Lois Lane Syndrome

Lois Lane – voted most likely to remain forever clueless

Lois Lane is not my favorite character. She’s touted by the other characters as a strong woman, and it’s a good thing too, because you’d never notice otherwise.

Mostly she makes poor decisions (the definition of TSTL=too stupid to live) and then when things, as expected, turn out badly for her, she hollers, “Help! Superman!” and waits around to be rescued.

She’s also allegedly an intelligent person, poor decision making notwithstanding, and yet never suspects that Clark Kent and Superman are one and the same. I watched Superman Returns the other day, and when Clark Kent returns from a long absence on the same day as Superman reappears, Lois never bats an eye.

It’s Polkaroo!

If you happened to be a Canadian child of the 80′s, as I am, then you probably watched Polka Dot Door. I remember quite vividly the moment that I realized that Polkaroo never came around when the male cast member was there, and that probably he WAS Polkaroo, even though he’d come back and say, “What, I missed seeing Polkaroo again?”

I was five years old, and I figured it out.

Lois is allegedly an award winning investigative journalist.

Yeah right.

 

Lois has been on my mind while I’ve been working on The Undercover Outlaw. My heroine, Alicia, has a secret identity, and I need to be sure that the hero, Logan, doesn’t come off as a victim of Lois Lane Syndrome because somehow I think it’ll be less acceptable in a big strong alpha male.

I think the key will be to not let it go on for too long. The big discovery is definitely lurking on the horizon … I’d best get back to it …

Slowly But Surely

I feel like I’ve been working on The Undercover Outlaw forever. I promised my editor I’d have the first book in the new series to her …. well, a long time ago. I could go look it up, but it would only depress me, so we’ll keep it vague. If my (super awesome) editor is reading, I’m definitely feeling appropriately guilty about it, I promise.

It isn’t that I’m struggling with the story. These characters are great, taking over the story and along the way contributing to the future stories in this series. I’m having lots of fun with them … when I get around to writing.

Unfortunately, life has just been getting in the way. There’s nothing tragic going on (thank goodness and knock on wood), and none of the things that have been keeping me busy the last several months have been bad – in fact, they’ve mostly been good things: extra hours at my “real” job, getting big projects finished around the farm, unexpected chances to spend time with family, working to start a new business in the spring. Even NaNoWriMo wasn’t able to scrape out any more writing time for me, though it helped.

The words aren’t the only thing that coming slowly … here I am, halfway through The Undercover Outlaw and my main characters, Logan and Alicia, are only now getting naked together. I tried to tell them earlier that this was supposed to be an erotic romance, and there needed to be some bouncy naked fun time, but while there’s been lots of sexual tension, the time wasn’t right yet. But finally, the buttons are popping (literally) … that should definitely add some heat – not to mention some complications!

If you need me, I’ll over here writing smut.

Righteous Indignation – The Reason For The Season

My facebook feed is completely filled with meme’s that rage against the use of Happy Holidays or Seasons Greetings instead of Merry Christmas. “If you’re offended by Merry Christmas, then let me say it again.” “Christmas Trees $5/foot, Holiday Trees $10/foot.” and the straight to the point “It’s Merry Christmas NOT Happy Holidays!”

I DON’T GET IT.

I say Merry Christmas. I also say Happy Holidays. Who are these people who are offended? Do they exist, or are hyper, anxious to take offence, individuals imagining that someone, somewhere must be offended and therefore a serious affront exists and must be battled through righteous indignation in the most visible and highly annoying manner possible.

Because seriously.

I’m not about to be offended because someone says something nice to me, regardless of whether or not I share their religious views, and I can’t imagine that anyone else is either. Tell me to have a Happy Hanukkah and guess what I would say? “Thank you, same to you!”  The fact that I’m not Jewish has nothing to do with anything.

While Christmas is a very important holiday in my family, it’s significant for the family traditions that we share, not for any religious reasons. Just because Christianity doesn’t factor into the way that I celebrate doesn’t mean that the holiday is less meaningful to me,  and I’m certainly not going to be offended because I’m told Merry Christmas by someone who believes that Christ is the reason for the season.

The next time someone shares a holiday greeting with you, take it in the spirit of well wishing it was intended.

The only appropriate response is, and always will be, “Thank you.”

Happy Holidays!

On Watching and Hard Work

It’s been a while since I checked in, and I do apologise.

First of all, I’ve been asked to be a monthly contributor on the Totally Bound Author Blog, and my first post, I Like To Watch, has been posted, so check it out … it comes with a hot excerpt!

So … there was Nanowrimo, which I still love, but for the first time ever, didn’t finish this year. I did, however, get lots of work done on The Undercover Outlaw, and just finished reading over what I have so far, and I liked it. Love these characters, and I look forward to sharing them with you!

Instead of finishing the story, like I’d hoped, I finished my new cozy insulated chicken coop, just before we had a week of 25 below freezing temperatures, so I’m sure my chickens appreciated my efforts. We’ve also had at least six big snowstorms already this winter. Or is it still technically fall? Let me tell you, it doesn’t feel like fall when I’m slogging through drifts to get my critters fed and watered. Also got all my new fences built …. just in time for them all to drift under. Is it spring yet?

And of course, with the winter weather comes sickness, and I am just starting to feel better from a nasty cold that kept me on the couch for a few days straight, venturing out only to look after the animals. I passed the time watching the entire series of the Magnificent Seven. If you like westerns with humour and hot guys, you should check it out! Good fun, and always leaves me feeling inspired.

Better get back to Logan and Alicia … keep warm where ever you are!

 

#Nanowrimo – It begins.

I love Nanowrimo. I would pay good money for their word counter graphics. And there is nothing like a little competition to get me motivated to get the words down!

I’m cheating a tiny bit, using this Nanowrimo to get finished with first draft The Undercover Outlaw, and hopefully well started on The Reluctant Outlaw as well. I’ve never failed to “win” Nanowrimo before, and I don’t plan to start now, so my goal is at least 50,000 words this month! Looking forward to it – life has been crazy busy for months, and writing has been put on the back burner. Life is still crazy busy, but Nano pushes writing higher on the priority list, and that makes me happy.

Anyone else Nano-ing this month? Let me know how it’s going and what you’re working on!

Here’s a snippet from today’s words:

, “It’ll take a lot more than a little innuendo to convince me that you’re no gentleman.”

“Really?” His thumb started tracing slow circles on the inside of her wrist. “I’ll have to work harder then, won’t I?”

 

Storytime with BFF

The following is an actual IM exchange between myself and my best friend.

Celeste:
I  gave this guy a ride home last night. Not sure what traumatised him the most about my car: the mouse poop, fast food garbage, or whips.

BFF:
hahahaha!

Celeste:
Me: “I hope you’re not afraid of mice.”
Him: dead silence

BFF:
he is afraid. lol
how did he like chicken poopy shavings?

Celeste:
I didn’t point that out. He had enough to worry about. I bet he had to wash his shiny shoes and suit when he got home.

BFF:
so, no second date?

Celeste:
Also, I bet he’s telling stories about me.

This could be the answer to the question, “Why is Celeste single?”

 

“I missed you.”

My unplanned hiatus from Saturday Spankings is the result of frantically attempting to get outside things (new chicken coop, new fencing) done before winter, and an unexpected surgery for my old horse which means I’ve spent a lot of time fussing over him and feeding him treats to help him with his recuperation.  Or maybe to help me with his recuperation – either way, we’re both recovering nicely!

While I was away (so to speak) Holding Court got it’s first review – and it’s good! Check it out over at The Jeep Diva!

Today’s Holding Court snippet is a more tender moment for Court and Clara:

“You having fun?” he asked, trying to regain his breath, as his body began to recover from the exertion. Court reached behind her and loosened her wrists, massaging away the marks from her bonds.

“You know I am.” Clara kissed under the edge of his jaw and he delighted in the feel of her soft lips against the sensitive skin.

He folded her in to his body, and Clara snuggled into the expanse of his chest. “I missed you.” He spoke against her hair, the silky strands tickling his lips.

“Me too,” Clara said. “It was too long this time, too long since to you came to me.”

holdingcourt_800Schoolteacher Clara lives a peaceful, solitary life when she’s away from the school house. That is, other than the nights when rich, powerful landowner Courtland Raymond comes to call.

Court makes Clara do and feel things she’d never before dreamed of. He is forceful and dominant, and he always knows just what she needs. Their secret arrangement allows them to enjoy each other without the disapproval of the community they both rely on for their livelihood.

Clara loves Court, and she’d do nearly anything to be with him forever, a real relationship, but she’s not willing to risk their stolen moments. But when their secret trysts are exposed, will she be able to hold on to Court? Or lose him forever?