Friday, April 02, 2010

And Now For Something Completely Different!

"Oh, wicked, bad, naughty, evil Zoot! Oh, she is a naughty person, and she must pay the penalty -- and here in Castle Anthrax, we have but one punishment for setting alight the grail-shaped beacon. You must tie her down on a bed and spank her!"


Penny Sansevieri gives tips on handling social media - Susan Whitfield’s Blog

Dialogue tips from Heidi - Blood Red Pencil

Amazon dumps Colorado affiliates - Southern Review of Books (They dumped NC last year.)

I won a copy of The Undervalued Self by Elaine N. Aron, PhD over at Bookin’ with Bingo

For those who’ve been following my crazy virtual tour, here’s a checklist of tips on how to set one up -
Marketing Tips For Authors


Alex J. Cavanaugh gave me the Soulmates Award!

The Soulmates Award. This award originated with Christi Goddard at A Torch in the Tempest and is one part gift, one part social experiment! Fun!
The rules:
1. Choose five followers/commenters that 'get' you
2. Write something fake (preferably not too mean) about them
3. Link to them, and link back to this post to comment your receipt of the award.

(Alex said I secretly hate cats - so not true!)

I decided to pick on the boys for this one and pass the award to:

Marvin at The Old Silly who really does look like Adam Atom
Stephen at Breakthrough Blogs who didn’t even finish high school
Jamieson at Jamieson Wolf who secretly hates romance
Lee at Tossing it Out who is secretly laughing at those in the A-Z Challenge. (Well played, Lee, well played)

Karen at Following the Whispers was sweet enough to give me the Beautiful Blogger Award!

According to the rules, I am to provide a link to the person who gave me the award (see above), name seven things you might not know about me, and pass the award along to seven other wonderful bloggers.

Seven things:
1- I really hate making phone calls. Residual trauma from working at UPS and having to call people to tell them their package was lost, damaged, destroyed - we don’t know where it is!
2 - I bleached my hair for seventeen years. (Maybe someday I’ll post a photo of blonde Spunky!)
3 -I like snakes and bugs, but cockroaches and centipedes freak me out!
4 - I am a Bath & Body Works fanatic - my husband claims he should’ve purchased stock in the company.
5 - I hate sharp casual - not quite dressy enough to feel classy, too dressy to feel comfortable.
6 - My first real roller coaster scared the crap outta me! (I got over it, though.)
7 - When swimming, I prefer to hang out underwater, as I imagine that’s what floating in space would feel like.
And I'd like to add for those who don't know, I don't use photos here from the Internet - 99.9% I took myself.

I pass this award to:

Jai at Jai Joshi’s Tulsi Tree
Michelle at Redheaded Book Child
Elana at Elana Johnson
Nancy at Room with a View
Rayna at Coffee Rings Everywhere
Eleni at La Femme Readers
Steph at Steph the Bookworm


Alex J. Cavanaugh - "Nope, you're ugly from this angle, too."

That is so totally what Hobbes would be thinking... she was all cattitude!


Wishing all of you a blessed Easter!

And Hobbes just wishes I'd take those ears off her head!


  1. hahaha Hobbes is more tolerant than my girls.
    Love that MP quote.

  2. Hey, you selected my quote!

    And I still say you secretly hate cats.

  3. Thanks as always for the great links! This is my go to blog for info!
    And congrats on your awards. That UPS job sounds like it sucked!

  4. Congratulations on the awards. I so love the kitten with the rabbit ears. Don't you just wonder what it's really thinking. Happy Easter.

  5. You have got to have THE most patient kitties in the world. And the cutest.

    Straight From Hel

  6. Aww, thanks for thinking of The Old Silly!

    Love Alex's caption, lol.

  7. An award? Ahh gee, Diane Thank you so much! I like you are the bees knees myself.!

  8. Let Hobbes know we appreciate the sacrifice made for a great photo! :)

    I can't imagine you as a blonde! You'll definitely have to post a photo one day :)

  9. Diane, thanks for the award. I'm honored.

    Was the beginning excerpt from one of Enid Wilson's Steamy Darcy books?

    Great pictures of cats. I love cats. All animals in fact. Especially giraffes. Got any pictures of giraffes? Have a great weekend.

    Stephen Tremp

  10. Aww, thank you so much!!! I am shocked that you had blonde hair! I guess we'll have to see it to believe it lol.

  11. Hobbes wasn't so much patient as LAZY! Resistance required effort. She tolerated so many things because she didn't want to expend the energy.

    Brooke, get some dog ears!

    Stephen, I think I do have giraffe photos...

    And maybe I will post that blonde photo!

  12. You are so beautiful, Diane, you could have purple hair and look great! Hobbes is just too cute. Happy Easter!

  13. Your red hair is beautiful -- don't you be bleaching that!

    Thank you so much for the award-- I may have to just pass in on to all of the bloggers in my challenge. I'll acknowledge you for it in my Saturday post.

    And I must say that I am so impressed by all the folks who are taking part in the Blogging From A to Z April Challenge. There is so much amazing talent in this pool of bloggers. And such heart and enthusiasm! They are connecting with each other and giving one another so much support and encouragement. I hope you've had a chance to check some of them out to see what they've been doing. I know already that you comment on some of their blogs already but there might be some here that you've never seen.
    Thanks for all of your support, Diane, and keep cheering us on.

  14. Thanks so the award L.! You're awesome <3

  15. As always, I’m looking forward to checking out the links and I love the photos. Congratulations on your awards. I also dislike making phone calls, but I don’t know why.

  16. Thanks so much for my beautiful blogger award. You're a beautiful blogger too!

    And I can't imagine you bleaching that gorgeous red hair.


  17. Congratulations on the award...I love the pics!

    Mystery Writing is Murder

  18. Anyone who likes snakes is good in my book.

    Best, Galen.

  19. Great winning caption. :) I have two red-headed friends whose red turned blonde as they aged. :) My Grandmother remained carrot red her entire life. (86)

    Thanks for the award. I'll post it by Monday!

    Happy Easter~

  20. Aw, thank you Karen! It was green once - does that count?

    Lee, thank you, and you really started something big.

    Galen, I have no fear of snakes. They are cool. However, the Sunday morning I stepped out of our bedroom and saw a snake curled upside down in our hallway made me a little nervous... (Baby rat snake and the cats had obviously beat it up all night - but it wasn't dead.)