Friday, September 25, 2020
Thursday, September 24, 2020
Except Louise doesn't really remember doing that. Oops. But he is nice. And hot.
-It also includes, not necessarily in order, found friends, a this is of course temporary dating situation (spoiler, they might be wrong about that), nosy parents, a pushy sister, and quite a bit of food discussion.
-The opening chapter of this story was loosely inspired by actual events that took place in a bar in DC. The real life dude planned six dates. I tried to do the math on that and found it odd, so I let truth be even stranger than fiction.
-Hospitality is a huge industry in DC, and of course in current conditions it is being hammered. It didn't seem like fantasy to write about a thriving bar scene when I first wrote it, and of course, we'll get back there. In the interim, shout out to the folks trying to pivot in this new world and keep in contact with their customers.
-I did not intend to put two list making heroines back to back, but well, some people need lists for their jobs, and some people pretend lists make them organized. Louise is a little more of the latter.
-I had separately been researching Maryland's history as the Gretna Green of the mid-Atlantic. I discovered that Maryland has now added a twenty four hour waiting period. (Although there are still some B&B's on the border that invite you to just make it a special trip.) And then I discovered the proxy filing process in DC and well, the writer brain was inspired.
Monday, September 21, 2020
Friday, September 18, 2020
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Tuesday, September 08, 2020
Thursday, September 03, 2020
Monday, August 31, 2020
Edited to note: The author in question has pulled the book. The concerns that got us to this point remain.
Friday, August 28, 2020
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Monday, June 29, 2020
Thursday, June 25, 2020
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Thursday, June 18, 2020
I have a new book out today - sort of. It's releasing on Kobo today, so if epub and/or Kobo is your jam, you can pick it up now. It releases at the rest of the sites next week so you can go hit preorder.
Rafe has been using charm both in and out of work. Finding himself the only groomsman at a weather interrupted bachelor party isn't going to stop him from having fun. Felicia has made a living for herself helping out brides by posing as one of their bridesmaids. She's used to handling all sorts of unexpected hitches, but a solo groomsman who keeps showing up at all the bachelorette events is a new one for her. It doesn't matter if he's hot, Felicia's there to make the bride happy not herself. Not even if the bride decides a little matchmaking might make her happy.
1. This book is written to stand alone, but it is part of the City Complications series, so if you have read Aloha to You you will already know who Rafe's friend Seth is. In fact, you will have met Rafe too.
2. I don't always know exactly what inspired my stories, because my writer brain is often like a sticky ball, gathering up bits of things until it coalesces into something. For this one I know. I was listening to NPR's "Ask Me Another" and on that same show they had a woman who was for some time a professional bridesmaid, and a gentleman who had garnered internet fame for being the only member of his bachelor party. And I thought what if I stuck them together?
3. It is a particularly odd thing to have a book that involves travel to three different cities, and a number of non-socially distant gatherings amid a moment where essentially none of these things are really possible. I have friends trying to figure out if they should even get married right now.
4. I have watched a lot of TV shows about animal rescue. I myself have a cat from a shelter. The people who dedicate some or all of their time to animal rescue, are wonderful people who do a lot of work, and see a lot. This book contains many fictional dogs, who all survive and are happy. Let's not tell my cat that I have now written more fictional dogs than cats, mmkay?
5. This book starts in New Orleans, a city that called to me so much the first time I visited. I've been lucky enough to visit it several times since. With groups and on my own.
6. This book, in addition to DC and it's suburbs (because of course) also spends some time in New York City. New York City and New Orleans have been hard hit by both the COVID 19 pandemic, and police brutality. (DC also.) Here's hoping the world that we build going forward is better on all fronts.
7. There is a teeny Broadway reference in here. Let me know if you spot it.
Oh also, if you are playing Ripped Bodice Bingo, this works for I'm on a Boat and Secret Identity.
Tuesday, June 16, 2020
Monday, June 15, 2020
Thursday, June 11, 2020
Monday, June 08, 2020
Thursday, June 04, 2020
Wednesday, June 03, 2020
Secret Identity - See also Nothing to Fear, Lady's Guide to Celestial Mechanics by Olivia Waite
Title is a pun - Unsung Heroine by Sarah Kuhn (see, there's karaoke. That's punny.)
Healthcare professional - See also He's Come Undone - Ruby Lang's story has a healthcare professional
Tuesday, June 02, 2020
4. In theory they are designed to be aimed at the thigh, since that's a fleshy part of the body to minimize damage.
Monday, June 01, 2020
1. Pepper spray is a weapons grade chemical agent. Pepper spray comes in multiple strengths, but what determines that strength is not regulated. It is designed to inflame any mucous membranes, so eyes, nose, throat, lungs. It generally causes burning, wheezing, cough, and shortness of breath. It can also cause bluish discoloration of the skin. If any of these also sound like the symptoms you have been told to watch out for with COVID 19, you are correct. It was terrible before we had a pandemic. It is especially terrible within one.
2. Repeated exposure can change your corneas.
3. If you have asthma, take certain medications (no I have not been able to find a clear list) or are otherwise experiencing breathing issues, the additional information caused by pepper spray can be lethal. Pepper spray has also been found to cause cardiovascular, pulmonary, and neurological toxicity.
Because it is based on a plant, it also possible for someone to be allergic to it.
4. When pepper spray or pepper balls are released into a public area, there is no way to contain the spray, or be certain no one there has a pre-existing condition.
5. When pepper spray is deployed by law enforcement they often use large amounts designed to target a large area. They train on being pepper sprayed because most of their methods are so widespread they know they will also be sprayed. Also, studies have shown that police often employ racial bias (which yes, is a fancy way to say racism) in determining who to spray.
Also, pepper spray - though often the balls or pellets used to deploy it, damages nearby buildings.
6. Pepper spray cannot be rinsed off. It cannot be removed from the respiratory system.
7. Pepper spray is banned for use in war by the Chemical Weapons Convention. It is currently only legal for use on your own citizens in the US. Oh and bears. It is legal to use on bears.
Thursday, May 28, 2020
Tuesday, May 26, 2020
I was talking to someone recently who had been advised to use up some of their accrued vacation time in the next few months. Since I've been working a freelance life of late, let me tell you I totally understand that it can be very hard to take a day when there is always stuff to be done. I wrote this post on a weekend which tells you how good I am at following my own advice.
And for many of us who have bought into the work more, get more, because we only rest when we're old mentality, the thing that got you away from your desk was the prospect of going somewhere new. Going to a new city, or just somewhere new in town, but something you couldn't do sitting at home. In places where stay/shelter/whatever we are calling it orders are in place, it seems silly to say, hey I need a day where I can sit in essentially the same place I'm sitting now, staring at the same four walls I'm staring at now.
You still need it. And probably not just for a day, probably two or three, or maybe even a week. I have essential workers in my life, and they are still taking vacation days, even if they can't travel to where they had hoped to travel.
You may feel super privileged to be doing your job at home. You may have lost your job or been furloughed. You still need breaks. Even if the break is from applying for jobs.
While culturally we have accepted the idea of mental health days, I think we tend to think a few things about them. You should only need one. And you should probably only need it if things are really bad for you.
Partially this is tied in with our thinking about mental health which is not great. But also, hi, things are really bad. I know sometimes we are asked to look at the bright side, to be grateful for all the things we do have. And hey, if your job and your health, and your loved ones are all doing great, then yes, things are good. But, that doesn't mean your life has not been altered by this global event. It doesn't mean that things aren't hard. And it really, truly doesn't mean that you never get to have a day off that isn't a regularly occurring weekend or holiday (assuming that's how your job is structured.)
To quote an ad slogan, you deserve a break. Even if it means you sit in the same chair and talk to the same people you've talked to, you deserve a break from emails, or phone calls, or video calls. Take the time. Not to make the corporate overlords happy that you aren't hoarding vacation time. Take the time because the corporate overlords gave you this time to make you a more productive human. They didn't do it to be nice. They did it because employees who burnout are less useful to them.
And speaking as your pocket friend*, burned out pocket friends are less fun. So do it for you, for them, and for me.
*pocket friends are friends you know through the internet and therefore they are friends who live in your pocket, since many internet devices are pocket sized.