Series: Short Stories

Lost and Found

Lost and Found

Series: Short Stories, Book 0
Genres: Romance, Time Travel
Jake is a man lost in time. No matter where he falls asleep, he wakes in the same place every day, in the same clothes, looking exactly as he did when he fell asleep on a Central Park bench in 1967. The date is always the same, only the year changes. Does Kara, the beautiful cop who wakes him in 2009 hold the key to halting these random leaps through time? Or perhaps the key is the butterfly necklace given to him by a teenaged runaway when he landed in 1994? Fans of quirky time travel like Life on Mars or Groundhog Day will enjoy this story about the power of true love. "Lost and Found" was originally published in The Mammoth Book of Time Travel Romance More info →
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The Dust Chronicles Origins

The Dust Chronicles Origins

Discover the Origins of The Dust Chronicles world. Two short stories set during the apocalyptic times that created the dystopian world of the Amazon bestselling series, The Dust Chronicles. In "Out of the Ashes", seventeen year-old Jenna races to enter the domed city of Haven, when a sacrifice changes her fate. In "Valley of Dust", Serena is stranded in the mountains, months after her class ski trip was cut short by asteroid strike fallout. How will this dwindling group of teens outrun Shredders and survive in a world where everything's changing, even themselves. More info →
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  1. June 18, 2006 at 2:28 pm

    Hi, Maureen–
    Saw your blog addy on your signature and thought I’d pop by to give you your first comment! Congrats on starting a blog!

  2. June 26, 2006 at 4:04 am

    Hi Maureen!
    Looking forward to seeing your website up and running! Congrats on starting the blog. Can’t wait to start reading that too!

  3. June 26, 2006 at 11:41 am

    Nice start, Maureen. Blog and Website! And doesn’t it feel soooo good to have secured your domain for your own.

  4. June 26, 2006 at 3:13 pm

    Wishing you much success with your blog, which I found through your website. Looking forward to visiting in the future.

  5. June 26, 2006 at 3:28 pm

    Thanks everyone! Now I’d better actually start blogging!

  6. June 28, 2006 at 12:40 pm

    Hey, Maureen! Great blog! I know exactlyu what you mean because I had the same thoughts when I first started. I even had a list of when I expected each of my manuscripts to be published (I had this idea I’d write one for every line at Hq).

    But I think it’s important to clear up the MASSIVE misconceptions the newbs have. Someone did it for us, after all.

  7. June 28, 2006 at 1:06 pm

    I, for one, didn’t think you were harsh at all on the loop. You were honest. And helpful.

    Supermodel Linda Evangelista’s advice to young girls who came to her for advice about being a model is reported to have been, “Don’t do it. You won’t make it. Give up now.” Well, she was a bitch. But the bottom line is, the ones who took her advice probably wouldn’t have made it anyhow. It’s the ones who said, “oh yeah? What do you know? I’ll show you!” who had the drive and perseverence to make it. And that’s what it’s all about. Drive and perserverence.

    You can tell unpubs the worst horror stories of the business and if they’re anything like I was, they will never believe it’ll be that way for them. They’ll be the exception. And, hey, sometimes it’s true.

    Thinking about lifelong rejection is like thinking about death. You know it’s a possibility, but you try not to dwell on it.

  8. June 28, 2006 at 1:18 pm

    I know just how you feel, Maureen, ’cause I felt it myself a lot lately, too, like I’m some jaded old veteran muttering darkly about publishing… but I think it’s really called Wisdom and Experience, or lessons learned from The School of Hard Knocks, as well as a genuine urge to save others some of the angst involved in the writing life. If you know it’s not uncommon to get rejected at least once or twice before you sell, it makes those first rejections, while tough, not quite so terrible.

    We all start out starry-eyed, with dreams of success (even if it’s just selling that first book) or let’s face it, we wouldn’t even start. But the reality is, it’s not just about writing. We’re starting a new career, with all that that entails. And publishing *is* a tough business in a lot of ways.

    The people who succeed need not, and indeed, should not be, ignorant of these realities. The successful writers continue regardless, because they have faith in their talent, the will and self-discipline to persist, some kind of positive feedback that says their goal is not utterly hopeless and an enjoyment in the writing process itself. If you have that, all the “reality” in the world won’t stop you. Because you really *are* a writer.

  9. June 28, 2006 at 1:49 pm

    One of the very first writers meetings I went to was an editor speaking. She told us that it was impossible to get an agent, and if somehow we accomplished that it was doubly impossible (and unlikely) to get a book deal.

    I decided not to believe her. :)

    So you did them a service, Maureen. It’s good to be aware of what you’re up against. Those who are determined to succeed will despite it. Because, when you think about it, everything is impossible if you don’t want it enough.

  10. June 28, 2006 at 1:56 pm

    Maureen, it’s not you, it’s them! Honestly, if a writer, newbie or not, can’t take some of the harsh realities they aren’t going to make a career out of this, whether they get the realities told to them from auntie Maureen or go with blind optimism to their keyboard.

    No amount of telling the truth can compete with cold hard stats. In America 85% of people want to write a book, but less than 5% ever start something. Out of that 5% that actual write something, only 3% ever complete an entire book. Just to completely write a book, sold or not, puts a writer in the elite nationwide. Does it guarantee you a career? Hardly.

    But how many athletes spend their entire lives training and competing, as compared to how many walk away with an Olympic gold metal? Basically if you’re not in it for love, you need to pick another career or you need to pursue it simply for the sake of accomplishment and saying “I did it” before you move on to some other goal.

    You’re not harsh. You’re giving them the tools to help them decide if this is important enough to spend years of their life pursing or not.

  11. June 28, 2006 at 2:32 pm

    I totally agree with what Theresa said. If you can’t face the truth, you probably don’t belong in this business.

    Having said that, starry-eyed optimism goes a long way on bad days.

  12. June 28, 2006 at 3:33 pm

    I loved this post. It is possible we were twins seperated at birth. I didn’t read your orginal post on the loop, but the reality of publishing is hard. People will believe or not believe no matter what you say.

  13. June 28, 2006 at 3:44 pm

    Great thoughts, Maureen! Your commenters are right. It takes a lot of perserverance to make it. On the other hand, I think we should encourage and embrace everyone to write.

    Writing makes a person a better reader. We’re so focused on being professionals in this society, and making money from our art. I wish we would encourage people to be amateurs just for the sake of being an amateur. They practice their art out of love, and they support the professionals in their art.

    So I do feel we should encourage as many people as possible to enjoy the reading and writing world. BUT, I agree with your commenters. If they have the perserverance, nothing’s going to stop them. Some fools (like me), are inspired by naysayers. If someone tells me I can’t do something, I can’t wait to prove them wrong!

  14. June 28, 2006 at 4:05 pm

    In any business, if you *want* it bad enough you’ll keep working towards it no matter what the odds. Or maybe that is stupidity. 😉

    Great post.

  15. June 28, 2006 at 5:05 pm

    Great post. It seems so insurmountably hard… But, still, people get contracts. It’s amazing.

  16. K
    June 28, 2006 at 5:08 pm

    Life is damn hard?
    Geez, why didn’t someone tell me that?
    Wait…I think I figured it out on my own.

    If you want to accomplish anything worth talking about, you have to be tough as hell.

  17. June 28, 2006 at 5:21 pm

    Diana, I love that you had a schedule! I wasn’t quite that planned out but I did know how many per year and starting which year… I thought it would be so easy….

    Michelle, you made me laugh out loud with your Linda Evangelista is a bith line.

    Margaret… you are an inspiration and you’re so right about it being a new career… It amazes me how so many people (including myself) think there’s not much to learn.

  18. June 28, 2006 at 7:04 pm

    What I find strange is that you *did* have a relatively easy journey. Some people write for many more years than you did, writing many more manuscripts before getting an agent or getting published. I think you found success in a very short period of time–so your high school English teacher must have been right!

    I don’t think you were unduly harsh (although I don’t know what your posts actually said on your RWA group) to the newbie writers. I think sometimes other writers can be TOO nice about things…not telling the whole truth when critiquing, trying to paint everything with a happiness-and-puppies brush, etc.

    Don’t feel badly for telling it like you see it. Those with stars in their eyes will probably not listen anyway.

  19. June 28, 2006 at 7:35 pm

    Cracking post, Maureen. And I don’t think you’re being harsh by telling newbies. When I first started I wanted to know everything possible – still do. And finding out how hard it can be didn’t put me off – just made me more determined!!

  20. June 28, 2006 at 7:53 pm

    Wow – what a great start to your blog – so many commenters right off the bat. And I totally related to what you said. BTW, one of my favorite quotes is this (don’t remember who said it):

    “If you can do anything but be a writer, do it.” :)

  21. June 28, 2006 at 9:48 pm

    Kristin… you’re right. I have had it easier than some. Found an agent on the first book I tried to find one for… (but I wouldn’t have gotten an agent with those first two books — even though I was deluded about it at the time.

    Also, I’m so well aware, as Theresa pointed out, that having an agent — even a great agent — doesn’t guarantee a book deal. I do feel now, though… like my odds are significantly increased. If not this book, then maybe the next, or the next. I’ve heard Gena Showalter’s publication story and — while I hope I don’t have to wait so many books — it is one of the reasons I’m so thrilled to have signed with an agency willing to stick with an author they believe in…

  22. June 28, 2006 at 10:01 pm

    Great blog!

    As a relative newbie, I definitely appreciate hearing it all, the bad with the good. So thanks!

  23. June 29, 2006 at 3:05 am

    Hi Maureen,
    Personally, I think you’re right in making newbies realize what a tough business this is. I’ve seen too many people be horribly devastated by rejections as if they were personal daggers thrust into their chests. I mean, come on. It’s a business.

    I went in with my eyes open, and I had published friends who told me all these depressing facts. I was glad, because it made me realize that I do have the personal confidence to keep going in the face of rejection, in the face of REALITY. I’d much rather be that person than the one totally disillusioned a couple years into her career that this writing gig is HARD.

    I guess that’s kind of a mean opinion, but really, writing is a business. Yes, it’s our passion, too, but it’s still a business. I have very little patience with people try to ignore that.


  24. June 29, 2006 at 4:56 am

    Hi- found your blog through Diana. I love what you have so far so keep writing.

  25. June 29, 2006 at 5:52 am

    I think many of us have similar stories. Great post!


  26. June 29, 2006 at 5:54 am

    found it thru chick lit loop. nice blog!

    caren (

  27. June 29, 2006 at 6:01 am

    Thanks Eileen!!

  28. June 29, 2006 at 6:02 am

    Thanks Caren!

  29. June 29, 2006 at 12:05 pm

    Oh my goodness, Maureen – how did you hold your tongue?

    I believe we’re born with certain gifts but those gifts need to be cultivated. And once they are, then people will say, “Wow, she was born that way.”

    Many people think writing a novel is easy – just as engineers think if they have a Word template, they can also write the documentation. :)

  30. June 29, 2006 at 2:27 pm

    LOL, Kathy.

  31. June 29, 2006 at 2:35 pm

    I didn’t believe them either, but I’m starting to.
    Great post, Maureen; you’ve encapsulated a lot of my own thoughts.

  32. June 30, 2006 at 6:11 am

    “What ifs” is usually a way of stalling. Stop asking “what if” and get in motion.

    Writing takes commitment.

    I’ve never published a novel, nor have I ever been able to finish more than a short story. IMHO-Great writers have a love for the story their telling.

    Why am I giving you advise? I’m an artist! LOL

  33. Molly
    July 3, 2006 at 12:04 am

    found it because we drink too much together…

  34. July 3, 2006 at 1:48 pm

    Enjoyed the interview posting. I have a couple in the works, too.

    Interesting about the “Joan Wilder” moment. That did it for me, too. It was probably the first time I got to “see” an author at work and thought it looked just as fabulous as I had imagined.

  35. Anonymous
    July 4, 2006 at 4:12 pm

    Hi Maureen,

    I think this is a great post. I’ve worked in the publishing industry for about ten years — first as the founding editor and editor in chief of the literary magazine Zoetrope: All-Story and then as a writer (my novel, MAN CAMP, was published by Random House), so I’ve been on both sides of the fence. It’s undeniably hard to get published (and I’m sure being known in the industry helped get my work read faster than it otherwise might have), but the truth is that most of the editors I know are hard working people, dedicated to their profession and are always trying to find new voices. It might be icing on the cake to learn that the manuscript you’ve just bought was written by a well-connected blond bombshell, but I can tell you, I almost never knew what a writer looked like before I acquired a story.

    Just my two cents. Keep up the good work!.

    Best, Adrienne

  36. July 4, 2006 at 5:48 pm

    Thanks Adrienne. Your book sounds great! (Amazing title) I’ll have to pick one up.

    Re the blond bombshell thing… I’m sure, as in most things, being gorgeous helps, but like you said… most books are bought–even published–before the editor even lays eyes on the author.

    Diana Peterfreund blogged about this on May 23.

  37. July 4, 2006 at 11:28 pm

    This is a great post. I agree, overall, with everything you’ve said, but I would probably say the little white lies you mentioned aren’t really lies; they just don’t happen AS often as the truth.

  38. July 5, 2006 at 2:47 am

    I think it is great your foisting your opinion. This could be directly related to the fact I completely agree. We all want a magic answer. What I’ve discovered so far is that there are short cuts for some (Nicole Richie- great author? You be the judge)so you can either be mad you don’t fall into one of those lucky connected groups or you have to work that much harder knowing it is possible and that is the way the majority make it.

  39. July 5, 2006 at 4:35 pm

    Great post, Maureen. I agree. Once you know what you want, you find the path to get there. The fact that you landed an agent is a major step.

    I was talking to some editors at Thrillerfest as well as on-line and they get hundreds–some of them thousands–of queries a week. Agented material goes to the top of the pile. Then, agents they know/know their interests go on top of that.

    I think you’re on the right path. Good luck!

  40. July 6, 2006 at 6:26 pm

    Yah, Film Fest! Last year I lined up for six hours to get rush seats for me and the daughter at the premiere of Elizabethtown, which I had high hopes for, ‘cuz I usually love Cameron Crowe films. It totally sucked, but it was worth the six hours in line to see the kid’s face when Orlando Bloom and Kirsten Dunst walked out on the stage not six feet away from us! (We ended up with second row seats–some sponsors didn’t show up!) Who am I kidding? I’m as starstruck as she is! Also saw Elizabeth Shue shopping in Yorkville. (Isn’t Yorkville just too fun to do at film fest time? Though I’m seeing fewer and fewer stars shopping each year, more civilians saying, “Who’d you see?!”)
    See you at the fest!

  41. July 6, 2006 at 6:32 pm

    Bev! Yes, I love the fest!

    Elizabethtown disappointed me, too… but I saw it in theatres, not at the festival.

    I think of the 120+ films I’ve seen at the festival in the past 4 years I could count on one hand the ones that disappointed me… Hmmm.. maybe a blog topic for tomorrow…

  42. July 7, 2006 at 1:43 am

    I know how you feel, Maureen. When I started getting rejections on my book, my agent said, “You sound so disappointed.” Uh, yeah. This book is still with a couple of publishers so you never know. In the meantime, it’s on to the next one. And then that one could publish later. You just never know.

    And, btw, “Man Camp” is such a wonderful book – kinda like where “SATC” meets those wonderful Doris Day romantic comedies of the ’60s.

  43. July 10, 2006 at 1:37 pm

    Why do you have to go to so many films? Can’t you just decide to see one every day? Or do you feel obligated to get your $500 worth?

    That sounds very neat, though. I am a big movie addict. Must be the writer in me…love to watch stories unfold…how the characters develop, how the movie ends.

  44. July 10, 2006 at 2:05 pm

    Yes, Kristin… That is a VERY good question! LOL

    Problem is, as soon as I get the program book, I want to see everything…

    My blog entry didn’t get into the options between a full pass and nothing… There are options to buy books of 10, books of 30, passes for specific theatre venues… Lots of choices.

    Must choose one and go for it :-)

  45. July 10, 2006 at 2:09 pm

    I’ve never been, which is really rather disgraceful since I live in the GTA and all.. But I don’t know how you do it. I’m a movie buff and I still don’t think I could sit through that many movies a day. I’d get total numb bum. *grin*

    Could you compromise, and get one of the smaller packages and that way you get the best of both worlds?

  46. July 10, 2006 at 2:16 pm

    I did 27 films the first year… and just did it on last minute picks the day the single tickets went on sale (in line fo 10 hours)… but I got hooked. I kind of feel like it’s all or nothing for me now… And I don’t like that 10 hour line to get just what’s left over after the pass holders have made their picks…

    Re the numb bum thing… You spend time between each movie standing in line. (I know, sounds GREAT doesn’t it) But actually the lines are mostly outside and the past few years the weather has been gorgeous (actually, it rained one day last year) so you get these hours long breaks outside either walking between theatres or standing in line talking to people about what films they’ve seen… I suppose that’s really one of the things I most love… Chatting with the other festival goers.

    You should go, Lara!

  47. July 10, 2006 at 8:14 pm

    A friend goes to the Vancouver fest. She carries this backpack the size of a small Volvo and hoofs it with healthy snacks, some hand weights, a book to read while in line. Basically, she lives out of the backpack. She wouldn’t have it any other way. Let us know what you pick

  48. July 10, 2006 at 9:13 pm

    Your friend is smart, Eileen! Last year I had these great plans to bring food… but with 11 days of the festival, the stuff I’d cooked/prepared before it started ran out about day 3 and I was too lazy (tired) to keep it up… I do make some pretty wicked homemade protein bars. I’ll try to do those again this year… (they’re basically peanut butter (or almond butter) oatmeal and protein powder… But I usually put in some honey and cocoa powder so its like a little treat… And at about 250-300 calories they’re a meal.

  49. July 12, 2006 at 4:23 am

    I thought I was the only one who watched Canada’s Next Top Model. I can’t stop. Oh the shame….

  50. July 12, 2006 at 12:16 pm

    We’ll start a support group. :-)
    Gotta go load the car…

  51. July 13, 2006 at 5:01 am

    Knowledge is power. This is why people join loops and get into a writing community. I went through a period where I couldn’t deal with the reality of the publishing business. Hearing all the hard knock stories killed my muse and made it hard to keep going.

    Solution: I dropped out, kept writing, got some credits and overcame the block. Now I’m into a groove and I do it for the love and will keep at it regardless of the end result.

    If people find the truth depressing they need to take responsibility for themselves. But if they can listen to these stories and learn from them it’s the better way to go. We all start out with completely unrealistic expectations and our idealism gets rubbed down.

    It’s better to realise the truth of the matter and learn from other people’s experiences so we can advance at a better pace. I have to concur with Spy Scribbler that even though your timelines were initially unrealistic that’s a great achievement in getting an agent in such a short amount of time. It’s stories like yours that inspire me.

  52. July 16, 2006 at 5:45 pm

    That’s so funny, Maureen! Oh, how I remember those early days of the internet – like Mosaic, for example. It’s an appropriate comparison, too, with blogging. And I didn’t realize you were also in Silicon Valley – my old stomping, uh, er, working grounds for many, many years.

    Of course, blogging is about self-promotion. And if you’re not promoting “something,” you’re promoting yourself in some way.

    I don’t see those blogging about being homeless or their teen-age angst turning down those book deals they got from blogging. :)

  53. July 16, 2006 at 7:12 pm

    Yup… I think I had Mosaic 1.0 on my Mac (actually a MacIvory… very cool and unique machine that made a Mac emulate a Symbolics workstation…)

    Where in the Bay area did you live?

  54. July 16, 2006 at 8:36 pm

    Well, i think it’s that I do a lot of stuff on my blog, and people who like some of the stuff I do are pissed when I’m not doing more of the other stuff.

    Me, I’m a fan of the “change channel” method of showing lack of support.

    Besides, the very idea of complaining about something that has an obvious and imminent end (countdown) is so laughable.

  55. July 16, 2006 at 10:57 pm

    I’m trying to picture what the Blog Police could possibly do about it. Charge you with Shameless Self-Promoting without an Artistic Licence?

  56. July 17, 2006 at 1:32 pm

    Bang on Maureen. Elitists are menacing bullies and creativity dousers.

  57. July 17, 2006 at 1:51 pm

    There’s a very fine line between hard sell and soft sell. If a published author has a blog, odds are that they are using it to promote their books whether that is obvious to the casual reader or not. Then again, one’s blog is one’s blog and one should be able to post whatever they want, be it pics of hot guys or political observances without being taken to task for it.

    The blog world is an odd microcasm, as I’ve learned in the past couple of months. I’ve been trying to stick to my corner and mind my own business. 😉

  58. July 17, 2006 at 1:56 pm

    I think you hit the nail on the head, Michelle… What struck me as odd is that I don’t think what Diana was doing was really hard sell… OK, it was all about her book release, but she’s got tons of readers most of whom are very excited about her release and who were excited by the chance to win prizes…

    I just didn’t know the debate even existed before yesterday so was surprised…

  59. Nancy
    July 17, 2006 at 2:08 pm

    I didn’t get it either. Diana’s blog is fun, has a drumroll effect going on.

    I have no idea why some people have to rain on another’s parade.


  60. July 18, 2006 at 12:13 am

    Maureen – I was all over the place – from San Bruno to Redwood Shores to Fremont to San Jose. :)

    Speaking of blogs – I tend to write about whatever’s on my mind – have even treaded on politics and religion. And then there are some writers who think you should only talk about your book.

    It’s your blog – write about whatever you want to. :)

  61. July 18, 2006 at 2:25 pm

    I spent a bunch of growing up time in Palo Alto. My Dad worked for SRI for eons (and when I google him I get his papers and his Erdos standing, which is like a six degrees of separation thing for mathematicians). Do we all have Menlo Park connections?

    At any rate, I’m of the “It’s my blog and I can blog how I want to” school. No one has to visit if they don’t want to. I’ve really had a blast with all the excitement on Diana’s blog this past week. It’s been like a party, which has been especially nice since I’ve been under the weather and it’s been a bit of cheer.

    What do people think blogs are? A place for public service announcements? Sheesh.

  62. July 18, 2006 at 2:27 pm

    Holding the best thoughts for Jasper.

  63. July 18, 2006 at 2:52 pm

    Maureen–Thanks for the blog hop and for reintroducing yourself. I am eversomuch better with faces than names, and yes, I do remember you and will be in Atlanta. Hope to see you there!

    I’m adding you to my sidebar. :)

    Re: Willow Road and Middlefield. I know it well. I still end up in that part of the world because my father-in-law lives right in that area and we drive by Sunset every time we go to visit.

  64. July 18, 2006 at 4:46 pm

    Oh, no! Poor doggy! At least they could operate. Here’s hoping all goes well and Jasper recoups.

    I’ve got a cat on antibiotics right now and I tell ya, it ain’t easy dosing a cat! Or cheap. But pets are truly part of the family, so you do what you need to do, as evidenced by that long car ride and interrupting a vacation. Hugs to Jasper and family!

  65. July 19, 2006 at 3:10 am

    As a two dog family, where one dog has been an active vet user- I am so sorry. I’ll be keeping my fingers and toes crossed for Jasper.

  66. July 19, 2006 at 8:54 pm

    I’m thinking healthy doggie thoughts… I hope Jasper feels better soon. :)

  67. Lis
    July 20, 2006 at 12:12 am

    Hope doggie’s better soon!

  68. July 20, 2006 at 4:04 am

    Yeah! Now is the time to lavish the dog with expensive organic kibble and chew toys.

  69. July 20, 2006 at 5:37 am

    Go glad to hear that. Good news is good news. :)

  70. July 21, 2006 at 7:20 pm

    Wow, Maureen. Lucky you meeting Emily. I’ve only just discovered her books – found one book store in New Zealand with them. Totally fab writing. I can’t wait to read the new one.

  71. July 22, 2006 at 4:25 am

    She is very good, isn’t she! Enjoy them.

  72. July 23, 2006 at 2:15 pm

    As someone who used to work in the field of government sponsored employment programs, I can say this kind of service is desperately needed. That said, I can’t believe that the word ‘senior’ is in the copy. I mean, really, what is that? I have heard this kind of program described as being geared to ‘experienced workers’, but never ‘senior’. Ack. How insulting.

  73. July 23, 2006 at 2:46 pm

    Yes, it isn’t the program I took issue with, but the proximity of the word senior to the age 45. I’m just coming to grips with the ideas that the 40’s might be considered middle aged :-) My mom, in her 70’s, thinks she’s middle aged.

  74. July 23, 2006 at 9:52 pm

    And I thought the age thing only happened in the U.S. Over 45 – senior? Ridiculous! Even 50 is ridiculous. You should at least be of retirement age before you’re a senior.

  75. July 24, 2006 at 1:23 am

    It must be a typo!!!

  76. July 24, 2006 at 11:42 pm

    I LOVED Keanu in Something’s Gotta Give – for all the reasons you state. He was totally believable and cute!!!

  77. July 26, 2006 at 4:21 am

    I leave for RWA tomorrow- I’ll stalk you if you stalk me.

  78. July 26, 2006 at 5:56 am


  79. July 26, 2006 at 1:52 pm

    hmmm, when I have that problem with my camera, I switch off the red-eye-suppressor. Just a thought. Of course, then my grandson has red-eyes, but at least he’s in the picture.

  80. July 26, 2006 at 5:45 pm

    Susan, you’re expecting way to much from my pld camera. Yes, it was a pretty good camera in 1999, but in digital years, that was a millenium ago!

  81. July 27, 2006 at 4:14 am

    I’m so jealous, I want to meet all the chick lit group!!!

  82. July 27, 2006 at 11:44 am

    You got a round of applause for your board work! You were there in spirit, anyway!

  83. July 27, 2006 at 9:17 pm

    That’s awesome, Maureen. I really can’t wait to attend my first Nationals – if not in Dallas next year, then SF – our old stompging grounds – the following year would really be special. Enjoy! Thanks for the report.

  84. July 28, 2006 at 1:03 am


    Hope you are having a great time. Sounds like you are.

    Have a drink for me(maybe two) and good luck with the stalking.

  85. July 28, 2006 at 4:47 am

    It sounds like you’re having such a great time. More pics please.

    You won’t believe this, but until you mentioned it I didn’t ralise there wasn’t ‘r’ in Emily’s name. It just goes to show, you see what you want to see…. I’d have put money on it!!

  86. July 28, 2006 at 4:49 am

    Kathy, I’ll see you in SF…… there’ll be lots of us NZ girlies hopefully.

    Thanks for the applause 😉

  87. July 29, 2006 at 1:21 am

    I was in that session! She totally fell in love with fact you were from Canada! You should have slipped her a card!

  88. July 29, 2006 at 5:03 am

    Eileen! We suck at stalking each other, too. I hope we find each other tomorrow!

  89. July 31, 2006 at 1:32 pm

    Pralines and cream or pralines of any kind – YUM!

    So glad you had such a wonderful time. And it’s totally okay you didn’t blog from the conference – better to enjoy it. Besides, I couldn’t keep up with all of those blogging from the conference anyway.

    Glad to have you back!

  90. July 31, 2006 at 6:49 pm

    ARGH!!! We missed each other. Curses. Any chance you’ll come to the Surrey conference?

  91. July 31, 2006 at 8:30 pm

    The TKA party was so awesome and it was fantabulous meeting you.

    Can’t wait to see you again. I will now just happily cyberstalk you.

    {{hugs}} -Mel

  92. July 31, 2006 at 10:37 pm

    That conference looks AMAZING. I’ve heard of it, but had never really checked it out before.

    Seriously considering breaking my “no more conferences until I have a book to promote” rule. More of a guideline really 😉 And I have an aunt in Victoria whom I really owe a visit… and a cousin in Vancouver… Really, I should go, shouldn’t I!

    e-mail me, Eileen!

  93. August 1, 2006 at 1:03 am

    Yum on the pralines, for sure!! So glad to get to meet you this year, Maureen! Thanks for the company on the ride home from the party. I had a blast chatting business with you!


  94. August 1, 2006 at 6:23 am

    Me too, Shannon!

  95. August 1, 2006 at 3:09 pm

    Mmmm pralines. Oh yeah. What a great way to meet clients and pals! I had a blast! Can’t wait to see everyone again!

  96. August 1, 2006 at 7:22 pm

    Soooooo, don’t leave us hanging….did you book?

  97. August 1, 2006 at 8:08 pm

    Ooooh I am the starter of peer pressure I love that! You’ll love the conference….

  98. August 1, 2006 at 8:50 pm

    I did book… Yikes. I am such a conference slut.

  99. August 2, 2006 at 3:15 am

    I’ve always wanted to go to Surrey.

    Color me green

  100. August 2, 2006 at 4:53 am

    Wow, sounds like such a fab time!

  101. August 2, 2006 at 4:54 am

    You’ll have a totally wonderful time. I’ve got the NZ conference in a couple weeks and I can’t wait!!!

  102. August 2, 2006 at 2:00 pm

    Yeah, I’m not a fan of days like this either… it’s the kind of day you want to spend on a lake with a tall fruity drink and a good book. Of course, I’m so pale, I’d look like a giant tomato after an hour, but at least I’d be cooler. I hope this doesn’t mean we’re in for another blackout. Hmm. I better go stock up on batteries and bottled water… *grin*

  103. August 2, 2006 at 2:51 pm


    I’m an odd bird. I love the heat and humidity. (good thing I live in Mississippi, huh?) It keeps my skin young and beautiful. I hate winter. With. A. Passion. I don’t want to wear a coat. I hate wearing socks and shoes and I certainly hate cold hands.

    I should live on the beach.

  104. August 2, 2006 at 8:03 pm

    Lara, you sound like my kind of weather girl.
    Mel, we both live the right place 😉 It’s true, winters are hard on my skin, but my gym has a steam room and I keep Clinique and Origins in business every winter.

  105. August 3, 2006 at 1:00 am

    Hey, Maureen! It was good to see your face pop up on my little fledgling blog. I like yours. And I’m with you, hate the heat and the humidity. Big part of why I left Virginia. Not that Ohio is much better.

  106. August 3, 2006 at 1:24 pm

    I had a feeling you’d book.
    good for you.

  107. August 3, 2006 at 4:56 pm

    Oh oh oh I loved this! We own the series and am proud to say we were first in line to see the movie like the dorks we are.

  108. August 3, 2006 at 6:20 pm

    sigh. I loved Firefly.

  109. August 10, 2006 at 1:15 pm

    Some of us have retarded tree nut allergies and weren’t able to participate in the praline worship. >>grrrr
    = )

  110. August 10, 2006 at 1:16 pm

    Love the pic!!! What a fun night…and amazing food. Mmm…

    = )

  111. August 14, 2006 at 6:58 pm

    Thanks for the smiles, Maureen.

  112. August 15, 2006 at 1:27 pm

    That’s hilarious, Maureen!

  113. August 15, 2006 at 3:29 pm


  114. August 15, 2006 at 11:05 pm

    Oh mercy. I haven’t laughed so hard in a long while. Thanks for sharing!

  115. August 16, 2006 at 12:45 pm

    Maureen…these are hi-freakin-larious!!!! Thanks for the post! = )

  116. August 16, 2006 at 8:10 pm

    Yay! Another new Browncoat! We’re gradually taking over the world! :-) Best series ever!

  117. August 16, 2006 at 8:15 pm

    During my long publishing dry spell, I got one of those really bad form letters from the publisher I’d been writing for before. At first I got all huffy because I KNEW I hadn’t made some of the mistakes listed in the letter, and who was this editorial assistant to tell me I had, when I had actually published books with that publisher?

    Then I looked at the letter again and realized that it was supposed to be one of those easy-to-customize forms, where you selected the relevant stuff and deleted the non-relevant stuff — kind of a “pick two from each column” thing — but the editorial assistant had just printed and sent the whole thing without the customization, including the instructions on how to customize it.

    Somehow, it didn’t hurt so much to be rejected by someone who wasn’t smart enough to figure out how to work a simple form letter. If she could make that kind of mistake, then surely her editorial judgment couldn’t have been that great. I tried not to be too happy when I learned a few months later that she had been let go (alas, not for having the bad judgment to reject me).

  118. August 16, 2006 at 8:22 pm

    Shanna, thanks for sharing that!

    The one I was talking about was from an editorial assistant, too… And I hadn’t read it closely enough to see the “some of the reasons we reject” lead-in to the list of deficiencies, until my third or fourth read. By that time, I’d spent way too much time thinking the editorial assistant was an idiot–and fantasizing about her dying in horrible ways–because almost nothing on that list applied to my work.

  119. Karen in Toronto
    August 17, 2006 at 2:27 am

    I love posts that you can’t help but laugh. Especially on a dark day when nothing gets produced on the writing front.


  120. August 17, 2006 at 1:55 pm

    Perhaps it was because I was getting so many rejections, but I stopped reading after the “No” or the “Publishing is a subjective business…”
    I have kept a file of all the old snail mail rejections and although each one hurt, I never took them personally.
    The only one that actually made me mad was a photocopied form letter which had a pitch for the agent’s ‘How to get published’ book photocopied on the back. THAT was insulting.

  121. August 17, 2006 at 4:49 pm

    Joanne, I’ve heard of that letter! I think it’s tacky.

    The only one that got me mad was similar to the one the girl was talking about on the email loop. One that said, “We aren’t interested. We only publish…” and then proceeded to list exactly what I’d sent them. Looking back, I can see what I did was insert a mental “because” where they’d put a period. It’s a badly written rejection.

    It was easy to get indignant, though, becaue I’d spent so much time crafting my query and I felt like they should spend at least ten minutes writing a simple form letter to be photocopied a thousand times!

    Also, how hard is it to just say, “Not interested, better luck elsewhere?” those didn’t bother me at all.

  122. August 17, 2006 at 8:42 pm

    I tried to ignore this while it was a media frenzy because once an issue gets to that point there is no truth anymore. It becomes a way for print and broadcast (and now internet) media to exploit the story to grab more viewers and readers and therefore make more money.

    But, if JB’s Mom looked guilty on Baba Wawa’s show it’s probably because she was. That little girl would likely still be alive if she’d been allowed to be a little girl and not treated as an object in those pageants in sexy costumes and enough make-up and hairspray to make an adult look sleezy.

    I’m glad they’ve found the person who did it. I’m glad it’s over.

  123. August 17, 2006 at 11:50 pm

    Those pervy child beauty pagents give me the heebie jeebies. I’ll freely admit that knowing she involved her kid in that put me off the mother.

  124. August 19, 2006 at 10:28 pm

    You already know my thoughts, but hey, just in case..

    HATED IT!!!

    I’ve never walked out of a movie, but came tightrope close with that one.
    Was bored silly. Which is the worst crime a movie can commit for me.

    No plot, no reason and the characters are pulled along by events without ever taking a proactive approach to anything.

    But I am more plot driven for almost everything.

    I can almost understand why some people would like the movie.


  125. August 20, 2006 at 5:49 pm

    Loved The Big Lebowski…only Cohen brothers movie I can watch. Unlike many, I hated, hated, hated Fargo. Thought it was insulting to the characters and had whole scenes that didn’t progress the story.

  126. August 20, 2006 at 6:46 pm

    Gina… You know that was the debate… Whether we liked movies that had scenes that didn’t advance the plot. Me? I don’t mind as long as I’m interested/involved with fascinating characters. Sounds like you would’ve sided with Sinead on this particular debate.

  127. August 21, 2006 at 1:07 pm

    Great interview! Thanks for posting this. My sister and father both adore Kelley Armstrong, and she’s perpetually on top of my TBR stack.

  128. August 22, 2006 at 4:49 am

    Haven’t seen it. But guess what, it’s on TV tonight…. how spooky is that???? If I watch it I’ll report back. It does clash with Extras and Boston Legal so don’t know if I’ll get to it!

  129. August 22, 2006 at 11:25 am

    Kelley is a faboulous writer and very funny to boot. I just started reading Broken and so far I love it. I love her comments on the stress she felt once she got published. Give another side to getting the “call”.

  130. August 22, 2006 at 6:29 pm

    Great interview- thanks!

  131. August 23, 2006 at 3:52 pm

    You’re gonna laugh at me.

    Coen bro films are hot and cold with me.


    Raising Arizona? LOVED IT

    Barton Fink? SHOOT ME.

    Fargo? LOVED IT!

    Oh Brother Where Art Thou? Didn’t like it the first time, now I LOVE IT!

    The Ladykillers? TOTAL CRAP.

    Weird, huh?

  132. August 23, 2006 at 4:57 pm

    Mel, I’m not 100% on their movies either… I didn’t like Barton Fink much… but have been thinking I should try again.

    The Ladykillers was tres silly… but I must say I was entertained.

    Molly reminded me that they also did Millers Crossing. Awesome movie. Awesome. Another one I must see again. Can’t even remember now why I loved it so much. Just remember that I loved it.

  133. August 25, 2006 at 2:02 am

    Sounds like a great read. I might have to check it out next time I go on a book shopping spree to Borders. :)

  134. August 25, 2006 at 12:24 pm

    Hey Maureen,

    Can I borrow it??

    Thought I’d ask first

  135. August 25, 2006 at 1:53 pm

    Hey, just because you didn’t think of the journal thing first doesn’t mean you can’t ever use it! You know what T.S. Eliot said: “Immature writers borrow. Mature writers steal.”

  136. August 27, 2006 at 1:00 pm

    That sounds great Maureen. I’ll have to check it out…right after I finish writing Chapter 5…

  137. August 27, 2006 at 10:01 pm

    This is definitely a guy movie. Everyone I know who loved it is a guy. The females I’ve asked said they hated it. I’m kind of in the middle. For me, a big movie buff, it was fun to watch one time (CRACKED up when Donny’s ashed blew back on Lebowski) and that was enough. It’s not one of those movies I see on the guide and go, “OH, I’ve got to watch that again!!” = )

  138. August 27, 2006 at 10:02 pm

    FARGO is one of the best movies ever. Takes a sicko (like me and Mel!) to laugh throughout that.

  139. August 27, 2006 at 10:04 pm

    I’m totally convinced this schmuck they have in custody is just stark raving crazy and has projected himself into the case…which dredges up the past and the pain for all involved. So sad.

  140. August 28, 2006 at 1:00 am

    Oooh she just had a second book come out which is also a great read. She lives her in Vancouver- this puts her at risk for being stalked by me in my never ending author worship. Have you read “I’m not the new me” by McClure? I just picked it up and loved it.

  141. August 28, 2006 at 1:58 pm

    I love “Prime Suspect,” too! Thank goodness for BBCA!

    By the way, I have noticed a BIG difference in actors who are cast on British series and actors who are cast in American series. A lot of times, women on the BBCA shows are ‘regular’ sized women. I mean, women who aren’t stick thin and sickly looking.

    I just watched “ShakespeaRE-Told” the other day…they did “Midsummer Night’s Dream” (great series, by the way), and both the female leads were very pretty but with NORMAL bodies.

    I think Hollywood is overly obsessed with women looking perfect. Even into their 40s and 50s. While men are not held to such a standard. Yes, movies show men with perfect, hairless chests and rock-hard abs, but they also have no problems giving the lead to flabby, older men who are balding.

    Where are the roles for flabby older women? There’s only a few good actresses in Hollywood who would be considered ‘overweight.’ Kathy Bates comes to mind…but otherwise, where are they?? Where are the GOOD roles for women over 40???

    NOWHERE. ARGH! I *hate* it!!!!

  142. August 28, 2006 at 2:21 pm

    Man, I feel like I really missed out by not watching the Emmy’s last night. Everyone is talking about Helen Mirren! God, I love her.

  143. August 29, 2006 at 4:50 am

    I love HM too. she’s the most awesome actor. And Prime Suspect was always a fave of mine.

    I haven’t seen the Emmys, didn’t show them over here – or if they did it on some obscure channel and i didn’t realise!!

  144. August 29, 2006 at 1:19 pm

    Love Helen Mirren. I didn’t watch the Emmy’s, but the pics of her were gorgeous.

    The Emmys don’t hold a lot of weight with me. Arrested Development didn’t win best comedy (although the office is great.)

  145. August 29, 2006 at 2:28 pm

    SHE’S A BABE. I wanna be her when I grow up.

  146. August 29, 2006 at 4:50 pm

    The good news is “More” magazine had a recent article about some of the upcoming movies coming out with fabulous parts with older actresses. Check out my recent posting called More.

  147. August 29, 2006 at 5:39 pm

    I loved Helen’s speech too! It was fabulous. Although there is a debate going on over at my blog as to whether she said “arse” or “ass”. (g)

  148. August 29, 2006 at 11:49 pm

    This sounds so fun in a sadistic kind of way.

  149. August 30, 2006 at 8:42 am

    I didn’t watch it, but as a Brit my money would be on ‘arse over tit’ as that’s a very well known saying.

  150. August 30, 2006 at 9:13 pm

    I wish I could go! In the three years I lived in Ontario, I never when to the film festival. I’ll have to try and make a special trip one of these years. :)

  151. August 31, 2006 at 4:42 pm

    Fun! Take lots of pictures and post them…

  152. RC
    August 31, 2006 at 4:46 pm

    I think Helen’s comments on writing are excellent.

    I’m excited about Helen’s new role as Elizabeth II in THe Queen.

    –RC of

  153. RC
    September 1, 2006 at 2:49 am

    How fun, I hope you’re able to see Babel like you want to…

    There seems like a lot of neat things to choose from this year…

    –RC of

  154. September 1, 2006 at 4:48 pm


    When you get that number, pass it on.

  155. September 1, 2006 at 5:23 pm

    I must be living in a cave cuz I’ve missed the coverage on her doctored photo. Damn! and I love good gossip!

    Oh well. Frankly, i’m of the who gives a damn opinion. hehe. If she’s happy with her doctored photo and her publicist is happy with the photo…the it doesn’t matter if she looks like a blurry stick figure to me. I love Katie Couric. I just dunno if I’m gonna love her on CBS. I miss her and matt.

  156. September 1, 2006 at 8:57 pm

    Me too…. I need that photographer

  157. September 1, 2006 at 11:35 pm

    This might be one of the movies that keeps you up at night staring at the ceiling.

  158. Anonymous
    September 3, 2006 at 6:05 am

    Shades of Marion Engel and her book Bear. Which won the Governor General’s in 1976. It’s the story of a woman in Northern Ontario who becomes friends, and then more than friends, with a….you guess it…bear! In the same year, a book (I forget the title) was released in French Canada where a woman hooked up with a moose. So, a dog? Very tame. :)

  159. September 4, 2006 at 4:02 pm

    Liked it prety well, but not with the abject love my fiance has for it. LOVED barton Fink, as should any writer. “I’ll show you the life of the mind!” Brilliant.

    And Loved O, BROTHER, too. Actually, I think I only liek hte Coen movies with John Goodman in them. they do such amazing things with him.

  160. September 4, 2006 at 7:45 pm

    i like hugh jackman

  161. September 5, 2006 at 2:53 am

    We expect a blow by blow of the entire event. You may have to give up sleep.

  162. September 5, 2006 at 3:50 am

    Hugh Jackman………………… pick me up off the floor

  163. September 5, 2006 at 4:11 am

    Sara… I am sad I didn’t get a ticket to that one…

    I did get a ticket to Candy, though… with Heath Ledger. I’m hoping he’ll be here. He was too cute last year at the NA premiere of Brokeback holding the hand of a very pregnant Michelle Willams. What a freakin cute couple. Not that Heath and Jake didn’t make a pretty cute couple.

  164. September 5, 2006 at 4:13 am

    And Eileen… I expect I will post something most days. I actually used the fact that I’m blogging as a rationalization for going to the festival again this year… I’m a master rationalizer… But you saw how quickly I signed up for that Surrey conference after swearing off conferences. No. Self. Control.

  165. September 5, 2006 at 8:25 pm

    One of the many things I am coming to love about you- that lack of self control

  166. September 6, 2006 at 2:22 am

    Yeah, I can do Heath toooooo – especially in Knights Tale. so cute.

  167. RC
    September 6, 2006 at 5:22 am

    maybe you are hair-prejudice.

  168. RC
    September 6, 2006 at 5:23 am

    just posted on the fountain today…

    maybe you’re lucky you’re getting to see something else instead.

    –RC of

  169. September 6, 2006 at 12:52 pm

    I’m a Toby fan, actually. And I missed his blond hair last night. :(

    And tho I thought Storm’s performance last night was her best yet, I’m so not a Storm fan. She bugs.

    I am NOT on the Lukas bandwagon, AT ALL. And that crap he did last night was, well…CRAP. He ruined that Bon Jovi song.

    I was a Dilana fan, but I’m not so sure after last night. you’re right, her ego is taking flight and I’m not liking that. But she’s as cute as a bug.

    I know lots of folks who are picking Magni…and that wouldn’t surprise me. He is growing on me.

    I already miss Ryan. Storm should’ve gone last week instead of Ryan.

  170. September 6, 2006 at 2:17 pm

    Mel, maybe it’s because I’ve always hated Bon Jovi that Lukas can’t wreck one of their songs :-)

    I wasn’t a big Storm fan until the past few weeks. She’s growing on me…

    I’m with you on Ryan though. Liked him.

    I just find both Toby and Magni terribly boring. Talented, but boring. Toby is hot, though :-) While Lukas is, well, strange.

  171. September 6, 2006 at 2:35 pm

    Ha! You have to let me know what you think of this one.

    Got you bookmarked!

    Talk to you soon.


  172. September 6, 2006 at 2:41 pm

    Ah. I sort of have a soft spot for all of them. It’s so nice to see a singing show where people can actually..gasp!.. sing..

    I don’t even know who I’m rooting for.

    I think Lucas, because he seems to do the most interesting things musicaly..

  173. September 8, 2006 at 12:22 pm


  174. September 8, 2006 at 7:00 pm

    I’m a big Lukas fan, if only cuz I want a Toronto RockStar sweep. (And Mr. Pink is pretty sure he went to school with Lukas, so we gotta support the hometown boy *grin*).

    Toby’s growing on me, and I can’t say I’m huge on Magni… as for Dilana, I was never a fan, less so with all the controversy, tho I suspect much of it is producer-induced. Although, if you search YouTube, there’s a video she did years ago, before she tatooed and hair-coloured and hid her face under tons of makeup that really shows how pretty she is and how well she’d do on the pop side.

  175. September 10, 2006 at 5:13 pm

    Hanging with Heath? Girl, I envy you!
    Missed you at the TRW meeting. I wasn’t the only one. Hope to see you at the October’s meeting.

  176. September 10, 2006 at 5:17 pm

    Damn camera cops. I detest people who gain a bit of power and go mad. As if you were carting in weapons of mass destruction. Heath. Yum

  177. September 11, 2006 at 7:14 pm

    Uh, oh, I’m starting to realize why I got that “I wanted the heroine to die by the end of chapter one” comment.
    Our heroines are supposed to be nice?

    Now you’re hanging with Dustin Hoffman? First Heath, then Dustin?

  178. cin
    September 11, 2006 at 9:21 pm

    Toby blipped on my radar when he sang with Storm on that Bring me Back to Life song. I’ve been crushing on him since (I blogged about him too!)

    I was so disapointed and shocked by Dilana. I didn’t see her fronting Supernova, but now…

    I love Lukas- again, not sure about fronting Supernova. Their songs aren’t as modern as he is. He should go solo.

    It will be interesting, and I’ll be sad when the show is over. It is one of my faves!!


  179. September 12, 2006 at 12:57 pm

    sounds like a GREAT day…I LURVE Zach Braff!

  180. September 12, 2006 at 1:15 pm

    Okay, I don’t feel so bad now–I was at the 6:30 gala screening of For Your Consideration the night before. When you said there was a q and a, I thought I’d missed it, but I don’t think there was a q and a at the gala. (They had to empty the theatre for the 9:30 gala for All The Kings Men.) Would have loved to be at the Elgin for the q and a! Oh, well. Too cool that you got to talk to Zach’s parents! Happy festing!

  181. September 12, 2006 at 4:56 pm

    Look at you hob-nobbing and networking. I heard the movie with Forrest was amazing. Not in a fun “ha ha” kind of way, but an amazing performance.

  182. September 12, 2006 at 10:46 pm

    I’m so jealous of everyone that gets to go to the TIFF, but I love reading about it all the same … I’m really looking forward to For Your Consideration, so glad to hear that it lives up to Mr. Guest’s high standard!

  183. September 12, 2006 at 11:10 pm

    This is awesome Maureen. I wish I was there with you!

  184. September 13, 2006 at 7:46 pm

    I can’t possibly imagine Yonge Street being shut off. That’s insane!!

    I have a friend who works at one of the posh hotels where the stars stay and she said Russell Crowe was having his press conference there the other day and it was MADNESS. She said you should have seen the list of his “demands” just to stand at a miked podium and talk to the press.


    Still, I gotta make it up to TO for a festival!!!

  185. September 13, 2006 at 8:32 pm

    Wow!! I’m so jealous of the fab time you’re having!

  186. September 14, 2006 at 8:31 pm

    Maybe she needed all that room for her ego.

  187. September 15, 2006 at 5:50 am

    I was exagerating slightly… It’s a four lane road and they just shut off one lane… Still, I haven’t seen them do that for anyone else. Not even Russell Crowe, who I saw jogging on the streets of Toronto when he was here filming Cinderella Man…

  188. September 17, 2006 at 1:11 pm

    Sleep well Maureen! I think you’ve earned it after all the running and watching you’ve done. I’m jealous. But in a good way :).

  189. September 18, 2006 at 10:21 pm

    I love documentaries. It sounds like an amazing festival. I agree with Christine you deserve your rest.

  190. September 19, 2006 at 1:04 pm

    Maureen, welcome back.

    The festival is over, which is a little sad, but good for us, cause we’ll actually see you again.

    And glad for the movie recommendations which has always been amazing.

  191. Kare
    September 19, 2006 at 4:56 pm

    Well I am green with envy. So many movies, so many stars. I have always wanted to do TIFF but unfortunately it falls just at the beginning of school year…movies or kids…hard choice but I can’t offord to lose any some mother-of-the-year points.
    My thanks Maureen. Your blogs were fun to read for those of us that can only dream.
    Maybe next year.

  192. September 19, 2006 at 8:18 pm

    I really have to catch this Amazing Grace.

  193. September 20, 2006 at 5:09 am

    Did I have a point with this post??? Perhaps I should edit, but too lazy right now :-)

  194. September 20, 2006 at 10:35 pm

    It’s all good Maureen. We love you anyway :)

  195. September 24, 2006 at 4:38 am

    YES, I AGREE!!!!!!! It’s like when they start selling Easter Eggs in the shops just after Christmas.

  196. September 24, 2006 at 12:53 pm

    I hate it when they do that. Personally, I love Halloween and feel it gets completely overshadowed by the rush for Christmas. Candy for candy’s sake is the best holiday ever!

  197. September 25, 2006 at 2:15 am

    LOL! Thanks for the laugh:)

  198. September 25, 2006 at 10:34 pm

    Soooooooooooo funny!!

  199. September 26, 2006 at 12:29 am

    This just made my day.

  200. September 26, 2006 at 7:47 pm

    I got that catalogue, too…three copies of it. Even worse, they’re opening an LL Bean in the town near mine in Massachusetts, which is just WRONG. Who wants LL Bean if it’s not in Maine???

  201. September 27, 2006 at 4:36 pm

    They put out the Halloween candy at the grocery store on Labor Day weekend. Mmmm…that’s gonna taste real good by the end of October. (Bleck!)

    = )

  202. September 28, 2006 at 11:34 pm

    These are awesome, Maureen. And funny enough, I can probably work many of these into my daily speech :)

    It will make my training classes interesting for the next few days at least.

  203. September 29, 2006 at 3:37 pm

    Inoculatte … God, yes! The times I’ve wished I could just get a syringe full of super strength columbian coffee and just jab it into my arm before heading off on the school run. I wonder if it’s been invented yet?

  204. October 1, 2006 at 12:25 pm

    OMG I’ve seen this movie three times! I love the Phantom of the Opera story line and any reincarnation of it, no matter how campy, rates high on my list. I don’t know what it is about this movie, but it makes me smile every time I see it or hear some of the songs. I haven’t seen it since I was 16 (and no, it wasn’t in the movie theatre Maureen, had to rent this one :))I need to find a copy of this somewhere…

  205. Karen in Toronto
    October 1, 2006 at 8:03 pm

    I saw it when I was about 16 on a double bill with Rocky Horror picutre show at the Old Elgin theatre. I knew Paul Williams because he did alot of guest spots on game shows and variety shows. He looked like an older Jimmy Osmond.

  206. October 2, 2006 at 2:06 am

    You are alone- however- now I feel compelled to want to see it.

  207. October 2, 2006 at 9:33 pm

    Christine, glad to have found a fellow fan (even if you’re way to young to have seen it in the theatres)

    Karen, as a double feature with Rocky Horror would have been AMAZING. I am so jealous. Paul Williams’ “career” as an actor was pretty sad other than this movie… He was in Smokey and the Bandit… other than that, I think he had only tiny parts and pretty sad guest spots on TV shows. (He also wrote the theme song for The Love Boat) How sad is it that I know that???

    Eileen… You must see it. Very silly but very fun.

  208. October 3, 2006 at 12:11 am

    Her history is fasinating. I’m adding this one to my read list. I am coming to believe you are the master networker.

  209. October 3, 2006 at 12:26 am

    Re master networker. I wish.

    I’m no master networker, I just play one on my blog (and at conferences when I can muster the courage).

    Seriously though… I’m just amazed at what a truly small world publishing is. How once you know a few people, how quickly that can turn into a lot of people… I think in this past year, I went from knowing about 2 writers, well enough to say hi, (outside of my local chapter) to at least 30 or 40 now.

    I was a bit of a conference slut this year. (Okay, a big one) and knowing Diana Peterfreund helped too… She knows a lot of people and since her big sale, lots of people want to know her. (I’m proud to say I knew her before she sold.)

  210. October 3, 2006 at 2:31 pm

    Thanks Maureen!!!

    As a fellow accountant you will appreciate that my promo blitz week falls on TRADING DAY!!!! AARRGGHH!!! We we trading well into yesterday, and again today. I am so stressed… but reading your lovely post makes me feel better!!!

    I really want to give you a prize so give today’s questions another shot… I’ve got THREE prizes to give away today.

    Good luck!

  211. October 3, 2006 at 2:36 pm

    Eileen – just read your comment! Ha! Thank you! There were various points during my childhood when I wished my life was a little less colorful, but I’m pretty grateful now. Experiencing life from both sides of the planet really gives you perspective…

    …and Maureen is a master networker because she’s so NICE. I strive for that kind of niceness.

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  213. October 4, 2006 at 12:08 pm

    usually walk in and say, “I’m tired of this hair. Do something fun!”

    My hairdresser usually smiles pats me on the shoulder and says, “Really?”

    Of course I don’t. I’m pretty consertive by nature and she knows that. So she won’t let me do anything she knows I’ll hate later. That said, I’ve since moved and have been trying to find a new hairdresser. Nothing is more traumatic!

    Monica wouldn’t cut it like that *sniff*.

  214. October 4, 2006 at 1:51 pm

    The hairdresser drives me nuts! Only once did I have a great one I would have trusted completely. So, with the fair skin/blonde hair/turned brown syndrome, I added highlights myself until I finally went all out – sometime around 40 – needing to cover up more grey. But now I like the grey coming in around the temples – it’s more silver and I think it mixes well with the blonde. As for the brown, well, I’m still covering that up. :)

  215. October 4, 2006 at 2:55 pm

    I don’t really have a hairdresser. My daughter cuts and now colors my hair. She even did highlights last time. It’s not what she does for a living. But she does her own hair and does a great job of it so I like it when she does mine too (which, BTW, is not the color in my icon anymore).

  216. October 4, 2006 at 3:31 pm

    I usually let them have at it, because it’s hair and it gows back. And then if I don’t like it I have them fix it.

    But we haven’t done anything new for a while now… mostly because we really love wha we do.

    I’m having a hard time picturing you with dark hair. I loved the red highlights!

  217. October 5, 2006 at 2:51 am

    I have had many dysfunctional hair relationships. Now I have the perfect mix where she asks questions- but comes to the table (or the chair) with some ideas. She also will put her foot down if she thinks I’m about to do something stupid.

  218. October 5, 2006 at 4:17 pm

    I’m afraid when you have dark hair (like I do) there’s not much you can do it or else it will look strange. I have to admit, Maureen, when I started reading your blog instead of “I was born a honey blonde” My mind read it as “I was born a horny blonde”. I can tell you, that instantly caught my attention!

  219. October 5, 2006 at 7:23 pm

    I’m a do whatever type of girl.
    I usually have length requirements (anything longer than shoulder length and I have to put it up for contract gigs) and styling requirements (no more than a couple minutes in the morning) but that’s it.
    I figure my hairdresser is a professional. She cuts more hair in a day than I would in a lifetime.

  220. October 7, 2006 at 2:57 am

    When we move anywhere the two most important people for me to find are hairdresser and dentist…. and once I find one I like I’ll stick with them for as long as possible.

    I have very short hair, and a bad cut is sooooo obvious. Of course, it does grow out quickly – I usually go every 4-6 weeks!!

    I will trust them to do something different, alothough you can’t do that much different with hair only a couple of inches long!

  221. October 10, 2006 at 9:30 pm

    Well, Aronofsky, Clint Mansell (composer), Eric Watson (producer), Rachel Weisz and Ellen Burstyn were there to introduce the movie… but no Hugh Jackman. Also, no Q&A after. It was an ok film. Kinda divisive – you really either like it or hate it. An ambitious, sometimes pretentious film. Great, ethereal score. Stunning visuals (some beautiful macro photography)… But I did wish that there was a Q & A… the ending kinda left me… going huh? (and I’m the kind of person who doesn’t like my movies spelled out for me!)

  222. October 12, 2006 at 3:02 am

    You sort of see Nicole and think- this is a girl that didn’t have good formative years.

  223. October 14, 2006 at 7:29 pm

    Well, I’m in the Appalachians, so you’d shudder to hear me speak. I know correct grammar, but it’s tough to remember it when I’m surrounded by hundreds of hicks, roflmao!

  224. October 16, 2006 at 5:12 am

    You know… everyone makes mistakes in spoken english and I realize that there are variations on english in different areas of the world making one person’s mistakes another person’s proper english.

    I should be more tolerant :-)

  225. October 17, 2006 at 2:24 am

    Meeting other writers has been the best part of the past year. If the whole literary diva thing is dying off I am willing to get a feather boa and start swanning around. I long to channel my inner bitch. Looking forward to seeing you in Surrey.

  226. October 17, 2006 at 11:40 am

    What?? You mean I won’t be able to stay home and eat bon bons all day once I’m published?? That’s it, you burst my bubble Maureen.


    (And I agree.)

  227. October 17, 2006 at 7:02 pm

    I haven’t seen it yet, but I’ve heard great things about it.

  228. October 18, 2006 at 7:35 pm

    Drat, the whole reason I’m exploring writing is so I can justify my bon bon eating diva behavior.

    Guess I’d better move to my next choice…opera singer (celebrated for being plump, now that’s a great gig).

  229. October 21, 2006 at 1:24 am

    Wow! You and Eileen are soo close! I could almost reach out and touch you from south of Seattle! Have a wonderful weekend! Soak up the inspirational atmosphere. :-)

  230. October 21, 2006 at 6:05 am

    Shannon!!!! I forgot you were in Seattle. Ditch the kids. Come up to visit.

    I’m going to be in Victoria next week (visiting my auntie). That’s even closer, isn’t it… (by boat, anyway)

  231. October 21, 2006 at 3:14 pm

    I am here! I am!

  232. October 22, 2006 at 6:37 am

    I have seen her now! She’s real! And as great as I already knew she’d be.

    Everyone. Go to Amazon. Right now. Preorder Eileen’s book IN THE STARS.

    I’m convinced it’s going to be great.

  233. October 23, 2006 at 11:15 pm

    I am agog at that “no two POV characters in the same scene…” Um, what kind of story would that be? It seems like you must have two incredibly different storylines to be able to do this. they don’t interact at all?

  234. October 24, 2006 at 2:20 pm

    That’s kind of odd advice–about keeping two main viewpoint characters out of scenes together. If we followed that, it would make for a pretty dry, uninteresting romance!

    Thanks for sharing what you’re learning…

  235. October 24, 2006 at 4:53 pm

    Hi Maureen! I’ve designated today to visiting blogs and this is the most fun I’ve had in years…lol. What can I say…it doesn’t take much to make me happy. *grin* I’ll be back!

  236. October 25, 2006 at 1:12 pm

    Vancouver is gorgeous when you can see it. :)

    Interesting point from your POV class. I just blogged about how an editor invited me to resubmit my book if I change my multiple POV story from first person to third. Makes sense and it was good timing on your part with this post. Thanks!

  237. October 25, 2006 at 7:31 pm

    Re the POV thing… His big suggestion was to write those scenes from a third POV character’s POV.

    Very strange advice indead and shows how different sci fi must be from romance and women’s fiction. I got into a short argument with him, then decided it wasn’t worth it.

    Other stuff he said was mostly good though… Just not “advanced” like I’d hoped.

  238. October 25, 2006 at 9:02 pm

    I’m glad you said that Maureen. Because having tried to rewrite this book from first person to third isn’t reallly working for me. Guess everybody’s entitled to their opinion.

  239. October 27, 2006 at 4:34 pm

    *sigh* I can honestly say I’ve met both types. The scariest of the sad writer was the guy who kept trying to hit on me by telling me about his sex scenes. (and they weren’t even good sex scenes.)
    And the divas? well, you can’t work as an editor without meeting a couple of those… one even threatened me with legal action because I had a link to her book on my blog telling people to go buy it. (yeah, I know. :) )

  240. October 31, 2006 at 6:41 pm

    Sorry, but I have to disagree about things you’ve done not being interesting….. omg: tandem skydiving, climbing, performing…. seriously impressive!

    Yikes, on that doctor…

  241. November 1, 2006 at 3:00 pm

    ok, i’ll play. But it’ll have to be tomorrow.

    today’s blog was dedicated to All Clown’s Night.

    And FWIW, my list of things won’t be nearly as impressive. I’ll have to think of something more than “I dance in the mirror” and “ocassionaly, I pick my nose.”

  242. November 2, 2006 at 7:40 pm

    You would NEVER get me up that steep mountain. Okay- maybe- if there was pitcher of martinis at the top.

  243. November 2, 2006 at 9:15 pm

    Ha! You know what got me up? It wasn’t martinis, (although, as you know, I heart martinis) it was water. We left our packs at the bottom of what they call the “saddle” that leads up to the dome… (You reach the saddle after about 5 hours of steep switch back hiking). So, I didn’t have any water with me on the cables and about half-way up I thought I was going to die. Literally. I’d almost decided to give up when someone else in our group came up from behind me. I barely knew this woman but she reminded me that my friend Elaine had taken water to the top in kevlar packs attached to her belt… and that if I made it to the top, Elaine would give me water. It was seriously the thought of a gulp of that water that got me up there. and the thought that I never, ever, had to do it again.

    Now when we got down again… Beer. Lots of beer.

  244. November 4, 2006 at 5:39 pm

    I wonder if it is the Cinderella syndrome, Maureen? I pay no attention to the monarchy usually. They don’t really have meaning to me. But, by God, if I hear Candle in the Wind (the Diana version) by Elton John on the radio, I can become a blubbering mess. And, I’m the same way with getting choked up at pictures of her or scenes from around the time of her death.

    Hey, Cinderella (twit or not) died…and maybe that reminds us that even our fantasies aren’t safe in this world.

    Which means we need to go out and write more stories with happy endings, right?! :-)


  245. November 4, 2006 at 5:53 pm

    Shannon… I so never thought I was the Cinderella fantasy type… but I think my reaction to diana and her death proves those things go deeper than we care to admit. (Or I do anyway.)

    (and I actually did have a pretty serious crush on Prince Andrew when I was about fourteen… He was attending school in Canada at the time and I used to imagine us meeting and him falling instantly in love…)

  246. November 4, 2006 at 8:28 pm

    I was working at Kings Landing in New Brunswick when I heard she died. I was in shock. I didn’t follow the royals either, but I did see their car drive by when the visited St. Andrews when I was a kid. I really want to see this movie, just so I can see the other side of things.

  247. November 5, 2006 at 1:41 am

    I have Diana in my next book because this topic fasinates me. She fasinates me.

  248. Anonymous
    November 6, 2006 at 12:22 pm

    Bah! I only got 86%. It was the math I tell you!

  249. November 6, 2006 at 11:35 pm

    I only got 69%! And I DID pay attention in high school. I’m quite disappointed in myself. I think the only ones I got right were the math, probably. :) (oh, and the its/it’s thing – I know that. :)


  250. November 7, 2006 at 1:44 am

    I have never enjoyed the Diana myth. I don’t think she was particularly beautiful or charming. I had a set of Di and Charles paper dolls as a child. They must have been given to me as a gift, because I never played with them. I’d get them out occasionally and look at them, and marvel over how far from my ideal of a prince and princess they both were.

    Imagine my shock, then, when at a party recently, a woman I’d just met leaned over and said, “You must get this all the time, but you just look exactly like Princess Di.”

    Gee. Thanks.

  251. November 8, 2006 at 2:22 am

    This one is on my list to see as well- but now I grow more concerned. sigh.

  252. November 8, 2006 at 4:17 am

    Sorry for wrecking it for you. As I said, there was much to like, too…

  253. November 8, 2006 at 3:32 pm

    so many good movies to see right now, and no chance to see all of them.
    I’d heard mixed reviews of this one, so thanks for the explanation.

  254. November 9, 2006 at 6:50 pm

    I stopped watching.
    Not because of the unexplained mysteries, although perfect eyebrows take work to maintain.

    But the clunky, unresolved storytelling in season two lost me.

    so I gave up lost and gained America’s next top model.
    Not sure if I gained in that tradeoff, but I do love a good catfight.

  255. Anonymous
    November 9, 2006 at 7:06 pm

    I don’t watch it either. I’m more of a Criminal Minds girl. I love the character interactions as they try and catch the killer. I’ve heard a lot of people aren’t too happy with Lost this season.

  256. November 9, 2006 at 7:36 pm

    In spite of all the dropped story lines and strange stuff… I’m still a fan of Lost. Can’t help it. I think part of it is my passion for strange structures as i blogged about on drunk writer talk… I love how they keep using flashbacks to deepen the tension in the present.
    But there are SO many subplots they seem to have dropped… But just when I think “the writers have totally forgotten about that” they bring that story or idea back in again… don’t know if they’ve got it planned or not, but I’m still interested.

  257. November 9, 2006 at 10:27 pm

    They did show Jack shaving once with stuff from people’s luggage from the plane. She also could have had her hair lasered off in the past. I noticed the very same thing. But the most important thing on my mind last night was… Geesh, when was the last time they had a shower or brushed their teeth? And they’re doing that?

    But it was still hot. *g*

  258. November 10, 2006 at 7:07 am

    Lack of hair removal was also at the root of the fall of the Roman Empire. I heard that somewhere.

  259. November 11, 2006 at 4:16 am

    How awkward for you- what with people thinking you sound Canadian. Eh?

  260. November 11, 2006 at 6:59 am

    I know! It’s crazy, man.

  261. November 11, 2006 at 3:35 pm


    You blog so much about film and television. Seriously – have you ever thought of writing a script? It seems natural to me…

  262. Anonymous
    November 12, 2006 at 2:10 am

    This will be a surprise BUT I sound
    Canadian….good quiz for a smile.

  263. Anonymous
    November 12, 2006 at 3:07 pm

    LOL That was cute. Good to know I pass the Canadian test. :)

  264. Anonymous
    November 13, 2006 at 7:15 pm

    I thought the movie was just alright. I found myself laughing at times, and then wondered if it was a bad thing that I was laughing. Other times, I looked around the theatre when everyone else was laughing and I wasn’t. I have to admit that I loved the accent “my name e Borat!” and the terrible grammar. All in all, I would recommend it as a rental…not worth the price of a movie ticket.
    I like your postings. If you enjoy reading, mine is

  265. Anonymous
    November 13, 2006 at 7:43 pm

    I wouldn’t be ashamed of laughing at Borat. I have yet to see it but I really want to. But then again I am a huge fan of Monty Python, and believe me they can be just as racist and sexist. Granted they didn’t do it in such a politically correct time; but is Borat really any different than Rick Mercer going doing to the U.S. to dupe the Americans with fake facts questions about Canada?

  266. Anonymous
    November 14, 2006 at 12:34 pm

    I watched Team America: World Police a few years ago in the theatre and had a similar reaction: feeling completly guilty because I was laughing at something so completely offensive.

    I’d like to see Borat, but I’ll probably rent it. :)

  267. November 14, 2006 at 1:30 pm

    I want to see Borat, but for me it’s a rental.

    That said, the man himself is brilliant. He’s a devout jew, has a Cambridge education and without the freaky mustache is quite cute.

    Wierd! apparently he never once broke character while filming the movie.

  268. November 14, 2006 at 7:19 pm

    Honestly, I won’t ever watch Borat.
    I have an ethical issue with people intentionally (and for a profit) making others look foolish. Same reason I have issues with movies like Jackass (can’t laugh at people really getting hurt).

    However, I do think he’s a brilliant film maker and marketer.

  269. November 14, 2006 at 9:07 pm

    I love your rants. They are always so well thought out, and well, sensible.

    I’m always amazed as well at the people who will publicly critisize agents, editors, or even the process.

    It is what it is and deal.

    Nice post.

  270. November 15, 2006 at 1:09 am

    He is sooooo funny – I was amazed when he took off in the US as Ali G – his humour is so British, then again look at Ricky Gervais and The Office.

  271. November 15, 2006 at 1:10 am

    Maureen, what you said and some. It amazes me when people do such dumb things….. brains and dangerous, springs to mind!

  272. Anonymous
    November 15, 2006 at 4:26 pm

    I just got finished teaching a customer service class where I said that “everyday you are dealing with people, either exteral or internal to your organization, consider yourself on a job interview. You never know who you’ll be working with down the road.” Your reputation is a precious thing, you don’t want to tarnish it.

    It’s always best to keep those things in mind. :)

  273. November 16, 2006 at 2:19 am

    Okay, I’m going to rant about your rant. Maureen, I don’t think you know how to rant properly. You’re supposed to go around and around, spewing nonsense words and phrases until finally either you wind down or we stop reading. I suggest taking a class. Perhaps after Romance 101, we can hold Rant 101. I’d volunteer to teach it but don’t even get me starting on teaching classes…
    There, rant over.
    Now I will wait patiently as you block my e-mail from ever commenting again.

  274. November 16, 2006 at 5:06 am


    But Kim… I’m ranting in public. If I did what you suggested, I’d be no better than the person I was railing against.

    I save real ranting for the drunk writers. They know all my secrets.

  275. November 16, 2006 at 5:10 am

    Rant on sister. Rant

  276. November 20, 2006 at 1:46 am

    This movie is SO on my list. I saw Marie An. on Friday. I should have listened to you. Shame on me.

  277. November 20, 2006 at 3:22 pm

    That is so on my list of movies to see, if I can get babysitters for my two kids. Sadly, and I hate to admit this, Santa Clause 3 is on that list.

  278. Anonymous
    November 21, 2006 at 12:15 pm

    Good for them! I think I know why the editor wanted to take the story on, but I don’t think it is justified in the end. A bad decision made right. Nice to see.

  279. November 21, 2006 at 3:12 pm

    I saw that, thank goodness. It was bad enough he was making money going to horror conventions and signing autographs. He’s more than lucky he didn’t go to prison as he should have.

  280. November 22, 2006 at 2:50 pm

    I am so glad he got cancelled!

  281. Anonymous
    November 22, 2006 at 6:05 pm

    I hear you Maureen. I was shocked when I heard he died. I thought he would outlive us all and keep making great movies. A very sad day. :(

  282. November 22, 2006 at 6:26 pm

    So sad. What an amazing man, and someone who deeply loved the cinema.

    Sad, sad day.

  283. November 22, 2006 at 8:07 pm

    I was equally amazed with the writer who wrote a nasty, sarcastic response to the agent who sent a form rejection letter… and then made sure that the visiting agent saw this response.

    Why do people think that cursing and swearing at an agent or editor (or, really, anyone you want to do something for you) is a good thing? Talk about burning your bridges…

  284. Rene
    November 23, 2006 at 3:59 pm

    Hi Maureen, I’ve been following your blog and really enjoying it. ( We met at the Surrey conference just for a refresher)I was just over at Drunk Writer Talk and I saw the new James Bond on Tuesday and loved it. I have a Huge crush on Daniel Craig now. My boyfriend didn’t like the movie at all because it wasn’t as full of gadgets and because in this one had romance. Funny, all the things I liked, he thought ruined it!

  285. November 24, 2006 at 12:41 am

    Your title sounded dirty….

  286. November 24, 2006 at 1:38 am

    I don’t have a flag. I’m a girl.

  287. November 25, 2006 at 6:43 pm

    Lazy blogs are allowed :)

    Thanks for this Maureen, I love reading about other people’s experiences.

  288. November 26, 2006 at 12:29 am

    Well gosh… I feel so connected. When are you going to come out here again? : )

  289. November 27, 2006 at 3:39 am

    Hey, thanks, Maureen! I’ve read you on Drunk Writers Blog, and we’ll add you onto our grog list at the Ball :-)

  290. November 27, 2006 at 8:41 pm

    Thanks Debutante Kristy! I love your grog.

  291. November 27, 2006 at 11:17 pm

    I’m enjoying the great weather here too. Yay for us. Now my Vancouverite brother won’t be so smug when I talk to him on the phone. Did you know many West Coasters refer to Toronto as “Trauma.” Not very nice eh?

  292. November 28, 2006 at 6:54 pm

    oh goody! I, too, was lacking a blog topic for today…

  293. Anonymous
    November 28, 2006 at 7:35 pm

    Yeah Maureen. Glad I could help :)

  294. November 28, 2006 at 8:54 pm

    ooooh pressure. Okay- now I have a topic for tomorrow….

  295. November 28, 2006 at 9:58 pm

    Gee, thanks Maureen. My dysfunctional family Christmas’s should make for interesting fare. Is there a category for favorite Polish vodka parent’s dove into after presents were opened? Must go make up original responses…

  296. November 29, 2006 at 7:44 pm

    Yikes…. a lot of questions…. but I will rise to the challenge and post later today…

  297. Anonymous
    December 4, 2006 at 12:50 pm

    Very cool. I love Genesis, but I didn’t discover them until much later on. I’ll have to keep my eyes open to see if this group ever pops down my end of the country. :)

  298. December 4, 2006 at 2:08 pm

    Ah yes, the seventies. I never did hear much Genesis. My boyfriends were always playing Led Zeppelin and the like. Remember those eight track tapes? How they’d unspool themselves or melt in your car? Good times.

  299. December 4, 2006 at 5:05 pm

    I have a very strong memory of the first time I heard Led Zeppelin. I was babysitting across the street (my first time getting paid to babysit, I think) and which ever album has the Immigrant Song was on their turntable and after the kid was sleeping, I bravely, boldly, (naughtily), put it on, listening with the headphones. Blew my mind.

    Oddly, I don’t think I ever bought a Led Zeppelin album, though. But I still get chills when I hear that song.

  300. December 6, 2006 at 12:12 pm

    Great interview Maureen. At some point, I’d like to write a paranormal romance, so the process Margaret outlined was fascinating. Historical romance seems daunting–all that research, although it seems once you’ve done one time period, you can do it again. What a dream to get paid to write! She sounds like a great gal. I’ll be sure to check out her website.

  301. Anonymous
    December 6, 2006 at 12:36 pm

    This is a great interview. Thanks for posting it. :)

  302. December 6, 2006 at 1:52 pm

    I really enjoyed the interview Maureen! That was a great start to my day!

  303. December 6, 2006 at 4:03 pm

    I was at the show as well. I think the group was having an off-night (I’ve seen them before) but it was still a fantastic show.

    I am one of those people who is too young to know Genesis pre-Duke. But watching a show like this turned me into a huge Genesis fan.

    Little known Musical Box fact: the Rickenbacher(sp?) double neck bass/guitar had to specially made for the left-handed musician. Rickenbacher never designed that model for lefties. The original instrument used by Michael Rutherford in 1973 had to be examined to create the model you saw that night.

  304. December 6, 2006 at 10:36 pm

    Great interview. 40 books?! She’s my new hero

  305. December 11, 2006 at 4:59 am

    A glut of shoes? I have only recently gotten the shoe thing, and I think I might have it bad. At what point do you actually cross the line? 20 pairs? And do flip-flops count? Boots? Gardening clogs? I think we might need some parameters here, Maureen…

  306. Anonymous
    December 11, 2006 at 12:21 pm

    Gaggle of shoes?/ Murder of shoes?

    I have big feet and find shoe shopping frustrating. I usually avoid it whenever possible. :)

  307. December 11, 2006 at 1:37 pm

    I share Maureen’s love of shoes, unfortunately not the beauty of her shoe collection, or her shoe size.
    Maureen has dainty feed, not my massive clod hoffers..
    Your shoe collection is an inspiration to me.. and do you own those shoes pictured?
    Because they made me drool…

  308. December 11, 2006 at 2:09 pm

    I love shoes, I am tall and have big feet so shoe shopping is a pain … but I love shoes and handbags and jewellry and ….

  309. December 11, 2006 at 3:44 pm

    As a fellow shoe slut, I admired your gorgeous Mary Janes yesterday at the writer’s meeting. Loving the kitten heel. I have so many shoes because a girl has to have JUST THE RIGHT ONE to go with every outfit. Men don’t understand this. Poor souls.

  310. December 11, 2006 at 5:20 pm

    Deb Kristy… 20 pairs in one colour maybe…. 20 pairs total is a beginner colection (I think that’s how many I have just in my front hall. Okay, that is embarrassing.)

    Christine, I thought about gaggle… A Murder? Like crows? Ominous. Maybe for the black shoes.

    Sinead… No, but I want them. I do have a few pairs of Fluevogs… but not those. have been drooling and staying away from Queen St in case I accidentally fall into the store and buy them.

    Amy… but tall girls like you and sinead can wear clothes, so I’m not going to feel sorry for you. I’m 4 inches shorter than the target height for petite clothes. And they have yet to market clothes for petite heights but linebacker shoulders.

    Maia, thanks and I buy outfits to go with shoes…

  311. December 11, 2006 at 10:35 pm

    One can never have too many shoes!

  312. Anonymous
    December 11, 2006 at 10:52 pm

    Love the shoes! Unfortunately, I can no longer where heels without hurting my back. But I do love to collect bags. :)

  313. December 12, 2006 at 12:55 pm

    As for your housework sins, the rest of us were too impressed with your gorgeous stained glass windows to notice or care – until you pointed out said sins. :)


  314. Anonymous
    December 13, 2006 at 1:06 pm

    Do the Sleeve Sneeze campaign?!? Wow. Personally, I bring tissues with me. Mind you I’m a mom so I pretty much have to.

  315. Nancy
    December 13, 2006 at 2:12 pm

    It’s an odd thing. I can’t figure it out. People just cough/sneeze in the general vicinity of their inner elbow/forearm, and think they’ve done a good thing. Meanwhile the germs fly.

    And if you’ve got lipstick on, the last thing you want to do is muffle your sneeze against your sleeve.

    Me? I like to sneeze down my chest. Yup. Pull out my top, bend head down, and the cough/sneeze is encased.

    Who is stranger than people?


  316. December 13, 2006 at 7:38 pm

    Sleeve Sneeze. Yuck, it’ll make me not to want to hug any of my friends in Toronto now 😉

    Like Christine I carry tissue and Purel.

  317. December 13, 2006 at 8:55 pm

    I’ve been known to implode rather than sneeze (those in the days when I was a massage therapist and sneezing was none too kind over a half naked body). Also in those days, I would do a sneaky shoulder half implosive sneeze with hands still massaging away. Anything to avoid snoffling into hands and having to stop massage, wash the dang things and come back only to forget where I was.

    A sleeve sneeze sounds disgusting, but consider the alternative: the person snootles into their hand and then touches the door handle you touch only minutes later. I know.

  318. December 15, 2006 at 10:07 pm

    I totally buy the LOST polar bear too. Penguins and polar bears together? Don’t polar bears eat seals? And don’t polar bears need ice flos, not open water? I don’t know. While we’re on stupid ad campaigns, what about those beavers for Bell? I can’t stand the sight of those overweight marsupials with attitude. They aren’t cute Bell! They’re irritating. Okay, I’m feeling better now.

  319. December 15, 2006 at 10:14 pm

    Has anyone ever mentioned that you should write movie reviews? This was great. I loved The Talented Mr. Ripley too. Can’t wait to see The Departed. I don’t get the hype over Bobby. Seems everyone thinks the world would be a better place if he’d lived, we would all be living in peace, etc. but they forget that he was a smarmy Kennedy. Wasn’t he in Marilyn Monroe’s bedroom just hours before she died? Hmm. Everyone overlooks his naughty side. Thanks for the reviews. I’ll have to see these films before the Globes air. That’s my favorite award’s show.

  320. December 15, 2006 at 11:00 pm


    Stop messing with my stock price. I’m hurting enough this year already. LOL.

    Doesn’t the fact that its a cartoon make you feel better? Not exactly a documentary.

    Waiting to hear what you have to say about spelling spiders.

  321. December 15, 2006 at 11:11 pm

    It’s amazing what people will believe and glean from TV. Remember, and I can’t remember his name, the US senator (I think), that said Murphy Brown was corrupt for having a baby out of wed lock.

    My friend is a third grade teacher and some of the stuff the kids will write about that they get from TV and believe is mind blowing. She told me once that a child wrote that Inuit eat Eskimos.

    I agree with Maia, I hate the beavers too. And being from the North, I wouldn’t want to be near a Polar Bear regardless of what he was drinking.

  322. December 15, 2006 at 11:11 pm

    Spelling spiders and talking pigs are clearly a fantasy. Whereas coke drinking polar bears are a documentary. :-) Yup. Okay, you are making me wonder why one bothers me and the other doesn’t…

    Maybe I don’t think any kid is going to believe, for long, that spiders can talk or spell… Certainly no adults will.
    Similarly, no kid or adult will believe that polar bears or penguins drink carbonated, over-caffienated, sugar beverages… But I really think seeing polar bears and penguins together just spreads ignorance. That part isn’t the obvious “cartoon” part. And the idea that I can affect your share price? You made me smile. I wish. (not that your shares will go down… just that more than 10 people will ever read this blog entry… okay, maybe 30 or 40.) :-)

  323. December 15, 2006 at 11:14 pm

    Thanks Maia. I don’t think I know enough about movies to do real reviews… but I do like watching them… and arguing with Molly and Sinead about which ones are good and which ones suck. (And comparing notes on the ones we agree on, too, which is probably more than we disagree on… it’s just the disagree ones are more memorable.)

  324. December 15, 2006 at 11:15 pm

    Oh, and I love the GG’s too. All the drunken acceptance speeches…

  325. Anonymous
    December 16, 2006 at 9:27 pm

    Want to be part of a THANK YOU card for Miss Snark?

    Return a picture of yourself if possible, and no more than seven words to:

    A lot of us are getting hit with the clue gun and I have no doubt I will be one of them, but

    I’M STILL GRATEFUL TO HER! Aren’t you?

    Please help pass the word to anyone you know who might want to participate, but let’s try to

    make it a surprise.

    Thank you. Please delete this before she sees it.

  326. December 16, 2006 at 10:11 pm

    Just watched an interview with Dan Cathy, the President of Chick-fil-A. He says that they regularly get letters from people blasting them because their cow spokes”people” can’t spell.
    So I guess your “beef” about the beverage commercial isn’t that out of line.

  327. December 17, 2006 at 7:26 pm

    Gratuitous violence does bother me … I watched Braveheart only once, great movie but cannot watch it again. That’s why I can’t bring myself to watch the Passion of the Christ or Apocalypto. I guess that’s also why I don’t watch slasher flicks. I have not seen a single GG movie there … how sad is that?

  328. December 17, 2006 at 7:33 pm

    re: how sad is that…

    I don’t know, Amy, depends on your perspective. How sad is it that I’ve seen all but 4 of the 18 best picture nominations… And 3 of those 4 are foreign language and I’m also very likely to see 3 of the 4 I haven’t seen before the awards show. (Everything but Apocalypto.) Not sure what that says about me :-) But the word addict comes to mind

  329. Anonymous
    December 17, 2006 at 9:20 pm

    Apocalypto IS violent, so maybe you wouldn’t like it, but not nearly as violent as some of the reviewers imply. I agree with Mel Gibson when he says it is less violent than Braveheart. When violence is shown, the camera doesn’t dwell on it as in the case of The Passion.

    In the human sacrifice scenes, you see the priest raise and lower the knife, then a wide shot of the knife sticking out of the chest. No other movement of the knife is shown, and the priest raises the human heart for the crowd. The victim is then beheaded, which again we don’t directly see on camera.

    The death by Jaguar scene was a bit over-the-top, but it was relatively brief.

    In the first half of the film, violence happens to characters you love (the forest village Maya) by the city Maya. The city Maya are shown committing violence against man and nature. In the second half, the violence by man and nature is against the city Mayans who pursue the hero in the forest.

  330. December 17, 2006 at 11:11 pm

    Sad for me as I’m a movie buff like you. Due to children I have sorely fell behind in movie going. I just found out two days ago there’s an Eragon movie and I was like when did that happen! If I do happen to be able to rent a movie I have to wait until babies are asleep, and usually by that time I wiped out myself. I am finally tonight watching Pirates of the Caribbean 2. One day I’ll be able to watch movies again. 😉

  331. December 18, 2006 at 8:21 pm

    So excited to see both Volver and Pan’s labyrinth.
    Probably on DVD, but what can you do…

  332. December 18, 2006 at 8:53 pm

    Chrisitian Snuff Porno???

    Jesus you’re funny!!!! This is why I don’t go to your blog all the time…should be writing instead read everything you’ve written for weeks. Christian snuff porno… a spectacular of shoes…you slay me.

    I am a little excited about Dream Girls. It will beat little miss sunshine — but oh lord was that a movie. You’re funny.

  333. Anonymous
    December 19, 2006 at 12:37 pm

    I haven’t heard of Pan’s labyrinth, but it sounds interesting. I’ll have to see if I can find this playing somewhere. If not, maybe DVD.

    I haven’t seen Little Ms Sunshine, but have heard it’s awesome. I’m definately going to check this out.

  334. December 19, 2006 at 5:12 pm

    Pan’s Labyrinth hasn’t hit theatres yet, Christine… It’s opening in Toronto in the next week, I think… Don’t know if it will show in Halifax… Is there a theatre that shows foreign films (okay, you can throw rocks at me for wondering, if you like). (But I know I got frustrated seeing independent and foreign films when I lived in Ottawa…)

    Little Miss Sunshine is out on DVD today, I think…

  335. Anonymous
    December 20, 2006 at 6:13 pm

    That is so awesome. It definitely deserves to win.

  336. December 22, 2006 at 1:45 am

    You’re the best.
    Good job on supporting Kim H!

  337. December 22, 2006 at 3:34 am

    I’ve put in my vote. You’re a good friend.

  338. Anonymous
    December 22, 2006 at 12:30 pm

    I voted for Kim. I think she has an awesome entry! I’m going to put something up on my blog too. :)

  339. December 22, 2006 at 5:42 pm

    I have no hesitation to say- the world DOES NOT need another Rocky movie. One was fine- continuing the series is just sad and pathetic. Please someone stop him. Also make him stop the Botox. He looks very surprised all the time and that isn’t good either.

  340. December 22, 2006 at 7:29 pm

    I totally aagree – we DO NOT need another Rocky movie!!!

    The first couple were ok, but after that…. nah.

  341. Anonymous
    December 22, 2006 at 7:48 pm

    I totally agree.

    And Sly looks BAD in the previews. I know a lot of my male friends are very excited about it. I don’t we’re their target market.

  342. December 22, 2006 at 11:18 pm

    The movie network has been showing every rocky movie — one a night for the last week and the husband has been glued GLUED! He’s making noises about wanting to see this new one.I’m not sure if it’s the powerful soundtracks (lying in bed last night listening to eye of the tiger got me pretty fired up) or the fact that Adam is getting older and feeling it. Point is we’re hardly that movie’s target audience….

    So I checked rotten tomatoes to see what critics are saying and al ost all of them are saying “i can’t believe I’m writing this but it’s a good movie!”

    The world’s gone nuts maureen, NUTS!!

  343. December 27, 2006 at 3:24 pm

    I’m going to disagree. The movie looks to be about aging and acceptance of that fact. Besides, it’s set to be a fight for entertainment sake that Rocky simply doesn’t want to be humiliated in. It’s gettting fantastic reviews too. When I heard he was doing another movie, I thought it sounded lame. When I saw the trailer, it reminded me how much I enjoyed the movies that came before. Rocky IV was the last movie I remember going to that people in the audience clapped at the end.

    The new movie is about facing your fears, your weaknesses both perceived and valid, and going forward anyhow. A good life lesson, IMHO. Did the world need another Rocky movie? Probably not. But I think it just might be worth seeing. :-)

  344. December 28, 2006 at 4:14 pm

    Michelle… Now that movie sounds okay… But the trailer makes it look like the first Rocky movie, 30 years later.

    I hate bad trailers… Have been planning a rant on the subject but still building my thoughts.

  345. January 2, 2007 at 8:49 pm

    The weather everywhere has gone mad. We’re meant to be in the middle of summer… WHAT SUMMER????? These last few days I’ve been in fleece and trackpants…aarrrggghh

    Btw, have you seen The Queen yet? It’s got to be my fave movie of the year. Possibly because we were in the UK then and lived through it.. but even so Helen Mirren was totally brilliant. They all were.

  346. January 3, 2007 at 12:39 am

    Tell me about the weather. No white Christmas this year, but when I was incredibly pregnant last winter with 11 lb baby there was tons of snow, and I waddled through it. Now, first day back at real job I’m sweating in the office.

    What was scary was that huge ice shelf the size of 11,000 football fields breaking off the Ellesmere island. Apparently the water in there was thousand of years old, now polar bears are drowning. Al Gore I’m listening!

  347. January 3, 2007 at 12:43 am

    Sara, no summer for you? Too bad.

    I DID see The Queen and really enjoyed it. I like QEII more than I care to admit… And I like the way Mirren portrayed her. Amazing.

    Amy, yes, that ice shelf news was startling. My Dad is living in the arctic right now (don’t ask). But I don’t think global warming has affected where he lives much… Still -50 or so this time of year. Crazy.

  348. January 3, 2007 at 2:17 am

    I think all the freshwater you could want is falling from the sky here. Ugh rain.

  349. January 3, 2007 at 5:17 am

    Yeah, I’m with Eileen (living not too far south from her, but in Washington state)! It rained to beat all hell today…but it was 56 freaking degrees here in Seattle at 5:30 AM!! Amazing.


  350. January 3, 2007 at 12:54 pm

    My kids are going nuts because there’s no snow yet this year. They were scraping the little bit that fell the other day in a vain attempt to build a snow man. And then it rained…

  351. January 3, 2007 at 2:57 pm

    The weather is crazy.
    I had planned to eventually be a snowbird but if this keeps up, I won’t have to.

    I love not having to cram on the bus because everyone is wearing their puffy winter coats.

  352. January 5, 2007 at 3:23 am

    I love that picture. I wasn’t in Canada for PET’s term, but I do know he had huge influence on how the country is run today.

    There’s something about a newborn sleeping on you.. nothing else like it.

  353. January 5, 2007 at 12:34 pm

    I was only little when PET was Priminister, but I remember my parents talking about him. That is a great picture. I love babies! (though there’s no way I want another :) )

  354. January 5, 2007 at 5:46 pm

    I somehow knew you were a softie.

  355. January 6, 2007 at 10:02 pm

    86 in south Florida today. Eighty-freaking-SIX!!! Even I’M tired of this!

    I can’t even wear my fabulous new boots! (Trying to catch up with your shoe collection, Maureen.)

  356. January 7, 2007 at 7:51 pm

    That looks JUST like my desk, Maureen!! I have to clear it out once in a while…you know, when the pile in front of the monitor starts to obstruct the view. :-)

  357. January 7, 2007 at 8:29 pm

    Ummmm… you call that a messy desk… nah… that’s like mine after I’ve tidied it…

  358. January 8, 2007 at 3:41 pm

    Shannon and Sara, I knew we were kindred spirits.

  359. January 8, 2007 at 4:02 pm

    Yeah! One of my people!

  360. January 8, 2007 at 6:00 pm

    My desk could be interchanged with yours. and we would not know the difference. Lovely thing about chaos is, the chaos maker always knows exactly where everything is at any given moment. This may be the brilliance thing Einstein was talking about.

  361. January 9, 2007 at 12:25 am

    I am messy, messy, messy, messy. That’s nothing Maureen. Fortunately in my day time job my boss is even messier than I am, so our unorganized chaos works for us. When my husband tidies I loose things … if he would just leave it in the pile I had left I would know where it was.

  362. January 9, 2007 at 3:45 am

    I’m messy when I’m in the groove. When I am procrastinating- I am VERY tidy. I have this love for organizatonal tools (folders, boxes etc) It never works, but I love the idea.

  363. January 9, 2007 at 2:33 pm

    Maureen, and the rest of you messy desk people (I count myself among you), if you want to feel better about yourself and your organization techniques – have a look at Jennifer Crusie’s office:

    I was so heartened the first time I saw this.

  364. January 10, 2007 at 1:49 pm

    I’m messy, which is why I think my husband hasn’t built my desk yet in the office. I’m a nomadic writer right now, traveling from the couch to the table to the bedroom. But it forces me to be clean. :)

  365. January 12, 2007 at 12:06 pm

    Okay, that picture is just yummy! I need to wipe the drool off my keyboard now. :)

  366. January 12, 2007 at 12:10 pm

    Good God, that man’s marvelous looking. It’s almost a crime. And he’s married to that Posh girl. I can’t imagine her in L.A….oh, wait a minute, I can.

  367. January 12, 2007 at 5:36 pm

    You guys are so funny

  368. January 12, 2007 at 10:05 pm

    Okay, I’ve tried to post, like, 3 times now, but my tongue keeps getting in the way of typing the verification word…

    I am suddenly a sports fan :)

  369. January 13, 2007 at 9:24 pm

    Not to mention what it will do for Posh, who is, I believe, the brains behind Brand Beckham!!!

  370. January 16, 2007 at 12:59 am

    24!!! Much more entertaining that the Golden Globes! Well, unless Kiefer was in the GG’s, then that would be a hard decision.

  371. January 16, 2007 at 2:38 am

    I gotta go with the globes. Then again I’m not a 24 fan.

  372. January 16, 2007 at 3:18 am

    I agree, I’m totally with you on Izzie’s complexity. She’s an amazing character.

    I love 24, but now that I have TIVO…I’m all good. LOL

  373. January 16, 2007 at 12:44 pm

    I’ve never got into 24. I only watch TV from 8:00 to 10:00, so whatever is on in that time slot, I learn to love. The Globes were a bit weird last night. Glad to see Forest Whittaker won. Leonardo still has some years to earn his acting awards. Did you see Beyonce’s face when her fellow Dreamgirls noms won and she didn’t? Crestfallen may not cover it.

  374. January 17, 2007 at 6:10 am

    Okay, posted about five minutes ago and realized my mistake already…

    Brad was nominated as a supporting actor… and Cate was also nominated as supporting, but for Notes on a Scandal, not Babel.

    That makes sense… Although I might argue the “supporting” bit for Notes on a Scandal, too. Sure, Judi Dench was the protagonist of that story, but I would have called Cate’s role a “lead”.

    Go figure.

  375. January 17, 2007 at 6:13 am

    Oh, and some good news for movie lovers. The Last King of Scotland is being re-released, at least up here in Canada. I saw a trailer tonight in Toronto and just saw an ad on a Calgary TV station.

    It had a limited release back in October or November, but I don’t think many people saw it. Forest Whitaker’s Golden Globe win should get more people out to see that movie. He was amazing. So was James McEvoy — one of my new favourite actors. (he was in 3 films I saw at the festival this year. McEvoy, that is…)

  376. January 17, 2007 at 10:04 pm

    I can’t wait to see The Queen and Elizabeth I. I love Helen Mirren. Did you see her working the cleavage? She looked great. I’ve often wondered about supporting roles when the actor steals all the scenes from the main character.

  377. January 18, 2007 at 1:11 pm

    I think the producers actually have a say as to which category their actors can be nominated in. I head that they wanted Jennifer Husdon in the supporting category because she’d have a better chance at winning. I found that interesting.

    And I believe Anthony Hopkins still holds the record for an Oscar winner in the Best Actor category with the shortest on screen time. It was something like 20 minutes.

  378. January 18, 2007 at 5:05 pm

    Christine, I’m sure you’re right. The producers must get a say. It just seems to me that if a role is clearly the main character of the story, and the actor is in 90% of the scenes… it isn’t a supporting role.

    Great for Jennifer Hudson, though.

  379. January 18, 2007 at 5:44 pm

    I was talking about this with the hubby last night. He said something flippant about my dream deal being with a big publishing house.

    That caused me to take a step back because…well…it isn’t. I thought it was, seriously, but it’s not. I want to be published where my books and sales efforts make a difference and are appreciated. I wouldn’t even move the needle at a big house.

    I’ve claimed that I am destined to be with smaller publishers because they are the only ones willing to take a chance on a new concept. A lie. Or an excuse to go down a route other writers aren’t interested in.

    Maureen, you should moonlight as a shrink to artists…

  380. January 18, 2007 at 7:56 pm

    Excellent, excellent post, Maureen.

    Such a good thing to think about as an unpubb’d writer and know where you want to be. Knowing that might dictate a lot of the decisions you make, as I know it is with you, and me.

    Kimber, it’s amazing you know what you want. So much easier to target then.

  381. January 18, 2007 at 9:29 pm

    The tough questions have to be asked, especially by those of us still unpublished. Too many self doubts not to.
    I’ve got another big one…how do you see yourself careerwise? As a writer first or second or third?
    I’ve come to terms with the fact that I’ll always be a businesswoman first. Doesn’t matter how well the writing does, I’ll be a businesswoman who writes (the business would merely be writing).
    I don’t know if that’s a good thing or a bad thing. It’s just the way it is.

  382. January 18, 2007 at 9:33 pm

    ‘Course it probably would have been smarter to figure all this out before sending out 100 plus query packages.
    Live and learn.

  383. January 18, 2007 at 11:08 pm

    Boy, I have psychologically manhandled this issue to death, even once a big publishing house – Berkley/Penguin – took my book. I’m like you – I just really wanted to be published by a large and reputable house. But it was a long journey for me, and one thing I learned along the way is that you have to leave room for that something better when it seems like you keep hitting roadblocks.

    It’s supposed to be a process frought with self-doubt: how else are we going to learn to conquer that part of ourselves? At least we get to grow while doing something we love!

    I surrender a lot these days – I don’t think we should give up our goals or stop sending out queries – we just have to let go of letting the outcome dictate how we feel (i.e. lousy, despair, frustrated, trapped, even elated). Otherwise we become a prisoner of what does or doesn’t happen, and here’s the truth: we can’t control it anyway.

    Good luck to everyone – don’t give up!

  384. January 19, 2007 at 12:36 am

    I want to be the published kind of writer, too! I’ve only sent queries to NY agents, considering that’s the center of publishing universe, but sometimes I wonder if I should query (wait for it) Canadian lit agents. It would be sooo much better to be published in New York. Apparently, if you can make it there, you can make it anywhere.

  385. January 19, 2007 at 3:44 am

    Kimber, knowing what you want, what makes sense for your books, is what it’s all about…

    And I think of myself as a writer first. Sure, I’m also a CA but I really, really want to put that part of my career behind me.

    Mia, I like your attitude… Struggling through all this does make us grow and understand our characters’ struggles better. Drinking helps, too. I can’t wait to read your book.

    Maia, I’d keep hitting those NY agents. You’ll find one who loves your work.

  386. January 19, 2007 at 6:48 pm

    I know how you feel. I really would love to be published by a big house, but in the end making that first sale is what mattered to me. Now I need to figure out how I want things to play out. I want to make writing a career so I can quit my day job and concentrate on writing. In the end, that’s what’s really important to me.

  387. January 19, 2007 at 7:03 pm

    I hear you, Christine… but your publisher makes sense for your sub-genre –sci-fi erotic romance. You’ve found a smart home for your books… One where it will get noticed. One where readers of that genre go to find new authors, great reads…

    Me, that option doesn’t make as much sense, even though I’m pretty confident some of the e-pubs would publish my book… I’m not as confident many readers would find it. Not enough to justify the amount of publicity I’d have to do, anyway… Sigh.

  388. January 19, 2007 at 7:39 pm

    I know Maureen. I write pretty niche, so I didn’t have too many options. But I hate to see so many excellent people not having their books picked up by the big houses. There are some chick lit authors in the Halifax group who have amazing stories that no one seems to want right now. I get so frustrated for you!

  389. January 19, 2007 at 7:43 pm

    Ya… My projects aren’t even chick lit… but their ability to sell right now is, I believe, being affected by the chick lit backlash and the glut of chick lit books on the market. But everything comes around, eventually.

  390. January 19, 2007 at 8:23 pm

    Hey Christine,

    A late congrats on your first sale. Well done, and Ellora’s Cave is pretty huge, not that niche any more.

  391. January 21, 2007 at 10:06 pm

    You can also try wrapping tin foil around your head in an effort to attract lightening. It also makes you an interesting person for your neighbors. The more people I meet in this biz, the more I realize the lack of control that exists for the writer. It is a lot of wait and see. And martinis.

  392. January 22, 2007 at 1:59 pm

    Great post. Sums up what so many of my writer friends (me included) are going through. Keep the faith. This will happen.

  393. January 22, 2007 at 2:34 pm

    Christine, I agree with Sinead. Ellora’s Cave isn’t exactly a small fish anymore.

  394. January 23, 2007 at 12:26 pm

    Are you kidding? I LIVE for award shows. I mark them on my calendar and plan the menu weeks ahead. Call me obsessive, but I was studying Beyonce’s demenour on ET last night when they interviewed her in London about Oscar buzz. Wanted to see if she was feeling any resentment toward Jennifer Hudson for stealing the thunder. No, she seemed genuinely happy for Jennifer and Jamie as she called em. Either she’s a good sport or a great liar!

  395. January 23, 2007 at 3:52 pm

    I’m jumping in late but it’s an excellent post, so I can’t resist. I agree that sometimes we may find our artistic outlet with a smaller house. I also believe that you still need to be selective. I recently turned down a contract because I realized it wasn’t the kind of place where I thought my book should be. It was tough but I felt good doing it.

  396. January 23, 2007 at 3:54 pm

    Are you sure you don’t want to be writing screenplays? :)I know, I know, that’s really the tough way to go.

  397. January 23, 2007 at 6:35 pm

    I am so out of the loop now. I used to be in the know. Now I have no idea what the heck is going on. I have not seen a single Oscar nominated movie. I haven’t even seen Casino Royale yet and I am a Bond fan to the extreme. This is what children do to avid movie fans. So, who are you rooting for?

  398. January 24, 2007 at 12:14 am

    Kathy… I actually dream of writing screenplays but at least three things keep me from trying (yet).

    First, as you say, I think it’s even harder (if that’s possible) to sell a screenplay than a book. Second, I’ve heard the screenwriter has zero control over the final product. Even if their name ends up on the film… it may bear no resemblence to what they wrote. Third, I know almost nothing about writing screenplays :-)

  399. January 24, 2007 at 3:40 am

    I think you should do a play by play of the Oscars..

  400. January 24, 2007 at 1:23 pm

    I suck I haven’t seen ANY of these. I’ve been so crazy with work and family that watching a movie seems like a luxury. I’m going to try and rent Little Miss Sunshine this weekend. I need to see at least one of them!

  401. January 24, 2007 at 1:56 pm

    I suck too.. I’ve only seen the Departed, which I loved.

    I remember the days(pre-kids) when I made it a point to see all the best picture nominees..

    Now I live vicariously through Maureen.

  402. January 24, 2007 at 4:18 pm

    I’m secretly pulling for Marky Mark (of the Funky Bunch) for best supporting actor. A former underwear model, I mean, wow.

    Though the rumored favorite Eddie would be good too. I’d love to see him win an Oscar while a film like Norbit is in theaters. That’s good for a giggle right there.

  403. January 26, 2007 at 9:02 am

    Me, me, me!!! I LOVE the Oscars. I LOVE all award shows.

  404. January 26, 2007 at 7:24 pm

    Keep talking Oscars… I love discussing them… but do realize I occasionally bore family and friends to tears with Oscar talk.

  405. January 27, 2007 at 9:20 pm

    Yeah, the whole Boar thing annoyed me. The film was brilliant, but adapted screenplay? Huh?

    I’m glad Jennifer Hudson won the Golden Globe and is nominated for Best Supporting Actress in the Oscars but saying she’s a supporting acctress is somewhat absurd.

  406. January 28, 2007 at 9:23 pm

    I know it’s a long shot, but I’ve got my fingers crossed for LITTLE MISS SUNSHINE anyhow. I loved that movie, and felt, as you did, that it was tightly and beautifully written.

  407. January 29, 2007 at 10:19 pm

    I hadn’t heard anything about Water when it caught my eye in the foreign films section of my local Blockbusters (it’s not a real Blockbusters mind you… copyright and brand infringement laws seem to lose their effect somewhere in the Caribbean sea). I watched it three times that weekend. That’s how good it was. Then I blogged about it. So the director is Canadian? Too cool! I kind of remember seeing something Canadian in the credits now that you mention it…

    And I’m totally with you on Little Miss Sunshine – it was one of the more memorable movies I’ve seen this year, and one I’d see again.

  408. January 31, 2007 at 1:24 am

    Hey Maureen, I read Little Children, but haven’t seen the movie yet. I don’t think it’s been close to me yet. There are craft things I like about Little children, but I wasn’t drawn into it like I like to be. I really felt like I was reading a man writing a woman rather than just getting into the character. But what do I know. It’s a national best seller. I guess I didn’t like all the different pov’s. again, I realize I’m being critical of a book that is wonderful in many ways…kind of like being critical of the top five Olympian figure skaters. They’re all good, but some are just a smidge better.

  409. January 31, 2007 at 1:26 am

    Oh, yeah, I forgot to mention how much I like your blog!

  410. January 31, 2007 at 7:59 pm

    Possum, eh? When I was in first grade, my dad killed a flying squirrel (dont’ ask) and next day I took it into my one room schoolhouse (again, don’t ask). The teacher took the dang thing home, skinned and gutted her and brought the skin in to show us the next day. I was silly enough to ask, “What happened to the rest of the squirrel?” He fidgeted, hummed and hawed. Now I’m afraid that squirrel became his Sunday night dinner. That’s what happens up in the mountains. People look at just about anything and think: food.

  411. January 31, 2007 at 10:38 pm

    I wonder if Possum tastes like chicken….

  412. January 31, 2007 at 10:56 pm

    Ha! It probably does taste like chicken, but I, for one, do not plan to find out.

  413. February 1, 2007 at 2:58 am

    That is a unique middle name, Coral Puppy!

    I think these are all pretty good!

  414. February 2, 2007 at 12:37 pm

    Yo Mauizzle!

    You have some great names. And I like your middle name. Mine is Alyse. It was supposed to be Elise, but my dad was freaked out at the time and couldn’t remember how to spell it. I’ve grown rather attached to it. :)

  415. February 2, 2007 at 4:16 pm

    Okay, Mauizzle. I’m in like flynn.

  416. February 3, 2007 at 3:19 pm

    Thanks, that was good clean laugh…

    And I thought it was food that made good stripper names, Candy, Cherri, Sugar or for men O’henry and Mr. Big but what do I know.

    Nice touch about not making fun of other languages.

  417. February 5, 2007 at 2:08 pm

    I think that when one is dubbed “hot”, it’s human nature to pick his hotness apart. At least that’s how perverse me thinks.

    Is it my imagination or did your color scheme change?

  418. February 5, 2007 at 4:27 pm

    I hated the whole Super Bowl thing, too. I didn’t even know who was playing. I rented a forgettable movie last night and so missed this new reality show. Damn. I’ll be sure to watch for hot boy Danny next week. He does look a bit twee. Not that there’s anything wrong with that.

  419. February 5, 2007 at 4:50 pm

    True, Kimber… But I couldn’t stand this guy BEFORE he was dubbed that. (Okay, in saying that I’ll have to admit I watched the audition rounds for this show, too.)

    I “upgraded” (HA!) to the new blogger and haven’t had time to do much with the layout yet… I hate that to get the look I used to have, I’m going to have to do that work all over again… Which wasn’t easy for me, because I don’t really know HTML very well. The original template I used had numbers and stuff all over it. They have the same one in the new blogger, but I have yet to even try to replicate what I did the first time to get rid of the crap I didn’t like and change some of the colours etc….

    More important things to do right now. :-)

  420. February 5, 2007 at 4:52 pm

    Maia, you’re so right that there’s absolutely nothing wrong with him coming off a little twee…

    But he’s auditioning for Danny Zuko (sp?) who’s supposed to be this tough hood… Doesn’t work for me.

  421. February 5, 2007 at 4:55 pm

    okay, this guy looks like the son of Lorenzo Lamas and Ashton Kutcher.

    I’m so glad I refused to watch that show, cuz if this cheeseball is their idea of “hot” I’m in trouble.

  422. February 5, 2007 at 9:09 pm

    I watched the Superbowl- based on your post I may have chosen wisely.

  423. February 5, 2007 at 11:46 pm

    I love that cover! It really is inviting and sexy all at the same time. I’d buy it for that alone. It sounds awesome.

  424. February 6, 2007 at 6:50 pm

    Too funny!!!!

  425. February 6, 2007 at 9:48 pm

    Great, now I’m hungry for chocolate.

    (Of course, I was before I saw the cover but…)

    I like the ideas of novellas (having a short attention…what, what was I talking about again?).

  426. February 7, 2007 at 12:25 am

    I read the book already and it’s delicious. They read like movies to me — and I mean that in a highly complimentary way. Very 3-D characters and fun stories.

    Marley = )

  427. February 7, 2007 at 1:15 pm

    Hmm, gotta get me some erotic fiction and chocolate in time for Valentine’s. Thanks for “turning me on” to Rene Luke’s books, Maureen.

  428. February 7, 2007 at 5:49 pm

    The cover on this is yummy.

  429. February 7, 2007 at 11:42 pm

    The Cover is awesome and would draw me right away; but that Dipped in Chocolate story sounds great, as I will be alone this Valentine’s since hubby is away, not that we really celebrate it what with two kids.

    Geez, like Kimber now I want a whole load of chocolate. So much for the diet tonight.

  430. February 12, 2007 at 2:10 pm

    Okay, Maureen, you’ve had this post up long enough. I’m going to have to give you full blame for that disaster I call my diet.’

    BTW…did you see Hannibal Rising? Not that I reco it (it was horrible – thankfully I saw it a free sneak) but it was a good example of why backstory is not necessary or can even ruin a story (Silence Of The Lambs).

  431. February 12, 2007 at 5:15 pm

    Ah crud, I missed the grammys. I better make sure I remind the heck out of myself so I don’t miss the freaking Oscar’s.

    It’s bad enough I missed the Super Bowl Half time show and missed Prince my favorite artist of all time preform.

    Good luck with the MS.

  432. February 12, 2007 at 6:43 pm

    Okay, now I’m feeling guilty.
    I support your priorities.
    Manuscript first, blogs second.

    But I do feel better now that the chocolate is further down on your blog, almost under the fold.

    No Grammys for me. I prefer just to watch the highlights on the awards shows. Those are covered everywhere today.

  433. February 12, 2007 at 7:36 pm

    I missed the Grammy’s too! I can’t even remember what I was doing?

    You’re funny.

  434. February 12, 2007 at 7:39 pm

    Hello Maureen! I didn’t know you had a blog outside of the Drunk Writers. I’ll stick you on my blogroll if that’s okay…

    I caught bits and pieces of the Grammys. Love the MJB/Ludacris song, missed CBR (who is she?) and the Police, but caught Xtina sing ‘It’s a Man’s World’ – WOW – that girl can SING! I wonder if Britney was watching? :)

    And good for you for putting your ms above your blog! Wish I could say the same…


  435. February 12, 2007 at 10:21 pm

    Paula, Xtina was amazing. I meant to mention her, but was too lazy to look up the spelling of her last name. You found a great solution to that.

    thanks for the add on the blogroll. I’ll add you, too.

  436. February 13, 2007 at 2:55 pm

    I intended to watch the Grammy’s and didn’t. Like Molly I’m not even sure what I was doing. Nothing productive I’m sure. :)

    I did watch The Dresden Files and Battlestar Galatica though.

    And I agree, good for you for having your priorities straight! I just blog at work, doesn’t cut into my writing time that way. LOL Don’t tell on me!

  437. February 14, 2007 at 2:10 pm

    Ha ha! Christine – that’s hilarious. (I do too… ssshhhh!!!!!)

    Maureen – we ALL need to blog less and write more. And we we probably need to shop less (or is that just me?) It used to be that I sat down to write and was distracted by, then it was ebay’s addictive endless stream of things I don’t need but gotta have, and now it’s blogging guilt. No more, I say!

  438. February 16, 2007 at 5:56 pm

    See, London had it’s freak snow dump back in December. I love the snow days too, when I don’t have to drag two toddlers through the snow to my moms so I can get to work. I was hoping we’d have a day off, but alas nice boss is on holidays and mean boss made us work.

    Love the picture! NYC is on my list to see.

  439. February 16, 2007 at 6:29 pm

    Even though I’ve lived in sunny climes most of my life, I’ve also experienced life in colder climes. I can appreciate variety in weather and if it’s not warm and sunny, it shouldn’t be described as a “bad” day. It all has its place. Enjoy your snow!

  440. February 17, 2007 at 5:38 pm

    I miss snow like that. We’ve had the cold weather and a bit of snow, but it’s been mostly rain and ice. :(

    Give me snow anyday over that.

  441. February 17, 2007 at 6:37 pm

    I only like snow if I can look at it through a window, while I’m inside and warm.

    Snow does fall in parts of NZ, but not where we are – we left UK because of cold weather. If at all possible I never want to be stuck on an icy road again!

  442. February 18, 2007 at 1:18 am

    I love snow, if I don’t have to drive to work in it, and it’s not so cold, I can’t take the wee one out in it.
    Otherwise, yuck!!

  443. February 18, 2007 at 11:06 pm

    I love snow when I don’t have to drive in it.

  444. February 19, 2007 at 11:55 pm

    I put my vote in! How exciting for her. Fingers crossed.

  445. February 20, 2007 at 1:50 am

    The talent in the TRW astounds me! And the supportive group astounds me, further!! What an awesome bunch of women. Ahem… and Peter & James *titter*

  446. February 20, 2007 at 1:26 pm

    I voted too. How exciting for her.

  447. February 20, 2007 at 9:35 pm

    All availalbe emails,including hubby’s and boss who is away has been utilized to vote for Kim.

    I agree totally with Wylie, TRW is awesome, and I will say Kim has been wonderfully friendly and welcoming to me, a klutzy shy woman in person.

  448. February 21, 2007 at 9:21 pm

    Yay!!! WTG for finishing….. fingers crossed this is going to be ‘the one’

  449. February 21, 2007 at 11:32 pm

    Big cheers for finishing! Finishing a WIP is something to celebrate for sure!

  450. February 22, 2007 at 4:58 pm

    From one who’s read it, it’s a fantastic book.
    Worth all the time you took, and more.

  451. February 22, 2007 at 5:13 pm

    Way to go Maureen. What a great day to celebrate.

  452. February 22, 2007 at 7:57 pm

    Way to go Maureen!! This is me completely jealous of you right now. :)

  453. February 23, 2007 at 3:04 am


  454. February 23, 2007 at 3:11 am

    Just a note on the produce-books-faster comment: I read somewhere that it took Arthur Golden 7 years to write Memoirs of a Geisha. And Geoffrey Euginides spent 3 (or was it 5? my memory sucks) on his Pulitzer Prize winning Middlesex. So I say – produce as fast or slow as it takes to write a really good book and be proud!

  455. February 24, 2007 at 2:45 am

    I agree that last night’s episode was wonderful, Maureen! I don’t find Meredith whiny either…maybe those who do see a bit of themselves in her “whininess?” LOL!

    I loved how all the characters grew through their feelings for Meredith and what would happen if she died. Christina was incredible, and Sandra Oh, soooo deserves an award for that. I couldn’t stop sobbing.

    And, I loved their version of Limbo, too funny. I loved Denny, and yes, that moment at the end was enough to drive me over the edge. You could just feel how heartbroken HE was to have died, but you notice he didn’t blame her. He still wanted to be with Izzie. Sigh.

    I want to write like that.

  456. February 25, 2007 at 2:09 am

    I managed to hold back my tears until Christina began. Then the dam broke! I agree, Sandra Oh is an amazing actress playing a wonderful character.
    And sorry — but I’m one of the ones who doesn’t like Meredith, though I’ve never thought of her as whiny, just annoying. I love the rest of em though!
    Great review of the tri-episode, and nice comparison to romance books! I never thought of it that way before, the whole ‘catalyst of change’ thing, but in the Grey’s comparison, something clicked for me. Thanks!!!

  457. February 25, 2007 at 6:15 am

    Sandra Oh rocks. I first saw her in a small Canadian film called Double Happiness. Check it out. It’s a very sweet romance and Sandra is amazing (as usual).

  458. February 26, 2007 at 2:51 pm

    I hear you on the Jodi Foster thing. She is one CLASS act.
    Did you like the show? I found it boring. And I don’t say that lightly!! I’ve watched since I was a kid and have ALWAYS loved it. I even stuck up for Letterman when he hosted!! Last night’s was honestly the first time I left the room (multiple times) to do something else, and the first time I’ve felt disappointed somehow. There just wasn’t the same magic. And they changed the order of things, which threw me a bit. Don’t the best supporting awards always get done first? Why do they leave the best categories — the ones that deserve MORE time — until the end when they must rush?
    Love to hear your take…

  459. February 26, 2007 at 2:52 pm

    God I hate it when I come off ‘bitchy’ in these comments! I’m really easy to please normally :)

  460. February 26, 2007 at 4:51 pm

    Not a Jodie Foster fan but she, of all the people, on the red carpet caught my eye. She looked simply fab.

    I like the Will F/Jack B sad comedian routine. I have often wondered why comedians aren’t up for best actor. Making people laugh looks to be difficult (considering how many comedies just don’t work).

  461. February 26, 2007 at 5:39 pm

    Wylie, you don’t sound “bitchy”. well not to me… check out the post I just did. LOL

    Kimber, I think I’m going to blog about that comedy number on DWT on Wed…

  462. February 26, 2007 at 7:06 pm

    Great bitchin’, Maureen! I devoured every moment of the red carpet presentation, too. Loved Ellen Degeneres. She did a great job.

    I thought Leo looked good, but only because I love the hair slicked back thing on men. I LOVED Clint Eastwood, but I also love the older white haired man thing, too. Yes, Nicole looks overdone. She’s had a lot of injections lately or maybe a mini face lift? Skin’s stretched tighter, that’s for sure. She should look at Helen Mirren or Meryl for examples of ageless beauty.

    I agree with you about Beyonce. She’s not my favorite, although last night she seemed to be trying harder to get that Mary J. Blige fabulousness going. I was so disappointed with Jennifer Hudson’s train wreck of a dress (not the great red number she wore singing). To think Valentino or whoever it was made the dress for her, thought dreck brown would make her look good. Shows what happens when men dress women. The dress didn’t do justice to her cleavage either. You could tell she didn’t feel good until she slipped into the red number.

  463. February 27, 2007 at 12:39 am

    HA! Nicole Kidman is so scary looking — that Oprah chat thing she was like a strange “I like being brave” weird blast from Victorian Englad or something — do strangely demure and proper. Freaky.

    I didn’t notice the Leo DiCaprio tan — I was so swept up in my new found love. Beyonce was oversinging and trying so hard but I liked that she was doing that. And I totally agree Maureen – it was a little blase but it was feel good — and unpolitical which was so nice– I did feel warm and fuzzy.

  464. February 27, 2007 at 1:06 am

    The only part I watched was the Dreamgirls song section. Totally agree about Beyonce. Sports Illustrated kinda says it all, don’t you think? She’s all about being a brand, not a singer.

  465. February 27, 2007 at 1:09 am

    I loved Ellen. I hated Beyone’s bad looking bridesmaid minty dress. Also Kristin Dunst’s dress was wrong, wrong wrong.

    God, I love the Oscars.

  466. February 27, 2007 at 4:06 am

    When I read the title of your newer post I thought ‘OMG! She’s directing that at ME!’
    And rightly so!! And I genuinely do feel horrible when I sometimes look back at my rants and thing – did I really have to go on about this?
    The thing is, I’m very easy to please so when something really falls short of what I expect, I almost take it personally!
    I’ve always loved the class of the Oscars – the dignity and high standards not seen in other award shows, so who knew there was such a fine line between dignified and dead-boring :)

  467. February 27, 2007 at 1:51 pm

    “If you don’t have anything nice to say about anybody, come sit by me!”
    –Clairee (Olympia Dukakis), from Steel Magnolias

    One of my favorite quotes, and words I live by. 😉

  468. February 27, 2007 at 2:15 pm

    The fact that Leo was so splotchy made me think that his tan was natural (as in from spending time outside than laying on the tanning bed). My hubby gets really dark on his forehead (same sloping angle as Leo’s, it catches sun like a solar panel) and his ears end up the palest part of his face (his neck doesn’t get as much sun either).

    At least he had enough brains to go out in the sun clean shaven. The hubby likes to grow a beard (as best he can) and then his chin ends up pale. Looks like…

  469. February 27, 2007 at 3:30 pm

    Michelle… I did a little digging (cause I got curious) and it looks like the playwright for Steel Magnolias paraphrased a quote not by Eleanor Roosevelt as I thought, but Theodore Roosevelt’s daughter Alice.

    If you can’t say something good about someone, sit right here by me.
    Alice Roosevelt Longworth

  470. February 27, 2007 at 8:38 pm

    I loved the Oscars – it was on from 2.30pm for us, so I got to see most of it. And I thought Ellen did a great job.

    And I so agree with you on the botox issue. Nicole looked so weird… like a doll.

  471. February 27, 2007 at 10:02 pm

    I had no idea Nicole did that to herself. I feel bad for her, because you were right she was beautiful.

    I love Leo. Burned or pasty. Yummy…

  472. March 1, 2007 at 4:47 pm

    Ha! Never pegged you for wanting to see Ghost Rider.
    Am now interested to see it… probably on DVD..

  473. March 1, 2007 at 5:49 pm

    Me neither, Sinead. I was just bored and it was starting in five minutes and I was able to successfully sneak in… Sometimes those low expectation ones are the best.

  474. March 1, 2007 at 9:50 pm

    I want to see Music and Lyrics, but Ghost Rider intrigues me because I remember being forced to watch Superhero cartoons as a kid because of my brother. That and I like Nicholas Cage.

    What I’m looking forward to is 300 and I really want to see Ms. Potter, because I love those books.

  475. March 1, 2007 at 10:22 pm

    I think we’ve missed the Miss Potter boat in theatres. I wanted to see it, too. (Mostly because of Ewan McGreggor…

    Hopefully it will be out on DVD soon

  476. March 1, 2007 at 11:41 pm

    I really want to see Music and Lyrics! I might try and sneak away to the theatre this weekend to see if I can catch it. My husband wouldn’t care if he missed that one. :)

    Ghost Rider just looks cool. Funny and good effects. Some days that’s enough for me. :)

  477. March 2, 2007 at 3:16 pm

    “Music and Lyrics” is definitely on my must see list.

    Another movie I enjoyed recently was “Because I Said So.” Have you seen that one?

  478. March 2, 2007 at 5:04 pm

    I love a good romcom. My daughter and I are going to catch Music and Lyrics this afternoon at the Beach cinema. Can hardly wait. There’s something about Hugh Grant. He’s so adorable, and Drew Barrymore is gorgeous. Do you find you study these movies in regard to learning more about setting up scenes? I know I do.

  479. March 2, 2007 at 7:09 pm

    I totally loved Music & Lyrics too! I thought it was because I saw it with two of my best girlfriends on a shopping trip in Miami (who wouldn’t love an 80s pop chick flick/romcom under those circumstances?)The girls and I keep breaking out in “POP, goes my hea-a-a-rt” all weekend. Glad I’m not alone!

  480. March 2, 2007 at 7:23 pm

    When Joan and Melissa Rivers have made a comeback career (at least Joan) based on bitchy appearance-related one-liners, I don’t think you should be too worried about your niceness quotient!

    That being said, it’s easy to criticize the overly-botoxed-collagened-anorexic stars/starlets out there but I have no doubt the entertainment industry f**ks you up, much much more so if you’re a woman. You can cave to today’s youth-obsessed culture or you can be yesterday’s news. Granted some actresses manage to rise above that (Meryl Streep, Jody Foster, Cate Blanchett….) but I think you have to be exceptionally talented to manage that. Plus there really aren’t enough roles out there that allow women to flex their acting muscles. George Cloony can be 75 years old (same for Hugh Grant) and he’ll still be cast as the most eligible guy around town. Meryl Streep? Power-obsessed biatch to young, wide-eyed Andy.

  481. March 5, 2007 at 12:55 pm

    Good luck, Maureen! See you when you get back. :)

  482. March 5, 2007 at 3:11 pm

    Have a productive sabbatical, Maureen! See you at the critique session on Saturday… (?)

  483. March 5, 2007 at 8:20 pm

    Hi Maureen, sorry it’s taken me so long to get back here. I’ve been avoiding blogland for what is amounting to near weeks now!! Yikes that’s no way to conduct oneself, now is it??? Have a great break!

  484. March 8, 2007 at 4:47 pm

    Write well my friend.

  485. March 11, 2007 at 10:39 pm

    Have fun! See you on your return.

  486. March 12, 2007 at 3:06 pm

    I’m just a little short on details… like what the character arcs are and — you know — minor things like “what happens in this book?”

    LOL!! Yes – a plot is a good thing!

  487. March 12, 2007 at 5:09 pm

    I’ve been plotting ad naseum, as well, to avoid just the same things you are attempting to. Thing is, I’m so obsessed over character, scene detail, etcetera, that I somehow can’t begin writing the damn thing. Death by plotting? I think so. Glad you are buffed and polished. Nothing better to offset the drear winter days we’ve been having.

  488. March 12, 2007 at 6:36 pm

    Lol! Maureen – *I* could’ve written that post. Love the characters, want to get going, but… what the heck is supposed to happen???

    I read somewhere that it’s usually a good idea to just throw yourself out there for the first 20k words, and only then go back and plot. Things will be clearer in your head by then about where the story is headed, and where it should start.

    Hmm… maybe I should be taking my own advice to heart!

  489. March 13, 2007 at 9:58 pm

    Jealous…that’s what I am. I so die to be able to go to a spa for a while. I’m glad you had such a relaxing time.

    I do the same thing with my books. Start with an idea then start writing without a clear idea where I’m going. I’m slowly learning to plot :).

    So happy you’re back. :)

  490. March 14, 2007 at 2:37 pm

    I love The Amazing Race, mainly because of the locales–places I’d like to visit one day. I also love the dynamics between supposedly loving couples.

    I don’t see all the episodes, but I did see the last one when RodnAmber were eliminated. I do think Mirna is irritating, but can we talk about Rob? I study Amber’s face when Rob is controlling her every move, looking for first signs that she’s realized he’s a freak. Nothing. She doesn’t get it or else she’s hiding it well. I thought she and Rob got some instant karma when they duped Mirna and her cousin. Evil laugh.

  491. March 14, 2007 at 6:52 pm

    Wow, did you hit the nail on the head on that one.

    She is so annoying.. screechy, loud, constantly critical, but it’s her misplaced sense of moral superiority that annoys me more than anyone..

  492. March 14, 2007 at 8:18 pm

    Yes, Sinead… that’s it for me. Other teams are super competitive and lie. but they don’t pretend to be all morally superior.

    As annoying and misogynistic as Rob is, at least he seeems to know he’s like that and doesn’t pretend to be otherwise. I was actually finding Rob and Amber kind of cute this season. Like she’s helped him see who he is, a bit and laugh at himself occasionally.

    I loved that they lost because of him, though. How could he not have seen that obvoius spelling mistake????

  493. March 14, 2007 at 9:44 pm

    I hate Mirna. HATE HER.

    She goes a little crazy.

    “Amber why did you lie?” etc.,

    I hate Rob and Amber to, and I’m glad they are gone, but I won’t be sad when Charla and Mirna are eliminated.

    I love Oswald and Danny, and Teri and Ian are better this season.

  494. March 15, 2007 at 8:45 pm

    Maureen, thanks for bringing up this important topic.

    I HATE Myrna. She is THE most annoying individual on the race, but I have to say that for most annoying couple, TEAM GUIDO gets my vote.

    Impossible factoid – Myrna is a lawyer?!?

    Boy would I not want her on retainer.

    I liked Rob and Amber and was shocked and sad to see them go. They were real competitors and I loved seeing the other teams so intimadated by them. Obviously they had reason to be, also.

  495. March 16, 2007 at 1:14 pm

    The most annoying person on the planet?

    (Reminds me of Dumb N Dumber’s most annoying sound in the world)

    Shoot, I thought I had that title. Seems like I have to bump up my annoying quotient some more.

    I’ll add that to my long list of things to do.

  496. March 19, 2007 at 1:00 pm

    I don’t watch this show, but I think she would drive me nuts. Is she still on the show?

  497. March 19, 2007 at 3:40 pm

    Oh boy — I read the title of this post and for a minute there, thought you knew my sister-in-law…

  498. March 19, 2007 at 9:53 pm

    I ADORED Fido. Must see. I’ll start scouting around for the other one. How goes the writing?

  499. March 20, 2007 at 12:11 pm

    I’ve been reading the reviews on both these films, with interest. It’s great that you got to see them at the festival. I love seeing the actors on stage. Thanks for the pics. I’m just catching up on movies that are about eight months old. I haven’t liked a lot of films lately. Must be getting old. I did really love STRANGER THAN FICTION. I was impressed with Will Farrell in that one, and I liked the premise. Wish I’d thought of it :)

  500. March 20, 2007 at 12:15 pm

    You had me at Billy Connelly.

  501. March 20, 2007 at 5:28 pm

    Thanks, Maureen. I’ll definitely watch out for those. I especially like the sound of Fido…

  502. March 23, 2007 at 12:34 am

    I’d heard about Wind, but Fido is a new one for me. I’ll have to check it out. Definately my type of movie. :)

  503. March 23, 2007 at 1:59 pm

    I want to see Amazing Grace so badly! Even if Romula Garai, the perpetually placid and phlegmatic, is co-starring. I was just in Austin (go SXSW!) but we missed that one. Did finally see Pan’s Labyrinth, though. Kind of a haunting film, with some beautiful images and some horrendous ones–with a typical Spanish insistence on dragging out the most hideous scenes in loving detail, when honestly, my imagination would have supplied just as effective a shudder. It was like Bunuel with that eyeball all over again. But still, worth seeing.

    And I heart Cillian Murphy. Just tell me this–are the violent scenes of torture? Because I find that really hard to watch.

  504. March 23, 2007 at 6:43 pm

    The problem is getting the agent. I’m going through that right now and want to pull my hair out. Yes, I have a publisher, but I do want to get into a NY house. The only way to do that is to get an agent.

    I’ve decided to get a few books published with EC first, then write a book that would be NY house material, THEN try and get an agent. I’m hoping with a track record I might have better luck.

    I don’t need an agent, but I know they really help.

  505. March 24, 2007 at 12:15 am

    AAACK! What a circus this business is!!

  506. March 24, 2007 at 2:59 pm

    Christine, it’s not the “only” way. Although I guess my example was kinda claiming it was.

    You’ll find someone. And publishing a few books with EC is a great strategy. And lots of writers have great careers with EC alone.

  507. March 26, 2007 at 4:25 am

    The story sounds amazingly interesting. Two time lines? Love those complex plots. Have you read Labyrinth by Kate Moss (no, not the model). Same type thing — two time lines, two heroines, can’t disclose # of heroes (spoiler).

  508. March 26, 2007 at 12:12 pm

    Congratulations, Maureen!

  509. March 26, 2007 at 12:47 pm

    Yay, Maureen! Congrats on the contest. This must give you a nice little mental boost over the long haul of very close to publication!!! That’s fabulous.

  510. March 26, 2007 at 12:49 pm

    Yikes, an agent is a necessity, no doubt.

  511. March 26, 2007 at 1:56 pm

    So happy to hear about this, Maureen! Obviously the judges this year were able to recognize talent. This is definitely going to be the first step in a new wave of appreciation for your work.

  512. March 26, 2007 at 2:15 pm

    Maureen – this is SO GREAT!
    I’m beginning to rethink going to Nationals – I want to be the captain of your hometown cheering squad!

  513. March 26, 2007 at 2:33 pm

    I am sooooo happy for you, Maureen!

  514. March 26, 2007 at 2:41 pm

    Yippee!! Congrats Maureen. I have all my fingers crossed for you and Annie has all her toes crossed…well she’s kind of gnawing on them, but in a good way. I remember how good this book sounded when you told me about it!
    ( Rene)

  515. March 26, 2007 at 2:45 pm

    Way to go Maureen!!!! I guess you are going to Dallas now.

  516. March 26, 2007 at 2:53 pm

    Thanks everyone. I really, really appreciate all the support and good thoughts.

  517. March 26, 2007 at 4:27 pm

    Way to go Maureen!

    Ummm…by the sounds of your contest scores (either highs or lows and nothing in between), your novel appears to be cutting new ground. Might be why it is difficult to sell to nervous big name publishers.

  518. March 26, 2007 at 9:25 pm

    The GH??? That’s HUGE! Congrats!!! Does this mean I’ll see in Dallas soon?

  519. March 27, 2007 at 2:21 am

    Congratulations Maureen.

    I feel you.

    I can barely think creatively before I hit my pen (Keyboard) on the edge of ‘the box’ or deviate from the ‘formula’.

    Then when I’m reading, I’m thinking where are the screwed up people I know? Not, in romance books. They all seem to find partner even with all their luggage. And God Love them because they got real problems. They still manage find love and make for great story telling but not to most editors.

    The story sound fascinating and more like most of the people I know.

    Don’t let them fit you in ‘the box’ keep widening the horizon.

  520. March 27, 2007 at 4:59 am


    So exciting.

  521. March 27, 2007 at 11:55 am

    Congratulations!!! I’m so excited for you and I have my fingers crossed for you!

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  523. March 27, 2007 at 10:18 pm

    Wa-hoo!!!! This is fantastic (and very well deserved) news.

  524. March 28, 2007 at 12:08 pm

    Oh, my Maureen, what a story. Makes you want to pull your hair out. But I know what you mean about manuscripts submitted without an agent being returned looking like they hadn’t been read at all. I agree – I did get the best feedback from those submitted by an agent.

  525. March 28, 2007 at 1:50 pm

    I’ve always loved Campbell Scott, too. Didn’t realize he was the son of Colleen Dewhurst. I LOVED her as Marilla in Anne of Green Gables. That was her best role. Hope Davies is always great. Secret Lives of Dentist’s especially. When the frack is Six Degrees on? I can never stay up later than 10 PM, so if it’s on later, I’m gone. Maybe I should learn how to use my fancy PRV machine thingey.

    I went to see the same production of Goodnight Desdemona starring it’s writer Anne-Marie MacDonald. I didn’t have anything to compare it to, so I enjoyed it alright. I had just read FALL ON YOUR KNEES, and was probably worshipping at Ms. MacDonald’s altar.

    There’s nothing like seeing a play on Broadway (or even off-Broadway, for that matter). Something in the air. I’m jealous you got to see Hope and Liev together in the same production. I saw Liev Schreiber last year in Glengarry Glenn Ross. He’s a passionate live performer. I’d love to see his new show, Talk Radio. God, I even loved him on the four episodes he starred on CSI last fall.

  526. March 28, 2007 at 10:12 pm

    Maureen – I’m being crushed under the weight of NAV production today… Dona tagged me for Top Ten Tuesday but since I really, really, reeeeeeeally can’t post before this evening, I’ve gone ahead and tagged you, with my own post to come when I get my act together. Hopefully you’ll have a few minutes to spare today!

  527. March 29, 2007 at 3:31 am

    I can’t remember when it’s on. Figure out your PVR Maia. It’ll change your life :-)

    I’m a big Ann-Marie fan, too… so I was surprised when I wasn’t blown away… But Hope Davies was amazing… and at the time, probably about 15 years younger than Ann-Marie was in early 2000… so more believable as a student (and as a boy that both Juliet and Romeo would fall for. LOL) And maybe it was just seeing it in a tiny theatre where the actors are right in front of you… Don’t know. But the off-off-off-Broadway production was great.

    Huge fan of Liev Schrieber.

  528. March 29, 2007 at 3:32 am

    Nadine… Just seeing NAV is making me shudder a little.

    It’s already Wed… and will probably be early thurs by the time I post… but I’ll accept your tag 😉

  529. March 29, 2007 at 11:20 pm

    I tagged you on a Wednesday? Days of the week mean nothing to me… it was business day minus 4 or, T-4 as we say down here. Good luck getting me to do anything.

    Thanks for helping a chick out!

  530. Anonymous
    March 31, 2007 at 12:33 am

    Hey Maureen,
    Enormous congrats to you on the award nomination. It sounds like you are just waaayy ahead of your time. Best to you.
    Deanna Kent-McDonald

  531. April 2, 2007 at 2:34 am

    That’s quite a list, Maureen!
    When I was young(er), I wanted to sky dive, but with age came fear… It’s now off my list.

  532. April 3, 2007 at 1:32 pm

    I loved Diane Keaton in Somethings Gotta Give, so I’ll probably rent Because I said So at some point. I’ll rent Catch and Release, too, on your recommendation. I hope your cold got better and you ordered in some wicked room service!

  533. April 3, 2007 at 6:06 pm

    I wanted to see both, but perhaps I’ll whittle that down to just ‘Catch’. Nothing like spending 2 precious hours on a movie that just doesn’t deliver.

  534. April 3, 2007 at 7:48 pm

    It is going to be race as to which grows larger- my to be read pile or my to be watched…

  535. April 3, 2007 at 9:43 pm

    Wow, Maureen… an impressive list

  536. April 4, 2007 at 1:09 pm

    LOVE the new look.
    Very snazzy.

  537. April 4, 2007 at 2:11 pm

    Thanks Kimber. Not final yet. Need to get the hex code for the green I want to use…

  538. April 4, 2007 at 3:18 pm

    Love the new look as well.

    Haven’t seen either movie…but I’m never catching up..

  539. April 4, 2007 at 3:54 pm

    I loved her in something’s Gotta Give, too… And it was her who drew me to this movie… But she just came off as frantic and shrill and silly to me in Because I said So. Maybe it was just my mood that night.

    I’m not sure whether the dialogue was bad or the direction or the acting… But I didn’t believe the relationships between this family for a second. Maybe it’s because they really didn’t develop the Lauren Graham or Piper Perabo characters at all… so they’d just show up in these scenes and be in these conversations but there was no “sister” or “mother and daughter” feeling to the conversations… I mean, just because they’re discussing intimate things, doesn’t make them intimate conversations.

    I did like the romance between Mandy Moore and the cute guy who played her love interest… And Diane Keaton’s character arc was fine, too… but overall it didn’t work. Maybe the sister characters were superfluous, distracting. It’s really Mandy Moore’s story with a subplot for Diane Keaton. the other sisters were just tacked on. Okay, I’ve just decided that was the problem. LOL

  540. April 5, 2007 at 1:15 pm

    nqlrI also have climbed Half Dome…when I was nineteen. I went alone because none of my friends wanted to go with me (at the time, it was summer, and I was a park employee…I wanted to do most of the good hikes in the park before I had to go back to college).

    I had no money to spare, so I collected apples and oranges after every meal for a few days (we got to eat at the cafeteria on a meal plan). And this is what I ate the whole day. Not the smartest planning.

    Then, when I got to the top (wasn’t the climb up the back the scariest thing ever?), I had a stranger take some pictures of me with my camera only to find out later, I had loaded the film wrong (oh, am I dating myself by that statement) and had no proof of my climb!

    However, probably the singular most amazing moment of my life (before marriage & kids). Something I achieved all by myself, just for me.

  541. April 6, 2007 at 1:20 pm

    Maureen! Your blog had a makeover! Looks gorgeous. And somehow, very you.

    And I, sort of guiltily, love Mandy Moore, so I know I’ll be seeing that one eventually. I can’t help it, I just find her adorable, even in the (several) terrible movies she’s done. Loved her on Scrubs, loved when she randomly showed up on episodes of The Osbornes. I think it all goes back to Saved!…

  542. April 7, 2007 at 7:48 pm

    Aside from my wedding photos, I have NEVER EVER taken a good photo. EVER.
    So 2 or 3 out of 50 sounds good :)

    Congrats again, and I hope you have a blast at the conference.

  543. April 7, 2007 at 9:18 pm

    I take awful pics – having my author photos done was a total nightmare… and not one to repeat for a good while, I hope! The only good thing was watching my wrinkles magically disappear with the photoshop, lol.

  544. April 7, 2007 at 10:19 pm

    I think I need emailed proof.

  545. April 8, 2007 at 4:13 pm


    I like #2. You’re smilin’. :)

  546. April 8, 2007 at 4:32 pm

    Oh no! This is tough… they are both so cool, and in very different ways.

    I can see the first one on the back of the books. It’s very Jodi Picoult… but maybe the second one looks more “RWA Award Ceremony” because you are smiling.

    Tough tough tough choice. But both are fabulous!

  547. April 8, 2007 at 4:48 pm

    I too like them both, but the first one jumped out at me more, more authorly. But you can’t go wrong with either.

  548. April 8, 2007 at 5:16 pm

    #2. I agree they’re both great, but I love the smile in 2


  549. April 8, 2007 at 6:00 pm

    both lovely — but I like the lighting in #1 better — makes your skin glow.

  550. April 8, 2007 at 6:22 pm

    Definitely number 2!

    Isn’t this hard??

  551. Marilyn Weigel
    April 8, 2007 at 8:20 pm

    These are terrific photos and I like them both! I think I was drawn to #1 a bit more…but whichever one you choose, it’ll look great :).

  552. April 8, 2007 at 8:33 pm

    I like them both, Maureen! I can’t choose. No help here. :-)

  553. April 8, 2007 at 9:56 pm

    hi Maureen – saw you over at Diana’s blog and thought I’d popover and say hello.

    Not knowing you at all – I like the happy one best – makes you look very friendly and warm – like it’d be easy to ask you to sign the flap of a book!

  554. April 8, 2007 at 11:31 pm

    Maureen, you entered The Miseducation in the GH this year? I judged it and gave it a perfect score! I loved it!

  555. April 9, 2007 at 3:50 am

    Oh, boy, it looks like a split — I like #1 … it’s brighter, yet you seem more … pensive…creative… or as Trish says, authorly. But either one is better than any pic you’d ever get of me!

  556. April 9, 2007 at 12:16 pm

    I agree with Diana – the first one looks so authorly and I can see it on the back cover but the second one is inviting – less formal and with a great smile. I’m not much help, either. Maybe send #2 to RWA and save #1 for your back cover.

  557. April 9, 2007 at 12:19 pm

    You are so funny, Maureen. BTW, I love the new look of your blog.

  558. April 9, 2007 at 12:41 pm


  559. Anonymous
    April 9, 2007 at 1:58 pm

    I like number 1. It’s thoughtful and soft.


  560. nelsa
    April 9, 2007 at 3:05 pm

    Maureen: Great photos both! But I tend to lean toward #1. Definitely says ‘women’s fiction author’ to me. It’s a beautiful picture.

    But I also like the suggestion someone here had – you could send the smiling one to RWA for the Golden Heart and keep the other for when you publish the book. That Lovin’ Spoonfuls song comes to mind: “Did you ever have to make up your mind…”
    Good luck and let us know which one you choose.

  561. April 9, 2007 at 3:20 pm

    I really like #1. Then, at the ceremony, you’ll be smiling so we’ll get to see both sides of you :-)

  562. April 9, 2007 at 3:31 pm

    #2 gets my vote. Although they’re both good. :) And how exciting to have this dilemna–which picture should I send as a GH finalist?!!!

  563. April 9, 2007 at 3:35 pm

    The marketing gal in me says it depends.

    Do you write humor? If so, I like the smiley one.

    Is your voice more serious? Then go with the authorly one.

  564. April 9, 2007 at 3:46 pm

    I say use the second one for the RWA ceremony and save the first one for the author pic on your first pubbed novel! The woodsy background and the lovely jacket are so great. But as everyone said, you look so fun and approachable in the second one that I’d have to go with that for the ceremony.

  565. April 9, 2007 at 6:30 pm

    Thanks everyone! Doesn’t look like there’s a clear winner…

    I think I may send the smiley one to RWA and put the outside one on my bio page on my website… Maybe I can put the smiley one on my contact page… hmmmm…

    Who’d a thunk I’d have two photos I don’t hate. LOVE that photographer.

  566. April 9, 2007 at 9:46 pm

    Hey I don’t check your site for a few days and everything changes!

    I love both pictures, but I think I like number 1 a bit better.

  567. April 10, 2007 at 1:52 am

    I like #2… it’s more you, and you look happy.

  568. April 10, 2007 at 2:06 pm

    Sorry to weigh in late…but I love both pictures for different reasons. #1 is very author-like and #2 is very Maureen-like. = )

    Which one did you send?

    Marley = )

  569. April 11, 2007 at 11:47 pm

    I checked…
    There are none in the US apparently, but I do know of at least three in Canada..
    But then again.. with a name like Sinead…

  570. April 11, 2007 at 11:55 pm

    I looked more closely at the site and it just estimates based on probabilities. And doesn’t take into consideration that some first names and last names are more probable to occur together. Like, for example your first name is more likely to be with your last than with, say, Valdez.

    Their explanation of the accuracy is pretty funny. Accuracy info

  571. April 12, 2007 at 1:50 am

    Only 28 people with my name. I checked my maiden name as well. Only one poor soul who has it. I guess I’m pretty unique. :)

  572. nelsa
    April 12, 2007 at 4:32 pm

    I’ve always been fascinated by names – having been saddled with a moniker that was definitely not the popular Cheryls, Carols, Janice’s and Susan’s of my youth.

    So I was not surprised to find out that zero people had my first name and only 3,317 my last. And I am unique with the double whammy of Nelsa Roberto.

    Question is: will my unique moniker look good on a future book cover? In my neverending dreams it does. But I’m thinking people want easy to remember and not weird and unique. But, darn it, I’ve had to deal with it for so long I won’t give it up now (well maybe a variation of it: Nellie Roberto anyone?)

  573. April 12, 2007 at 4:40 pm

    I think Nelsa Roberto is an amazingly strong author name. It’s different, easy to remember, and easy to pronounce. Isn’t it? People don’t mess up your name, do they?

  574. Nelsa
    April 12, 2007 at 4:53 pm

    Thanks, Maureen. But you’d be surprised at how often I get Roberta instead of Nelsa! :)

  575. sue paytas
    April 12, 2007 at 6:07 pm

    lol, Maureen. love your site. I just did the photo thing for RWA, too. Haven’t been anywhere near a photographer since my wedding, and it made me feel very guilty that i have never taken my children in for a professional shoot. There were so many cute kids lining the walls. I’m curious to see which one you chose. i liked them both.
    sue paytas

  576. April 13, 2007 at 10:41 pm

    Getting there. I may pass on bliss and settle in on content. I worry with bliss that I swing too wildly to the opposite.

  577. April 13, 2007 at 10:46 pm

    I hear you, Eileen… I’m not much of a bliss person myself. I think that’s why I settled for something so far from bliss first though. At least your non-writing job seems to be something you care about.

  578. April 13, 2007 at 11:15 pm

    I find the corporate world to be hard to take sometimes. They really do try to squeeze as much out of you as they can. But until I can support myself as a writer (not happening anytime soon) or my husband goes back to work (he’s a stay at home dad) I’ll keep slaving away. :)

  579. April 14, 2007 at 5:07 am

    I love your accessories. nice. very nice.

  580. April 14, 2007 at 3:50 pm

    Wow – that post really hit the spot for me. I know for a fact I picked accounting because it was the most serious, prestigious of the biz majors, even though my heart was in marketing, I ached with jealousy for my really good friend who’d gone down that path, and all my marketing teachers were telling me I should switch majors. I guess I sort f had an image for myself when I was young as really successful, and accounting was the surest way. Of course, when you live it you realize that when you’re always trying to bend yourself in a direction that’s unnatural to you, you spend your whole life suffering. And then it seeps into other facets of your life. I’ll always wonder what made me do it…

  581. April 15, 2007 at 2:31 pm

    I fell almost accidently into every career in my multi-career path. I’ve had no regrets, I learned lots along the way, but so far, writing is the only one I sought out.

  582. April 16, 2007 at 12:56 pm

    He’s a really interesting actor. I heard the buzz surrounding Mysterious skin and mostly his performance, but have yet to see it.

    But his choices remind me of Ryan Gosling.
    A similar bent towards smaller, smart movies, with the occasional larger movie thrown in.

    He is definitely an actor to watch.

  583. April 16, 2007 at 3:47 pm

    An actor’s actor. Sounds cliche, but I get it.
    I wish some of these good/edgier films would drift north to Newmarket. Alas… I must content myself with the pickings at Silver City.
    Bermuda had a great international film festive — quite young, but it’s ‘director based’, so didn’t attract many actors (thankfully). And the subtitled movies scare Vin Diesel fans away (with NO disrespect to Mr. Diesel or his fans!)in favour of the more sophisticated, (dare I say ‘artsy’?) crowd.
    Methinks you’d like it, Maureen. Stellar movies from around the globe shown in a small intimate setting. I miss it…

  584. April 16, 2007 at 6:13 pm

    Hi Maureen,

    It’s Jing your photographer! Just thought I’d pop by to see which photo you decided on using… and it looks like it’s still a tie :) what a great dilemma to have.

    I love both those photos, and for the record, there were more than 2 photos that were good :) It’s just that these two are the best.

  585. April 17, 2007 at 1:04 pm

    I loved this guy in 3rd Rock from the Sun. I’ll have to see The Lookout. I think I remember him from River Runs Through It. He might have played Brad Pitt’s brother as a young lad. Now you have me intrigued about Mysterious Skin. Don’t you just love movies? I was thinking yesterday, how even good TV instructs a writer on how to plot in media res.

  586. Kimber
    April 17, 2007 at 2:06 pm

    When I started playing the business game, it was like I had come home. I love it. I’m good at it. I get excited even thinking about it. I will never, ever truly leave it (might take summers off to write but at the end of those summers, I’m itching to get back).

    On the other hand, I don’t know that I fit as naturally in the writing world. There are some logic disconnects that I’m having difficulty accepting.

    There are so many careers, to stick it out in one that doesn’t excite you just for the money is pretty darn silly.

  587. April 18, 2007 at 12:39 am

    Well, for the record, I *love* Ten Things I Hate About You. One of the best of the teen movies, perhaps second only to Bring it On.

    But I also think JGL has made some very smart choices because he chose to mostly drop out of Hollywood and get a college degree — NYU? Columbia? Something like that. Anyway, he went to college, matured, and is now discovering that the industry is still there, waiting for him to take the more mature roles he’s now ready for.

  588. Kimber
    April 20, 2007 at 7:17 pm

    Arrogance is a defense mechanism. I tend to be my most arrogant when I’m my most insecure. While reminding others of my worth, I also remind myself.

    Not always the best strategy but then, lord knows I’m far from perfect. LOL

  589. April 20, 2007 at 7:43 pm

    I LOVED last night’s episode. I was squealing in delight.

    but, I see things differently when it comes to Dreamz. He’s fun to watch, but he’s a bad liar. That’s why both teams don’t trust him. That’s why he wasn’t told the vote had switched to Edgardo (whom I really liked, but he had to go to break up the pairing with Alex)

    It was bloody brilliant. The best part of last night being–the one person they all SHOULD vote out is Yao-man and he’s still the one nobody would even consider getting rid of yet. I LOVED how they used Dreamz’s dishonesty in their favor because they knew he’d run and tell them that Alex was the target. It was so smart because it made Mookie give up the idol…and totally waste it. It was the MOST awesome moment in Survivor world. It was brilliant.

    Now the immunity idol is back in play. Wouldn’t it be awesome if Yao found that idol and won immunity too!?

  590. April 20, 2007 at 8:43 pm

    Mel, I agree that Dreamz has proved himself untrustworthy… but I found it amazing how well he convinced those guys that it was still Alex even though he thought at the time it was Mookie. But those other guys (Earl, Cassandra, Yao) were smart not to tell him when they switched it up again. I wouldn’t have, either. It would totally rock if Yao-Man won. He’s a great player. One of the best they’ve ever had on that show. Remember when he made and hid a fake immunity idol? And everyone thinks he’s this sweet old man — which he is — but he’s a good player, too.

  591. April 20, 2007 at 8:47 pm

    Kimber, I completely agree. But it’s having to deal with people (mostly men) for whom arrogance has become their default position, that I can’t deal with anymore. I’ve met one or two writers like that, too. But they’re in the minority. In business, particularly when I was living in the US, I found that kind of person to be all too common.

  592. April 21, 2007 at 3:00 am

    I don’t watch Survivor, but I’m hooked on America’s Next Top Model. I am not proud of this in any way- but I console myself with the idea that it is important for me to be up on popular culture.

  593. April 22, 2007 at 6:59 pm

    And i thought i was one of the few people who still watch Survivor! We rewound and watched the four horseman tribal council reaction shots twice… priceless.

    Love the Yao-Earl alliance (or is it syndicate?) I think Alex will realize next episode that he still has a chance (and the numbers) to swing people against YaoMan or Earl… let’s see what happens!!

  594. April 23, 2007 at 6:47 pm

    Aloha Maureen!

    Another Survivor junkie, I don’t believe it! My husband was hooked from season 1, too – in fact, we moved to Hawaii on the day of the finale. We literally got off the plane, went straight to Costco, bought a TV and a mattress, then drove the hour like gangbusters to our new house (which I had never seen) so that Darrin could catch the finale. He even had the foresight to have the cable up and running … and bear in mind he was dragging a 7 month pregnant lady around (that would be me) and it was still a long flight from CA!

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  596. April 24, 2007 at 7:49 pm

    It was awesome, wasn’t it? So clever!!

    “Survivor” has been my touchstone – we first started watching it when we first started on this journey moving across the country – from CA to OR to OH to FL – and it’s what ties us to the familiarity of the west.

    It’s a brilliant show and comforting, too. :)

  597. April 26, 2007 at 12:02 pm

    Finally, someone who loves Survivor as much as I do! I’ve missed the last two episodes (dammit) and am woefully behind. I would have loved to see last night’s tribal council. It’s so delicious when someone quiet pulls off a brilliant tactical move. I prefer to see it as tactics rather than manipulation, although it really is another form of lying and cheating isn’t it?

    I think I love Survivor also for the gorgeous beaches and turquoise water. Love those water challenges. There’s something so entertaining about watching people battle it out when they’re exhausted, hungry and desperate. This is reality TV at it’s best.

  598. April 27, 2007 at 2:20 pm

    this has turned out to be a surprisingly fantastic season.

    didn’t you love how Alex was spouting off about Karma biting people in the ass in one breath, and in the next moment, he’s backstabbing his only ally? Awesome, truly awesome. And I really loved how he was talking about rats and snakes and jeff called him out on being exactly that by going through Yao’s stuff.

    Rats and snakes indeed.

    Alex’s vote was brilliant…but it shows exactly what his character is made of. I hope the team sees that and deals with him appropriately.

  599. April 27, 2007 at 3:58 pm

    I’m really rooting for Yao Man but I also like Earl. It was another great episode last night – so glad to see Mookie and Alex exposed for who they were. Hmmm… no wonder lawyers get the rap they do. :)

  600. April 28, 2007 at 3:26 am

    In terms of writing someone once told me that readers are more likely to cheer for characters that have a positive goal versus a negative. Not much is different in real life.

  601. April 30, 2007 at 1:14 pm

    I missed Survivor again last week, so was thrilled to see you post about what happened. I will nail myself to the sofa this Thursday night, to see what goes down.

  602. May 1, 2007 at 12:37 pm

    I have zero hesitation forking over big cash for investment pieces (i.e. furniture, art, antiques, real estate which will either stay neutral or go up in value).

    I used to have an issue with paying for services including advice. A couple very, very, very bad decisions and I’m now cured (did I mention very bad?).

    The biggest buying hesitation I have now is with vehicles. Although we never buy new, I still have problems justifying the expense.

  603. May 1, 2007 at 12:46 pm

    If I actually had the money to fork over I’d do it with most things. That’s why I married my husband…he’s my impulse control. :)

    I like comfortable furniture, but it has to look nice. A more modern look for me.

  604. May 1, 2007 at 2:38 pm

    I can pay way too much for a handbag, for some reason, even more than shoes. Although, I did eye a pair of Burberry patent leather ankle boots in a lovely gray color at Holt Renfrew a few days ago. The price tag? $750.00. I just can’t justify it on something that will be out of style next year.

    Re furniture. I used to always have hand-me down sofas and they were way more comfortable than the Montauk down filled sofa and love seat I bought four years ago. Go figure.

  605. May 1, 2007 at 2:49 pm

    I have no trouble spending hundreds on my pets – regardless of the fact that my husband has banned me from buying any more dog toys, I can’t help myself.

    But I own a total of three bags – one summer, one winter and one weekend (which is actually a MEC fanny pack.

    We buy most of our furniture appliances at Sears because we are boring and like that we can get everything under one roof.

    As far as large purchases – my parents are both in real estate so I know I’ve made wise decisions there (and saved a bundle on commissions!)

  606. May 1, 2007 at 6:32 pm

    Ha! Kimber. You’re talking to a woman with a 17 year old car.

    Christine, I’m torn between the looks nice and comfort thing right now — especially because I have smallish rooms and the “comfortable” sofas these days tend to fit into those monster homes in the suburbs best.

    Maia… I love handbags, too… but I’m definately more about the shoes. Takes too much work to switch between handbags so I tend to settle on one and use it for ages. (But have quite a few in my closet that have barely seen the light of day.)

    Joanne… I’d actually put my house in the impulse purchase column. I know. Scary. I know first hand how impulse purchasing real estate can lead to major buyer remorse. I’ve been in this house almost 6 years and I still haven’t fully moved in because I keep thinking I’ll sell.

  607. May 2, 2007 at 1:02 am

    HA! I’m the last one to chime in. We moved to Canada exactly two years ago. My dining room still has NO furniture and my living room was empty for over a year. It’s not so much the money but the choices! Like you said – modern or classic, comfy or fashion, colors, patterns, GAH!! It’s all too much…

  608. May 2, 2007 at 2:16 pm

    “You’re talking to a woman with a 17 year old car.”

    12 years here, purchased as a crash car (I have a soft spot for broken things).

  609. May 3, 2007 at 4:26 am

    oh frack? you are my tv-watching-pvr-addicted-twin.

    i feel your pain.

  610. May 4, 2007 at 4:09 pm

    I adore my PVR in the way that others feel about their own blood kin.

  611. May 5, 2007 at 11:01 am

    OK, this is what happens when you live on an island. What’s PVR?

  612. May 5, 2007 at 6:57 pm

    Mia, probably in the US you know this by a brand name, Tivo. Personal video recorder I think is what it stands for… but that’s a silly name now that I think of it… It’s nothing to do with video tape. It’s a digital recorder for TV.

  613. May 6, 2007 at 12:16 am

    The best thing I ever did was call up an interior designer and spend $150 for her to come look at a room we wanted to redo…then she went shopping with us. It was the most freeing shopping experience of my life. She knew what size and style to look for and guided us to the right ones, helped us pick out fabrics. It was great. We chose a couch, a loveseat, club chairs, coffeetable, and a sofa table in less than 2 hours.

    I highly recommend it. If you’re going to spend $1500 or more on a couch, you better like it for a long time.

    You just have to make sure that you find an interior designer who will take you to discount furniture places or will work within a certain budget.

  614. May 6, 2007 at 12:28 am

    Well, the first step towards solving your problem is admitting you have one.

    And PVR sounds like it may be closer to DVR for the U.S.–which is what I have in my house and could not possibly live without.

  615. May 7, 2007 at 3:04 am

    I’m having trouble getting used to these American addictions. Back in my native land of France, we did not have those things but then a lot has changed the last time I was there over 300 years ago.

  616. May 9, 2007 at 12:23 am

    I can remember researching the best mini-van to buy…price, safety, fuel consumption.

    That all went out the window I saw the coffee cup holder.

    You gotta have your priorities in the right place.

  617. May 9, 2007 at 1:19 am

    Karen. The last car I bought was in 1990 and I basically bought the car my younger brother told me to buy. (I so don’t do cars.)

    But 17 years later… What is it that makes me want to get rid of it??? It has no cup holder.

  618. May 11, 2007 at 2:57 pm

    I have to say I share your sense of glee over Paris going to jail. It might work as a bit of a wake up call. We can always hope!

  619. May 11, 2007 at 5:44 pm

    I’m with you about the Martha support.

    The reason I buy stocks is because I think I have some sort of knowledge that hasn’t yet been absorbed into the price. That’s a round about way of saying I believe I have inside information.

    The reason I sell? The exact same thing. If everything was valued “fairly”, there’d be no profit to make.

    Every stock investor feels the same way.

    As for Paris? I keep hoping she’s not as clueless as she acts.

  620. May 16, 2007 at 3:51 am

    Hi Maureen,

    I’m having a ‘just one more blog before bed’ kind of nights and to be honest, my eyes are at half mast.
    This is a terrific topic, one that I’m going to re-read again tomorrow because it struck a nerve. Just too tired to decide how/which nerve.

    So why am I commenting? Oh, I don’t know… because I’m first? :)
    In the words of the TERMINATOR mentioned previously, “I’ll be back”

  621. May 16, 2007 at 1:20 pm

    This ties into that “Should I compromise on the story to land my desired publisher” or “Should I compromise on the publisher to write my desired stories” debate.

    Story or publication first. A toughie and very personal. No right answers.

  622. Nelsa
    May 16, 2007 at 1:59 pm

    Wonderful post, Maureen. Wonderful.

  623. May 16, 2007 at 3:40 pm

    Hi Maureen. This is a lot to think about. I know personally I reached my goal when I wrote the book I wanted to write. I tried to write to the market, tried to write to a specific publisher and just couldn’t do it. In the end I took a step back and had to ask myself what story did I want to tell.

    I think the enjoyment I had in writing that story came across and is one of the reasons it sold. Because if anyone told me five years ago I’d write and sell a science fiction erotic romance, I would have laughed.

  624. May 16, 2007 at 4:41 pm

    I try and remember to write for me and consider others when it comes to revision. You keep writing- and maybe come to Surrey again?

  625. May 16, 2007 at 10:09 pm

    I’m baaa-ack.
    Kinda agreeing with what Christine said in terms of NOT writing with a market in mind – just writing what you feel best doing.
    Personally, I still haven’t found my ‘voice’, so I’ve been writing erotic, erotic romance (fell into the erotic stuff as a bit of a joke) children’s stories, satire etc…
    What would I LIKE to be? Margaret Atwood, Anne Marie MacDonald, David Sedaris :)
    What am I capable of at this point?
    Erotic/romantic shorts and novellas that are light and fun, while I learn my craft (better).
    I never imagined I could write ‘the great American novel’ or anything even close to it out of the gate, so I decided to take baby steps, try different genres (I’m working on both a paranormal and a historical pirate romance at the moment) and just see what fits. I recently learned that straight erotica is definitely NOT ME.
    Again, GREAT post with lots of food for thought.

  626. May 17, 2007 at 7:02 pm

    I do believe in both those pieces of advice… In there lies the rub. But I think there are times in my process when I should ignore the market. I know I did when I was writing the book that landed me an agent…

  627. May 18, 2007 at 1:55 am

    As I fellow GH finalist, I couldn’t agree more with everything you’ve said. That GH nod is cool, but will it change anything? Doubtful.

    Gotta write for writing’s sake.

  628. May 18, 2007 at 7:58 pm

    Hey Maureen.

    I’m sticking with the blind, naive, and driven solely by passion path to writing.
    And here’s why.
    I was an actor. I studied. I learned. I undertand so much about the biz.
    And I didn’t have a CLUE as to how to function in it.
    I actually know TOO much. It tripped me up in interviews, it tripped me up in auditions, and it tripped me up at parties.
    And kicker was that all the people who were succeeding were the people with degrees in Anthropolgy. Or Mathematics. Or who had no desire to BE an actor, they just kind of fell into it because a friend dragged them along to some audition or something equally stupid.
    I now LIKE the fact that I know relatively shit about publishing, or how to write for that matter.
    A number of our speakers have all said the same things:
    Good writing trumps everything (Molly O’Keefe), and Write what you like. (Claire Cross). On all the authros go on and on about sticking with your passion.
    It seemed to work for them.
    You have the ability to make up whole new worlds in your head. Honour that. Go with that. In the end you’ve always got that.
    But then, what do I know.
    I don’t know shit.

  629. May 19, 2007 at 6:32 am

    Great post, Maureen… sorry I’m late.

    I don’t think there’s anything wrong with thinking about it in terms of the industry — that’s what commercial fiction writers do. That’s what people who get paid for their fiction do. If we didn’t care about what the market thought, we’d write it down on wrapping paper and stick it under our beds.

    But it is a problem once it becomes paralyzing to your writing. Everything in moderation. Art in moderation, industry in moderation.

    Sometimes, when the writing is hard, I try to remember the days when I didn’t know anything about it, when I wasn’t questioning the things I question now. I can’t do it. Props to you if you can.

  630. May 20, 2007 at 7:33 pm

    Great post Maureen. I can’t write just for the love of writing. I’ve always needed something more to motivate me. So though I write in the style I like to read, I do have one eye on the industry.

  631. May 21, 2007 at 5:05 pm

    I’ve heard about this movie and about her tragic end. I’m looking forward to seeing it.

  632. May 21, 2007 at 7:56 pm

    Well, you’ve convinced me this is a movie I must see. Hope it gets to New Zealand within the decade.

  633. May 21, 2007 at 8:39 pm

    What an awesome post, Maureen. I think I’m in that same place. I finally decided to publish my manuscript because an agent believed in it, I believed in it, and others believed in it. But I don’t want to self-publish again – I, too, have that dream of the big publishing deal. But now I’m paralyzed when it comes to “what’s next.” Nothing ever seems good enough. Sometimes we know too much and that’s when we become paralyzed.

  634. May 22, 2007 at 1:27 am

    I love your movie reviews! Could I possibly send you a list of movies I’m interested in seeing? You could be, like, my personal movie reviewer. No? How about if I paid your NetFlex fee? :)

    Thank you for adding me to your side bar, for your congrats on my blog and, of course, for the blogger help!


  635. May 22, 2007 at 2:21 am

    Saw Spiderman as well and so disappointed.
    A mess, even with two actors I love, Thomas Hayden Church and Topher Grace.
    How could they have fallen off the rails so completely..
    Bad enough it wasn’t entertaining, just boring..

  636. Nelsa
    May 22, 2007 at 4:55 pm

    Haven’t seen Waitress yet but definitely on my list.

    And so far I’ve been extremely disappointed in the third movies from the franchises of X-men, Spiderman (especially after the awesomeness of Spiderman 2), and even Shrek the third was a tad disappointing (although not as bad as I worried it might be. Decent story but just not as laugh out loud as the first two). Can Pirates be the end of me forking out big bucks to see a third movie? Ah, but there’s always Johnny to look at if everything else goes awry…

    I think the 3rd installment of Lord of the Rings was probably the pinnacle of 3’s for me.

  637. May 22, 2007 at 8:48 pm

    I haven’t seen Shrek yet… And I agree about LoTR — but maybe that one doesn’t count as a sequel because it was really just the ending of the story started in the first one — rather than movie producers trying to squeeze more money out of an idea.

  638. May 23, 2007 at 2:07 pm

    Wow, it seems they made the story of Adrienne Shelly into an episode of Law and Order (original). I had never heard the true life story, but watched the episode.

    sad indeed.

  639. May 24, 2007 at 12:40 pm

    Hmmm… I understand the huge downside of pursuing script writing isntead of novel writing but when I see somebody’s passion for films – like you and my dh – I just want to be able to encourage you to go for what’s in your heart.

  640. May 24, 2007 at 12:57 pm

    I feel the same way you do. People are always saying to me, “Why don’t you write screenplays? That’s where the real money is.” And then I say, “Quick, name me five screenwriters who aren’t also directors — i.e., Orson Welles and M. Night Shamaylan don’t count.”

    Screenwriters aren’t the creators of movies. They write them and go home. Directors are in charge.

    HOWEVER, I’ve been reading the website of Rob Thomas (Veronica Mars) who got his start as a YA author for S&S, and realized that, in *television*, the writer is the one in control. The writer is the one who chooses the cast, the sets, the costumes, etc. There’s something I could do.

    And where is the most interesting stuff happening in the world of video media? Television, not films. Coincidence? I think not.

  641. May 24, 2007 at 3:24 pm

    That’s very interesting, Diana. No wonder the better written stuff is on TV these days.

  642. May 24, 2007 at 3:49 pm

    I missed it!! I totally forgot it was on and now I’ll have to try and “find” it somewhere.

    I really wanted to see the pitches too.

  643. May 24, 2007 at 8:52 pm

    Loved it! Loved it like I loved the finale of Lost last night — there is hope for summer television.

    I was just amazed at how after Bret told them what they needed — they still couldn’t get it together.

  644. May 24, 2007 at 9:55 pm

    I was also floored that these supposed professionals were not prepared to do something like pitch a film idea. And they are professionals, they just are big fish in the ocean yet. They know how to make a film.

    At least writers understand that at some point in your career you need to be able to pitch an idea to an agent or editor.

    Their lack of skills in this area were laughable. And some of their ideas were bizarro. My Lord.

    I think this is going to be a very fascinating show to watch. The whole idea of it is very close to what us writers do, so we can sympathize a lot with what they go through.

  645. May 24, 2007 at 10:03 pm

    Oh, and Diana and everyone else, go visit Tess Gerritsen’s blog where she discusses writing for television. She also believe at one time ‘that’s where the money is.’ I guess under union rules the base pay for a tv movie script is $30,000. Sounds good, huh?

    Well read all about her nightmare getting her story off the ground and actually filmed. It will give you pause, if you are considering going this route.

    Here’s a link to her post about it:

    Click me!

  646. May 24, 2007 at 11:05 pm

    I’m not talking about a TV movie, and I would NEVER say “where the money is.” LOL! Films, I would imagine, work the same,whether they are features, made-for-TV, or straight-to-DVD.

    I’m talking about television series, and specifically about being a show runner, the way Rob Thomas is.

    Thomas’s website and the new book Neptune Noir goes into a lot of detail about the development.

  647. May 24, 2007 at 11:12 pm

    This is on my list to see…

  648. May 25, 2007 at 2:50 am

    We had very similiar blog thoughts today…lol

  649. May 25, 2007 at 12:55 pm


    I guess what I meant was, there is a set amount of money that a union writer will get paid in Hollywood for her work. And I misquoted the amount, it was a little bit over $30,000. How many writers (of books) can claim that kind of advance? There are plenty of newbie authors who don’t even make $10,000 on a book.

    So, I can see where a writer might think it would be easier to make MORE money writing something for Hollywood, whether it be a series, a movie, or a tv show, rather than risk making a lot less writing a book.

    Not everyone is lucky enough to have their book go to auction and end up with a deal that allows them to write full-time. Most authors have other full-time jobs and write when they have time off.

  650. May 25, 2007 at 7:32 pm

    Maureen, lovely post. I’m reminded of the quote by Tony Robbins, “The meeting of preparation with opportunity generates the offspring we call luck.” By writing, writing, writing, you’re preparing yourself for those moments that will cross with opportunity – I am actually very optimistic about the world of publishing, but only for those people who write, rewrite, and are wililng to work at their craft. It’s a job like anything else, but as someone once said (I’m all quotes today!), “Doing what you love isn’t any easier than doing something you don’t love, you just don’t give up as easy.”

    Have a greet weekend, Maureen!

  651. May 29, 2007 at 12:45 pm

    Exactly, Kris. Entry-level screenwriters are likely making more money than entry level novelists. But there are far far far far far fewer of them!

    It’s simply a case of scale. There are astoundingly fewer movies/films produced each year than there are books published (thousands and thousands of times fewer!), therefore there are many many fewer screenwriters making money on screenplays and television scripts than there are authors making money on books. And each film is likely seen by many more people. Therefore, the script is worth more money.

    And yes, the movie business is more unionized — we novelists should get on that! However, I actually know plenty of writers who are making a living wage off of their work. Probably more than those who have a day job as well.

    However, as I said before, money is not my major concern here — though it may have seemed that way from my remark about what other people say to me. It’s about creative control, and I think you get more in the book world. Most of Tess’s post doesn’t even deal with money — it deals with the changes the executives wanted to make to her script. I know plenty of novelists who took a stab at screenwriting, and realized that biz was beyond them. Or novelists (like Rob Thomas) who were happy either way. Or novelists who have had a great deal of success in that world but have yet to break through with any of their screenplays.

  652. May 29, 2007 at 5:03 pm

    Very good point that there are WAY more books published each year than TV shows/movies being made. I never thought about it that way. :-)

    Let’s hope someday I can be one of those authors who makes a decent living off of her writing. For now, I’ll make do with a few thousand a year.

  653. May 31, 2007 at 11:25 pm

    How funny. I have a similar decision to make re my speech pathology licence! The dues aren’t nearly so steep though. Well, maybe we could rent a condo down by the beach and do our continuing ed credits online in the evenings. :) Being more serious–if you’re truly not ready to close the door, maybe you shouldn’t close it. That’s my 2 cents. Oh yeah, are the dues tax deductible?

  654. May 31, 2007 at 11:55 pm

    They say God never closes a door without opening another…but we spend so much time looking at the closed door we don’t realise the alternate.

    As I hotf-lash my way through my 40’s I have realised the best thing you can do for yourself is embrace your inner ‘you’.

    Families will grow up, jobs will be exported, technologies will evolve. But if you lead with your voice…not just in writing but in everything…you will be surrounded by people and spaces that give you satisfaction on a higher level.

    If you feel strongly that you never want to do numbers again, put it away like you would a pair of old skinny jeans.

    And…possibly…being a published author is not what’s behind door #2.

  655. June 1, 2007 at 1:17 pm

    Great question, Maureen, and I love your answer Karen – something I need to remind myself of.

    Not long ago I stormed out of my latest tech writing contract vowing to never do that again. And then I wonder why I haven’t found any contracts lately. It’s a tough thing to give up on because it’s so lucrative and helps pay the bills while writing fiction.

    We’re moving back to the west coast and doors have been closing here. Now I’m curious as to what doors will open once we get there. Just gotta live on faith.

  656. June 1, 2007 at 4:31 pm

    I consider myself a businesswoman first, a writer second, so the renewal was a no brainer (though I haven’t done traditional accounting in years). It irks me that I can’t take the “retired” reduction in fees. Seems you have to be old to do that (and likely stay retired).

    Your decision depends on your personality. I’m a keep all doors as possible open gal. You might be a burn your bridges babe.

    And look at your perception of self. In the past year, have you ever introduced yourself as an accountant? Mentioned your designation?

  657. June 1, 2007 at 6:45 pm

    I wish I had some good advice to offer you, Maureen. I hope things worked out for you.

  658. June 1, 2007 at 11:31 pm

    Man I know this feeling. I renewed my professional designation this year too and I have to have 100 hours of cont ed every five years. All I want is to be a literary diva! (she wails- flailing fists at the sky) Let us know what you decided.

  659. June 2, 2007 at 7:29 pm

    Tough decision, but you’re a smart cookie. I know you’ll make the right choice.

  660. June 3, 2007 at 5:12 pm

    “Do you have anything in your past you can’t give up on?”

    Maureen, I would like to say that it’s myself.

    Hang in there. You never know what’s been waiting for you to become available.

    Best of luck!

  661. June 4, 2007 at 7:28 am

    Hard decision to make, Maureen. But you can always take it up again at a later date if you suddenly decide to go back to accounting.

    Omg my word verification is: hadfux hahahahaha

  662. Kim Stag
    June 4, 2007 at 9:14 pm

    Hi, Maureen – SOOOOO what did you decide???? Thanks for popping in and NO, I had no problem with how you phrased your comment. None! So, did you re-up or not?


  663. June 4, 2007 at 10:59 pm

    I want to see that too- but am also scared. Then I have to sleep with the lights on.

    No regrets on the dues. It isn’t about taking a leap of faith it is about leaving doors open. Open doors never bad. At least this is what I tell myself when I renew.

  664. June 5, 2007 at 12:21 am

    Oh I hadn’t heard about this one. I’ll have to check it out. I love horror movies, have since I was a kid. I was fine watching The Exorcist until I had children. I can’t sit through it now *shudder*. The other movie that bothered me was one call The Prince of Darkness (I guess I have Satin issues). I couldn’t sleep for two days after watching it.

    I like scary – but not gross.

  665. June 5, 2007 at 5:09 am

    I remember seeing The Shining years ago at the Scarborough Town Centre and still being on edge in a nearby doughnut shop after the show. Like Jack Nicholson was going to come charging through the door while I ate my honey-glazed! However, I like that scary, distrubed feeling. From time to time, anyway. So, I think I’ll rent this one.

    Also, I’m with Eileen. It’s always good to leave a door open. No need to read too much into it. :)

  666. June 5, 2007 at 5:19 am

    Barrie. The Shining was the first scary movie I tried to watch on video. It was the one where I discovered I have trouble sitting through them. Every time that kid would start riding that bike thing down the hall, I’d turn it off. It might take days to get the courage to hit play again.

    BUT, I must be growing up. I watched the end of MIMIC tonight. I feel like such a big girl. :-)

    and you and Eileen are right. why close doors you don’t have to. I should stop beating myself up about it.

  667. Nelsa
    June 5, 2007 at 6:08 pm

    Ever since watching the tv series Night Gallery as a kid (remember Rod Serling anyone?) and seeing an evil talking doll on one of the episodes, I’m always freaked out by that. It must be genetic – two of my kids could never have Woody (the doll from Toy Story) in their rooms after he twisted his head around in the movie to scare the bully next door.
    And don’t get me started on the first Halloween with Jamie Lee Curtis. Did you hear they’re remaking that??? Why screw around with a classic?

  668. June 5, 2007 at 6:34 pm

    Maureen: Okay, if you were able to watch MIMIC the whole way through, I’m giving it a shot. :) And, yes, def let go of the whole dues/open door thing. Life is way too short. :)

  669. June 5, 2007 at 8:23 pm

    I NEVER go to see scary movies. I’m also afraid of the dark…. what a wuss!!!

  670. June 8, 2007 at 1:36 am

    Okay I finally got to see Pan’s Labyrinth last night. Wow…wow…the captain was the scariest guy in that whole movie. After his first “brutal” scene I found myself cringing everytime he came on the screen.

    Awesome movie, it’s really stuck with me.

  671. June 11, 2007 at 2:25 am

    I like suspenseful horror, but not blood and gore, chainsaw type horror.

    I never piped up before (no valid opinion) but I’m glad you paid your dues. Call me a safe-player but I’m more comfortable keeping as many doors open as possible, cause hey,… you never know!

  672. June 11, 2007 at 4:14 pm

    Hey there – I’ve been out of the blogosphere lately, and I can’t believe I missed this!!! As someone who’s making that leap right now, I feel your pain. Right now paying my astronomical dues doesn’t seem like that much of a big deal to me, but then again, I’ve been making good money in the Caymans for a while. Next year, this will NOT be the case… what would I do?

    Like you, I remember the pain of getting that designation (CMA for me). It was brutal. Brutal doesn’t even begin to cover it. So for me, just on that basis, I don’t think I could let it lapse. But then again, I’m just beginning to grasp the concept of living on faith, which, I realize now, is a much better way to spend my 70+ years on Earth than living in fear, which is what I’ve done so far. I’m a smart girl dang it, and so are you, and I will NOT end up a bag lady! And I’m sure neither will you. For me, the CMA was an accomplishment, a necessary step to where I am today, which is a published author (sounds funny, but hey, this was my journey. Don’t know what would’ve happened if I’d taken another way in life).

    But if you don’t feel that way about your designation, and are just hanging on to it out of fear and nothing else, then it doesn’t sound like there’s that much point in it… that IS a tough decision, but a totally and completely individual.

    Hope you find peace with whatever you decide. And for a good book (I’m only a couple of chapters in so far but it’s good so far), about living on faith rather than fear, try The Four Hour Work Week (I’ll blog about it as soon as I’m done reading).

    …and a massive THANK YOU for the Bay/Bloor alert – you sooooo made my day!!!!!!

  673. June 12, 2007 at 3:11 am

    Is it just me or does the show The Lot keep moving around so it is near impossible to follow. I want to watch it- I just don’t want it to be a weekly game of find the show…

  674. June 12, 2007 at 1:46 pm

    That is one reality show I have no interest in seeing. Not that I watch any of them, but I’m not even tempted. It’s sad what producers will put on the air to try and get ratings.

  675. June 12, 2007 at 5:02 pm

    Oh goody – another reality to show to avoid like the plague. I’m with you – it sounds horrible, manipulative and shallow. Blech!

    My pet peeve with reality shows it their need to plot women against men. Like we don’t have enough problems communicating already??
    My hubby like’s Hell’s Kitchen and I don’t understand why they’d pit girl chefs against boy chefs. Wouldn’t it be better to split the teams according to skill level?
    Then again — producers are looking for the highest drama available if that means making the men look like sissy’s or chauvenists and the women looking like catty bitches, so be it, right!

  676. Anonymous
    June 13, 2007 at 8:55 pm

    To me, it was not powerful at all. It was weak. I have seen more than one person comment they thought their cable had cut out. That tells me the ending did not do what Chase wanted it to do.

    I rather would have had him make a decision…kill Tony, kill Tony’s family, arrest Tony…anything, rather than this nothing that we got.

    I’m also tired of those who are saying how artistic and frickin’ brilliant this was. It was a complete cop out.

  677. June 14, 2007 at 2:41 am

    I’m with you on this. There is something unhealthy about the whole Reality television thing – although having said that, a few do give good insight into human nature. Most give insight into nothing more than how low some networks will stoop in the name of ratings.

  678. June 17, 2007 at 10:50 pm

    Happy One Year Anniversary, Maureen!! I love reading your blog because you’re so articulate. And I love all the movie reviews. Here’s to another great year of blogging for ya! (raising glass of cyber champagne)

  679. June 17, 2007 at 11:13 pm

    Happy One Year Anniversay, Maureen! I’m an avid reader, but rarely post….. Keep it up – and there is no doubt about it – the day will come when the name Maureen McGowan will be on the NYT Best Seller List!

  680. June 18, 2007 at 12:24 am

    Happy Blog-anniversary! I think we’ve got to know each other from loops and also blogging….. in fact, Maureen, I think of you every time I open my dishwasher (I’m sure you know why hahaha)

  681. June 18, 2007 at 12:45 pm

    Happy anniversary, Maureen! I know I started blogging myself because of your blog. I’ve always enjoyed your blog and your prespective you bring to books, movies, TV, and writing. :)

    I think you really can get to know at least one aspect of someone’s personality from reading their blog. I’m glad I’ve had a chance to get to know you better. :)

  682. June 18, 2007 at 1:53 pm

    Happy Blogiversary, Maureen! For the record – I enjoy the digressions 😉

  683. Nelsa
    June 18, 2007 at 2:38 pm

    Happy Blog Anniversary! I enjoy your blog for a lot of things – your movie/TV show reviews, your insights on writing, and especially your self-deprecating humour. As long as you still enjoy writing the blog we’ll keep reading it!

  684. June 19, 2007 at 7:32 pm

    Happy Blogiversary, Maureen, and congrats!! I’ve enjoyed your posts and am impressed you’ve been at this for a whole year–that’s quite an accomplishment! Looking forward to meeting you in person next month :).

  685. June 20, 2007 at 12:33 am

    Happy anniversary- and now I want to know why Sara thinks of you when she opens the dishwasher. That screams “STORY”

  686. June 20, 2007 at 3:40 pm

    Happy Blogiversary Maureen!

    There are 2 big blogiversaries.

    9 months ’cause that’s when the average blog gets out of the Google sandbox (you start to get hits on “writing” instead of simply “Maureen McGowan”)


    1 year ’cause that’s when the big boy bloggers start to take you seriously and link more often to you (’cause most blogs go out of business long before that).

    You’ve passed both hurdles!

    (Says someone who is back in the sandbox after having moved domains)

  687. June 21, 2007 at 12:27 am

    Happy One Year!! I’m a lurker alot of time, but I find your posts enjoyable and informative and I always make a point of visiting you on Drunk Writer!

    Happy Blogaversary.rdfxj

  688. June 21, 2007 at 7:42 pm

    LOL about your mother and your online persona. I do believe there’s some truth to that. And I agree with all your reasons for blogging. Happy anniversary!

  689. June 21, 2007 at 9:20 pm

    Hey Maureen – you forgot one other her reason to keep blogging: don’t tell me it isn’t fun to speak your mind to an international audience (I’m in Cayman, so yes, that makes you international, baby!) I may not keep up with all the blogs I come across all the time, but I do keep checking in with the ones that are entertaining, and yours rocks. Pubbed or no pubbed, you have a fabulous voice that leaps off the page (or is it the screen?)

    I feel the no comments despair with my own blog, and the reality is that most of us just wanna sit back and be entertained, with no obligation on our parts (don’t worry, I read other people’s blogs and don’t comment regularly either…). It’s the nature of the beast.

    Happy blogoversary!

  690. June 22, 2007 at 9:34 pm

    Absolutely I have. You being one of them. :) When you, Misty and I met for Mexican food, it was the first time I’d tried the cyberfriend-to-real-life-friend crossover. And it worked like a treat!

  691. June 23, 2007 at 2:49 am

    I almost afraid to admit this, but some of my blog-buddies seem closer to me than my real flesh-and-blood friends. I guess because we came together with a common interest – writing, as opposed to simply having children in the same playgroup. I enjoyed getting to know you through your blog and meeting you in person at TRW. Amy and I, though we met first, really hit it off through the blog scene. Ditto with Christine, then Leah, etc…
    Thanks for another great digression!

  692. K
    June 23, 2007 at 2:59 am

    Oh, sh**.
    I didn’t make your shout out list.
    Blasted hell.

  693. June 23, 2007 at 6:40 pm

    Oh, K

    How could I leave you off the list?

    But it wasn’t meant to be a comprehensive list, just examples… sorry if I offended anyone else by leaving them off the list. :-(

    In fact, I left off most of my closet writer friends, because, well, I didn’t meet them online. Now that I think of it… I probably know you better “live” than “on-line”.

  694. June 23, 2007 at 6:46 pm

    Ha! Closet writer friends.

    A Freudian slip to be sure.

    I meant “closest”. But I actually do have a closet writer friend, too… (Who’s also a close friend.) She goes by her first name only on-line due to her whole not being “out” as a writer with friends and family thing.

    And speaking of that… What’s with commenting using an initial, “K”. You in a closet, too? LOL.

  695. June 24, 2007 at 12:51 pm

    I think you really get to know people online. Mostly because people will say what they really think (sometimes a bad thing). I think it’s been a great way for me to get to know everyone and keep in touch since I moved.

    And Wylie, I know my online friends just as well if not better than my “in person” friends too. I feel like I can actually talk about writing and not bore everyone!

  696. June 25, 2007 at 12:28 pm


    A bit sleepy when I posted
    (or stoned from paint fumes)
    and got my cyber identities mixed up
    (K, Kimber, other nasty names I go by).

    I really don’t know how Superman does it.

    That’s okay.
    I’ve been left off other lists
    (and put on lists
    I’d rather not be on).
    I’m still one of your biggest fans.

  697. June 27, 2007 at 12:38 pm

    Hi Maureen! I just found your blog. We met at the NEC conference this past March. Cool blog, I’ll have to add it to my blog roll! And yes, I’ve made friends (and dates) through my blog.

  698. June 27, 2007 at 2:25 pm

    Temptation is a powerful thing…I’m glad for the breakdown on the show though. Now I know I really won’t be watching it.

  699. June 27, 2007 at 6:17 pm

    Ahh…we all have our weakness. Mine is….red licorice!

  700. June 28, 2007 at 3:20 pm

    Love the drop-down “Read Me”!! :)

  701. June 29, 2007 at 1:30 am

    That is absurd! You rebel.

  702. June 29, 2007 at 3:01 am

    Ha! I just checked your blog, Eileen and you got a G rating. What a good girl you are!

    The only black mark against you one was use of the word “hurt”. (Although how using the word hurt is a “bad” thing I’m really not sure.)

  703. June 29, 2007 at 1:13 pm

    Ahhh…the script, I believe, is based on Google.

    Which means that if your blog isn’t yet out of the sandbox (its a baby blog, less than 9 months old), no bad words will be picked up.

    How do I know?

    My ClientK blog used a profanity about every second post and it picked up none (rated it General which is quite amusing).

  704. June 29, 2007 at 2:13 pm

    I got an R rating for:

    * bitches (7x)
    * sexy (2x)
    * bitch (1x)

    Seriously? It’s not for my overuse of the F-word?

  705. June 30, 2007 at 5:10 am

    Ha ha!I got PG and my topics are way more obscene than yours! I’ve blogged about polygamy, racism, anti-Bush rants, hot latin men… but with all these scandalous topics I managed to only say “sexy” (x2) and “ass” (x1) so I got off the hook pretty easy…

  706. June 30, 2007 at 9:13 pm

    I’m thoroughly annoyed. My rating was PG based on the use of dead (4X) and murder (1x). I was talking about using dead flies to power robots. Interesting stuff I picked up from….National Geographic for KIDS!!!

  707. July 2, 2007 at 10:48 am

    Next year in San Fran…… face to face….. yay!!

  708. July 2, 2007 at 10:49 am

    Hahahahaha I can so relate to the temptation. And the odds on you watching future episodes, hmmm?????

  709. July 2, 2007 at 8:17 pm

    Your rating proves how ridiculous this is, Barrie. And I guess, to be fair, I don’t think the rating’s are supposed to be taken too seriously.

    But it is strange/worrying the words they pick out as “bad”. It just shows how anything can be misinterpreted out of context and how dangerous (IMO) the movie rating rules really are.

  710. July 3, 2007 at 3:00 am

    hey maureen,

    thanks for leaving a comment on my blog. i know lots of people visit my blog (more than a few new photography clients who know all about my blog-life when i sign them on) and it’s great that you actually left a comment!


  711. July 3, 2007 at 11:49 am

    *looks at the excerpt of her book on her blog*

    I’ll get an NC17 rating for mine LOL! I’ll have to try it to see.

  712. July 3, 2007 at 11:50 am

    OMG Sorry for the second post put I just did my blog. I got a PG rating!! PG!! Something seriously wrong there.

  713. July 4, 2007 at 4:11 pm

    I just navigated here from your Publisher’s Marketplace page… your novel concepts sound very interesting, btw. I read somewhere (could have been the latest RWR) that the trend in writing is not so much looking for Mr. Right as it is what happens… it must be true since most of my last purchases (and I didn’t really do this on purpose) were about post-divorce women.

    Well, there’s no real point to this post other than to say good luck with that experiment, and do share the results!

  714. Gloria
    July 5, 2007 at 11:10 pm

    maureen, scott text messaged me and told me to go see this movie – ONCE. LOVE IT LOVE IT LOVE IT immediately went home and purchased the album. lovely, lovely film

  715. July 6, 2007 at 12:12 am

    I haven’t heard of this one. Is it in the theatres now?

  716. July 6, 2007 at 12:17 am

    I think it just opened in Halifax, Christine! (I checked on

  717. July 6, 2007 at 6:36 pm

    Thanks for the recommendation. We’re adding it to our NetFlix list.

  718. July 7, 2007 at 4:54 pm

    Hey Maureen, thanks for mentioning our cyber/met-in-person friendship on your blog.

    I found it when I googled myself (do you ever do that) and my name popped up along with yours. HA!

    I remember the moment we met too — in Reno at nationals when we were both waiting to pitch. I can’t speak for you, but I know I was a nervous wreck.

    have a blast in Nationals this year!

  719. July 7, 2007 at 5:57 pm

    I’m pretty sure they’re dating in real life!

    (Came over from Yahoo loop … love the website!)

  720. July 8, 2007 at 11:53 am

    Hey, no way! You gan an “R” for “gay”. I got an NC-17 on my persnal blog for using “hell” three times and “bitch” once. And then “crap” and “slap” but I’m not sure why those were picked up.

    On the other hand, I do have lots of ranting and ravings about Paris Hilton not knowing where to buy panties…maybe that’s it.

    Or maybe the title of the blog “G’s Spot” just for being a double entendre.

    Shrug. Just like with movies, I don’t really get how they think.

  721. Nelsa
    July 9, 2007 at 5:35 pm

    Thanks for the link to his article, Maureen. I was once a very strong Stephen King fan but that was back in my teens and twenties. Now, I’m more of a fan of his philosophies on writing and his generosity of spirit for writers. I took my 14 yr old daughter to see him get his lifetime achievement award at BookExpo and he was a thoroughly entertaining speaker (not easy to keep a teenager entertained, let me tell you). I think now, more than his books, it is his honesty about his writing, and the world of reading that is inspiring to me. He tells it like it is and has little pretension. Very likeable human being altogether.

  722. Anonymous
    July 9, 2007 at 8:37 pm

    I have such a writer crush on Stephen King. I have this fantasy where I get to go to his house and discuss books with him and his wife.

  723. July 9, 2007 at 8:39 pm


    I share your crush/fantasy. (Maybe I should read a few of his books before he asks me over, though. LOL)

  724. July 10, 2007 at 11:50 am

    I love that man. I’ve been reading his books since I was 12 and can’t get enough of him. I actually haven’t read the last book in the Dark Tower series because I DON’T want it to end (I really do need to finish that).

    And you’re right about what an awesome thing he did for that writer.

  725. July 10, 2007 at 7:06 pm


    There are plenty of Stephen King books that don’t really qualify as horror. I would suggest you read some of his human studies, like “Misery” or “Dolores Claiborne.” Yes, there are a few icky descriptions (which are easy enough to skip, if you’re feeling queasy). King is an absolute master of character. And when he writes about real people separate from the ghosts and evil spirits/forces, he is very accessible for even the most ardent of horror haters.

    You are really missing out on some amazing storytelling!

  726. July 11, 2007 at 7:20 pm

    Maureen, I am so glad I took a moment to read all of your links – they revived me! A wonderful post. Now if some of that Stephen King juju can rub off on an author only a couple of titles away on the shelf … 😉

  727. July 12, 2007 at 1:50 am

    Love him. I USED to love his books, but I sort of grew out of his horror stuff in my 20’s. Loved his book on writing, and like Kristin says – go with Delores Claiborne (Misery had a few ‘EEEEWWW’ scenes).

    Hope you’re having fun at Nationals!
    I’m sitting home sulking.
    Good luck on Sat night!!!!!

  728. July 13, 2007 at 10:34 pm

    I’ve only read one of his books – too scary for me – but his On Writing is an absolute must for any writer, in my opinion!

  729. July 16, 2007 at 1:48 pm

    You were missed, Maureen! Welcome back. Can’t wait to hear more about Nationals when you get time.

  730. July 16, 2007 at 9:21 pm

    I have never heard of this! I don’t think I’m out of the sandbox yet as it found no “bad” words but, given what we all know of my book, we know that I’m due for at least a couple of hits …

    seems so arbitrary … who are these people?!

  731. July 17, 2007 at 3:42 am

    Great to see you back…. can’t wait to hear all about it!

  732. July 17, 2007 at 12:00 pm

    We missed you big time. I’m glad you made it in one piece and had a great trip. Can’t wait to hear more.

  733. July 17, 2007 at 2:31 pm

    The same damn thing happened to me a number of years ago…the wake up call from the limo company. The frantic dressing and packing. The anxious drive wondering if I had missed the check-in time. I fought a wedgie all the way to the airport where I discovered that in dressing in the dark (trying not to wake my husband) I had put my underwear on backwards. :)

    You were missed. I hope you’ll post more about your trip.

  734. July 17, 2007 at 4:26 pm

    If you’d been in your room checking your email, we may not have had those great conversations at National. I’ve added you as a link from my blog so my posse will know what a talented writer you are.
    Laura :-)

  735. July 19, 2007 at 3:29 am

    LOL – love the title for this post.
    And I agree, I think we’re just more honest. Wait — not ME, per se, just US, as a nation. I don’t smoke pot. Anymore. Nevermind.

  736. July 19, 2007 at 10:54 pm

    I’ve never tried, never appealed to me, but I don’t care if other people do. It’s their own business.

    I might try one day … but it’s not on my list of priorities.

    I enjoy my vodka martinis and cosmos every once and a while.

  737. July 20, 2007 at 4:13 pm

    And what an awesome party it is! I’ve never tried it myself, but I know lots of people who have. I’m a wine girl…and scotch!

  738. July 21, 2007 at 7:53 pm

    I, too, had to crack it open and take a peek, and I agree – I’m in!

    At this moment I’m simultaneously reading HP Deathly Hallows, HP and the Philosopher’s Stone (to my 7 year old), Christine d’Abo’s new book and doing the TRW newsletter.
    Who says I can’t multitask 😉

  739. July 21, 2007 at 10:15 pm

    I tend to OD on romance also.
    So I alternate it with an OD on business book (yeah, crazy mix but… ).
    Balances me.

  740. July 21, 2007 at 11:17 pm

    I flipped to the back. Bad me I know it all and it doesn’t matter, I’m reading it right now. I’m at page 138 and showing no signs of stopping. Though I should I only have 5k to finish of the first draft of my WIP.

    I should do that, my WIP is almost done then the editing begins … I just can’t let go of HP. My hands are wrapped around it in a vice like grip. ARGH!!! 😉

  741. July 22, 2007 at 3:29 pm

    I just realized that my post made it sound like I don’t like romance. I do. It’s just I read so much when I was first getting educated about the genre… and several of my CP’s and other good writer friends write romance, and I read their stuff and frankly, all those combined is enough in one genre for me. I like to mix it up…

  742. July 22, 2007 at 3:56 pm

    You will have NO CLUE what is going on in HP7 if you don’t read HP5+6. Especially 6. Five you can pretty much see the movie (I hated that book) because it gets across most of the main points.

    However, having read the last book now, there is something that they left out of the movie that they shouldn’t have.

  743. July 22, 2007 at 6:04 pm

    Thanks, Diana! That’s exactly what I wanted to know… I’ll go see the current movie and then read #6 before #7.

  744. July 22, 2007 at 9:44 pm

    I’ve just seen the current movie and LOVED it and am halfway through the new book – I didn’t read 6 again but I did go on Wikapaedia and get a plot summary, which helped a lot!

  745. July 22, 2007 at 11:54 pm

    I read the first 10 Anne Perry books, and then lost interest after awhile. There were other mystery series like the JD Robb books that I wanted to read. Now if I picked them up again I wouldn’t know where to start. By the way, I pre-ordered my Harry Potter back in February!

  746. July 23, 2007 at 12:58 am

    Canadians smoke more pot than where I’m living now (SoCal)???! Maybe you’re right, Maureen, and it’s just an honesty thing. I wonder about other drugs…

  747. July 23, 2007 at 5:49 am

    Oh, I have exactly the same problem with H.P. I devoured the first four, bought five and six (but never read them because I had too, too many other things to read) and just got seven today… So, I guess I’ll need to begin where I left off, huh?

    As for authors whose work I’ve exhausted–I read just about everything by Sue Miller, Elizabeth Berg and Anita Shreve. I love their writing, but the themes (lots of death and unhappiness) started to depress me after awhile. I also read the first 11 Janet Evanovich’s in her Stephanie Plum series before I ran out steam. They did always make me laugh, though.

  748. July 24, 2007 at 1:54 am

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  749. July 24, 2007 at 1:59 am

    I think every author has a rhythm. And when you read too many of them, that tends to stand out more. And then when you read 5 or so back to back it becomes annoying.

    I once read an author whose favourite word was ‘wry’. She ruined that word for me by overuse in book after book. I won’t read her again. and I squirm when I read it in others.

    With J.K. Rowlings, she goes off on tangents that have no reason…and regular author would have to cut them. But it’s easy to forgive when I only read her once every couple of year.

    And read the books in order. Everything builds on other information. And you need the backstory on all the characters.

  750. July 24, 2007 at 5:06 pm

    Ha ha! I think we’re just less uptight than many other places… but I have to wonder how we beat other notably un-uptight countries like anything Scandanavian, or France, or Holland? Weird.

  751. July 25, 2007 at 7:26 pm

    I can’t believe you didn’t provide us with pictures of this exciting experiment.

    Sorry you’re feeling crummy.

  752. July 25, 2007 at 9:51 pm

    Ha! I actually considered photos, Kristen.
    I’m feeling better today, but my right forearm still looks as if I’ve got a little cutting myself problem.

  753. July 26, 2007 at 1:21 am

    I put two of my kids through this hellish testing. It wasn’t fun to watch, but definitely easier than being the arms (and back, in their cases). Have you considered allergy shots? Also, what movie did you see? I just saw Waitress (based on your recommendation) and loved it!

  754. July 26, 2007 at 1:59 am

    I did allergy shots for about 10-15 years when I was a kid… And I guess I’m going back on them now. Hope they make more of a difference this time.

    I had the test done on my back when I was a kid. And needles, not scratches. I have horrible memories of it. As bad as my angry red swollen arm was yesterday, it wasn’t as bad as what I remember as a kid.

  755. July 26, 2007 at 3:41 pm

    I’m still hooked on The Lot. This despite the fact that I think there are a zillion ways they could make it better starting with getting rid of that annoying woman who does the MC bit.

  756. July 26, 2007 at 4:19 pm

    I’m with you Eileen on the host of the lot – yikes!!

    But last night’s show!! So wonderful and I thought having them all do the same solo was a great idea – I was suprised about who moved me too. Sara is a total workshorse – she’s not electric but she’s really really competent and I think that’s the same with Kameron – competent but not electric. Hok was very electric I would hav eloved to see him do that solo.
    I have to change my opinion of Neil. I think he’s actually one of my favorites right now. That back flip last night and his solo were killer. Sabra is fantastic and it’s too bad Dom had a bad night but I think the next ones to go will be Jamie and Kameron with a slim chance of Sara and Danny – who is amazing – but not a great connection with the world.

  757. July 26, 2007 at 4:59 pm

    I wrote that blog while I was still watching the show… and didn’t realize that it’s all based on votes now. Scary. These popularitly contest things can be so weird. I mean, look at who won last year. He was fun, but was MILES away from being the best dancer in my mind. Now, his sister… I agree with the judges that she’s more interesting than he was.

  758. July 26, 2007 at 7:15 pm

    really? I think she’s so surface and she kind of creeps me out – not a huge fan

  759. July 26, 2007 at 8:57 pm

    She’s growing on me… But you’re right. She is a bit creepy. What’s with that black eyeliner and the spray on tan?

  760. July 27, 2007 at 4:28 am

    Yikes, Maureen that sounds awful. Glad you’re feeling better today. Hope they can sort you out in the end.

  761. July 28, 2007 at 12:33 am

    Maureen, I haven’t seen the original movie, but I did see the musical on Broadway and I can’t wait to see the movie. John Waters is actually quite happy with what they did with the movie on stage. Harvey Fierstein played the original Edna, with a gravely voice and a fat suit. For me, the musical is all about Tracy and her journey, and less about Edna.

  762. July 28, 2007 at 2:47 am

    I haven’t seen the original movie yet, but hope to see the remake…

    I tagged you for a meme, Maureen. It’s about books, so I hope you’ll play along. Go over to my blog for the instructions.

  763. July 28, 2007 at 5:12 am

    Maureen, I haven’t seen the new version – and I’m not running out the door to, either. I am a HUGE fan of the original – and I get the distinct feeling I would be severely disappointed with the new version. From what I’ve seen of interviews and shorts, this new version is for the “general viewing public”. Whereas the original, in my mind, had that lovely John Waters cult following – ie you were “cool” if you’d seen it (at least it was that way when I was a teenger and the original was out).
    I agree about the whole Divine/John Travolta thing. As much as I love John Travolta, he isn’t Divine. And let’s not mention the fat “issues” – it was done (actually underdone) beautifully in the original. Back in the 80’s we didn’t have “issues” shoved down our throats – at least not done in a neon signboard kinda way.
    Ok…… getting down from my soapbox now!

  764. July 28, 2007 at 5:08 pm

    I have nothing to contribute to this thread except to say how you so totally know about things and ideas I’ve never thought about or heard of. I love reading your posts just to learn about your world and life from a different angle. I’m sure your books are like that, too. Can’t wait to see one on the shelf! 007, baby :-)

  765. July 28, 2007 at 8:37 pm

    I’m glad I’m not the only one who feels this way… I loved the John Waters version, and I’ve been really hesitant to see the new one, despite my overwhelming love for all things musical.

    The John Travolta thing bugs me for all the same reasons. I can buy Harvey Fierstein in the role, because he’s done drag before. This one… i dunno, it’s almost like they went, hey who’s the big musically stars right now, let’s shove ’em in a movie together… and wouldn’t it be HIGH-larious to get the guy from Grease and put him in a dress?

  766. July 29, 2007 at 3:37 pm

    That’s exactly it, Grammar Geek. I’d be okay with Harvey Fierstein in the role, too…

    And Elizabeth… while John Waters is laughing all the way to the bank and therefore publicly happy… I heard him make some very, shall we say, hedged comments about it when I saw him do a talk at the TIFF. Hairspray was actually filming in Toronto at the time and he’d been on set a few times.

    I realized my post came across much more negative than I meant it to… I just have this nagging feeling that the new makers of Hairspray were poking fun at the kinds of things that John Waters loves, and not poking nearly as much fun at the actual things the original was intended to poke fun at… racism, predjudice of all kinds, mainstream society, puritanism… To make such a mainstream version of this story… while a fun movie, kind of misses the point for me.

  767. July 30, 2007 at 2:42 pm

    I loved the original Hairspray movie, but haven’t seen the new one yet. There was something weird and wonderful about Ricki Lake, Divine and the rest of the cast.

    I don’t think you were negative, Maureen. In fact, it’s been the most thought provoking analysis I’ve read on this yet.

  768. July 31, 2007 at 11:45 pm

    I really want to read Darkly Dreaming Dexter, but don’t want to ruin the HBO series… Does that make sense? Usually it’s the other way around!
    Also on my ‘to acquire’ list are The Memory Keeper’s Daughter and the Unfinished Canadian – though the latter is one of those books that I’m sure will end up on the $10 table at Chapters eventually… so maybe I’ll just wait a bit.
    And of course, Molly’s.
    I’ve never read anything by Jennifer Weiner. Am I missing something?

  769. July 31, 2007 at 11:48 pm

    Re: Jennifer Weiner… The only one I’ve read is In Her Shoes. She’s a very good writer… But in spite of buying a few others (the one on the list is a collection of short stories, and I also have Good In Bed on my TBR pile) I have yet to start another.

  770. August 1, 2007 at 3:57 am

    I keep hearing wonderful things about The Memory Keeper’s Daughter, but I haven’t read it yet. I do own (and have read :) Weiner’s Good in Bed, as well as a few others by her. I really enjoy her writing. On my TBR shelf (well, shelves) is another of hers–Goodnight Nobody.

  771. August 3, 2007 at 12:54 am

    Not sure what to think of the Jane Austen movie. Being that P&P is my fav book, I’m a little wierded out that they are making a fictional movie about her life.
    But Atonement, that I’m excited to see, loved, loved, loved that book. Definitely in my top ten of all time.

  772. August 3, 2007 at 1:07 pm

    I think I want to see it, but I’m not sure if I’ll hit the theatre for it. I’m not going looking for a true story, but more fore the entertainment “what if” factor.

  773. August 3, 2007 at 5:12 pm

    That’s hysterical! I wonder what you write in French. Probably farce.

  774. August 3, 2007 at 5:35 pm

    Actually, I realize it was the YA one (not inspirational) that was translated as Mejor Manuscrito de Romance para Adultos

    My Spanish isn’t great… But doesnt that say, for Adults?

    I think they translated the inspirational one, correctly.

    And I hope I write farce in French! (Maybe i do in English, too, come to think of it.)

  775. August 3, 2007 at 6:28 pm

    Nice to know we’ve crossed over into Paranormal–not as much of a stretch for me as it is for you.

    Too funny…

  776. August 3, 2007 at 8:01 pm

    Ha! Actually, my new almost finished WIP does have a paranormal element… but a pretty minor/light one. But that book that was in the GH? Not so much. LOL.

  777. August 3, 2007 at 10:05 pm

    Now you’re writing in Spanish? So talented you are.

  778. August 4, 2007 at 4:40 am

    I am truly honored, Maureen. Thank you so much!

  779. August 4, 2007 at 3:55 pm

    Well, yes…I want to see Becoming Jane (since I do suffer from that Austen obsession and all :), but I’ll admit to being really nervous about what they’re going to do with it.

  780. Anonymous
    August 4, 2007 at 11:25 pm

    Pues no se pero en ingles la categoria era esta en la que la incluyeron (que gano Marilyn Weigel) 2007 Golden Heart Winner for
    Best Novel with Strong Romantic Elements Manuscript y Maureen McGowan estaba incluida en ella asi que quiza el error no es de la link que pone

  781. August 5, 2007 at 6:13 am

    Gosh, I wish my Spanish was good enough you understand your post, Anonymous.

    Guess the translation errors go both ways…

  782. August 5, 2007 at 8:58 pm

    Gosh I’m impressed… I wish I was multi-lingual lol!

  783. August 5, 2007 at 10:10 pm


    My name is Nieves, and I’m one of the webmasters of the site autorasenlasombra. And first of all, I’m please to meet you, Maureen. We are sorry for that mistake, but it’s solved now. Thanks 😉

    And congrats for your nomination. Hope to see your books published soon! And in Spanish too.

    All the best,


  784. August 5, 2007 at 10:24 pm

    Nieves! Thank you for stopping by my blog. And thank you so much for your kind words and for listing the Golden Heart nominees on your website. I was very surprised (and pleased) to find it there.

    Your English is much better than my Spanish!

  785. August 7, 2007 at 4:07 pm

    Aw, thanks so much for posting about Beyond Cool, Maureen! Yeah, it’s one of those books that would be fine for any girl between 11 and 17, I’d say. I had a lot of fun with this one–hope that’s reflected in the writing. Bummer you lost power yesterday–hope all’s well now!

  786. August 8, 2007 at 7:23 am

    Sounds very painful. My sister (the one who lives near you) is out of town. She’s lucky that way. Always manages to miss the TO grid catastrophes. You might want a copy of her schedule? :)

  787. August 8, 2007 at 1:20 pm

    Congratulations Ladies!! This both sound like wonderful reads. :)

  788. August 8, 2007 at 3:54 pm

    There is the very real chance that I will be buried alive under my growing to-be-read list and you are at least partly to blame. I hope you can live with that. Come to Surrey and I’ll force you to have a drink with me while I tell you off for being a book pimp.

  789. August 8, 2007 at 6:31 pm

    You guys need AC up there? I’d never have guessed that. Now, here? It’s Africa, fry-the-bottom-of-your-feet hot. In Texas, August is a bad word.

    Do you ever write longhand? I’ve tried many, many times and can’t do it. What does that say? Who knows.

  790. August 9, 2007 at 4:45 pm

    It’s been so interesting to me to watch “On the Lot” this summer for much the same reason. My actual film background is limited (as far as positioning the camera, shooting scenes, etc.), so I’ve been fascinated by the directors with such strong visual skills and how they’ve chosen to set up and cut their shots.

    However, the directors who are also accomplished screenwriters make, for me, the best short films on the show. Not only are their movies visual intriguing, but the dialogue is well constructed, there are character and plot arcs, the structure of the story is as well thought out as the ordering of the images… (Like Adam’s “Army Guy” clip from this week. :)

  791. August 9, 2007 at 5:49 pm

    I’m starting to think that show would’ve been better if they’d given the director’s scripts that they could shoot and change how they wanted… Then the show could’ve shown more about how actual film making works…

    I haven’t seen this week, yet. I keep forgetting to watch it on Fox, but the Canadain chanel is showing it the following Sunday now and my digital recorder knows about that one.

  792. August 9, 2007 at 9:47 pm

    Yikes!!! We have possums but I’ve only ever seen them dead on the road in the countryside.

  793. August 10, 2007 at 12:39 pm

    Thankfully, I haven’t seen any racoons where I live yet. Lots of crows and chipmunks though. My poor house cat is being driven insane. :)

  794. August 10, 2007 at 1:14 pm

    He looks guilty, doesn’t he? Totally busted. He’s actually sniffing around outside your office to find out if you have your manuscript sent off :)

  795. Nelsa
    August 10, 2007 at 3:27 pm

    OMG. I totally identify.
    I’m not sure which (who?) I despise most – the demented squirrels or the garbage destroying/dog food eating racoons that live in my backyard.
    The squirrels once made a nest in my still warm van engine overnight. When the car didn’t seem to have any zip I took it in and my mechanic (trying not to laugh) said he found an old evergreen bough and chewed ignition wires that ended up costing me almost 1,000 dollars to fix.
    The racoons have made it into my back porch to tip over my dog’s food container more times than I can count. The other day I opened the back door, my dog leaps over the top step – where a racoon is still sitting, now frozen with terror over my dog’s frenzied barking. Seems it was a young racoon who didn’t get back to the nest on time and was hoping he could somehow still get some dog food for breakfast.
    I feel for your racoon issues, Maureen.

  796. August 11, 2007 at 6:26 pm

    Sean Penn’s words rang true for me.

    How many movies have you seen (after you’ve read the book) and been greatly disappointed? Me — a lot. The one true exception, might be The Godfather, but they did take three movies to cover the one book.

    I can’t imagine from a writer’s standpoint, how it would feel to see your work, your POV, your characters changed into something else.

    As an actor, I would want to talk to the person who wrote the work to begin with. If that’s an author or the screenwriter — if I was looking for character motivation, emotion, reaction, then I’d want it coming straight from the person who dreamed that character up in the first place.

  797. August 12, 2007 at 1:20 am

    I hear that the power goes out in Orleans (outside of Ottawa) often as well. It’s weird how it hits some areas more often than others. I’m researching and planning on living off the grid completely – as soon as I can find a 20 acre site along the Rideau River.

  798. August 13, 2007 at 3:29 pm

    Wow, great photo!

    No raccoons here so far (*knocks on wood*) although I’ve had a hellacious squirrel problem. They seem to think the bird feeder is for them, and regardless of what kind I buy (even the anti-squirrel kind!) or where/how I hang it, they find a way (including taking running leaps from trees/fences and risking life and limb) to gobble all the birdseed before the birds even figure out where I’ve placed the latest birdfeeder.


    Best of luck with your raccoons! =)

  799. August 15, 2007 at 4:05 pm

    Ugh, we have them in our backyard all the time. I even see them in broad daylight, climbing up trees! (Um, aren’t they supposed to be nocturnal??) We got these great ‘racoon proofer’ things at the hardware store, for our garbage cans, that really work! So no more messes–yay! And we’ve had our eavestrough kitted out with some wire meshy thing they can’t get into. Don’t mind that they’re around if they don’t make messes and we don’t hear them clawing around…

  800. August 16, 2007 at 2:43 pm

    We had raccoons in our house upstate who totally ruined our attic (not to mention took $$$ of the asking price). I just watched the video of Grey Gardens where Little Edie Bouvier Beale feeds two raccoons who live in her attic. Clearly indicating that she and her mother were totally nuts!

  801. August 16, 2007 at 2:59 pm

    People who feed raccoons are clearly insane. They do quite well.

    People who feed pigeons make me crazy, too. If there weren’t ample food for these creatures in cities already, they wouldn’t be here!!! Let’s purposefully leave stuff out for the rats, and roaches, too.

  802. August 18, 2007 at 11:58 pm

    Um ya, I know they’re cute but very nuisance like. My Nanny lived on Main and Danforth and she had tons of problems with coons and skunks.

    Here in NodNol (London) we have problems with rabbits and apparently cougars. Rabbits constantly dig holes in my backyard and eat everything and we have skunks too. They fight in our backyard with cats. Nothing like running to the window in the middle of the night because of a skunk fight, and they make a god awful sounds.

  803. August 21, 2007 at 5:11 pm

    You know they can read. Now you’ve just made him mad.

  804. August 22, 2007 at 10:22 pm

    I’d be slacking too if I was in charge of “Camp Auntie Maureen”!!!! Btw, do you hire yourself out for birthday parties?????

  805. August 22, 2007 at 10:23 pm

    If Beyond Cool is anything like Popsicle it will definitely be a keeper!

    Congrats Bev and Debrah!!

  806. August 23, 2007 at 12:23 am

    Maureen, you’re no slacker – believe me, it takes a while to work out how to juggle being a mum and finding time to write – it’s certainly impossible to work it out in less than a week!
    It is amazing how you can max out your time when you only have 30 minutes to write here and there when there’s a toddler hanging off your pants leg!
    So…. how much do you charge an hour for Camp Auntie Maureen??!! It sounds like a fun place to be!

  807. August 23, 2007 at 2:25 pm

    Children make me tired. It’s like being strapped into a roller coaster for days.

  808. August 24, 2007 at 1:39 am

    I adore Sean Penn. I didn’t care much for him back in his bad boy, Madonna days, but now I just love him. I think he’s an amazing actor and just a really smart person.

    What he said makes complete sense.

  809. August 24, 2007 at 4:35 am

    Can I send my kids to Camp Auntie Maureen, cause it sounds like great fun. Actually, I’ll come myself and leave my kids at home!

    If you’d really like to know what motherhood & writing is about, I just posted about that at the Six Degrees of Sexy site.
    Sorry I can’t link – I’ve no idea how too – but it’s

  810. August 24, 2007 at 2:04 pm

    Thanks for this, Maureen! My Expression/Destiny number is 8 – which means a good manager, great with money and very big into material things. So NOT me! But my Soul number is 5 – which is the love of adventure and travel – DEFINITELY me! And Inner Dream is 3 – which is of course why I’m pursuing my dream of becoming a published writer! Thanks – this was fun to do!

  811. August 24, 2007 at 4:19 pm

    We’re super women.

  812. August 24, 2007 at 6:32 pm

    Can I have your destiny number Maureen? I’m an 8 like alli, which makes me wonder where all those bags of money have ended up.

  813. August 24, 2007 at 8:38 pm

    Yeah… You know, Bonnie, I’m not sure I can get behind a theory that ties your entire destiny/personality to a choice your parents made at your birth…

    But I did like how my numbers came out. You can borrow them anytime.

  814. August 28, 2007 at 3:46 am

    Like fine wine- you had to come into your own.

  815. August 28, 2007 at 3:56 pm

    Alli and Bonnie,
    I’m an 8 too.

    However, I have to admit to being a true 8 except that my bags of money are being attacked by the nasty stock market gremlins. Having grown up without running water (unless you count the river) and not eating every day, material things are important to me.

    That said…
    Since my Mom tells me that I was named after the toilet paper (Kimberley-Clark), I don’t know if I’m going to let her choice shape my destiny.

  816. August 31, 2007 at 5:34 am

    I’m a 6. Which I actually think describes me. :)

    Okay–onto an important matter. When does the Toronto film festival begin? I can’t wait for all your reviews, Maureen. And pictures.

    Have you seen/reviewed You Can Count On Me. I love, love, love that movie!

  817. August 31, 2007 at 11:44 pm

    Maureen, I have no idea what you’re talking about…. good luck anyway!!!

  818. August 31, 2007 at 11:49 pm

    Ha! You need to read the preceding post, too.

  819. August 31, 2007 at 11:55 pm


    Thus far, only going to my annual gala. This one is that Jane Austen Book Club flick.

    Why, oh, why are we having our all day writers meeting during film fest?

  820. September 1, 2007 at 12:07 am

    I’m trying to hide my overwhelming jealousy that you get to go and I don’t..

    As usual I will lap up all your recounts of your experiences and dream of the day when I have the time and money to go.

  821. September 1, 2007 at 8:14 pm

    I got my list of films yesterday afternoon. They are getting fast! I haven’t checked it in detail yet, but it looks like I got all my first choices, including Fugitive Pieces on opening night. The first time I’ve got a ticket for the opening night film. Yippee! I LOVED that book. Hope I like the movie, too.

  822. September 2, 2007 at 6:45 am

    Yay, yay, yay!! It’s my favourite time on your blog!!

  823. September 3, 2007 at 12:27 pm

    That is awesome, Maureen! I’m looking forward to reading all your reviews again this year. :)

  824. September 3, 2007 at 2:31 pm

    Yay, Maureen! Enjoy your TIFF time – lucky gal!

  825. September 4, 2007 at 12:06 am

    I’m sooooo envious, you have no idea. Someday, when the kids are older, maybe I’ll be sitting next to you at a few of these.
    As for picks – go for a mix!

  826. September 4, 2007 at 10:24 am

    Oh yes, duh!!!!

  827. September 4, 2007 at 5:42 pm

    I am sooooo excited for you. You realize I’m counting on you to tell me what to see

  828. September 6, 2007 at 12:17 am

    Yay, you! The fam’s doing our regular go-to-Yorkville-to-see-the-stars-and-then-line-up-for-rush-seats thing…we just have to figure out when we can all go (looks like the 15th, as ridiculous as that sounds!) and what movie we can all agree on. I’m counting on your blog posts to keep me up to speed in the meantime!
    P.S. Why couldn’t I get through Fugitive Pieces?

  829. September 7, 2007 at 2:15 pm

    I love this time of year…I always look forward to your movie posts!

  830. September 8, 2007 at 11:48 am

    I’m really excited about Lust, Caution. Not because of the sex in it, but because I like how Ang Lee seems to be able to pull relationship under a microscope so you can see things that you wouldn’t normally see.

    Sounds like you had an awesome first day. I hope you got some rest!

  831. September 9, 2007 at 1:09 am

    I’d be turning all shades of envy-green reading this, except we had a marvelous Margie Lawson experience, so I’m riding the high of knowing that my writing sucks, but I now know how to fix it.

    And when you find out how C.D.(Endless) ends, please share – cause you’ve peaked my curiosity!
    Have fun with Brad Pitt. Say hello for me, will you? *drool*

  832. Anonymous
    September 9, 2007 at 9:25 am

    I love Charlize and Stuart,but cant help feeling a lil let down by her manner.He has supported her thru thick n thin,and i think she couldve cheered up a bit,and showed a bit more enthusiasm for her man,knowing it was his longtime dream to make this movie.
    I’m happy to hear he got a standing O,he’s a great guy

  833. Anonymous
    September 9, 2007 at 9:27 am

    any videos of Charlize & Stuart at the premiere of Battle in Seattle?

    especially the part where she answered, ” I just wanted to sleep with the director.”

    thanks for the post.

  834. Anonymous
    September 9, 2007 at 5:02 pm

    If it’s not because of Charlize this independent movie would have found a lot of difficulties to be realised so thx to charlize who tributes a lot, charlize has been 100 % supportive to her man from the beganning they’ve choosed to put the limelight on the movie bettre than the attention gossips on their couple they aren’t attention whores they’ve been focused on the film and that is class , all the ppl who saw them at the screening said that they were too cute and supportive to each other .

  835. Anonymous
    September 9, 2007 at 5:03 pm

    If it’s not because of Charlize this independent movie would have found a lot of difficulties to be realised so thx to charlize who tributes a lot, charlize has been 100 % supportive to her man from the beganning they’ve choosed to put the limelight on the movie bettre than the attention gossips on their couple they aren’t attention whores they’ve been focused on the film and that is class , all the ppl who saw them at the screening said that they were too cute and supportive to each other .

  836. September 9, 2007 at 11:46 pm

    I soooo wish I was there. This sounds great. If you have a chance stop by my blog tomorrow- I’ve got Alison Pace visiting and I want to look like I have friends.

  837. September 10, 2007 at 4:59 am

    OMG, anonymous #1. Were you in the theatre? Did you watch her? Hear what she said??? I thought she was incredibly supportive. (And felt like a total voyeur a few times watching them embrace.)

  838. September 10, 2007 at 12:46 pm

    Well, you’ve made me really want to see this movie, in spite of the fact that Sean Penn always acts like an ass when he’s here. Last year, he started smoking at the press conference (when smoking is banned in TO), and apparently at yesterday’s press conference, he yelled at photogs to stop snapping pictures because he ‘couldn’t think’. Hello, it’s a press conference? I saw The Jane Austen Book Club yesterday–really cute, and Hugh Dancy is adorable! (Re: your blog of yesterday, can I just say I’ve never understood the Brad Pitt thing?)

  839. September 10, 2007 at 9:18 pm

    I love reading about the film fest from your perspective and I can’t wait to see some of these films.

  840. September 11, 2007 at 1:38 am

    you saw Brad Pitt in person…

    I may have to touch you when I see you next. You know, soak up ‘the vibe’. It’s like being 1 degree away *swoon*

  841. September 11, 2007 at 1:40 am

    Thanks for the Into the Wild overview. I read Jon Kraukauer’s Into Thin Air and really like his style. If this movie/story is similar, I’ll be first in line at the theatre.
    (still jealous has hell!)

  842. September 11, 2007 at 7:37 am

    Thank you for putting off sleep in order to post. I can’t tell you how much I LOVE your film posts. I’m living vicariously through you. :)

  843. September 11, 2007 at 7:43 am

    I’ll watch for the arrival of the Sean Penn movie down here. Maureen, I can’t believe you considered skipping a movie due to fatigue. No, no, no. We’re counting on you. No going home for naps. We expect you to be totally exhausted by the end of the festival. Do it for us. :) Seriously, though, thanks for the great movie critiques.

  844. September 11, 2007 at 7:23 pm

    I’m counting on Fugituve Pieces being available thru NetFlix.

  845. September 12, 2007 at 1:13 am

    Ditto Barrie.

  846. September 12, 2007 at 5:21 am

    Please, please don’t skip La fille coupee en deux. I’m particularly looking forward to your review on that one.

  847. September 12, 2007 at 11:50 am

    I remember seeing the trailer for this movie on I think they made a huge mistake in not promoting more of the music in the film. I just watched it again after your review, and they only feature ONE song as really being sung in the film. The rest of the trailer makes it appear, to me, as if the music is just background for the film. They feature quite a bit of dialogue…which, according to you, is very sparse in the film.

    Wish they would have used more of the singing in the trailer…people are going to be confused by it.

    Thanks for letting me know this one is worth watching!

  848. Nelsa
    September 12, 2007 at 1:43 pm

    You are my hero. One day (please, God before my back gets too bad to sit for hours at a time) I too will go to TIFF and drink in movies like water…
    Your reviews and tidbits of info are great and I’m looking forward to seeing many of the films you’ve mentioned. Thanks!

  849. September 13, 2007 at 3:07 am

    “(Remind me some time to talk more about that night. Really surreal.)”
    Consider this a reminder! I SO want to hear more about this surreal evening.
    Who’m I kidding. I just want to hear about how beautiful Brad Pitt is. Shameless.

    I’ve heard about Across the Universe and look forward to seeing it in the theatre. I was never a huge Beatles fan – but a good musical really squeezes my kittens.

    (Margie Lawson says: don’t be cliche! Don’t let the reader anticipate the next word. Hence, the squeezy kittens :) I KNOW you haven’t heard that one before!!)

  850. September 13, 2007 at 3:39 am

    I only just heard about this movie about an hour before I read your blog. Oh, how happy I am to know you loved it – the promo I saw (on TV) looked fabulous. Anything Beatles related and I’m there. Thanks for the reviews, Maureen. Am loving it!

  851. September 13, 2007 at 6:38 am

    Thank you, Maureen. I really do appreciate it.

  852. September 13, 2007 at 5:22 pm

    Someday I am going to have to go to this- every year I adore hearing about what you’ve seen.

  853. September 13, 2007 at 6:43 pm

    Am so jealous..
    Eric Bana is tall, right. He’s tall.. tell me he’s tall.

  854. September 14, 2007 at 4:14 am

    He was taller than most actors, Sinead… Does that work for you? :-)

    He was funny during the Q&A, too. Someone asked about the young actor who played his kid in the movie and he quickly said, “Little Bastard” or something like that. Then, of course, lots of nice stuff.

  855. September 14, 2007 at 2:13 pm

    Wow, Maureen, that’s so exciting that you’ve been seeing films at the Toronto Festival. I’m hoping to see the new Todd Haynes when it opens at the NY Film Festival in a few weeks.

  856. September 14, 2007 at 4:10 pm

    I was so curious about this film–thanks for the enthusiastic review and all the details you’ve shared about the other films you’ve seen. Your insights are fantastic, and I’m in awe!

  857. September 14, 2007 at 9:04 pm

    I just saw the Todd Haynes film. It’s interesting, that’s for sure. I don’t know much about Dylan so it felt a bit long to me… But the performanches are amazing. Especially Cate Blancett and Christian Bale (but Heath Ledger was good, too.. But I kept seeing Ennis from Brokeback instead of Bob Dylan…)

  858. September 16, 2007 at 7:31 pm

    Will respond properly later. Is this of interest to you:

  859. September 18, 2007 at 5:15 pm

    I like French movies, in general. Not like Spanish movies, which are ALWAYS 100% bug-shagging wackadoo crazy.

  860. September 19, 2007 at 6:46 am

    I’m like Louisa. I love French movies. And they have to be subtitled. Actually, I can’t stand dubbing. I really like to hear an actor’s voice.

  861. September 25, 2007 at 12:35 pm

    These both sound very powerful, Maureen. And this is such a touchy subject, it’s interesting to see how the directors deal with it. I’ll keep my eyes open for this one.

  862. September 28, 2007 at 8:40 pm

    Ooo, that Alan Ball. Always pushing the comfort level of his audience to squicky new heights…
    Perhaps I’ll wait for DVD so I can stop and absorb periodically.

    The Nicole Kidman film sounds very deep and powerful. It is truly amazing the number of ways we can abuse children – from the obvious physical/sexual to the subvertive neglect or control. Makes me shudder.

  863. October 1, 2007 at 7:23 am

    I’m like Wylie. I might have to wait and rent the Alan Ball flick. I’m much more squeamish (not sure that’s the word I want) now that I have kids. I think I could handle the Nicole Kidman movie though. And thank you for the backstory. Very interesting.

  864. October 7, 2007 at 6:47 pm

    I don’t think I could watch the Alan Ball movie. Maybe the Nicole Kidman one, I’m not sure. I find these sorts of movies too harrowing.

  865. October 7, 2007 at 10:52 pm

    I’ve been wondering about the Nicole movie since I heard about it. I’ll watch anything that she’s in, so I’ll definitely check it out.

  866. October 20, 2007 at 3:52 am

    I think you should’ve booked a trip to San Diego! Reading on the beach, sipping a margarita in Old Town, munching on apple pie in Julian…

    Looking forward to your GC pics. :)

  867. October 21, 2007 at 4:35 pm

    Have fun, Maureen. Here’s to blisters, heat exhaustion and cold beers at the end of the day!

  868. October 21, 2007 at 9:37 pm

    Wow, sounds an awesome trip. Hope you have lots of fun. Can’t wait to see the pics.

  869. October 22, 2007 at 4:10 pm

    You don’t need luck- you’ve got moxie. Plus you’re a writer- not matter how the trip goes you’ll make it sound really interesting in the retelling.

  870. October 23, 2007 at 3:24 am

    Looking forward to the pics!

  871. October 23, 2007 at 11:11 pm

    Have a great trip! I can’t wait to see the pictures. :)

  872. October 25, 2007 at 4:29 am

    Hope you’re enjoying the Grand Canyon, Maureen! Looking forward to hearing about the details…

  873. October 30, 2007 at 8:08 pm

    I am so glad you didn’t end up as coyote food. I watched the evening news to make sure there were no stories of “writers lost in the canyon.”

    Surrey wasn’t the same without you. I did have a martini for you- it felt like something you would want.

  874. October 30, 2007 at 8:19 pm

    Oh, Eileen. You know me so well. Thanks for taking the martini hit for me. :-)

  875. October 31, 2007 at 2:44 pm

    These are great pictures, Maureen. I love reading about your trip. What happens if you have to use the restroom and all you have are ooh-ahh vistas? Can’t wait to hear more.

  876. Anonymous
    November 3, 2007 at 4:23 pm

    My leg muscles started quivering just reading about this trip!

    Thanks for posting.


  877. November 3, 2007 at 4:52 pm

    Maureen, you are very brave. Shaking legs, walking sticks, 4:30 am wake-up calls…I will look at you differently the next time our paths cross. :)

  878. November 4, 2007 at 2:43 am

    Did anyone cry? I think I would’ve cried. A bunch.

  879. November 6, 2007 at 1:16 am

    Oh Maureen! I’m just getting caught up on your trip posts and I feel your pain. I’d be so sore…


  880. November 9, 2007 at 6:08 am

    Actually, I’m looking for shows to download on my ipod so I’ll have something to watch at the gym. Twin Peaks might be the hot ticket!

  881. November 9, 2007 at 4:55 pm

    I ordered Twin Peaks, too! I’d been debating how to get the whole series because all the other boxed sets were missing pieces…I also got the complete series of My So Called Life…

    Anyway–yes LOTS of shows use the Twin Peaks setup.

  882. November 10, 2007 at 2:12 am

    I LOVED that show when it was first out.
    That first season blew my teenage mind.

    So excited about it

  883. November 10, 2007 at 8:46 pm

    I’ve never seen Twin Peaks…. I’ll investigate and see if I can.

    Hope you’re feeling better!!

  884. November 13, 2007 at 2:52 am

    I loved this show! I can’t wait to get it on DVD and rewatch it. I think I’ll have more of an appreciation for it now than I did back then.

  885. November 14, 2007 at 3:30 pm

    i am both! I like to stay up late and read or watch movies or drink beer (!). But my son sleeps late in the morning and if I want to write, I must get up earlier than him. Needless to say, I yawn a lot!

  886. nelsa
    November 14, 2007 at 6:31 pm

    Night person all the way.
    And is it possible to switch?
    Well, having 3 kids kinda forces you to do it. As you know now, Maureen!
    But what’s kind of neat is seeing that all three of my kids, as they get older, turn into night owls too. I totally understand that but, geez louise, trying to get them up in the morning is torture now. And night time was when I used to be able to write the most. That alone time is slowly being eroded (when I have to pick up and drop off teenagers from various spots).
    Everybody is seriously sleep deprived at my house.
    Oh well, there’s always lunch at the office with the door closed…

  887. November 14, 2007 at 9:50 pm

    I’ve said that if I ever find myself getting up early on the weekend for no reason, it was time to stop working.

    That time is soon.

  888. November 15, 2007 at 12:05 am

    I’m proclaiming my night-personhood! But I must admit that having a cat who politely smacks me upside the head at 6:30 a.m. every day is helping me see that mornings aren’t that bad…unless I have to operate heavy machinery or talk to someone.

  889. November 15, 2007 at 12:57 pm

    Bonnie… This is why I don’t have pets. 😉

    And my mom is here helping me tag-team the kids. We decided I’d be on prepare the 5 course breakfast and lunch box and she’s on deal with the 6 year old human being at 6:30 am.

  890. November 16, 2007 at 1:28 am

    I’m a night person and I don’t see that changing. Love your blog and layout!

  891. November 16, 2007 at 6:00 am

    Night by nature. Day by force. I really am a night owl, but get up early thanks to my several kids. Also, I exercise at 6 am 3x a week. The bottom line is I probably don’t get enough sleep. :)

  892. November 16, 2007 at 1:44 pm

    Thanks, Kelly! And thanks for stopping by.

    Barrie… I’ve tried exercising in the morning… But it’s never lasted more than a few days. I need to be forced.

    I guess I did during the Grand Canyon trip… We were on the trail by 6:00 am a couple of days… But boy, it’s painful for me.

  893. November 16, 2007 at 1:45 pm

    Joanne, I admire you being able to get up early to write. I could never do that.

  894. November 16, 2007 at 1:57 pm

    If someone hits you with their lit butt, you ought to be able to kick them in theirs. What a complete idiot. As if breathing her smoke wasn’t enough.

    I swear, that toasts my biscuit.

  895. November 16, 2007 at 3:42 pm

    I can’t stand when people do that. I’ve actually put out lit butts that people throw away. Or when they walk through crowded streets, smoking and then gesturing with the hand with the cigarette in it. I actually had someone blame me, because they hit with me their cigarette!

  896. November 17, 2007 at 3:13 am

    When you have a puppy who likes to pick up everything on the street you notice how much litter in general there are on the streets… cigarette butts, pizza crusts, chicken bones — it’s gross!

  897. November 17, 2007 at 3:41 am

    I have to say how impressed I was when I went to Canada about how clean and litter-free everything seemed compared to here. That said, I guess there are ass clowns everywhere :(

  898. November 18, 2007 at 7:07 pm

    I know what you mean. Today in our motel I was delivering papers and all this smoke was coming out of an ashtray outside the door of one of the units (and not a unit belonging to the smoker). He’d just left the cigarette burning in the ashtry and left…. WHY couldn’t he put it out???

  899. November 22, 2007 at 9:19 am

    When I was a kid, I used to be jealous of my Mom in November. Because she didn’t have to leave the warm kitchen to go out in the dark, chilly morning to school.
    Hadn’t thought of that in years. :)

    Good luck with your writing. May it go more smoothly tomorrow.

  900. November 22, 2007 at 11:21 pm

    It looks like you got your wish! It’s snowing here in my part of ON. :)

  901. November 23, 2007 at 11:29 pm

    Forget the thaw. Ask for a publishing contract! :)

  902. November 24, 2007 at 12:10 am

    I’m with l.a. ask big- publishing contracts, winning the lotto. Save the thaw wishes for someone else

  903. November 24, 2007 at 6:47 am

    Well, given your incredible all-powerfulness, you probably get more than one wish. Like maybe five? So, you can have the thaw, the big publishing contract and three more wishes. :)

  904. November 24, 2007 at 7:34 pm

    Non-stop sunshine and blue skies please…. until I say to stop!!!!!

    And of course a publishing contract for you.

  905. November 24, 2007 at 7:40 pm

    Ah, you guys are so smart. I should be putting my powers to better use and not wasting them on the weather. That’s why I haven’t sold, yet. 😉

    Here’s hoping Barrie’s right and I get more wishes.

  906. November 25, 2007 at 10:57 pm

    We got snow here too before I raked the leaves… Ah, winter always comes too soon. Here’s hoping your “all powerfulness” will result in both better weather AND that publishing contract :).

  907. November 27, 2007 at 2:51 pm

    Ok, I just have to say, I love Canadianisms. “Eavestrough”? That’s awesome. Where I come from, they’re called “gutters”. Yours is prettier.

  908. November 27, 2007 at 3:19 pm

    :-) Louisa

    Here gutters are only found at the side of a street. (And somewhere people need to get their minds out of occasionally.) I only discovered that little difference in Canadian and American English when I moved to the US.

  909. December 3, 2007 at 9:48 pm

    If I’m not on a contract gig
    AND I’ve plotted the novel out,
    I can finish a 70,000 word first draft in a month.

    (But then it took me 8 months while working a contract gig to plot it).

    No sense writing garbage.
    Plus why is NaNo in NOVEMBER?
    I don’t even have time to breathe

  910. December 4, 2007 at 2:44 am

    Don’t be sad Maureen, I didn’t do it either :( Oh well. You still rock.

  911. December 4, 2007 at 4:20 am

    It is sick that it’s in November, isn’t it!!! I mean, why not March? (I’d pick Feb, except for the fewer days thing.)

    Celeste, Glad to have some company in No-nanoland

  912. December 4, 2007 at 2:40 pm

    Maureen, I sucked more.. guess I should have had a better thought of what I wanted to write going in..

  913. December 4, 2007 at 4:33 pm

    I’m so proud of you for participating!! I do FastDraft my first time through, two weeks, but a turtle could rewrite and edit faster than I could in the next two drafts.

    Cherry Adair once told me if you can’t write a book and finish it in 9 months, you’ll never make this a career. Not sure if I agree with her, although I understand the pressure to produce and keep your brand out there.

    I try to judge my speed only by what I’ve accomplished in the past, not against what others can do.

  914. December 4, 2007 at 5:19 pm

    Wow, L.A.

    How many hours a day in those 2 weeks? I’m very jealous of that.

    I think Ms. Adair is right in the romance genre. At least in most of the sub-genres. I’m in a critique group that includes some slightly more literary writers and they have been told by their agents and editors that it’s absurd to think a good book can be done in less than a year and also in another critique group where one of my CP’s writes (and publishes) 3 a year. Sigh.
    9 months is what I’m personally striving for, though. Right now I’d settle for a year.

  915. December 4, 2007 at 8:38 pm

    I think required speed depends on what type of career you want (again back to that).

    If you’re writing category and you want to be on shelf, you’ll need to write more than one book a year.

    If you’re writing single title, not so much.

    I’m a 1.5 novel a year gal (1 novel, 1 novella). More than that and it is not fun for me.

    You know… this would be a great full blog posting topic. I’d love to hear people’s comments on it.

  916. December 4, 2007 at 10:46 pm

    I agree with Kimber, that would be a great blog topic. Now go write it up!

    Don’t beat yourself up over Nano-lame-o (as I like to call it); I’ve only “won” once and that effort will never see the light of day.

    When it comes to my writing speed, it slows down for novels and speeds up for anything else. 😉

  917. December 5, 2007 at 12:54 am

    I’m a very spurty writer. Great one day- shitty the next, up one week, delete everything the next. If it makes you feel better I’ve never even attempted NaNo.

  918. December 5, 2007 at 4:58 am

    Maureen–don’t be so hard on yourself. You got 17K written!! And, even if you think you’ll have to cut 5K, there might be a really good thought in there that you wouldn’t have captured otherwise. I generally don’t write too fast, but just today I threw a progress meter on my blog to see if that would keep me moving. And I agree with everyone–November? How about September? That would work better for me.

  919. December 5, 2007 at 5:36 pm

    Good for you even trying Nano… I panicked at the idea of completing anything in 30 days, so I signed up for the 70 Days of Sweat Challenge (which started Oct.15 and goes until mid-Jan., with time off for the holidays). But even with all of that extra time, I’m still not racing through this manuscript. I’m a S-L-O-W writer, and I can’t trick myself into speeding up the process. Wish I could…

  920. December 6, 2007 at 2:32 pm

    I should probably qualify my two week SUPER FAST DRAFT by saying it’s the worst drivel ever written in the history of the world. Sometimes I’ll read back over a scene and think, “Hey, this is pretty good”, but mostly it’s bad dialogue, lines that read “…and then something really scary happens here” and cliched characters. It’s only two weeks and helps me to get the broad scope in my mind–to find out if it’ll really work and what scenes I’ll need before I waste any time perfecting it. I can pretty much bribe my family to leave me alone for two weeks, but if I asked for a month for Nano, I’d be pushing it:O

  921. December 6, 2007 at 3:02 pm

    With a detailed outline, I can write 20 pages a day. Without a detailed outline I can write 20 pages a day of crap. I think part of writing fast is believing you can do it. And then, possibly, having a nervous breakdown. It all helps.

  922. December 7, 2007 at 5:31 pm

    Wasn’t Meg great? You have to read her stuff. Bring Kleenex.

    I think that one of the things missing from modern culture is not enough songs about lard.

  923. December 7, 2007 at 5:34 pm

    I KNOW. More lard songs. NOW.

  924. December 7, 2007 at 6:18 pm

    Lord, I love butter tarts. I too, missed them when I lived in Virginia. I’ve written down your recipe and will give it a try.

    And as soon as I saw that jingle, I remembered it LOL!

  925. December 7, 2007 at 6:23 pm

    You produced, that’s all that NaNo is about. Congratulations for trying and getting something done. :)

  926. December 8, 2007 at 7:58 am

    OMG I LOVE treacle tart!!!!!! I’m salivating at the thought.

  927. Joanne
    December 11, 2007 at 12:25 am

    Yanno, being that I’m Jewish, I just can’t bear the thought of lard. Don’t get me wrong, I’ll eat bacon and pork chops, but lard just feels so wrong, sort of like having a big glass of milk with a cheeseburger (yes, the irony is not lost on me: cheeseburger). BUT I would eat my own arm if it was wrapped in a pastry and LOVE butter tarts. Thanks for the recipe; I just might try these.

    so much for the diet.

  928. December 11, 2007 at 4:42 pm

    What did me in on the whole “lard” concept was living in a border town (Mexico, not Canada) and watching shoppers fill their grocery carts with 20 gallon buckets of lard. Made me short of breath just watching the check out line :O

  929. December 11, 2007 at 5:17 pm

    Oh, butter tarts, my fave!
    Love, love, love them
    (a bit too much, judging from the size of my butt).

    Two more weeks and I’ll be off to see the master butter tart maker (my Mom).

    BTW… they freeze well too.
    Sometimes I prefer them semi-frozen.

  930. December 13, 2007 at 5:55 pm

    I think I’ve pretty much given up on any film awards. Not only have I not seen any of the films nominated for the awards on your list, but i have no INTEREST in seeing any of them. (JUNO, however, I can’t wait for, even though it’s only got a limited run at one art house cinema in my area!)

    It’s the same with the Oscar for the past few years. In a lot of cases, the films being awarded weren’t even SHOWN in wide release. there is a real disconnect theses days between art that is for the public and art that is for the industry insiders. You mentioned that you’d seen most of these films at film festivals. When the films getting the awards aren’t films that most people get to see, how relevant are the awards?

  931. December 13, 2007 at 7:28 pm

    I agree with what you’re saying in principal… but of the 5 here that have been released, didn’t they all get major distribution? I think American Gangster certainly made a lot of money and Atonement is all over the place right now. And Michael Clayton, too… Didn’t it? It was certainly on a lot of screens in Toronto. Eastern Promises I’m not so sure in the US. But ironically, it’s the most commercial of the bunch. A film noir gangster film (featuring the most amazing fight scene ever filmed, in which Viggo Mortenson is totally nude. I saw this film twice. :-) I’m going to see Atonement again, too… And I saw No Country for Old Men twice, too.

    The TIFF doesn’t just feature obscure films — which is why it’s so popular as a film festival. Yes, 4 of the 7 best picture noms were screened at the TIFF, but it doesn’t mean they’re obscure movies… I don’t think so, anyway.