Have you seen the commercials for Serta Sleep Centres featuring the sheep being put out of business because Serta mattresses are so comfortable, folks have no trouble falling asleep? I love the Serta sheep. So this morning, during one such commercial, I said, "I want a Serta sheep."
My husband thought I said, "I want a herd of sheep."
Prompting him to wonder if I was wishing to take up shepherding as a new calling.
In other TV news, did you catch the new show, Flashpoint? Just FYI, the facility for the real Toronto Emergency Task Force is not very far from the Harlequin offices in Toronto.
There was an article in today's Globe and Mail about Thrillerfest, the International Thriller Writers conference. I was immediately aware of the general tone of respect for the writers attending -- quite different from the often "these pathetic dizzy dames who wannabe writers" coverage romance events elicits. Is it because Thrillerfest is attended mostly by men and the sessions are about guns 'n' stuff? Or is it because of the Romantic Times convention, which is more fan-based, so it has more of a Trekkie convention atmosphere with the costumes and male models? Unfortunately, I don't think many in the media distinguish between the Romantic Times convention and the RWA national conference, although they are two different kettles of fish -- at least for now, and I hope it stays that way.
One other thing I noted: the "speed dating" agent sessions. Instead of 10 minutes or so, writers get three to pitch their ideas. I think agents and editors might love this shorter time -- it's not as if an author's going to be making an actual sale at that moment anyway. Would a shorter time make writers less nervous? After all, you don't have time to really crash and burn. But it's a lot less time to get your idea across. It's not much more time than it would take to present your card. OTOH, those sessions are pretty fatiguing for agents and editors. Would shorter sessions keep fatigue at bay longer and keep them attentive longer?
Which would you prefer?
Coming later this week: one of the most common, major mistakes I see in romance synopses