How sad is this?

All Free Library of Philadelphia Branch, Regional and Central Libraries Closed Effective Close of Business October 2, 2009
All Free Library of Philadelphia Customers,
We deeply regret to inform you that without the necessary budgetary legislation by the State Legislature in Harrisburg, the City of Philadelphia will not have the funds to operate our neighborhood branch libraries, regional libraries, or the Parkway Central Library after October 2, 2009.
Specifically, the following will take effect after the close of business, October 2, 2009:
All branch and regional library programs, including programs for children and teens, after school programs, computer classes, and programs for adults, will be cancelled
All Parkway Central Library programs, including children programs, programs to support small businesses and job seekers, computer classes and after school programs, will be cancelled. We are exploring the possibility of relocating the Philadelphia Author Series programs to other non-library facilities.
All library visits to schools, day care centers, senior centers and other community centers will cease.
All community meetings at our branch and regional libraries, and the Parkway Central Library, will be cancelled.
All GED, ABE and ESL programs held at Free Library branches will be discontinued, students should contact their teacher to see if other arrangements are being made.
In addition, all library materials will be due on October 1, 2009. This will result in a diminishing borrowing period for books and other library materials, beginning September 11, 2009. No library materials will be able to be borrowed after September 30, 2009.
Even as we remain hopeful that the State Legislature will act and pass the enabling funding legislation, we wanted to notify all of our customers of this very possible outcome. If you have any questions about impacts to Free Library services, call 215-686-5322, or visit the Free Library of Philadelphia website at If you have questions about changes to City services, or if you want to be kept informed about this situation, we encourage you to contact Philly 311 by calling 3-1-1 between the hours of 8am and 8 pm Monday-Friday, and 9am-5pm Saturdays, e-mail, or visit the City of Philadelphia website at

There’s more info at the freelibrary website, if you want to read more. Are the huns about to invade America or what?

New Zealand Speculative Fiction Blogging Week

Check out the link in the title – especially if you’ve got a link to New Zealand. And hey, who hasn’t? We’ve all seen “Lord of the Rings,” right? LOL.

First Chinese Feedback!

YEAH! I’ve had some great feedback from a friend of mine who is Chinese. He gave me some wonderful suggestions as far as making the book feel more authentic for Chinese readers, but also told me he’s really enjoyed the read so far.

He’s amazed a nice girl like me can write such bloody battle scenes. LOL! But he really feels like he’s in the middle of the action, which makes me feel awesome.

It’s been a great day and my anniversary, to boot. 🙂

NanoWrimo Hell

I’m mapping out what I do during the day to see where I’m spending time that could be used to write. I already get up between 5 and 6 AM to write! (Admittedly, alot of that time has recently been spent surfing rather than writing, but I’ll happily give that up for a month.) But what about that time marked as “Distracting Lilly?” I don’t do ENOUGH of that already and I ain’t giving up what I’ve got. Poor kid’s learning to read at three years of age because her mother is too busy writing books to read them to her. Sigh. Sorry, I guess I needed to rant.

I did spend over an hour this morning with research….

Natalie Whipple on Beating Revision Fatigue

I just found an awesome post on how one author staves off exhaustion and creates at the same time. Check it out. I put the link in the title and I’ve added her to my blog roll, too. And SQUEE! She’s got a book that sounds like it’s set in Japan. 🙂