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Sugar Doll Award

The lovely Southern belle, Michele, over at Southern City Mysteries gave me the Sugar Doll award. Thank you! It requires me to say ten things about myself: 1. I love Southern accents and slip into one whenever I think about the good ‘ol US of A. I have family in Georgia and Arkansas, and I
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Confidence

I just got the notes on my second manuscript back from Maz, my favorite test reader (she’s my fave cause she says nice things without asking for a bribe). I’m 40,000 words into my third book, so I’d forgotten all about that last one. It was amazing, flicking through 300 pages that I barely remembered
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As Promised

Crystal at Crystal Clear Proofing made a new award, which I am happy to accept! It’s for cat lovers, and it’s easy to pass on, so I can fulfill my promise to do so right away without battling Blogger’s hyperlink tool. If you adore your furry friend (even when they spit up hairballs on the
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Strange Customs

I’ve long known that scientists are more superstitious than sailors, but I had to share this tidbit, which had me laughing even in the midst of grant writing purgatory. Cloning is a molecular biology term, which basically means taking a bit of DNA, a gene we’re interested in studying, and pasting it into a handy
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I Love Awards, Really

I’ve received two blog awards in the last couple of weeks from amazingly talented writers (Thank you Michele and Anne!!! ), who also happen to be beautiful people, and I’m not just saying that because they gave me an award. Check out their blogs if you don’t believe me, or even if you do–they’re worth
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Writing is writing…Right?

My already deficient blogging routine is going to take a big hit over the next couple of months as I am forced *shudder* to write a scientific grant to fund my research for the next few years. These NHMRC (the acronym is boring enough, you don’t want to know the full name believe me) grant
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2009

Summing up the last year seems to be a blogging tradition, so I shall bow to tradition: I wrote two books in 2009, more than fulfilling my resolution from the previous year. I hoped to query more agents (only 4 sent out–which were rejected. I decided to retrench before embarrassing myself further), but I altered
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What It’s All About

I had a difficult time finding my Christmas spirit this year. I’m not sure why. Fear of the uncertain future and the writer’s path I’ve chosen? One more year gone by without starting a family of my own? I’m the most optimistic person I know, so I’ve patiently waited for this disquiet to pass. It
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Dirty Little Secret

I’m on holidays now (yay for me!), and, in addition to writing, I’ve had time to indulge in pre-Christmas sales and revel in a vice of mine–DVD watching. In particular, I couldn’t resist buying an entire series for $20 per season (that’s Australian dollars, which translates to about $17 U.S. See why I couldn’t resist?).
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Sunny day, good food…bad mood

We had our work Christmas party this weekend, and, well, I was bored to tears. Normally, I love the holidays and the opportunity to relax and chat over a plastic cup of soda, but I was in a ‘mood’ this time. You know, one of those irrational, every-little-thing-annoys-you moods. This being Australia, we had the
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