Thursday, January 31, 2008

Where In The World Is Aunty Cindy?

Well, given my previous posts on my latest trip, it shouldn't be too hard to guess. But I couldn't resist the opportunity to share a few photos.

Holy Moly! Was that a hunchback I just spotted in the bell tower?

No, the bird on her head is not part of the sculpture. Yes, the dog next to her is.

What BIG hats you have, not to mention guns!

Friday, January 25, 2008

There Really Is No Place... HOME that is!

I arrived home on Wednesday after a 10+ hour plane flight. UGH! Even though the trip was wonderful, I'm sooo happy to be home again.

WARNING: Rant about to happen.

Why is it there are NO washcloths in Europe? Seriously. None.

Granted, we didn't stay in luxury accommodations, but they were not the youth hostels and private B&Bs we frequented in our back-packing days (I brought my own towel back then). But these were both very nice three star establishments with plenty of towels.

However, in London they gave us these weird little mitts made of material the same consistency as those fabric softener sheets you throw in the dryer. I'm supposed to wash with that??? Still, better than Paris where they gave us NOTHING resembling a washcloth. Thank goodness I had a fit of intuition (or maybe it was a memory flash of the back-packing trips) and threw one ratty old washcloth into my suitcase right before we left.

Okay, rant over.

The Bandit Invasion of Romance Novel TV is going along great guns. Hope you will all go over to their site and check us out, especially next Tuesday, Jan. 29th when JoMama and I will be the featured Banditas.

Sunday, January 13, 2008

A Bandit Invasion!

One of the coolest sites on the net for romance readers and writers is Romance Novel TV. They have video clips, interviews with BIG NAME authors (Connie Brockway and Mariah Stewart are just two examples), and a really great forum area. (Just click on the title of this blog entry to take you to the site.)

In short, it's a HAPPENIN PLACE! That's why it was such a surprise and delight to get an invitation from the folks at Romance Novel TV for the Romance Bandits to blog with them from Jan. 21st through Feb. 1st!

Since there are twenty of us Banditas, we are pairing up for each of the days (Mon. -- Fri.). My good buddy and CP, Jo Lewis-Robertson (aka Jo-Mama) and I will be in the spotlight on Tuesday, Jan. 29th. We plan to discuss "The Devil Is In The Details -- Research, BSing, and Choreography." This will be my first time as a guest on another site and I'm really excited!

Our Bandit Invasion is sure to be lots of fun, and we'll probably be giving away prizes like we often do on the Bandit Blog. Please drop by! You have to be registered to comment, but anyone can lurk and read the comments and vicariously join the fun.

Sunday, January 6, 2008

Places I LOVE

I posted today over on the Bandit Blog about my upcoming trip and certain places I've felt an unexplained but wonderful affinity for. (Just click on the title of this post to link to the blog.) Especially Rome and Paris. I'm not sure what it is about those two cities, but they have touched me in a way that few other places ever have.

I would also LOVE to hear any and all suggestions for places to see and things to do in London.

Friday, January 4, 2008

It's Launched!


I finally have a website!

Seems like it has taken forever, but actually it was only a few weeks. Dawn, at Austin Design Works put together the whole shebang, and she's been wonderfully creative and patient with me. And I'm thrilled with the result! But I'll let the pages speak for themselves.

Please check it out at: (or you can click on the title of this blog to go there)

I'd love to know what you think. You can comment here, or leave me an email on the "Contact" page. I would also LOVE IT if you signed up for my Yahoo Group newsletter.

No doubt about it, 2008 IS GONNA BE GREAT!