Thursday, July 9, 2009

Blowing Out The Candles

Wendy's Top 13 Birthday Wishes

1) Whatever the Hell My Man got me. The Master Gift Giver Of The Universe tells me I'll get my present this evening. At this point all I know is that it's small-ish and he's known for months what he was going to give me. Jewelery would be the obvious guess, but I don't think that's it....

2) A State Budget. This is probably too much to hope for from the politicians of California.

3) World Peace.

4) A Beatles Reunion. Is it too much to ask that George Harrison and John Lennon rise from the dead?

5) My own private library. Hell, I've got the books - just not the space.

6) Maggie Osborne to come out of retirement and start writing again.

7) Lunch with Phyl. Oh wait, did that yesterday! She's in town for a family wedding and is staying very, very close to where my office is.

8) Western romances to make a comeback and flood the market.

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10) To have Nora adopt me. I could be the daughter she never had, or probably even wanted. Ok, so that's not terribly realistic.....

11) To have Ewan McGregor adopt me. Yeah, much more realistic.

12) A Greek Tycoon. I'm sure the editorial department for Harlequin Presents has a couple of extras stuffed in a broom closet somewhere.

13) A job that requires me to sit at home, read all day and watch Law & Order reruns. With an employer willing to pay me, at least, my current salary. Surprisingly, this is a harder job to find than one would think.

24 comments:

Portia Da Costa said...

Many Happy Returns, SuperWendy!

Hope you have a wonderful day, and all your wishes come true, even the two adoptions! They can time-share you... :)

Have a great day and eat loads of cake and chocolate. It's a scientific fact that on your birthday, neither contain any calories at all.

Love

Portia

nath said...

Happy birthday Wendy!! :) Hope you have a wonderful day :D Can't wait to see what your Man got you :)

Victoria Janssen said...

A Greek Tycoon. I'm sure the editorial department for Harlequin Presents has a couple of extras stuffed in a broom closet somewhere.

I always wondered what those Harlequin Presents Extras were about....

Happy Birthday!

Kwana said...

Happy Birthday. Wishing all your birthday wishes come true!

Lori said...

Happy birthday, my friend!!!

HAve a super fabulous day!

Phyl said...

OMG! I had no idea it was (almost) your birthday yesterday! Happy Happy birthday! It was great to meet you. Have fun at RWA. I look forward to hearing about it!

Megan Frampton said...

Happy Birthday, S-L W! Hope you have a great day, and spill the beans (if you can) on what the Man got you later on.

limecello said...

Happy happy birthday!! :D

lisabea said...

Happy Birthday, Super Girl.

I'll see you in just a few days! WOOT!!


LOL my capture word is: menspole

azteclady said...

Feliz cumpleanos, Wendy!

Hmm, I'll have to get you something and give it to you at RWA, eh? *evil grin*

Liza said...

Happy Birthday Wendy! Hope all your wishes come true.

I love wish #13, only I would change it to re-runs of NCIS.

Blanche said...

Happy Happy Birthday Wendy!!

Renee said...

Happy Birthday, Wendy!

Love the list. I heartily second the state budget thing.

I dig the Ewan McGregor adoption idea. Sign me up! (A little bit ago, while prepping a post, I was looking at my Ewan in a kilt picture I've got.)

Have fun with your man. Hope the gift is a good one!

Kati said...

Happy Birthday to one of my all time favorite bloggers! Can't wait to meet you in DC next week!

LoriK said...

Happy Birthday!

I do have to say that I can't agree with your #11 wish though. There are a number of things that I would love for Ewan to do for me. Adoption is not one of them :)

Lil Sis said...

I could always buy you the tiara - I still can go shopping. :) If I happen to see Ewan around I will kidnap him for you too - although he might be given to you slightly "used." :)

Wendy said...

Thanks for all the birthday wishes everybody!

LoriK: I thought Ewan and I could reenact a guardian/ward historical romance :)

For those curious about presents, My Man got me a gift card to the local day spa, The Dark Knight on BluRay, flowers, and a new digital camera. Woot! Just in time for my trip to RWA!

Barbara said...

Happy Birthday Wendy!!!!

Kristie (J) said...

Happy Birthday!! And I'm anxious to see what that wonderful gift giving giver gives you this year!! As for the rest of your wishes - what the hell is happening in California anyway???? Isn't Arnold doing a good job? I *cough* have number 5. 8 - yes, oh yes please. 9 I'm too old to be adopted but maybe she could make me her sister. 11 - it would be more like me adopting him - and then that would be wrong!

JamiSings said...

First off happy birthday!

Second, a question since you're like the know it all of romance. How come it's always "Greek tycoon" or something of that nature? How come it's never "The Jewish Musician's Sexually Repressed Bride" or "The Rabbi's Blind Date"? I mean, it's considered a mitzvah for a man to sexually please his wife and they've even sat down and figured out according to a man's job how many times a year he should do it. You'd think someone at Harlequin would take that and run with it.

Just starting to feel left out a bit. My British side (paternal) is well represented in romance novels. But geez, my maternal side seems to not be represented much at all.

So birthday girl and romance novel expert, do you know why?

AnimeJune said...

Happy Birthday!

I think Jo Goodman heard your wishes because her new book (Never Love a Lawman) is going to be a western, and from I hear she hasn't written one for a while.

Wendy said...

AnimeJune: I know! I'm really looking forward to it. It's a Sept. release.

Jami: You have asked the $64,000 question. It's not just a lack of Jewish characters either. Where are the Africans? Asians? Muslims? Heck, the Canadians? LOL And why does every hero in a British historical have to be a bloody Duke?

I'm of two minds here. One, publishers are in it for the money and given the current state of the economy they're more likely to "play it safe" by continuing to churn out what they "know" will sell. And two? Readers claim they want "different" but then don't vote with their dollars when something "different" does come along. They're happy to pay lip service, but not cough up the bucks when it comes time for the follow-through.

But yeah, I hear you. I have a friend who is always on the look-out for Jewish characters in novels, and sadly she has to wade through an annoying amount of stereotyping.

I read a historical earlier this year, Rivals For The Crown by Kathleen Givens, and while I had a mixed reaction to the story, my absolute favorite parts involved one of the heroines, who was living in exile in Scotland with her Jewish family......

JamiSings said...

Yeah, it just sucks in a way. Especially when you work in a library and constantly are checking out those Christian themed romances to people, but the only ones with Jewish characters are either weird ass books like The Saturday Wife or murder mystery novels. Oh well, maybe someday when I search the library catalog under the subject "Jewish Romance" I'll get something other then The Way We Were! LOL

Anyway, still, happy birthday!

sybil said...

I so missed your bday but sounds like you had a great day ;). Happy belated *g*

like I am ever on time