Sunday, November 9, 2008


is an appropriate title for today's blog, because it's not only my birthday, but this Scorpio girl just finished her Sex Through The Zodiac novel. Yes, as a matter of fact, I am smiling and wiping the sweat from my brow. This was a new personal best for me as far as word content goes. Whew.

I have referenced a number of different songs and artists throughout the story, mostly classic jazz (shocker), but Cake's lyrics heard in the YouTube video above just seemed to work for one of my characters. The lyrics have always resonated with me, "...with fingernails that shine like justice...." It just so happens, Roxanne, the heroine in the story is also a fan of Cake -

Eating and listening to Cake,


Kirsten Monroe said...

Happy, happy birthday baby! I'm a big fan of Cake too. I'm also a fan of the amazing and inspiring Neve. Congrats to you! I can't wait to read your novel. What are you doing to celebrate???

Neve Black said...

Hi Kirsten,
Thank you for the sentiments. You're such a sweetie.

Hmmm...I'm editing for the let's see, 567th gazillion time, working and then grabbing a cocktail with friends. I've celebrating my birthday in way or another since learning Obama won on Tuesday. :-)

Kirsten Monroe said...

Amen sista!

Posted a photo of breakfast for you.

Neve Black said...

Ahhh...yes, baby, yes.

Craig Sorensen said...

Haaaappy Birthday to you,
Happy Birthday to you!

Okay, I'll stop the touch type singing, but if you heard the voice in my head, you'd be treated to some seriously smoky crooning.

As it is, you'll just have to imagine.

Well done on finishing the novel.

What an accomplishments.

Many many congrats!

Neve Black said...

Hi Craig,
Thank you for the velvety birthday croon.

It's been a great week - Obama wins and I finished the novel all before turning into a pumpkin.

Jeremy Edwards said...


Do you realize what this means? Your novel has the same birthday as you. You can have joint birthday parties every year!!

(Um ... what do you get a novel as a present? Maybe a blurb or two?)

But seriously. Big, big congratulations, dear Neve!

P.S. My spamword, at the moment, is invisible. (I.e., the image won't load.) This should be interesting. I'm going to take a wild guess that it's mfenlirt.

Okay, that didn't work. But now I have a visible spamword, expoo. I guess that's another word for nitrogen.

Neve Black said...

"Um ... what do you get a novel as a present? Maybe a blurb or two?)"

..and what does the novel get the writer for her birthday, a sequel.

Thanks Jeremy! Invisible SPAM you say? Is that sort of like a vegan? Oh never mind.

Heidi Champa said...

Happy birthday and congrats, Neve. I love that song. I hadn't thought about it in forever. Thanks for the great reminder.

My spam word is mishut. Hmmm. Interesting.

Neve Black said...

Hi Heidi,
I'm glad you like cake, and Cake.

SPAM word is mishut? Miss, Hut, Miss Hut, hurry we're running out of tuhsim! I'm no Jeremy, but I try. :-)

How's your 50K writing project coming along?