Shannon Stacey

Rainy monday

Wow, is it a wee bit wet up here in New Hampshire. I don’t know how much news coverage the flooding is getting, but I know it’s on the Yahoo news thingy. Just wanted to let y’all know that I’m very thankful to be in the central part of the state, so while I have a wet basement and have to be very careful navigating the roads, we’re faring just fine.

Today’s also my 13th anniversary. :woot:

In other news, I think I’ll be sticking close to home (aka my blog) for the next few days. There seems be a lot of insulting of readers going around, and that’s just…a bad thing. I admittedly totally suck at promo, but even I know better than that. Dayum.

So I’ll be goofing off here and on Jaci’s yahoogroup (because she’s in Daytona, so we’ll run amok…and even have prizes) this week.

12 comments to “Rainy monday”

  1. Karen Templeton
      · May 15th, 2006 at 1:03 pm · Link

    Was concerned about you (the NE flooding is the lead news story on AOL, right up there with the National Guard patrolling the borders). So very glad you’re okay. If soggy.

    Yeah, saw one reference on AAR to an author “reader bashing” somewhere else. Was kind of. . .appalled. That’s not promo, that’s shooting yourself in the foot, IMO. But then, when it comes to anything really controversial, my first choice is to go :hide:.

  2. Karen Templeton
      · May 15th, 2006 at 1:05 pm · Link

    Oh, and happy anniversary!!! :cheer::cheer::cheer::cheer:

    I actually forgot for a moment the other day which one was coming up for hubby and me. I thought #3 would expire from laughing so hard.

    Our 28th, BTW. Which means I’ve now been married more than half my life. :shock:

  3. Bryan
      · May 15th, 2006 at 1:38 pm · Link


    I recently found your site (I’m embarrassed to say that I’m one of the ones who searched for “Word Count”). I’m an aspiring author who just spent 12 hours at Starbuck’s :coffee: over the weekend just for a change of scenery while I write.

    Love the blog. And I’ll have to check out one of your books here soon. (Though it’s a shame you don’t have more in “book” form; I’m also a librarian, and as yet we are not doing the e-book format; thought I’d found someone new to put on the Romance reading list)

    I’ll be back to visit again soon.


  4. HelenKay
      · May 15th, 2006 at 3:15 pm · Link

    Missed the reader bashing but….Happy Anniversary!!! :dance:

    Notice how I behaved and used the :dance: icon when the :nookie: icon actually may have been more appropriate here. Trying to be respectful…

  5. Charli
      · May 15th, 2006 at 4:02 pm · Link

    I haven’t seen bashing, but I’ve been writing 16+ pages a day which doesn’t leave much time for web surfing. Sounds like I’m not missing much!

    Happy Anniversary. :thumb:

  6. Alison Kent
      · May 15th, 2006 at 6:08 pm · Link

    Oh, heh. I totally read your post to say there were a lot of readers online being very insulting to authors lately, LOL. I did NOT read it as authors were insulting readers.

    I thought you were going to RT?

  7. Shannon
      · May 15th, 2006 at 7:26 pm · Link

    Hi, bjw, and welcome!!! I would think writing in a Starbucks would be awesome. I like to think if I could ditch my kids and write full-time at Dunkin Donuts, I’d be flying through pages. :nod:

    Karen, this year I can’t remember how old I am. I have to do the math every single time—2006-1972=34, but not until September, so…33. (Okay, I had to do the math to post which anniversary it is, too. I would have sworn it was our 14th, but I guess not…2006-1993=13!)

    And actually, Alison, there’s been a rash of both recently, but it’s the authors lashing out at readers that makes me hide. (And I so totally forgot the OF between insulting and readers. :doh:)

    Thanks for the anniversary wishes! :diva:

  8. Shiloh Walker
      · May 16th, 2006 at 9:16 am · Link

    writing at Starbucks….ooooohhhh that sounds good. A nice vanilla mocha, a piece of pie from Cheesecake factory… oh wait, writing. Well, you can have both, right? :type:

    My tenth anniversary is coming up this summer. Ten years… doesn’t seem possible. Neither of us have killed the other yet, so that’s a good sign, right?

    I discovered the ahhh… controversy at Jaynie’s blog. It’s amazing how much controversy I’ve discovered there. :rofl: From the view places I visited, it looks like it’s gotten hot on both sides. But the readers don’t depend on us to make a living. :???: As aggravating as the ARC thing is, that’s one thing that can’t be forgotten. We need readers….

  9. Anna Lucia
      · May 16th, 2006 at 10:20 am · Link

    Happy Anniversary, beloved. :cheesy: Glad you’re not flooded out.

  10. Bryan
      · May 16th, 2006 at 10:33 am · Link

    When I first decided to go to Starbuck’s, I had my doubts about how much work I would actually get done. But it actually turned out quite well.

    I think the caffeine and the change of scenery were the key factors. When I’m home, if I get writer’s block, I tend to close Word and pop into a game for a little while until I’m thinking again. Five hours later, I still haven’t thought of anything yet.

    By the end of the day Sunday, I discovered I had ten pages written out longhand (probably 15 by the time it’s typed) as well as edits on the first hundred pages. Plus, I had a pretty good buzz.

    When I got stuck, I would just sit and watch and listen… then ten minutes later I’m off and running again.

    Like I say, it was a nice change of pace.

  11. Shiloh Walker
      · May 16th, 2006 at 2:21 pm · Link

    that’s it… i’m trying starbucks out Thursday…

  12. Shannon
      · May 16th, 2006 at 11:06 pm · Link

    I’ll meet you there. :rofl:

    That’s awesome that it worked for you!

    (*hides Minesweeper scores*)

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