Sunday, August 28, 2011

Me and my big mouth!

Dear Bratty Friends,

From, this is my horoscope for tomorrow:

Monday, Aug 29th, 2011 -- It's a bit unsettling for you to feel so peaceful while others think you're being ambivalent. However, you know when it's wise to keep your emotions to yourself. Trust your hunches now; you're probably more in touch with your intuition while the Moon is in your sign than you realize. But don't worry if you say more than you intended because everything's going to come out into the open soon enough. In the meantime, relax and enjoy the calm while it lasts.

Somehow the last two lines don't give me much of a sense of comfort.

So, what truth is going to come out in the open? Let's see.... what I think of my co-workers? Or am I going to tell a friend off? Or pitch another story that I haven't quite finished? Or get kicked off another forum? Oh dear... I'm afraid the possibilities are endless.


Guess I'll find out tomorrow!


Saturday, August 27, 2011


Dear Bratty Friends,

Today, I sold vegetables, blogged about potatoes, proofed a story about an exiled vampire who makes cupcakes (with pink frosting!) and drank some wine. But what I was really thinking about was this:

If you guessed nature photography, you're right!

I had a discussion at the market today with a friend that likes photography. He is semi-retired and considering looking for ways to make money with his photography.

I think that I should, too!

I know, I'll keep writing. And I need a MUCH better camera. But hey, a girl can dream, can't she?


Friday, August 26, 2011

From MLC to PM in only two short years!

Dear Bratty Friends,

It seems that just two short years ago - in August, 2009 to be exact - I was here:


I even had some blog posts about it....some, which I had to delete while changing jobs, 'cause that wouldn't have been good. But anyway. Now, I can verily say that MDL is officially over. Yes, over. But what's hanging over my head now is an even uglier beast:

Yes, it is that time. The PM time. Otherwise known as: "What do you mean I have to start my day without caffeine? Are you fucking kidding me? And what's with the no more chocolate? That's just SICK! Is there anything left to live for?"

Seriously. I don't live here yet:

But I'm like on the outskirts of the city, seen at night. I can see the twinkling lights, see the road going into town, and I can almost hear the dogs howl. It'll be quite some time before I can count the hairs on the old man's chin, but it's coming! 

To give you an exciting graphical depiction of how this is going to go, see this one from WebMD:

Yep. Straight down to the bottom of the barrel. 

Oh joy!

I say at a time like this, there's only one thing that's gonna make me feel better -- you guessed it --more shootin'!

Till next time,


Thursday, August 25, 2011

Let's go French!

In honor of the French - just because - here are 13 French proverbs and their sorta literal translations for your review. Enjoy!

À quelque chose malheur est bon,
Every cloud has a silver lining.
"Unhappiness is good for something."

Chacun voit midi à sa porte.
To each his own.
"Everyone sees noon at his door."

Un clou chasse l'autre.
Life goes on.
"One nail chases the other."

"Il ne faut jamais dire “Fontaine, je ne boirai pas de ton eau!"
Caught between a rock and a hard place.
"Between the tree and the bark one shouldn't put a finger."

"Il ne faut jamais dire « Fontaine, je ne boirai pas de ton eau !
Never say never.
"You should never say, 'Fountain, I will never drink your water!'"

Il ne faut jamais jeter le manche après la cognée.
Never say die.
"One should never throw the handle after the felling axe."

Il n'y a que les montagnes qui ne se rencontrent jamais.
There are none so distant that fate cannot bring together.
"There are only mountains that never meet."

Le mieux est l'ennemi de bien.
Let well enough alone.
"Best is good's enemy."

On ne peut pas avoir le beurre et l'argent du beurre.
You can't have your cake and eat it too.
"You can't have the butter and the money from [selling] the butter."

Quand le vin est tiré, il faut le boire.
Once the first step is taken there's no going back.
"When the wine is drawn, one must drink it."

Si jeunesse savait, si vieillesse pouvait.
Youth is wasted on the young.
"If youth knew, if old age could."

Un sou est un sou.
Every penny counts.
"A cent is a cent."

Tant va la cruche à l'eau qu'à la fin elle se casse.
Enough is enough.
"So often the pitcher goes to the water that in the end it breaks."

Which one is your favorite?

More later,


Tuesday, August 23, 2011

Let's go French - Marianne!

Dear Bratty Friends,

I had always seen the bare-chested woman on the stamps and in French art, but I didn't realize that she had a name. It's Marianne!

Here are some pictures of her. I'm sure you'll easily recognize her too:

As you can well imagine, hubby finds her just swell.


But, who is Marianne anyway?

According to Wikipedia:

Marianne is a national emblem of France and an allegory of Liberty and Reason.

During the French Revolution of 1789, many allegorical personifications of 'Liberty' and 'Reason' appeared. These two figures finally merged into one: a female figure, shown either sitting or standing, and accompanied by various attributes, including the cockerel, the tricolor cockade, and the Phrygian cap. This woman typically symbolised Liberty, Reason, the Nation, the Homeland, the civic virtues of the Republic.

The use of this emblem was initially unofficial and very diverse.

Although the initial figure of Marianne from 1792 stood in a relatively conservative pose, the revolutionaries were quick to abandon that figure when it no longer suited them. By 1793, the conservative figure of Marianne had been replaced by a more violent image; that of a woman, bare-breasted and fierce of visage, often leading men into battle.

Some believe that the name came from the name of the Jesuit Juan de Mariana, the 16th century Monarchomach, a theoretician of tyrannicide. Others think it was the image of the wife of the politician Jean Reubell

The official busts of Marianne, after having had anonymous features, being represented by women of the people, began taking on the features of famous women starting in 1969, with the actress Brigitte Bardot.[2] She was followed by Mireille Mathieu (1978), Catherine Deneuve (1985), Inès de la Fressange (1989), Laetitia Casta (2000) and Évelyne Thomas (2003).

Why is she bare chested though?

For art's sake?
For titillation purposes?
'Cause men get to do it so we should too? :)

Here is another bare chested lady that you might recognize - her American counterpart if you will:

For now, adieu!


Sunday, August 21, 2011

A writing workshop!

September 1-30, 2011
Sex on the Page:  Understanding and Crafting Sexual Tension
by Mary Buckham

How do you write great sexual tension?

That's the question Mary Buckham posed to Linda Howard, Stella Cameron, Susan Anderson, Nancy Warren and more Romance writers who write great sexual tension, from sweet to spicy hot. This workshop combines lessons from writers with the 12 stages of Intimacy from Desmond Morris' works and more recent findings on the amazing role biology plays in mate attraction and selection...findings that can be applied directly to creating powerful sexual tension.
So if you want to learn how to increase the sexual tension in your work, don't miss this opportunity.  Topics include:

  • Sex versus Intimacy: the difference
  • Using conflict to increase sexual tension
  • The importance of certain details
  • How to portray body language
  • Maximizing biological differences between the sexes
  • Analyzing those who write sexual tension well
  • Exercises for your work in progress

Mary Buckham is co-author of BREAK INTO FICTION: 11 Steps to Building a Story That Sells and an award-winning Romantic Suspense author. She has hundreds of free-lance articles to her credit, a non-fiction book and is a former Magazine Editor.  Currently she presents writing workshops online and around the country. Mary encourages you to visit her website at for more information about her and her current writing projects.

To register for the "Sex on the Page: Understanding and Crafting Sexual Tension" course, click HERE

Costco spiral cut ham

Dear Bratty Friends,

It looks like I picked a bad week to go veg. Sigh. It's almost always a bad week. Here's what I'm talking about:


Concise Oxford-Hachette French Dictionary © 2009 Oxford University Press:

ham /hæm/noun
  1. Culin jambon m;
  1. (of animal) cuisse f;
  1. (familier)(poor actor) cabotin/-e m/f;
  1. (also radio ~) radioamateur m.
to ~ it up (familier) jouer de façon exagérée.

Sunday dinner in a nutshell --

And you know what that means don't you?




Thursday, August 4, 2011

A writers workshop by Jane Porter

Some days, I wish I still lived in Seattle. If I did, I could go to this workshop at the Pacific NW Writers Association Conference:

Love, Sex, and the Alpha Male
Presented by Jane Porter

The bestselling author of 30 novels, Jane Porter, will discuss Love, Sex and the Alpha Male. The definition of the Alpha Male, why he doesn’t run from a fight, why readers love him, how to write love scenes with sizzle and tension, and how he is transformed by love. Jane uses video clips from Tarzan, High Noon, Last of the Mohicans, Goldfinger and Gladiator to demonstrate these points.

-- Now, I don't know if I've seen every one of those movies, but perhaps it would be worth a little repeat viewing to try and catch her drift...know what I mean?

Tuesday, August 2, 2011

It seems to me that...

1. My Yahoo! email just isn't working right. Maybe there's not enough Yahoo! in it.
2. I can't find anything to read at the library that looks good. It all looks like stuff that I've already read.
3. People talking about politics sound like relationship therapists sometimes.
4. I haven't had enough bacon lately.
5. And lastly, I'm gonna have to learn to keep my eye on the ball!

The tennis ball that is...

God, was it really the 1970's when I used to get up early on the weekend and watch Bjorn Borg, Jimmy Connors and John McEnroe duke it out on the court whilst I ate bologna and cheese sandwiches licked by my cat?

Here's some pics from way back when (no, not of my sandwich!):

Bjorn Borg

Jimmy Connors

A very sexy Bjorn Borg and a very young looking John McEnroe.

Man, Mr. Borg is looking pretty hot there - for a blond!

I guess that's where we get the phrase, "resistance is futile!"

Borg up all!