Wednesday, October 27, 2010

Palo Alto on Thursday-Be there!

I hope I will be. *Fingers Crossed*

My elder loin fruit was up all night being sickly and now I imagine I feel the Death Virus of Ewwww creeping up on me as type. But I have LOTS of stuff to do, and I can not afford to let DVoE drag me down. So I'll see you tomorrow (I just won't breathe on anyone. I promise).



Join me, Rachel Caine, and Linda Joy Singleton at Books Inc, Town and Country in Palo Alto, California on October 28th at 7 p.m. for a Not Your Mother's Bookclub Halloween party and book signing.

Hope to see you there,

Stacey Jay

Monday, October 25, 2010

Birthday Thanks

THANK YOU!

Thank you for all the birthday wishes, both in my email and on Facebook. You are sweet. And awesome. And you made me have a little tear last night when I finally got on to check my mail. So thank you, and yes I did have a wonderful birthday. I got to sleep in until 7:30, hang out with my family watching toons and reading the paper all morning, have birthday cake for breakfast, and go out with my husband for lunch and wine tasting in the afternoon. (Then we came home and the power was out in our town so we had to throw the kids in the car in their PJs and go find supper a few towns over, but it turned into a nice family adventure and we bought some great pretzels and the power was on by the time we got home. So that all worked out nicely.)

So anyway, I don't usually like to dwell too much on my birthday anymore, but I did a little horoscope searching yesterday, just to see what the rest of the year holds for the Scorpio and here's what I found:

Horoscope One: 5th October 2010 (06:03:33 pm) to 4th November 2010 (10:28:47 pm)

This is an encouraging time for you, in which you will get all-round success. Going on a pilgrimage with parents or kids is on the cards. There are chances of meeting distant relatives and old friends as well. Changes will come in your life, without your permission, for good. You will achieve remarkable success in the particular field that you have chosen. (from: iloveindia.com)

Yes! Love this horoscope. I like encouragement and success, especially if it's the all-round kind that surrounds me in its warm, snuggly, successfulness<--never experienced the full body hug of success, but imagine it would be nice.

I also like pilgrimages and distant relatives and old friends. Awesome!

Horoscope Two: In 2010 year of the white Tiger natives of the zodiac sign Scorpio will be busy making money, but the...Scorpios career is marked by a slow yet constant decline...May and June are the only favorable months for your career. In this time you will strike a bargain, which will bring excellent results in early 2011. In autumn 2010 you should be more cautious with money. And mind your promises!

Your outstanding and emotional private life in 2010 year of the Tiger will make up for all the difficulties in your business!...Married or attached Scorpios throughout 2010 year of the Tiger will enjoy the warmth of family hearth. (from gotohoroscope.com)

Um...yeah. This horoscope is less to my liking, though it is accurate as far as the busy making money part goes. I have never worked so hard. Even when I thought I was working hard, it wasn't this hard.<--wants to smack former self for whining about working hard when she wasn't working nearly hard enough because she could still find time to sleep past 6:15 in the morning upon occasion.

But I hope the May/June luck thing is spot on since I'd appreciate some excellence in 2011. (*Racks brain to remember what good things happened in May and June...thinks that is the month that she signed contracts for Juliet Immortal and Dead on the Delta, but can't remember because her brain is fried. Probably this is why she can't decide whether to write about herself in first or third person. Author fail.)

Horoscope 3: You can be somewhat abrasive from time to time, but there's usually a good reason. Sometimes it's actually the best thing for a given situation, so don't be shy about ruffling a few feathers! (dailyhoroscope.com)

Well then. Hm. Abrasive. I'm sure they mean in the "exfoliation is good for the skin" type of way. Necessary and fruitfully abrasive.

So...there you go. Horoscopes. There's a reason my dad called them the Horror-scopes.

And now I am heading back into my work cave, but I'll be making time for the blog. This is one of my FAVORITE times of year and I will have to post many pictures of my offspring in costume and all our Halloween themed baking adventures. This year we're also planning brain and eyeball punch! Yeay!

Happy week, much abrasive, Scorpio love to you all,

Stacey Jay

Tuesday, October 19, 2010

Yes. Read this. Now.

I'd advise everyone to go read this right now:

http://libba-bray.livejournal.com/58659.html

After reading this, I have decided that I love Libba Bray and will not rest until I serve her snacks. (She is also published by Delacorte--the publishers of the forthcoming JULIET IMMORTAL--so I am encouraged that this could aid me in my stalking and snack serving. I will try extra hard to please my editor so that I can someday get an invite to a Delacorte event in which Libba Bray will be in attendance. At this event, I will make it my mission to fetch her a snack...or bring her one in my purse. There are always a wide variety of snacks in my purse as I have discovered that having snacks on one's person is a HUGE part of successful parenting.)

But for real. Read. Mrs. Bray is wise and generous and good. And has a proper appreciation for snacks.

Go forth and read of her wisdom, hugs to you all,

Stacey Jay

Friday, October 15, 2010

Thankful Friday

I know it's supposed to be Thankful Thursday, but I am a rebel and I don't need a cause to do things on Friday that I'm supposed to do on Thursday.

And I'm not sure whoever made thankfulness a Thursday thing is my boss. In fact, I'm pretty sure they're not my boss<--possible sign of oppositional defiant disorder, that I may have passed down to my nearly two year old son. Or he could just be nearly two. The jury is still out on that little pistol.

Anyway. Thankful. I am. Very. And for people this week! Ah, lovely people and their ability to be so surprisingly wonderful. And good. And amazing.

And so thank you, people, in no particular order:

1. To my son's amazing new doctor. You are full of fancy and smart and fun and I love you. You made my son--who is more freaked by doctors and needles than he was before his eye surgery this summer--so comfortable. You made him laugh, you treated him (and me) with respect. You listened. You cared. I could see how much you cared, feel it in the time you spent checking to make sure this new patient of yours was all ship shape. And it was Friday. And you had worked a full week and you've been doing this for twenty years and OH MY GOD you should have been mean and tired and hate children like most of the other pediatricians we've seen. But you weren't and you didn't and I think we're finally on track to getting 6 to eat more than five things and I love you. For real. I wanted to give you a hug, but I restrained myself<--sign that I am overcoming boundary issues, mostly the having no boundaries part. I did not hug inappropriately. I am made of win.

2. To Saundra Mitchell. Who is also fancy and smart and fierce and spot on and I love her. This lady is awesome. If you haven't checked out her books, go immediately to her website and learn where you can be finding them: http://www.saundramitchell.com/index.html.

3. To Stacia Kane. Who is also very smart<--all these smart people will eventually give me a complex, if I'm ever smart enough to figure out how much less smart than them I am-->and a good friend and writes reaaaalllly good grown up books that you grown up people should go check out at http://staciakane.com/

4. To all the people I work with for being excellent and committed and hard-working and understanding where I'm coming from. How awesome are all of you? Very awesome. I am so grateful. I would name you all individually, but then you might be drawn here by google and realize that I'm not working and am instead blogging and I would not want to be caught not working so I'll just say a general "you rawk."

5. To my husband. Who has planned us a MUCH NEEDED get away for tomorrow afternoon (after I finish my morning words<--see I am still working! work work work!). We're going away from our house and adorable children for four whole hours! Squee!!!

I hope all of you have a fabulous weekend and encounter some nice people, or maybe show someone else your own niceness in a way they won't soon forget.

Stacey Jay

Monday, October 11, 2010

Join me in Palo Alto on October 28th



Join me, Rachel Caine, and Linda Joy Singleton at Books Inc, Town and Country in Palo Alto, California on October 28th at 7 p.m. for a Not Your Mother's Bookclub Halloween party and book signing.

Hope to see you there,

Stacey Jay

p.s. I'll be bringing 2 Advanced Reader Copies of THE LOCKET to give away!

Saturday, October 9, 2010

Slut-a-ween?

Hey people,

I'm sure we've all noticed the trend in recent years toward sexy (cough, streetwalker, cough) Halloween costumes for women. At a recent trip to my local Target, skirts short enough to show my underpants and cleavage revealing pirate wench costumes were the ONLY options for adult female dress up fun. (Unless I wanted to pay $70 for a six foot chicken costume. I was tempted, but as I'm poor and only 5'6", I thought such a purchase unwise.)

Anyway, my six year old son was very disappointed when we left the store without a costume for Mama. I was very disappointed to be stuck trying to explain to him that the way those costumes made Mama look would be inappropriate for a family Halloween.

I mean, don't get me wrong, I can get my exhibitionist on with the best of them when the occasion and company are right. I've been to a tarts and vicars party, and I dressed as Rollergirl (complete with mini skirt and roller skates--a very bad combination when drinking beer at a keg party) in college. (If you don't know who Rollergirl is, you were too young in the late 90's. I would advise taking a moment to bask in the glow of your youth and then be horribly envious that you missed the grunge movement.)

But there is a time and place for a revealing costume. That place isn't when I'm out with my family, chasing two little boys around fall festivals and street fairs. And I think a lot of women--whether they have children or not--feel the same way. Sometimes we just want to dress up. For fun. To pretend to be someone else, not to reveal our bodies in such a way as to titillate the male population.

It's a disturbing trend that's only getting more disturbing as fewer and fewer modest choices make it to the shelves each Halloween.

This year, costume manufacturers are obviously out to prove that there is no character too wholesome to be slutted up in the name of making America's women hawt on Halloween.

Some examples, I give you them:

Raphael, Ninja Turtle:

From this:


To this:



Call me crazy, but thigh high fire-engine red boots, a boob enhancing breast plate, and a six inch green mircro mini just don't scream "I am a turtle ninja who fights crime" to me.

Rainbow Bright:

From this:



To this:



Four inch spiked heels and white fur trim barely big enough to conceal the lady bits... Guess I won't be indulging my 1980's nostalgia with that one.

Spongebob Squarepants:

From this:



To this:



Some stripper Mary Janes, a too short skirt, and I swear Spongebob is shooting her a lascivious grin. For shame, people. You've not only slutted Spongebob up, you've made him a pervert.

Big Bird:
(Yes. Big. Bird.)

From this:



To this:



And this:



And if Big Bird wasn't enough to make bile rise in your throat and a feeling of pure ICK sweep from head to toe, just look what they've done to sweet little Elmo:

From this:



To this:



I don't know about you guys, but nothing screams lovable furry red three year old monster like some stripper heels and a skin tight fur mini.

*Eye roll*

Stacey Jay<--who is off to take a shower and wash off the ICK.

Tuesday, October 5, 2010

Revision is like....

Taking a tattoo that seemed like a good idea at the time...



And making it something you're happy to live with for the rest of your life...



I just heard from my lovely editor and it looks like the revision has pleased her, and we're drawing closer to the second picture. We've still got more work to do (of course), but JULIET IMMORTAL is just about ready to rock and roll.

How relieved am I?

Words can not express.

Hence the pictures.

Gasp! Sigh! Huff! Whee!

See you all in a few days with some real blog fodder once I've recovered from the profoundness of my relief.

Stacey Jay

p.s. Tattoo remake done by Dana over at Inky Cells Tattoo company in Santa Rosa California a couple of weeks ago. She ROCKS socks and was totally worth the several month wait to get into her chair. Check out some of her other work here http://www.inkycellstattooco.com/inkycellspage1.html