Tuesday, June 30, 2009

My Horoscope

Dear Bratty Friends/Fiends,

Here is my Rob Brezny horoscope for the week:

LIBRA (Sept. 23-Oct. 22): For years, I've remembered most of my dreams
every night, so I'm good at spotting trends. And one of the themes that
has arisen recently involves you Libras. Last week, I dreamed that three
of my Libra friends were pole vaulting at the Olympics. Four nights ago, I
dreamed that my two favorite Libran astrologers were rappelling up a
skyscraper. Last night, I dreamed that four Libran celebrities -- Mahatma
Gandhi, Gwen Stefani, Sacha Baron Cohen (a.k.a. Borat), and Kate Winslet
-- climbed a gold ladder to a cafe on a cloud where they drank magic
coffee that made wings sprout on their backs. So what's going on? Is my
subconscious telling me that it's prime time for you to raise your
expectations and upgrade your goals? Do my dreams mean you should
rise above the conventional wisdom and rededicate yourself to your
loftiest ambitions? What do you think?

What dost thou thinkest oh wise one?

Is it time to go rappelling or simply saddle up to the keyboard and type out some more garbage?




New book - gotta read it

City of Souls by Vicki Pettersson sounds pretty interesting.

Here's the blurb:

In Sin City, a little girl suffers from a strange and terrible malady. If she dies, the Light will die along with her.

Warrior, avenger, Joanna Archer has survived countless otherworldly terrors—and has found her rightful place among the agents battling the all-pervasive evil of Shadow . . . even as she struggles against the darkness within herself.

A war is raging for Las Vegas—a city without a heart—one that catapults Joanna into a new world hidden from mortal sight. In this lethally seductive alternate dimension the lines blur between good and evil, love and hate, and here lies the last hope for the Light. But Joanna's price of admission is a piece of her own soul—and the odds of her escaping are slim . . . to none.

Some nice sufi music

Today, some Sufi music on YouTube.

Like the photos of the cows!


Not sure who saqibtahir is, but seems like an interesting bloke. At least he takes good photos. Can't understand a thing the guy is sayin', but that's okay really. The point about Tibetan chants for instance isn't that you know all the words, it's the effect the syllables strung together have on your nervous system that is the real point of the exercise. And that is based on the very science of Naad. Here's a site that describes that pretty well: http://www.mrsikhnet.com/index.php/2006/02/27/the-science-of-naad-gurbani/

So, the sounds you make still have an effect on you personally even if you don't know what you are chanting.

For example, when I saw Dharma Mittra in Seattle he taught us a chant that went like this:

Om apavitra ha pavitro wa sarwa vastam gatopiwa yah ha smarit pundrikaksham sab hayab hyantara ha sucha hay.

This chant is supposed to increase psychic powers. But he wouldn't tell us what the words means. Said it wouldn't work so well if we did know.

Try it - chanting it 180 times a day for 30 days - and see what kind of response you get. I guarantee you it will be something. Even if it just clears out a few cobwebs.


Sunday, June 28, 2009


It has come to attention that I've only ever seen (1) episode of Firefly, and that was the one where Kaylee got shot.

After that I watched the movie.

Why am I always so out of order? Perhaps in another universe I will die first and then be born. An interesting notion is it not?

Well, consider this. I decided after much (gee, just a few years worth, eh?) delay to watch Firefly again and fired up my good buddy hulu.com. Trying for once to do things in order, I chose Season #1, Episode #1, and fired it up.

And it was the episode where Kaylee got shot!

I just don't understand life sometimes. I'm somebody's ass, that's for sure. I just don't know who's.



Here's the Firefly link at hulu.com: http://www.hulu.com/search?page=1&query=firefly&sort_by=air_date

P.S. Update as of 6/29/09 - I just watched the 2nd show, season 1. Seems like a pretty high body count for this show, doesn't it? Yes, I am a girl and it shows.

Saturday, June 27, 2009

I liked The Proposal!

Dear Bratty Friends,

Yes, I thought The Proposal with Sandra Bullock was good. Way better than the C some reviewers gave it. That said, I have to say my favorite was Betty White! Gawd that girl is still awesome at what - 90 years old??? Man. She was good. And so was Oscar Nunez as "Ramone," heh heh! Snicker snicker.

But I do admit thinking the whole time that I'd rather be watching Hugh Jackman than Ryan Reynolds. Not that he was bad, he was just .... not my type. And I thought him too young for Bullock as a love interest. Sigh. Wish they cast a different love interest, but how many times do they get it right?

The movie was WAY better than Julia Roberts's last onscreen effort, Duplicity, which I found neither funny or touching.

The Proposal was both laugh-out-loud funny and it almost made me cry! (And that's no small feat folks!)

Go see it!



P.S. Betty White is 87! And she's awesome!

Twitter, Tweetdeck, who cares?

Dear Bratty Friends,

I got up 4:00 am and while I've been on Twitter, I find I must say, "who gives a damn?"

I've had one cuppa tea. Going for another.

What am I reading right now? "Magic Strikes" by Ilona Andrews. Another 1st person Urban Fantasy genre offering a glimpse into a magic-filled tech-insecure future. That I find interesting. The lack of say...emotional empathy generated in the reader for the main character through smartalicky comments? Not so much.

I realize that in today's fiction all women have to be not just tough, but super duper tough. I realize they have to carry swords and be bigger and badder than all the men. But heck, if all I had to do was eat a peach and I'd get the protection of this big pack alpha-dude in an uncertain and deadly future, I don't think I'd complain about it so much.

Going for a run, to the gym, doing yoga, and writing/working/everyday life is tough enough without looking for more excuses to be snidely tough, isn't it?

It is for me!


P.S. The author's website is pretty cool though.

7/1/09 - update: Okay, this one has to go back to the library. I'm on page 86 and the so-called heroine has just stabbed a man repeatedly in the eye socket with a hair stick until blood "fountained, drenching [her]". Yeah. Um...about that.... not so much.

Tuesday, June 23, 2009

Steve Rubel - don't get too attached to Twitter

Dear Bratty Friends,

I watched this lecture by Steve Rubel wherein he says, "Don't get too attached to Twitter."

Social media, it turns out, is just as short-lived as the average North American mortgage. After five to seven years, that thing is gone. Much as the North American marriage these days! Ha ha!

He also said, "I believe that Twitter is peaking."

So much romance in so short a time span! First, the irony that romance readers desire the opposite of what they do have in real life - a happily ever after - then, on top of that he uses the word "peaking." Well, he must have been reading some Mary Balogh last night! After all, the other important element of a romance novel - besides HEA in a lot, but not all cases - is the sex!

He said all communities go through a "boom and bust" cycle as well. His advice to outlive the ups and downs? Creating virtual embassies where your customers are spending time. Good advice but do authors do it?

Where do readers spend time?
In the bookstore?
At the grocery store?
In line at McDonald's?
Online -- on blogs? Where?

I as a digital book consumer spend time on bookseller sites. I read the blurbs. I look at the author data. Most of the time, there are no author pages on the sites. Why not?

Is that not their digital embassy?

Are they not missing the embassy boat there by not having marketing peeps focus their efforts there?

I think so.

Rubel also cautions to "always be thinking about what's next. Don't get complacent with Twitter."

Does anybody but me foresee massive amounts of ads on Kindles?



P.S. He also predicts social functionality on every website in the future. That was in response to a question from the crowd about why Facebook has lasted longer than five years.


Monday, June 22, 2009

Twitter won't save publishing

No, Twitter won't save publishing.

And it is my esteemed opinion that using Yahoo! Groups as a marketing mechanism won't save it either. I know, because I hate that every single group I join is nothing but a long stream of book release announcements and nobody talking about writing, life, or anything interesting.

So, I will venture to say that MARKETING itself will not SAVE publishing either!

What a freakin' concept, folks.

Besides, did marketing save the newspaper? Did it save the Seattle PI? Has it saved television? No. And just moving the advertising from one medium to another is not evolution, folks. It's a sideways move guaranteed to annoy but not enhance the quality of life for consumers and planet dwellers such as myself.

Will blogging save publishing then? Is the jury still out on that? I'd like to know.



P.S. Here's a link to a Twitter/publishing panel you might enjoy. Yes, I saw it on Twitter! http://blip.tv/file/2269422

Finished reading

Dear Bratty Friends,

I just finished reading, "Then comes seduction," by Mary Balogh.

This was the first of her novels I have read, though one could hardly imagine how I'd escaped hearing her name in the last 20 years or so. (From her Wikipedia entry it is obvious she has been quite prolific during her career). Or not. I mean, what with working and going to school - two full-time endeavors in themselves - I simply didn't have time to read much. Now that I do, I am finding it takes a bit to locate exactly what I like.

What do I like to read?

I'm still finding that out.

Not that "Then comes seduction" was a bad read, but I wish I'd quit ordering the large print books from the library by mistake.

Hell, I'm not that blind!

And for what it was - twaddle to be exact - it wasn't badly written twaddle, but it was twaddle nonetheless. The familiar trope of the rakehell who secretly has a heart of gold and is 100% redeemable. Pull out the hankies! Moisten the crotches! It's full steam ahead to a bright and cheery marriage.


My worry is that I will write twaddle as well. After all, I'm still finding out what I'd like to write. What will it be? A lengthy and productive twaddle career or ....?


Wednesday, June 17, 2009

My Horoscope

Dear Bratty Friends,

Today my Rob Brezny horoscope for the next week includes this little gem:


LIBRA (Sept. 23-Oct. 22): I suggest you add some bite to your demeanor. Do what feels interesting at least as often as what's polite. Look for what advances the plot as much as what fosters harmony.

Add some bite? Is he freakin' serious? Hmmm.... like the plot advice though. :)


Tuesday, June 16, 2009

Just some German truck art

Hey Bratty Friends,

Take a look at these designs for German semi's. Some of them are quite fetching, don'tcha think?

Photos are from this site: http://www.hoax-slayer.com/german-truck-art.shtml



Friday, June 12, 2009

Buy this book!

Dear Bratty Friends,

Another shameless plug follows, this one for Inez Kelley - who, by the way, is awfully fun to instant chat with:

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Tuesday, June 9, 2009

My horoscope: Stop making sense


It's an order!



LIBRA (Sept. 23-Oct. 22): "The formula 'two and two make five' is not
without its attractions," said Dostoevsky. I believe you'll benefit from
embracing that perspective in the coming week, Libra. Transcending logic
will be your specialty, especially if you do so with a spiritual gleam in your
eye. Being a little crooked could awaken sleeping wisdom within you, as
well as boost your life force and enhance your physical attractiveness. So
please follow any hunches you have that inspire you to stop making so
much sense.
Explore the pleasures of using imaginative flair in your search
for the truth.



Friday, June 5, 2009

Review: The Secret Wedding

Dear Bratty Friends,

I saw the book The Secret Wedding by Jo Beverly reviewed on the Dear Author site and thought I'd give it a try. I checked it out from the library and managed to read most of the book's 408 pages while traveling to Seattle and back this weekend. I must say when I first cracked it open, I shuddered at the thought of its length. 408 pages? Yikes.

Bring me an 80 page ebook and I'm happy now. 408 pages sounds like a very long commitment to me anymore. But, I persevered. And though Georgian era romance isn't exactly what I read most days, I found it pretty good.

It's interesting that the author chooses to confine much of the beginning of the book to the events that happen in just 24 hours. Things speed merrily along within that short time though. The H/H meet, have sex, are on the run, and keeping up deceptions until Chapter 16. And it's interesting that in Chapter 16, it's the hero that makes a spill on the truth and not the heroine.

In fact, the heroine never does tell the truth about herself - she'd outed to her estranged husband on page 345. All the while she's keeping up her facade - first so she can marry Sir Eyam, who she later ditches, and then in a bid not to lose her independence, which, being legally married, she's already lost, and lastly, out of concerns for the Froggat fortune.

I've heard of women opening their legs for money, but doing the aspirin between the knees number to retain it? She seemed a little petty to me on that matter.

Of course, life in Regency or Georgian England revolved around money and the class system. Money money money. And status. So everybody had a reason to be petty and money grubbing.

Except the hero, of course. God bless 'em.


P.S. It's also interesting to note that the "power" of Dorcas is wielded through controlling access to her sexuality and access to her money. As regards reproductive access, certainly not much has changed there in the last few hundred years. And perhaps it could be argued the money issue is the same - though in most cases, unless it was a rich widow in question, it would be a Mr. Darcy doing the hoarding of the wealth - as it is today.

However, that doesn't explain why Dorcas was willing to give full access to Moore at age 14. Unless of course we consider the folly of youth.

Still, as one lustful at an early age, I can attest (raises hand) that willingness to give access is in some cases a life-long trait!

So why the switch? Is NY still convinced that the only way to show "powerful" women is to 1) put a gun in her hand 2) give her magic powers 3) give her money 4) make her control her sexuality with an iron fist. (Are you the master of your domain? Well, are ya?)

Now, people would point out the efficacy of yesterday's birth control methods as a major reason that wanton women weren't as wanton as they'd like to be in the old days. Still, it does make want to write wanton women who know what they want, take what they want, and place themselves on equal footing with men by virtue of their sheer force of will.

Tuesday, June 2, 2009

My Horoscope

Dear Bratty Friends,

Here is today's Rob Brezny horoscope for the week:

LIBRA (Sept. 23-Oct. 22): I suspect that this is a turning point in your
relationship with your fantasies. It's not enough merely to keep musing
about them with wistful longing. You can't afford to continue postponing
their activation until some mythical future. If you want to keep them from
receding into a hazy limbo, you will need to give at least one of them a
big push toward becoming a more concrete part of your life. The universe
will provide ample assistance if you do give that push.

Ahh... I feel the love.

But I wonder which one...which one.....?


Monday, June 1, 2009

Another shameless plug

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Sophie, the Duchess of Calton, has finally moved on. After seven years mourning the loss of her husband, Garrett, at Waterloo, she has married his cousin and heir, Tristan. Sophie gives herself to him body and soul. . . until the day Garrett returns from the Continent, demanding his title, his lands-and his wife.


Now Sophie must choose between her first love and her new love, knowing that no matter what, her choice will destroy one of the men she adores. Will it be Garrett, her childhood sweetheart, whose loss nearly destroyed her once already? Or will it be Tristan, beloved friend turned lover, who supported her through the last, dark years and introduced her to a passion she had never known? As her two husbands battle for her heart, Sophie finds herself immersed in a dangerous game-where the stakes are not only love . . . but life and death.

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