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Six of my favorite authors on the list! Way to go Kim Harrison, Vicki Pettersson, Patricia Briggs, Jim Butcher, Charlaine Harris and Laurell K. Hamilton!

Kim Harrison




Barnes and Noble has come out with their top twenty paranormal fantasy novels of the last decade, and FOR A FEW DEMONS MORE, the Hollows debut into hardcover in 2007, has made not only the list, but took the top spot! The list was compiled by Paul Goat Allen, one of the top reviewers of the genre, who had been keeping his pulse on the expanding, ever changing, wonderful oddness of what makes up urban fantasy for longer than I can remember. Being here is an honor.



Go on over and check out the list. It feels really good to be rubbing shoulders with the peers in my field, but there are a few titles there that I’ve not heard of, and I’m going to have to check them out. And drop in a comment while you’re there! Everyone likes to be appreciated, even reviewers.



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Gandalf’s Wish



This is Gandalf praying and wishing:

1. He wants a bone.

2. He wants a new bed.

3. He wants Milo to stop harassing him.

4. He wants to meet another female aside from his mother and sister.

5. He really wants to get a bone.  And wants it bigger than Milo’s.

... and pray.

… and pray.

Oh, well.  Sometimes wishes do come true, Gandalf, if you concentrate enough.


A Dog’s Ten Commandments

I got this from my brother last night:

A Dog’s Ten Commandments

1. My life is likely to last 10-15 years.  Any separation from you is likely to be painful.  Remember that before you buy me.

2. Give me time to understand what you want of me, don’t be impatient, short-tempered or irritable.

3. Place your trust in me and  will always trust you back.  Respect is earned, not given as an inalienable right.

4. Don’t be angry with me for long and don’t lock me up as punishment.  I am not capable of understanding why.  I only know I have been rejected, you have your work, entertainment and friends – I only have you.

5. Talk to me sometimes, even if I don’t understand your words.  I understand your voice and your tone – “you only have to look at my tail.”

6. Be aware that however you treat me, I will never forget it and if it’s cruel it may affect me forever.

7. Please don’t hit me.  I can’t hit back but I can bite and scratch and I really don’t ever want to do that.

8. Before you scold me for being lazy, uncooperative or obstinate, ask yourself if something might be bothering me.  Perhaps I’m not getting the right food, or I’ve been out in the sun too long or my heart might be getting old or weak.  I may be just dog tired.

9. Please take care of me when I grow old,.  You, too, will grow old and may need love, care, comfort and attention.

10. Go with me on difficult journeys.  Never say, “I can’t bear to watch” or “let it happen in my absence.”  Everything is easier for me if you are there.  Remember, irrespective of what you do, I will always love you.

(Stan Rawlinson, author of A Dog’s Ten Commandments, dog behaviorist and obedience trainer.  His website is

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Rain and Clouds

It has been raining the past few days.  As usual, some areas of the city were flooded.  One of our main dams overflowed and so did some rivers.  With the gloomy weather (though I love rainy days IF I am spending it at home with a good book), couldn’t help post some favorite shots of clouds from a personal collection to brighten my Monday:

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Goodbye, Multiply

I finally closed my Multiply account.  Before I did it, I went through my site.  Not prolonging the decision, I started to delete the photo albums one at a time.  I then proceeded to check my blogs and most have been copied over here.  I checked the links and videos.  Then, with a sigh, took it out of the system.

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A Birthday in Merlion Country

June is one of my favorite months- Father’s Day and my birthday almost always coincide on the same day or one after the other.  This year, it’s half the happiness.  My father died last year and celebrating the holiday without him just did not seem right.  So, my sister and I, together with our mom, decided to visit Singapore, where we were supposed to go with my Dad last year.  It was also a birthday gift from my travel buddy, hehehe.

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