Tuesday, June 15, 2010

Tidbit Tuesday #7 - Giveaways & what I've been doing lately

Since I turned in Shift on June 1, I've been back to working on WVMP Book 4, which is still searching for a title. I think I might have found it, but I have to see what my editor thinks. It still feels weird to say it out loud after all the months of calling it Lust for Life and then Book Four and then "Lust for Life or whatever the hell we're going to call it."

Our dog Meadow herniated another disc, so she's been on crate rest for the last four weeks. If all goes well, she only has another four weeks to go and can then start going for walks again and totally avoid surgery. (When I say "crate rest," she's actually in a pen created by a baby gate on one side, the TV on another, the coffee table and the wall on the other two sides. It's quite cushy and not at all jail-like.)

Because it's hot now, she prefers to be in the basement, and finds the television soothing. So I've gotten sucked in to watching World Cup soccer. I never enjoyed the sport before, and would often mock it as dead boring. But now, for some reason, I find it mesmerizing. Or at least, I like to have it on in the background while I write. I can't wait for the U.S.'s match against Slovenia Friday morning. They need a win to advance to the next round.

Meadow's tenth birthday is tomorrow. I won't say how her condition is, because the last two times I trumpeted that she was doing great, she took a turn for the worse. But I will say she's being a very good patient. A very patient patient.

A couple of Shade giveaways are going on right now:

Candace's Book Blog is giving away a signed copy (it's already signed and in her hands, so it won't be personalized) that you can enter until June 29.

YA author Sydney Salter is giving away an unsigned copy to go with my slightly embarrassing and mostly nonfictional "breakup story" guest blog. Deadline is tonight at midnight.

My own giveaway of the UK version of Shade continues until Thursday. Details at last week's TV option announcement blog post.

So how's your summer going so far? Are you watching the World Cup? Have the vuvuzelas driven you crazy or deaf yet?

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Get well soon, Meadow! I am looking forward to meeting you in a little over a wk!

Posted by: Blogger Stephanie Kuehnert at 6/15/2010 10:35 AM

The vuvuzelas are driving me nuts!

I hope Meadow feels better soon; it's so hard when pets are recuperating, but it sounds like Meadow's a better patient than my dog!

Posted by: Blogger Andrea Coulter at 6/15/2010 1:44 PM

Ack! Hugs to Meadow!

I haven't been paying any attention to the World Cup. It's a tad hard to get excited when ya haven't got a team to cheer for. :) As for the vuvuzelas? A single one can drive me nuts so I can't imagine what it'd be like to be among a whole stadium full!

Posted by: Blogger Pissenlit at 6/16/2010 5:48 PM

Can't wait for you to meet her, Stephanie!

Lynn, Meadow's a great patient for the most part. As long as she has her cool basement and her TV, she's good to go. :)

Pissenlit: I usually find myself rooting for whichever team has been dubbed the underdog. :)

Posted by: Blogger Jeri at 6/17/2010 10:06 AM

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