Jennifer Lyon
Monday, December 14th, 2009
The Speech Witch

Jen_-_workshop_004 Guess who? This is me giving the dreaded speech on world-building.  It was pouring rain that day, but people braved the wet roads and showed up. Amazing!

And now it’s over!

Kate Carlisle was taking the pictures but she was so far to my left it was hard for her to get a good shot.

Of course, my friends said I did well and that’s why they are my friends :-) I’m very sure I could have done better.

Want to see me BEFORE I went on stage? I was trying to focus and mentally prepare and while Kate was tormenting me with the camera…


Jen the Witch, right???? But in my defense Kate was sitting there aiming the camera and WAITING for the chance to show me at my witchy best!

She got it, LOLOL!

On the other hand, Kate and Maureen Child both braved the rains to come out and support me.  And more friends helped me prepare the speech including Marianne Donley and Laura Wright.  Thanks guys!

Okay that was my weekend, how was yours?

Tuesday, December 8th, 2009
Bailey TRIES to Teach Wizard To Play

Headshot_007Bailey has a new goal…Teach the Wizard how to Play.

I may have mentioned this before–Wizard is not a Dog Lover. Wizard understand all things numerical (he’s an accounting wizard) and all things magical.

He does not understand dogs.

Bailey bounds over to Wizard with his new toy.

Wizard tries to pat Bailey’s head.

Bailey tries to shove his toy in Wizard’s hand.

Wizard recoils. “Stop that. Hold still so I can pet you.” He says this like the dog should understand.

Bailey quickly translates this into his native dog language and realizes Wizard must not  SEE the AWESOME TOY in his mouth. With his incredible problem solving skills, he squeaks his toy so Wizard will hear it and grasp how super cool is it to play tug of war.

Wizard looks at me with a helplessly confused expression. “Why is he doing that?”

I answer,  “He wants to play tug of war with you.”

Wizard shudders.  He managed to pet Bailey’s head while Bailey is aggressively squeaking the toy. Then he walks away.

Bailey trots over to me. He knows witches are smart and know how to play

This story has no point except that Wizard was tormenting me tonight with comments like. “Don’t you wish Bailey was here?”

Sometimes, Wizards are annoying :-)

Monday, December 7th, 2009
Monday! Aren’t We Happy?

witch at work I finally gave in and actually started Christmas shopping!

Okay, Wizard dragged me out. But we got a very good start and I get credit for not whining! I was a very good witch! We even celebrated by going out to dinner.

Today I’m calling all the Wing Slayer Hunters BACK TO WORK! We need to revise Phoenix’s book. I’d like to have this done by New Years…


Sigh, even I know that’s impossible with the holidays taking up so much time. But it’s still my goal because I am stubborn like that.

Also this weekend, I read WEDDING AT KING’S CONVENIENCE by Maureen Child.  Maureen always rocks!  Then I started Lisa Jackson’s FATAL BURN. I’m not very far into it yet, but so far, so good.

Oh, and while browsing the Internet, I found a recipe for Kahlua Cake that sounds great (I gained three pounds just reading it).  I can’t wait to find an excuse to make it (and gain six pounds).

So how was your weekend?

P.S. Seriously, witches, All Wing Slayer Hunters must report for duty!

Monday, November 30th, 2009
I’m back!

Hey! I missed  you all!

Thanksgiving went well–15 people for sit down dinner with china etc. Surprising free of disasters.  Note to self: Maybe I should put that much advance planning into writing a book? Then I wouldn’t be frantically rewriting as I am now?

Friday we went to the movies to see THE BLIND SIDE then I spent a couple hours in the afternoon just reading. It was so nice to have a whole day off! No cooking and no working!

Saturday I went back to work. The Wizard is being extremely patient with me. This is how it’s going to be for awhile.

So I finally started reading COVET by JR Ward. I am about three quarters of the way through it. I’m finding the story and characters very intriguing. I can’t quite figure out what’s going to happen. Ward really takes chances and I like that!

The whole using nouns as verbs or making up new words occasionally trips me up but that’s just me. Most people read right over that. Besides making my brain work once in while isn’t a bad thing :-)

Now your turns! Let’s catch up!

Monday, November 23rd, 2009

Okay, not really a week is going to look more like this…

Witch unter computerAlthough I’d probably get more work done if I sat at the computer instead of under it! The twisted point is I’m taking a week off from this blog.

But first, tell me are you celebrating Thanksgiving? Staying home? Going to relatives?

I’m having family out, and I’m really looking forward to it. Guess who I am most excited about? I’ll give you a hint…

He cleans my kitchen floor for me every time he comes to visit :-)

Have a great Thanksgiving witches! Come back next week–we’ll do another cage fight! Also, I’ll be sure to check the comments.

Monday, November 16th, 2009
Monday Chit Chat

Saturday I hung out with other writer friends. It was so good to get away from the computer!  Of course we talked books and writing–I’ve yet to meet a writer who can avoid the subjects for long!  Saturday night, the Wizard and I went to dinner, came home and hung out in the jacuzzi. Wizard knows how to make an excellent vodka tonics too.   A perfect day to clean my head!

Next month I’ll be giving a talk on world-building at my local RWA meeting.  That’s going to be challenging!  I’m a lot more nervous about it than I thought. Trying to break down how I do it is pretty overwhelming.  These things start out as one idea that grows and changes as the idea matures and develops. I’ll have to really work on how to illustrate that in a talk. And how important it is to reveal the world through the eyes of characters. 

I’m finishing BLAZE OF MEMORY and I have to say there was a point where I doubted this book, but now I’m happy I read it. 

So how was your weekend?

Thursday, November 12th, 2009
Stressed? Me?

Normally I’m not paranoid, but lately,  this picture keeps popping up in my inbox…

dog writer

And I’m starting to think this dog is after my job.  This dog thinks he can write better books than me! This stress got to me and I sent this picture back to the upstart pooch…

Dog do ya feel lucky

Now I’m getting court ordered treatment for anger management. Meet my therapist…

dog shrink

Just another day in my life…