Thursday, March 24, 2011

Testing the Waters

Thursday, March 24, 2011

So our hiatus turned out to be longer than any of us expected. I guess that's just how grief works. The process is different for everyone. But rather than stay on the shores hopelessly staring out at the murky water, I thought I'd dip my toes in and see if anyone wants to hold hands and jump off the bridge with me. Make sure you yell Cowabunga or Big Fat Pickles or some other crazy sounding phrase. Why? *shrug* Just seems like we oughta. Everything's better when you add a hint of crazy into the mix!

So what have I been up to? Oh! I'm so glad you asked. Well, I've been very busy with life and stuff. Oh, you want me to be more specific? I can do that!

In November I participated in National Novel Writing Month and I'm just now finishing that manuscript. I love it. I'm so ready to write "The End" and take the plunge. Meaning? Send it out. See if I get any bites.

Of course I'm still working hard at the day job and handling my family business. Meaning? Being a mom and wife.

I"ll end this with a couple of recommendations:

Movie: Red Riding Hood   LOVE IT!

Music: Red Riding Hood Soundtrack   LOVE IT!

It's been months! What have you been up to?

SIS Barb aka Elle J Rossi


Beth Ciotta said...


I have no idea why I said that. oh, yeah. Barb/Elle prompted it.

Grief? Can't talk about it. Call me the Queen of Denial. So be it.

What have I been up to? Taking better care of myself. Oh, and, after writing lots of proposal and withstanding multiple rejections, I sold two very different series to two NYC house. St. Martins Press and NAL (Penguin). So presently I'm writing my buns off. Who's next??

Krystoff said...

I guess that would be me...

I wish I had something better to say but unfortunately I've been trying my best to take care of my wife who developed a pressure sore on her heel a week before Christmas last year. After a few days in the hospital and multiple doctor visits we're STILL dealing with it. She's been pretty much stuck on the couch slowly going crazy all this time. It really could be much worse but all things considered enough is enough.

Oh yeah, and I came up with yet another idea for a story that I started working on that quickly stalled. That's about all I have except to say that I -really- missed this. Next?

Michael T. W. Miller said...

I loved that movie. I'm glad that we got to see it together. I am glad that you are back on here.

Alyson Reuben said...

I haven't seen Red Riding Hood yet, but I'll get around to it because I've been hearing how good it is.

As you know, I've had my share of grief, too, Elle. Three of my grandparents have died in the last two years - with my grandma passing away just last week. I've discovered that there is no right way or wrong way to grieve. The process is apparently different for each person. Some people hold it in more, other's are more apt to be expressive.

I'm trying to write on my WIP, but I have to admit it's a toughy. Also, I need to polish up my finished YA. Shew, so much work...

About your story: it WILL get bites! And when it does, honey, you better let me know right away!


Berinn said...

Pig Bat Fickles! (or something like that).
Nice to see SIS back in action. I've missed you yayhoos. Over the past few months, I've been working on edits and trying my hand at urban fantasy. I can't wait to hear about all the big sharks who go after your latest WIP.

Mary Jo said...

Glad to see you're back!

Tori Lennox said...

Yay!!! You're back!!!

Elle J Rossi said...


You've been busy! What an exciting time in your life. Make sure to keep us posted! Of course, I better be first to hear about any release dates!

Elle J Rossi said...


I didn't know Wendy was still dealing with that. So sorry to hear that. Chin up! Or foot up in this case.

Your story stalled? Well kick start that puppy and get it running again!

Elle J Rossi said...


Me too! Can't wait until the movie goes to DVD. It's a must have for me.

Elle J Rossi said...


Again, I am so sorry for all the loss you've suffered. But from what I can tell, you have a boatload of fantastic memories to get you through some of the tough times.

And, Ms. Reuben...Don't you have some big news to share? Oh, I don't know, something about a first sale?

Elle J Rossi said...


Pig Bat Fickles indeed! Love it. And you, too? Ahem...Isn't there a big release date coming up? Do tell!

Elle J Rossi said...

Thanks, Mary Jo!

Glad to see you here. It's been a long time.

Elle J Rossi said...


Was that a happy dance? I totally picture you doing a happy dance? Now picture me joining in!

Berinn said...

Elle - Oh, yeah. My good news is my debut novel (a fantasy romance) comes out in late April. Wheee!

Anonymous said...


Of course you know you can count me on me to hold your hand and jump in the waters. Who knows what I'll be yelling...probably something like "Holy Crap!"

I'm so excited for you and your writing endeavor. I know that you will be are very talented!

Me? Working like crazy at the body's aching....but I'm not complaining! I'm happy to have it!

Haven't seen Red Riding Hood, but I would like to!

SIS Bren

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