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Friday, August 22nd, 2014
Happy Friday!

Wow it’s Friday again! I really wish we were going away for the weekend or something. But I didn’t make any plans, so that’s my fault :-(  In Oct, I’m going to the NINC (Novelist Inc) Conference in Florida–that will be fun. Wizard is staying home (his choice).  I’m going with a couple of friends and REALLY looking forward to a break from the daily routine.

Oh and I finally got my writing tips blog done. I did it on “Tips to Raise the Emotional Stakes in Your Book.” I’ll link it for any of you interested when it’s posted in September.

You know what’s interesting is the more I *try* to take a break from writing the more ideas that form in my brain. Figures! On the other hand, writing is much better than cleaning. I started vacuuming blinds–ugh. We have a ton of windows with blinds so I have to do it in batches to give my hands a break.

So tell me, do you have any plans for the weekend? And if you could go anywhere on vacation, where would you go?

Wednesday, August 20th, 2014
Wednesday Worthy

I’m methodically whittling down my to-do list of all the stuff I put off while I finished writing the book.  Yesterday afternoon, I sat down to write a blog on writing tips that I agreed to do a while ago, and I have to say, after my massive battle with the last book that strikes me as pretty funny. I screwed that book up about six times before I finally finished it. Still, I agreed to do a blog on writing tips so I just have to think of something I really want to talk about.

I also have to get back to the gym and start making some better choices. Amazing how much easier it is to get REALLY out of shape, than into shape.  But let’s move on. First, my apologies if our Wednesday Worthy candidate is overdressed :-) But he caught my eye, so here he is:

Handsome Man PosingWhat do you think?

And here’s our Bonus Pic–Bailey Dog! Here he’s on “guard duty” looking out the front window while Middle Son is watching football.

Bailey on guard duty

 

Monday, August 18th, 2014
Weekend Roundup!

I had a great weekend! This is the first weekend I wasn’t up at 5am working and stressing. I was having a little trouble relaxing but spending some quality time with Wizard and a margarita in the Jacuzzi on Saturday did the trick. Okay so the way this happened, I’m laying in the raft on the pool and I mused out loud, “You know I feel like having margarita.” Wizard thought I was a freaking genius. So I trotted in the house and put everything in the blender.

Wizard was supervising. “Put in more tequila.”

I frowned at him, all stern like. “Last time you wanted less.” That was on my birthday

Wizard said, “The (adult!) kids were here then and they had to drive home later. Now it’s just us and we’re not going anywhere.”

Ha! I know what he’s doing. “You’re trying to get me drunk and take advantage of me.”

He laughed in my face. “As if I need to get you drunk.”

Huh, I had no answer to that since he had a point. For the record, I didn’t get drunk but I did relax :-)

Then Sunday Biker Witch and I went to lunch at the mall–that was so much fun! I’m like a kid finally released from  time out–so happy to be free again for a while. We ate, and shopped and she bought me stuff (for my birthday and because I’m an awesome sister, LOL) life is good. We didn’t get into too much trouble, although I did walk into a wall. We were heading into the woman’s restroom, I turned to say something to her and slammed my shoulder into a wall. It’s impressive the way I can multitask, don’t you think? I’m perfectly fine, while she’s probably still laughing, but whatever.

And since it was gently pointed out to me that I keep posting pics of Bailey Dog when I have two other grand puppies, here are some Cookie and Corky pics. I must have a hundred of them on my phone from text messages, but can I find them what I want them? Of course not! Anyway here’s a few. Cookie is the super smart athletic one while Corky is a die hard fan of treats and naps.

Corky (left) and Cookie (right) go to work with CPA Boy

Corky and Cookie go to work

 

Cookie has a new sweater–she’s really a gorgeous girl. You have to see her eyes in person–so pretty and intelligent. She’s adores Special K since Special K rescued her as a  homeless, starving, underweight puppy. She’s the energizer bunny when she plays too–she will run as long as she can get someone to throw a toy for her.

 

Cookie has a new sweater

 

Corky–CPA boy texted me with this pic and said Corky’s getting fat. CPA Boy is a big meanie. Corky is perfect. He’s truly a sweetheart. If he wants his tummy rubbed, he’s sit next to you on the couch and taps you with his paw. No one can resist him.

 

Corky CPA Boy called him fat!

 

I have a new pic of Bailey too, but resisted posting it!

Okay your turn, how was your weekend?

Friday, August 15th, 2014
Happy Friday!

The book is in! I sent it in yesterday afternoon. Whew, such a relief! This book took me twice as long to write as it should have. But it’s done until I get revisions. Now I’m going to catch up on a bunch of stuff, I need to do some paperwork for my German publisher, I have a phone convo with a Google rep next week after I put them off for a while, I have three months of expenses I need to get straightened out, I need to listen and edit the audio version of OBSESSION…it’s a really LONG list.  And I’ll start planning my next books.

This weekend I’m seeing Biker Witch (my sister), yay! I’m really looking forward to that.

So Wizard got home a little early yesterday, coincidentally about five minutes after I sent the book in. I told Wizard I was done until revisions. That’s ALL I said, yet he stared at me and said, “You always think the book is bad when you send it in. But it turns out to be fine.”

I’m biting my tongue, desperately trying NOT to say that. I mean I have DOUBTS and WORRIES boiling in me but I’m not going to say it. No one believes me anymore. So I’m biting my tongue, determined to act positive and confident.

And Wizard burst out laughing at me. “It’s killing you not to say it.”

I finally crack like an overripe watermelon. “It’s not fine this time, you’ll see. First, I’m not sure the publisher will like that the heroine…” And I’m off, spilling out about a fifth of my concerns. Until Wizard returns and hands me a glass of wine. “Suck it up, Witch. The book will be good.”

“But it–”

“Drink the wine. Breathe. Rinse and repeat.”

Fine. I drank the wine. And maybe it helped a little bit :-)  Maybe Wizard’s ridiculous faith in me helps too, but I’ll worry anyway. (Seriously, there’s a good chance I’ll have massive revisions. I took a few risks…plus…never mind. Drink wine, breathe, rinse and repeat.)

Now let’s talk about one of my favorite subjects, Bailey Dog! This is the latest picture Middle Son sent me of Bailey this week.

Bailey the beach dog

This is Bailey’s life now–daily walks on the beach. That dog is so spoiled! Wizard and I think it’s time he’s comes to visit us and chase lizards.

So do you have plans for the weekend?

Wednesday, August 13th, 2014
Wednesday Worthy

I’m back! Kind of…the book will go in Thursday or Friday so I’m still working. I have it completed (it’s been a marathon!!!), but I’m going back through taking out my internal notes, fixing the timeline, smoothing out the writing, etc.  There will be revisions in my future, but that’s okay. In my experience, revisions always strengthen a book :-)

I’m hoping to be fully back on Friday to chat a bit more.

In the meantime, I have a Wednesday Worthy for you:

 

Handsome Man Posing

So what do you think, is he worthy?

 

Monday, August 4th, 2014
Blog Break

Hey guys! Okay this book is due a week from today (Monday August 4th). So I’m going to take the week off blogging, and then I’ll be back the following Wednesday, I think that’s August 13th.  I will checking in on FB here  https://www.facebook.com/jenniferlyonbooks as  I can do that pretty quick and return to writing.

Hope you guys have a great week and we’ll catch up then!

Wednesday, July 30th, 2014
Wednesday Worthy

I’ll be apologizing all over the place between now and August 11th when I deliver this book. First up, I am so sorry I didn’t answer comments from Monday’s blog. I see them, I just didn’t get back here to answer.  I hate not answering because you all take the time to comment I LIKE to answer. But between now and August 11th…I simply suck :-)

I’m officially in The Crazed Zone.  Right at this second, the book is working, sort of magically starting to just work–although I’m afraid to jinx it by actually saying that. It’s so insane, that CPA boy emailed to ask about coming out on Saturday for my birthday. He knows and understands deadlines and told me it’s fine if I need to keep working. But I said, sure, come out and I’ll work around you.  I copied Wizard on that email so he knew about it too.

Wizard then CALLED me to double check and see if I could really handle that. That was one of my rare moments when I almost burst into tears. Wizard can drive me up a wall sometimes, but man when I need him to be there, HE IS THERE and he gets it. But I told him yes, I am going to handle it.  My kid wants to come out and spend some of my birthday with me, I’m going to appreciate that not tell him no. And Wizard understood that too.

So then, I get an email from Special K (CPA boy’s wife) and she said. “I’ll bring dinner, you just work.”

God I love her.

And Biker Witch is being mega amazing too. She even offered to pick up some medication and bring it to me yesterday.  I ended up not needing it, but you know, so nice to know people are there for you when you need them.

I’m going to owe everyone in the known universe :-)

This should have been a simple book to write, but man, it tripped me up all over the place. As BLB (youngest son) just pointed out to me, this will be my book-with-a-story someday.

Okay now for Wednesday Worthy. I have two –a guy’s image that I quickly bought and a super cool dog that B.E., posted on my FB page. Choose your worthiness!

Super sexy shirtless muscular macho man

happy frenchie!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Which picture do you choose? (I choose the Happy Dog!)

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