Jennifer Lyon
Friday, January 23rd, 2015
Happy Friday!

It’s the weekend already! For me, it’s going to be a working weekend. In order to pressure myself, I’ve schedule editing and formatting for CAGED MAGIC so now I have to get the book done. Deadlines are important for that reason, and I’m going to try very hard to make it. It must be done by March 1 or earlier.

Linc is not happy with this plan. After all his complaining that I wasn’t writing his story, he’s balking big time because he doesn’t like the way the story is going. I swear there is just no making men happy :-)  I also have Ram and Eli to worry about. Although Eli is very patient, think of a lion stalking his prey…he’s going to spring and I’m trying to hold him back until the next book, PRIMAL MAGIC that will be his story. And Ram keeps insisting he’s fine…um…he’s not. The guy is like a human live wire spewing electrical energy that can kill him. So not fine.

So what are you guys doing this weekend?

Wednesday, January 21st, 2015
Wednesday Worthy

I’m trying to do this:

Rules of writing

 

But it’s slow going, mostly because I keep taking wrong turns, then having to back up and find where I am again. This is my insane process that eventually will end up being a book :-)

Okay for Wednesday Worthy, first up we have this candidate:

Muscular Bodybuilder Guy Doing Posing With Dumbbells Over Black

 

Who seems very interested in the long vein running along his biceps.

 

O: this candidate:

Muscular Shirtless Young Man In Abandoned Warehouse Sitting

Who appears to be pondering if piercing his nipple was really a good idea :-)

So what do you think? Any worthy candidates?

Monday, January 19th, 2015
Weekend Roundup

I blame Wizard for working less. He’s a BAD influence. I’m really learning how to do down time now because he’s so relaxed since he’s retired. But yesterday Wizard was going racing, so I thought YES! I can work for a couple hours, go meet Biker Witch for coffee, then come home and work more. It was a great plan. I got right up to 8;15 a.m. with that plan. I was writing, excited that I found a better way to tackle a scene that needed rewriting…

—Then BLB (youngest son) shows up with his new Jeep. He came by just to see what we’re doing. And if his dad was around, they were going to wash and wax the Jeep together, but wizard was gone. BLB was actually happy that his dad was out keeping busy and having fun.

–So instead BLB and I talked for a while.

–Then I felt compelled to make him breakfast. He never asked, but I can’t help myself. It’s the mom gene, I guess.

–Then he had to show me how to pull back the soft top on his Jeep (because it’s soooo cool like that, LOL)

–Then we had to watch Flip or Flop and discuss the tax ramifications of flipping homes. I know, you think I’m kidding because no one can be that boring. Nope. We really had that conversation.

–Then we bored ourselves and started talking about dogs.

–After that BLB went with me to meet Biker Witch for coffee and we all ended up talking for hours. Mostly about BLB’s new Jeep and dogs :-) (A side note: Biker Witch was really there for BLB through his leg ordeal, so she was genuinely thrilled to see how far he’s come since then. She always believed in him. People like that in our lives are true gifts. She doesn’t even realize how much her total faith in him meant–to both him and me.)

–Finally I got home, ready to write! Totally in the zone…Wizard comes home for racing and I lost another twenty minutes of catching each other up on the events of our day.

–By now it’s 3:30 in the afternoon but I was going to WRITE! I knew exactly what I wanted to do with my scene…

–The phone rings. It’s oldest son, CPA boy. So we talk and talk and I’m having a great time, then almost an hour later I hang up.

–Wizard looked up at me and grinned. “Always good to take a day off.”

“Yeah, if this is the worst problem I ever have, I’m good.”

He raised his wine glass (which he’d poured for both of us while I was on the phone with CPA boy.) “Right there with you, witch.”

And despite all that, I actually did make some forward progress on the book.  I can’t figure out how but I’ll take it!

So how was your weekend?

Friday, January 16th, 2015
Happy Friday!

Did you all have a good week? Mine’s been good but gone by way too fast. I’m plotting out the rest of CAGED MAGIC and practicing my new resolution to relax and not get so uptight and worried. I’m basically learning a new process of handling stress–we’ll see how it goes :-)

Wednesday, Wizard willingly went to the animal shelter with me, then we both came home depressed. It was so sad to see so many dogs that need homes and care. But we have to make a real decision about commitment and our lifestyle, and we’re still figuring out how much we may or may not travel now that Wizard’s retired. I did learn one thing, it’s probably best to go with a smaller dog. Wizard is not as initially comfortable with bigger dogs as I am. That’s something I’d forgotten since he’s so comfortable about Bailey, Cookie and Corky.  And if we get a dog, he or she will be for both of us, becoming a part of our family.

And for my happy news, the second and final book of The Plus One Chronicles released in Germany yesterday and did very well–breaking into the Amazon bestseller ranks by the end of the day (by the time this blog posts, that could change).
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I’m so happy Kat and Sloane have gone international! I’d never have predicted that happening. The first day I released the first book, THE PROPOSITION,  youngest son (BLB) came over and asked me, “How’s the book doing?”

I remember exactly. “Well I just posted it on my Facebook page a couple hours ago and 60 copies have sold on Amazon. I’m thrilled.” We both thought it was really good, but none of us could have predicated the way it took off. And I wasn’t even thinking of international sales then. Actually I didn’t seriously think about it until foreign publishers began contacting me.

I’m hoping that I cab do something similar with  the SAVAGED ILLUSION Series, but there’s no way to really predict what will capture readers, all I can do it try. But it is a story I’m excited about so we shall see. First I have to finish CAGED MAGIC and whatever the publisher will need for EXPOSING THE HEIRESS. One step at a time.

As for the weekend, I think we’re going to see the movie American Sniper and I’ll be working. What are your plans? Whatever they are, I hope you have a great weekend!

Wednesday, January 14th, 2015
Wednesday Worthy

My obsession lately has been… THE DOG WHISPERER. I’ve been watching it on my Kindle Fire any chance I get. And now, I’m bugging the bejeepers out of Wizard to go to the animal shelter so I can practice what I’ve learned.

“Um, is that like practicing witchcraft?” he asked.

I rolled my eyes. “Nope. If I practiced witchcraft, you’d be a toad.”

“Me?” He had the audacity to look shocked. “What did I do?”

“Do I have a French bulldog puppy?”

He tried on an innocent expression. “You were serious about that?”

I glared. “Nice try.”

He laughed in my face. “So is trying to get me to the animal shelter. Practice my ass. You’re tricking me into getting a dog.”

Damn. I went back to watching more episodes of DOG WHISPERER :-)  (And FYI, I’m totally wearing him down! Really! He even said it the other night!)

Now for our Wednesday Worthy Candidate. I’m just jealous of his flat abs, otherwise…eh.

Muscular Young Male Bodybuilder Shirtless Looking Up In The Sky

So what do you think, is he worthy?

 

Monday, January 12th, 2015
Weekend Roundup

GREAT weekend! My only disappointment was that I didn’t get to go to my local RWA chapter meeting, but that was my decision. Because Friday night Wizard was out until just after midnight helping BLB buy his brand new Jeep Wrangler. This is a huge milestone for BLB (youngest son). Wizard was about to bust a gut with pride. He essentially did nothing but be there for a little support while BLB negotiated a great deal. Saturday Wizard headed back out to hang with Middle Son and I stayed home because I had a feeling BLB would come by Saturday to show me his Jeep.

Sure enough, BLB came over :-)  He took me for a ride including out on the dirt trails. Half way though that ordeal, he turned and looked at me.

“Still scared Mom?”

Ummm…  “Not as much as I was a few minutes ago.” I almost always honest with my kids.

He cracked up. “The Jeep is built for this. You know that right?”

“Yep.  And you’re handling it very well.” See I knew that intellectually. BLB doesn’t scare me when he drives, none of the boys do. Wizard and I spent too much time teaching them and we were relentless (they’d tell you that too. We made them drive everywhere). This reaction was all emotional on my part. I was thinking. OMG he has’t even had it 24 hours, and we’re going to get stuck! After all he’s been through, all he’s overcome, there’s a part of me that wants to put him in a bubble and make life easy. That however, is the WORST thing to do so I usually control that reaction. BLB is a tough young man and has his life handled. My job now is to just get out of his way and be proud.

I have the proud thing down, LOL! I’m like that with all my kids. (I’ve never figured out how to be so sure of my writing–it’d be awesome if I had that same confidence there!)

As for the book, I got some real writing done and I’m really enjoying the process and loving watching Linc realize he has to step up and take an emotional risk. Linc, however, isn’t at all happy, particularity when something bad happens to his soul mirror :-) I’m hoping he’ll forgive me if we can ever get to the end. He just needs to hand on for about 200 more pages :-)

This last thing is that I started Silver’s book COWGIRL’S DON’T CRY.! I read about a third so far, and am hooked. I’d have read more but BLB came over on Sunday too to hang out for several hours. But I’m anxious to get back to the book and see what happens.

So how was your weekend?

Friday, January 9th, 2015
Happy Friday!

How did it get to be Friday again? It’s the new year and I thought time might slow down, but nope. Is it just me? So crazy! But on the upside, I’m loving writing right now. It’s just different, freer than it has been in a while. I refuse to think about deadlines, and am just letting the story happen.

Later I’ll get crazed. It’s inevitable because that’s just how I am. I care so much about the readers who have invested in Wing Slayer Hunters and hung in there waiting that I want to give them the story they deserve. But thinking about that now is counterproductive. So I’m just writing, deleting, rewriting and letting the story mature and develop.

And while I have you guys, I wanted to say that I do try to answer the comments, but missed out on Wednesday. When I went to answer, the blog or something was acting up and not posting my answers, then I just didn’t get back to try again. But I always read them comments and always appreciate them!

So this weekend: Tomorrow I’m having lunch with Biker Witch so we can catch up. I’m going to try to make my local RWA meeting on Saturday because Candace Haven is talking about writing a “Fast Draft” something I’m very weak at, and “Revision,” something I’m decent at but can always improve. But it depends how much writing I get done today. And then I’m also going to start reading COWGIRLS DON’T CRY by our own Silver James! I can’t wait!

So what are you doing this weekend?

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