Monday, April 19, 2010

The Mama's and the Papa's

Good morning gentle readers. You may wonder about the topic of today's post, well it's really nothing. I've had their song "Monday, Monday" in my head all weekend thinking about what I was going to post today. I have some delicious news but first I want to get on with other business.

I'd like to say, thank you all so much for allowing me to pass the 100 followers mark. As you know I don't refer to you as followers, I refer to you as friends because I'm not a cult. I'd like to, therefore, welcome these new friends with a big fat Piedmont Writer Welcome: Tricia, Rena, Laura, Angie, Ann, the duo of Lisa & Laura, Stephen, Elliot and Lynn. I've got a buffet in the dining room set-up, so grab a gnosh and something to drink. The weather is beautiful by the mid-afternoon here so the pool is open. Bathing suits are advised because Monster Baby is only 5 and I don't want to have to explain to her about 'jiggly parts.' Especially mine.

As I was cruising around the blogosphere this weekend I found these posts and I'm sharing them with you because I just think they're totally awesome and you should read them.

Shelley Sly at Stories in the Ordinary shares with us "What Non-Writers Should Know About Writers" so you can send this to your non-writer friends when they ask you about your book.

Stina Lindenblatt has some very cool links to some very awesome posts I think we should all take a look at. Make sure you spend some time at Andrew's place, he's brilliant.

Speaking of Stina, she and her other friend Steena have joined forces and are going to have a contest. You can find Stina, hereand Steena hereto find out all the details.

And if you want to read the start of an unbelievable story go see Terry Towery at A Writer of Wrongs. Holy Crap Batman, this will grip you right to the edge of your chair. The writing is superb and heart stopping but there is peanut butter and that is quite funny. Or at least I thought so. But please go check him out and tell him Piedmont sent you.

Anne R. Allen had an amazing post about dialogue which you can find here, and Roni from Fiction Groupie had one as well (last Friday but I didn't read it until Sunday night. Better late than never eh?)

Now if the links don't work, please go anyway, you won't be disappointed.

I know you're all dying to know this, so I'll tell you, the fence posts are all in and cemented! Ta Da! Now I just have to hang 200 feet of horse fence and we will be well on our way to having four dogs. I'm going to take my mother's dog. She's too young for them and needs a LOT of space to run. They're not running people.

As you all know, this is my birthday week. The official day isn't until Thursday. On Earth Day. If you haven't gotten your official "My Blog is Carbon Neutral" green stamp, please go here now and do it. I love trees and want the world to be full of them. This is my wish on my birthday cake candles. We must try and get our poor Mother Earth back to her old self, the volcano in Iceland is just one of the numerous things she's telling us that if we don't try and fix what we've done, Monster Baby, and all your babies, won't have anyplace to play in ten years. And that is just not acceptable to me. I wasn't born on Earth Day for nothing.

Also, as this is my birthday week, and my birthday lands on Thursday, I'm torn between posting a birthday post or my regular Genna & Tony post. I'm sure you all want to know what happens between Genna and Uncle Sally. Perhaps I will do both.

Speaking of which, this Saturday my lovely friend Lulu, graciously offered to take Monster Baby to the school fair for me as I was not feeling up to being around 1000 children. I had a lovely time by myself. I scrubbed the kitchen floor, vacuumed the whole house, took a nap because I could, then sat down and wrote Tony's backstory. Let me tell you what, I am a freaking genius! I had no idea when I started this book what Tony was all about. Truthfully I didn't care because it was more or less Genna's story and her coming home to face her demons of the past.

I don't know why I wrote this, it is the story of their first meeting at the club, the night her parents' die, but told from his POV. Did I mention I was a genius? Boy howdy, just that scene makes me want to change the whole book around and put his POV in it. I don't think I will though. I have another idea for it.

Perhaps next week I will post it for you.

I've been thinking about taking a break. I know, I know, the last time I took one I couldn't stay away from the blog-world because, quite frankly, you guys are totally awesomesauce and I'm a bit of a nosey-body and want to know everything that's going on. But I really have to get REMEMBERING YOU quite finished before Monster Baby is out of school so I can revise it over the summer. I will still post Genna & Tony tid-bits on Thursday because if I don't, several people will hunt me down, but as for the rest of the week, no, not so much. Maybe Monday, Maybe Friday but definitely not Tues & Weds. Also, I won't be commenting as much. I know I feel badly with all my new friends, I so want to hang out with you guys but I've really got to get this finished and if not now when. So if you don't see me, you'll know why. But that doesn't mean I don't still love you. And if I play my cards right and write like crazy, maybe I can get it finished in 5 weeks and play with you for the rest of the summer.

Any-hoo, that's all the news I have. Go check out those linky's, you won't be disappointed. Go get your green stamp, I mean it. And have a lovely, lovely Monday.


Christine Danek said...

Thanks for the links and happy pre-birthday. I hope you have a productive week. Congrats on 100 followers.
Take care.

Jayne said...

Hi Anne. You have to do what is right for your writing - there are so little hours in the day, and it just shows your commitment to your story. Just don't go too quiet, you hear?! Love The Mama's and the Papa's by the way - California Dreaming is probably my favourite, but Monday Monday is a close second.

Thank you for the prompt about the carbon neutral website. What a great idea. I have it saved to my favourites for when I have time later today.

Piedmont Writer said...

Christine -- Thanks.

Jayne -- I can't be too quiet, what's the fun in that? Yes, please don't forget to get your green stamp.

Al said...

Thanks for the links.

Happy sort of birthday.

100 followers, YAY for you!


Publish or Perish

sarahjayne smythe said...

Congrats on the fence posts and the followers. And happy birthday week. :) Good luck with the writing; enjoy and be productive. We'll be here waiting for you when you get back. :)

Paul C said...

'Monday, Monday...' thanks for the song revival so perfect for today. Gives me a boost for the week.

Stina Lindenblatt said...

I love your comment about the followers and a cult. I hadn't thought of it that way before. I like 'friends' so much better. Maybe Blogger could change the name of the Follower Widget to Friends Widget. :D

Thanks for the link. Have a great break. You deserve it!

Tara said...

Yea for the fence! The weather was great this weekend, wasn't it?

I love writing from all my characters pov's. It's really fun to do the antag pov.

Terry Towery said...

Hi Anne,
Congrats on hitting 100 friends; happy early birthday wishes, and a HUGE thank you for the link to my little blog. I'm honored. Oh, and I'm becoming addicted to your blog. Keep up the good work; I look forward to the next Genna and Tony installment!

Piedmont Writer said...

Al -- You're most entirely welcom. Thanks for the sort of birthday wishes.

Sarah Jayne -- Maybe I can do a marathon and write the whole thing in 3 days. You know how I hate to be away.

Paul -- I know, it's a great song but now I'll be singing it for the rest of the week.

Stina -- We're all friends here. You're welcome for the link, thanks for the contest.

Tara -- It was pretty wild and came from out of NOWHERE. But it shed so much light and so much more on the backstory. There's so much more plot I get to work with now.

Terry -- You are so welcome. Thank you. Every Thursday, same bat time, same bat channel.

Summer said...

Do what you need to do! As long as we have completed Genna and Tony at the end, I'm gonna be happy. :-)

Congrats on the fence!

And happy Earth Day birthday!

Piedmont Writer said...

Summer -- Genna & Tony will be completed but I don't know if you will find out what path she chooses. Muaw ha ha.

~Nicole Ducleroir~ said...

So excited to hear you have more insight into Tony's character! And that your project is speeding along so well is inspiration to me. *sigh* If only I could get to that place in my book. I should unplug, too. That'd give me so much more time to write!

Thanks for the link. Gotta get green right now :)

Bish Denham said...

Thanks for the links and HAPPY BIRTHDAY!

Jennifer Shirk said...

Great links!!
Hope you have some great plans for your b-day!

Carolina Valdez Miller said...

Aw, we'll miss you, luv. But I hope your break does you some good and gets you to where you want to be! I take fairly regular breaks. In fact, I think most of my blogging is done as a break from my break. Ha. But you're focusing on the right thing. Your passion is in your writing. We'll see you when we see you. Until then, be well, be productive, and stop by and see us sometime!

Piedmont Writer said...

Nicole -- WAIT til you see Tony when he's young, like John Travolta in Saturday Night Fever!

Bish -- Thank you!

Jennifer -- I think I will be hanging the fence on my birthday.

Carolina -- I hope to get as much as 80% finished, at least that's my hope. Not sure what will really happen. When I put my mind to it though, I usually come out ahead.

KarenG said...

Thanks for sharing links, happy birthday, and I have always LOVED the Mommaa & the Poppas.

Angie Paxton said...

Sounds like you had a pretty great weekend. Little jealous. Happy early birthday!

Falen said...

haha! "gnosh" i love that word.
Also happy birthday week! (becasue we tend to celebrate full weeks in my family (mostly as an excuse to pig out a lot)
And yay for the fence!

Shannon said...

Thanks for the links, and congrats on over 100 friends following you.

I hope you have a fantastic birthday.

Saumya said...

Happy Birthday week!! Thanks for all these fun links; you're going to make my lunch break special!

Crystal Cook said...

Happy pre birthday!! And congrats on the happy news with the fence YAY!!!! You did it, awesome! :)

i will go do the carbon neutral thing for sure, before your bday, consider it my gift to you :):) And your monster baby, and my monster babies, and everyone else's.

And don't worry if you're not around as much, I still love you! And everyone else does too :) Good luck with the big finish!

And yes I do want to know what happens next:)

Palindrome said...

Thanks for the linkage!!

Happy early birthday!!

Tess said...

Hooray for finished fence posts .. and, you can say you did them ... little ole you. how neat is that? very. that's how neat. very.

happy almost b-day. breaks are good sometimes. they help us recharge.

B. Miller said...

Have a happy birthday week and YAY for getting those fence posts up! If you take a break, don't disappear for too long - we'll miss you!

She Writes said...

You know I get the break thing :)!!

Talli Roland said...

Happy Birthday Week Anne! And thanks for all the lovely links, as well as sharing news about your fence posts! :)

Have some brilliant birthday celebrations.

Elaine AM Smith said...

Great links Anne - I've over to collect my Green Stamp.
Thank you for your comment on my most recent post about the hands that guide Flower, and help her face the next traumatic stage in her life. :)

Piedmont Writer said...

Karen -- I think my favorite was Puff the Magic Dragon. Oops, my bed, that was Peter, Paul & Mary.

Angie -- Don't be jealous, I had to take a couple Tylenols after putting up the fence.

Falen -- That's one of my favorite words too.

Shannon -- Thank you very much.

Saumya -- Thanks for taking time to visit.

Crystal -- Thursday baby, you gotta wait til Thursday.

Hannah - Hey did you get my e-mail?

Shelley Sly said...

Congrats again and happy early birthday! I won't be in the blog world on Thursday, I'll be away until Sunday, so not only will I miss your big day, but I'll miss Genna & Tony if you post about them. :( I might cry. But I'll be fine.

Thanks SO much for linking to me! :) And I checked out the other links, thanks.

Piedmont Writer said...

Tess -- I know, I'm going to love this so much when my brother visits and I can say, "yes, I did it all by myself."

B. -- Thanks, that's sweet of you to say.

Amy -- I know you know I know we know.

Talli -- I don't think there'll be celebrating but I'll think of something.

Elaine -- You're very welcome.

Piedmont Writer said...

Shelley -- OH NO! You won't be here on Thursday? And you're very welcome for the link.

Lola Sharp said...

Happy Almost Birthday! Happy Fence Post Finishing! Happy 100+ Friends!
Happy Monday!

And good luck on your unplugged writing venture.


Patti said...

Happy Birthday week and thanks for the links, saves me some time.

Wendy aka Quillfeather. said...

It appears you've been very busy, Anne!

Great post filled with fence post news and lots of lovely links!

Happy Birthday week :)

Piedmont Writer said...

Lovely Lola -- Thank you so much! As for the unplugged, it's anyone's guess how much I'll get done. You know me.

Patti -- Any time. Thank you.

Wendy -- Very busy. If not I usually fall apart. Thank you.

DL Hammons said...

Sometimes pushing back from the table is the hardest thing, but the right thing. Do what's best for you. I'll be here regardless. :)

MBW aka Olleymae said...

Happy early birthday! Good luck with your story an thanks for the links.

Piedmont Writer said...

DL -- Ha ha you! You have no choice but to stick with me.

Olleymae -- Thank you so much for the birthday wishes and for stopping by.

Jen said...

Happy 111!!! That's so super exciting!!! Those are some awesome links too!!! I love how you are such a showcaser!!! Shows your sweetness!! Happy Early Birthday!

Tahereh said...

another fab post, anne!! congrats on cracking 100, and HAPPY EARLY BIRTHDAY, YOU DOLL!!

<3 youuuuu

Rena said...

Thanks for the welcome and for the links. I hope you have a great birthday!

Donna Hole said...

Well girlie you're pretty good witht he lickety links yourself. All interesting reads, thanks.

Congrats on the fence - I think. I'm exhausted just thinking about it.

Do yourself that favor and take the break. It will be good for your novels.


Roland D. Yeomans said...

Thanks for dropping by my blog today, Anne. May your Tuesday be more healing and enjoyable for you, Roland