Saturday, February 19, 2005

Best E-zine on the web

That would have to be, without a doubt, . And yes, I'm biased. Made up of members of the 2003 Golden Heart finalist's yahoo group, the Wet Noodle Posse is one of the most creative, wonderful group of women I've ever had the pleasure of knowing. Stop by and check out the zine, read about the Noodlers, go find their books!

What is beauty?

On one of my loops, we've been discussing whether or not readers want to read about "real-sized" women as heroines. Most are for it, a couple very much against it. As you might guess, the ones for it are "real-sized" women themselves, the ones against are slim women who work hard to stay that way. I have to admit, I'm not the 125 lb size 9 girl my husband married. I've had four kids, a bout with cancer, and a back injury and hernia that make exercising difficult. But does that make me less worthy of finding love?

Well, not me specifically since I have a wonderful dh who loves me anyway. But what about the other millions of women out there who don't wear a size 3? I think this country places way too much value on looks. A hundred years ago, the ideal woman was one who was sturdy enough to withstand hard times and hard work. These ninety-pound weaklings had a hard time back then. Both of my grandmothers were big women. My aunts and great aunts were all big women. My mother, though short, has been big most of her life. Yet they were all healthy, all lived into their eighties or nineties, they worked hard, and were all beautiful women in their own way.

So what's more important? A woman with a perfect body and no compassion? Or a woman with some padding but a heart of pure gold?

I vote for the latter. What about you?


Friday, February 18, 2005


My name is Tori Scott. Well, not really. That's what I hope to use as my pen name should I ever be lucky enough to sell one of my books. At least I think that's the one I want to use. I've batted pen names around for a while now. Some of the other choices were Pamela Arden, Arden Lindsey, McKenna Morris (I still kind of like that one), Kelsey Wallis, Emma Walden, Erin Wallis, Marti Merrick, Morgan McKenzie, and at least 20 others. But Tori K. Scott lets me use letters from my 4 kids' names and my two grandson's names.

Any thoughts on which one you'd like to buy a book from?

What I really, really wanted to use was Rebecca Arden. But my youngest absolutely refused to let me highjack her name to put on romance novels. She's a lit-ah-rare-y type, you know.

This blog is not just for thoughts on writing, but for thoughts on life, love, family, the state of the union...

Oh, yeah, that last one is supposed to be the President's job. But somehow I don't think he has a clue about what's really going on in this country. He has no clue about people who can't affored basic dental or medical care, people who can't afford to buy a car that runs, and if they could, couldn't afford gas and insurance for it.

Oops, I wasn't going to go off on politics. At least not yet. You'll have to come back to read my political tirades another day.

Bear with me while I figure this blogging thing out. I hope you come back to see me soon.