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Thursday, November 30, 2006

Hi please read.. invitation to a pamperd chef's party....RSVP

I really don't care to attend these kinds of parties and I have never hosted one before, but I thought this was a worthy cause. You know me and my love for good recipes and kitchen gadgets. I will volunteer to try the chopped salad with vinaigrette if someone else wants to help out with some of the other stuff. Let me know if you are interested!

You are invited to a special Pampered Chef party!!

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I know how busy you all are and that you probably hate being invited to any home parties, but I assure you this is no ordinary home party. And to be honest, I haven't had a party like this in ages, and I need to update my kitchen gadgets.

Pampered Chef has come out with new consultants
and products that are fabulous.

I have attached samples of the new home party products...

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I'm expecting a good turnout!

Now, aren't you sorry you groaned and said, "not another party..."

Have a Good Day

Forward this to all the women in your address book, and the men who have a sense of humor

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Now that's a home party I'd hitch a ride to Missour for! :)

By Blogger Jen, at 2:24 PM  

When & where? I'll bring friends!
lol :o)

By Blogger Tam, at 6:41 AM  

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Icy fingers

The icy fingers of winter
have reached into my world

Outside is a wonderland
ice, water, and frost

everywhere, the cold
covers the land, my house

I sit here wondering
will the wind die down

how high will the snow get
it keeps coming, and coming

will it freeze everything
pipes, and pets?

will other things die
while I stay wrapped up

warm and safe inside
wiggling my toes in flannel

is it morbid of me
to contemplate death?

*** Quick poetry to express my thoughts about a really cold day in the Ozarks. I hope you're all safe and warm. Check your outside pets, please. Make sure their water isn't frozen, or bring them inside, if possible.

Yesterday, I got some terrible news. A woman I barely know had an awful tragedy in her family. Her granddaughter died at day care...choking on a hot dog.

I used to run a preschool and, for the record, more kids choke to death on hot dogs than anything else, and popcorn and lettuce are second and third on the list. (Lettuce acts like a balloon when it gets wet.)

Anyhow, please put some prayers up for Kay Swanson (aka Kei Swanson, author) and for her family, if you would.

Take a moment (here's my belated Thanksgiving thought) to remember how lucky you are to have your family and friends, safe and well. Every day, I look at my children and husband and think that.

Stay warm, and get cozy with those you love.
Have a good one!

Posted by CarysWeldonblog :: 8:25 AM :: 1 Comments:

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Oh my gosh! On a hotdog?? How sad for her family!


As far as cold goes, it's raining, sleeting, and snowing here today. Right now, it sounds like it's not doing anything, which probably means it's snowing since I can't hear that on the windows or roof. Most schools in the state are closed. OK, maybe not "most," but a lot of them are.

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Wednesday, November 29, 2006

creepy question

Is it creepy to know that someone is typing on the internet while naked?

Do you do it?

(Thinking of writing a creepy story. Shh. Don't tell anybody. Just learned that the president of the Springfield Writer's Guild is on the sex offender list. One old lady went to his defense, said we shouldn't pry, or mention it around because it might hurt him some way. As a woman who has dealt with sexual abuse, and a daughter who was date raped, and friends with multiple issues of abuse by men--I'm not feeling real protective of this perpetrator--who, on deeper inspection, was 39 when he "sexually assaulted" a 14 yr old. Call me crazy, but that's child molestation in my book. I don't wanna be nice to the creep.) That was in parenthesis because I was whispering about the creepy man. ;)

You can google the Springfield Writer's Guild for info on the president, then do a search. The info on his crime is a matter of public record.

My last questions of the day you think we should be concerned with his feelings about this "getting out" when the government has posted him on the internet as a sex offender to be wary of? Or do you think it is more important to inform women who might come in contact with him--that there is a potential risk?

I know women who have been pressured into this man's private company. I know of a few women who felt so uncomfortable with him (he's a mysoginist) that they stopped attending (writers) groups he showed up at.

Normally, I'm a live and live sort of person. I believe in unconditional love and forgiveness. However, I draw the line in front of child molestors, rapists, and murderers. If someone doesn't stand up for the victims...what sort of society would we have?

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I don't think it's creepy to type on the internet while naked, but I do think it's creepy to know/let others know about it. I don't do it. The chair I'm using is not exclusively mine.

On the sex offender question, I think that because he was actually convicted there's no need to worry about his feelings - it's not as if this is some unsubstantiated rumour.

By Blogger ikkinlala, at 9:39 AM  

No, I don't type naked and if I did I wouldn't tell anyone.

No, I don't think it's creepy if someone does. The creepy factor comes in if they make it a point to let someone else know. That's the creepy part. Because what are they leading up to? What will they do/say? Why did they tell you to begin with?

As for the president of the SWG? (Sorry if I offend anyone by saying it this way.) HELL NO you shouldn't be concerned with his feelings, with "protecting" him! He knew good and well what he did when he did it. Some would argue he paid for the crime if/when he went to prison.


So, yeah, I think anyone who might be considered vulnerable to him should be told immediately! (For that matter, I personally think he should not be in any kind of position of authority -- real or imagined -- and should be asked to step down. But that's just me.)

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Tuesday, November 28, 2006


I am looking for movies with great kisses in them.

Can you think of a scene where the kiss was memorable?

Garden State had a super kiss scene. Have you watched that? The beginning is really slow--because the hero of the movie is under sedation. If you start watching it, and take a sense of humor in that--you'll enjoy it much more. But, by the time he gets to kissing the girl, and out from his meds, it's one of those...I'm really alive and gonna do this scenes. Kissing in the rain. So cliche, but I thought it was great.

Classic or otherwise, can you think of a great kissing scene that drew you in wishing you had a partner who could kiss like that?

Why don't more people practice their kissing? Answer that one for me. I used to kiss my pillow, my mirror. I watch kiss scenes and think "I'm gonna try that next time." Am I alone in this?

Posted by CarysWeldonblog :: 8:00 AM :: 5 Comments:

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The Princess Bride has a couple good kissing scenes in it. :) In the Fire Swamp and then again in the royal suites where Wesley is lying on the bed and keeps saying "Gently" and yet again at the end when they're on the horses. :)

I can honestly say I have never practiced kissing. It has never occurred to me to do so. That said... I've never had a boyfriend, really. I mean, yeah, I've gone on a few dates, but that's all it ever was. The guy always decided that he'd rather be friends. I guess because I dated guys who were friends first? I dunno. One gross guy in high school did try to kiss me. I slapped him. lol.

By Blogger Jen, at 8:31 AM  

Angela Bassett and Ralph Fiennes toward the end of Strange Days. That was one of the hottest kisses ever.

By Blogger Rinda Elliott, at 9:02 AM  

I don't watch much movies at all, so I know i'm not going to be good at this!! The last movie I watched was about a year ago! It was a historical one based on Penelope Williamson's book, The Outsider. I remember some kissing scenes in that one with Naomi Watts and Tim Daly. Here's a link for the info on the movie. I don't know if you'd consider it a great kissing scenes, but it was a wonderful romance story:


By Blogger Cathie, at 11:12 PM  

There's a dramatic kissing scene in "The Quiet Man", which was memorable even to Steven Spielberg since he used it in E.T.

By Blogger Sue A., at 3:27 AM  

I can't say I've ever practiced kissing.

By Blogger ikkinlala, at 9:27 AM  

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Monday, November 27, 2006

One of my emails

I love the last line of this:

A mother asked President Bush,
"Why did my son have to die in Iraq?"
Another mother asked President Kennedy,
"Why did my son have to die in Viet Nam?"
Another mother asked President Truman,
"Why did my son have to die in Korea?
Another mother asked President F.D. Roosevelt,
"Why did my son have to die at Iwo Jima?"
Another mother asked President W. Wilson,
"Why did my son have to die on the battlefield of France?"
Yet another mother asked President Lincoln,
"Why did my son have to die at Gettysburg?"
And yet another mother asked President G. Washington,
"Why did my son have to die near Valley Forge?"

Then long, long ago, a mother asked...

"Heavenly Father, why did my Son have to die on a cross outside of Jerusalem?"

The answers to all these are similar --
"So that others may have life and dwell in peace, happiness and freedom."


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Wouldn't it be great if everyone would stand behind our troops!

By Blogger Tam, at 5:18 AM  

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Get in the mood

I gotta get in the mood to get into some serious writing...but I have another editing project I have to finish. I think I mentioned that I have a science fiction thing that will be in Space Opera...didn't I? I've got to do the edits on that.

And write a few more short mysteries for the anthology Under the Moon Press has already accepted. Then I'm gonna write more of what you know me for.

So, I can't really chat here. I really need to get going on all that. Have a super day!

Posted by CarysWeldonblog :: 6:56 AM :: 4 Comments:

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You too - good luck with the writing!

By Blogger ikkinlala, at 8:00 AM  

Happy, productive writing to you. :)

By Blogger Jen, at 11:41 AM  

Good Luck!

By Blogger Tam, at 5:15 AM  

Carys, I was reading in the newsletter about your upcoming books with the new publishers. I'm thrilled for you!! I think too you said Fantasy? I enjoy those reads too! You still writing with eXtasy or romances?

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Saturday, November 25, 2006



Life is all about ass. You're either covering it, kicking it, kissing it, or trying to get a piece of it.

(props to ScottKnapper from the Runner's World forum—dunno if he wrote it or lifted it, but it's fine)

Just thought I'd paste this observation here and ask...anybody wanna try and come up with something like this about another topic? That could be pretty funny.

Here's my effort (and let me say up front, no, I don't snort.):

Life is all about coke. You're either jonesing for it, drinking it, snorting, or trying to get some ice in it.

(Yeah, I wrote this at 1:25 a.m.)

I know. I know. I should always post in the a.m. AFTER I've had some sleep. But late night posts are so much funnier to me (at the time.)

I was gonna say Here's another one, but I got nothin. ;)

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Life is all about sleep. You're either asleep, waking up from sleep, working toward it, or wishing for more.

By Blogger Jen, at 6:27 PM  

I have to agree with Jen.

And since I'm lacking sleep, I can't come up with anything.

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Friday, November 24, 2006

Poetry (and sex)

Today, I am working on poetry because I have a dear friend who has asked for me to look over her entries for a contest before she sends them in. And I am supposed to be a tiebreaking judge later today for another contest. So, my morning is set.

I am also compiling a book of sexy poetry. I think I mentioned that before. Some is sensually stirring, others are hard hitting (hehehe there's another pun) cruder and graphic stuff. I wonder if sexy poetry will sell. I went to an international poetry symposium once and the ONLY book that sold out completely was the sex poetry one. This may be accepted and released for Valentine's Day...the kind of thing to read with and to your significant other.

Anyhow, gotta get busy.

Report on the diet--I went off bigtime. Ate mashed potatoes and gravy, stuffing, rolls, and pie. Sigh. So, today I'm climbing my big butt back on the no sweet wagon...and counting the days until Christmas. LOL

I hope you had a good one. (Thanksgiving, that is.) I spent an absolutely lovely day at my daughter's house. (The one that just got married.) She cooked the turkey, and pretty much everything. She had it almost done before I got there. I was totally impressed.

She made something that I think you might like:

Stuffed Mushrooms

Mushrooms (The bigger ones)
Clean and remove stems. Chop stems to tiny pieces (or throw away)
Cream Cheese
Bring to room temperature and stir until creamy.
Crumble and cook until almost overdone.

Mix the cream cheese, sausage and stems pieces (if you bothered with them) all together. Stuff the mushrooms and bake in 350 degree oven until mushrooms look cooked through. (Moisture will form in the bottom of the pan.)

These are SO good, and so simple.
My daughter worked for a gourmet catering school--and has a certificate for catering. This is one of the easiest, but classiest little appetizers I've ever seen. One thing to note, the mushrooms are juicy and a napkin should be used underneath when you bite into them.

I think that a quilting needle or toothpick size hole stuck through the bottom of the mushroom might help it drain while cooking.

If you try these, let me know what you think.

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I totally hear ya about going off the diet big time. I did that too. Yeesh. But it was good. :)

By Blogger Jen, at 11:42 AM  

Those stuffed mushrooms do sound good. I'll have to try to remember that when we're making food for holiday parties.

By Blogger ikkinlala, at 11:50 PM  

Stuffed Mushrooms sound great, i'll have to try them.

By Blogger Tam, at 4:25 AM  

The mushrooms ARE great, and easy, but have a little bit of class to them when you put them on a pretty platter and say, "Have an appetizer."

Much more so than the deviled eggs on the other plate. ;)

And I am SO glad I'm not the only one that went off-diet. But, really, if we can't enjoy a holiday, what's the point in living? I mean, what ARE we living for? (Spending a great day with friends and/or family--and in my world a great day always has good food that I am allowed to eat. Right?)

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Thursday, November 23, 2006

Happy Thanksgiving

Happy Thanksgiving!

Sorry about not posting yesterday. I thought I had. Today, I tried to log in and found I couldn't, so I had to delete blogger cookies and restart and...well...blek.

Today, I am grateful that my family will be together--all but one of my five kids will be with me for the day--and my second and third daughter have been busily preparing the meal without my help. I think I have to make a green bean casserole (that mushroom soup and fried onion thing? I don't eat it but those two girls do--it's the least I can do.)

Because my new son in law is a serious diabetic, we are doing everything sweet with splenda this year. I'm not sure what I think of that, but hey...if it doesn't taste quite right, that'll help me stay closer to my diet, eh?

I'm of the thinkign that if you're going to drink soda, drink the real thing, if you're gonna eat ice cream, go the whole hog. But what do I know? I'm the size of a barn. Or a small shed, at the very least.

I'll feel guilty all day for eating good stuff, but my mouth is already watering for sweet potatoes and stuffing and pie (and turkey of course, but that's not off my diet.)

Tell me how your holiday goes, k? What is your favorite pie? Do you have any traditions for this holiday?

My husband and I like to make sure we celebrate every holiday know what...bed boogie. But we're getting old. I always wonder...will we do it on THIS holiday? (Yeah, I'm hoping he reads this and says, "Hey, hon, let's slip into the bedroom before...midnight or something.")

In any case, no matter how you celebrate the day, I hope you have a great one!

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IME, sweets with Splenda don't taste any different from those with regular sugar. We've been doing that for about 3 or 4 years now, thanks to me. :s I'd be willing to bet you won't taste a difference.

Happy Thanksgiving! Now I've gotta get back to cleaning before everyone gets here.

By Blogger Jen, at 7:48 AM  

I can taste Splenda a mile away. Ick.

But, it also makes me extremely ill, so it could be why I don't like it.

I've always believed sugar was more healthy than substitutes so I don't let my kids use them. Moderation is the key, I believe.

Diabetes is a different monster. We have several coming here today with it and it just occured to me that I didn't make anything or have anyone bring anything for them. I must go remedy.

By Blogger Rinda Elliott, at 8:12 AM  

Thanksgiving was last month for me, and is not nearly as big a deal here as it seems to be in the US. I wasn't able to be with my family (a three day weekend is not enough time when it involves a 12 hour bus trip each way), so I made myself pumpkin pie and cranberry sauce (with real sugar) and spent the weekend trying to catch up on homework and sleep.

By Blogger ikkinlala, at 11:47 PM  

my husband has Diabetes & we use Splenda all the time, we can't tell any difference.

By Blogger Tam, at 4:28 AM  

Okay. I just gotta say...sweet potatoes with splenda brown sugar just didn't work for me. Ditto on the lemon meringue pie with it.

I probably kept me from eating more. A few bites sufficed.

But I use splenda in some things. (Atkins desserts, that or stevia.)

Anyhow, I really vote for real white sugar. But that is not on the atkins diet and I'm sure it is responsible, at least in part, for me being so large at this, I'll do without.

Today, I ate bacon, deviled eggs, and some chicken dipped in cream and rolled in parmesan, fried in olive oil. That, too, was very, very good.

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Tuesday, November 21, 2006

Accident girl does good

Cheyenne (my youngest daughter, the one that was in the back breaking accident last year)played her first basketball game of the season last night. She made nine points. Five free throws and two regular baskets--which was amazing for the time she spent on the court. She only played a minute in the first quarter, the last half of the second, and then a minute in the third, and the whole fourth quarter.

When she was on the court, the runaway score stopped running away. Our point gap decreased. When the game was over, the coach told her, "I can't believe you played like that--considering your injury." Which tells us that he wasn't playing her because he didn't think she was up to it.

She was not, by any means, the star of the game. Two other girls made thirteen points each. But, when you count time on the court--those girls were never off the court--Cheyenne did better per second of playing.

Even though she is one of only two seniors on the team, she wouldn't have played, I think, if the team hadn't been cursed with the flu. Three "star" members were out. One, literally, puked in the bucket/trash can just minutes before the game. I was, of course, thrilled that pukey girl sat by my daughter on the bench the whole time...because it would be about par for the course for my whole family to end up with the 24 hr flu over Thanksgiving. Not that I'm a pessimist or paranoid, but...I know how my luck runs. We'll see about that. Maybe we'll get lucky and avoid that.

In other news, we are collecting gifts for handout at Senior Grad Night--so anything you wanna donate is welcome. (Not really expecting you to send things, but, hey, if you have an urge! LOL) I am looking for great fund raisers, so if you have any suggestions on that, I'd love to hear them.

I hate the nickel and dimers. You know the ones...where the stuff in the catalog is from the dollar store, but you pay $12 bucks so the kids can make $5. I'd rather shop at the dollar store and pass my kid the $5 every time. Or the whole difference, leaving that middle man out.

And last, but not least, today I plan to write. I wrote poetry the last two days. Mocked a few famous guys: Hemingway, Thoreau, and somebody else that I cannot recall at the moment. Wrote about a portuguese poet named Fernando Pessoa. I dunno why. Who can figure out how my brain works?

Today, though, I fully intend to write about something sexy. It has been too long since I put on my Carys Weldon type-til-you-drop mode. I have editors and agents growling at me for not writing anything for them. And worse--one not muttering a word about it...which means she may be giving up on seeing anything from me. And I can't disappoint her, of all people, because she's my favorite. So, I have to get busy.


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WTG Cheyenne!

I agree with you about leaving the middle man out. I hate the nickel and dimers too.

By Blogger Tam, at 7:43 AM  

What kind of gifts are you collecting?

By Blogger ikkinlala, at 11:41 PM  

We'll take anything anyone wants to donate. Things that teens would like will be stored until Grad night, and anything that can be raffled for greater money income, will be.

Taking all suggestions on fund raisers, and donations, of course.

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Monday, November 20, 2006


My youngest daughter has a game in Blue Eye tonight. It's a little town that sits on the border of Missouri and Arkansas. Half the town has a Missouri address, and the other has an Arkansas address. Silly, huh?

Did you see that title and what she's talking about now?
Sorry to disappoint, hehehe. (I'm a tricker!)

I spent all day yesterday writing poetry. Some good. Some bad. Are any of you poets?

Missouri Poets and Friends has a contest going. I know for a fact we don't have very many entries. So, you have a great chance to win. Check it out:

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Thank you for that link. The one I had didn't work.

What's the contest deadline, then? On the guidelines it says Nov. 15. I know you mentioned this at the OCWI conference, but I forgot. (Oops.)

By Blogger Jen, at 8:02 AM  

Thank-you for the link for Poets & friends.

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Sunday, November 19, 2006

Sunday AGAIN? (Not about religion or church)

Geez. The weeks race through and I'm left with another Sunday. (Not gonna talk about religion or church today. So, no worries on that.)

Here's what a freak I am: I'm frying hamburgers for my breakfast. And hamburger for hamburger gravy and biscuits for the rest of my family. I have never been a fan of that but my husband and kids love it.

I used to like SOS, chipped beef gravy over bread, and I still like sausage gravy over bread or biscuits, and I'm okay with bacon gravy over biscuits--but my husband only likes sausage or hamburger gravy like that.

Oh well.

Plain hamburgers are on the Atkins diet. I am already looking ahead toward the holiday and I need your votes to help me decide something.

Should I go ahead and enjoy a full Thanksgiving meal, including sweet potatoes and mashed potatoes and gravy, rolls, stuffing, and pie--or stick to my damn diet? The night before, which is Wednesday, I will have been on the diet for two weeks.

Or, should I just eat turkey that day and call it good?
LOL You can probably guess that I want validation that it is okay to enjoy the holiday...but I know most of you have gone up and down on diets, too, and probably suffered the same sort of decision in the past.

I have done Atkins a lot in the past, and used to say, "I can splurge off the diet when I win an award (one piece of dessert in celebration)...or at a writer's conference, book signing (because those usually involve a meal out with other writers) or holiday/birthdays (and I have five kids and four siblings, remember), I can eat a regular meal and dessert."

But then, as you know, that just spurred me to apply myself to winning more awards and going to more conferences, and making sure I was at more family celebrations of birthdays. LOL.

It seemed that I was rewarding myself all too often. I mean, geez...break it down. I have over 100 awards in the last 3-4 years. I was on the road 17 weeks last year with writing related events, book signings and conferences. That works out to quite a few "off the diet" desserts.

Anyhow, gimme your vote. Should an obese woman (or any woman) feel guilty if she takes off of her diet for Thanksgiving?

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I certainly don't think it's a problem to indulge occasionally. And holidays count as those occasions in my book. :)

I've been on a sort-of diet. I've lost some weight. (I don't know exactly how much.) I'm also diabetic. But I'm going to splurge a little bit on Thanksgiving. And by "splurge," I actually mean we're going to make a pumpkin pie and a cheesecake using Splenda. :)

My vote: Go for it, but don't stay off the wagon very long. Been there done that too often.

By Blogger Jen, at 9:30 AM  

IMO I would have a tradional Thanksgiving dinner. Just eat modest protions. You can splurge but not go overboard.
So that way you can enjoy the holiday but not feel too guilty

By Blogger Pamk, at 11:35 AM  

I think you should have a Thankgiving meal with you family and enjoy the day...There is always tomorrow........

By Blogger Brenda, at 1:53 PM  

Enjoy the meal with your family, just don't over do it on the eating. One day of a little splurging won't hurt. Just go back on your diet the next day.

By Blogger Tam, at 4:42 AM  

Nobody should feel guilty for taking time off a diet they chose to follow. Unless it's going to present a serious health risk (like, say, breaking a peanut-free diet if you're allergic to peanuts) I think it's fine to take a break every so often.

By Blogger ikkinlala, at 2:35 PM  

Did I say I LOVE YOU PEOPLE? (I do!)

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Saturday, November 18, 2006

Book signings and Chicken

I had a book signing yesterday in Branson, in the Engler Block shopping center. It's a very cute place. Lots of cool gifts. (In case you ever go to Branson, put this place on your list of stops.) However, there were maybe 5-10 people that came through--in two whole hours! So, needless to say, I went and chatted with other authors. I was asked to speak to a Kimberling City writer's group, so it was not really a lost cause.

Then I went to dinner with a bunch of writers and over to Motel 8 to hang out and chat some more. I swear, I feel like a spring chicken. Most of them are not THAT old, but some of them were saying they had to go to bed at 7:30. I thought that was crazy. A couple of us hung out until almost ten. Still, that's early for a Friday night.

Today, I'm going to Plaster Auditorium, at the College of the Ozarks, for a book signing with the Ozarks Writer's League. Today is the debut of the Echoes of the Ozarks, VOL 2. I have a story in that, so, I'll probably be signing those throughout the day.

Usually we got to pompous restaurants but today, I think I am going to talk people into something simple, like KFC. Someone told me--this is funny--that KFC had to take the word "chicken" off all their menus and advertising because they no long use real chicken. (This is not true by the way.) They went into great detail that KFC was using genetically altered chickens with no heads or legs that were basically lumps that never moved--fed by tubes.

It was silly but duped dope that I was, I got sucked in. They kept the story up long enough until I said, "Wow. I had never heard about that." But I watched a KFC commercial and saw that they do, indeed, still use the word chicken.

Which goes to show...doesn't matter how stupid the hoax is...if they keep it up long enough, or present it right, even smart folks will fall for it.

You can look up a lot hoaxes at htttp://

I mention this because I've had more hoaxes come through my inbox lately than I can count. Thought you might like to check the spot out. Anyhow, gotta run. I WILL be late (again).

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One of these day I hope to make it to a book signing. Some day there will be one in my area.

Thanks for the site, I get a lot of hoaxes come through my email too. This way I will be able to look them up & check them out.

By Blogger Tam, at 6:21 AM  

Man! If we could've put off going back to Sullivan to get Granny until this weekend, I coulda stopped by to see you! *s* Seriously. We saw the sign for College of the Ozarks on I-44. And a couple weeks ago, we stayed the night in Branson.

Buena suerte, bonne chance, good luck, and all that jazz. :)

By Blogger Jen, at 8:23 AM  

Tam, what area are you in? Maybe I'll make a point of having a book signing in your area? And anybody else that wants to list their area, go ahead. Maybe I'll do a concentrated tour. should have made time for me! I would have come to where you are. NEXT TIME, we'll do that.

And ANYBODY WHO GOES TO SPRINGFIELD OR BRANSON MISSOURI--let me know and I'll come to you. We'll have sodas or lunch or something together, and chat. K?

By Blogger CarysWeldonblog, at 9:02 AM  

You were in or on your way home from Nevada.

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Friday, November 17, 2006


A couple of these made me laugh out loud. I thought you'd enjoy them.

One day my housework-challenged husband decided to wash
his Sweat-shirt. Seconds after he stepped into the laundry room, he
shouted to me, "What setting do I use on the washing machine?"

"It depends," I replied. "What does it say on your

He yelled back, " University of Oklahoma "

And they say blondes are dumb...
A couple is lying in bed. The man says, "I am going to
make you the happiest woman in the world."

The woman replies, "I'll miss you..."

"It's just too hot to wear clothes today," Jack says as
he stepped out of the shower, "honey, what do you think the neighbors
would think if I mowed the lawn like this?" "Probably that I married you
for your money," she replied.

He said - Shall we try swapping positions tonight?

She said - That's a good idea... you stand by the
ironing board while I sit on the sofa and fart.

Q: What do you call an intelligent, good looking,
sensitive man?

A: A rumor

Dear Lord,

I pray for Wisdom to understand my man; Love to forgive
him; And Patience for his moods. Because, Lord, if I pray for Strength,
I'll beat him to death.


Q: What does it mean when a man is in your bed gasping
for breath and calling your name?

A: You did not hold the pillow down long enough.

Q: Why do men whistle when they are sitting on the

A: It helps them remember which end they need to wipe.

Q: How do you keep your husband from reading your

A: Rename the mail folder "Instruction Manuals"

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"Q: What do you call an intelligent, good looking,
sensitive man?
A: A rumor"

Maybe that's why a lot of women like to read romance. LOL

By Blogger jennybrat, at 4:58 PM  

Love the jokes!

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Run-ins with the law

Seen this site? Find criminals in your area!

Okay, yesterday I said I'd talk about my legal problems. I think I've gone over them before. (more than one issue)

1)We bought our property, paid it off in three years, and have been fighting the seller for three years in court to get our deed. The judge told him to get our names on that deed (after two years of stupidity by the guy where he went through lawyers--because the guy lies every other sentence, and can't keep his story straight.) Any how, the guy went to the court house and put our names on the deed, and returned with a receipt. No one in this podunk state went across the street to check. They just dismissed the case AT HIS WORD. Turns out he put our names on, but, oh, gee, left his ON. So, we're suing him a second time--which you know becomes ridiculously expensive because it not only involves lawyer and filing fees but days off from work, etc. So, that remains unresolved, but we've filed again. The man SHOULD go to jail for perjury under oath, obvious fraud (so many counts I cannot count them)...but he played the disabled deal. We saw him walking fine. He came to court with, get this, a neck brace on and a cane. DUH.

2)Our youngest daughter was in a terrible accident last year. The kid driving hit a tree at 70 mph when he couldn't make a 90 degree turn. She almost died repeatedly over the course of too long a period of time. Her entire thoracic section was rebuilt by an Austrian doctor--a demi-god who needs to be bowed to, imo--named Sami Khoshymon. Her recovery, thanks to his amazing skill, has been a miracle. She bled out twice on the table, her lungs both collapsed at different times. We spent days and days where she'd stop breathing several times an hour and the nurses would come, literally, running.

Anyhow, the kid was insured for $50,000. Four kids were hurt in the accident. There is a limit of $25,000 per person. Cheyenne's bills were in the hundreds of thousands range. Insurance companies have now attached that small amount Cheyenne might have gotten. So, my daughter will not be able to get her sports/all around scholarship, and IS enduring being a senior on the sports teams but no longer a starting player--which is tremendously hard for us to watch--but THANK GOD she is alive, and can walk--let alone run. Ya know?

So, by divine intervention, I believe, we were at a friend's new office. She's a hypnotherapist in Springfield--Jo Moon. Anybody need her services, email me and I'll give you contact info. This lawyer in the building walks past, the door is open, and he leans in, introduces himself--and the next thing we know, he's offering to represent our a lot less than other lawyers charge.

This guy is wonderful. And, it turns out he's got 25 yrs experience as an ERISA attorney (which is what they call the deal where insurances can attach to a settlement in an injury claim.)

3)Somebody used my social security number with a different name and obtained a credit card and ran up bills, and, of course, defaulted on payment--and it was applied to my credit. So, that is obvious fraud. But does the credit collecting agency wanna hear that? No. They just want the money. So, now they and the issuing bank, and the person on the credit card are being investigated for fraud. The thing is...the person paid on it for three years before defaulting...which, to me, suggests that the card was issued with a transposed number of HER social security number. It shouldn't be hard to check.

But, between that, and hospital bills--that should have been covered 100% by our two insurances--my credit has hit an all-time low. I there a God? Why are these things happening, completely out of my control. Is it karma? Or what?

It's all a stress. More than I should have to deal with, imo. So, among all my other little daily traumas, we're dealing with stuff like that, too. That sort of thing is why I'm taking anti-depression meds. I really want to just take something that lets me go to sleep and never wake up. I mean, it just never ends.

Am I the only one that has the feeling their standing in the eye of the storm, and things are being swirled around them, and thrown at them, and there is no way out?

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Carys, my thoughts are with you and your family in this difficult period. May your problems be resolved as soon as possible.

By Blogger jennybrat, at 4:41 PM  

My thoughts and prayers are with you.....Hang in there...Things are due to get better.....As you know the problems with my son's Ex partner and mother of his kids and his burns. Things are turning around for him...The Judge just made his decision for my son and us...All Allegations were dismissed due to the fact of lack of any first hand knowlege by her or evidence to back them up.. He had been feeling down but things are turning around...He is still in control of his two kids...So you are next in line to get your life in order...

By Blogger Brenda, at 5:26 PM  

Thanks for the prayers! I can't get enough of those. *hugs*

By Blogger CarysWeldonblog, at 9:03 AM  

I'm sorry to hear you're having so many legal problems lately - I hope they get cleared up soon.

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Thursday, November 16, 2006

Men are saddles (Sex Trivia)

Okay, bear with me. I WILL get to the SUBJECT TITLE of today's post.

I've told you about my goal to write a book in a week that has totally flopped, right? (Yes, I did. Go back and read the posts since last Friday when I made that stupid goal.)

I hate it when I commit to something and then things out of my control cheat me out of my achieving it. Are you a goal setter? If you are, I'm sure you know what I'm talking about here.

So, okay. I'm not gonna get a book written before Saturday morning. (I may still see if I can work ON a book today but I'm not holding my breath on that, even.)

Between computer glitches, unexpected family drop-ins, dealing with court/lawyer issues (I might tell ya about that tomorrow), and judging a couple contests...I have not had time to write like I want to.

Anyhow, I have so many failed goals in my past. And awful New Year's Resolutions that I flunked. And, for years, after years of failure at those resolutions, I made ONE: To not make another resolution. Funny, after I did that, I lost weight, grew my nails out (I'm a biter) and did my make-up and hair every day.

Then, one year, I thought, I've got it pretty together, I think I'll make a real resolution, and then I was right back in the gaining weight, biting nails mentality.

Why am I rattling on about failed goals and resolutions? Because I made a resolution one year that I want to tell you about. It was silly.

I resolved to have sex every single day of the new year. This is back when I was in my twenties. And, before we started this new resolution, I knew for a fact that my husband and I were having sex a whole lot more than all our friends were. I do NOT know what I was trying to prove.

He thought it was a great goal. He admired me for it. He was ready and willing to help me complete this resolution. That may be the first time ever that he was in full support of one of my stupid resolutions/goals.

We were gungho the first day. New Year's Day...just got in from a night on the town...hey, let's start now, it's after midnight.

That was a great start, you know?

And the next morning, we laughingly said, "We should do it in the light of the first day." So, we did.

And that night, he said, "I'm ready to go again, how about you?"

"Oh, okay. But...don't you think we should pace ourselves?"

My husband, philosopher that he is--said, "You will only have the opportunity to do this right now, right now. Once tomorrow comes, this opportunity will be lost." (He uses that on me a lot when he wants to do IT.)

So, we did it again.

By the second morning, I was beginning to wonder if I'd be able to walk at the end of the year if we kept up the pace.

I won't walk you through the whole year, but you can bet I failed at that resolution before it was said and done. Many a time, one of us would say to the other, "Hey, what about that resolution?" And, dummies that we are, we'd give a go at trying to catch up on whatever days we'd missed.

Of course, you can't ever catch up. Not really. That's one of those DUH things. Ya know?

I had one friend in the world that I could talk to about sex back then. When Tony wasn't around, she'd get this stupid grin on her face and ask, "Hey, how's that fucking resolution going?"

We used to ride horses together. All day trail rides and stuff like that. Sometimes our conversations began with, "Well, I sure as hell can't get on a horse today."

Which brings me to a term my brother-in-law used once. Referring to his wife and sex, he said, "With me in the saddle..."

I don't need to finish the sentence. She popped him upside the arm. I felt like she aimed too high or too low, personally. I mean, honestly, what woman wants to be referred to as "the saddle"?

And...if the woman's on top, isn't the guy the saddle?

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lol sorry but that is the weirdest resolution I've every heard. You were in your twenties right? bet you came close to averaging at least once a day anyway.I know we did until my oldest son was born.

By Blogger Pamk, at 5:00 PM  

Men being men, he probably thought saddle was a kewl description.

By Blogger jennybrat, at 4:46 PM  

We did IT ALOT back then! It is not the only weird resolution I've made. I'm a squirrel, you know.

And my brother-in-law is a dork...which is actually the name of a whale penis, in case you didn't know. He DID think it was a clever way to refer to his wife and sex. Pffft.

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Wednesday, November 15, 2006


Ever seen this?

This morning, in email with a couple folks that own publishing houses (Stef Kelsey and Terri Pray, and Brenna Lyons, president of Epicon) I was joking about needing a make-over...desperately.

Someone suggested we call those folks from that show...oh, what is it called now? The one with the tall, skinny, long dark haired chick that's mean? She and the gay guy go to your house, mock you and your wardrobe, and then make you over with a ridiculously expensive credit card--and force you to buy jeans that are $150-300, and get a hair cut up to your ears. What IS that called?

(Checking back in my brain and emails.)

Oh yeah. What NOT to wear.

Anyhow, it was mentioned that the one thing they do consistently is have haircuts we usually hate. The lady goes in with long hair and comes out with a man cut. I just couldn't do that.

What's that got to do with phobias, you ask?

Well, it occurred to me that I may be avoiding stuff like that (makeovers and haircuts) because my mother wears hers short (and permed) and I have a phobia of looking more like my mother as I get older.

Don't get me wrong. Many people have thought she was attractive all her life. And I DO look a lot like her.

But...she has an old lady hair cut. I don't wanna look like that, ever.

So, I went in search of the term for "being afraid of looking like my mother." I can't find it on the list. I did find a fear of step-mother, and fear of mother-in-law, which I have both.

(We're talking battle axes here.)
Don't even get me started on that! LOL

Anyhow...does anybody know what it's called when you have a fear of looking like your mother? There has to be a name for it.

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Mom-a-phobia? ;)

I really have no clue.

I look A LOT like my mom. We get mistaken for sisters way too often for my taste.

Sometimes on What Not to Wear, the haircuts do turn out bad, but most of the time -- IMO -- they look better than before. What gets me is when this sexy guy comes in with longish hair. All he needs, really, is to dress better. And they CHOP HIS HAIR OFF! Man, that just about makes me wanna cry!

(Heh. I guess that says something about me, dunnit? lol)

By Blogger Jen, at 9:28 AM  

Man I would to have that much money to shop but can't see spending that much on one outfit.

By Blogger Pamk, at 5:09 PM  

I have no idea what that fear is called, but I'll let you know if I happen to run across it (somehow that seems unlikely).

By Blogger ikkinlala, at 11:16 PM  

Well I know I don't want to wear my hair like my mother yet (permed and short) because it would mean I've reached some ripe old age.

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Tuesday, November 14, 2006

Bugs in the works

Bugs, worms. Condoms. Er, Trojans, I mean.

My computer has a STD. Sexually transmitted, I'm sure because it has online intercourse/interface with a server that puts its worm inside my sweet little girl.

She is sputtering...(I know, evoking images of just where the worm is being put!)
But, I can assure you, the worm is up her ass, down her throat, and everywhere possible. Every program is glitching. I've seent the blue screen of death more times in the last two days than I can count. And I can go pretty high with that.

I send a curse into the universe for the impotent sob that created the viruses that are crawling through this computer. Tell me, why ON EARTH, do these people apply themselves to causing mayhem to nice people like me? Why aren't they hacking into the credit reporting computers?

I have been dumping files, reloading the system again and again, defragging, scanning for viruses, restarting.

So, SO MUCH FOR A BOOK IN A WEEK. I would have to have a miracle at this point to get something done by Saturday morning.

But, in great news, I have been offered a contract for a collection of my poetry. And this weekend marks the release of an anthology that contains one of my short mystery stories. "Margie's Heart Stopped" is in Echoes of the Ozarks. Cover art to be found at:

Okay. I'm done bragging and complaining for the moment. Gonna restart word and see if it will load THIS TIME. Wish me luck.
And put up a prayer of thanks that your system has no nightmares or worms.

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Odd little factoid about viruses: Students in computer programming classes have to actually create a virus as one of their assignments. My brother had to do it in high school and in vo-tech.

By Blogger Jen, at 10:07 AM  

That IS crazy. But cool. I hope he learns it well and hacks in the credit reporting agency and cleans things up for people. Wouldn't that be a great use of that skill? I'd probably commit that felony if I had the no-how--but I can't do much more than open my email and the word program.

Which, by the way, had a corrupted NORMAL.DOT file. I had to rename it. And then word created a new one that was not corrupted. Crazy, huh?

That little fix came after I spent $30 on anti-virus, find the infection and spyware programs. DUH.

By Blogger CarysWeldonblog, at 1:58 PM  

hi carys!

boy do i know about viruses! i even had norton AND STILL BLEW MY DRIVE!since i am homebound, i was devasted with no internnet. after i paid for a year of macaffee before getting free yahoo.


sorry do not remeber my username

linda Bass

By Anonymous Anonymous, at 3:27 PM  

i 'll send you virus-wracking voodoo vibes! i am so sorry you're experiencing this, but your outlook on it is just hilarious! i sense a short story in the works there for you ;} My son in law runs a home-operated computer business and actually has The Virus as his desktop pc user name b/c he seems to magnetise them so! I agree, people with that much "genius" could be programming a cure for cancer, world peace, and alien first contact!

By Blogger Montgomery.Sword.Author, at 3:41 PM  

Oh you poor girl. How nasty can it be when it stops you from writing.

I wish you well as you get your computer healthy again.

Congrats on the contract.
Good for you

By Blogger Susan, at 4:30 PM  

Congratulations on the contract, and I'm glad you got the virus problem fixed (if I'm reading your above comment correctly?).

I didn't get far enough in computer programming to create a virus.

By Blogger ikkinlala, at 9:00 PM  

Yes, I DID get the computer fixed--after a long and frustrating few days. (thanks!)

And Linda...and anyone that forgets their user name--just make up another one. ;)

I love it when you post!

By Blogger CarysWeldonblog, at 8:32 AM  

Sorry for the trouble with the viruses. Anti-virus programs work to a certain extent but the best prevention is not to open suspicious attachments from people you don't know or visit dubious websites. Congrats on the new contract.

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Monday, November 13, 2006

Monday Again?

Well, it appears I've set an impossible task--to write a book in a week. So many things have popped up that I have to go to. I'm on page 27 currently...and apparently I need better names for my characters because when I woke up, and was still lying in bed--I couldn't, for the life of me, think of my characters' names. Now, that's bad.

Do you like Jonathon (Jon) and Tricia?

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I like Tricia (possibly because I have a cousin with that name, though spelled differently). But Jon seems a bit ... too everyday-ish.

By Blogger Jen, at 8:50 AM  

I like Tricia, too, but "Jon" always looks bad to me without the h. I don't know why. I think the full name would be fine, though.

By Blogger ikkinlala, at 2:57 PM  

My husband is a Jonathon (Jon) - so, I personally love that name for a character.

By Blogger ChristyJan, at 6:16 AM  

I asked my writer group this same question and most of them liked Tricia but didn't like Jon, and/or didn't think Jonathon was cool enough for a real hero.

I gave the guy dark auburn hair. And a couple of the women didn't like that, either. What say you? Is dark auburn uncool for a guy?

Help me build this hero. What color hair, and eyes do you suggest I give him? any favorite names for a hero?

By Blogger CarysWeldonblog, at 8:34 AM  

How about Josh or Jordan?

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Sunday, November 12, 2006


I had this grand plan to write a novel in a week. I've done it before. It shouldn't be that hard. BUT I forgot that life always brings things to take me away from my writing when I want to do it most, or when a deadline is looming.

So, I wrote 27 pages on that story Friday. Wrote a short mystery story on Saturday morning.

Then I went to Sleuth's Ink...a mystery writer's group in Springfield. Got my nails done. Rented FIVE movies. (Self sabotage maybe?)

Which meant that I spent last evening watching Cars, American Haunting, and Slither...which I fell asleep in during the last half of. I have Nacho Libre and Monster House to go. Which of course translates to...the girl is avoiding her story for some reason. Maybe the fact that it's another gosh darn g-rated romance? LOL

I may have mentioned this yesterday...but when I brought two asians who had invented a better mousetrap into the story, I knew it was time to set that back and mull it over. Although, I DO believe I could sell this mousetrap concept I have in my head.

Why a mousetrap? I dunno. Why do I think two asian business men who are serious about a mousetrap is funny, I dunno. From the brain of CHAOS, comes much Chaos, I guess.

Anyhow...I gotta watch a couple movies. Go to chuch--oh yeah. I got a call. I guess I'm supposed to teach the women's meeting today. Aaaggghhh. I don't even have the book. (thinking that would get me out of it) but no, apparently the lady calling has posted it via internet so I can get it. Which leads to the question...why does she want me to teach it so bad?

It's probably a lesson on one of my many failure issues. That's usually how stuff like that works. I'm afraid to look at the topic. Isn't that funny?

Fortunately for me, those people at church don't carry rotten tomatoes in their purses this time of year. Anyhow, gotta go find my lesson and study AND PRAY.

Feel free to send up prayers or meditation for the good of all, and me today. I will be.

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Saturday, November 11, 2006

Writing, etc

I wrote 27 pages on that new story yesterday--but I knew I had to take a break when I brought two little Asian men into the equation...inventors that built a better mousetrap. Go ahead and laugh. I'm now thinking I might be able to market it. How funny is that?

This morning, I am going to write a 1000 word short mystery story in a half hour. So, I cannot linger here. I'll let ya know if I get it done.

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I would love a new mouse trap. Maybe you can lots of money on it.

By Blogger Debby, at 12:19 PM  

You know I'll post the news on my blog if I actually make that mousetrap reality.

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Friday, November 10, 2006


My husband and I are so behind on what day it is--last night he asked, "What is this, Monday?"

He couldn't find anything good on tv. Which made me think I should have all my writer's meetings switched to Thursday. There's a couple things I like on Tuesday nights which is when we usually meet. I did enjoy Supernatural. Have you seen that?

I'm a fan of Scrubs, too. That is about the dumbest show...
I'm always looking for a laugh. How about you?

Today, I'm going to work on a new project. I know. I know. I have a million already started. But, I have a challenge set in front of me. I belong to a writer's group called OWL. Ozark Writers League.

An editor from Avalon was supposed to come and speak but she canceled. As a peace offering, she is willing to take OWL member manuscripts and put them on the top of her slush pile. We have to hand carry them to the OWL meeting and hand them in there. They'll be sent in a large package all together.

So, if any of you are aspiring writers and have something that would suit Avalon, or wanna try my trick (of writing a thing specifically for Avalon in the next week)--you could join OWL that Saturday morning--we meet NEXT weekend.

Anybody up for the challenge?

Here's the link to what they want:

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Crossing fingers that they like what you submit

By Blogger Pamk, at 7:20 PM  

I think this may be a dream gone bad. I have Wed, Thurs, and Fri. to finish the ms that is standing at 27 pages...(sigh)

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Thursday, November 09, 2006

Hide and Seek Contest

In case you missed it...I am running a third contest this month--it's a hide and seek game.

All you have to do is find a site that is actively selling my books--any one of my books--and you're entered in the drawing. However, you can't submit one that someone else has already found.

So, look elsewhere besides:
Amazon, Ebay, Barnes and Nobles, Elibron, Fictionwise, ebookmall, and Abe books. Those have already been turned in.

Good luck!

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Found one : Knights of the Mashing Fork (yes, it's a real site allright - Surprised me too!)) selling your Wanton Werewolf series. Link : used to, but don't seem to anymore.

By Blogger aBookworm, at 10:22 AM  

So, are these places you can track sales numbers?

It's so weird seeing my review on another site. (g)

By Blogger Rinda Elliott, at 11:33 AM  

Nileliniel Books

Here's the link:

By Blogger ChristyJan, at 4:37 PM  

Carys are we looking for e-book or print, or both?

By Blogger ChristyJan, at 6:19 AM  

Either e-book, print, or both.
Any of my books published by Extasy books.

By Blogger CarysWeldonblog, at 9:13 AM  

I found one! The Asterisk Book Store. Here's the link:


And here's the link directly to my search result:


By Blogger Jen, at 3:25 PM  

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Maximum Beauty

Leonard Nimoy is taking pictures of nude large women. Yes, I said Leonard Nimoy--SPOCK. Gotta love the man. Wanna see?

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What a change!

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Wednesday, November 08, 2006

Contest Winners announced!

I am composing the newsletter this morning...and it contains the names of those who won the two contests for October...which will be running again in November.

Those who post here will be in a drawing.
Those who read the newsletter and email me to say they did--and answer the question in the newsletter contest--will be in a second drawing.

The newsletter contest winner for October is:
~Cherie K~ yahoo Id chekru2003

The blog poster winner for October is:


Winners, please email me with your preference on Amazon, Barnes and Noble or Paypal gift certificate. Be sure and give me your first and last name and the email address you want them sent to.

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Thanks so much Carys!
I've sent you an e-mail.

Congrats to Cherie

By Blogger ChristyJan, at 1:19 PM  

Wow ! You're fast! I've already received confirmation of my gift certificate.

Thanks again.

By Blogger ChristyJan, at 2:03 PM  

congrats ladies

By Blogger Pamk, at 7:03 PM  

Congrats to the lucky winners!

By Blogger aBookworm, at 9:51 AM  

Congrats, winners!

By Blogger ikkinlala, at 6:58 PM  

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Tuesday, November 07, 2006

This made me laugh, too.

The Tarot Reader

The psychic gazed at her Tarot cards and delivered the bad news: "I'm sorry, ma'am, but there's just no easy way to say this: prepare to be a widow. Your husband will die a violent, horrible death within the year."

Visibly shaken, the woman stared at the single flickering candle, then down at her hands.

She took a few deep breaths, composed herself and asked, "Will I get away with it?"

I have to ask VCK--was this you? LOL

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Hee. I thought of her too when I read it.

By Blogger Jen, at 1:22 PM  

Thanks - I needed a laugh this morning!

By Blogger ikkinlala, at 9:00 AM  

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Oh hell, this is funny...

This made me chuckle. Thought you'd like it.

A young lady came home from a date, rather sad. She explained to her mother,
"Anthony proposed to me an hour ago."

"Then why are you so sad?" her mother asked.

"Because he also told me he is an atheist. Mom, he doesn't even believe
there's a Hell!"

Her mother replied, "Marry him anyway. Between the two of us, we'll show him
how wrong he is."

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New Saying

I got home in the middle of the night. Tomorrow, I will get my newsletter together. Today, I have spent hours going through mail and email. I only have 886 MORE emails to go.

One good thing...I have a collection of poetry accepted for publication. More news on that when the contract is officially signed and sealed. For those who are writers...I dumped my poetry agent and then sent this same ms out, and the first publisher snapped it up. So...don't assume agents are necessarily worth wasting your time on. If an agent can't cough up some lists of who has seen your ms, you can assume they haven't sent it anywhere. As I said before, an editor as a friend is worth ten agents under contract.

The last email I read had this saying, and I think it's a good one, thought you'd appreciate it: Life's a bitch and then it has puppies.

I sorta feel like that's me, and my books are the pups. I need to breed (more?)--where is my husband when I need him?

Wait. I meant, I need to write. Yeah, that's what I meant.
Stay tuned to this blog, and your email, tomorrow, winners will be announced.

Posted by CarysWeldonblog :: 8:01 AM :: 2 Comments:

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Congrats on getting the poetry collection accepted!

By Blogger ikkinlala, at 9:01 AM  

Thanks! I'll keep you updated on the progress/publishing and release dates.

By Blogger CarysWeldonblog, at 11:04 AM  

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Sunday, November 05, 2006

Somewhere in AZ

I'm on my way home and at a Days Inn somewhere in AZ--Winslow, I think. I'll probably be at the old homestead on Monday evening or Tuesday afternoon. Need to be back by Tuesday so I can vote.

Missouri (where I live) is a swing state--so I really feel like my little effort to put my two cents in may be worth something. Especially with how tight elections have been in the last couple go-rounds.

For those of you who are not Missouri savvy--this is the only state (as far as I know) that actually voted a dead man into office. Then the governor gave the position to the man's wife so she could have lifetime benefits. She sat in the office for six months--enough to qualify for the retirement, etc. and then stepped down.

Have you ever heard of anything like that?

I don't wanna get deep into politics here but I have to comment on the race in MA. Have you watched the news on that? There's a chick named Healey running against a man who is a supporter of Dukakis--you kbnow--the guy who gives prisoners PRISON PASSES and one rapist got out and did his thing while on his get out of jail free card...anyhow, the news showed Healey's opponent being CHEERED by inmates.

His campaign ads were showing that--as if that would sway the public to vote for him. I was frankly horrified. Rapists and murderers feel like this man is on their side. That just seems scary to me...and worse...the guy is gaining in the polls. (All the inmates relatives voting for him maybe?)

My point to bring up politics isn't to tell you who to vote for--but to encourage you to vote.

I'm one of those people who believe one person can make a difference. Candy Lightner started MADD. That other guy (crap, can't remember his name) got missing kids put on milk cartons across the country...

I think I've said this of my favorite quotes is from 15th century philosopher Edmund Burke who said (and I paraphrase) "All evil needs to succeed is for good men to do nothing."

Men. Women. We need to stand up for what we believe in. We need to make ourselves heard. Mabye if more of us stood up for good, the bad wouldn't seem so overwhelming.

Just in...Saddam Husein's been sentenced to death by hanging. How do you feel about that?

Posted by CarysWeldonblog :: 8:16 AM :: 3 Comments:

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Re: Saddam - Personally, I think his sentencing is a good thing. I fail to see how in the WORLD Bush thinks he can take credit for it, though. And I don't see how it can effect the election like some are claiming it can/will.

By Blogger Jen, at 8:30 AM  


We (Mom & I) drove through your town sometime Saturday afternoon. We took my Granny to see her brother in Sullivan.

By Blogger Jen, at 11:57 AM  

I have mixed feelings about Saddam's sentence. On one hand, it just makes him a martyr in the eyes of his followers, and it might have been better to lock him away somewhere until he died on his own. On the other, this way there's no chance of escape.

By Blogger ikkinlala, at 1:36 PM  

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Thursday, November 02, 2006

Play it again, Sam

I am at the Casablanca in Mesquite Nevada--spent all week in Las Vegas. Gambling wise, I'm up a couple hundred dollars. So,that's good.

I had trouble connecting--so I haven't sent out my newsletter to announce the winners of last month's contests. Stay tuned--I should be home by Tuesday--can't do the drawings here--since the names are in hats at home.

Good luck on that, though. And remember, November starts two new contests--one for those who post on this blog, and another one for the newsletter readers.

I just had an hour long deep tissue massage by a gal named Kim H.---totally recommend her, and d.t. massages. It was my first. I feel so good, I can't believe it.

Have any of you had massages? If so, what did you think of them? Are any of you massage therapists?

Posted by CarysWeldonblog :: 12:40 PM :: 4 Comments:

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My mom sometimes gives me back rubs. That's the closest thing I've had to a massage.

By Blogger ikkinlala, at 8:04 AM  

I wish I would have known you were going to be in Mesquite ~ I was just there on the 18th and I'm hopefully going back again this week.
There spa and massages are fantastic aren't they?

By Blogger ChristyJan, at 10:00 PM  

Yes, they are!
I'm sad I missed you.
Maybe next time?

By Blogger CarysWeldonblog, at 11:05 AM  

I'll drop you a line next time I'm in Mesquite. If you're there also I would love to meet you and have you autograph a book for me.

By Blogger ChristyJan, at 1:18 PM  

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