WGA Writer’s Strike

November 8, 2007 at 10:05 pm (About Margo, Cool Web Stuff) (, )

The big studios are denying the Hollywood writers of their fair share of program revenue on digital and DVD sales.  What the studios are doing is wrong.  The WGA is doing the right thing.

Here’s a link to the WGA Strike blog:  http://unitedhollywood.blogspot.com/

Here’s a link to an online petition: http://www.petitiononline.com/WGA/petition.html

This is an important moment for the entertainment industry.  Maybe we should turn off our TV’s and downloads until the writer’s get their due.  Think the studios would notice if we stopped buying DVD’s? 🙂

~Margo

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Blog Hopping Happiness

October 15, 2007 at 9:14 pm (Books of Interest, Cool Web Stuff, not Romances) (, , , )

I will be the first to admit it–I don’t read many blogs.

I don’t have the time.  I write on a laptop which isn’t connected to the ‘net and when I do get on-line I usually have a “to do” list in front of me.

But tonight I had some time to kill between cutting my husband’s hair and waiting for Heroes to finish recording, so I checked out Rebecca James’ blog–she always has something interesting to read.   I spent a few minutes catching up on her blog and decided to check out the people on her blogroll.

I struck gold with the first click:  A Newbie’s Guide to Publishing.  Needless to say I read some of his posts and they struck a chord.

I’m debating a rather major decision about my career and his posts were enlightening.

If you’re a writer, check out that blog.  It’s worth the time.

~Margo

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2007 Chase the Dream Writers Contest! Enter this Contest!

September 5, 2007 at 10:19 am (Cool Web Stuff, Romance Books, Things that are Fun)

Stand up and take notice on this one! The 2007 Chase the Dream contest is up and running. Sponsored by romance authors Leigh Michaels and Rachelle Chase this is a great chance to get your work in front of published authors, agents, and editors.

Both these ladies are smart and professional and will treat you and your entries with respect. Here are the official contest rules. One of the great things about this contest is that even if you aren’t chosen as a weekly finalist, you may have a chance for a free critique from Leigh Michaels. Do not pass up this chance!

Here are the agents and editors they have lined up so far: Paula Eykelhof, Elaine English, and Cheryl Ferguson.

Wonder why I’m so gung-ho on this contest? I won this contest last year with my first 1000 words of HALF MOON RISING and that win led directly to my contract with Samhain.

Please check out the contest site when you have a chance. It has all the important info. You won’t regret it.

~Margo

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The Science of Sex: The New York Times covers Sexual Desire

April 10, 2007 at 11:59 am (Cool Web Stuff, romance)

One of my good friends (not in the romance industry) sent me this link:

http://www.nytimes.com/2007/04/10/science/10desi.html?pagewanted=4&_r=1&th&emc=th

This is an article by Natalie Anglier from the New York Times entitled: Birds Do It. Bees Do It.  People Seek the Keys to It.

I believe current trends in the romance industry reflect what all the scientists are finding out in these studies.  Different strokes for different folks 🙂 

Of course, there is no mention of love.  Hard to quatify that elusive emotion.  But for me, that “Happy Ever After” of the romance novel…that”Love Conquers All”  theme…gets me in the mood evertime!

As to the research studies…

In the studies the author mentions they used photographic images in their tests.  I think someone should study how the written word affects arousal.  You’d think a billion dollar industry (ROMANCE!) would catch the attention of a researcher looking for grant money.  Anyone else sensing a bias towards fiction written mostly by women for women?

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Sexy Men on Youtube.com

October 1, 2006 at 5:03 pm (About Margo, Cool Web Stuff, Movies, Sexy Men)

Okay, I haven’t been spending all of my time on Youtube.com watching sexy Gerry/Gerard Butler fan videos….

I also got my website up and going. Check it out at http://www.margolukas.com/.  (the link is over on the right, too).  I hope you like the guy in the background picture. I thought he was yummy.

But that YouTube.com  ….man, can that suck up a few hours!  I finally had to allow myself one peek per day.  And while I did enjoy the video of The Phantom of the Opera set to the song, Dirty Little Secret, by the All American Rejects…I did eventually realize there are videos on there about subjects other than Gerard Butler.

 They have videos about Johnny Depp, Sean Bean, Viggo Mortenson, and other Sexy Men.

What can I say?  There is a reason I write romance stories!

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