Darkness and Valentines

Know what people love to get for Valentine’s Day? Flowers. The problem with flowers, though, is that they’re only beautiful for a short period of time. You have to make sure they have fresh water, trim off the dead buds, and then finally toss the whole kit & caboodle in your trash can and scrub the mold out of…

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Princess Alethea’s Magical Elixir

My new reviews are up at Orson Scott Card’s Intergalactic Medicine Show! Title: Pegasus Author: Robin McKinley EAN: 9780399246777 Ask me who my favorite authors are and — hard pressed as I am to narrow it down to less than twenty — Robin McKinley is always at the top of the list. She has remained stubbornly at the top…

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A Little Persuasion

The monthly Washington Romance Writers meeting is today. I’ve had it on my calendar and kept the forum digest in my Inbox so I don’t forget the wheres and whens — from 10:00 to 3pm today we will be discussing Jane Austen’s Persuasion. I assumed that in the five allotted hours we’d be watching a version of the film…

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Ding Dong

It’s that time of year again! Yes, just as you’re ready to throw in the towel on that New Year New You resolution, here come the girls with brown and green sashes, ready to take your cookie order. This brings up another one of Mom’s Rules: Your parents will not bring your Girl Scout cookie order form to work….

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Ice, Ice, Baby

As you might have noticed, I’ve been MIA from Teh Intarwebs recently. Part of it is being caught up with work (I suddenly find myself awash in manuscripts to revise, and I am not unhappy about the prospect) and the Ice Capades weather of DC, resulting in The Fairy GodDaughters getting not only MLK Jr. Day off from school,…

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Geek Joy

The Playstation Network has finally made Final Fantasy VII and IX available on Playstation Classics. I am in complete geek love. The FairyGodboyfriend wonders if me killing bad guys all weekend constitutes me being technically “off the grid.” You think about that a minute. I have some Materia to collect.

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Lawrence and Luc

Over at my dear friend Lawrence Schoen’s website (you may know Lawrence as the King of Klingon), my other dear friend Luc Reid is grilled about the Codex Writers Group, his new e-book Bam! 172 Hellaciously Quick Stories, andwhat it was like to be a student in Lawrence’s class all those years ago. (Small world, isn’t it?) Luc was…

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The Twelve Rules, Annotated

I have been asked to talk a little bit more about the now-infamous 2010 Christmas Pageant song “The Twelve Rules of Christmas” (Click here to watch on YouTube). Rule#1: No Decorating the Tree I believe this rule originated the first year we moved into the giant house in North Springs…so I was about ten and Soteria was eight. We…

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One Spectacular Birthday

When Leanna and I first came up with this crazy idea on the streets of New York City, it sounded silly. Sure, I could ask a bunch of my friends to wear tiaras on my birthday…but would they? Was this going to be the dumbest idea in the history of ideas? Was I going to regret my 1-11-11 birthday…

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