David Brooks, as a Metaphor

April 13th, 2011 Kathleen O'Reilly Posted in Blogroll, Cool People Comments Off

I don’t know how I missed this on Monday, but David Brooks, the NYT Op-ed columnist, discussed “I Is An Other” by James Geary, a fascinating book on metaphors, putting them under a verbal microscope as it were.  I think I want to get this book (it’s on KINDLE!).  There’s this bit:

When talking about relationships, we often use health metaphors. A friend might be involved in a sick relationship. Another might have a healthy marriage.

Instinctively my contrary minds want to think of a relationship metaphor that involves something unhealthy.  A twinkie.  Their love was like a twinkie.  Sweet, full of chemicals, able to last decades without going stale. 

I like this one bit from Brooks:

Most of us, when asked to stop and think about it, are by now aware of the pervasiveness of metaphorical thinking. But in the normal rush of events. we often see straight through metaphors, unaware of how they refract perceptions. So it’s probably important to pause once a month or so to pierce the illusion that we see the world directly. It’s good to pause to appreciate how flexible and tenuous our grip on reality actually is.

It made me think of metaphors from a writer’s perspective.  I always knew to use metaphor as a way to shape a character, to give the reader an insight into the way my peeps view the world.  However, I guess there’s a bit of flim-flammery in metaphors, too, an authorial sleight of hand to refract perceptions whichever I choose.  Fascinating.

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Publishing Woe-begone

June 29th, 2010 Kathleen O'Reilly Posted in Cool People, Funnies, On Biz, Uncategorized 3 Comments »

From the Chicago Tribune, a quote from Garrison Keillor on the future of publishing:

Call me a pessimist, call me Ishmael, but I think that book publishing is about to slide into the sea. We live in a literate time, and our children are writing up a storm, often combining letters and numerals (U R 2 1derful), blogging like crazy, reading for hours off their little screens, surfing around from Henry James to Jesse James to the epistle of James to pajamas to Obama to Alabama to Al-Anon to non-sequiturs, sequins, penguins, penal institutions, and it’s all free, and you read freely, you’re not committed to anything the way you are when you shell out $30 for a book, you’re like a hummingbird in an endless meadow of flowers.

And if you want to write, you just write and publish yourself. No need to ask permission, just open a Web site. And if you want to write a book, you just write it, send it to Lulu.com or BookSurge at Amazon or PubIt or ExLibris and you’ve got yourself an e-book. No problem. And that is the future of publishing: 18 million authors in America, each with an average of 14 readers, eight of whom are blood relatives. Average annual earnings: $1.75.

From Kathleen O’Reilly, quoted to nowhere in particular:

It should be noted that publishing is not going to slide into Lake Wobegone, where all authors are above average.

I couldn’t resist. :)

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Kathleen Ellen Givens

January 6th, 2010 Kathleen O'Reilly Posted in Cool People 2 Comments »

Kathleen Givens

Right after Thanksgiving, I had just started blogging over at the WhineSisters, a group of lively, lovely ladies who have been friends and partners in crime for many years. But this past week, one of the Whinesisters, Kathleen Givens, passed away. She was too young, too full of life and laughter, and she will be missed. If you knew Kathleen, you loved her, and I’m not just saying that because she’s named Kathleen.

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Save the Contemporary, Harlequin style

August 4th, 2009 Kathleen O'Reilly Posted in Blogroll, Cool People, On Writing Miseries 2 Comments »

Lest you have not heard the girly screams coming from New York, Smart Bitches, and Dear Author have joined together to pimp out two category books: Bronwyn Jameson’s, Magnate’s Make-Believe Mistress, and Hot Under Pressure by *taking a humble bow* moi.

Lots of giveaways all week, and here’s how to win:

First: at 9pm EST, 8pm CST, today (4 August) Jane and Sarah will select 10 winners from the comments to this entry on each of their sites. Those lucky winners will receive a copy of both Hot Under Pressure by Kathleen O’Reilly and The Magnate’s Make Believe Mistress by Bronwyn Jameson.

arrow_rightSecond: every day this week at 9pm EST, two winners a day will be chosen from those who Twitter about the Save the Contemporary campaign (#stc) and from those who blog about or email the contest entry. To email, simply forward the details to a friend using the “Email This Page” link at Save the Contemporary.com , or or email us at sbj.contests@gmail.com with a link to your blog entry. The more times you forward the details of this giveaway, the greater chance you have of winning. For the Tweet campaign, use the “Share This”  button and twitter the contest link, along with whatever you want to say about contemporary category romances — but don’t forget the #stc tag!

Lots of chances to win!!

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What Makes a Hero? – Beyond Her Book – Blog on Publishers Weekly

July 7th, 2009 Kathleen O'Reilly Posted in Cool People, Reading Matters, Uncategorized Comments Off

Check out the full Barbara Vey link on Lady Jane.

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Blaze authors blog

April 1st, 2009 Kathleen O'Reilly Posted in Blogroll, Cool People, Reading Matters Comments Off


The authors of the Harlequin Blaze line have put together a blog, and for the big celebration, today’s entry is senior editor, sportswoman extraordinaire, and grand poobahess in chief, Brenda Chin.

Also, a Blaze trivia contest, and first prize is the Jan, Feb, and March 2009 Blazes delivered to your door.

No foolin’ :)



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24: The Jack Bauer Peep Project – Sealing the Perimeter

March 24th, 2009 Kathleen O'Reilly Posted in Blogroll, Cool People, Funnies Comments Off

I share a great love with Dee Davis and Barbara Vey.  Jack Bauer, and 24.  I was not pleased with last season, nearly ready to abandon my 24-ness, but then….  Tony’s undead (and not in the zombified, but in the soap opera sort of manner) and they found the groove of Jack Bauer, one man fighting to save the country from terror, no matter the price to his soul.

In homage to this rebel patriot with a cause, from whom no terrorists knee-caps or private organs or safe, I submit:  The Jack Bauer peep.  Credit must also be given (I promised) to my daughter as the creative consultant on the project.

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Liveblogging (sorta) the Romance Madness

March 19th, 2009 Kathleen O'Reilly Posted in Cool People, Reading Matters 2 Comments »

Okay, so it looks like Wicked Burn is taking Round 1, and Mine to Possess, narrowly eeking out over Flat out Sexy by Erin McCarthy.  Paranormal is def looking strong this year, against what in any other time would be a powerful string of contemporaries….  Pleasure Unbound has won against Just One of the Guys, an early favorite before the brackets were actually sabotaged created.  And in a surprise to no one, Dark Desires After Dusk has slit the throat of Scream for Me.  I heard an early squee from KC fan girls everywhere….

Round two is underway.  Historical vs. Category, GLBT vs. Erotic.  We’re holding our breath to see if the underdog series books can miraculously pull off the upset of the century….

Don’t leave your seats.  There’s more action to come.

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The DABWAHA Soiree

March 16th, 2009 Kathleen O'Reilly Posted in Blogroll, Cool People, On Biz, On Writing Miseries, Reading Matters, Review Sites 6 Comments »

During the day-ful month of March, as men and bars glom onto basketball like it’s the second coming of Michael Jordan, the more discerning romance readership lift their elegant pince-nez, peruse their meticulously organized 2008 reading lists, and in hushed, twittering voices consider….


Dear Author Bitchery Writing Award for Hellagood Authors.


Tap.  Tap.  Tap.  Ahem. 

“Ladies, please.”

“As we were saying, the contest is a list of 64 books, going in head-to-heat match-ups to find the best of the best, the most awsomest trifle in the delectable feast that is romance. “


“Down, Ms. Bourne.  Down.”

“You think you’ve got the stuff?  Do you?  DO YOU?  When you’ve been in this biz for a quarter of the century and John Grisham quakes, *quakes* when you’re out in the same month, then you can talk about ass-kicking.  Until then, little girl, unless you want me to unleash my ultra-Rourke-2000 taser-stun on those pristine little pink knickers—“

BAM.  BAM.  “Ms. Roberts.  I think we have the idea.  You may sit…..  Sit!”

“I think the series books should be handicapped.”

“In this contest, all books with disabilities are welcomed.”

“No.  I mean, the series books.  They don’t have a shot.  Look at the brackets!  It’s David. And the historical Goliath – on steroids.  Mark McGuire doesn’t have a neck that thick.”

“Are we speaking about the paranormals, Ms. O’Reilly?  I’m not following this conversation.”

“We’re going to get pulverized.”

“There will be no pulverization in this contest.  We have a firm set of rules to keep the contest happy and conflict-free.  In the romance community, there are no Neanderthals…”

“Unless it’s the Hunger Games.  Then we’ll be EATING the dead contestants.   For snack.  You getting this — Bitch.”

“I’m shutting up.” Burying head in hands, Lori Borrill provides a comforting pat.

“Now, isn’t this nice.  I knew we’d have a cheery afternoon.  Tea will be served in the great hall and the knitting group will organize in the solarium.  We have some lovely, lovely yarn to work with.  I picked it out myself.  Our project is a….*giggle* cap.”

“Ms. Hart, please pull apart Ms. Cole and Ms. Showalter.  We will have no hair-pulling in this venture.”


Another fun-filled day in the DABWAHA.  If you want to join in the book-picking smackdown, go and register from now until March 16th.  Go to “TOURNAMENT,” “ENTER YOUR PICKS,” and if you haven’t registered yet, create an OnlineID, enter your email address, click “New,” and then start picking the winners of each match.  The generous ladies of DearAuthor and Smart Bitches will be giving away loads of prizes to the ones who have the winningest predictions.    Voting in the head-to-head match-ups start on March 19th, and ahem, when series-nominated, Kathleen O’Reilly’s Shaken and Stirred is up to battle, you will be notified accordingly.

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Thursday night Drive-By Posting

March 12th, 2009 Kathleen O'Reilly Posted in Blogroll, Cool People, Reading Matters Comments Off

Nothing completely coherent to say, only minor ramblings:

Will post more tomorrow….



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