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Maureen O. Betita
Monterey Bay
Writer of Romantic Fantasy
Interests: Pirates, Blogging, Science Fiction/Fantasy Conventions, Renaissance Faires, Sailing,
Recent Activity
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Posted May 1, 2011 at 2nd Chances
I’ve thought long and hard about this and it’s time to close this blog off, for the most part and start up the big author blog on my website.( If I can figure out how to do it.) I have a wordpress website and it seems to me it shouldn’t... Continue reading
Posted Apr 23, 2011 at 2nd Chances
So, I spent a week in Los Angeles, pushing like some energizer pirate…never really getting out of character, though I do feel my pirate/writer/just me personas are blending nicely to an authenticity I can easily maintain. Because they are me. I came home exhausted, exhilarated and a few days after... Continue reading
Posted Apr 17, 2011 at 2nd Chances
Oh, the chances I took! Showing a complete and total willingness to play pirate, I strode about the hotel wearing black pirate hat with many, many feathers, purple pirate hat...much spangly jewelry... Here, check me out! That was a great party! Yup, I'm back. I conqured RT. Signed books, threw... Continue reading
Posted Apr 10, 2011 at 2nd Chances
Yes, I'm here. Mom is doing okay, under doctor's care. And I had my first review of The Kraken's Mirror at Paperback Dolls and it's wonderful! I'll try to post more later this week as the convention takes off and I meet my public - I hope! - for the... Continue reading
Posted Apr 3, 2011 at 2nd Chances
Not much to say this week. What are the chances of my making RT? Well, so much depends on Mom and her current stay in the hospital. Not pneumonia this time, but an infection that is stubbornly making her life miserable. I know Mom, and I know she would not... Continue reading
Posted Mar 27, 2011 at 2nd Chances
(First off, sorry I'm late. Been on the road! But here it is, better late then never!) It’s coming really fast. RT. And I have so much that I’ve done to get ready. I have postcards with my book covers… I have bookmarks of all three of my titles. I... Continue reading
Posted Mar 22, 2011 at 2nd Chances
I got some very good news last week. Well, I got a few pieces of very good news. I heard from one of the book reviewers at Paperback Dolls that The Kraken’s Mirror would soon be receiving its review and she loved the book! Whoop! I got notice from a... Continue reading
Posted Mar 13, 2011 at 2nd Chances
No, I'm not really suffering writer's block. At least that isn't what I call it. Maybe it's more informational overload? Or post-publication malaise? I'm just suffering from a real lack of energy and focus when it comes to sitting butt in chair and working on the two projects currently on... Continue reading
Posted Mar 6, 2011 at 2nd Chances
Well, the book is out. The blogging has petered off, I'm in full speed preparation toward the Romantic Times Booksellers Convention and...I'm tackling my clutter situation with the help of a specialist. First step? Accept you have a problem you can't handle on your own. Yup, I'm there. Been there... Continue reading
Posted Feb 26, 2011 at 2nd Chances
I have a nice mellow week ahead of me! It's pretty nice because I'm a bit fixated on the one thing that has me a bit freaked out. On Wednesday...gulp...I have a woman coming to my house to help me with...with the clutter that has taken over every room in... Continue reading
Posted Feb 20, 2011 at 2nd Chances
Come see me at Whipped Cream and the Fish Goddess Party Pavilion on Sunday. Today! I wrote a blog about promotion this last week for the Revenge. It was pretty funny, the initial reaction was a general exodus from the ship of everyone. The whole idea of thinking about this... Continue reading
Posted Feb 12, 2011 at 2nd Chances
Wow, what a week it was! I spent the week celebrating the release of my book...and helping my Mom in her continued recovery from pneumonia. Yes, some real up and down moments this week. The release party at the Romance Writers Revenge blog was wonderful...all attended while sitting across from... Continue reading
Posted Feb 5, 2011 at 2nd Chances
And it's come! Monday is the day the book goes up for sale on the Decadent Publishing site! Whoohoo! And by the end of the week, it should be available on Amazon. Wow, what a scary thing! Yeah, it really is a bit scary. And exciting. And intimidating. And really... Continue reading
Posted Jan 30, 2011 at 2nd Chances
Been a week of coming to the realization that sometimes...we all need help. My mom is in the hospital with pneunomia. She wasn't feeling well on Friday, and on Saturday morning called my sis to come take her to the ER. Now, sis lives an hour away. Sis freaked out,... Continue reading
Posted Jan 23, 2011 at 2nd Chances
Someone actually used the phrase last Thursday…in reference to something I wrote for the Daily Dose of Decadence. You know, it sorta scared me. But it also sorta made me feel honored. I’d written a fast paragraph on what I’m thankful for, and one of the points I made was... Continue reading
Posted Jan 15, 2011 at 2nd Chances
This year, I began my term as the VP of Programming for my local RWA, the Montery Bay chapter. And yesterday was the first regular meeting of the year. It was a good meeting. Little did I dream when I went to my first meeting, that a little less than... Continue reading
Posted Jan 8, 2011 at 2nd Chances
Are you looking for a chance to come your way in 2011? Being a whole new year, hope dawns that this will be the year, the season, the month, the year, the DAY! I believe this year will be a good one, but I tend to believe that of every... Continue reading
Posted Jan 2, 2011 at 2nd Chances
The holidays were fraught with peril. My husband should know. He’s been up sh*t creek without a paddle since the morning of December 25th. Now, what does his total lack of thought when it came to what to get his wife for Christmas have to do with writing? Well, it’s... Continue reading
Posted Dec 27, 2010 at 2nd Chances
Ever have one of those days? There I was, had over 400 words written and I did something with the keyboard...and BAM! They were gone. Sigh. And my brain is fried, had a bad night and feeling really conflicted about something that went on yesterday. My husband attended a funeral... Continue reading
Posted Dec 19, 2010 at 2nd Chances
I had a good week. The second story is going well, I talked with my agent, and received reassurance that things are going well from my publisher. I’ve had more energy, due partly I think to a shift in medication. And the writing is moving along. I had a fabulous... Continue reading
Posted Dec 12, 2010 at 2nd Chances
I've had a hard time with the holidays this year. Can't really pinpoint what is going on, though I know it's been a very busy year and I've been stretched. My November bout with shingles wiped out my energy level, earlier in the autumn I had some terrible trouble with... Continue reading
Posted Dec 4, 2010 at 2nd Chances
Hard to believe a week ago I was finally at home after an extended stop at the Seattle Airport, still trying to wrap my brain around a steampunk convention that was totally awesome! True, I did not get to experience the many varied activities of the convention. I was physically... Continue reading
Posted Nov 28, 2010 at 2nd Chances
I am presently finishing up a stellar weekend at Steamcon II, in freezing-my-ass-off Seattle, WA. Had a fascinating weekend and saw a bazillion wonderful costumes. I think steampunk is all about the chances and how things might have gone a different way...and if they didn't, it's still fun to imagine... Continue reading
Posted Nov 21, 2010 at 2nd Chances