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Saturday, August 11, 2007

No April Fool's joke!



Sorry I've been away so long. There's been lots to do at the paper — something that will hold true until August 23, when our big student edition of the paper is on the streets.

In the middle of that, one of my friends and coworkers endured a hellish wait to learn that four members of her family — her sister, her niece and her niece's two young daughters — had been on the bridge in Minneapolis when it collapsed. They were all taken to separate hospitals, and the youngest, who was the only one conscious and coherent, was too upset to remember her name. The two little ones have been discharged with cuts and bruises and one broken leg. Her sister had to have brain surgery to stop internal bleeding. But her niece is still fighting for her life in intensive care on a respirator.

Thanks to all of you for your prayers thus far, and keep praying!

In the world of fiction, Morgan and Amalie are slowly getting their story. I'm also working on an erotica novel the contents of which are Top Secret! I haven't picked a pen name yet, and when I do I probably won't announce it. It's not that I'm ashamed of writing erotica; it's that the Powers insist I use a different name.

But the news is that Unlawful Contact will be out on April 1! My editor bumped up the publication date, so there's less of a wait. I'm very happy about that! (Yes, there was a reason Marc Hunter's photo is at the top of my blog today, and not just because I love to stare at it.)

In other other news:

I got a HUGE box of chocolate nummies from Joanie in Hong Kong. THANKS! I'm savoring every sinful bite.

I also got an email from Gaby, who is now in Ireland. Gaby, if you read this, please forgive me for not emailing back! I've been swamped. I'm so glad you're getting settled, and I'm delighted my two contemps helped you through the transition!

I also heard from Debbie H, to whom I've been sending "Get Well" vibes.

And I got together with Libby the Warrior Princess and had drinks one night after a particularly hideous day at work. She was my designated enabler, driving the car so that I could seriously drink. Who says Tuesday isn't a great day for FACs? Thank you, Libs!



I also got together with Sean. (Remember him?) It was his birthday, so he bought me lunch. I didn't quite get that either. I should have been doing the buying, but he did it instead. I think when my Special Visitors come on Aug. 24, Sean will hang with us a bit. I know KrisTAY, SueZAY, and LibBAY will be so bummed! What red-blooded woman wants to hang with Sean? He's grown his hair out a bit and looks every bit the Leo he is.

But if Sean doesn't interest my friends, there's always Colorado's scenery. Here's a photo my brother took last weekend while climbing a 13,000-foot peak. I love the wide-open spaces of this state and I love this photo, with the little wildflowers in the foreground. David is getting good with the camera.



Have a good weekend, everyone! And please keep the folks in Minneapolis in your hearts.

9 comments:

Debbie H said...

Hey, there. You are alive! Glad to hear the writing is coming along. I will pre-order my book shortly. Still puttering around and on pain meds so I don't do much but walk alittle bit and sleep alot. Sean is a great looking guy and if the girls don't want to hang out with him, they need their hormones checked. LOL

I miss Colorado! Beautiful pic!

Take care

Bo said...

I hope her niece recovers,how awful!

You have no idea how excited I am about this erotica novel of yours-I can't wait! Mostly b/c I know you feel the way I do about certain,um,four letter words/areas that are usually present in erotica,that keep me from reading it,LOL.

And Sean for lunch,DARN! Oh,yeah,I meant lunch with Sean,what a bummer.Really,I didn't mean anything naughty *bats eyes*

That pic is just gorgeous,and I love the storm clouds overhead.My kind of weather.

Hope you are having a GREAT weekend!

Karen said...

Dang woman, you are so busy. First of all, I'm glad your book release got moved up!

I hope your friend's family gets better very soon. What a scary thing to have lived through. Tell her prayers continue to come.

What a gorgeous pic. I miss the scenery there.

Lunch with Sean? Woohoo.

Ronlyn said...

typing one handed....
woo hoo!!!Aprl 1st!!! can't wait!!!

more later when i have both hands...

Debbie_D said...

Hi stranger, missed you here. I'm so glad about the release date being moved up! Can't wait to read the whole story (already read the excerpts)

I'll keep your friend and her family in my prayers.

Now, you will let us know when the erotica is finished and is being released and the title right? You wouldn't leave your loyal readers hanger would you?

Also, I liked what Bo said, "Sean for lunch...." I could do that *BG*

Have a great week, it's one day closer to Friday!!!

Hi, DebbieH — Glad to hear they've given you the good meds, and I really hope you're feeling 100 percent healed soon! I've been keeping you in my prayers.

As for Sean, I agree. And I keep telling him he's perfect for romance novel covers, but he keeps saying he needs to get in shape. HUH?!??!?

Bo, I hope the baby-growing is going well and that you're feeling okay. Been thinking about you too. And YES MA'AM! We will have NONE of that icky stuff in this book. I hope that doesn't keep it from getting published. These days anal is all the rage. To which is say, "Eeewwwww!"

LOL on having Sean for lunch. He is definately edible. (Sorry, Sean. It's true.)

Karen, great to see you again! And thanks for the good wishes for my friend. No new news. Her niece is still on a respirator and fighting for her life. Her sister is probably going to be discharged next week, so that's good.

Ronlyn, sounds like you're juggling Alex and Sammy or something. Thanks SO much for the lovely birth announcement. It arrived this weekend, and I was thrilled to have my very own photo of little Alex. He looks so much like my friend Sammy. ;-)

I'm guessing The Wiggles are in heavy rotation at your house these days. I hope you're getting lots of time to savor your babies and lots of good reading time, of course.

Hi, DebbieD! Thanks for your prayers. I really appreciate it and will pass them along.

Seeing the word "excerpt" makes me think it might be time for another one. Mmm. Must think.

And, yes, I'll let you know when the erotica is done and sold and when it comes out (if it sells; I don't have a publisher for it yet). But I'm going to be writing under a pen name and making at least some effort to keep that name separate. But I'll clue my sisters on RBL in, for sure.

I have to say -- you must be one heck of an optimist to say ON MONDAY that it's one day closer to Friday. Monday in Swedish is spelled måndag and is pronounced something close to Moan-day. And that's how I feel about it. Waaaah!

J said...

Sure Sean needs to get in shape...how about a pretzel shape wrapped around me?? LMAO! OK, I will settle down and try to be dignified....

I am glad you liked the choccies, how delish are Pods? Woo-Hoo! Yummy in my tummy. I sent some to Aimee too.
Pods come in Snickers... I will have to send those next time.

Now, I am well excited about the erotica, but do me a favour and leave the word "Turgid" out, will ya? That word makes me cringe.

I finished Ride the Fire today.
Yes, I caved and ended up reading the three in three days....nothing left for my holiday. Typical, but I am weak!

I want to email you about the three books you sent me. Suffice to say I loved them and you have restored my faith in historicals...rounded characters in a romance? What a concept Pamela!!

I will send you an email asap. Moving house this weekend, so comp will be in a box and life and house in a shambles. I love the word shambles, it describes me perfectly.

Your co-worker's family will be in my prayers tonight, hope all goes well with them.

TTYL, Joanie xx

Sheila said...

Pamela your friends are in my prayers daily! I have faith she will pull through!

An erotica! Cool beans! I can't wait and I know you will do it with style and class! I will e-mail you with my answer to your question on the RBL board.

Is this pic the Sean you are talking about? He needs to get in shape he says? Has he looked in a mirror? Gorgeous! He would make a great romance novel model.

The pic of the mountains makes me want to run away to Colorado. Never been but its on my list!

Whoo Hoo! Too excited about the publication date being moved forward! Can't wait to read it!

Hope you have a great week and an excerpt would be the bomb!

Gaby said...

I hope everyone affected by the terrible accident in Minneapolis wil heal soon.

I'm so happy to hear that someone else is sending you chocolate, as melkesjokoladen I can get my hands on here is mine ;) Or was mine anyway, before the ppl in the Italian and Scandinavian departments discovered I had Marabou imported from Sweden and left me with the wrapper and three squares :p

oooooh you're writing erotica erotica? I thought Julian was sex incarnate, but hey, if you want to write more, I won't say no :o)

Love ya!

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