Friday, July 17, 2009

Wings and Witchcraft

Congrats to Aprilynne Pike on her Disney deal. "Wings" is slated to be a movie with Miley Cyrus. Faeries are so in. The faeries in my book "Domus" are anxious to fly. I'm making some serious changes...thanks to my readers who keep me motivated.

Happy Birthday to Erle Stanley Gardner who was born on this date in 1889. He began writing in the 1920's and published his first Perry Mason novel in 1933. He was successful not only under his own name but his pen names as well: A.A. Fair, Robert Parr, Carleton Kendrake and Charles M. Green. Erle had a sense of humor even when endorsing checks: "It's a damn good story. If you have any comments, write them on the back of a check."

HOO HA for the success of the Harry Potter movie. My family and I had a great time at the midnight showing...costumes, beach balls and good clean fun. No vulgarities. No destructive behavior. It is heartening to see college-age kids still hanging in there after falling in love with Harry at early ages. A few of the adults "acted out" by responding to the playfulness and good humor with controling overreactions. They should take a clue from the kids...chill.

Sunday, July 12, 2009

Free Speech

It is just maddening trying to add stuff to this blog and it won't work! Of course, that always happens to me...just ask anyone. Electronics get all confused around me and don't do what they are designed to do. Of course, my engineer, computer geek (it's ok, he calls himself that, and has a cup to prove it) husband can take the problem in hand and it disappears. Once in one of my previous lives (I have several--hey, that would be a good book) I was having difficulty with the computer and the company techy said "Elizabeth, this NEVER happens to anyone else." It's no consolation. I've said numerous times, just give me a yellow legal pad and pencil and I can finish in half the time...but, I don't really mean that. After all, if I jotted down my musings on a pad, YOU wouldn't be reading it!

Speaking of technology, is China so afraid of free speech that they still muzzle it? Apparently so as they have blocked Twitter, Facebook and now, horror of horrors, AMAZON.COM. Check out kristinbairokeeffeblog.com since I CAN'T SEEM TO ADD IT TO MY BLOG LIST!!! grrr.