Archive | March 2011

Stacia Kane-Book Recommendation Thursday

Writing goal check in: 1008 yesterday.

Book recommendation Thursday is a new feature on my blog. I’m not going to review books, but instead talk about the ones I enjoy. As an avid reader I tend to go through about two a week (or more). Some I actually read, but I listen to quite a few on my IPOD. Who has time to sit and read to their heart’s content?

So first up is Stacia Kane’s Unholy Ghosts

Urban Fantasy

Unholy Ghosts is the first in the Downside series (so far there are three out, with three more on the way). I found the first three on the selves of my local books store and since I am a sucker for series I snatched them up with only a glace at the back covers.

The synopsis from the B&N website:

“The world is not the way it was. The dead have risen, and the living are under attack. The powerful Church of Real Truth, in charge since the government fell, has sworn to reimburse citizens being harassed by the deceased. Enter Chess Putnam, a fully tattooed witch and freewheeling ghost hunter. She’s got a real talent for banishing the wicked dead. But Chess is keeping a dark secret: She owes a lot of money to a murderous drug lord named Bump, who wants immediate payback in the form of a dangerous job that involves black magic, human sacrifice, a nefarious demonic creature, and enough wicked energy to wipe out a city of souls. Toss in lust for a rival gang leader and a dangerous attraction to Bump’s ruthless enforcer, and Chess begins to wonder if the rush is really worth it. Hell, yeah.”

I love a good entertaining urban fantasy. It is currently my genre of choice, but I have to say when I started the book I was more than slightly put off by the fact the heroine is a drug addict. Yes folks, she is addicted and not at all trying to do anything about it. Despite that, I kept reading and within a week worked my way through all three of the novels  and am impatiently waiting for the next one.

Stacia Kane has managed to give us a book with a heavily flawed, socially unacceptable  heroine who I still managed to root for. Chess has a past, that for me, makes it easy to understand her questionable choices, but she also has a good heart and remains sympathetic. In addition the hero, Terrible, is  the front man for the local drug lord, uneducated and not portrayed as physically attractive in anyway. But I can’t help but love him. He’s loyal, street smart, and has plenty of issues of his own.

With that said, the actual plot of theses books is secondary for me. It’s the characters that are intriguing and I say thank you to Stacia for giving us something totally out of the norm.

Bead and Button-The Before Pictures

Writing goal check in: 1174 words written yesterday.

Last week Greg and I spent some time revamping the show table display. For every show we have scheduled we set up a mock table in the dining room so we can decide on inventory we need and what needs to be revamped. With each show we learn what works and what doesn’t and where we want to make changes. This year the table is getting a major overhaul.

I spent a good deal of time looking at other table displays and figuring out what appealed to me in terms of showing off inventory. So far, my favorite has been JC Herrell’s display. If you are a  friend of hers on Facebook, you can  find her display here.  You can see I have borrow heavily from her aesthetic. Thank you, JC!

Ours is still a work in progress. The cream display on the left is being redone, and please ignore the weird thing to the right of the marbles. That’s an idea in the making and will look nothing like what you see there. I need a special display for my ring focals and Greg and I were brain storming. I still don’t know what it will look like, but Greg is mulling it over. He has ideas, which is always kind of dangerous. 😛 No need to worry though. See that light bar? Yeah, he built it. Pretty cool huh? The only other things I need are white inserts for the bead trays. Got to keep everything orderly.

So, for the next few months I will be buckling down and filling this table. Much of what you see on it right now is Greg’s inventory and of course, the murrini. We have a ton more than what you see there, this is just mock up. Man, I have work to do.

On to the show:

Hello-It’s been forever since I updated

Hello all. It has been over a year since I updated this blog. My apologies. Life has been busy with both personal and professional happenings and something had to give. This was one of them. Right now I want to provide a quick update as to what we have been doing.

First off, Greg has started making murrini for sale. He started in September of last year and has built up quite the inventory of both 104 and 90 COE. See it here.

Last year we had an intern come and stay with us for the months of January and February. The lovely Ms. Ali VandeGrift was here lampworking. She did some studio work for us and I introduced her to the wonders of running your own business.  While she was here she procured a scientific glass  internship at Oak Ridge Lab in Knoxville. She is now happily a full-time employee and making beads in her spare time. Be sure to check out her etsy store.

In addition, last year we did three more shows after The Best Bead show in Tuscon. In March we had fun at Marble Crazy in Kansas City. Then I met up with Susan Sheehan in Milwaukee, where we shared a table at Bead and Button. We will be attending again this year, with each of us having a full eight foot table. To round off the show season Greg and I once again attended the Houston Bead Society show in November. It is rapidly becoming our favorite show.  It’s a small show, but comfortable and one of the best as far as promoters go. Plus it is an easy drive from here. We will be returning again this year.

Right now I am busy building inventory for this years Bead and Button show in June. Also, I am spending a lot of time writing. If you’ve been here before you know I wrote a paranormal romance that was completed early last year. So far it’s not published, but I am considering self-publishing it later this year. In the mean time I have been working on an Urban Fantasy involving a fairy, a witch and a vampire. More on that later. It is about half done and very rough being it is still the first draft.

In order to keep me motivated I am joining the 1000 words a day challenge and will be keeping a log here as to how I do. I’m hoping it keeps me motivated. Accountability is one of my great motivators, so wish me luck.