little bit of this, little bit of that…

Warning, randomness ahead, fueled by migraine and Starbucks frap.

I just finished reading a book that disturbed the shit out of me – and that’s a good thing, since it’s got me thinking about it weeks later.  It’s Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn.  I saw something about it when it was upcoming so I read her first two and they were disturbing, but this one much more so.

Anyone read it?  Anyone disturbed?

Currently watching – Real Housewives of NYC.  Loving Carole Radziwill.  It made me go back and reread her memoir, What Remains.  She’s got a beautiful way of writing, at least to me. Maybe if I pointed out a line or two, you’d be like, really?  But there’s just something about it that makes me reread.   I think that’s why I like poetry so much – the strength of each individual line is so important – each one has to be weighted.  In fiction (or non-fiction, as What Remains is), it’s not as necessary but breathtaking when it happens.  Oh, and fwiw, RHONYC isn’t so great this time around.  Of course, I’ll still be watching.

Also liking Longmire (TV series).  Am halfway through the first book in the series by Craig Johnson – I like that the series differs enough that I’m not watching and going, but it’s not like that in the book.  Kind of like True Blood – the books are so different from the show, especially now, that it doesn’t bother me.  If there’s a show or movie made from a book, I’ve always got to read the book first – just me?


sleep? sleep is for the weak…

It’s all stormy out – a perfect morning to sleep in but, of course, that means I was up at 6AM for no apparent reason.  Ah well, means I can justify a nap later.  Except I’m not a great nap person – it never leaves me feeling refreshed, just icky and groggy.

So basically, I’m up for the day, coffee in hand and Scrivener (my writing program) open and ready to go.

Gus, on the other hand, is not looking forward to the rain.  Snow, yes, but rain makes him crazy.  He doesn’t like getting wet, even though I remind him that he’s a hunting dog and should really be swimming on a regular basis.  15945_212298353732_617888732_3194758_517577_n

Anyway, what are your plans for the day / the weekend?  Catching up on some reading / writing / TV?  Oh, let’s talk books and TV and movies.  I’m sort of sadly addicted to the Real Housewives (the OC just ended and the new season for NY just started) – and I’m liking LA Ink so far.  Burn Notice was awesome – can’t wait till it starts again in June.  And then Celebrity Apprentice starts again soon – and since Brett Michaels is no longer doing Rock of Love, maybe he’ll be as interesting on CA.  And Celebrity Rehab’s Sober House – the 1st episode depressed me as much as the entire season of Celebrity Rehab.

As for books, I just finished One Foot in the Grave by Jeanine Frost – really liking Cat and Bones, although first person and continuing love stories don’t always thrill me.  I’m in for the 2nd though (it’s already loaded up onto Kindle)  I’m also 1/3 through the new Pamela Clare, Naked Edge and I’m waiting for all 3 of Christy Reece’s new trilogy to release before I read them, but it’s hard to wait.

How would you react?

Zoo and I watched Taken, with Liam Neeson this weekend, and all I have to say is, dude, I’d like the man on my side.  It was so awesome watching his one man army routine, his focus only on finding his daughter.  I’d like to think that kind of pure adreneline is possible – in real life and character life – when something big is at stake.  I’ve read that you don’t know what you’re capable of until you’re pushed and it always bothers me when I read a review of anything that says, that wouldn’t / couldn’t happen in real life.  

I wrote about this a while back for RTB and I still believe in what I wrote – you don’t know how you’re going to react in any situation until you are actually in that situation.  And God willing, most of us will not be involved in shoot-outs that require rescuing from a Navy SEAL. Disappointing on many levels, I know.  

Of course, then I ruined my viewing experience by watching Daisy of Love, something I swore I wouldn’t do.  And then, once I started watching, it was trainwreck, can’t look away, city.  Because the men are dropping out faster than I can blink – they are choosing to leave.  No one wants to win Daisy as their prize, which bodes well for the men and their intelligence. 

But Burn Notice starts again soon!  Love that show.  Rescue Me? Not so much anymore.

Okay, well, book due Monday.  Sydney short story due Monday.  Jake galleys due next week (that’s the FINAL stage before it becomes the real book!) So yeah, probably should be like, working.  Coffee’s on – it’s going to be a long couple of days…pray for me.


Happy Easter! I guess you’ve decided that my soul needs saving and are using your current policy to do so.

I’ve already taken time out of my busy schedule that includes actually writing more books that you can censor on your website by writing and calling about your disturbing new policy that bans adult materials from searches and sales ranking on your website.  

My alter-ego, Sydney Croft, is directly affected by this as are many  authors I know personally.  And it’s a very slippery slope once you try to decide that people need you to think for them – and to limit their choices toward what you deem acceptable.  How do I know that tomorrow, you won’t decide that some of my Stephanie Tyler titles have too much adult material in them?   Although granted, I’m now in very good company, as you’ve decided to stop ranking books like Lady Chatterley’s Lover by D. H. Lawrence. I’m assuming Shakespeare is next? Or Brideshead Revisited?  Feel free to reference these titles for your sweep of any books with any references to sex in them.

Shame on me – I used the S word.   

I’m a huge Amazon shopper, as my husband and the Amex bill can attest to.  I’m an Amazon Associate, and so the book links on my site go directly to Amazon.  I can promise you that all of this will stop if you don’t rescind this ridiculousness and stop censoring books.  

I encourage any and everyone – authors – readers – to read the post references above and these below that pertain to this Amazon debacle and then write or call Amazon.  This affects everyone – there is no way of knowing who Amazon will decide to censor next.  Information on reaching Amazon customer service is included in the links below.

Dear Author  


Amazon Rank

LA TImes

I’m off to shop at Barnes and Noble now – and Borders too!

deadline brain

It’s more like deadline brain meets migraine brain, which is always an interesting combo.

But first, why is it that when Zoo and I watch American Idol and we think someone’s awful, the judges love them – and vice-versa?

Because we’re both tone-deaf? Could be it, sure.

Anyway, I’m under total deadline with Sydney book 5. I’m at the point where I’m starting to call my kid’s nurse by one of the character’s names. Seriously.

So, anyway, deadline crunch means I needed to take a ton of time and do things like, update the website a little bit, update my Facebook account. Oh, and open a Goodreads account as well. And Twitter, except I have NFC what to do, which is why the page is blank.

Whatever. I’m supposed to be writing, people! Do you not understand that? But, I mean, if you friend me on any of the above sites, it’s not like I’m going to procrastinate writing by be rude and ignore my email…

random superheroines

I have so SO many books in my TBR pile at the moment that I’m dying to get to, but until I finish up a few things, there’s no way. Sneaking in a few chapters here and there never works, especially if I fall in love with the book, because then I have to devour it in one sitting and the day is gone. I’ve always been an, all or nothing, kind of reader.

Oh, and Larissa, did you see this? I am Buffy!

You Are Buffy the Vampire Slayer

“We saved the world. I say we have to party.”

Go ahead, take the quiz…tell me what superheroine you are.

I’m off to write. And write. And write some more.

Don’t forget, Army Wives is on tonight!

Steph T.