Friday, May 02, 2008

Hat Trick

Lily Pond,
Frank Weston Benson,
oil on canvas, 1923.

I. Pay It Forward Contest:

No hats were harmed in this draw -- I cheated by using a basket instead. Thank you, very much, everyone who entered.

Am too inept to repeat all the conditions for this contest. Basically the contest aims to promote the purchase of books published in 2007-8 by emerging writers.

The winner of my feeble effort towards this wonderful idea is: Robyn!

Who wins a $20 dollar Amazon gift certificate or a copy of Weirdly: A Collection of Strange Stories.

Congratulations Robyn! Please e-mail me at the addy at the top of the blog to collect.

II. Vesper, an otherwise most charming and lovely girl and an excessively beautiful writer as well, tagged me for a Five Random Things Meme.
If it had been Five Randy Things I would have been equally at a loss - since
I am an astonishingly uninteresting person.

1. I am left-handed, but semi-ambidexterous.

2. When I'm angry I tend to houseclean and scrub floors. From the look of my house -- and that little trail of coffee drips from the kitchen up the back stairs and down the hall to my office -- I haven't been angry for a long time.

3. I signed the Official Secrets Act. So..

4. That story about me smashing a groper over the head with a beer bottle at a party is a complete fabrication. I only threatened to.

5. Since I dislike waste and have always reduced and recycled and re-used, composted, energy-saved, etc. whenever they announce one of those Earth Day initatives, I have the almost uncontrollable urge to run around the house and turn on every freaking light.

III. Now that the contact has been signed and counter-signed, I am pleased to announce that Corpse Candles -- another adventure in the Lillie St. Claire Chronicles -- will appear in Weirdly II.

Tentative pub date is June. From Wild Child Publishing.

Blush Warning: In Corpse Candles, one of the bad, bad characters uses bad, bad woids.


StarvingWriteNow said...

Hooray for Robyn!

And hooray for you--I'll look forward to more adventures of Lillie!

PS: more signs of spring down here--the lilacs are in full bloom and they smell heavenly!

kmfrontain said...

Congrats on the short story.

I also clean when I am angry or upset, but the floor is never a target of anger management. I leave the floor to my kids, whose backs bend much more easily than mine.

Following Starving's thread on spring, I'm putting lilies of the valley under the trees in my back yard. I don't care if they take over the entire back, because the lawn is so huge, it takes over three hours to mow it with our push lawn mower.

Die grass! Die! (It's mostly weed back there anyhow. Die weeds! Die!)

Bernita said...

WriteNow, I love lilacs. I have three or four kinds, including an Ivory Silk.

Thank you, Karen. Have a big bed of those too, but I'd sooner mow than shovel.

Gabriele C. said...

Wow, that's great news, Bernita. Congratulations.

And congrats to Robyn as well.

I sing Wagner when I'm angry. Less useful than a cleaning spree, but with a greater nuisance factor to others. :)

writtenwyrdd said...

I clean when I want to clear my thoughts. Since my mother moved in, she gets to all the housework before I do (because I wait until days off) and now my mind is a mess. Okay, and I'm lazy.

Congrats on getting Corpse Candles accepted. I know you were sweating the proverbial bullets over that, even though you were practically a shoe in.

Bernita said...

Thank you, Gabriele.
"I sing Wagner when I'm angry" - God, I love that!
Unfortunately, my voice is more suitable for lieder.

Written, thank you.
I am adverse to counting chickens.

BernardL said...

"...whenever they announce one of those Earth Day initatives, I have the almost uncontrollable urge to run around the house and turn on every freaking light."

I have repressed this urge many times; because like you, I waste nothing. It comes from a contrariness brought on by globe trotting jet-setter, environmentalists issuing edicts. :)

Demon Hunter said...

Interesting meme, Bernita.

Congratulations on the publication. Lillie rocks! :*)

Bernita said...

Yes, Bernard, since I'm green every day, I resent the whole chiding, hall-monitor tone.

Thank you, Demon dear.

ChrisEldin said...

Many congratulations for Corpse Candles!!! I love that title!!!

bookfraud said...

i am an astonishingly uninteresting person.

that part of the meme is a lie!

congrats on the short story from here, too.

have you ever tried writing fiction with your semi-ambidextrous right hand? "they" say that writing with the non-dominant hand can produce surprising results. in my case, it's literally unreadable text that looks like my son wrote it.

Sarah Hina said...

Shame, shame, was *6* random things. You owe us one more secret.

Was that too hall-monitory? ;)

And congratulations on the publication! That's wonderful, if not at all surprising. :)

Billy said...

No smashing a groper with a beer bottle? Shucks -:)

raine said...

Congrats, Robyn!

And CONGRATULATIONS on the new signing, Bernita! Of COURSE they wanted it. Looking forward to the bad, bad character, lol.
More Lillie! Squeee!! :D

I am an astonishingly uninteresting person.

Phfft. I strongly disagree.

When I'm angry I tend to houseclean and scrub floors.

(Note to self...must invite Bernita over and make her angry...)

Dave F. said...

Even to a dyed-in-the-wool conservation freak like me, Those Earth Day initiatives do get overbearing and sometimes quite silly.

One of the good things I heard on the news today is that one of the towns in the American Midwest that was destroyed a year ago by a level 5 tornado, is rebuilding with LEEDS certification for green energy consumption. They are replacing boxy buildings with skylights and passive heating, windmills for power and low power-consumption lighting, heating and air-conditioning.

I look forward to Corpse Candles in Weirdly 2.

Bernita said...

Chris, I hope you'll love the story too!

Book, thank you.
Writing w/my right hand is legible - that's all that can be said for it.
I'll pass on producing fiction in that manner, excusing myself on the basis that I type w/both hands.

Sarah, you brat!
Let's put # 3 as # 5 and that will explain the lack of # 6.
Thank you.I'm very pleased.

Billy, the threat and my EYES of DEATH were a sufficient deterrent.

Thank you, sweet Raine.

"(Note to self...must invite Bernita over and make her angry...)"
Laughed and giggled over that. (Wish we did live close though.)

Robyn said...

Thank you, thank you, thank you!

And congrats on Weirdly II!

My iris got pummeled by rain and hail. :(

Bernita said...

Yes, they do, Dave. Thank you.

I have a BBQ built of recycled cement blocks and recycled grates in which I burn cuttings from my trees and untreated scrap when I want to cook on it. The ashes go on the garden. One enviro-type took umbrage at my pollution. Of course, he used either a new propane BBQ or burned briquettes and cleaned his grates w/spray rather than a good brush.

Bernita said...

Delighted, Robyn.
We had some snow pellets t'other day, but not enough to ruin the tulips.

Jaye Wells said...

I agree on the Earth Day stuff. My son learned all about it at school and is now teaching me all about how I'm killing Mother Earth. The problem is a five-year-old sometimes misunderstands these concepts.Hhe told me the other day I am not allowed to pour any liquid on the earth. Even water.

Can't wait to read Corpse Candles. Great title.

Shauna Roberts said...

Goodie! I'm looking forward to another Lillie story.

Bernita said...

Thank you, Jaye.
Understand I'm in good company!

Bernita said...

Hope you will like it, Shauna.

Charles Gramlich said...

cool about Weirdly 2. Excellent. I can't wait to read your tale.

Lana is left handed.

SzélsőFa said...

Congratulations to Robyn, to Vesper for her meme, to you for skipping one - originally it is a SIX random facts meme, for me for spotting it, but most of foremostly, to you for getting published!
Congratulations Bernita!!!!

Bernita said...

Thank you, Charles and Szelsofa.
Wish I were as talented as Lana, Charles.

Szelsofa, I had problems coming up with five.

Lisa said...

"The Official Secrets Act" -- aha! So you are a former government employee?

Congratulations on Weirdly II. I will definitely need a copy to keep Weirdly I company.

Bernita said...

Thank you, Lisa.

"The Official Secrets Act" -- aha! So you are a former government employee?"

No. That doesn't follow. Circumstances outside of employment may make it a necessary precaution.

Jeff said...

Uninteresting? No way, Bernita! :)
Congratulations on Corpse Candles! I'm looking forward to reading it.

Bernita said...

Dull as dishwater, Jeff!

Hope you will enjoy it.

jjdebenedictis said...

Congratulations! What wonderful news!

Ello said...

I wanted to enter but since I won with Angie, I didn't want to be a hog. Ha! Even though I am a piggie!

And congrats on the new story! I can't wait to read it!

Sam said...

Congrats Robyn!!

When I'm upset I cean house. You can judge me mental state by the dustbunnies, lol. Since my husband has been ill, I've cleaned the house 'till it sparkles. I can't wait to relax back into sloth and let my dustbunnies hop back under the furniture!

Bernita said...

Thank you, JJ and Ello.

Sam, I guess it's a surrogate exercise. We tackle the disorder we can do something about.

spyscribbler said...

Congratulations, Robyn! And YAY on the Weirdly II story! I'm looking forward to the continuing adventures of Lillie.

Chumplet said...

Yay for Robyn, and Woo Hoo! Congratulations for you!

I can't imagine one of your main characters with a potty mouth.

Bernita said...

Thank you, Natasha and Sandra!

Not an MC,Sandra, but Lillie has been known to moan "Oh, shit!

Vesper said...

Thanks for playing, Bernita! :-)

And congratulations for Weirdly II!!

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