). Lastly, I gain inspiration from my parents, who have always encouraged me, and my husband, who has never wavered in his support. Love you guys! xoxo

10. What else about your book might pique the reader's interest?
I write hot medieval romance with a strong Alpha hero and a witty, firecracker heroine. I adore history and I strive to include that in my novel in an accessible way to readers. =)

11. Post a snippet from your book:

Oops, I forgot to include this earlier, but here it is now. This is from the very beginning of A Highlander's Ransom. It is still in its rough form, so no cruel comments please. Copyright 2012.


Near Beauly Priory, Inverness-shire, 1490

It was almost time.
Lachlan Cameron shifted in his saddle and peered through the dense forest, his eyes and ears straining for a sign of their enemy. By his reckoning it was nearly evening, though ’twas hard to say for sure. With the fury of Cailleach lashing them with an unholy mixture of rain and sleet, the sky was as black as an Englishman’s heart. Even with his considerable training he could barely make out the road in front of him.
“No wonder Mackintosh is such a cold-hearted bastard,” Bowen, his second-in-command, growled beside him. “Anyone would be with this sort of weather crawling up yer arse day in and day out.”
Lachlan agreed. Even for the Highlands the weather was foul. It had rained for nigh on three days now, with no signs of stopping anytime soon. Though his men cursed the wretched skies, he couldn’t have asked for better cover. They’d be as close to invisible as men could be; wraiths in an otherworldly storm. In a land rife with superstition, it could only work to their advantage.
So far everything had gone according to plan. The place he’d chosen for their ambush was perfect. The forest here was thick, leaving their enemy little room to flee. With his men on either side of the road, there’d be no choice but to stay and fight—something the Mackintosh knew little about. They were a cowardly lot, more prone to raiding small villages than participating in real warfare.
His hands tightened to fists around the reins. Their enemy’s tactics may be spineless, but their results were devastating. If he and his men didn’t put a stop to the attacks on the villages soon, winter was going to be a long, painful ordeal. ’Twas the reason he was here. When his brother Gregor, Chief of the Camerons, had asked him to head this mission, he’d agreed without a second thought. After all, Cameron warriors were known throughout the Highlands as being fiercer than fierceness itself—a justly earned reputation and one he’d strived to perfect. They did not back down from a fight, especially one involving the Mackintosh.
But an ambush, no matter how well planned, had inherent dangers involved. While he thrived on taking chances, the nature of their task was too delicate to risk it. There was too much riding on this to let it fall to chance. Not only did they have the opportunity to defend their clan and restore balance to the Highlands, but he would get revenge in the process.
Nay, he and his men would have to play it safe—this time. Alas, subtlety had never been their strong suit.
“Do ye think they’ll show? Mayhap they turned back,” Bowen muttered. “’Twould be their way.”

“They’ll come,” Lachlan said. “My source was adamant they’d be here.”
It was true, none of them had expected the sky to open up and unleash her wrath upon them, but his gut told him it wouldn’t stop the Mackintosh. And in the last eight and twenty years, he’d learned to trust his instincts. More than once it had saved his life and those of his men. After so long, it would be foolhardy to question it now.
Bowen shook his head. “A man willing to betray his kin for a few coins is no’ a man to trust—even if his kin be the very devil himself. Yer source could’ve led us into a trap of our own making and we’d be none the wiser.”
“Aye, ‘tis possible. Any man can lie for profit, but only a foolish one would lie at the point of a sword.”
“Or a loyal one,” Bowen said.
Lachlan shrugged, conceding the point. Though he doubted the Mackintosh chief garnered much loyalty among his people, he would not deny the possibility, however slim it might be. In his experience, the threat of injury—or worse—always loosened a man’s tongue. 

Now I get to pass this on for someone else to do! I am going to tag one of my wonderful writer friends, Jena Lang over at Passionate Scribbles!

Friday, December 14

TIMESPELL by Diana Paz Cover Reveal!


Hello all! 

Instead of doing a movie of the week post today, I'm participating in the Timespell cover reveal!!! As some of you may know, Diana Paz is one of my critique partners! She has been an amazing friend for several years and I don't know what I'd do without her. She has influenced my writing in many ways, both as a reader and a CP. I read Timespell (under a different name) before she submitted to Rhemalda and let me tell you, this book is VERY good. She has such a strong Young Adult voice, the romance is hot, and the story will keep you glued to the pages from start to finish. As well, her use of the French Revolution is both gripping and fascinating. As a history lover, I thoroughly enjoyed the whole thing. 

And without further ado, here is the gorgeous, stunning, absolutely BEE-U-TEE-FUL cover!


OMG right? I literally squee-d when I saw it! I love everything about it! The purple is so captivating! And that DRESS! Gah, I love it!

Timespell by Diana Paz - Publication date: April 1st, 2013 / Rhemalda Publishing

In TIMESPELL, the brash and impulsive Julia must team up with her sweet and straight-laced best friend, Angie, and the malicious and power-hungry Kaitlyn in order to keep the witch-like powers of her inheritance. But these powers come at a cost. The girls are bound to serve the Fates, and their first mission sends them back in time to Marie Antoinette’s Paris and eventually, into the chaos and war of the French Revolution.

Timespell Trailer:


Goodreads link



AUTHOR BIO

Diana Paz:

Diana Paz writes books about magic, adventure, and romance. She was born in Costa Rica, grew up on Miami Beach, moved to Los Angeles in high school, and went to college in San Diego. Basically, she’s a beach bum. Diana graduated from California State University, San Marcos with a Bachelor’s Degree in Liberal Arts. She loves old movies, epic fantasy, all kinds of music, and heading to the beach with a good book. Preferably sipping a highly sweetened iced coffee.

Author Links:

Website: http://www.dianapaz.com/
Blog: http://www.dianapazwrites.blogspot.ca/
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/dianapazwrites
Twitter: https://twitter.com/dianapazwrites

Wednesday, December 12

Dropbox: A Writer's Must Have




Hello all!

I don't know if any of you have heard about this program, but one of my very best friends introduced me to Dropbox a few months ago. For those who have never heard of it, it's a free program that you can install on your computer or phone where you can backup your files instantly. You can also just use the web version, but I've found it's a bit slower.

Unlike other backup programs, Dropbox allows you to access your files anywhere so long as you have internet. This means that if you save your story in Dropbox, you can access it on a friends computer just by logging into your account online. You can also create a "shared" folder within Dropbox that allows you to share files or pictures with your friends.* Thanks to my techy husband, I have also downloaded the Dropbox app on my fancy shamncy Android phone, which means I can access my files anywhere.

Since it is free, you only get so much storage in the beginning (2GB), so you can't store your whole computer on Dropbox. However, the more you use it, the more storage space you get. I'm currently up to 4 GBs. I keep my "to do" files, along with my current stories right on Dropbox. When I'm done working on them, I just hit save and it updates Dropbox instantly (it acts as just another folder on your computer).

As well, whenever I take a picture with my phone, that picture is instantly sent to my Dropbox account, thereby backing it up even if something happens to my phone. Pretty cool, huh?

Even if you don't use it daily like I do, you could still try it out as a weekly place to backup your stories. I think everyone has faced the possibility of losing their files, so you can never be too safe!

What do you think? Is Dropbox something you'd try? Do you already use Dropbox?

*This would be perfect for critique partners.*
**I have no affiliation with Dropbox. All opinions are my own.**

Monday, December 10

A Good Weekend & An Early Birthday Present!

Hello everyone!

I hope you guys had a wonderful weekend! My husband and I had a holiday banquet on Saturday for The Order of the Arrow (Scouting stuff), and then on Sunday we went to Red Lobster for lunch with his mother. Oh, and on Saturday we took Powell out for his first walk on the leash. He was such a good boy! He stayed between us the whole time--he didn't tug on the leash or fight us at all! We were shocked, but pleased. All in all, it was a pretty relaxing weekend.

In other news, I received an early birthday present last week. My netbook, Pinky (so named because it is pink and because I adored Pinky & the Brain as a child...), has become so slow that I dread using it--not a good thing for a writer. Well, my husband decided to buy me a new laptop for my birthday (I turn 23 on December 21st)! It's much bigger and has a lot more storage, which I love. The computer can actually keep up with me when I type... Go figure! I'd post a picture of it but it's just a boring black HP laptop--nothing new there. Anyway, I forgot how much I love having a computer that can store all of my files and keep up with me. I had originally bought Pinky to use when I was in university, because lugging around a big laptop from class to class wasn't an option with my crappy arms, but lord how I missed the speed of a normal laptop. And in the two and a half years since I bought Pinky, the laptops have gotten even faster! Ahh, this writer is in laptop heaven right now ;)

So what did you guys do this weekend? Have you bought a new laptop recently? What type of computer do you use--are you a PC or a Mac person? Personally, I love my iPod, but for computers I'm PC and for my phone I'm Android.

Friday, December 7

Movie of the Week: Tristan & Isolde



Rated: PG-13
Directed by: Kevin Reynolds
Time: 125 minutes
Release Date: January 13, 2006

Blurb:

From executive producer Ridley Scott (Gladiator) comes a sweeping, action-packed saga of epic battles, political intrigue and forbidden passion, set in a time when the lines between heroism and savagery were etched in fire and carved out with broadswords. After the fall of Rome, visionary warlord Marke (Rufus Sewell) seeks to unite the squabbling English tribes to form one strong nation and defeat the brutal Irish king Donnchadh. But when Lord Marke's greatest and most loyal knight, Tristan (James Franco), falls in love with Isolde (Sophia Myles), a beautiful Irish woman, it threatens to destroy the fragile truce and ignite a war. In the spirit of Braveheart and A Knight's Tale, Tristan & Isolde is a rousing tale of trust and treachery that will leave you breathless!

My opinion:

I'm going to preface this by admitting that I haven't watched this movie in a long time. I freely admit that I am a very emotional person. Well, for anyone who knows the legend behind Tristan & Isolde, the ending won't be a surprise for you--and you'll understand why I don't always like watching this movie. It is a beautiful love story (although they take a few liberties with the ending). Again, for anyone who knows their legends, this is the same Tristan who apparently fights with King Arthur and the Knights of the Round Table.

Anyway, the costumes are beautiful, the music is stunning, and the acting is powerful. I would recommend this movie to any history lover, although I am going to warn you that you will probably cry.  However, it is worth watching, especially if you're a romance writer. That might seem strange to some, but I think romance writers need to see the pain the hero and heroine can go through if they aren't allowed to be together.

Trailer:


Saturday, December 1

December Releases


Felt Tips edited by Tiffany Reisz-- December 12
A Rough Night at the Office by Diana Cruz (one of my critique partners!)
Erotica (e-book)


Deck the Halls With Love by Lorraine Heath-- December 18
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