Monday’s This, that and the other thing

Barbara Vey -- February 25th, 2008

Like about a billion other people last night, I wasted almost 4 hours watching the Academy Awards on tv.  I have to admit that I haven’t seen  any of the movies nominated.  I just don’t do depressing, sad movies (although I did hear good things about Juno).  The highlight for me were the 3 songs nominated from Enchanted (ok, beside seeing Johnny Depp) and none of them won.  Neither did Johnny with Daniel Day-Lewis taking the best actor award (and what was with the giant hoop earrings he was wearing?)

But on to This, that and the other Thing Monday.  This is your chance to send me news, kudos, and other info relating to the crazy business of publishing.  Just send me an email and I’ll put in what I can.

From Leeanne Davis, reader:  Celebrate Romance started with a group of online readers who wanted to get together and talk about the genre they loved so much.  Jo Beverley was one of the authors who supported it in the early days.    2008 is the 11th year of CR.  It’s a small conference which combines readers and writers in an informal atmosphere that allows them to talk freely about the romance genre, where it’s headed, what they like and don’t like about the books being published today.  Thanks to CR, I have formed lasting friendships with people across the country.

This year we have 24 authors coming.  Each year we get a mix of authors; from established to new.  The authors love the conference since it allows them to interact with readers in a way that no other conference does.  Sabrina Jeffries and Stephanie Bond are our keynote authors this year. (This sounds like my kind of conference Leanne, thanks for the heads up)

Jeff Merkel at Northern Illinois University

From Earl Merkel, author:  It’s been a hectic few days here, largely because my son Jeff is a senior at NIU. I thought I’d share this bit of parental pride (article from Rockford Register Star):

Jeff Merkel stepped out of a classroom building at Northern Illinois University a little after 3 p.m. Thursday into a stampede of people running away from nearby Cole Hall and yelling, “Shooter!”

“I was immediately engulfed by a crowd of students,” he said Friday morning. “I ducked back into the building and went into the last classroom and told them to lock the door and turn off the light. I said, ‘I apologize if it’s not true, but they’re saying there’s a shooter out there.’”

Then, the 29-year-old former Navy corpsman and veteran of conflicts in Kosovo, Iraq and Afghanistan went back outside and headed in the direction from which the other students were fleeing. As he ran, he used his cell phone to call his wife of five years, Mariel.

“I told her, ‘I’m running the wrong way,’ but I had to,” he said. “I know how to do things. I’ve seen this kind of violence.”

As a military medic, Merkel said, he tended to hundreds of wounded troops. Some of them died, including several people in his battalion. “I stopped counting at 14,” he said.

He recruited a couple of people to help him carry three injured students to a central area where the wounded were being treated. He picked up a first aid bag that belonged to a police officer, pulled out gauze and started trying to staunch the bleeding on three of the wounded.

This week’s Newsweek, which will probably hit newsstands tomorrow (February 19), tells a bit more about a remarkable young man who continues to astonish me and his mother.

What a week– and I hope, on so many levels, that there’s never another…(Earl, we’re all with you on this.  Congratulations on raising such an amazing son.)

From Sheila Clover English, Circle of Seven CEO:  As you probably have heard, has decided to allow authors to upload thier book video to their account.  COS put out a video telling people about that. It is on myMySpace blog right now.

I also have put together a couple of handouts for people who are more visual. I have a handout on how to upload the video on Amazon/Connect and one that tells how to make an Amazon/Connect profile.

Please feel free to share it. I really want anyone who needs help with this to have it.  (Thanks Sheila, I’m sure this is very useful info for a lot of authors)

Finishing off the second month of this year to a healthier you.  Hope you all still have the enthusiasm of that first week of January, here’s my health tip of the week.  My 10 minute rule:  If I really want to eat something not normally on my plan, I tell myself to wait 10 minutes and then if I still want it, I can eat it.  99% of the time, I forget about it after 10 minutes (I have a very short attention span).  Remember, I’ll be giving away Subway gift cards once a month and all you have to do is post a comment.

Bottom Line:  I admit that I would have liked Enchanted to win best picture.  What’s wrong with wanting a movie that makes me feel good be the best?  And now I have that song, "That’s How You Know" running through my head.

57 thoughts on “Monday’s This, that and the other thing

  1. CJ Lyons

    Thanks Earl for sharing Jeff’s story–an inspiration for all of us. I’m sure there will be a lot of heroes in our books bearing the initials JM after hearing his story of true heroics.

  2. MG Braden

    I didn’t watch the Oscars last night (not having seen many or perhaps any of the movies, other than Enchanted) BUT I would have liked a feel good movie to win too. I LOVED Enchanted. Truly wonderful, feel great, makes you want to sing and dance movie.

  3. dolphinover

    I did watched the Oscar’s and agree that this years were to depressing. I didn’t make to the end. I fell asleep after best actress. I had to read the paper this morning to find who got best actor and best movie.

  4. joysannoh

    Unlike so many folks who are identified as heroes because they happen to be in the wrong place at the wrong time, Jeff Merkel’s actions are those of a real hero. His family has every reason to be proud.

  5. Jade Lee

    I have to put my two cents in here and say that CELEBRATE ROMANCE is a FABULOUS conference! I’ve gone for the last few years and it’s the only conference I get to really sit back casually with readers and authors alike and just chat. It’s informal and it’s great fun! I’m already packing up for this years conference and I can’t wait!

  6. Jody

    What an inspiring story of Earl’s son. This tragedy hit a bit too close to home as a coworker of my husband’s had a daughter who was injured in the shooting. What an honorable and heroic young man and certainly a romance hero in the making!! As to the oscars, I enjoyed them and was, sorry Barbara, glad to see the couple who won for best song. Their story is incredible and that Jon Stewart let her come back and make her statement was great and honorable. As were the presenters from our military, nice touch from Hollywood who always seems to get bashed for their so called “unAmerican” attitude toward the troops.

  7. Leanne

    Just a little more about CR. When the original planner had family issues, Karen, Cybil, and I stepped forward with the help of some other friends to keep it going. That just shows how much I love the conference. It hasn’t been easy since none of us knew anything about planning an event but we have learned a lot in the past 5 years. We just need more fans to keep it going.

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    Just a little more about CR. When the original planner had family issues, Karen, Cybil, and I stepped forward with the help of some other friends to keep it going. That just shows how much I love the conference. It hasn’t been easy since none of us knew anything about planning an event but we have learned a lot in the past 5 years. We just need more fans to keep it going.

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