2005 – The Year of the CURSE!

Curse? “What curse?” you ask?

Well it probably isn’t one, but it sure feels that way. And I hope it goes away REAL soon!
I think of myself as someone who tries their best to get along. To be on an even keel. That tries not to rock the boat. Friendly, even proactive. But somehow, in 2005, something has gone terribly wrong.

5 times this year I have, while trying to be helpful, or friendly, or just going along, totally hacked off people. Most of them have been through emails going back and forth, so it could be a language issue (and I call myself a writer…) but mostly it just feels like a whole lot of bad luck. Somehow I am catching people at their lowest and strangest, and in one stroke of misfortune I am the one who pushes their buttons totally without meaning to. It’s enough to make me want to go to a corner and cry myself into a coma. 🙁

This must STOP! Please? *sigh*

So to any of you I somehow make mad this year…just remember…I didn’t mean to!!!! Wahhhhh

Book Review — Harry Potter and the Half Blood Prince

***spoiler warning***
Okay. years ago, when I first ran into Harry Potter (book 2 as a matter of fact – I have a weird knack of running into a series out of sequence), he was not the sensation he is today. I started the book and thought that the descriptions were rather lacking but decided to give it a go. About page 40 though I was pretty well hooked. By page 100 she couldn’t skip descriptions fast enough for me! Been a fan ever since.

Though not voraciously tearing through the book as many have done — I took a week instead of the weekend (you wouldn’t believe how many of my friends tore through it in a day or 2) — I did read it rather agressively. While the first few chapters had a surprise or two and Snape getting to be Defense teacher caught me off guard as much as Harry, the true shock came at pages 499 and 500. While many people I know came to the same epiphany as myself, many have not. And I must admit I’ve had a blast of a time letting these individuals in on the little secret — Harry is a horcrux!

Each time I’ve done it there have been cries of denial. Yet as I explain why I see this, they get a far away look in their eyes which soons turns into stunned shock as they too see the posibilities. Bwahahaha. Harry’s mother did one over on Voldemort and I love it! Also ties to Dumbledore’s theory that if Voldemort had ignored the prophecy, it would have never been set into motion. While I believe Dumbledore suspects Harry is a horcrox (and mentions V’s snake so he can start getting used to the idea of a living horcrux), I believe Voldemort until recently, has not suspected this fact. Yet it explains all. A piece of Voldemort’s soul would protrect Harry from the curse, it would also give him parsel tongue and Voldemort’s greater ability for magic, plus the fact the wands are exactly the same. All the pieces are there if you look for them. Bwaahaha

As to Snape — I think he is good! He made the vow because he was in love with Malfoy’s Mom. Also, Dumbledore begging is not like him, and they made sure to mention it wasn’t like him. I believe he did it to get Snape to be the one to kill him and therefore save Malfoy (I am sure Snape has killed before). Snape also reacted as he did with Harry during the escape because Harry has inadvertetnly found Snape’s sore point — being called a coward. Snape could see nothing past his hatred of being thought of that way. Book 7, in my opinion, will be about Snape and in the end, Harry is going to have to face his hatred of Snape and see past it to the truth.

I hope the next book comes out soon!!!

Book Review — Cat in a Hot Pink Pursuit

Yes! The latest of the Midnight Louie Mysteries is out! This time murder occur in the world of Reality TV. Temple must go under cover in order to keep an eye on Molina’s daughter Mariah who has finaled in the Teen and Tween Contest held for this Reality TV series. Matt goes on to find info about his father. Molina gets a stalker and a date! Max realizes he may be losing Temple, even as Matt finally makes a move! Louie gets to try to keep himself in the good graces of not one but two feline beauties. And Nadir finds out about Mariah! (Sort of) Basically everything in this volume looks to be ramping up the stakes for the next adventure. I’ve a feeling it will be explosive! whoop! Can’t wait!

email and air-conditioning

Wow! Been doing email for almost 3 hours and still not caught up (have now just reached 8am Sat mail). Was behind already before A-kon which lasted 3 days (An anime and multi media con — www.a-kon.org ) . Only reason I am even getting to look at them at all is cause we got a surprise when we got home yesterday. The airconditioning died! Got some people to look at it, but of course since they found out the condenser is shot, they need a part and that comes from the warehouse and they are only open on weekdays. Kinda nice to get the catch up time, but it’s hot and muggy (68% humidity). lol. Plus it’s crunch time at work. Wahhhh. Mostly worried about the ferret though. She’s been doing great so far, but they have issues with high heat. Got fans running everywhere! Hope they show up soon! Hubby says the work will take 2 hours at least. Feels like I am waiting for the cable people — “yes, ma’am, we’ll be there anywhere from 8 to Noon.” (Hubby is working contract so him staying was a no-no.) This stuff is not cheap either. Eeek!
So think cool thoughts my way. lol!
Gloria

Movies – Unleashed

Unleashed is the latest Jet Li release.
It was great! Some awesome chopsocki and a wonderful cast. Jet Li was very good in his role. He definitely gave the impression of being like a dog–he had the best puppy eyes! There are a couple of scenes that will take you totally by surprise too and the choreography for the fights was outstanding. ***1/2!!

Sci Fi Expo

This past weekend on 5/14-5/15 I had a table at the SciFi Expo in Plano, Tx. With the upcoming release of Star Wars Episode III and free general admission, the place was hopping all weekend. Only sold 2 books, but all the promo stuff was moving like hotcakes. Was expecting a very small table since I’d gotten in as an author/small press, but had a regualr sized which was awesome. Next to me were the EB Games people who rocked! I gave them some space behind me so they could stretch out boxes, rolling posters, etc and they fed me! Whoohoo! Free food! 🙂 Plus a couple of the guys with the group were quite funny. Their big screen with the new Episode III game attracted all sorts of people, which in turn sent them past me, which was awesome. Add in the Nookee table on my other side with 2 blond bombshells, and I had great traffic. lol.

Think I will definitely do this one again. Hopefully all the people who’ve now found out about it will come back next year. 🙂

Book – Death Mask of the Jaguar by Murdoch Hughes

Latest read has been Death Mask of the Jaguar by Mudoch Hughes. This is the second mystery book with private eye Rick Sage. Really enjoyeed this one. I think it was even better than Murder in La Paz. Gritty detective Rick Sage is once more asked to help the Mexican government when a grissly murder leaves a lone boy and a map alone in the world. Add in a little Mayan mysticism, awesome scenery, a hot nun, and you’ve got a major ride in the making!

As with the first book there’s a big twist or two. As last time, you think you see what it will be, and while you may be right, they also take a turn to the left as well. A quick and fun read! Check him out!

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Gloria Oliver
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