Sunday, December 11, 2005

Vampire hunk-o-rama gorgeous!

I finished my vampire story, Night Shadows! Yay!!!!!! And, yes, it's really a novella. Told you! Man, that story was the most fun I've had writing in ages. Not that I don't always love writing, but this was one one of my all time faves to write.

Have you guys seen my cover art?!?! O.M.G. I about died when I saw it. As usual AQP's cover artist, Trace Zaber, outdid himself. Isn't my vampire River gorgeous? Holy crap.

Yes, I'm in love. Good thing this is the first in a series. That means I get to spend more time with River in book two, Jonesing. :) Night Shadows will be released from Amber Quill Press in February 2006. I can't wait! I hope my readers will be pleased with this one.

Sunday, November 13, 2005

It's growing! Plus a piercing story...

Remember that disease I told you about? ML's "can't write anything short to save her life" disease? :) Well, my vamp story, Night Shadows, is, er, still growing. In one of my last posts I said I thought it would probably be around 20-25,000 words. Yeah. Well, see, it didn't quite happen that way. The truth is, I'm currently at about 25,000 words in my writing of it and I still have to finish the scene I'm on and write the final scene. But I swear--really, I SWEAR!!--it's going to end at novella length and not be a full-blown novel. (I can hear AQP's editorial director, Trace Zaber, laughing from here...he's thinking, yeah, yeah, yeah, ML, heard it before, will believe it when I see it, not betting my life on it.)

Hey, in my own defense, this story is juicy! There's good sex, there's good emotional muck, the hero's already become one of my all time faves I've written, and there's a nasty bad guy. So how could I possibly water any of that down just to make the overall product shorter? Well, obviously, I can't!! :) But I seriously do think it will end up still nicely within novella length limits. I actually want it to be a novella because I, myself, love reading novellas. They have enough word count that the story and characters can be more fully explored than in a short, but they're quicker reading than a novel. I like that I can sit down and read a novella in a few hours. So...mark my words, this sucker will be done in the next couple of days and it WILL be a novella. Really! (Quit laughing, Trace!! )

On a non-writing related note, yesterday, on a wild hair, I got another piercing in my ear. This was my first one in my upper ear, in the "cartilage." I totally cracked up at the amount of paperwork I had to read and sign to get it done--I had to initial about ten different things, then sign in like four places once I'd read paragraph after paragraph about how getting piercings could lead to scarring, infections, diseases (Honest! They even gave some fancy scientific names for some of them.), and how said piercings required mondo proper aftercare or my ear might fall off and I might die. Okay, I made that very last part up, but you get the picture.

It was amazing how things have changed since I got my first ear piercing done when I was twelve. I went in with my mom to J.C. Penney--they were one of the few places who did them back then, unless you wanted to do them at home with a needle and a potato (no kidding...my mom and at least one of my sisters had it done that way). I don't remember my mom having to sign anything, I sat in the chair, snap, snap, it was done, I had throbbing ears and two lovely big gold posts.

I got my second round done when I was in high school. A friend and I were at the mall one Saturday, we went into one of the stores and, on a spur of the moment decision, got our ears pierced for the second time. Don't remember signing anything that time, either. Snap, snap, this time I had lovely sparkling birthstone earrings. There was just one problem. I played varsity basketball and the season was still in progress, so that night when I went to the game, I put tape over my new earrings (no jewelry allowed, but many refs would let you cover earrings or barrettes with tape if you chose), but the refs that night were picky and they made me take them out. Yow!! You should have seen me after the game trying to put those suckers back into my very sore holes. For the next three weeks, the final ones in the b-ball season, every dang ref made me take them out. It took about two years before those second holes finally healed completely and didn't hurt.

Round three...I was in college, was with my teenaged niece, again at the mall, and...you guess it, on a wild hair, went in to get a third piercing done, this time just on one side. No signing of paperwork, snap, snap, I had a lovely gold stud.

My how things have changed. Some seventeen years later, I have to sign my life away. At first I thought it was because it was a "cartilage" piercing instead of the regular earlobe stuff. But, no! They make everyone who comes in now read these forms and sign. Man, do we live in a litigious society or what, that even these poor folks who do ear piercing have to be sure to cover their butts so they don't get sued. I signed everything; no biggie. If I were doing the piercing I wouldn't anybody suing me, so I understood where they were coming from. But, still...it makes one wonder.

I really like my new piercing, by the way. I had heard from a couple of people that the higher up on your ear you go, the more painful the piercing, but I didn't experience that at all. In fact, I felt no pain. It was the easiest yet. I've been told I have to keep this earring (a tiny white gold stud this time) in a minimum of 12 weeks, and then always make sure I have a stud earring of some type in for at least a year.

By the way, don't expect to ever see me post saying I got my tongue or my belly button pierced. Just the paperwork alone that they no doubt make people sign for those is enough to scare me away! :)

Tattoos, on the other hand... I have one. Uh oh, I think I might be feeling a wild hair coming on to get another...

Wednesday, November 09, 2005

Title Shifting...

Talked to AQP's editorial director today about my new vamp story and we agreed I should change the name from Night Shift to Night Shadows. Strangely enough, I like Night Shadows better, so I'm totally happy with that!

The story's still coming along well. I sent the first half off to my critique partner, Harlequin author Marin Thomas, the beginning of this week to get her feedback. And last night my hubby read what I had so far. His review? It's his fave erotica story I've written. He loved both the futuristic and the paranormal aspects to the story, and he didn't complain about the sex either. LOL!

I'll be posting a blurb for Night Shadows on my website within the next day or two, and I'll also post it in my newsletter, which will go out within the week. I may even give a little excerpt in my newsletter, so if you're not already signed up for ML Rhodes' Hot Reads via Yahoogroups, maybe you'd like to join! It's free and I promise I don't clog your mailbox with tons of posts.

Monday, November 07, 2005

Thiefs and the 80s

Last night I watched a great movie. It's older...made in the 80s, which--okay, I'm about to date myself--was my decade (high school, college, etc.). My friend, fellow AQP author Denyse Bridger, sent the movie to me since it's one of her faves. It's called Thief of Hearts. I'm a huge movie fanatic, so I couldn't believe I'd never seen this one before. It was quite yummy!! The actor, Stephen Bauer, was a hunk. How come I've never seen him in anything else? And the sex was very hot. I've read that when the movie was originally out and on VHS, the bedroom scene was considerably longer than it is in the DVD version. Now why the hell would they have cut a bunch for the DVD?! Maybe they thought they'd screwed up by giving it an R rating the first time, that it was too steamy, so they thought they'd better tone it down for the DVD before someone had a fit. I, on the other hand, wanted more! I may have to eBay a copy of the VHS so I can see the rest.

And speaking of the 80s, have you heard that song called 1985 by Bowling For Soup? They've been playing it on the pop stations for a few months now. Well...I love that song because I can so relate! I can't say I ever wanted to shake my ass on the hood of Whitesnake's car (LOL!), and I don't have teenagers...yet. But otherwise, that song--the recap of the music and everything from the eighties--reminds me so much of my high school and college years. I crank up the volume every time it comes on the radio, and I downloaded a copy of it from iTunes. And, by the way, my SUV isn't yellow...it's gold. :)

Sunday, November 06, 2005

Psycho-Writer

The vamp story is coming along nicely! I've been in total psycho-writer mode for the past week. This means I'm at my computer writing feverishly until three or four in the morning (or later ) most days. And that I've been eating a lot of meals at my desk because I don't want to pull myself away from the story. Thank God for an understanding hubby, who cracks up when I say for the thirtieth time, "Hope you don't mind, but I'm going to go have sex with my characters now." :)

I'm about 11,000 words into the story at this point. I had thought this was going to be a short story (10-15,000 words), but as most of my writing friends and my publisher will tell you, I have this disease...I just can't seem to write short. How I ever finished my really short story Well Hung (which came in at about 6000 words) I will NEVER know. It still boggles my mind that I ever did that! For the vamp story, it feels like I'm about halfway through it, so it'll probably be in the 20-25,000 word ballpark. That's about the length of The Bounty Hunter.

As I've been writing it, this one has felt to me like it might be one of my sexiest to date, although...I'm not sure. It's hard for me, as the writer, to see the forest for the trees sometimes. I'm so close to the characters and...er...sexual situations in the book, that I can't always track exactly how hot a story is as I'm writing it--as compared to my other stories, that is. I hadn't reread some of my older stories in a long time, but a few days ago I reread parts of After Hours, and I'd totally forgotten I'd written some of that stuff. Hehehe! But with Night Shift, it's just that the setting (slightly futuristic and dark) and the heroine (cop) and hero (vamp) seem to naturally lend themselves to harder language and situations. I got fairly steamy as I was writing it...so I suppose that's a good sign. ;)

I'll keep you updated on my progress! And stay tuned to my website, because I'll be posting a blurb and excerpt very soon.

Tuesday, November 01, 2005

M.L.'s Vamps

Yep, you read that correctly. :) Vamps as in vampires. As in my vampires...soon to come!

About a year ago I held a newsletter contest where I asked my newsletter subscribers to answer a few questions about what they liked, what they wanted to see, and what they hoped I'd write. One of the top suggestions that came up was for me to write some vampire stories. At that time I kind of gulped. I love to read vamp stories, but hadn't ever thought about writing one. Still...the thought stayed with me and every now and again the germ of an idea would come to me and I'd jot it down in one of my many computer "idea" files. But nothing ever truly came together for me.

Then, something happened to me a couple of weeks ago. I'd been sick and feeling horribly crappy, but I also had a slew of work to do for my "day" accounting job, some stuff I had to finish no matter how I felt. However, as I plugged along crunching numbers, a vamp story began to blossom in my mind. The more I thought about it, the more pieces of the puzzle fell into place, and I realized this was The One. The One I was going to write. Except I couldn't. I had to work on the accounting project because it was on a deadline. It figured. I'd finally come up with an idea I loved, I wanted desperately to start writing it...and I couldn't. Argh!!!! Talk about frustration!

Once I got the accounting project done, first I slept because I'd gotten very little for a couple of weeks, then, the next day, I shut my office door, and started the story. I'm VERY excited about it!! It's going to be called NIGHT SHIFT, and will be an erotic romance short story. There were a couple of rather big surprises that happened within the first few pages, things I hadn't planned but that just sort of showed up. Of course, that's the way writing often works for me. It serves me almost no purpose to plan stories out in detail because once I get down and dirty in the writing, the characters, the setting, and the events happen as they will and I simply become the channeler for them all, writing everything as fast and furiously as I can.

Stay tuned to my website. I'll be posting a blurb and an excerpt very soon! Remember...NIGHT SHIFT. If readers like this one, I may write a series with these characters!

Monday, October 31, 2005

Dorchester's American Title II Contest

Yay!!

I'm cheering for my friend Jeanmarie Hamilton, one of my fellow Wild Writers, who is a finalist in this year's Dorchester contest! Her historical romance, Seduction, was one of eleven manuscripts chosen. Along with the other finalists, she'll be featured in Romantic Times BookClub Magazine starting with the January 2006 issue.

The contest is like the TV program, American Idol. There will be five rounds of competition. Online voting begins November 14, 2005. Each month a couple of finalists will be bumped after the voting. The competition includes the first line, story summary, description of hero and heroine, dialogue scene, and romance scene. In each round you, the reader, can vote for the entry you most want to keep in the contest.

The winner's prize is a publishing contract with Dorchester Publishing!

I'm so excited for Jeanmarie. I'll definitely be voting for her story Seduction! I hope you'll all check out the RT website in mid-November.

If you'd like to learn more about Jeanmarie and her writing, visit her website at www.jeanmariehamilton.com

Tuesday, September 06, 2005

Katrina...

I know I'm not alone when I say that the past week has been a strange blur for me. I seem to be unable to pull myself away from the TV and all the horrible images and heart-wrenching stories that are coming out of the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina. Whole towns along the Gulf coast gone. New Orleans underwater. Thousands upon thousands homeless, hungry, sick, lost, and finding themselves in shelters with nothing but the clothes on their backs. God knows how many more are still missing or gone forever. It makes me ill inside and breaks my heart.

For those of you who hate feeling helpless and want to help, like I did, there are numerous ways to donate money, time, and material items to those in need:

Please be aware the Red Cross (www.redcross.org) is collecting donations online, by phone, by mail, and from local chapters. Visit CNN (http://www.cnn.com/SPECIALS/2005/katrina/help.center/) or one of the other news websites to find lists of dozens of other organizations that are helping Katrina victims.

For those of you who are animal lovers, PetsMart (www.petsmartcharities.kintera.org/hurricanekatrina) is accepting donations to help the homeless, injured, and needy pets left in Katrina's wake.

If you'd prefer to donate material items, Kathryn Falk, Lady of Barrow, who owns Romantic Times BookClub Magazine, is organizing a drive in Texas. You can send personal care items, clothing, baby items, children's medications, etc. to:KATHRYN FALK10218 COUNTY ROAD941BRR 1 BOX 134ALVIN TX 77511-6839She will make sure everything is distributed appropriately to those who need help.

Jaymi, of Fallen Angels Reviews, is currently running a book drive for Katrina refugees. If you have used books (adult and children's) and/or coloring books and crayons (coloring books would need to be in new or like new condition), you can send them to Jaymi in Texas, who lives in the Houston area, and she'll get them to the shelters. To find out where to send books please contact Jaymi or JoAnn at jaymi@houston.rr.com or joann@fallenangelreviews.com.

In the weeks and months to come it's going to be extremely difficult for all these displaced folks to begin to recover and rebuild their lives. The best thing we, as human beings can do, is rally around them and offer our help, our blessings, and our support.

Sunday, August 28, 2005

A great romance read!


I have to put a plug in for my dear friend and critique partner, Marin Thomas. I just finished reading her August Harlequin American release, HOMEWARD BOUND, and it's delicious!!

I just love Marin's writing. She has a wonderful talent for writing about small towns and small town folk. Her characters are always vivid and real, and her stories always leave me with a warm fuzzy feeling in my heart. You can visit Marin's website at www.marinthomas.com for more info on her books!

Friday, August 26, 2005

What I'm Watching...

As I said, sometimes when I get tired of reading on my exercise bike every night I watch movies instead. Most recently in my DVD player while I ride: Karate Kid, Karate Kid 2, Gattaca, Moulin Rouge, Bourne Identity, Bourne Supremacy, Day After Tomorrow, The Matrix, Sin City, and Buffy the Vampire Slayer season 6 episodes.

All of the above are re-watches for me with the exception of Sin City, which I didn't like, btw. Liked the film noir feel to it, liked many of the actors, but it was just too creepy-gory for me. Which is odd because gore normally doesn't bother me. But the combo of the noir, the black and white, and the weird gore turned me off.

In my To Be Watched pile sitting next to my bike-riding DVD player: Karate Kids 3 & 4 (even though they were my least fave of the series...but if I start a series I have to watch them all!), Alexander (haven't seen it before), the newer Triple X movie (haven't seen this one yet either, although without Vin Diesel it's going to be hard for it to measure up), The Saint (LOVE Val Kilmer in this flick!), and Ocean's 12 (another one I haven't seen yet).

Monday, August 22, 2005

What I'm reading...

I usually spend between 60 and 90 minutes, five or six times a week, on my exercise bike. At times it's a bitch. So I read and it makes my exercise time a thousand times more bearable. If I get tired of reading I sometimes watch movies while I ride. But mostly I read.

Most recent fare: Catherine Asaro's Skolian series. If you like Sci-Fi, you have to try Asaro. Richly detailed sci-fi world, excellent characterization, and if you happen to be a science geek like my hubby, Asaro's a physicist in real life, so there's plenty of science for those who want it without being too much for those of us whose brains tend to shut down when things get too technical. I've read the books in this order: Primary Inversion, The Last Hawk, Catch the Lightning, The Radiant Seas, Ascendant Sun, and I'm currently partway through Spherical Harmonic. The Last Hawk is my fave of the series so far. Kelric is an amazing character. I have a real fondness for tortured heroes and he is the ultimate tortured hero. Plus, I found the game/philosophy of Quis completely fascinating. Anyway, I set aside Spherical Harmonic in mid-July, even though I hadn't quite finished it, so I could reread...

Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix. Had to do a reread so I'd be ready for HBP when it came out. When Harry Potter and the Half Blood Prince arrived in my hot little hands, I read it in one sitting the first day. Took me about nine hours. Awesome book. Sad but awesome. I was a wreck for several days afterward. Until I had an epiphany. But since I don't want to spoil it for those of you who might not have read HBP, I'll keep my mouth shut. :) Then, under duress (because I wanted to read it again immediately), I passed it on to my older son who read it in a couple of days, then to hubby who read it in a few days. While I waited impatiently for them to finish and give it back, I reread Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire to fulfill my "I must have more Harry RIGHT NOW!!" craving. When I got HBP back a week later, I read it again. Not gobbling on round two...savoring.

When that was done, I reread Eragon by Christopher Paolini because the sequel's out this month and I wanted to refresh my memory on book one before I start book two. Then I decided to reread Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone because it had been eons since I read it. Yes, you read that correctly, HP and the Philosopher's Stone not the Sorcerer's Stone. I decided I wanted to get Harry in his more natural state as Jo Rowling really writes, so I went to Amazon UK and ordered the Bloomsbury version of all six books. That way I can savor the UK language and spellings. So I read Philosopher's Stone.

Currently I'm reading an Arthurian-based story called Firebrand by an Amber Quill author, Debra Kemp. I love Arthurian tales and Kemp's done a fab job of coming up with something fresh. It's excellent reading so far! As soon as I'm finished with that I'll start Eldest, which is the Paolini sequel to Eragon. Then I'll probably get back to the rest of my Bloomsbury Harry Potters. :) Yes, yes, it's a sickness. I think I've made it very clear that I am a hopeless Harry fan. Hey, I have to have something Harry related to focus on while I wait for the Goblet of Fire movie to come out in November! Argh!! Too long from now. Much too long!! But, alas, the folks at Warner Brothers will make me wait. So until then, I'll read...

Sunday, August 21, 2005

Funny or feeble? When blogs get a little too personal...

Seems like everyone's blogging now--it's the thing to do. That's cool. I started my blog, even though it's hardly a raging river of frequentness, because it seemed the thing to do. And it's fun to cruise around the web and read the blogs of people I know, and some I don't know. You never can tell what interesting tidbits you might pick up, what gossip or rantings and ragings you might read, or where you might find a good laugh. But I have to admit that I've read a few blogs lately that have been a total turn off. I mean, reading about someone's bodily functions in great detail, or explicit descriptions of their intimate hygiene habits just doesn't do it for me. I get enough of my kids laughing hysterically over scatological jokes. I really don't need the adult versions of that in my life.

I didn't find these blogs on sex sites or teenagers-with-an-attitude sites. Nope. These appeared to be average adults with families, jobs, lives. So what's with the gross-out posts? Do they think their "I'm going to use every crude word I can think of for shock value, and fuck anyone who doesn't like it" attitude is cool? Or do they post it because they honestly believe people reading their blogs will somehow find this stuff fascinating or otherwise entertaining?

Hey, I'm no prude. I write erotic romance for crying out loud. I've been around a block or two, so there's very little that shocks me. And I sure as hell don't believe in censorship. So if someone wants to flaunt their icky personal details, well it's certainly their right and prerogative to do it. And to be completely honest, I've read some damned funny things about bodily functions. The blogs I'm referring to, however, didn't come across as being even remotely funny. They read more like badly written medical diaries. Or, in one case, a crass whine-a-thon. I don't know, maybe the posters thought they were funny, but...uh...sorry, folks.

It takes a certain talent to pull off funny when it comes to issues like these. Some people can do it, others can't. Those who can't should quit trying to pretend they can before they completely humiliate themselves. Oops, that's right, too late. Some of them already have. Well, hey, as I said, to each his own. If you want a gazillion people on the internet to visualize you in vivid, gory detail taking care of your business, that's certainly your right. Just as it's my right to say, I hope you realize the vivid picture you've given your readers of yourself doing things WE DID NOT EVER, EVER NEED TO KNOW ABOUT will forever skew our opinions of you. In a word...BLEAAAGH!!!

Wednesday, August 10, 2005

Buffy & Angel...oh, my!

When I read back I realized I had some catching up to do on my status in the Buffy/Angel universe. I finished watching all seven seasons of Buffy, finally got the fifth season of Angel and watched it, then about two months ago, I rewatched all seven seasons of Buffy again. Do you have any idea how many hours of TV that is?! Yikes!!! And I was just as obsessed the second time around as I was the first. I also firmly fell in love with Spike the second time around. Not that I didn't like him the first time I watched the series because I did. But during round two I officially went off the deep end for him. Frankly, I think Buffy was a fool not to fall in love with him, but I guess she had that whole Angel history to deal with. :)

My final decision on which series I like best? Hands down, Buffy. I was surprised by that because Angel re-runs were what hooked me on the universe first, but watching Buffy, Willow, and Xander cope with high school then the painful adjustment to adulthood was wonderfully compelling. I thought they (and the supporting characters) were all amazing and I found myself so caught up in their lives that they became real people to me.

Fave episodes: Once More With Feeling was awesome and fresh! The Body was gut-wrenching and brilliant; I sobbed my eyes out during the entire thing. Hush was also very good. The Buffy-Bot episodes were a hoot! And the evil Willow episodes were excellent. Scary, but excellent. The Riley/Adam season overall was probably my least favorite, but unlike some fans who really just didn't like Riley as a character, I thought he served his purpose and it was a nice break for Buffy to have a genuinely sweet guy for a while. I felt really sorry for him by the time he left town, though.My fave villain was the Preacher. Totally creepy and evil. Ugh! I rather enjoyed the three geeks as villains, until Warren went nasty psycho. Can't say I blame bad Willow for what she did to him. I found Glory to be somewhat obnoxious, even though the end of that season was definitely a tear jerker.

Gee, now aren't you glad I shared all that with you? LOL!

Tuesday, August 09, 2005

Long time no write

And I mean that in two ways...long time since I've written in my blog (told you all I was bad at journaling!) and a long time since I've written new stories. But I'm happy to say that after taking a few months off to get some R&R, fill the creative well, and spend some time with my family, I'm happy to be back to work! I just updated my website, which was fun. Some new graphics and a slightly revamped and, I think, fresher look. Hope you all like it! I also added some new reviews I recently received on my contemporary romance MASKS. I was interviewed by Simone Grant at The Romance Studio in May, so the link to that interview is now posted, and I added some new useless tidbits about myself to the "Inside Scoop" page. I get quite a bit of reader mail about those useless tidbits, so I figured it was time to list a few more. Not sure if you'd call them riveting reading, but as I said, some readers seem to really like them. LOL!

Enjoy!

Friday, January 14, 2005

DVD update :)

Got a new recommendation....TROY! What a great movie! I've never been a huge Brad Pitt fan--in the sense of thinking he's hot, that is. I've always thought he was a good actor. Anyway, Troy changed my tune about him. LOL! A very good flick all the way around. Excellent acting (by everyone), excellent story, and some very, very lovely nudes of Brad. ;)

And in the continuing saga of ML's obsession with Angel... I finished the first four seasons of Angel (alas, I have to wait until Feb to see the fifth and final season, ARGH!!!!). In order to pass the time, hub and I have started working our way through the Buffy seasons. As I mentioned earlier, I never was super into Buffy. I had seen it a handful of times, but hadn't watched it enough to really dig it in a big way. However, I have to admit that by starting with season one and seeing them in order, I'm getting totally hooked! It seems a little lighter than the Angel series (at least so far--we're only halfway through season 2), but I'm really falling for all the characters, really getting involved. It's quite superb. Enough so that I started by renting the discs from Netflix, and after we finished the first disc from season two, I said to hell with this...I have to own these suckers! I went to Amazon and bought the first four seasons. I figure that'll keep me going for a few weeks, then I'll get the rest of the sets. 7 seasons all together! (And so much for my New Year's resolution not to spend so much money on DVDs...ahem.)

I am SO addicted, you guys. It's bad. But good. If you know what I mean. :)

Until next time...

Wednesday, January 05, 2005

The Bald Frog -- A Fairy Tale by M.L.

Blogger has these random questions you can answer in your profile. I tried to do this one, but it told me it was too long for my profile. So I decided to put it here. I mean, after all, I went to all that creative work. :)

Tell the story of the bald frog who had a wig....

Once upon a time there was a handsome prince named Vin. An evil queen, who felt threatened by powerful, buff, sexy, bald men, put a curse on him and turned him into a frog. As part of the curse, he was required to wear a wig at all times, because even as a frog, the evil queen couldn't stand the idea of his sexy baldness.

Vin may have been cursed to become a frog, but that didn't change his tough guy mentality, so he refused to wear the wig and told the evil queen that when he was once again a man, he was going to take that wig and stick it up her... Well, you get the picture.

One day a beautiful, sweet, innocent (okay, well maybe not too innocent) princess named ML was walking through the forest. She was most displeased because her father had ordered her to marry some rich, ugly dude with horns. Apparently her father had made some kind of deal with the beast. ML, not being the type to take orders, had just told her father and the rich, ugly dude to go to hell, and had split. When she paused by a pond in the clearing, she saw an incredibly sexy, buff, bald guy lounging on the bank. Okay, he was really a frog, but ML possessed The Sight and could tell that under that green, 4-legged facade, a true hunk dwelled.
Not being a dummy, and being well versed in fairy tales, she immediately ran to the frog, kissed him, and made him into a man again. The man told her in a gritty, sensuous voice that he was Prince Vin. Not as impressed by his title as by his gorgeous, nude body, she fell upon him and they had a fabulous, sweaty, hot lovemaking session right there by the pond.

When they'd finally managed to overcome their lustful urges with one another, Princess ML told Prince Vin about her father and the rich, ugly, horned dude and their plans for her. Prince Vin, in turn, told Princess ML about the evil queen who had cursed him, and he showed her the wig that he planned to...well, you know.

Prince Vin and Princess ML made a sacred pact to help one another and rid the kingdom of evil. They journeyed to the castle, where they stopped in the armory and collected an assortment of vicious-looking weapons, then entered the great hall where ML's father sat upon his gilded throne. The ugly rich dude perched on a throne of his own nearby, getting his horns polished by the castle serving wenches.

Vin and ML made short work of the king and the rich, ugly dude. After all, this is a fairy tale and good always triumphs over evil, right? Speaking of evil, the evil queen appeared just as they were cleaning up, and tried to curse Vin again. ML kicked her ass (did I forget to mention that sweet as she might be, ML had a black belt in all the major martial arts?). Vin got out his handy dandy knife and shaved the evil queen bald, thereby divesting her of her power--who knew her power was in her hair?--then instead of shoving the wig up her...well, you know...he SuperGlued it to her scalp. Then Vin and ML banished the evil queen, ML's father the king, and the rich, ugly, horned dude from the kingdom, and sent them through a cosmic portal to a barren, desert wasteland planet on the outer fringes of the universe.

And Prince Vin and Princess ML? Well, they got married, of course, and became King Vin and Queen ML. They ruled their kingdom with love and mostly kindness (unless someone pissed them off and they had to kick some ass) for a hundred years.

The End

(By the way, cornball or not, this piece is copyrighted by me, ML. So while I seriously doubt anyone would want to copy it or email it to friends or whatever, there are some people in the world who get off on that, and therefore I feel compelled to put the copyright notice here to be sure all readers are clear on this issue. If you want someone to read this, simply send them here to my blog and they can read to their heart's content. :))

Great movies and TV!

See, I told you all I was terrible at keeping an up-to-date journal. Thus the time between my blog entries. But, hey, better to post sometimes than not at all!!

So, have to talk about the great movies I've seen recently. Definitely go see Phantom of the Opera with Gerard Butler and Emmy Rossum. It's fabulous. I'm a Phantom fan from way back and after hearing the great Michael Crawford sing the Phantom I admit, I was leery about how the movie might be. I was pleasantly surprised! Everything from the cinematography, to the sets, to the costumes, to the music, to the acting was excellent. It was a beautiful piece brought to life on film. It's definitely one to see on the big screen, so don't wait until it comes out on DVD (although I can assure you it's one you'll want to buy!). And don't think this is a chick flick, even though I've seen some reviewers mention that. My husband loved it. He said, "It's one of the all time best movies I've ever seen." So take that, all you macho guys! LOL!

On DVD, my number one recommendation is Spiderman 2. Hubby and I never made it to the theater to see this one. Everyone we knew raved about it, and while we liked the first Spiderman, we couldn't figure out what could possibly be so wonderful about #2. I mean, an action superhero flick is an action superhero flick, right? Wrongo!! Spiderman 2 is, hands down, THE best superhero flick ever made. Because some of you may not have seen it I won't give details, but suffice it to say that it covers everything you could possibly want--action, real conflict for the hero, love, betrayal, and several surprises. I absolutely loved this movie. ML gives it two enthusiastic thumbs up. :)

Now, on to TV. Okay, I admit, I'm not really much of a TV watcher. Well, if you don't count The Weather Channel, that is. But I'm not big on series. When I do watch series, they're usually the fantasy/sci-fi type, like X-Files, Andromeda, Star Trek, WitchBlade, etc. I was never really a Buffy fan, though. I'd seen a handful of shows, and while they were fun, I never felt compelled to catch it every week. Enter TNT reruns at 6:00 a.m. weekday mornings. One word. Angel. Yes, Angel, as in Buffy's old flame who got his own show. I watched a few Angel reruns and was totally hooked. Hubby gave me the first two seasons on DVD for Xmas, and three days after Xmas I went out and bought seasons three and four also. Can you say "addicted?" I have spent hours and hours and hours watching all these episodes. I'm talking like 8-10 straight hours sometimes, until I'm red-eyed and almost delirious. Until I was dreaming about vampires and kick butt action scenes. Oh--my--God. I admit it. I'm a complete Angelholic (is that a word?). So...come February 15, when season 5 (the final season) is released on DVD, I'll be the one at the head of the line with the wild hair and wilder eyes, kicking, punching, and cross-bowing my way to get my DVDs!