Paperback Swap

Paperback Swap is the coolest of the cool. I’ve only been there for a month and I’ve already rebuilt my keeper shelf and gotten tons of children’s books for the Luke. It’s a fairly simple system. When you sign up you enter all the books you want to get rid of. You can enter them by their ISBN, so it’s really easy. When someone requests that book you mail it to them and receive a credit, which you can use to request another book.  One book costs one credit. They also give you two free credits for signing up. They say that at some point they’ll probably start charging an annual fee for the service, but as of right now it’s totally free. 

You can print out a wrapper from the site that already has the amount of postage due on it. That way you just stick the stamps on and put it in your mailbox. Couldn’t be easier.


Someone mentioned this curious little character on the Loose Id author loop. It’s a combination between an exclamation and question mark. I could never use it because to me the name sounds like a euphemism for a kinky sex act. Whit says it sounds like an interrogation that turns into a gang-bang. (Yeah, we’re strange that way.) It’s been around since the 60s and is on the Mac special characters. I must admit, I’m tempted to use it just to drive my line editors crazy. (As if I don’t have them pulling their hair out already.) So, what do you think of it? Think you might want to use it? (As punctuation, not for kinky sex, though that would be interesting too.)

Man Candy


I just realized I hadn’t given y’all any man candy in a minute. I’ve had my eye on this one for a while. All that hair is almost impossible to miss. Definitely my inspiration for that book with a Samoan hero I’ve got percolating in my head. Troy Polamalu is all kinds of outrageously fine and a loyal family man to boot. Y’all know I love it when a big sessy man all about the fam. He might just pop up in Nate’s book, but he’s definitely on his way.

Hunting Ground – Your Account.

And why am I tracking this book order like a kid watching fake Santa footage on the Weather Channel on Christmas Eve? Because it IS like Christmas for me. That order contains Hunting Ground, the new Patricia Briggs book and I’m so excited I could pop. It’s in Lexington, that’s only a few hundred miles from me. Remember postal workers, I’ve said really good things about you guys. If that book gets here tomorrow I swear I’ll bake cookies for you!

Love Me Some Him

When Danielle, bka The Black Snob, was adding to her notorious Wall of Sexy, I suggested my current lust object, Neil DeGrasse Tyson. Neil is my favorite astrophysicist. Okay, he’s the only astrophysicist I know by sight. Smart, funny and self-deprecating, you can’t help but love him. Note to self, write a story about a sexy astrophysicist. 

Love Me Some Them

Since I can’t seem to get along with any members of my actual biological family, I’ve decided to adopt Gina and Pat. Hey, I’m a writer, I’m supposed to be eccentric. (Somehow that sounds better than bat-shit crazy.) I’ve eaten in their restaurant in Memphis, and that isht is off the hook.