Jennifer Lyon
Monday, May 23rd, 2016
Weekend Roundup

Great weekend! Well except that I somehow hurt my hip–maybe cleaning bathrooms? It doesn’t matter–Saturday we were celebrating Middle Son’s birthday and nothing was going to stop me :-) We all have busy lives and getting together is a joy we all value too much for little things to get in the way. We hit the wineries up in the hills and had lunch on the patio of the first one. It was gorgeous, overlooking the grapevines. But the best part was a French bulldog named Penny. She was a friendly sweetheart who loved playing ball.

At the second winery, we did a small tasting, then most of us headed outside on another patio while Middle Son and his girlfriend stayed inside to buy some wines. I mentioned to CPA boy I wanted chocolate. He went in and bought my favorite and his wife’s favorite. I love that! So we all shared the two chocolate bars, and left one piece for Middle Son and his girlfriend. I’m not proud of that, but people, it was chocolate :-) And of course, we gave that last piece to Middles Son’s girlfriend.

So…to sum up; it was Middle Son’s birthday and he didn’t get any chocolate. Hmm…we might suck just a little bit, LOL! But he had his favorite cake at home that I’d made for him. Besides, he didn’t care. If he did, I’d have bought him chocolate.

Of course he might have still been a bit shocked that CPA Boy saw him coming out of the winery, raced across the patio and lifted him up in hug, shouting out, “Happy birthday baby bro,” and doing his best to embarrass his brother. These are adults professional men…but you’d never know it when we get together. And also why I love writing about guys–they have such an interesting way of showing affection :-)

Back at home, Middle Son’s girlfriend cooked delicious chicken and beef fajitas, we ate and had a blast. By the time everyone left late that night, I was limping and mildly concerned about my hip. However I slept something like six hours straight (trust me, that’s a lot for me) and got up with barely any pain at all.

Sunday I was back wrestling in the mud with my book.

So that’s my weekend, how was yours?

Friday, May 20th, 2016
Happy Friday

Happy Friday! What’s everyone reading??? I’ve bought a lot of books but haven’t read many of them due to my death battle with my current WIP (Work In Progress). However one that I started on a whim during a bout of insomnia I ended up really enjoying–STUCK UP SUIT by Vi Keeland and Penelope Ward. I’ve been meaning to read Vi Keeland for a while and just hadn’t gotten around to it. I wasn’t wowed by the title, but the book kept my interest.

The audio book I’m listening too at the moment is ME BEFORE YOU by JoJo Moyes. I only listen to these while working out, so it takes me a long time to get into a book, but so far, I really like this one. I find myself thinking about the book a lot when I’m not listening to it, so that’s always a good sign.

I don’t want to talk about writing today :-)

This weekend we’re celebrating Middle Son’s birthday. It should be fun! The plan is to head to a local town for lunch and wine tasting, then back to my house for dinner, cake and maybe the hot tub. I’m really looking forward to it (A Whole Day Off!!) So what are your plans? Whatever it is, I hope you have a great weekend!

Wednesday, May 18th, 2016
Wednesday Worthy

It’s Wednesday! Yesterday, Wizard and I went grocery shopping, then he planned to take off for the day. Awesome that meant I had all day to work uninterrupted! But first I’ll write up a quick blurb for Ethan and Ana’s novella to put in my newsletter… Mwhahaha!! I may have been a little too optimistic. It took my all freaking morning to get a rough draft of the blurb.

After lunch, I tried to come up with a title. I thought and thought and thought some more.

Then I took a dinner break:

Jen's dinner break

Yep it’s a candid shot of me raw and untouched. But the wine looks good, right? :-)

And I still don’t have a freaking title as I’m typing this blog. Who wants to bet I think of one about 1:42 am? Hmm…? Anyone?

All righty then…let’s move onto Wednesday Worthy. I don’t know what the deal is with this guy and his towel–is he having a bad hair day? A head cold? Well I’ll let you all be the judge:

Healthy muscular young man after a workout on dark background.Fitness man holding a orange towel against dark background.Strong Athletic Man Fitness Model Torso showing abs. holding towel.

So what do you think? Is he worthy?

Monday, May 16th, 2016
Weekend Roundup

Working, working and working! I’m torn between finishing Ethan and Ana’s novella-with-no-name and digging into the revision on my beloved Savaged Dreams. I love too many books, LOL! Plus Ethan and Ana just tossed a sexual curveball in my lap and that thing is almost too hot for me to handle. But if this is what they need, I’ll grab some oven mitts and get to work. But all I want to say on that is this is the point in the book where I lose all control and the characters have taken over. Which is my way of trying lay all blame on Ethan and Ana…I’m totally innocent :-)

So my weekend: Friday was nice, Wizard and I had fun at the movies, although I don’t think Money Monster was that spectacular. But since I had no expectations, I enjoyed it well enough.

As for the weekend, I chose to skip my RWA Chapter meeting on Saturday in favor of seeing Biker Witch on Sunday (you know, limited time with trying to write multiple books) and then on Sunday Biker Witch didn’t feel well so we ended up not going to lunch. It figures, LOL! I should have gone to my meeting instead of trying to budget my time so efficiently.

To top it all off, early Sunday morning I was woken by loud trucks on our street–turned out to be fire trucks and paramedics. I was worried that something happened to my next door neighbor or his young granddaughter. So I’m stumbling around at four in the morning trying to figure out if I should get dressed and see if I could help (maybe babysitting or something). Finally I realize the emergency crews are at a house father down the street and it doesn’t appear to be a serious emergency after all. Sigh…I was up for the day.

So that was my weekend. How was yours?

Friday, May 13th, 2016
Happy Friday!

Another lightning quick week! I’m working in my usual insane fashion, desperately trying to write Ethan and Ana’s novella. As I’m writing this blog, I love the story so much I can hardly stand it. However the day before, I was banging my head on the desk and telling Wizard I quit. You know, in everything else I am streamlined, organized and efficient. But writing a book for me is a crazy-ass process that no amount of threats, wine or self-discipline has yet tamed!

However, I think this is what having true passion for our work looks like. It’s not all sunny happy days filled with puppies and chocolate rainbows :-) There has to be struggles or it’s not worth it.

Now let’s get to the weekend. Today I’m probably going to the movies with Wizard.  Saturday will be work and Sunday I’m going to lunch with Biker Witch (my sister) to catch up.  And I’ll work…because this novella now owns me until I get this draft done.

What are your plans? Whatever they are, hope you have a great weekend!

 

Wednesday, May 11th, 2016
Wednesday Worthy

You guys know what day it is! Hump Day! Which means it’s time to evaluate our Worthy Candidate! So while I’m (A) going to the gym in my battle with the bulge (the bulge is winning) and (B) writing the Novella With No Name, you all can take a gander at this guy:

 

Young muscular man with open jacket revealing muscular chest and abs.Portrait of a muscular young man in hood jacket posing on black background.Young man with athletic body posing on black background

What do you think, is he worthy?

P.S, I noticed that this guy is totally winning the battle of the bulge, not that I’m jealous or anything :-)

Monday, May 9th, 2016
Weekend Roundup

My weekend was awesome! Each of my kids either came over and spent time or called and talked (that was middle son who was out-of-town, but made time to call which made my day even better) It was all lovely and a perfect way for me to de-stress. I won’t go on and on (trust me, I can passionately talk about my kids and their amazing wife/girlfriends for hours). But I will mention that these Hot Fudge Cheesecake Brownies–

Hot fudge brownie cheesecake brownies, cut

–are KILLER GOOD and so rich they might just be deadly. Part of my Mother’s Day weekend was to take time off from writing on Saturday to test this recipe. It’s something I enjoy doing, I blast my Pod in my kitchen and bake. It’s really my happy place. Anyway, they came out soooo good! The only adjustment to the recipe I made was for the 3/4’s cup cocoa– I used a 1/2 cup regular Hershey’s unsweetened cocoa, and a 1/4 cup Hershey’s special dark unsweetened cocoa. I think it added a nice depth to the brownie portion of the treat. But you have to be a die-hard chocolate lover to enjoy this brownies. I begged Wizard to let me toss them yesterday to get the remainder out of the house, but he couldn’t bear to part with them. So after my totally indulgent weekend, I now must go back to practicing self-control :-(  Today I’m resuming my Weight Watcher’s program.

So an interesting thing happened as I spent a good portion of the weekend NOT thinking about the novella…I had great ideas to really develop and push my characters and create more tension in the plot. This almost always happens in this exact fashion. I do all the hard work developing the characters and plot, spend energy writing and rewriting, then for some reason step away. And it all begins to gel in my head. I still have work to do but it’s so much more fun now!

And lastly, my visit to the Social Security office Friday went fine and I should have my verification this week that the simple correction was put through (Fingers crossed on that!)  I had originally told Wizard not to go with me, but then he mapped where this office was located, and said, “I’m going.” As it turned out, he was right. Not an area I’d want to be alone in. So another point for Wizard, LOL.

Okay now I want to hear how YOUR weekend was!

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