Wednesday, July 19, 2006

F'd up blog and sci-fi

Well, I totally messed up my blog and I'm clueless about how to fix it. Those of you who don't have a MAC know that the damn thing has been smooshed over to the left for like two weeks. It was driving me crazy. So I called in the servies of my Web Goddess, Shawn Wilson, who designs and maintains my fab website, and she couldn't find my mistake. Sigh. I was going to post a question to the blog help thingie, but I lost what little patience I have and decided to just choose another template and maybe that would fix it. It did. It also lost all of my links, etc. Shit. And I didn't like the new look. So I went back to this one and now I have to figure out how to add my links back in. I am truly the computer impaired. But I should be writing and it's excellent procrastination.

Anyway, last weekend the fabulous Gena Showalter and I were in Oklahoma City at SoonerCon (sci-fi/fantasy con). Now, God(dess) knows I wouldn't tell stories on a girlfriend, BUT GENA DRANK TOO MUCH. Okay, those of you who know me know that I, too, have a tendency to be "over served." But not when I'm dancing and in general out in public mixing with groups of people, etc. I change to soda water. Gena, God(dess) bless her, is young young young, so she hasn't learned the soda water trick yet. And the girl does NOT like to speak in public. I swung by her house and picked her up. She had cute little bottles (chilled) of a very attractive looking blue liquid. I can't remember what the damn thing was called, but she got it at a Harlequin party, which is a sure sign of trouble. So like naughty high school girls we're in the bathroom before our panel and Gena is slamming down this blue booze. Naturally I couldn't allow her to drink alone. I've been raised better. So I tried some. Okay, it is some VILE shit. Oh. My. God. It was awful. Truly wretched. Oh, wait! I think it's call Hypnotic. Hello. Barfnotic would be a better name. I won't go into details about our panels except to briefly mention that Gena-Gena actually mixed the Barfnotic with lemonade and was drinking it during the damn panels. Let's just say Gena-Gena was very entertaining. That evening her husband, who she calls Love Bunny, picked us up and we went down to Bricktown to a fun club for dancing. Hence, my cessation of drinking and Gena's nasty hangover the next day.

Speaking of the next day. Gena and I hung out with totally, ridiculously handsome Richard Cox. (He's engaged to a friend of mine, Fox News anchor Chera Kimiko, who is equally as gorgeous. I'm telling you - they're going to make some beautiful babies!) His current release is THE GOD PARTICLE. PW says it's a thriller (my dad grabbed it from me, so I haven't read it yet), and from what delicious Richard says it sounds kinda sci-fi-ish. So check it out if you have a taste for science thrillers. His website is http://www.richardcox.net. MORE IMPORTANTLY, Gena and I are trying to talk him into trying his hand at romance. Okay, this is a purely selfish attempt to lure him into our genre so that he'll be at our romance conventions, which are totally lacking in the Cute Male Author category. Updates to come...hee hee...

29 comments:

Kelli McBride said...

PC! I was working on fixing your blog when you posted. The problem is in the length of the http addresses you add to your posts. Instead of adding the raw address, type a word like COVER and then use the hyperlink option on the posting toolbar to make that word a link to the site. That's what I did on 4 of the links you had on this page. That fixed the problem. The hyperlink button looks like the infinity symbol on top of a green earth. It's right after the italics button "i."

PC Cast said...

Kelli! You are an absolute doll! (Kelli is Gena Showalter's fabulous webgoddess.) Thank you so much for fixing me! And I'll follow your directions next time I add a http address to my post. I hope...

Jeri said...

PC, I have the same restrictions when it comes to booze:

Drinking + Dancing = Barfing

For that matter,

Eating + Dancing = Acute Abdominal Crisis (AAC! for short)

So when I want to dance (like next Friday night!), the tummy stays empty.

Glad you and Gena had fun on your panel. I'm sure you were entertaining.

PC Cast said...

Jeri, Sweet Thang! Can't wait to dirty dance with you next Friday at the Ritz! The Harlequin party is The Best. Uh, but no food or booze for you whilst we're cuttin' a rug! I'd hate for you to have a tragic accident in front of the Luna editors...

Angel said...

Ya know, you did leave out what time said drinking started. Did you ever get the link I sent to work?

PC Cast said...

Angel, I do know when said copious drinking by Gena-Gena started - exactly 11:55 a.m. Right before we went into our first panel. (And I do believe you were a witness to a portion of said drinking!)

Are you sure you didn't mean the Doubleday book club? I could never find Mysteria in the sci-fi book club, but that item number worked for Doubleday.

Speaking of - MYSTERIA can be possessed in hardback if you order through the Rhapsody book club or the Doubleday book club. My first man titty cover AND my first hardback, all in one! Love it!

Jana Oliver said...

Lesson #43B: Never drink anything that is blue. Time of day is irrelevant. Blue is the issue. And pink, orange, lime-green (well, except sour apple martinis) and red (except wine).

Kristen Painter said...

Okay, I just googled Richard Cox. Holy freakin' cow. You weren't lying about his cuteness.

PC Cast said...

Jana baby! Ladies - this is the fabulous author of the lovely time travel novel, SOJOURN. Check it out at Jana's cool website www.magespell.com. Y'all would LURVE this book! Especially if you're interested in Jack the Ripper. And Jana will be at the RWA literacy signing - so look her up!

(I totally agree with your drinks and colors tips.)

PC Cast said...

Kristen, Sweet thang, he's MORE ATTRACTIVE IN PERSON. And tall. Please. His mouth is a fantasy. Plus, the boy has those sexy blue eyes that just scream SPANK ME SPANK ME!

Ur...he's actually a nice guy, too. And totally faithful to my girlfriend, Chera.

BUT HOLY SHIT CHERA, YOUR BOY IS HAWT!

Hey Kristen, you'll be in Atlanta, right?

Jana Oliver said...

Phyl
Thanks for the plug!
A tiny correction on the URL -- www.janaoliver.com . The MageSpell one will take your lovely folks to our 'corporate' home.

Blue Drinks Are For Smurfs!

Gena Showalter said...

Jana -- gasp! I heard that! Smurfs indeed :) All of you, you should be ashamed of yourselves, talking about me this way. PC FORCED those (delicious) blue drinks down my throat. Forced, I tell you.

And yeah, Richard is a hottie and his lips are going in one of my books!

Jill Monroe said...

The blue stuff rules!!!

PC Cast said...

Jill - CLEARLY you have been too corrupted by Gena-Gena and your judgement is impaired. The blue stuff is vile vile vile. I'm going to have to spank you in Atlanta. Prepare yourself.

Gena-Gena - you are a liar-liar. Heyyyyy, didn't I call using Richard's lips in a book?! Wait. Nevermind. His lips are sexy enough to be used in two books. Hee hee!

shaunee said...

Okay, Hypnotic is, as far as liquor goes, vomitous. A friend and I decided to try it because the bottle is so stylish and it's such a pretty blue color. Half of it went down the drain AFTER we went surfing the internet for recipes to make that crap taste less like Nyquil. Nothing that grows or that is manufactured on this earth could make that stuff taste less like Nyquil.

Forced? Gena-Gena, that's a liar liar pants on fire moment if I've ever heard one. Especially considering your blog posts directly following last year's RWA conference. If I knew how, I'd insert a link to your own blog's archives.

Jana Oliver said...

Take a walk on the wild side, ladies. 15 yr. old single malt scotch. Glenlivet is good. So is Glenfiddich. It's the only thing that's 15 years old that isn't jail bait.

Jess said...

With all this talk of spanking I had to post here.
I'm getting ready to move again...this time to San Jose, CA.
As far as blue drinks go...as long as it tastes like coconut. Congrats on the new release PC and all the other fab ladies. I'm running out to get it as a moving treat, since I'll deserve one after it's over.

Gena Showalter said...

Shawnee,
PC forced me to drink then, too. I just didn't want to talk about it. Wasn't in a "good" place yet LOL.

Speaking of "places" (I'm an air quoting SOB today), PC didn't even mention that I have a wee tendency of going to my inner "happy place" in the middle of a conversation. Doesn't matter who's talking -- doesn't even matter if I'M talking -- I just sink into my own thoughts and nod and say "yeah" a lot. She got treated to a lot of that, the poor thing.

Gena Showalter said...

Also, PC is a total sweetie (I must admit) for not even mentioning my serious eye twitch all weekend.

Angel said...

Gena, I remember being told, nay demanded to "Mix that drink." "Do you want half or the whole thing?" "The whole thing."

P.C. I swear you can also get it through sci-fi. It's the only club I belong to. :(

PC Cast said...

Oh No. Liar-Liar Gena-Gena! You see that poor Angel was forced by YOU to pour that vile blue crap in that paper cup of lemonaid you were clutching! (gag) I forced you to drink at RWA last year?! Girl, your nose is growin'! Let us please recall that you were at an HQN dinner BEFORE the Harlequin party where you thought you had to drink each glass of wine that was served with each of the SEVEN courses. Then at the Harlequin party you were drinking those (nasty) martinis "because they're so pretty!" (insert drunken giggle) I distinctly remember you paying me a dollar to dance like a stripper with you. Yes, I took the dollar. No, I wasn't drunk. Money is money. (Plus I like dancing like a stripper!)

I forgot about your eye twitch. Actually I think I blocked it.

And the retreating to your "happy place." Oh, good lord. Ladies, Liar-Liar Gena-Gena likes to do this when snaggle-toothed men with poor hygiene crowd around to talk to us. I'm experienced at letting men politely yet firmly know I'M NOT INTERESTED - GO AWAY. Liar-Liar Gena-Gena is way too nice. Add to that the fact that she retreats to her "happy place" with a glazed smile and a stream of "uh huhs" tripping out of her pretty mouth, and you have a recipe for trouble. Too bad her eye didn't choose to twitch THEN!

Jess - you have my total sympathy for moving. I loath moving. Hope Mysteria takes you away for a while!

Jana - You know I'm with you on single malt (we'll "discuss" this is Atlanta).

Jana Oliver said...

PC
To further our 'discussion', I'll pack a full bottle.

We can tint some with blue food coloring for Gena-Gena. Maybe we can even find her a wee umbrella. :)

PC Cast said...

>We can tint some with blue food coloring for Gena-Gena. Maybe we can even find her a wee umbrella.<

Jana that is right neighborly of you! Stick a foo-foo shee-shee piece of fruit in the glass with that wee umbrella and the food coloring and Gena-Gena will slurp it right up (Jill will, too.). Well done.

Jeri said...

[ears pricking] Single malt? I'm there!

Heck, I'm not picky anymore when it comes to whiskey. Just give me a four-way with my three boys: Jack Daniels, Jim Beam, and Johnny Walker.

My birthday song this year (the first song that plays after I turn XX) was George Thoroughgood's "One Bourbon, One Scotch, and One Beer." Sound prophetic?

*Dani* said...

I'll further testify to the demands of mixing the offending liquor and lemonaid by Gena. It was pretty hilarious all huddled in the "refreshment hotel room" and mixing a Gena cocktail. hehe.

Also, you ladies will have to introduce lil me to the finer points of whiskey..I must be drinking it wrong cause it kills me. Oooh and wine too, I don't like it too much, but I think I'm drinking the wrong ones...if I'm lucky maybe PC will tutor me? *grins*

PC Cast said...

Jeri you naughty thing! Don't drink cheap whisky. Ugh. Stick with lovely single malt Scotch. (I'll help you with this.)

Dani - I'm here for you, girl!

Kristen Painter said...

Roger dodger on Atlanta! Hope to see you - we should snag a drink together.

Heather Harper said...

I thought you had disappeared.

Welcome back! :)

PC Cast said...

Find me at the bar Kristen!

Heather - the screwed up format of my blog was making me crazy. Thank God(dess) for the FAB Kelli Mcbride and her computer skills.

No. I ain't got no computer skills.