A chocolate dipped spoonful of my friend Laura in a mo, but first, I have to tell you that over the last coupla days, I have gotten e-mails from a couple of regs asking if I hate them.
Beloveds, NO! Of COURSE not. I ADORE you. It is not me that hates you. It is TECHNOLOGY.
Now granted, Technology can sometimes be wonderful. For example, because of Technology, the comments on FTK are NOT 4 parts actual comments and 187 parts links to on-line casinos and â€œsuper online drug stopsâ€ where you can illegally obtain prescription pharmaceuticals that will help â€œprincesses not whizgiggle at your member, and stop the fellows from point at your â€˜tinyâ€™ when you unveil in the federal W.C.â€ <---The quotes were culled from three actual ads that Technology has flagged as spam and excluded from the comments. THANKS, TECHNOLOGY!
BUT. ON THE OHER HAND. Technology is fickle and a shrew. And while I love Technology when Technology works, it does not always. And when it STOPS working, I tend to say Very Bad Words and ask Mr. Husband to deal with Technology, because me and Not Working Technology in a room together is one fickle shrew too many.
SO, anyway, at least 3 people have recently been told by Technology that their comments have not been â€œapproved,â€ and they must wait for me to SCREEN them and decide if they are worthy. This is a big fat lie. Comments are not at all moderated on FTK. If you are a person, your comment should appear instantly. If you are a spam spider, Technology bans you. BUT, sometimes you are a person, and technology MISTAKES you for a spam spider, and then Technology LIES and says comments are moderated and bans you and I never even know you are TRYING to comment.
IF TECHNOLOGY is telling you that you are a Spam Spider and you really feel you are a person with free will and an immortal soul, then you should write to my web master --- bob at mcbob dot net ---- and tell him Technology is treating you like a Cialis ad. He can clean Techâ€™s glasses and show her that you are, in fact, not a willie-drug or a virtual roulette table. Just let him know. Because like most bloggers, I live for the comments, oh YA, and I want yours to post.
SPEAKING of free will and an immortal soul, Laura Florand
has BOTH, and I reallyreallyreally double plus like her, and I love her book, BLAME IT ON PARIS so much I blurbed it,
so I am having her back to answer three DIFFERENT questions.
JJ: Your main character seems to have a lot in common with you. Youâ€™re both named Laura Florand, for one thing. And for another, the book is secretly NOT EVEN FICTION, for Peteâ€™s sake. Oops. SO much for â€œsecrets.â€ Is fictional Laura different from you?
LF: Well, as youâ€™ve so aptly noted, we share the same identity. However, Iâ€™ve heard sheâ€™s funnier. That is, when my book came out, one of my best friends, Dwayne, who is IN the book, said, â€œI didnâ€™t know Laura could be that funny on purpose.â€
Maybe I should say FORMER best friend.
JJ: I know you blog yourself over at Laura Florand dot com Why do you blog and does it feed you or take energy from you?
LF: You know, when SÃ©bastien asked me if I wanted to have a blog on my website, I said, â€œWellâ€¦I guess so. It will be an easy space for me to post news and contests, right?â€
But it turned out that I just loved the contact. It is so much fun to be able to meet my own readers and to be able to have a conversation with them. I like to go and visit their blogs, too, as much as I can. And I love the way it gets you observing your own life, the funny or beautiful things you see that you can share.
I share a lot of chocolate. What can I say? I find great beauty in chocolate. And quite a bit of humor, too. But it IS very time-consuming. I have a baby and I also work full-time, plus write a book a year, so I have to be careful not to let too much of my writing time be blog-writing (or visiting) time.
JJ: YES â€“ you sent me the most LOVELY perfect MICE truffles as a thank you once. Mice shaped. Not mice FLAVORED. An important distinction. They had little silk tails. I could hold them by the tails and lower them into my gaping maw. BUT I DIGRESS... What's the best STUPID LITTLE perk about having your book sell? You must here confess what RIDICULOUS dorky thing has pleased you WELL beyond the scope of it...
LF: Oh, oh, somebody sent me the most marvelous BLAME IT ON PARIS handmade BOOKMARK. And someone else sent me CHOCOLATE. And one of your very own blog readers came up to me at a Susan Elizabeth Phillips signing and said, â€œLauraâ€”are you Laura of the Truffles?â€ My joy knew no bounds.