Friday, January 7, 2011

Friday Fricassee

There's not enough hot coffee in the WORLD this morning! Is it spring yet?

Anyway, thank you for your wonderful responses to the Josh-Authoress story this week!  Good things are truly better when others share in them.

I have to tell you--because I'm painfully honest despite my anonymity--that it was a stretch for me to co-write a blog post.  Not because Josh is hard to work with; obviously we work well together and I enjoy working with him! But I'm a fly-solo type of gal in general, so when I realized we'd have to actually, yanno, work TOGETHER on the post, it gave me pause.

I mean, work WITH someone? Be a slave to whether or not someone ELSE finishes something?

Yeah, seriously.  That's me.  Queen of I-Don't-Know-How-To-Delegate.

But wow! It was wonderfully fun co-writing the post.  Who knew?  So I'm thankful Josh came up with the idea.  (Oh, yes. It was totally his brainchild. Because the Queen of I-Don't-Know-How-To-Delegate would never think up something like that.)

Anyway, we're back to business as usual next week; Secret Agent guidelines will post on Monday.  It feels like forever since our last Secret Agent Contest, doesn't it?  Or maybe it's me, all discombobulated.

Have a wonderful weekend!  And if those of you in Australia and New Zealand would send just a TINY bit of summer my way, I'll be in your debt.


  1. I find it hard to believe you're not one who works well with others. LOL.

    And I second that request for some summer weather. Geez, I'd take 50 degrees at this point.


  2. Oh, I can work WITH people just fine. It's just that when something needs to GET DONE (like a blog post!) I tend to break out in hives if I have to rely on someone else. :D

  3. That's only because you're so focused, Authoress. You do an awesome job.

  4. Since I woke up to an alert that a winter storm is expected to slam us on Sunday, I'm all for southern hemisphere weather. 30 below wind chills? Seriously?

    I really enjoyed your co-post with your agent. Thanks. =o)

  5. I don't often comment, but I lurk here a lot. Just wanted to add my congratulations! Thanks for all your support of writers!

  6. Just wanted to offer my congrats. You do so much for all of us, you deserve it!

  7. Loved hearing the dual perspectives (I know what you mean about not wanting to rely on someone else to get things done). And I'm very excited for the next Secret Agent contest, as I finally have my manuscript ready - thank you so much for everything you do!

  8. I doubt this will help, but I'm heading to NZ on Feb 6 for three weeks; I'll see if I can bring back some nice Southern Hemisphere summer for us all!

  9. I'm kind of the same way. I hated group projects in college. Too many cooks, you know? Usually just ended up doing them myself.

  10. They have serious floods in Queensland - with storms projected to continue until March. Be careful what you wish for!

  11. Sending you requested, hot, humid and breezy Auckland, New Zealand summer weather.

    I'm still on summer holidays and enjoying boating, swimming, etc.

    Please don't wish autumn on us antipodeans yet :-)

  12. Oh, Secret Agent contest! This'll be the first SA I'll be around for. Can't enter anything, but it'll be fun to join in the crits! Yayness :)
    Summer weather would definitely be awesome. And maybe a nice dose of chocolate while we're wishing.

  13. Oh no, Authoress, you wouldn't want what we're having here in Queensland, Australia. No snow, no freezing temperatures - just whole towns up to their house roofs in water, livestock and crops devastated and countless native animals drowned. This is a record-breaking flood and there's more rain on the way.

  14. You'll advertise your book when it comes out, yes? Therefore your anonymity will be shattered. :D

  15. Yeah, I hated group projects at university! I think that's why I like writing, it's a solo occupation and you don't have to rely on anyone else.

    And Euclid and Sheryl beat me to it... our summer has consisted of rain, rain, rain and a significant chunk of the state is underwater (an area the size of France and Germany combined I heard on the news the other day). Apparently Western Australia is having record heatwaves, maybe they'll send some summer to you!

  16. I won't repeat what all the other Aussies have said about the rain, but I'd love some snow. How about a trade?

  17. Tiny bit of summer talk.

    Summer in Sydney.
    Lorrikeets in the garden sucking pollen out of red bottle brushes, a native of Australia. These little green and red parrots mate for life and as they eat, they constantly talk to each other to let each know where they are. There's a little young'un screeching away saying "Feed me! I'm hungry!".
    In the distance is the sound of the boats on the harbour, blue, filled with craft enjoying the pleasure of sailing, or fishing for Kingfish, or squid.
    Not too far away are the white sails of the Sydney Opera House or, as it was dubbed during Ophrah's much anticipated visit - the Sydney Oprah House.
    There is a gentle breeze. The sky is blue. And it's breakfast - a gentle waft of the neighbour's bruch drifting into my nostrils as I work in the garden - feebly though it is - bacon. What I wouldn't give for a bacon and eggs sunny side up at the moment.
    The temperature is a very comfortable and mild. We are expecting rain late evening which is the way it has been for a long time since the el Ninja started - unfortunately flooding the northern rivers system.
    But here, in my inner Sydney garden, it's bottled rainforest and the gardenia's are flowering. A gentle gardenia fragrance battles the bacon.
    So maybe if I blow hard enough like some goddess of the wind and ...

    Just maybe...

    you'll get some too. (including my neighbour's bacon and my gardenias)

    Zara Penney

  18. Can we share that teensy bit of summer from the Aussies and Kiwis? It's awfully cold up here in Alaska!

    And I really enjoyed your joint posts with Josh- they were the best posts I read all week!

    Happy weekend!

  19. Sending some sun your way Authoress. And to everyone else who's freezing their toes off right now. Well I would if the sky hadn't just clouded over and started raining here in Melbournne. And it's 30deg c here!

    Congrats a million on snagging an agent Authoress. I haven't been following your blog for long but from what I can tell you definitely deserve it.

    Can't wait for my first Secret Agent experience!


  20. I finally read about your new agent, Authoress, and just wanted to drop in to say congratulations. How wonderful! I am so happy for you and hope the relationship leads to much success in 2011.

    I don't have much warmth here to send you, except that I'm wearing fuzzy slippers. Do you have a good pair of fuzzy slippers?


  21. Yeah, the weather here in NZ is fab at the moment and still enough rain to keep the weeds growing. Josh IS fab, Authoress. I've just sent him off the first few chapters of the next book and have no finger nails cos I just know he will spot the holes. He has amazing intuition.

    Happy New Year to you and may 2011 bring us all more success.