February 26, 2008

Custer and the Fremont Troll

© 2008 Janelle Meraz Hooper, The Fremont Troll under the Aurora Bridge

Out and about- Recently, I took Custer to visit the Fremont Troll that lives under the Aurora Bridge in Fremont, Washington. Fremont is north of Seattle and has a huge pocket of creative people who have moved there to avoid all the suits in Seattle. It's a great place to spend the day!

Today, I'm just hanging around, waiting for the last Democratic Presidential Debate. To keep busy, I'm packing books and getting them ready to mail. I'm too distracted to work on my newest novel. Maybe I could at least figure out a title.

At the same time, I've been thinkin': Why is it our new presidents go in looking like Matthew McConaughey and come out four years later looking like Yoda? The job gets tougher every year. I've mentioned this before and have been told that no president would give up any of his power to a vice-president. It's just too politically dangerous. But maybe its time we made better and more use of the vice-president. Of course, none of this applies to Cheney. The less of him, the better (I don't mean it, I'm just kidding around). Seriously, with the mess the new president is going to be stuck with, maybe they should give double-teaming some thought.

Custer and His Naked Ladies- It's doing well. There are several links to order your copy from the publisher or Internet book sites on my http://www.janellemerazhooper.com/ website. You can also read sample chapters of my novels there. I'm grateful for the support I've had in the research and permissions departments that have made Custer and His Naked Ladies so special to me:

Tantara Records (http://www.tantararecords.com/ ; email: info@TantaraRecords.com ) for permission to use the beautiful song, Go My Son.

The Comanche Nation (http://www.comanchenation.com/ ) for their help with the Comanche Language.

The Terrapin Institute (http://www.terrapininstitute.org/ ), for information on turtles.

Quote du jour:

"An artist is never poor." Babette's Feast

February 18, 2008

Valentine's Day is not over yet!

© 2008 Janelle Meraz Hooper

I need an excuse for ignoring this blog since Valentine's Day, so I'm going to say Valentine's isn't over until the flowers are wilted and the chocolates are all gone (that should be sometime tonight, even though I received two boxes this year).

On my TV-Those ads! 50 may be the new 60, but 65 is the new 50 only if you've had several nips and tucks, 2 or 3 facelifts, expensive dental work, and several husbands that you've divorced and managed to get huge divorce settlements out of. At least that's the way it is in this country, where most of us work 60 hours a week to keep up with other people's expectations of us. And I'm still puzzling over that Cialis ad that has a couple in two separate tubs drinking wine, gazing at the sunset, and waiting for the magic to start. But I don't mind the ads, they pay for the shows I watch.

On my bed table-Sustenance of Courage-JR Reynold's fictional/historical tale of her family's trip in a covered wagon in a wagon train on the Oregon Trail. It's all in there: the cholera; the deaths from ill health, childbirth; starvation; the Indians; the commode bucket; the sour beans; the treacherous river crossings; and on and on. When I'd finished it. I felt I had been on the wagon with them. By the way, have you ever thought about how couples got their sex? Read the book to find out!

On my TV- Politics. On any channel but Fox. Ya'll vote, ya hear?

Custer and His Naked Ladies:

See my http://www.janellemerazhooper.com/ website for sample chapters.

Thank you to the following for their support:

Info on the beautiful Navajo song in Custer and His Naked Ladies.
Tantara Records
Or email them:

For help with the Comanche language: http://www.comanchenation.com/

The Terripin Institute, one of the organizations working to save our turtles:

Quote du jour:

"The odds are good," (on finding a man in Alaska), "but the goods are odd." Overheard at a dinner party recently.