Attack of the Killer Urban Fantasy Novels

So, I am not sure how it happened really. One day I was so bored to tears with my reading material that I picked up Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone and decided to relive the tale from beginning to end. Then suddenly the layers of ice and inches of snow melted away and every week that I visited the bookstore I found a new book by one of my Fab Five Authors. Now I have three new books to read and I am afraid to start them! I don't know which one to read first, I know that as soon as I get past the first page I will be sucked in. Then, much like good S-E-X it will be over to soon. I'll have to mentally let go of one set of characters and get psyched up about a different set, and then the cycle will start all over again. I doubt I'll be able to stretch it out for a month.

My "mother" (Melissa says, rolling her eyes) had the ludicrous idea of reading one book per month to stretch out the gap between now and the next Fab Five book release. I thought she had actually succeeded in being sarcastic(because she is the only person in the world who doesn't get it) but she was really trying to be helpful. Hmm. She's actually things that someone like me, who puts book release dates on her calendar and gets psyched about release parties, has enough restraint to keep a high priority book on the shelf for months without reading it? Granted I have several books that I haven't read yet, other urban fantasy novels, desperately trying to break into Melissa's inner circle. When I get desperate, which is bound to happen in the next thirty days, I'll pick one up and give it a shot. But only after I've gone through all stages of grief and withdrawl.

So it all comes down to this. Which book is going to win out. Pride by Rachel Vincent, White Witch, Black Curse by Kim Harrison, or Bone Crossed by Pattricia Briggs. I'll ask my twitter followers!

Hello....Is there anybody out there?

Where oh where has my little writer gone? I know that's what you've been asking yourself in my absence. Could I have been trapped in a basement re-reading Breaking Dawn over and over again until every word was ingrained in the back of my mind? Not likely. BD, not my fav. I did however just finish rereading all of the Harry Potter books. I forgot how long the last four books were. It took a little while but was fun as I forgot a lot of the stuff that wasn't in the movies.

So other than reading what am I doing? Am I writing...Where's my book? Why isn't on shelves beside my second favorite author?

All legitimate questions.

Yes, I am still writing. In September I met with Editor Paula Guran and who reviewed my submission packet. They, like im' guessing many other publishers, are being very cautius about buying giving the economy and the borders deathwatch (I kid you not on the Borders thing, check out their stock, it's been less than a dollar a share for the last two months). She gave me some good feedback and simultaneously gave me permission to work on a new project (though that might not have been her intention). So now I am about a third of the way into another novel, which is so drastically different from the first, and I love it. It's not as dark, not as monolithic, not as likely to be banned by 80 percent of the south (though I still love my OK peeps). The characters sort of came to me as a whole unit, this disfunctional cluster (youknowwhat) that cracks me up with their paranoias, OCDs and of course their otherworldy drama. I'm still wrapping my head around some of the magic and how it works, but I have the full plot mapped out in my head and just need to find time to put it down on paper.

Oh and one of the ladies in my writing group sold two novels...(at least I think it was two). The first one will be out in the next few months. I will send a reminder so that you all can go out and buy it!

Oh and for the totally random thought of the day...have you seen Joaquin Phoenix lately? He was on letterman a few weeks ago and they replayed the episode tonight...and hmmm...I thought Ben Stillers impersonation was exagerated but whoa.... bizarre to the ninth degree.