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Friday, February 5th, 2016
Happy Friday!

Well…it’s Friday and that’s good news. Otherwise, I have a sinus headache that won’t let up (not serious, I get these once in a while) and we’re trying to tackle buying health insurance. But let’s talk about something much more fun.

Do you all know what this weekend is? Do you?

It’s the PUPPY BOWL!!!

Okay yeah, there’s that other little football game happening too this weekend:-)

But today I thought we’d do our own version of the Puppy Bowl. So here are your three candidates for Cutest Puppy In A Bowl:

puppies chihuahua in bowl in front of white background

So who is your pick? The blue bowl puppy, green bowl puppy or pink bowl puppy?

Hope you have a great weekend!!!

Friday, January 29th, 2016
Happy Friday

Okay it’s official, I feel like I’m trapped in Groundhog Day. You know that movie where Bill Murray lives the same day over and over? I’m living the same 200 pages of my manuscript over and over.  And yet I can’t move on,  I’ve tried!

But the good news it’s the weekend! Yay! Sunday I’m meeting  a friend for lunch, and I’m so looking forward to that. Otherwise, I’m going to keep working these scenes until I get the story lined up to go forward.

What are you weekend plans? Whatever you’re doing, I hope you have a great weekend!

Friday, January 22nd, 2016
Happy Friday!

You know what’s weird? Well besides me :-)  I saw my doctor yesterday and didn’t gain any weight throughout all the holidays and even lost a pound. Honestly, I can’t figure it out because I was eating. People, I need to solve this riddle and bottle it!!!  My only guess is that I was so busy I wasn’t eating as much as I think I was?

But now that I’m mostly sitting at my computer, I’ll probably gain and be baffled by that too, LOL!

In other news, I went back to the gym this week. One word sums up my feelings on that, OUCH!!

Now I’m back to the grind, and working so hard, I’m barely online. I’m at the do-or-die stage of the book, totally ripping apart and rewriting the first half so I can write the second half, all while I feel my deadline in a few weeks bearing down on me. It must go to the editor by the beginning of March…I hope!

And last thing, to all of you in the path of the storm bearing down on the East Coast, I’m thinking of you all. Stay warm and safe!

My weekend plans are writing, writing and more writing.  What are you doing?

Friday, January 15th, 2016
Happy Friday

My quest to remake myself into a better, faster, stronger writer and business woman continues. I bought this book:

Take Off Your Pants

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To help me write a stronger outlines so I can write the actual book faster. Then I tried to re-outline my current book, Savaged Vows, using this method and ended up looking something like this:

Stressed business woman screaming loudly at laptop in office

 

So Wizard offered me some wine:

Crazy woman with crossed eyes drinking wine through a straw

I feel better now :-)

Okay full disclosure–at some point in every book I stop writing and re-evaluate. This is the point where I rip apart what I’ve written, and what I loosely planned to write, and DIG DEEP for the real story and the real stakes for the character. This is where I start getting the extra crap out of my story and dig to refine my hero and heroine’s goal, motivations and conflicts–these are the things the drives the characters decisions, and those decisions are often made to avoid the thing the character fears most. Then I must construct a plot that drives them right smack into that fear in an explosive and emotionally powerful story.

Easy, right? LOLOL!!!

This year, I’m trying to improve my methods but the truth is that nothing replaces the sheer dogged determination and willingness to keep digging until I unearth the characters and their stories. But I shall keep trying to improve my process in the hopes that one day it will get easier…I’m an eternal optimist that way :-)

And in other news, we did not win Powerball Lottery. Good thing I love writing!

I’m still working on developing my business plan/strategy too. I share what I learn about that once I’m finished.

So what are your plans this weekend? Whatever it is–hope you have a great weekend!

Wednesday, January 13th, 2016
Wednesday Worthy & More

I’m trying something new this year. I saw this workbook recommended in one of my groups, and bought it.

Your Best Year

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From the backcover copy:

Your Best Year by Lisa Jacobs is an annual workbook designed to help creative entrepreneurs make your starriest dreams and most ambitious goals come true. It’s for creatives who are ready to stretch their comfort zone and make it happen already in 2016. This edition is bigger and better than ever before. The 2016 edition unveils a new system intended to help you stop the daily scramble and plan ahead for the most productive and profitable year of your life. Here’s to your best year yet.

This year I have some scary-to-me goals, plus a determination to get more control over my goals and workload. So I’m going to start tonight using this workbook. I’ll let you know what I think about the book. But what I **know** is that it’s always good to re-evaluate what I’m doing as a professional and see if I can do something better. Plus change has a way of energizing us, I’m already excited to try this and that enthusiasm has spilled over into my writing.

I do have a very tough decision to make though, because this book is big and sweeping, and it may not end up being one book. And this is what happens anytime I  say never…

Enough of that. No one wants to hear me going on and on about the trials of writing my beloved book. Let’s move on to Wednesday Worthy! Believe it or not, this is a brand new picture I just bought yesterday, but in a very familiar pose. Why? Because I have a thing for arms and chest :-) :-)

Muscular and sexy torso of young sporty man showing his perfect bicep and body. Torso part. Front view

So what do you think? Is he worthy?

Monday, January 11th, 2016
Weekend Roundup

My weekend was all about work. I’m back to it and trying hard to write this book. It’s taken a while to get into the rhythm of writing, but yesterday I looked up and it was three pm, and I was like…what??? Didn’t we just eat lunch?

For some reason I’ve been burning out at writing right about three pm. I mentioned this to Wizard who laughed in my face. “Do you think it has anything to do with you getting up before six and starting to write?”

“Uh…maybe?”

“Or that you’re worrying yourself sick about the book?”

“I haven’t said that.”

He laughed again. “No, but you almost poured coffee on your pancakes.”

I frowned at him. But damn it, it’s true. We were at iHop (don’t judge, people, Wizard loves that place) for breakfast one morning. For those of you who don’t go to iHop, if you order coffee, they have carafe at your table so you can refill your own cup. So the waitress brings our breakfast, I’d ordered blueberry pancakes. I **may**  have been obsessing thinking about my book when I picked up the carafe and tilted it part way over my pancakes.

Wizard practically yelled, “What are you doing?”

“Pouring syrup,” I said, wondering why he cared that I was using syrup.

“That’s coffee.”

So I looked at my hand and sure enough…I had the coffee carafe ready to pour. “Umm, I missed my cup?” I mean come on, who admits to being that much of an idiot?

He smirked at me. “I can’t take you anywhere.”

Ha! I have an answer for this. “I’m not the one that went to the donut shop with my shirt inside out.” Okay yeah, it was waayyy back when the kids were little and Wizard ran down to get donuts for the kids. But he did that! He came home mortified too and confessed that his shirt was inside out. And I have NOT let him forget it.

Besides, maybe I wanted coffee on my pancakes. Okay I’m lying, I was totally distracted, and frankly it’s going to be like this for the next six weeks at least.  I can’t quite figure out how to pull this book off, but I’m hooked and must find a way to give these two the story they deserve.

So how was your weekend?

Friday, January 8th, 2016
I’m Back & Happy Friday!

Hi all! I missed you guys! Happy 2016! I hope everyone’s year is off to a great start!

So first, our vacation. It was good, but it got off to a bit of a rocky start. The plan was for all of us; me and Wizard, the three boys and their significant others to all to up to Paso Robles. Six of us stayed in a rented house, and two+Bailey in a dog friendly hotel. One of us had a stomach flu a couple days beforehand, one back problems and another a sick dog (not Bailey) and couldn’t come up until a day later. But we all got there eventually and had a great time!  We discovered several wineries, and got to tour a wine cave which was really incredible.

Wine Cave 3 Eberle Winery

 

I learned a lot about the process and passion that goes into wine making. They have private tasting room down there that was gorgeous but there were too many people in my way to get a picture. Plus two of my sons were bugging me :-) Seriously they wouldn’t shut up, and kept making me laugh.  FYI, one morning my oldest son showed me a totally inappropriate joke on FB to see if I would blush. I may have obliged him :-) My kids are evil. And I know where they get it from. In this next picture you’ll see me laughing with Wizard. This is the real me with him — I can’t even remember what he said to me, but it was likely very inappropriate. Or he was making fun of my hair.

 

Dan and me

The above picture is Calcarious Winery, and it’s absolutely stunning up there. So pretty it took my breath away. There’s a long winding, mountain-like road to get up and down, and that’s where we met this guy:

Deer on way daow from Calcareous Winery 2

Wizard and I then headed to Solvang. We planned to spend two nights there, doing a bit more wine tasting, and just hang out and walk around. But the weather was cold and wet, with a huge (for Southern CA ) storm in the forecast. We decided to cut our losses and head home the next morning. We’re so glad we did! The storm hit the next day and washed out part of the 101 freeway, which would have left us stranded. That was very fortunate for us! But not so much for all the people who did end up stranded.

We came home with four bottles of wine. (We aren’t big spenders, LOL)

paso robles 004

Which we are saving for special occasions.

And now I’m back to writing, panicking and not sleeping. I took a serious wrong turn in this book and learned a hard lesson. Stop turning onto interesting side streets and TRUST MY STORY! Plus–have I mentioned this before?–I hate my process! It is such a mess until one day it magically comes together. I’m still waiting for that day. Although I read over some opening chapters and they don’t suck…so…fingers crossed!

As for New Year’s Resolutions, I only have one: Be the best version of me that I know how to be.

Okay tell me how you all are doing! Did you have a good New Year? Are things getting off to a good start? ARe you keeping resolutions?

 

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