Monday, December 22, 2008

An Author's Christmas Wish List

It's time once again for my annual Author's Christmas Wish List. In keeping with just about everything else in my life, I'm late on it, but the good news is--none of these are limited to the Yuletide season. You can make any author in your life happy with these gifts--some of time, some of talent, and some of treasure.

Gifts of Time:

Take my book to a store and ask the owner to stock it
Mention to friends or user groups about my website or blog
Babysit the kids so I can have a few quiet hours for writing
Help me set up a book signing at your local bookstore or library (especially appreciated if we live far from each other and I'm coming for a visit)
Contact your local newspaper or radio station about me and arrange an interview--also a great idea if I happen to be coming for a visit

Gifts of Talent:
Create a website for me--or better yet, teach me how
Make a template I can modify
Ideas on how I can market myself or my books--and help me to put them into practice!
Design a banner, book "sell sheet" (a one-page flyer about the book), or other marketing materials

Gifts of Treasure:
Music to write by
Amazon gift certificates to get books
Buy my book--order it from a bookstore
Buy me a domain name for my website
Bookmarks with my cover, name and website
Subscription to writers market
Book signing gear--poster with my photo and name on it (see link), a roll-away carrier to put the books and materials, book stands
Business cards
Gift certificate to a printer/VistaPrint if they do that
A really good pen!
Large envelopes
Business-sized envelopes

Saturday, December 20, 2008

Realms Publishing - who is their market?

*oops big ol' typo in the Title of this original post -- so what else is new. All better now :)*

Strang Communication, a member of the Christian Booksellers Assocition (CBA)has added a new CBA imprint called Realms publishing. From the Realms publishing site:

Discover Christian fiction that charts realms no living human has visited before. Fantasy, supernatural thrillers, time travel, spiritual warfare, futuristic fiction. Mind-stretching thrillers from the most imaginative Christian authors of our day.

CBA and ECPA readers should be ecstatic but I'd like to challenge other readers to keep in mind this work is only produced to appeal to the very specific market CBA member publishers write for just as Harlequin Romances appeal to a very specific market of romance readers.

If you're interested in reading Fantasy, supernatural thrillers, time travel, spiritual warfare, futuristic fiction that appeal to the broader market reader, you'll be more successful looking for work not affiliated with the CBA and ECPA market. :)

Also, to help you in your search for publishers who write for the broader Christian market and not just that market CBA serves I've added a link that lists all CBA member publishers. If a publisher is on this list then you can rest assured they write for that specific market that CBA serves. ;)

Again, you may very well enjoy what Realms puts out or any other CBA house for that matter. But the work is intended to appeal to only that very specific market of Christians that general market readers find difficult to enjoy.

Publishers who are members of CBA.

If you like the work these publishers put out then you'd most likely enjoy attending Christian Book Expo (CBE) as these are the publishers that will be there. Yes. I'm sure Strang will be there and Realms as well as will all the other CBA specific imprints owned by general market publishers such as Waterbrook, Multnomah, Hachette's CBA imprint FaithWords, Simon & Schuster's CBA imprint Howard just to name a few.

Friday, December 19, 2008

Part two of TCM interview found here!

You can read part two of the interview done by Jake Chism of The Christian Manifesto by clicking below.

Excerpt for Forever Richard up!

Excerpt from Forever Richard is now up at The Christian Manifiesto. If you'd like you can click here to read it. I think my "publisher" made an excellent choice.


Monday, December 15, 2008

The Christian Manifesto interviews author Sue Dent

According to Jake Chism of The Christian Manifesto, part one of my interview with him will go up tomorrow, December 16th and part two will go up Friday. I was so excited when Jake asked me to do this interview since most sites geared toward Christian readers don't come to me for an interview even though I am an author who appeals to many of their reading public. And what grand questions as well! Hopefully my answers will keep some poor author from stumbling around in the pervasive darkness of the Christian publishing world. Make sure and check:

tomorrow, December 16th to see the results. Here's a snippit from one of my answers to whet your appetite:
". . . put lipstick on a pig and . . ."

There. That ought to peak your interest. LOL But if that isn't enough, there will also be an excerpt from Forever Richard going up but I'm not sure which day. :)

Happy reading and thank-you again Jake!

Monday, December 8, 2008

Review of League of Superheroes by Stephen Rice

When it comes to Christian superheroes, I'm really more of a Larryboy fangirl, myself. It's very hard to make a Bible-quoting superhero work, in my humble opinion. Bibleman, for example--could anyone take that show seriously? Batman meets a revival of stereotypical proportions. I wouldn't even bother showing that to my kids--they'd laugh and not for good reasons like with Veggie Tales cartoons.

Well, if you'd like your kids to read about Christian superheroes they can identify with, I recommend Steven Rice's League of Superheroes. Here's a fun easy read about a band of teenage kids (plus one little sister) who meet a cyborg supergenius online. Genie gifts them with supersuits based on their favorite comic book heroes, setting them up for trouble with the mega-corporation who created Genie and intend to keep her--and any of her inventions--for their own nefarious purposes.

Oh, did that read like a comic book plot? It should. Steve was very obviously having fun with the comic book stereotypes, as well as the unbelievably intelligent-yet-doomed-to-endure-high-school cast of teens. He nonetheless crafts an enjoyable read and keptt he characters from becoming perfect geniuses, a la Wesley Crusher. I especially liked Rod's misadventures with his suit. The heroes at times strayed into unbelievable goodness, yet still had some of the common foibles of teenage boys--a certain disdain for little sisters, a penchant for getting into trouble, and the like--that kept them from becoming caricatures rather than characters.

If you like plausible technobabble, you'll love this book. Steve is very careful to give scientifically possible methods for each one of the supersuit's capabilities--and does a good job of explaining them. Makes me want to go back and check out a quantum physics book. He also gave each suit a limitation, which I appreciate. Can you imagine how insufferable a teenage boy with the perfect supersuit could be?

Steve also does his best to represent a tapestry of Christian beliefs, as the characters are Catholic, Baptist, Assembly of God and non-denominational, and he does a fair job of representing all the beliefs in a valid and positive light. Since the story is told from Tom's point of view, it has a decidedly Protestant angle. I found some of the religious dialogue and events a little heavy-handed for my taste, especially toward the end, but not enough to call it sermon-in-a-story. (One of my pet peeves.)

Steve has a nice, straightforward writing style that's good for the middle reader--I'd recommend this book for 4th or 5th grade and up. Plus, Steven, on occasion, comes up with a killer line: I felt like a Biblical character who had just received a patriarchal blessing—honored, mature, strong, and above all, so scared that I needed to use the bathroom. He also has a lot of skill with ending a chapter in such a way that you want to turn the next page, so watch out if you read this as a bedtime story to your kids.

Review by Karina Fabian,

Sunday, December 7, 2008

Christian Book Expo - The Expo for Christian Publishers?

There is still quite a bit of buzz about CBE (Christian Book Expo.) Every publisher who produces fiction that doesn't offend your basic Christian reader probably wonders if it's worth their time and money to go.

This information might help you. I visited a blog recently that claimed CBE expected a large turn out of "ECPA publishers and publishers from the general market who produce Christian fiction." I commented that I thought this wording was odd. ECPA and CBA came into existence to monitor work produced by affiliated publishers, "Christian Fiction" that could go into affiliated bookstores without offending a particular demographic of Christians, a market no general market publisher had yet to address according to CBA and ECPA.

In response to my comment I was told that "there are a bunch of general market publishers who do Christian books (HarperCollins owns Zondervan and HarperOne, Random House owns Waterbrook and Multnomah, Hachette owns FaithWords, Simon & Schuster owns Howard, etc). They'll all be there. And the parent companies will all be at BEA."

Do I really have to state the obvious? The publishers named above are all owned by general market publsihers but are not general market publishers themselves. They are all ECPA or CBA affiliated and serve that specific demographic CBA and ECPA were set up to serve.

So, if you're wondering about what Christian publishers will attend, so far it seems only CBA or ECPA affiliated ones. General Market publishers who produce books that appeal to the general market, Christians included, will be attending BEA of course or whatever other expo suits their demographic. ;)

Also noted was that CBE, under the leadership of Michael Hyatt of CBA affiliated Thomas Nelson, would most likely do well enough to replace International Christian Resource Show started by CBA themselves.

Well it certainly seems likely now doesn't it?

They get it!

Readers are seeing that one can be a Christian and still write a novel that appeals to a very broad market.

I found this while googling. Never Ceese is mentioned in this piece under Literature AND it is noted that Never Ceese is a Christian vampire/werewolf novel AND is not torn apart because of this little known fact. And I'm mentioned in the same breath (or rather blog) as Tolkien for Heaven's sake! :)

*Dabs at corner of eyes with tissue.*

You can check it out here.

I've got to go pinch myself because I know I'm dreaming.

Ow, ow, ow . . .

Wednesday, December 3, 2008

Christian Readers reach for more vampires and werewolves!

The pending release of Forever Richard, the second werewolf and vampire novel by novelist Sue Dent has caused much excitement--and threatens a first printrun sellout-- from a surprising source: Christian readers.

Click here to read the press release. :)

Tuesday, November 18, 2008

Christian Book Expo: Not For Us?

I don't know of a single Christian publisher who is NOT attending Christian Book Expo.
—Michael S. Hyatt (President and CEO, Thomas Nelson), September 2008

Back in September, Sue Dent wrote a blog about the Christian Book Expo; Michael Hyatt responded with the statement above.

My initial reaction was that either Mr. Hyatt is being:
a. condescending,
b. overly optimistic, or
c. held captive in his ivory tower without the requisite golden locks to freedom.

I wanted to, but didn't respond because I was working long hours to keep my own little publishing venture whistling along and I had to attend to a family emergency back in Canada. More important matters came to my attention and I forgot all about it.

This weekend, while reading an industry newsletter, the Christian Book Expo came up again and reminded me of what Mr. Hyatt had written here. It made me curious enough to do some research and then respond today—not that I have any more time than I did in September, but now I have some things to say!

Not that Mr. Hyatt gives a rat's banana, but TWCP is one Christian publisher who will not be at the CBE.

Why not?

1. TWCP's budget will not stretch to accommodate the $29.75/ square foot cost of a 100 sq. ft. booth (total $2975).

Hmmm, TWCP could share the expense with someone else and the cost would be more doable at $1487.50. (non-ECPA member price)

Wait! if two groups share the booth, then each has to pay an additional $500. $1987.50 is still steep for one-half of a 6 foot table. (

2. Because TWCP operates on a budget that in no way resembles the large Christian publishers, I have to choose events responsibly. My usual process is to attend an event as an observer one year, scope out the situation, ask questions, observe, and then make a decision about attending the next year.

This is the CBE's first year, so I can't do that. So, I could be an observer in 2009—but need to weigh the cost of airfare and hotel (and entry fee, which I can't find anywhere) against other possibilities for book promotion.

3. TWCP isn't a member of the ECPA.


Small Press Member
Member Application
For evangelical publishers with annual sales less than $1M.
(A letter of recommendation from a Voting ECPA Member is required.)

Annual Dues: $600 Member Application

We don't qualify to be a member (except for the <$1M annual sales!). TWCP does not necessarily publish evangelical books—jeepers, some of our authors are even CATHOLIC! (Yup, the truth is out) who write from a Catholic worldview. Oh, and some of the authors may even be Democrats. Shudder.

But more to the point, the type of speculative fiction we publish does not appeal to the same market as the fiction produced by ECPA houses. In fact, the market to which the CBA appeals would consider many of our offerings to be un-Christian (you know, sci-fi, cyberpunk, horror, role-playing games and all those bad things).

Even if we could afford to attend the CBE, I am not at all convinced that the time, effort and cost would be an efficient and effective use of the marketing budget.

So, Mr. Michael S. Hyatt, now you know of one Christian publisher who will not be attending the Christian Book Expo. FYI.

Cynthia MacKinnon

Monday, November 17, 2008

J.K. Rowling, Harry Potter, The Shack & edgy Christian Fiction!

Four things that have a LOT in common! They will currently get you a ton of hits on your blog! So if you're looking to get someone to look at what you've written, post something on any of these subjects.

J.K. Rowling and Harry Potter will work best to get you hits if you push the possible Christian allegory or lack thereof, whichever your opinion is. Readers of Protestant friendly fiction particularly like to sound off on this. I'm not looking to get hits so I'll not share my opinion. *but my daughter has read everyone of Ms. Rowling's books and loved them and absorbed them and forced me to attend two mid-night book release parties the second of which I set her off on her own and told her to call me when she had her book!*

Edgy Christian Fiction will also warrent a look or two especially since those who post about this don't usually share that they're talking about Christian fiction that appeals to a particular audience of Christians who aren't used to seeing edgy fiction whatever edgy is. That's another question in and of itself.

The same goes for posting about what makes a Christian Fiction book Christian? It's hardly a valid question or one that can really be answered unless the poster specifies whether they're referring to the broader Christian market of Christian fiction or fiction targeted to a select group of believers.

And by ALL means post something about The Shack! Even if you've never read the book. And don't just give a review. Give a disertation disguised as a review. It doesn't even matter if you liked the book or not. You're sure to fill you hit quota for the week.

And if all that fails, post something about steampunk desk or mouse or steampunk whatever. Mr. Frank Creed seems to get more hits than anyone else on this blog concerning his posting of such subject matter.

Paging Cynthia Mackinnon

First things first. Click onHappy Birthday for a surprise. Okay everybody, settle down there! I SAID SETTLE DOWN!!!! Man, they're loud. I'll bet you wonder how I got all those people in the computer! :)

Sorry about the noise but the single low volume party horn sound effect cost $2.95. The crowd was free. And now drive yourself to your local starbucks and asks for Chelsea and she shall hand you one of these. Tell her no, that wasn't Ellie Mae Clampet from the Beverly Hillbilly's talking to her and yes, I'm responsible for spelling your name wrong. But you can blame it on her if you want to. So off you go now!!!! Shoooo!!!

Saturday, November 15, 2008

Great Reviews for League of Superheroes!

Just look at some of the review excerpts Stephen L. Rice received from the FIRST Wildcard tour!

". . . a super-fun read! This group of geeky teens must save the world with their unique skills…and try not to get caught by their folks!"

". . . a highly entertaining story with some terrific spiritual lessons explained along the way! It sounds like there are more adventures ahead for this unusual group, so if you like superheroes, then Stephen Leon Rice is someone you need to look into further!"

". . . a really great book. when I first started reading it it reminded me a bit of Maximum Ride....but MUCH BETTER! guys should get a copy to read of this book!"

"I'm hooked. Very creative and enjoyable. I plan on passing it on to my niece and nephew next. They're picky readers, but I think this is one they'll enjoy."

". . . funny, dynamic, and a real thriller. I can't wait to see the next adventures of the League of Superheroes!"

"Rice writes with humor and heart. I was laughing so loud during the scene when Rod acquires his suit, I was afraid that my family would think I was crazy. Rice taps into the insecurities that come with adolescence and gives each boy a strong individual personality. The plot moves whiplash fast, and the story is compelling."

League of Superheroes
Stephen Leon Rice
Christian Science Fiction
Young Adult
ISBN: 978-1-934284-0-56
TWCP; October 2008; $9.95; 216 pg.

Thursday, November 13, 2008

Forever Richard in your bookstore!

Forever Richard in your bookstore.

Well, if you'd like it there, I suggest you go pre-order it at the store of your choice. Each and every bookstore in the free world can order it and get it in. They can also put it on their shelf but won't unless they see a demand for it first (because TWCP isn't one of the larger publishers and doesn't have the funds it takes to ensure every book they put out automatically shows up in every bookstore on every street corner. DUH!)

I would like to remind, however, that it might be better to stick with bigger booksellers as chains, that dabble in a specific brand of fiction, won't bring it into their store even if they can.

Why would they?

Specifically, don't think that just because I claim to be a Christian that my work will show up in Christian bookstores. It very likely won't.

I'd tell you why but I've already told you a gazillion times before and won't bore you again. (unless you ask :) However, it's important to note that one way to get Forever Richard into CBA/ECPA affiliated Christian bookstores (and even Independent Christian bookstores who seem to follow the trend of only ordering CBA/ECPA affiliated literature,) should you decide that's where you'd like to see it, is to just buy the book everywhere else first. Apparently astronomical sales can warrant an override in qualifications such as what happened with The Shack.

Oddly enough, CBA's approving this non-affiliated book for their affiliated bookstores didn't really help Mr. Young all that much as their core-market readers reacted very badly in far too many instances to note here.

So maybe it's just better to say, don't worry about getting it into affiliated Christian bookstores. It wasn't written for that market and like The Shack, may offend more readers than it appeals to.

But yes, do go preorder from your local bookstore. Especially if you want them to keep it on their shelf. :)

Monday, November 10, 2008

Yes! I finally got the darn thing to work!

And here are the results. Two lovely .gif files for your posting pleasure and/or viewing pleasure . . . I hope. :)

Editors Karina and Robert Fabian Talk About Leaps of Faith

Leaps of Faith is not skepticism of Theology, but rather a new Christian sci-fi anthology of short fiction, edited by close personal friends Karina and Robert Fabian. Here, in this six minute Grace Bridges video (from Graces video blog across the US), the Fabians talk about the project:

If you want to learn more about Leaps of Faith, go to the official website
To purchase the book, you can go to the publisher's site The Writers Cafe Press, or Barnes & Noble (or amazon, if you must!).

Thursday, November 6, 2008

Christian Faiths and NOT Writing Just What You Know

I've had some interesting comments on Rob's and my latest anthology, Leaps of Faith. This is a collection of 14 stories of Christian science fiction. While I didn't fully itemize each faith represented, there are Anglican, Catholic and Christian stories and one Old Testament Biblical.

However, I've gotten a couple of comments to the effect that Leaps is a Catholic exclusive book. "written by Catholic writers" "a Catholic anthology" "I'm not Catholic but I enjoyed it." And the one that, frankly, insults the non-Catholic Christian contributors, the Christian publisher and my husband and me: "My only problem with this anthology is that uncomfortable feeling that the Catholics are the only people of God."

I'm not going to argue that here--you can check out the reviews on Amazon to see what people think about the mix of Christian and Catholic themes. What I want to talk about today is the ironic fact that many of the "Catholic" stories in Leaps--and some in Infinite Space, Infinite God, for that matter--were written by non-Catholics. In fact, we never asked anyone their denomination when we read the stories, and sometimes have been surprised ourselves to find out who practices what faith.

I'm always ticked at how that amazes and even scandalizes some people, even fellow writers. We think nothing of a housewife writing a detective novel or a computer technician writing a chick lit. Guys write romance with female protagonists while women write military sci-fi with predominantly male characters. Yet a person writes honestly about a particular faith, and people immediately assume the author practices that faith. Why is that?

I'm sure some people believe that to do anything different is to blaspheme in some way. I don't agree. To me, writing the faith that is right for the story is staying true to the creative talent God gave me. As long as I'm not glorifying a heresy or encouraging a sin, I feel safe in exploring other ideas, whether it's an atheist being pursued by a vampire or nuns living in outer space.

So what about writing what you know? I think writers that limit themselves to that do not go very far. There's such a wealth of adventure out there, some of which we will never know about first-hand. But we learn. I don't know asteroid mining--but I'm learning about it as I write Discovery. I didn't know Norse mythology until I started writing Live and Let Fly--and as I learned more, I had to change the story. That's what I love about writing. That's why I do it, even when I don't make the big bucks or get yet another rejection letter.

One person e-mailed me that he believed I preferred Catholic stories because that's what I'm more "comfortable" with. That's not true, not for me, not for a lot of writers I know. I'll stick with me, however. First off, I don't read a lot of Catholic fiction. (Yes, my fellow Guildies, I have not yet read Chesterson or Flannery O'Connor. They're on my list.) I read about wizards and aliens and serial killers and all kinds of non-comfortable things. I've written a story about a psychic teen who was mentally tortured. I've tortured one of my favorite characters while her best friend was forced to watch, and I have a scene for an upcoming book where the main character has to fight off a rapist. Think these were comfortable? Not at all, but they were disturbingly interesting to write and necessary to the story.

If I were to write what I "know" and what is "comfortable," I'd be putting out stories about how my kid didn't want to wear his jacket in the blizzard. That's about as much angst as I get in my life and believe me, I like it that way!

So it is with writing faith--not all my stories are Catholic. In one trilogy, the alien planet is Deist, and the other has its own odd mix of faith. They each had their own salvation stories, too. My Faerie world has what is called a Catholic Church, but "catholic" means "universal" and while it's similar to the Roman Catholic, there are enough differences that it is a unique religious organization. I could have (and maybe should have) called it the Faerie Church; I'm betting I take some heat from both Catholics and non-Catholics for it as time goes on. But if I do, I know it's because I've written a convincing world.

I'm starting to ramble here, but my point is that writers with real talent do not need to be limited by their current knowledge or beliefs. Imagination can take us to many exciting--and sometimes uncomfortable--worlds, and writing talent can help us share those worlds convincingly with others.

That's what the writers of Leaps of Faith and Infinite Space, Infinite God did. That's why I'm proud to have edited these anthologies.

Monday, November 3, 2008

Have you visited

Well you should. It's free to join and it's the official book launch site for The Writers Cafe Press' soon to be released,

Forever Richard

They will be displaying something each day until the release date of

January 5th, 2009

You know, so you don't miss it! :)

I'm still dazed myself but don't let that stop you from checking the site out.

And while you're there don't forget to visit all your other favorite TWCP authors.

Karina Fabian
Steve Rice
Frank Creed
Susan Kirkland
Mike Roop

TWCP even has their own page!

Leaps of Faith on a virtual book tour

Leaps of Faith is on a virtual book tour for the month of November! Find out what folks are saying about this new anthology of Christian sci-fi from The Writers Cafe Press.

For more information, check out

1( Book Info and Interview with Editors) Free Spirit
1 (Author's Interview and Book Info) Time with Tannia
3-9 (information, reviews, interviews) Christian Fiction Review Blog Roll
2 (Book Information) Tree-lady
2 (synopsis of some of stories) Cathi's Chatter
3 (Interview with Karina) Bibliophile's Retreat
3 (book trailer) Cathi's Chatter
4 (Interview with Susanne) Bibliophile's Retreat
5 (review) Cathi's Chatter
5 (Information, Interview) Joy in the Journey
7 (Review) Bibliophile's Retreat
12 (Interviews) Review Hutch
13 (Interviews) The Book Connection
14 (Interviews) The Book Connection

Support Rice's Habit

World need saving?
This looks like a job for . . .
Yeah, geeks. I mean, who else is going to figure out how to use a super suit? Not some jock!

I'm Tom Reilly, a language geek; Rod Davies is the math and physics genius, the smartest guy in high school; Allen is our hacker; and Charlie is our doctor wannabe. Then there's Clarice, Allen's little sister. You know how kids are. And Genie, of course—the self-described "little girl" we know only from chat rooms. She's the smartest person in history—and probably the most endangered.

We've got to save her and the world. I hope we don't get grounded.

For anyone who enjoys superheroes, this is your book! Not only does the author present a compelling story full of action and excitement, the dialogue is so much fun with the League bantering back and forth. LOS reminds me of an adult version of Jon Scieszka's Time Warp Trio books. But, this book isn't all about laughs and guffaws, the LOS tackle some pretty serious subjects along the way, and the action is real.

Support Stephen Rice's habit of telling bad jokes, purchase copies of LOS today!

Barnes & Noble, OR
--you can purchase an
autographed copy from the publisher TWCP
--or at a bunch of other online stores or ask for your local bookstore to order it in . . .
or if you must, you can buy it from amazon (boo amazon).

League of Superheroes
Stephen Leon Rice
Category: Christian science fiction
ISBN: 978-1-934284-05-6
Pub. Date: October 1, 2008
Retail Price: $9.95
Pages: 168

Monday, October 27, 2008

Oh the Horror!

Yes it's that time of the year! *Sue tingles with anticipation* Fall, leaves changing colors, those wonderful horror elements of writing lore-vampires, werewolves, zombies and ghouls brought to the fore front!

As one who writes in the horror genere and is a Christian, I'd just like to say thank-you. Without ever marketing or meaning to, Never Ceese garnished a wonderful following from a market whose two gatekeeper affiliations won't allow for the kind of writing I do. (in other words, their demographic is notorious for avoiding and yes looking very badly on anything horror related or with strong horror elements.

This week I had the distinct pleasure of being mentioned on a few blogs related to recommended Christian Horror books!

How cool is that?

The bloggers were mostly strong CBA and ECPA core market readers and mentioned my name and my book. Of course, I had to correct them right away to let them know I write for the broader general market (which BTW includes a huge conglomerate of readers who are Christian) and to please make sure they share that as well as I'm not here to confuse or "scare" anyone with my work. LOL

So as someone who wouldn't normally get the following I've gotten from those guys who are looking for writing quite a bit more spiritual than what I offer I have to say thank-you.

Just remember there are tons and tons of other horror writers out there who don't write for the demographic CBA and ECPA authors serve but who are Christian. And they're waiting to thrill you with a good story that won't offend.

Quite a few indeed whom you'll never see at events advertised as Christian or winning awards for Christian literature. You will see them appealing to the larger number of Christian readers though and you will love their work and they aren't any less Christian either.

Awwww, but you already knew that.

Happy Halloween!

A few Halloween reads to check out.

Light at the edge of Darkness. Published by The Writers Cafe Press

Dying to Live by Bram Stoker Award winning author Kim Paffenroth

God Bless,
Sue Dent

Saturday, October 25, 2008

Beach Read Blogs and Sue Dent

Hop like a bunny over to Beach Read Blogs where Ms. Rhonda mentions me along with a few other notable authors, albeit CBA affiliated ones but authors none the less.

Thanks you Ms. Rhonda.

You made my day!

Friday, October 24, 2008

The UNDERGROUND October '08

If anyone is interested in reading October '08's The UNDERGROUND newsletter/ ezine, I now place it directly on my website (no downloads or pdfs). You can get to it either by clicking the link above or going to and clicking on the Ezine banner.

This month:

Writing tips (using metaphors, word count, locating "geek" specialists to help research sci-fi stories, and creating book titles);

This Fall in Spec-Fic: Lost Genre Guild authors release 4 new books;

How to Get Book Reviews: Tips and submissions guidelines to the top journal reviewers plus a link to a nice list of on-line review sites (with links);

Spec-Fic Genres and Sub-genres: a pretty comprehensive list of everything spec-fic

and more . . .

Feedback is welcomed and you can post your thoughts in the October '08 UNDERGROUND board at


Thursday, October 23, 2008

Christian Horror - Slow train coming!

And I'm beginning to wonder if it'll ever get her. Especially here in the US. Here's a fine example of the confusion that still plagues this market.

Just recently a list went up on that trustworthy site Amazon. *hold up. Let me pull my tongue out of my cheek* It was titled Christian Horror. The list author says: Here's a list of books most of which you won't find in your local Christian bookstore. You know, because they're horror! (okay, that's a loose interpretation but you can go read it yourself to get the exact words.)

Of the books listed only 2 (I think)were not published by a CBA or ECPA publisher. This means that most of the books would indeed be found in a Christian bookstore, at least, here in the US because the authors are affiliated. Ted Dekker, Frank Perriti, John Olsen and Eric Wilson all write for CBA affiliated publishers and they were the other authors on the list.

It seems CBA has latched onto the term Christian Horror just like they have Christian Fiction and leading everyone down the merry path of "if it's not CBA or ECPA published then it can't be written by a Christian."

Well, it can be and there are tons of Christian horror authors you won't see on list for made up for Christian Horror. Just keep that in mind while you're looking. :)

My work won't be in a Christian bookstore because my publisher is not CBA or ECPA affiliated. That demomgraphic doesn't want or read horror and so they don't readily allow it in to their stores unless one of their affiliated publishers puts it out. Rest assured, if it's published by a CBA or ECPA affiliated publisher, it won't appeal to the broader market Christian but rather a very specific niche of readers.

Monday, September 29, 2008

Tagged by Becky and the Cap



Another game of tag in the blogosphere?

DrAt! I’m IT!

Christian spec-fic associate-compadres of mine, Caprice Hokstead and Rebecca Miller, who blog at Queen of Convolution and A Christian Worldview of Fiction respectively, picked on a slow-moving handicapped guy, and tagged me.

Here are the rules for those I’m tagging. Check the list after my 6 GROOVY HIFALUTIN' THINGS to see if you’ve been tagged.
1. Link to the person who tagged you.
2. Post the rules on your blog.
3. Write six random things about yourself.
4. Tag six-ish people at the end of your post.
5. Let each person know he or she has been tagged.
6. Let the tagger know when your entry is up.

As sans tech-savvy as they come, methinks even I can manage six Random things.

1. I married my sweetheart of an editor whom I met ONLINE! (The secret is out, Frank Creed mosied on into the 21st century and became a really hip guy)
2. My twelve-year old daughter is the most adorable kid on the planet. Don’t even think about debating this point.
3. I’m founder of the
Lost Genre Guild for fans and writers of Christian and Biblical spec-fic, and head literary critic at The Finishers.
4. I’m convinced that the USA is currently like the British Empire in its decline, and that we’ve had, since the 1960s counter-culture, all five signs of a failing culture noted by Edward Gibbon in his Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire.
5. We have six cats, and are currently feeding and attempting to cat-burgle a large white neighborhood stray.
6. A rabid Packer fan of 32 years, I’m really angry with the IdIoT mopes in the front office of my beloved Green Bay Packer’s front office who let the NFL’s greatest QB ever go for a FOURTH ROUND DRAFT PICK!!! Therefore, I’m now a New York Jets fan until the aforementioned mopes (president and personnel director), have either been assassinated, spindled, and/ or mutilated.

Here are the bloggers too slow to outrun a tagged cripple:

1) M.L. Tyndall
Cross and Cutlass But I refuse to take up my favorite living author’s fiction time with silliness, so I’m not notifying MaryLu, and I need a seventh.
2) Grace Bridges
Graces' Blog Sweet mother of squirrel, Grace has already been tagged—I need eight!
3) Karina Fabian
DragonEye PI Dang, Karina’s been tagged too, I need an NINTH! Grrrr . . .
4) Robi Ley
Robi's Blog
5) Sherry Thompson)
6) Deb Kinnard)
Just Tell the Story
7) Terri Main
Wayfarers Journal
8) Paulette Harris
Writing by Faith
9) Karri Compton
Fiction Fanatics Only!
10) Scott Sandridge
A Work in Progress
11) Jeff Gerke
Where the Map Ends boards

Oops—too many. ShUtUp: I’m a writer not a mathematician.

Wednesday, September 24, 2008

Book Signing Mt Vernon, OH

Grab your babies and kittens, Mt Vernon, Ohio
Frank Creed and Flashpoint are coming to town.

If you happen to be near or in or around Mt Vernon
Saturday, October 4, from 11AM (man that is EARLY) to 3 PM,
mosey on over to Sips Coffee House and
Meet the Authors:

Brenda Nixon
Stephanie Reed
Cindy Thompson
Janice McCament

Sunday, September 21, 2008

Flashpoint: Pluto Award Finalist

Alas, Flashpoint, Book one of the Underground didn't win the 2008 Pluto award, but I am still chuffed that it finaled. Congratulations goes to Jana Oliver for her book Virtual Evil.

Read the press release below for more details.

Source: PRLog.Org - Global Press Release Distribution

Jana G. Oliver Wins 2008 Pluto Award

By KitchenSink Entertainment Group
Dated: Sep 02, 2008

Jana G. Oliver's Virtual Evil made the cut to become the winner of the 2008 Pluto Award given out by Yellow30 Sci-Fi Review of Books

RADFORD, VA-Yellow30 Sci-Fi, an online speculative fiction review, is proud to announce the winner of the second annual Pluto Award. This year's award goes to the second book in the Time Rovers Series by Jana G. Oliver. Ms. Oliver's Virtual Evil is a masterfully crafted book about time travel that intertwines a good gothic mystery thread throughout.

Mark Randell, the new editor at Yellow30 Sci-Fi, states the award committee had a hard time this year as the contenders for the award were some of the best books reviewed in the past year. Frank Creed's Flashpoint and Christopher Hopper's The Lion Vrie made the judges job very difficult to say the least.

Ms. Oliver can be proud of the fact that this is the second time she's won the Pluto Award. Perhaps we're seeing the rising of a new star in the science fiction writer's world.

Virtual Evil won an Honorable Mention in the ForeWord Awards for science fiction and tied for the Gold Medal in the Independent Publishers Award for science fiction.


Y30 Sci-fi is a speculative fiction review site that highlights books respectful of Christian values, and their authors. The online journal emphasizes new names in the publishing world, but it also reviews works from established authors.

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Saturday, September 20, 2008

Steampunk, Hmmm?

The Junkbots of Stéphane Halleux*

I’m a lifelong cyberpunk fan and those novelists who have influenced my own writing are the likes of Nyx Smith, Mel Odum, and Michael Stackpole. Of course, the gaming I’ve done over the years has informed my writing as well. Following last year's publication of FLASHPOINT: Book One of the Underground, I’ve just finished the second book of the Underground (War of Attrition, due for release sometime in 2009) and already have the outline of book three. Cyberpunk and its possibilities fascinate me, however, recently I’ve considered writing Steampunk or clockpunk.

Steampunk, for anyone unfamiliar with the genre, is essentially cyberpunk that takes place in the past and utilizes technology available at the time but not used to its potential—what an article at wired. com refers to as retro-futuristic. As the name indicates, the technological inventions use steam-power.** The punkish attitudes of the protaganists towards authority are evident in Steampunk while the stories are set in less-extreme dystopian societies (—though a trend has developed to set Steampunk in utopias).

Some well known examples of Steampunk: H.G. Wells’ The Time Machine, Jules Verne’s 20000 Leagues Under the Sea, William Gibson and Bruce Sterling’s The Difference Machine, Alan Moore’s The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen, and the Will Smith movie, The Wild Wild West (previously a tv series).

The whole premise of steampunk is fascinating—and certainly worth more research and consideration for a new novel or series.

* The Junkbots of Stéphane Halleux
The work of Belgian sculptor
Stéphane Halleux gets described as "Tim Burton meets Jules Verne." Halleux uses lots of found objects and pieces of junk to create exquisitely detailed, surrealist mashups of organics and machinery that are simultaneously humorous, dark and filled with fairy-tale charm.

**Although many people include inventions using clock mechanism within the SteamPunk subgenre, purists set it apart as ClockPunk.

Wednesday, September 17, 2008

Castle pictures up for Richard's Castle!

Drop in over at and click on the link that says Visit Richard's castle.

Richard does like to show his place off so don't disappoint him and not take a look. There are only a few pics now but more to come! :)

Sunday, September 14, 2008

Sue, will you be at the ACFW booksigning?!

Sue, will you be at the ACFW booksigning?!

Ummmm . . . no. And yes, I get asked this question quite a bit. I considered it the first year I was a member because all I had to do was ship the books in and show up, or so I was told. The reason I didn't attend is because I didn't think I'd sell enough books to justify going.
The second year, since I had so many readers from the market ACFW cators to, I thought I'd give it a shot. I was told then that I had to pay for two days of the conference just to participate, maybe it was one, nevertheless, the price was steep and lessened the opportunity for me to even break even.

I don't attend the ACFW conference because, for the price, there is nothing for me there. Most, if not all workshops and speakers are representing the CBA/ECPA whom they write for or are associated with, the very unique and targeted core market CBA/ECPA were set up to protect. I don't limit myself to writing for any specific market of Christians so attending would just be something I'd do if I had some money to throw away, which I don't.

It's sad for me too because so many of my readers are CBA/ECPA market readers and are eager for me to show up and sell my books. But I can't afford to and, since I don't follow the content restrictions and guidelines CBA/ECPA use to protect their core market, I hardly see the point. 99.9% of attending authors will be CBA/ECPA affiliated. Most of the buyers will be CBA/ECPA core market readers. My books would most likely offend more people than they would appeal to.
Doesn't make for good sales. LOL

I did consider doing a book signing the same week end at Northwestern Christian book store around the corner, thinking that because they were Independent and didn't pull stock specifically from CBA and ECPA, I might stand a chance of getting one set up. But ACFW authors started expressing an interest in doing sattelite booksignings and I was out. CBA's influence in Chrisian bookstores, Indpenedent or not, is incredibly strong.

I tried though. :)

BTW this post has nothing to do with Michael Hyatt!!!! *gasp* :O
(for those paying attention, I only mentioned the name Michael Hyatt because he google's his name and will sometimes post when he deems it necessary. He hit one of my blogs the other day because I posted a short blurb about the Christian Book Expo (another hotspot for Mr. Hyatt, I guess.) Anyway, I didn't want him to feel left out. :)

Tuesday, September 9, 2008

The Shack by William P. Young

At least by the definition I've come to know-Fiction written by a Christian. But to avoid the confusion of one unique market exclusively claiming this label to define their unique brand of fiction, I'd have to say that The Shack is simply fiction written by a Christian.

What's important to point out about The Shack?

The Shack was written for the general market (which includes readers who are Christians.) Clearly, based on sales and astounding reviews from readers of this market, the book does an absolutely wonderful job of appealing to the Christians in this market.

Way to go William!!!

The CBA and ECPA, two gatekeeper affiliations set up to determine what goes into affiliated Christian Bookstores (95.5% of all Christian bookstores) wouldn't touch this book at first because they were afraid it would offend their core market of conservative evangelicals, the market they were set up to protect. Certainly within reason they would do this as they do an excellent job of protecting their core market.

But based on some of the post and comments I've seen, it seems CBA was right. Based on the fact that The Shack now tops the CBA best-seller's list, it also seems they were very, very wrong.

So why didn't CBA stick to their guns and not carry it?

I guess because The Shack was selling so well everywhere else. They wanted in to. So they added the nifty little warning, Read at your own discernment and now let affiliated bookstores carry it if they wanted to.

The Shack now tops CBA's best-seller's list--along with topping many other best-sellers lists.

Mr. Young, according to what I read in an interview, has even been approached by several CBA affiliated publishers who want him to write for them and their conservative market of evangelical Christians even though they wouldn't look at him before.

To the best of my knowledge, Mr. Young said, no thanks. :)

A fine example of someone who knows his market!

What an interesting risk CBA bookstores are taking by allowing a book in that is so controversial to their core market when there are so many non-affiliated Christian books that would work so much better and cause far less problems. I guess this is one of those times when money wins out and we have to apply the CBA is a business first and a gatekeeper for a paricular market second.

Sunday, September 7, 2008

Christian Book Expo and how it affects authors who are Christians.

Well, it doesn't help all authors who are Christians. Only those who are CBA and ECPA affiliated.
It seems Thomas Nelson, CBA's biggest publisher has decided to avoid CBA conventions altogether and Book Expo America as well. You can blog to see Thomas Nelson's reasons. Mr. Hyatt does a far better job of explaining this than I could ever hope to do.

I have to admit, I'm a little surprised. Thomas Nelson is still CBA affiliated according to Michael Hyatt. And the code of ethics I've read, which CBA posts on-line, pretty much says you support CBA if you're affiliated. Don't know how not attending CBA conventions and starting your own, in a market that is already stretched thin can be called support but I'm not privy to all the information.

It's an interesting move I think. CBA made Thomas Nelson what they are and now Thomas Nelson is pulling out of their conventions altogether to create their own CBA convention errr . . . Thomas Nelson Book expo . . . errrr Christian Book Expo. *aye, my head is spinning* Perhaps this was the only way Thomas Nelson could corner the label Christian for the CBA/ECPA market and have it applied to their conventions. Maybe not. Either way, we slide deeper into the land of confusion.

If you attend the Book Expo and you're a Christian publisher or author but don't attend the Christian Book Expo because you don't serve the very targeted CBA/ECPA market, can you still call yourself a Christian publisher or Christian author?
Of course you can silly but you still won't get your work into a Christian Bookstore because they only select books from CBA and ECPA affiliated authors.

So what publishers and authors will benefit from the Christian Book Expo?

CBA and ECPA affiliated Christian publishers.

Addendum - Since Mr. Hyatt took the time to comment, I'll feel obligated to add this. Please follow the link he provided by Mr. Hyatt for more information on Christian Book Expo. This post is simply meant to address which Christian authors stand to benefit from it. :)

And for those of you who don't know me, when I say Christian authors I mean all Christian authors, Catholics, Baptists, conservative, radical, non-denomonational farrrrr too many to list.

Death of Christian Bookstores

I found this while googleing! (yes, happy birthday Google, 10 years old today. Woo hoo! *like I care.* LOL)

Death of Christian Bookstores

It is very interesting, and I left a comment myself, that this blogger laments the fact that if Christian bookstores go, there'll be no safe haven for Christians without addressing the fact that by Christians he means a very unique and select group of Christians and not all Christians in general. To him, it seems, it's either a Christian bookstore or secular.

Since I write for the general market (as a Christian) and don't write for the conservative market Christian(not meaning all Christians) Bookstores serve, I really have no dog in the hunt, (as some Christians have so nicely told me.) Still, I wonder if acknowleding who their market truly is wouldn't save them.

Anyway, go to the link if you'd like. :)

Saturday, September 6, 2008

Horror Writer Sue Dent on Christian Fiction

My publisher, The Writers' Cafe Press, is a Christian publisher but they're not affiliated with CBA(Christian Booksellers Association) nor are they a member of ECPA (Evangelical Christian Publishers Association.) Therefore when I use the term Christian in regards to my writing, I'm talking about my Faith not CBA or ECPA.

I'm simply a Christian who writes for the general market much like Stephanie Meyer is a Mormon who does the same.

I do have many readers from the very targeted niche market CBA and ECPA serve but I do not specifically write for them. If you're a hardcore CBA reader of Christian Fiction please DON'T read anything I write. If you do, just know you'll find something very different than what you're accustomed to. But I write beyond what CBA/ECPA will allow so you'll need to be careful.

God Bless,
Sue Dent

Friday, September 5, 2008 old same old.

Continuing discussion on this matter prompted an excellent post from Caprice Holkstad author of The Dukes Handmaid and Nor Iron Bars a Cage. Below is what she had to say and what I said in return:

Actually, the second edition (black cover) and the second book (Nor Iron Bars a Cage) are with Lulu, but the one with the green cover (very first) is at Xulon. Yes, Xulon actually IS a member of CBA. I attended a CBA convention (paying my own expenses) the year I published. They had a booth, though it wasn't as big as Zondervan's.

When I spent over two grand (over 5 years ago) getting published with Xulon I was told that my book was going to be listed in Spring Arbor AND Ingram. Of course, I thought it meant I had a chance to be in the STORES (why else did I spend so much attending that convention and GIVING away copies to store owners?) or at least be able to have signings, but that was a misconception on my part. Their listing has proven completely worthless. Sure, you can FIND my book at that website (I had never heard of it before), but no one is BUYING it there.

Lulu is much more upfront about things and a WHOLE lot cheaper. I know my second book is not on that, but I didn't waste a ton of money on false hopes. All I paid for with the second book was an independent cover artist, and then a very small fee (5% of what I paid at Xulon) for the ISBN and Ingram listing.

Thanks for your nice comments. Flattery will get you everywhere.

Caprice Hokstad

Sue's reply:

Thank-you so much for posting that Caprice. It helps solidify my point. There is a process by which on-line Christian bookstores choose the books they wish to list. I was told they pull from Ingram/Spring Arbor but clearly there is more than goes into it than that. Xulon is CBA affiliated that's why your book showed up and mine didn't. doesn't serve nor list books simply distributed by Ingram/Spring Arbor, (BTW neither does any other on-line Christian bookstore as far as I know.) They simply list those books published by a CBA affiliated orginization which are distributed through Ingram/Spring Arbor.

Is that a problem? Yes. Because they say they sell Christian books when they primarily only sell CBA published Christian books. What's that say about the other Christian books being distributed by Spring Arbor, Ingram's Christian arm?

*shaking head back and forth* Sad, very sad.

Please note, that they will list non-CBA affiliated books like Shack but not automatically as they should if in fact they simply list books distributed by Spring Arbor/Ingram.

Thursday, September 4, 2008

Never Ceese Reviews

The Writers Cafe Press didn't publish Never Ceese and the original publisher barely did. LOL But TWCP has been most understanding and has allowed me to post some of the better reviews from Amazon. :)

*whispers through cupped hand* Hey, TWCP, it is okay, right? HA! That's what you get for giving me your password. Oh, I just kill myself!

Over there on your left silly. Do I have to tell you everything?

Wednesday, September 3, 2008

Galley Cover

Forever Richard's full cover:
Front and back

Forever Richard

The cover for Forever Richard old same old.

As an author, I try to make my book available to those who seem to want to read my work. When I started getting a lot of overwhelming responses from Christian readers, I began to seek out being listed on websites that favored posting books for authors who were admittedly Christian.

Right away I learned that CBA Christian publishers had this market wrapped up as well. Every on-line Christian bookstore typically only list books published by CBA affiliated Christian authors. No Christian writing for the general market has any hope of showing up without a LOT of work that they shouldn't have to go through.

I contacted to find out how they selected the books listed on their site. I spoke with a Customer Service representative who told me this is what she was but that she could explain what I needed to know. She said they get their books from Ingram.

Well, that's nice. "Of course," I said, "you mean Spring Arbor, Ingram's Christian arm."

"Yes," she replied.

Why then, I wondered, are my publishers other books which have been out for some time not listed? They're with Spring Arbor.

I got no explanation. I was told I could e-mail customer service and direct the e-mail to Kevin, no last name.

Oh, well. Simply another Christian book site where you won't automatically be seeing my work. Sorry folks but it seems that's the way the ball bounces. You'll only see my books here on when it sells so much elsewhere that it can't be ignored.

Tuesday, September 2, 2008

Okay so it's tomorrow and--

I have a release date. That's right BUT you have to go somewhere else to see it.

Official Release Date of Forever Richard

Wednesday, August 6, 2008

Gotta Love it: another FP review

Good evening.

I don't know if you will remember me, but we met briefly at MoCon not too long ago. I received a copy of your book Flashpoint.

I have recently finished your book, and wanted to give you a quick rave.
I greatly enjoyed the whole story. I found the characters to be very engaging and likeable. I thoroughly enjoyed the story being written from CK's vantage point, as if we were reading a diary. I felt it brought a lot more perspective to the circumstances. Nicely done.

But I also enjoyed the spiritual aspects of it. Although it was set in the future, I caught many instances where our present-day spiritual faith and relations with Christ were reflected in Ck's actions and "responses" from the Spirit. Namely, the way he would fail at something when he relied on his own self instead of walking in the Spirit. It made me think of the times in my life when I think I can do something and stop trusting in the Lord to get me through things.

I am anxiously awaiting getting book two.

Your brother in Christ,Drew Rub (aka AncientAlex)

Friday, August 1, 2008

And the finalists are . . .

The three finalists . . .

FLASHPOINT by Frank Creed
THE LION VRIE by Christopher Hopper
VIRTUAL EVIL by Jana G. Oliver

The Winner will be annnounced September 1, 2008

Congratulations Frank

Monday, June 16, 2008

Some Nice Words for Flashpoint

Thought I'd share this with you: I received this note in email this morning.
It is such a pleasure to hear from readers and special notes like this make everything worth the effort and lets me know I am glorifying Him through my writing.

Monday, June 9, 2008

Chicago Tribune's Printers Row Book Fair 2008

This past weekend, the Lost Genre Guild and Catholic Writers Guild shared a booth at the Chicago Tribune's Printers Row Book Fair. We had a great time networking with each other and many writers who stopped by our tables. Some folks even bought books!

Check out the Underground Message board to view more photos of the event: look for the board titled "News in the Christian Publishing Industry" and the "General Board."

Wednesday, April 23, 2008

Challenge: 70 Questions about You

I'd like to challenge the other TWCP Authors to complete this Questionnaire!

Eye-Popping Qs [not really]

Do you have any pets? yes
What color shirt are you wearing? green t shirt
Name three things that are physically close to you: The computer, cup of coffee and cat bed
What is the last book you read? Jill Elizabeth Nelson's Reluctant Smuggler
Were you a good student? Yes, 'cept in Math.
What's your favorite sport? NFL football: Go PACK Go
Do you enjoy sleeping late? Yes
What's the weather like right now? Dark and 80 degrees.
Who tells the best jokes? Jerry Seinfeld
What was the last thing you dreamed about? One of my wheelchair nightmares
Do you drive? If so, have you ever crashed? Yeah. A head-on highspeed collision in 1999 (hence the wheelchair nightmares).
Do you believe in karma? Not in the eastern religion sense of the word. I believe in the Golden Rule.
Do you believe in luck? No, I believe in providence.
Do you like your eggs scrambled or sunny side up? both
Do you collect anything? Besides kitties? author-signed books
Are you proud of yourself? no, bad time to ask that
Are you reliable? In intent, yes. My conditions preclude this lately.
Have you ever given money to a bum? yes
What's your favorite food? Chicago-style stuffed pizza
Have you ever had a secret admirer? Not a real one
Do you like the smell of gasoline? Yes, but I really love diesel fumes!
Do like to draw? yes
What's your favorite invention? the laptop
Is your room messy? no
What do you like better: oranges or apples? oranges
Do you give in easily? well, okay
Are you a good guesser? hmmm
Can you read other people's expressions? I don't know
Are you a bully? No
Do you have a job? Yes
What time did you wake up this morning? 8:50
What did you eat for breakfast this morning? coffee
When was the last time you showered? yesterday
What do you plan on doing tomorrow? Work then showering.
What's your favorite day of the week and why? Any day I don't hurt.
Do you have any nicknames? Scooter, Blackbeard, Twisted Sister, Scottie
Have you ever been scuba diving? no
What's your least favorite color? I get in the mood for any color
Is there someone you have been constantly thinking about? Yes, my sweetie.
Would you ever go skydiving? Not by choice
What toothpaste do you use? CloseUp (cinnamon)
Do you enjoy challenges? Too vague; it can mean too many different things
What's the worst injury you have had? High-speed headon collision
What's the last movie you saw? Hannibal Rising
Who was the last person you spoke over the phone to? Cathi
What's your favorite school subject? Literature
What's your least favorite school subject? math
Would you rather have money or love? love
What is your dream vacation? Middle East
What is your favorite animal? cat
Do you miss anyone right now? My dad
What's the last sporting event you watched? Superbowl
Do you need to do laundry? Nope . . . well, I do have clothes that need to be put away :)
Do you listen to the radio? No
Where were you when 9/11 happened? sleeping
What do you do when vending machines steal your money? Rock the machine
Have you ever caught a butterfly? Yes
What color are your bed sheets? White
Who was the last person to make you laugh? Cynthia
Do you have any obsessions right now? life
Do you like things that glow in the dark? yes
What's your favorite fruity scent? orange
Do you watch cartoons? Not any more
Have you ever sat on a roof? yes
Have you ever been to a different country? yes
Name three things in the world you dislike: sweet potatoes, hitting my head really hard and cold showers
Has a rumor even been spread about you? yes
Do you like sushi? yes
Do you believe in magic? no
Do you hold grudges? no

Sunday, April 13, 2008

This is My Life!

I saw this meme on Delia Latham’s blog, and thought it looked like fun. Hope you enjoy this picture of my life!

Here's what you do:
1. Go to photobucket .com.
2. Type your answer to the question in the search box.
3. Use only the first page
4. Insert the picture into your Blog.

What is your relationship status?


What is your current mood?


Who is your favorite band/artist?

Kid Rock

What is your favorite movie?


What kind of pet do you have?


Where do you live?


Where do you work?


What do you look like?

What do you drive?

Sub Outback

What did you do last night?

Quake : Urban Terror

What is your favourite tv show?

law and order svu

Describe yourself.


What are you doing today?

Quake : Urban Terror

What is your name?


What is your favourite candy?

gummy bears

Picture Your Life!

I saw this meme on Delia Latham’s blog, and thought it looked like fun. Hope you enjoy this picture of my life! Here's what you do:

1. Go to
2. Type your answer to the question in the search box
3. Use only the first page
4. Insert the picture into your Blog.

1. What is your relationship status?

Get Married

2. What is your current mood?


3. Who is your favorite band/artist?


4. What is your favorite movie?

Apocolypse now

5. What kind of pet do you have?


6. Where do you live?


7. Where do you work?


8. What do you look like?

Dawn French  (the vicar of dubley)

9. What do you drive?

Sub Outback

10. What did you do last night?


11. What is your favourite tv show?

CSI Miami

12. Describe yourself.


13. What are you doing today?


14. What is your name?


15. What is your favourite candy?

Mr Goodbar