Friday, June 15, 2012

The Starting Gate: Cairo Bound

I’m finishing up touches on “Untitled Middle Grade non-fiction project.” Now if that’s not sexy and mysterious, I don’t know what is.

When my agent and I finish the edits, I’ll be first to tell you when it goes to an editor. When it does, we’ll wait for the editors to respond. See? So exciting.

I will be releasing some short stories soon on Amazon and will announce it here.

Oh yeah, and I"m off to Egypt in a week. Well, first I have to go to France, Germany and the Netherlands. I know, it's just awful. I really wish I could get out of it, but I have to go.

Seriously though, I''m working on a larger project, fiction, adult market and am trying to finish that before school starts in the fall. I'm going to school to get my Masters in Linguistics in the fall.
This Suitcase is Trying to Kill Me!
So rather than bore you with all that here, I'm creating a new blog. Writing stuff here. Cairo/Travel stuff there. It's called, This Suitcase Is Trying to Kill Me:

Monday, January 16, 2012

I took your advice and started a humor blog


A lot of you have suggested picking a topic that I can sustain that is not related to work, publishing, or writing. Well, I took your advice and have started a blog that's just humor. Check it out and join if you think it's funny. It's called Graeme Stone's Diatribe.

Happy New Year,


Wednesday, May 19, 2010

Take Your Time

You must have been warned against letting the golden hours slip by;
but some of them are golden only because we let them slip by.

- J.M. Barrie

We rush. Through everything. Through traffic, through the newspaper (online or off), through our day. It's exhausting. So why do we do it? Everything needs so much tending that we worry the weeds will get us if we stop too much, too often, or even at all. And yet, when we do, there's a certain delight in those stolen moment where nothing is happening but nothing. A sigh. A certain relaxation of the shoulders. That can't be bad for us now can it?

Today, I'm stealing a couple of hours. One to go to the bookstore to wander among the shelves and see what jumps out. I've been meaning to buy a calendar since... oh yeah, January (do you see how much time goes by?). I also want to check out the iPad at the Apple Store. That's right. To add to my collection of all thinks "i". A woman I encountered was using one and my eyes lept to it and I thought "that is so cool, I'd love to see one of those up close." So rather than just hoping that a calendar will just saunter down my wall, or that an iStore will open in my back yard, I'm going to head out and lose some time.

What do you do to let time slip by?

Thursday, April 15, 2010

Tax Banshee Fun

To celebrate tax day, I wanted to bring some levity to all the number crunching. Hallmark might be kind of corny, but they've really branched out in recent years. And one of their most hilarious creations is the Screaming Banshee. And the Tax Banshee is the best. Click the link below to watch the video.


Monday, April 12, 2010

I won something!

Hey you guys,

This is probably one of my only sincere no-jokes-attached blog entries, so get it while it's from the heart. I went to the LA Writer's Day on Saturday, and won first place for my YA novel entry "The French Class Confessional of the Mysterious Mr. Bridge." It was very exciting to be called up front with the other winners, to hear my words read aloud, and to get some external validation that yeah, the writing works for others too. There were so many echoes from the conferences I've gone to where published authors spoke of their days starting out, figuring it out, and finally breaking out. Writing can be very solitary and isolating; it was wonderful to see my people for a day, and hear so many great speakers. So much humor and frank advice.

I was lucky enough to have dinner with some other writers (you know who you are!), and they even got to meet Luis, my partner, who some people were convinced was just a "Jan Brady/George glass" figment of my imagination.

Newly inspired, I'm back at they keyboard, channeling all the energy I've got leftover after cleaning the house, tending to the cat box (nothing like a pet to keep you grounded), and making sure I get out for some fresh air now and again.

Keep at it, there are rewards.

Now get back to your books (and that goes for me too!)

Wednesday, April 07, 2010

What I Saw on the Street - Pennysaver

Who has time to write anymore! I'm going to try vlogging for a while. I mean, if the Pope does it, so can I, right? Oh, that's flogging?! Oh. I stand corrected.

Tuesday, March 30, 2010

What I Saw on the Street: CVS Art

Now THIS is what I'm talkin' about.

I never expected to find art at my local CVS, but there it was, staring me in the face. She said it takes about a half an hour just to do her eyes.

I love the friendly smile, the splash of hair color, and the cheetah-print eyeshadow. Where else are you going to see this? Ok, ok, I admit I have make-up envy.

Now get back to your books!


It's hard to make puns about colons. It doesn't really rhyme with much, and the subject is just not that funny. So I'll just go straight to the photos.

So it was all clear. A mystery bout of colitis. I hope it never returns. It was no fun. On to more entertaining blogs.

Now get back to your books!