A blog about everything I love! From Astronomy to music and everything in between. I cover 'sudoscience' - We've got aliens, and conspiracy theories, disclosure, want to ascend? Me too..... Then I spin it the whole other way and give you 'factual science' with cool stuff I've been learning at university. I share choice music, books, funny websites, silly hobbies, people, fun and food. Join me on a crazy ride through my life on this wonderful planet we call Earth!
Thursday, 28 August 2014
Wednesday, 27 August 2014
Now that your cover has been finalized and your book is heading toward release, the next step for our department is to create a Press Release to send to media outlets nationwide---including those in your own hometown. We would like to get the PR done now, in advance, so that once your book is available we will be ready to publicize its release immediately.
The Enhanced Press Release is a striking combination of text and graphics, which includes a color image of your book cover and author photo. The Enhanced Press Release will be in a news release format with headline, back cover text and additional text focusing on the most topical and/or commercial aspect of you and your book. (Remember, we are attempting to catch the attention of reviewers and feature writers!) Enhanced Press Releases will be distributed over our wire service, which goes to thousands of media feeds, as well as to Internet sites such as Google News. The Enhanced Press Release is sent to major newspapers nationwide as well as the major papers in your own region. It will also be released to any local media, your friends/family list and/or specialty group for which you provide the emails.
So I received this email from my publishers and thought I would share!
Dear Tara Anderton
Your Print Proof Copy has been ordered and will be shipped to you directly from our printer. The Print Proof Copy will NOT come with instructions. We advise you either SAVE and/or PRINT this email so you will have it for future reference.
THE BELOW ARE YOUR INSTRUCTIONS FOR PRINT PROOF COPY REVIEW:
Please contact us if you do not receive your print proof within 15 days of this email.
The Print Proof Copy is an exact replica of what will be available to retailers and the public when they purchase your book. Please review it carefully.
To release your book to Marketing for Sales and Distribution, please email your approval.
The subject of your approval email should be “Print Proof Copy APPROVED – BOOK TITLE”
The Book Title should be the complete title of your book.
The body of your approval email should have the following statement: [Your Name] approves the Print Proof Copy of [Title].
** If you use a pen name please use your actual name for the approval.
To request revisions to the Print Proof Copy, please email.
The subject of your revision email should be “Print Proof Copy REVISION – BOOK TITLE”
The Book Title should be the complete title of your book.
The body of your revision email should have the following statement: [Your Name] requests the following revisions to the Print Proof Copy of [Title] with a line by line list of your revisions with page numbers. If the revision relates to your cover, please include thedetails of the change.
The Post-Production Manager will schedule your Release to Marketing once your files have been uploaded and accepted at the printer. During the Release Process you will be sent a set of three Marketing/Live Status emails from the Client Care Team. These three Marketing/Live Status emails will include details regarding how to order books, how to review your sales and royalties, and a basic introduction to our distribution process. You will not be able to order books or promote your book until you have been released and have received these important emails.
Congratulations on entering this final stage of the publication process and I look forward to hearing from you
Tuesday, 26 August 2014
Sunday, 24 August 2014
Urban Dictionary: bite me
Saturday, 23 August 2014
Life Gave Me Lemons
This citrusy lemon-lime hits the spot every time!
Classic red – always in style,
You’re Such A BudaPest
If I let you borrow this periwinkle-purple, will you go away?
Friday, 22 August 2014
Saturday, 16 August 2014
Thursday, 14 August 2014
Tuesday, 5 August 2014
What I am getting at is: feed your soul, motherfuckers. This is not negotiable.
At least I've been been feeding my literary soul and tearing through Philip Rothas well as a stack of vaguely smutty books I got at the library. (With no mishaps. True: My friend K checked out the Jenna Jameson book How to Make Love Like a Porn Star: A Cautionary Tale which she of course has every right to do, and the librarian quickly wrapped it in a plain brown bag for her. Unasked.)
Here's what I'm thinking on:
--According to Debra Ollivier's What French Women Know: About Love, Sex, and Other Matters of the Heart and Mind little girls in France don't say "He loves me, he loves me not" when pulling off flower petals. (Which is sort of cruel, now that I think about it, but perhaps appropriate for matters of love.) Instead they say: "Il m'aine un peu, beaucoup, passionnement, a la folie, pas du tout" which means: "He loves me a little, a lot, passionately, madly, not at all."
"How unfair," writes Olliviers. "While we American girls are stuck in the absolutes of total love or utter rejection, the French girl is already primed to think in nuances and in an infinite gamut of romance. While we lust after happy endings and closure, they're comfortable with emotional subtleties and ambiguity."
--Esther Perel has talked a lot about marriage and passion and the struggle between the strong desire for intimacy, comfort and stability with the equally strong drive for excitement, passion and unpredictability. (Here's her TED talk and a link to her book Mating in Captivity: Unlocking Erotic Intelligence)
In Kosher Sex: A Recipe for Passion and Intimacy Shmuley Boteach, offers a Jewish spin on how to work the comfort/passion balance. "Every month, there must be two weeks devoted to physical love, and two weeks devoted to intellectual communication and emotional intimacy," he writes. When the women starts her period, you abstain for two weeks. The original idea was probably about women being "unclean" during that time (bosh!), but the on/off plan does neatly correspond with most women's monthly swings of desire. Plus you get to build up lust during the abstinence weeks.
Maybe it would be kind of hot. What do you think? Has anyone tried this? Or are you willing to try it and write about it?
--A Billion Wicked Thoughts: What the Internet Tells Us About Sexual Relationships by Ogi Ogas and Sai Gaddam examines internet searches to figure out what men and women are actually into. It's all completely fascinating--Why men want to see other men fucking their wives! Why men like to look at other dude's penises in porn in a totally not-gay way! Why the hell women flash their boobs in "Girls Gone Wild" videos! It's all very scientific and smart.
Women, for example, tend to have an arousal cue for "competent" men. In romance novels (i.e. female porn, for some), the hero is always some dude at the top of his game. "Men who don't know what to do with their life, who are midlevel bureaucrats, or who sit around the house watching TV are never heroes," they write. (Problematic since that also = most men.) Men, by contrast, don't seem to have the competence cue. What a woman can do (aside from presenting their various holes, "fuckyeah"ing and such) is totally irrelevant to their arousal.
The very different drives and desires between men and women (ingeneral--relax) makes me wonder yet again, how we manage to ever find ourselves in bed together in the first place.
--And finally, in Emily Southwood's memoir Prude: Lessons I Learned When My Fiance Filmed Porn Emily--as the title kinda spells out there--has a fiance working as a camera man on porn reality show. She was not especially a porn watcher in the first place, and becomes a bit unhinged by a comment Fiance makes about a porn star named Cytherea and her prowess at squirting. It is real? Fake? What the hell? She gets one of C's films and watches it. Then watches it again. And again.
"By viewing number five I'm turned on, despite myself. I decide to tire myself out with some angry masturbation. Five orgasms later, I've discovered that it's entirely possible to hate-fuck yourself, all the while mentally reapplying someone's eye make-up," she writes in an incredibly beautiful sequences of sentences.
Fuck, I feel so much better now. Now go do your thing that you do. This is an order.
P.S. If you want to see a wee compendium of my stuff, do see my new page on Contently.
P.P. S. Thank you, thank you (!) for your orders via the Amazon link. Though I an now needing to know--and am possibly concerned about--the back story with the following purchases.
Monday, 4 August 2014
So I watch The Real Housewives of everything, and I'm not going to lie I actually do enjoy Them! You're probably right in assuming that I could be doing better things with my time, but what can I say it's a guilty pleasure! In my defence I can chalk it up to research for up coming novels (not About any housewives) but just good to know and get a feel for some of the cities in America where lots of my characters are based and also to witness the train wreck that is every episode - there is not a gathering/ dinner where someone is calling someone out or bring up some random bullshit that turns into a war that is resolved by the next EP only to have someone else turn for the worst!
Anyway on the Real Houswives of New York there is a writer called Carol and despite not having actually read any of her books I have a feeling they are good - well the feeling coupled with the knowledge she is a New York Times best seller!
Here is the link to her latest book which I plan on purchasing!