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Saturday, December 31st, 2011
A most happy and auspicious new year

I want to wish you all a most happy New Year. I hope the best of last year is the worst of this year. I hope you find joy, bliss, pleasure, wonder, love, adventure, hope and miracles.

I try not to do a lot of resolutions in general, but for me, I want to continue losing weight and feeling better. I want to sell my house. I want to enjoy life to its fullest extent. I want to spend more time with friends and less time with soul-sucking people. I want to celebrate more and grouse less. I want to write more and better. I want to read more. I want to make more friends and travel more.

What do you want for the new year?

Friday, December 30th, 2011
hanging out

I’m going to be at the B&N coffee area at the Creekside B&N in Roseville at 1:00 today. That’s the one by the Galleria. Come on in and visit if you get the chance and are in the area!

Wednesday, December 28th, 2011
Rolling in the Deep

My mom is giving me her entire yarn stash. There’s a lot of it. I’m so happy. I’m such a yarn whore really. Now to start making stuff. A lot of it is pretty ordinary acrylic stuff, but there’s some really cool bits in there too. Now to figure out what to make. I need to learn to make more kinds of things. Though I did figure out fingerless gloves on the way out here.

Shadow City is official!!!!! I’m chewing my nails over it. I sooooo need and want it to do well. Have you told everybody you know about it? Please? It’s a referral business you know 😀

In other news, despite the fact that I’m eating a lot out here in CA, my pants are loosening up. NOt sure what’s up with that. Not unhappy mind you.

One of the puppies got made at me and chewed on mom’s slipper. Luckily, not a great deal of damage was done, but still. And my mom’s corgi keeps instigating mine to bark in the house, something they don’t ordinarily do. Which is terribly annoying also.

I signed books at the Birdcage Barnes and Noble, so you can get signed copies there too.

As for a get together, I’m thinking possibly Friday, sometime like 1 p.m. Anybody up for that? At the Roseville Galleria BN coffeshop. Would anybody be up for that?

Monday, December 26th, 2011
Day after christmas

Wow. What a lovely Christmas we had. Did you? First we had my in-laws over for a brunch (post stocking opening). It was lovely. They never really have done Christmas, and all their kids have moved out of state. Add into that that my Mother In Law has dementia and is really forgetting a lot. She’s also got diabetes and some other issues. So it was really good for us to all be together and they got to participate in the present opening with the kids, which they really enjoyed. Plus the dogs cuddled up a bunch with my MIL and she was really happy. I think they are going to get another dog soon. They lost theirs awhile ago, but I think T’s dad is thinking it will be good for both of the. I made her a shawl out of very soft yarn and she loved it. She’s cold a lot.

After that, the horde that is my family descended and we had a great time. My chocolate bourbon pecan pie was a hit. Yum.

Now the bad news was that in the last couple of days the very very ancient bed we’d been sleeping on broke. The box spring. NOw when I say old, I mean that it was at least 45 years old, possibly older. I am not lying. It is also not comfortable. Wish we’d thought to break it long ago. Anyhow, mom and I went out and shopped for a new spare room bed for us to sleep on and while we were out, went to Barnes and Noble and they had copies of Shadow City already out!!!! So I signed them and my other books (at the Galleria Barnes and NOble in Roseville, folks). Tomorrow I might get to the Birdcage B&N. And any other bookstores I can find.

So now the bed is on order and will arrive about when we leave. Ah well. At least there will be one next year. I’ve been walking a lot. It’s green and warm here. I’m loving it. And so are the dogs and the man and the kids.

Is there any interest in any Roseville/Sacramento local types who might want to come hang out at at Starbucks at B&N or something one day? If there is, I’ll set it up.

Also, tomorrow (Tuesday) I’ve an interview up at the Quillery. It’s a fun one. Questions I haven’t had.

And, once again. please please please spread the word about Shadow City! Tell your friends, write on your blog, post reviews on Amazon or wherever (good or bad, I’ll still love you). And also, I want to hear what you think of the book. Seriously!

Saturday, December 24th, 2011
Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays

To all of you–friends and readers–my wish for you is that you have an absolutely gloriously happy day tomorrow and all through the New Year. May you enjoy your families and friends.

To one all all, present and absent this year, cheers.

Friday, December 23rd, 2011
Winter in CA

Yep, we’ve arrived in CA. Yay! It’s green. There are flowers. I walked the dogs in shirtsleeves and went through this place with a bunch of oaks. It was fabulous.

The trip was long and luckily not a ton of ice, but it was -11 in Idaho the other morning.

We’re having fun. Trying to relax. But the kids of course are bouncing off the walls. Go figure.

Shadow City comes out in just four days. Four days!!! I’m both excited and panicking.

Oh! And here are 10 things Max is getting for Christmas. It’s fun!

The puppies are wildly happy not to be in the truck. One of them chose to sleep in the bed with me and my son in the hotel the other night. He went down to the bottom under the covers, then back up and put his head on my pillow and snuggled up to my back, and then moved around the bed all night. But the boy . . . twitchy kid. Drove me nuts.

So how do you feel about mentioning my books to at least three people in the next day or so? Up for it? Tell the bookstores, tell your blogs and tweet it. I would so appreciate it. Seriously.

Monday, December 19th, 2011
A moment of WTF

Can anyone explain to me who goes door to door at night selling meat? Is this an occupation? How does one get into such a line of work? yes, someone tonight came by our house selling beef, pork and chicken. I was startled, to say the least. I mean, door to door meat?

Which reminds me of Terry Bisson’s They’re Made Out of Meat. You really have to read it if you haven’t. It’s short and one of my favorites. Especially the singing by squirting through meat.

I’ve also been having very strange dreams. Not exactly nightmares, but still the sort of thing that wakes you up and makes you think–WTF just ran over me?

Monday, December 19th, 2011
Shadow City reviews

The first reviews are coming in on Shadow City. They are really great. (see author to happy dance!!!) But be warned, there are some spoilers. But if you want to read them anyhow, here you go:

http://www.smexybooks.com/2011/12/review-shadow-city-by-diana-pharaoh-francis.html

http://urbanfantasyinvestigations.blogspot.com/2011/12/early-review-shadow-city-by-diana.html

http://addicted2heroines.blogspot.com/2011/12/early-review-shadow-city-horngate.html

http://ziarias.blogspot.com/2011/12/shadow-city-blog-tour-december-19-2011.html

http://www.seducedbyabook.com/2011/12/early-review-of-shadow-city-horngate.html

http://www.goodreads.com/review/show/248868766

Friday, December 16th, 2011
The best thing ever

I saw this and it is seriously the coolest thing ever.

Friday, December 16th, 2011
I am a sucker

In order to exercise, I tell myself to do 10 minutes. I do this knowing full well that I will try to go past that. But I will do 10 minutes and stop if I want. So I start. And then when 10 is up, I tell myself 5 more. And then 5 more. And so on. Until I hopefully get at least to 30 or more. What funny is I’m fully aware that I’m telling myself all these things and I’m allowing myself to believe I’ll be doing just 10 minutes. It’s a mental con game. I know some people just like to go exercise, but I ain’t one. Okay, I would like to ride my bike, and swim, and walk the doggies, but it’s the dead of winter. So it’s the elliptical. Anyhow, I feel a bit gullible that I can mess with my own head that way.

I’m trying to figure out how to apply rhinestones and such to wood/paper for a project. I do not know what’s the best method. Does anybody have advice? Glue gun? Elmers? Something else? maybe dot some glue on with a toothpick? Help?