Saturday, June 23, 2007

Down for the Count

Down for the Count
Is that Fran? Look what moving has done to the poor woman? Such a pity. She still had a few good years in her.

I know, I'm such a drama queen. Well, besides my fascination at the sheer bizarreness of this picture and my desire to gross you out a little bit (or perhaps, a lot!), I just wanted to let you know I'm down for the count this weekend. No blog of significance shall come from this home-renovation-warn-warrioress. BUT next week the Fran Friel Show will return, however this time it will be coming to you from my penthouse lair (2nd floor) office at the beach. Until then, wish me luck with the screwed-up poo colored paint job I discovered today and the carpet being delivered in just the nick of time before the movers arrive! Oh the horror stories waiting to be written...

Wait Until You See!
Hey, and while you're waiting for my lazy butt to get back here and write something interesting, go visit this VERY fabulous lady who makes puppets like the ones you see here. And wait till I show you what she's up to. Coming soon! Puppets by Cher Website - Also at MySpace.

Have a FABOO week, my pretties!

Wickedly Yours,
Fran Friel

Sunday, June 17, 2007

The Saga, BEA Links,
and a Mama's Boy Dealio

The Saga
If you've been reading this blog, you know the Friel household is in the midst of a moving drama...moving, in this case, being a verb. And since our sweet little condo has been around for about thirty years without a lot of new fangled stuff, we're renovating. Now how does this relate to horror? Well, if you've ever moved house and/or renovated, you know the horror personally. No doubt a story will emerge from my psyche because of the experience.

Hey, we've been VERY lucky, though. We've got a great guy doing work for us, which makes it all a whole lot easier. But the time crunch is like a wild race. We need hardwood floors and carpet installed, tile in the bathrooms, the whole place painted, new countertops, etc, not to mention phone and internet (which I think should be called, Author's Life Line). Well, that's all par for the renovation course, right? Except that most of it has to be done in 10 days! Ack! Now the sweet husband will be out of the country on business for a week, and he leaves in the middle of this renovation/moving party. The moving estimator chuckled when I told him about the hubby's schedule. His words, "Sounds strategic to me." Hmm...

Light a candle for me, will ya'?

Book Expo America
Dang, I wish I had had time to go to the huge Book Expo of America event, especially since it was so close to home. It took place in NYC on the weekend of May 31st, but being a tad busy, I had to pass. Did any of you go? Was if fabulous?

Well, for those of us who missed it, thanks to Book Trailers from COS Productions at MySpace (Thanks, COS!), I discovered that BEA has produced a number of podcasts from the Expo. The topics are excellent and here is a small sampling:

Customer Focused Publishing: Michael Hyatt of Thomas Nelson

The Role of Publishers in the Real Digital Age: An Insider's Perspective

BEA Bonus: Publishing in the MySpace Era

BEA Bonus: Searching for Principles: Online Services and Intellectual Property

Bob Prosen Teaches Business Leaders to Kiss Theory Good Bye

BEA Bonus: Emerging Technology Trends: Deciphering the Next Chapter

Will Schwalbe on the Pros and Con of Email

You can see more of the podcast offerings Here at BEA Podcasts. Enjoy!

Work to Be Done

Well, my Sunday blogging is done, but I almost forgot to tell you my news. I promised last week that I'd share it with you, so forgive me for the delay.

The wonderful Jason Sizemore, publisher at Apex Publications (and of course, editor in chief at Apex Science Fiction and Horror Digest) has struck a deal to publish my short story collection, which will feature that little Bram Stoker nominated novella, Mama's Boy. I can't tell you how happy I am to be working with Jason (one of my writing goals, btw!), and I'm thrilled that Mama's Boy will reach a wider audience. I'm literally chomping at the bit to get the house move complete, so I can get to work on the collection. It will hit the shelves in Spring 2008!

Also, a thrill for me in its own right, one of my short stories will be published in Apex Digest #11! It's my understanding that one of my absolute favorite people and writers, Gary Braunbeck, will also be published in #11. Needless to say, I'm a VERY happy girl.

Now back to work for me. We're off to the condo to lug debris to the dumpster ($310 for a dumpster rental?? grrr...) and...wait for it...remove wall paper! favorite thing! NOT! Gawd, I'm such a whiner today. Thanks for indulging me. You guys are THE best!

See ya' soon...minus the whine. *wink*

Wickedly Yours,
Fran Friel

Sunday, June 10, 2007

Germy Winner, Book Hint, and Beach Parties

Plush Infection Day
First, let me thank everyone for playing. As you know, I love a good contest, and I did this one just for the fun of it. I hope you enjoyed it, too. I just adore those little plush germies.

So, the time has come for all good germs to find their rightful home...and for our Very Germy Contest winner to be announced. Drum roll, please...

The adorable grumpy Mange Mite above (or the Flesh Eating Bacteria or E girls will have to decide!) goes to the lovely mother-daughter team of Cara and Helena Colyott! It's my pleasure to share germs with you dear ladies. Congratulations!

I'll be in touch to get your address so that I can send the infection directly to your door. *wink*

Another Drum Roll, Please

The little BOOK worm pic is a hint for an announcement I'm very excited to share with you. As soon as a particular publisher makes their announcement (later today, I think), I'll let you know. I'm a little giddy about it all, and I hope you'll be happy about it, too.

Movin' On
Oh, and for all you wonderful folks that have been sending your luck and wonderful good wishes for our moving process, we sold our house IN 3 DAYS! We close on our sweet little condo on the beach tomorrow (!!), we move on the 27th, and the closing for the old homestead will be on the 29th. The timing has been remarkable. Thank you all for the excellent vibes and superior luck. You ROCK!

Can you say, Beach Party? Something tells me it's time for a Blog Buddies Beach Bash. Oh, yeah!

Wickedly Yours,
Fran Friel

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