Jennifer Lyon
Tuesday, July 28th, 2009
My Buddy

Last night I went to see my buddy…

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Bailey was a little bit put out with me because I made him stop playing long enough to take a picture, but he allowed us this one shot.  Oh yeah, while I was visiting the dog, I also saw my two sons whom Bailey lives with :-)

This is a quick post–my Internet connection has been flaky so I’m going to get this up before it goes out again!

Monday, July 27th, 2009
Monday Again!

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I can’t believe it’s Monday again! So this weekend we saw THE UGLY TRUTH.  I liked it! And not just because Gerald Butler was in it :-) It’s definitely low brow humor, but the remote control scene had me laughing.  If you don’t know what it is, I’m not explaining it!

 

I finished reading a book that I started off hating. At the half way point I started liking it. Very weird.  Sometimes, it’s worth hanging in there. Now I’ve started the second Harry Dresden book FULL MOON by Jim Butcher.

 

This really isn’t the best pic, but let’s vote.  Do we like Gerald Butler? Oh, and how was your weekend?

Friday, July 24th, 2009
Say Cheese!

TGIF Witches!  It’s the weekend, let’s whip up the Appletinis! and share cheesy pick up lines.  Why? Because I accidentally stumbled onto a website with cheesy pick up lines. I’ll start:

cheese-soul-mates1) I’m new in town, could you give me directions to your apartment?

2) What’s the name of your perfume, Catch of the Day?

3) Baby you must be a broom, cause you just swept me off my feet!

4) Your daddy must have been a baker, because you got a nice set of buns.

5) Baby if you were words on a page, you’d be what they call FINE PRINT!

So do you witches have any cheese to share?

Have a great weekend!

Thursday, July 23rd, 2009
The Influence of Romance

witchreadingbook1The Dear Author website has a poll about how what age people think is the right age to start reading romances.  I started reading ‘racy’ romance about 13 or 14 years old. I was already reading tamer, closed door, romances. Here’s the three thing I think I got from reading those big, sweeping, sexy romances:

1) As a Freshman in high school, tests showed my reading comprehension to be college level.

2) I learned that I deserved love.

3) I leaned it was okay to like sex inside a relationship.

Since I’ve been married to the same man since I was 20, and very happy, I don’t think romances taught me to be promiscuous or whatever it is we’re afraid of.

The polls at Dear Author are often interesting, and this one got me to thinking…how often do we see polls like, “How young is too young to read a murder mystery?” 

I also read Stephen King at 14 or 15. Those books scared me! SALEM’S LOT kept me up several nights straight, and yet, to this day I don’t actually believe in vampires.  When I wake at night and hear noises, I never think it’s a vampire. 

I am a big proponent of parents deciding what their children should be allowed to read.  I thing TWILIGHT or EVERMORE is much more appropriate for a young girl than my books.  

But I read them and they really didn’t shape my attitude toward sex a whole lot. My family, friends  and life experience has a much stronger impact.

What about you?

Wednesday, July 22nd, 2009
Wing Slayer Worthy

What do you think?

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Is he Wing Slayer Worthy?

Tuesday, July 21st, 2009
Real Hero

I’ve met many people I would define as hero in my life. Not one of them would call themselves a hero.

 But I will. And I’m going to tell you about one of them today. Her name is Michele Cwiertny.

 I meant Michele years ago when I was co-president of the Orange County Chapter of Romance Writers of America. From the start, I knew there was nothing average about her. She’s intelligent, witty and talented. Trust me, she will be published one day. Michele can come across as quiet. She is often listening instead of talking.

 She is also bitingly funny. She has gotten me in trouble more than once with a softly whispered comment that made me burst out in inappropriate laughter-with tears running down my face. While Michele sits there looking innocent.

 But while that makes her super cool to hang out with, and a good friend, that’s not what makes her a hero.

 A couple years ago, Michele’s brother-in-law, Matt, developed a rare form of lymphoma that was induced by an extremely rare auto-immune disorder. This happened when Matt was in his early twenties. For over two years, this young man has valiantly fought to get well. Matt has done chemo, radiation, endless tests and treatments and a bone marrow transplant. After the transplant, it began to look as if Matt had won.

 Then the lymphoma returned.

 Through all this, Michele has often put her writing (her dream) and personal life on hold to throw herself into learning everything she can about the disease, treatments, the endless red tape-all of it. Not only that, she’s gotten deeply involved in fundraisers, rounding up volunteers to donate blood, platelets, and worked with the family and church to organize a bone marrow registry drive. Whatever she could do, Michel has done it. I am very quickly summoning up two years of work, two years of refusing to ever give up hope, two years of doing anything she could to help not just Matt, but anyone suffering from these terrible blood cancers.

 And now, while Matt is fighting his battle once more, Michele and the family are getting ready to participate in the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society’s “Light the Night Walk” in August. Michele and the family walked last year in honor of Matt, raising money to help fight all blood cancers. And they are doing it again this year. If you’d like to see more about it, or consider a donation, please go to Michele’s “Let’s Wipe Out Blood Cancer’s Page.”

 Michele defines hero to me. She is fighting for her brother-in-law, whom she loves. She refuses to give up, and she won’t let him give up. That’s amazing enough. But what brings her to hero status? She cares enough to try to find better treatments and a real cure for all people, and she’s taking action, like participating in the “Light the Night Walk.” Michele is a woman making a difference in our world.

 So Michele is my hero today. Who is yours?

Monday, July 20th, 2009
Expectations and Stuff

Saturday it was 111 degrees in my town! Where do I lodge a protest? Although it sure makes nice pool weather as long as you don’t try to walk on the cement.  We also rented the movie NEW IN TOWN. We should have known. We had seen previews for the movie and looked for it in the theaters–it never showed up. Must have gone straight to DVD. Why? Boring! At least that’s my opinion. So boring, that while the movie was on, I discovered ants in my kitchen and I was actually grateful for the break in the monotony of the movie. Cleaning up ants was more entertaining than the movie. Seriously, BORING.

I hate ants by the way.  right now I can almost hear them regrouping, strategies, planning more evil to spring on me.

 

angels-blood-nailini-singhOne of my bright spots in my weekend was reading Nalini Singh’s ANGEL’S BLOOD. I love that book! It was different, sexy and fast paced. Really cool. I don’t recommend it if it’s going to bother you that she really twisted Angel Mythology. But if you’re willing to do with her world building, then read it!

Reading this book, though, got my thinking about building up reader expectations.  Of course every reader is different. But for me, the sexual tension was very hot.  So hot, that I found the sex scene (which is a payoff scene) a bit less than I was expecting.  In other words, I didn’t think the payoff matched the build up. NOW this  didn’t diminish my enjoyment of the book,  it’s just something that’s sticking in my mind. I read other books with no full on sex scenes and don’t even notice.  But in this book, I noticed.  I’m curious, do you guys ever feel that way? There’s a build up that doesn’t quite pay off for you personally?

I still highly recommend ANGEL’S BLOOD!! It is hot.

How was your weekend? And for those of you that went the RWA conference, how was it???

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