March 6th, 2007
Reader Perception

I’m back! All is well, no worries. Life is muchly busy right now, but when is it not?

I recently read this post over on Lauren Dane’s blog and it made me wax philosophical in my pea brain about reader perceptions, including reviewer perception.

In an ideal world ruled by moi, Queen Goddess of All She Surveys, everyone would luuuurve my books and I’d be on the NYT bestsellers list. However, it is not an ideal world and I certainly have only limited control over it. So sometimes I get a not-so-great review. There have been times, even, (*cough*) that I have received bad reviews.

They might prick my ego a little, might make me pout for a while and eat some chocolate but I know they’re inevitable. I know that each and every person who comes to one of my books has had a different life experience than I’ve had. I know their perceptions of Life, The Universe and Everything are different than mine. I know they probably have a different favorite jam than I do (blackberry!) and they may have voted for the other guy in the last election. I also know that because of these differences, every single reader sees my books through a different lens. Not all those lenses will be rosy.

So I tend to try (note the word try) to be philosophical about bad reviews and those readers who are less than enthused about my writing. Otherwise, I’ll make myself crazy, you know? And I don’t need more crazy.

Mostly, what I aim to do in my writing is create worlds of escape for people to slip into for a while. My goal is to build places where readers will want to spend time and characters they want to spend time with. Well, and I also aim to heat up the pages. 🙂 I love to build emotion between my characters through hot sex scenes. I love writing sex.

But, basically, I just love to write, (I do it the very best way I know how), and I’m thankful to each and every reader and reviewer that supports my work and allows me to do more of it.

Tomorrow I’m going to talk about three books I’ve read/am reading now: 1. Blood Bound, by Patricia Briggs, 2. Hitting the Mark, by Jill Monroe, and 3. Ain’t She Sweet, by Susan Elizabeth Phillips, because not only do I love to write, I love to read.

March 1st, 2007
An Apology

I apologize for missing my Writerspace chat last night. I had a family emergency that kept me away and one that I am still dealing with today. I’m so very sorry for all of you that made the effort to be there. I appreciate you all so much.

If you attended the chat last night, email me at anyabast (at) gmail.com and I’ll think up a special contest for you all.  When I can, I’ll reschedule a chat.

February 27th, 2007
Media Choices

According to recent research, Americans spend an average of ten more minutes a week watching TV than they did five years ago. They spend forty minutes more a day than they did a decade ago.

On the flip side of the media coin, books sales have been steadily declining. Logic says that perhaps TV is replacing books as a favored form of entertainment. Scratch that, I’m sure TV has already replaced books as such.

The truth is that there are many competitors for the attention of our eyeballs. Not only are there TV and books, there are movies, the Internet and computer/video games too.

I admit I’m a big Internet junkie. I’m on the ‘Net a lot. Movies are another downfall of mine. I love to watch movies both in the theatre and at home. Computer/video games hold little interest for me.

And TV? We actually don’t have TV. Well, we have a TV, but it only gets one channel and we only watch one show. That would be Survivor. Yes, yes, I know. It’s one of my guiltiest pleasures. Otherwise, we don’t watch TV mostly because of the commercials. Commercials just freak me out, man. Most of them treat the viewers as if they have the intelligence of a three-year-old and others are just flat out frightening. Dancing bears and toilet paper, anyone? Mucus throwing parties in your sinus cavities? Shudder

We do Netflix some shows, however. Right now our favorites are Battlestar Galactica, Deadwood, & Prison Break. We just started watching season one of Desperate Housewives too (blessedly without commercials). We’ll see if that show makes the cut. I absolutely loved Dead Like Me, Angel, Buffy and Firefly when they were on. (Bring back Dead Like Me and Firefly, you TV producers! They never got a fair shot!)

However books will always remain my favorite form of entertainment, and the reason reaches further than the fact I write them. Why? Well, read my last blog and you’ll understand.

When I watch movies or TV, everything is handed to me on a silver platter. They allow me no opportunity to create a world in my mind and fill it with my own sights, sounds, smells and tastes. TV and movies offer me no way to use my imagination. They don’t transport me the way a good book does. They usually don’t immerse me so deeply that I can’t hit the stop button and I end up watching all night, regardless of the fact I’ll be exhausted the next day. I can always flip off a TV show or a movie and not regret it. I can’t always close a book and not regret it. I never finish a movie and then instantly say, “I want to watch it again!”, the way I’ve closed some books, turned wistful for a moment, and then flipped to the first page again.

Movies and TV are wonderful and entertaining forms of media, but I guess overall I prefer the imagination expansion that reading allows me.

 

February 24th, 2007
In Which I Confirm a Long Held Suspicion

Indeed, putting tassles on 500 bookmarks by hand does suck in many horrible sucklicious ways.

They are very pretty, though!

February 23rd, 2007
I made a book trailer!

I will eventually post it to this blog, but until that time you can go to the link below and see it.

I posted the trailer to my web site: Book Trailer for Witch Fire.

And I also just posted the book trailer to the ‘About Witch Fire’ page on this blog. Just click the tab above, grab some popcorn and watch away.

Witch Fire can be pre-ordered now from Amazon.com.

February 22nd, 2007
50 Things Meme

I stole this from Megan Hart (who has a bitchen new blog) and Lauren Dane. On a side note, no more Thursday Thirteen? Bummer!! I didn’t do the last one this week mostly because it would have required me to think and thinking, I’m sorry to say, is not a strong point for me right now. I have too much on my plate for a lot of cognitive function at the moment.

So, 50 things about ME. Because it’s all about me, you know.

 

1. Height?

5′6″

2. Have you ever smoked heroin?

Hmmmmm, let me think…. NO!

3. Do you own a gun?

Yup. Know how to use it too. A shotgun makes a lovely sound when its loading.

5. Do you get nervous before doctor appointments?

It depends on what the appointment is for. If it’s just a check up, no. If it’s something more serious, hell yes.

6. What do you think of hot dogs?

*puke*

7. What’s your favorite Christmas song?

Little Drummer Boy

8. What do you prefer to drink in the morning?

Give me coffee or I will hunt you down and kill you.
9. Can you do push ups?

Like five…maybe.

10. Is your bathroom clean?

Normally. Unless I’m under a deadline like now. In that case, the answer is a resounding no.
11. What’s your favorite piece of jewelry?

I don’t wear jewelry usually, but I suppose it would be my engagement and wedding rings.

12. Do you like painkillers?

No because painkillers means there’s pain, of which I am not a fan.

13. What is your secret weapon to lure in the opposite sex?

I don’t do much luring, I’m afraid. Not intentionally, anyway.

14. Do you have A.D.D.?

Actually, not at all. I’m very focused.
15. What’s your name?

Anya

16. Middle Name?

eroticromancewriter

17. Name 3 thoughts at this exact moment?

OMG, I have so much do!

I need another cup of coffee

Wiggle, I can’t have you on my lap, please!

18. Name the last 3 things you bought:

an air purifier, cleaning supplies and business cards
Name 3 drinks you regularly drink:

Diet Coke with lime, green tea, water

We skip a whole bunch of questions here…I don’t know where they went.

22. Current worry?

Hahahaha. Too many to post.

23. Current hate?

Uhm…I can’t think of one. Er…ignorance and intolerance.

24. Favorite place to be?

Curled up on the couch with my dude watching movies

25. How did you bring in the New year?

With friends.

26. Where would you like to go?

Wales

27. Do you own slippers?

yes

28. What shirt are you wearing?

A pink long-sleeved shirt

29. Do you burn or tan?

I burn like a ^&%*^

30. Favorite color(s)?

Blue

31. Would you be a pirate?

Why not?

32. Are you gay?

I wouldn’t say I’m not.

33. What songs do you sing in the shower?

I don’t. If I sing the mirror breaks.

34. What did you fear was going to get you at night as a child?

The old fashioned dolls my grandmother made for me.

35. What’s in your pockets right now?

I have no pockets at the moment.

36. Where are you?

In my office

37. Best bed sheets as a child?

Holly Hobby!

38. Worst injury you’ve ever had?

I crushed the back of my kneecap once.

40. How many TVs do you have in your house?

One

41. Who is your loudest friend?

Tonya

42. Who is your quietest friend?

I’m generally the quietest of the bunch. Well, unless I’m a tad tipsy! The quiet is just a cover for a rich and bizarre inner life, however.

43. Does someone have a crush on you?

Now how would I know that?

44. Do u wish on shooting stars?

Of course! Sheesh, what a question.

45. What is your favorite book?

Whatever! I can’t pick just one. Wicked, Tigana, Mists of Avalon, Sunshine, Still Life with Woodpecker, A Prayer for Owen Meany, A Confederacy of Dunces….the list continues.

46. What is your favorite candy?

Peppermint Patty

47. What song do/did you want played at your wedding?

We didn’t have a trad wedding and I never cared.

48. What song do you want played at your funeral?

I don’t want a funeral. Just stick me in a pine box and DON’T pump me full of chemicals first, please.

49. What were you doing at 12AM last night?

Editing

50. What was the first thing you thought of when you woke up?

OMG! I have so much to do! *zoooom*

ETA: And I tag Rhian for the this blog and anyone else who wants to do it. I love reading them.

February 21st, 2007
A blog to say I’m not blogging much right now

I’m snowed under with edits and deadlines. Therefore, not blogging much this week.

I have edits on Whisper of the Blade to do, a proposal due for my next Harlequin Spice novella, an article to write for a publication and Witch Blood (that would be the sequel to Witch Fire) to make some progress on.

Aaaah!

February 17th, 2007
And the winner is…..

The winner of my V Day contest is Caity_Mack!

Thanks to all who entered and I hope you had a lurrvely Valentine’s Day.