1. The Petco near me smells like a petting zoo…and considering it’s not really a pet store (they have some birds and hamsters) the disgusting old petting zoo smell should not slap you in the face the second you open the door. And you know me and my sense of smell issues. Which brings me to…

2. The Bed Bath and Beyond near me REALLY should not have a giant, floor to ceiling display of SCENTED candles out. For me, that’s like assault with a deadly weapon, and I spent the entire shopping experience with my shirt collar pulled up over my nose mumbling about how the smell was killing me. I would’ve left except I really needed hangers and a waste paper basket. Really. And a baking pan. And spoons. It’s one of those stores that you don’t realize how many things you really need until you’re in it. Except, of course, for the scented candles.

3. I cannot find Gus’s current brand of dogfood anywhere. Except on Amazon, of course, where the shipping costs more than the food, so no, not going there. Must figure something out quickly. Like, before the dog actually arrives in my house.

Okay, on the writing front, I’m working on revisions for Too Hot To Hold, which is Nick’s book as well as working on a proposal for Hold On Tight, which is Chris’s book. Jake’s book has been revised and is waiting to see how the other books turn out in case I need to make some changes. As of now, it looks like these books will come out all in a row -right now it’s either Jan/Feb/March 2009 or Feb/March/April 2009, but I’ll let you know for sure as soon as I do.

Oh, and I’ve gotten my first, when are you going to write a real book, question! I truly feel like a real live romance author now. I also felt like strangling the person, but I was quite controlled, if I do say so myself.

And how sad is Heath Ledger’s death?! What a tragic loss all around.

Steph T.