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Sunday, May 28, 2006

Hot Weather Forces Author to Edit

All of you who have ever written anything know the appeal of line editing a manuscript. Me, I'd rather have my eyebrows waxed with molten lead than sit down to the necessary job.

The Hades-like heat that has already descended on North Florida. If I go outside for more than a few minutes, I sweat. And, no, I don't glow nicely or get a bit misty, or any of those lovely euphimisms. I was always told that Southern Ladies do not sweat. Well, let me tell you, this one does!

The alternative is sitting at the computer in the pleasant air-conditioned study, forcing myself to drink iced tea with a sprig of mint and edit. Alas.

How many more months until Fall?

Sigh.

Wednesday, May 17, 2006

My Purpose has been located!

Today, I met with a group of dedicated women at A Woman's Place here in Tallahassee. This non-profit organization deals with a multitude of women's wellness issues -- you name it, and they are involved.

One of the women showed me the area where breast cancer patients are fitted with bras and prosthetics. I was truely amazed! As she described the joy of witnessing a woman feel whole again for the first time after surgery, tears gathered in her eyes. Another described the many ways the organization takes a woman from diagnosis, through surgery, and afterwards with loving concern, information, and comfort. I was honored to be in the presence of these health workers.

My third novel, Your Mama's Comfort Food, is due for release in the Fall of this year. The main character is a breast cancer patient. I plan to designate a portion of my royalties for this book to A Woman's Place. To start out, my contribution may be small in comparison to others. But, I dream large! Also, the Tallahassee Memorial Foundation has been gracious in agreeing to work with me to help proceeds from a book sale go to women's health issues here in the North Florida Big Bend area.

It is always possible to contribute to large charities. The money spreads out to those in need. But, with the help of my friends at Tallahassee Memorial Hospital, I will know that the money stays here in my city.

Friday, May 12, 2006

I did it! I did it! I actually did it!

I feel like a kid again. Funny, how learning new junk can do that to a person.

My eyes are bloodshot. My brain is buzzing. I haven't eaten.

No, I'm not dragging in from an all-nighter.

I've been working on my website for several days -- learning by trial and error. Mostly error.

But, it's up and running. And, I think I'll go have a nice glas of Merlot to celebrate.

Check it out! www.rhettdevane.com

Be sure to sign the guest register -- it burned out several brain cells just putting it on the site.

Tuesday, May 09, 2006

I DID IT!!

I surprise myself sometimes.

A week ago, when I first tore into my new software, I couldn't imagine I could actually design a website ( I call it that, loosely -- I did use a MS FrontPage template). And, to top it all off -- I still have half a brain left!

Check it out:
http://www.rhettdevane.com

One day, I will learn to design my own from scratch. For now, I am pleased as punch at plugging into the expert's format.

Monday, May 01, 2006

Book Three Well Underway!!

Update on my third novel--

My phenomenal editor at Rabid Press is putting the final red-ink touches on my manuscript. Soon, I will be doing a little nip and tuck to fine-tune. Then, it's off to the typesetters.

No matter how many times this process unfolds, it is always a trip! I bless the universe for allowing me to send my writing out for others to read and, hopefully, enjoy.

Word is: Your Mama's Comfort Food will be released sometime in the fall -- either late October or November.

This is an important book, as I have big plans for it! I will be directing a portion of my proceeds to charity, and using the book to launch a new website for authors.

Details later....

Ig-Mo on Monday Morning

I feel it is my just duty in this life to warn others of stooopid things I have done so that they might avoid the pitfalls.

Be advised: do not use body scrub with shea butter on your hair.

My first clue was when, after several minutes, I discovered I couldn't dry my wet hair, not even with a blow torch. Also, it had a kind of creepy texture.

So, I launched back into the shower to rewash and rewash and rewash. Still, I look a bit like I've pulled an all-weekender, camping without running water. Then, to avoid this issue in the future, I moved the similarly-shaped body wash bottle to another spot in the shower enclosure, far away from the shampoo and conditioner.

Bright side to all of this Monday, half-asleep, mayhem? The shea-buttered hair really holds a curl. And, I do believe this whole wet-hair thing is in.

:) peace.