Monday, February 24, 2014

Note to Self

One thing I love about living in the Jewel Box is that there isn't a lot of extra stuff I need to do. I don't have a sidewalk to shovel, yard to rake or mow, etc. And I live in one big room, so even when I clean, it's a relatively quick process. The perfect place to live and write--yes?

One day recently I had been quite productive. I'd done laundry, washed dishes, gone to the grocery, caught up on some emails, paid bills, done promo. The only thing left on my to-do list was what one might call The Main Thing: Working on the Story. SHEESH. (Have I ever mentioned I am a procrastinator?)

So I tore off all the items I'd dealt with. I don't remember why I took a picture of my one remaining to-do, but here it is. If you can't read my scrawl, it says, "Work on 'Second Chances.'" And I have! Very excited about some new things that have come to light in the last several days about Anne and Pete--their past, their present, and (we live in hope) their future together.

Also this past week I was thrilled to attend a lecture in the Sanders Speaker Series at the Ogle Center at Indiana University Southeast in New Albany. Jeff Hoffman was the speaker. (Yes, that Jeff Hoffman! Cool, huh?) Lucky me to be there. My Writing Conscience attended too. It was a lovely evening of discussing the story with her over supper, and then listening to motivational and entrepreneurial advice from Mr Hoffman.

So many things in the last several months have made me feel more and more like a genuine author. Today, I think my blog will appear at Sweet Romance Reads. Check it out if you're so inclined. While you're there, read what some of the other authors have shared, and click on the tabs at the top of the page to see what other neat stuff is going on. It's a very talented and energetic group.

Here's hoping that all of our "to-do's" go well this week


PS: Next time I'll try to write a blog that doesn't include a picture of my kitchen countertop. Doing two in a row wasn't intentional, and three might be worse than boring.

PPS: For those of you who are concerned, Attila is doing better these days. I think he is working through his grief pretty well.

PPPS: If you prefer that I would post more pictures of my kitchen countertop, let me know. I can be flexible.

Monday, February 17, 2014

Trying to find the words

I have struggled for a while, to write a post for the Sweet Romance Reads blog. If accepted, it will appear there on February 24.

When I write here, it's much easier. This is more like "home," and many people who come to this blog know me, either in person or because they've visited here over a period of time.

It's a different experience to introduce myself to a new group of readers. I guess I've gotten too comfortable here in my little corner of the world. I thought I knew how to go about the introduction, how to share a bit about myself and why I write what I do. I'm not sure how it will be received, though.

One thing that I can't seem to help, is to mention that I'm a widow. I share that information because it's an important part of who I am. I expect to have "widow moments" for the rest of my life. It happens. They come, you deal with them however you need to, and you go on. It's not easy by any means, but lots of things in life aren't easy.

Anne Bradley, one of the characters in Second Chances, is a widow. There are lots of interesting things about this woman; that's just one of them. She doesn't want pity, doesn't want to be seen as a victim. She is trying to figure out what her next step will be. She's sold the big house she and her husband owned in San Antonio, and is temporarily in Midnight's former apartment over The Emporium. Does she come home to Legend, Tennessee to stay, or will a respite there surrounded by family in her old hometown be enough?

It is a smidge frustrating that I could write that paragraph about Anne much more easily than writing an introduction of myself. Sheesh.

I'm not sure what I was trying to get across with this post (whining?), but the story of Anne and Pete is coming along, so that's good news. To me, anyway.

Thanks for reading,

PS: These were my actual letters in a recent Scrabble(R) game. Talk about trying to find words!

Wednesday, February 12, 2014

A Valentine's Day Blog (not really)

Since I missed my self-imposed Day of the Week to Blog (Monday), on Wednesday night I wondered what I should blather about. Valentine's Day seems the obvious choice. It's two days away, I write romance, why wouldn't I write about it? Wow! What a concept!

So I went looking for clip art. And looky what I found! I dearly love this picture.

It makes me think of when I used it several years ago for the book video I created to advertise The Blank Book. It's the only video I ever made, and I thought it came out pretty well.

Not that people ever saw it. I just popped over there and a whopping 342 people have viewed it. I wonder how many were actually me. If you're interested, click on this link and be amazed. (Or, you know, tolerate it. It's short, and the music is only somewhat repetetive. PLUS you get to see how skilfully I used this particular piece of clip art.) I hope to rework The Blank Book and publish it again later this year.

So, now I'm thinking about Alice and Robert's story again, and how much I love it. *Sigh*

Happy Valentine's Day!

Wednesday, February 5, 2014

Snow day

This week I said good-bye to my couch. It's lovely to have lots of open space again!

One friend was shocked when I told her that I'd given the couch away. But I didn't need it, and a young man I know did need it.

Of course, even though it just left this past Sunday, I officially gave it away on Christmas Day, not knowing that we would lose Spot. I'm sure Attila wonders who/what will disappear next from the Jewel Box. (I put my former writing chair on the curb a few days before Christmas.)

Okay, when I look at it from the cat's point of view, life with me is full of surprises.

Like today, when I didn't go away for four hours in the morning and another four in the afternoon. I don't think he understands the term "snow day," though he enjoys watching the weather, and the snow removal equipment, from the warmth and safety of our window.

I've only ventured out once so far. There is cold and snow and ice, and I'm content to watch it from the window too. The cat and I are playing and doing laundry and attempting to work on my new Legend story.

Anne McClain Bradley is back in town, and no one is more surprised than hard-nosed journalist Pete Garrity. He thought he had gotten her out of his mind for good. But maybe having her in his new hometown will be even better.

Hm. Blurb might need work. So does the story, of course. Anne and Pete are destined to be together in the end. (No kidding, right?) But I'm not sure how that's going to happen. So far I understand Anne pretty well, but Pete is hard to get close to. Sheesh. Some characters are such characters!

Still, it's nice to spend my day in Legend, Tennessee--where romance lives next door.

Happy snow day to you,