Wednesday, September 20, 2006

Christmas songs

I've been listening to Christmas songs today, trying to get "in the mood" as I write a Christmas story. It's almost finished, and I hope to have it submitted by Monday.

This is new to me. I never thought to write short stories and I never thought to write seasonal stories. It's fun, and opens up a new wave of creativity.

Thursday, September 07, 2006

Contest Submission

I just submitted a short erotica to a contest for Halloween stories. I'm not sure they'll be interested. I think it's pretty good, but I've never written paranormal in my life. It's not so paranormal that it's creepy scary, and they are probably used to something much more imaginative and gruesome than my writing. But it was fun. I have other ideas for "short paranormals". Now I just have to write them. If I get this contracted, I know I will do my next paranormal. It'll give me more courage and inititiave, I think. And if I don't get it, well it was fun anyway and it helps to develop my muse.

Wednesday, September 06, 2006

Changing Seasons

I love the change in weather. It's been a hot and dry summer, the hottest I can remember having in a long time, but it's staring to cool down. The temperatures haven't been in the triple digits in the last few days, and I can see the trees move with the breeze. It's crisp in the mornings, just the way I like it, but you can still wear shorts.

I haven't mowed all summer, and last year we had to mow every two weeks just to keep the grass cut. It sucks, in a way, but then again I've had more time to write. The lake is lower than I ever remember it being, so much that bones of a human body in a rusted "drum" were found in the "lake" yesterday. Maybe God hadn't let it rain for a reason, because no telling how long this body has been there or would continue to be there. We've been bitching about the triple digits, but a family may have found their missing loved one. It's tragic no matter what, but I couldn't imagine the feeling of just "not knowing".

Of course, it's mostly bones now and they have to do forensics, etc. etc. to determine who it could be. Creepy, isn't it? And people wonder how I get my ideas. ;)

Monday, September 04, 2006

Blogging

Ok, I'm going to try this blog thing. A little about me, I write erotica "quickies" under the pen name Jalena Burke. I have one out from Forbidden Publications, another coming in November, and have plans to submit a Halloween contest and a Christmas submission. I write short stories, but have a longer one in the works.

I also work full time and write RS under another name.

I just received my very first review for my short story, ME, MY NEXT DOOR NEIGHBOR, AND BOB. http://www.twolipsreviews.com/content/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=189&Itemid=36
I'm very excited about this!

I have a contest until October 1 for a great basket of prizes. Check it out at my website.