I love Christmas cards. I mean I write Victorian historicals, the era in which Christmas cards first began. I love the ones with pictures of people’s kids and furr-babies. Mostly I love the ones that come with letters telling us all about the family’s year.
When December rolls around I have every intention of sending out cards of our own. We have ridiculously cute daughters (and cats!) and we have stuff that happens that could easily go in a Christmas letter. But then the stress of the holiday starts to eat at me. The holiday to-do list grows and grows and I spend too much on presents and ultimately something has to get scratched off the list to alleviate stress and those cards are the first things to go.
I haven’t sent them in years. Since we got the girls, actually and I think I only send them two other times before that (since I’ve been married). I don’t know what it is but the whole notion of putting together cards and sending them out just makes me kinda nutty. Here’s the problem though, as I mentioned I really love getting them, but I know that people will eventually stop sending to me because they don’t receive from me. So to those of you who send me cards, please keep sending them, they make me happy. And please know that if you don’t get a card from me again this year (I can tell you right now, not gonna happen) it’s not you, it’s me.
So how about you? Where do you stand on the whole Christmas card thing? Do you like pictures or Christmas letters or just the traditional cards?
So we’ve probably all blogged about names here at the Jaunty Quills. As a writer it’s one of those things we deal with all the time. Recently I was working on a novella (No Ordinary Mistress coming in Feb) and things were just not working. I liked the characters, but when I got them on the page together things just weren’t flowing. I realized that I didn’t like my hero’s name. Not so much the name itself, but rather it didn’t seem to fit who he’d become on the page. So I had to come up with a different one. So Grant became Remington AKA Remy.
According to most baby naming books/resources, my name means “bright fame” and my middle name (Rochelle) means “solid rock.” I’ve always liked those two meanings and thought they went together nicely.
Things moved much better after making this change. In any case it got me thinking about my own name. So I asked my two closets friends and The Professor to come up with qualities that go with my name. Here’s what they came up with.
R - rare, reliable, responsible, resilliant, romantic, real, riot
O – observant, open, original, obnoxiously organized
B - blessed, beautiful, belligerent, bashful, bright, bold, baker
Y – youthful, yearning, Yoda (b/c Emily thinks I’m wise)
N – nostalgic, no-nonsence, naughty (you can guess who came up with this one), nerdy, neat
So how about you? What does your name say about you? What do your loved ones say about you?
Shana’s blog yesterday got me thinking about sexy heroes (like I actually needed an excuse). But to go in the other direction from animated heroes, let’s talk about the wicked ones and why are they so damn sexy?
This question was posed to me for this blog and I decided to tackle the topic because well, who doesn’t love to talk about sexy men? Now the easy answer is…because they’re HOT!
I take this notion of creating heroes quite serious. Consider it for a moment…when you’re reading a romance novel, you want to root for the heroine and fall in love with the hero. If I can’t create a hero that readers can fall in love with, then I’m not doing my job right.
But what is it about the wicked ones, the bad boys, that really call to us? They don’t in the real world (for the most part). I mean most of us are married to the good guys. I know I am. My husband is a college professor for Pete’s sake. While he’d love to thing of himself as a rough-and-tumble tough guy, he’s a big ‘ol softy. So that’s what I want to come home to every night, but when I snuggle up with a book, sometimes I want that rogue.
I think the biggest appeal is not so much how naughty they are, but that they’re naughty with a chance at being redeemed. We want to be that woman that brings that bad boy to his knees. We secretly long to be that girl, the one with the stack of books and the glasses sitting in the school cafeteria and the hottest guy in school walks past those cheerleaders because he can see the reality of who that girl is. He wants to know her. It’s all tied into that fantasy.
So the redeem-ability factor is huge. The other thing is those naughty men give the heroines a reason to be naughty, even if only behind closed doors. It’s nice to fantasize about being able to be daring and reckless with a man, to trust him so much we’d let him take us anywhere.
All right readers, your turn, who’s your favorite bad boy hero? It can be TV, book, movie, whatever.
Right now my girls are totally obsessed with super heroes. I’m not really sure how it happened. One day they were talking about them in the car and Babybee asked Grandma if we could go to Target so she could buy them some superheroes. Of course this worked like a charm. Babybee has Grandma’s number! In any case sometime after that I let them watch some episodes of the Justice League on Netflix – I thought these would be like the ones I watched growing up – turns out I watched Super Friends. I kept waiting for the Wonder Twins, but to no avail, turns on a list of the most lame super heroes ever. How is that possible? Okay, I’m getting off track here…
So they’re loving super heroes – that’s even their Halloween costumes, Busybee is Supergirl and Babybee is Wonder Woman. But all this watching of super heroes got me thinking about the super powers and what I would pick if I could have a super power. The most obvious answer is to fly – lots of people want to fly. I suspect that craving is what ultimately led to modern airlines. I don’t really like to fly and I’m afraid of heights so I’m not sure this would be a useful skill for me.
Reading people’s minds might be cool if you could turn it off. If you couldn’t turn it off and you just heard the constant chatter, well, that would be horrible, more like a super curse than a super power.
Being super strong would definitely come in handy. I like to rearrange my house a lot and being able to move my furniture around on my own would be cool. Being able to protect my kids from everything would be awesome.
Ultimately I think I’d like to move things with my mind. That skill would be very useful. Not only could I clean simply by thinking about it, but I could write my books much quicker. Yes, if I find out that someone is handing out super powers, this is definitely the one I want.
So how about you? If you could pick a super power, what would it be? Oh and you’re welcome for the Henry Cavill picture. Oh, and I can’t not mention that A Little Bit Wicked is an Amazon monthly pick and is on sale for only .99 cents for the entire month of October so be sure to get your copy.
Do you ever read movie reviews? One of the apps on my phone automatically gives me the ratings when I look up movie schedules. It’s kind of annoying because I think it’s human nature to want to go with the flow, so to speak. We expect to like movies that get good reviews and likewise expect to not like movies that don’t. In any case it’s not completely unusual for me to totally disagree with the majority. So I picked 5 movies that popped into my head – some I loved, some I hated to see where they fell on the consensus that is Rotten Tomatoes. So let’s see how I did.
First up is Where the Heart is. Now I’ve never read the book, but I totally loved the movie. It’s quirky and delightful and oh-so-romantic. Rotten Tomatoes gives it a whopping 35% which has it firmly in the green tomato category. Bummer. I mean, really what is not to love? NovaLee, Forney, Wal-Mart? It’s just good stuff.
Next I’ll check a movie that won a ton of awards, but of course, I hated. American Beauty. Now, I’m not an idiot, I can acknowledge when actors give good performances. I didn’t think this was a bad movie because it wasn’t well-done, I just didn’t like it. Didn’t like the message and frankly it made me feel all kinds of icky who over-the-moon people acted when the movie came out, like it was some representation of our reality. It certainly didn’t represent my reality. And Rotten Tomatoes gives is a lovely 88%, firmly in the juicy, red tomato category.
While I’m thinking about movies that I didn’t like, my mind immediately lands on The Watchmen. Now I told The Professor I knew I wouldn’t like it from the previews, but he really wanted to see it so I agreed. I didn’t realize that I wouldn’t just not like it, but rather I’d totally 100% hate it. I thought it was horrible. Let’s forget, for a moment, the giant naked blue guy, the rest of the characters are totally unlikeable. It was a depressing view of humanity and bleck. Rotten Tomatoes – 64%.
You know those movies that you love? The ones that if you run across them playing on TV, you’ll stop and watch it no matter what, even though you own the DVD? Yeah, well, I have a few of those and one of them is Six Days, Seven Nights with Anne Heche and Harrison Ford. It’s so delightful I can scarcely stand it. The dialogue is witty and sharp and the plot is fun and flirty. It’s everything I love about romantic comedies and well, Rotten Tomatoes gives is a big ugly 36%! What?!
Which brings me to Warm Bodies – I was trying to think of a fairly recent movie to see how I hold up to the current critics since most of the other movies I’ve mentioned are a few years old. I was totally ready to see this at the theatre, but couldn’t convince The Professor to go because he’s generally not a fan of zombie movies while I tend to find them rather entertaining. But we did watch it on PPV at home and low and behold it was better than I thought and my dear beloved thought it was great. HA! In any case it was much deeper than either of us anticipated and ultimately was a beautiful tale of what it really means to be human. And wouldn’t you know it, the critics and I finally agree on something. Rotten Tomatoes gave this 81%.
How about you? Do you ever read movie reviews? Do you find your taste runs with the critics or are you like me and you favor movies that don’t necessarily rank so highly with the powers that be?