August 30, 2007

3 (different) Questions with Laura Florand and PS Technology can Byte Me

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 “super online drug stops” where you can illegally obtain prescription pharmaceuticals that will help “princesses not whizgiggle at your member, and stop the fellows from point at your ‘tiny’ when you unveil in the federal W.C.” <---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 “approved,” 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 Tech’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. You’re both named Laura Florand, for one thing. And for another, the book is secretly NOT EVEN FICTION, for Pete’s sake. Oops. SO much for “secrets.” Is fictional Laura different from you?

LF: Well, as you’ve so aptly noted, we share the same identity. However, I’ve heard she’s funnier. That is, when my book came out, one of my best friends, Dwayne, who is IN the book, said, “I didn’t know Laura could be that funny on purpose.”

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 Sébastien asked me if I wanted to have a blog on my website, I said, “Well…I guess so. It will be an easy space for me to post news and contests, right?”

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 – 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, “Laura—are you Laura of the Truffles?” My joy knew no bounds.


Posted by joshilyn at August 30, 2007 1:18 PM

Laura, I love that a reader called you that! I think you need cards printed up or a name tag for conferences or something, although I'd embellish a bit more and say something like "Her Royal Highness, Lady Laura of the Truffles." :-)

Joss, my blog spam filter does that too. There are some folks who I have to tell it *repeatedly* are real people and it should let them comment, dammit!

Posted by: DebR at August 30, 2007 4:03 PM

Well, I had my first spam on my blog today so I would love to get me some of that there technology stuff. So far my spam has not been anything about willies -- just personlized t-shirts. Not too bad in the grand scheme of things.

The thought of you dropping chocolate mice by their silk tails into your gaping maw made me laugh out loud.

Posted by: Leandra at August 30, 2007 4:14 PM

Laura is LOVELY! And I know those mice, and they are GOOD mice. :-)

I love your entire description of Technology and cleaning her glasses and fickle shrews, all of that. I say, all the fickle shrews who are NOT Technology get chocolate mice to help them feel better. Show of hands?

Posted by: amy at August 30, 2007 8:02 PM

Thank your husband for helping technology realize I don't want to sell you replica watches or male enhancement drugs. :)

Posted by: shannon in oregon at August 30, 2007 8:11 PM

HIL. ARIOUS. You so totally crack me up. . .I, being the proud owner of an immortal soul find you amazingly amusing. How's about that???

I also find the chocolate mice with tails amusing if I think about it no longer than, say, three seconds. If I think of it longer than that, it calls all sorts of ickadoo things to mind. But the first three seconds of thought--just wonderful.

Posted by: Roxanne at August 30, 2007 9:44 PM

thank you, joss. i feel so much better that i am no longer considered a spam spider or a cialis ad! yay me!

Posted by: janet at August 30, 2007 10:13 PM

Well, I'm pretty sure I'm a person with free will . . . but my immortal soul? I think it got sold for chocolate or somesuch a few years back.

Posted by: Brigitte at August 31, 2007 6:48 AM

THANK YOU Laura for introducing Joss to Burdick's Chocolate and their adorable mice! My family has been addicted to their hot chocolate ever since I clicked on the link to Burdick's through a FTK blog entry.

Posted by: Elizabeth at August 31, 2007 1:02 PM

I do what I can, Elizabeth. I do what I can. Aren't they good?

Thank you, Amy! And DebR, I was thinking something along the lines of the Lady of Shalott, maybe Lady Laura of the Truffles. Sound good? Except for the French translation, which is an issue, unfortunately.

Thanks, Joshilyn! Providing you with chocolate mice to dangle over your gaping maw was my pleasure.

Posted by: Laura Florand at August 31, 2007 4:30 PM

I miss the days when Spam was simply something you tossed in a pan and fried up with taters.

Posted by: Travis Erwin at August 31, 2007 5:50 PM

I'm trying this from my husband's desktop where he has mozilla loaded (not sure why I still stick with IE).

I'm glad that you know I'm not someone trying to sell you male enhancements or real genuine replica watches. :)

Loved Between Georgia...

Posted by: shannon in oregon at September 1, 2007 11:02 AM

Thanks for letting us know about the spambot issues! I got the "your comments are being moderated" screen before and wondered what was wrong with my comment and why it never showed up. *sniffles* I now know it wasn't me. It really wasn't this time...

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