Jennifer Lyon

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Friday, January 31st, 2014
Happy Friday!

It’s the weekend again and the end of January! Time is flying as usual.  I have a few things to tell you all.

1) The new computer came yesterday afternoon. I hope we have time to set it up this weekend but both Wizard and I are in a time crunch so we’ll see. But it’s here! Can you tell I’m excited?

2) I have a release month for the second book in the Once A Marine series! It’s July 2014 so it’s coming soon! I’m thrilled about that. The working title is The Cowboy Marine–that may change.  Now that I have a little distance, I like that book.

3) My narrator for THE PROPOSITION (and I’ll probably hire him for all three books) is Ryan Harding. He’s starting an FB page here. Ryan is a pen name–under his other name he’s has professional credentials as an actor and narrator. I’ve heard the first chapter and really happy with his work. He has an amazing voice!

So this weekend is Superbowl, right? Wizard’s been mumbling about it, that’s how I know :-) I have to work, what are you plans this weekend?

Wednesday, January 29th, 2014
Wednesday Worthy

I think my new computer will be here sometime today, or maybe tomorrow. The monitor already came and I’m getting excited!

Now before we go onto Hunk stuff,  I had this dream recently.   I was trying to build a house, and I’d decided it should be stone or brick.  So I went to one of those huge yards and everywhere I looked there was a different brick or stone.  I had hundreds of choices.

How hard could it be?

At first, I was super stoked. I was going to build an awesome house!  Right away, I found this gorgeous river rock–so pretty! And I thought, this is it! So I started to build my house…

But after the first layer or two, the stones wouldn’t stack right. One would tumble down, and I’d have to go fix it. Then another would fall and by the end of the day I was in tears.

The next morning I tore the whole thing down. River rock was a dumb idea so I started looking again and found bricks that were the perfect color! Excited I began again…

So you see where this is going right? Day after day I’m desperately trying brick after brick,  stone after stone to build this house.  And man, I am starting to hate this house, I mean loathe it. I want to give up, go get in my car and drive away to find an apartment for rent.  Only some unseen force holds me in that yard, compels me to keep trying.

Until one day, it all starts to come together.  And I fall madly, deeply in love.  Sadly,  I woke up before my house was built. In the dream I was still racing around the brick/stone yard, sweaty and desperately, trying to build my house.

Which we all know that building that house in my dream is a metaphor (or maybe an allergory ) for writing my book :-)

The moral of this story is that I’d really suck at building houses so I’ll leave that to the professionals.  But I’m not giving up writing books because as much as I hate my process, I love it when the story starts to click and the characters come alive.

I just wish it happened faster!

Now for a picture–this is one of those images that makes me want to write a book. This guy has a story:Male dark angel

Do you think he’s worthy of his own story?

Monday, January 27th, 2014
Weekend Roundup

I’m trying to keep my head down and write.  In the meantime, Wizard and I are discussing the whole concept of downsizing.  The idea of selling our house gives me anxiety attacks, we’ve accumulated YEARS of stuff here. Stuff that will have to be dug out of dark holes in closets, sorted and disposed of.

That sounds suspiciously like HARD PHYSICAL WORK. And possibly, some tough decisions thrown in.

On the other hand, for two years I’ve wanted to clean out a lot of stuff. I’ve made some progress lately, but it’s not enough. Moving would force me to do it.

We’re not really serious, just talking.  We like our house and aren’t in any hurry to make changes. But I really should clean out those closet. It’s time…except deadlines are an awesome excuse to avoid that hard physical work and tough decisions I don’t want to make :-)

Now in a totally random comment–I love YouTube for research! This weekend I was watching some amazing videos on sculpting.  Since I can’t do anything remotely artistic (unless we consider writing artistic), it’s amazing to watch people who can!

How was your weekend?

Friday, January 24th, 2014
Happy Friday!

My internet has been hit and miss which is why I didn’t answer on Wednesday–Sorry!  But I did read the comments, it was just answering them that was giving my problems.

Last night, we FINALLY ordered our computer and monitor. Fortunately Verizon (my service provider) cooperated and we found what we needed. That’s a relief! Now I really hope this Internet issue resolves itself soon. Wizard is having trouble at work too so I know it’s not just me.

So when I saw my doctor on Wednesday I discovered that while my ankle showed no RA (very good news that means we don’t have to worry about joint destruction) it showed a host of other possible issues.  (You wouldn’t believe me if I told you, it’s crazy)  Which means I didn’t get to say “I told you” so to my doctor.  Instead, we had this long, boring discussion about what to do next. But the upside is that I can ignore it for a while if I’m so inclined.

Wizard however his not on board with that plan, but I’m ignoring him too :-)

Moving on, can you believe it’s Friday? What happened to Monday? This week is a blur! This weekend I’m working, and Wizard and I  might go do something fun, and I should write up the workshop blurb for my RWA Chapter that I said I’d get done like two weeks ago.

What are your weekend plans?


Wednesday, January 22nd, 2014
Wednesday Worthy

Whoops, the blog didn’t post as scheduled for some reason. Here it is now.

My go-to place for buying images has raised it’s prices–which is totally their right to do. Just as it’s my right to not buy as many images :-) Therefore we’ll have reruns a lot here if keep doing hunks.

But before our hunk pic, I got a call from my doctor’s office that the MRI on my ankle came back fine.  I see my doctor today so I may point out to him that I WAS RIGHT. Just saying :-) The ankle gives me some trouble, but it’s just not worth all this hassle.

In writing news, I’m making some progress. Hunt and Alyssa are starting to take shape.  Honestly, every book is hard, and every book should be hard :-)

On the computer search, it’s mostly giving us a headache.  We keep running into things like we find what we want, go to order it and it’s out of stock. And then yesterday our Internet Service kept dropping. It’s getting to be laughable.  But it’ll work out, we’ll get it ordered this week.

Okay here is our Rerun Hunk.

bigstock-Sexy-male-model-with-great-abs-35109083What do you think?

Monday, January 20th, 2014
Weekend Roundup

Great weekend, but not as productive as I’d have liked.  Saturday we ended up researching computers, and we’ve ruled out all the things we don’t want (Windows 8, an all-in-one) and narrowed down what we do want (fast processor!).  I’m being picky because I multitask a lot now,  and I need a computer that can keep up with me. Right now, I have to switch between my desktop and laptop to do everything I need to do–it’s crazy, believe me.

Sunday, sadly, Biker Witch wasn’t feeling up to lunch. I was bummed, but completely understood.  But it was a double bummer because BLB (youngest son) happened to come by and was going to go to lunch with us. But I didn’t mention that to Biker Witch–she was miserable enough without me telling her she missed out on seeing her nephew.

Umm…hmm…if she reads this blog, she’ll find out. Yeah, not one of my best plans, LOL!

In book news, I’ve hired a narrator for The Proposition. My ultimate plan is to have him do all three books and release them quickly so listeners aren’t left hanging too long, but I’m taking my time on this first on. I’m thrilled with the narrator. The decision to go with a male voice was interesting and there were some fantastic auditions to choose from.  Everyone has their own preference, but in the end, I went with the narrator that handled the material the best.  As soon as I get a little further along, I’ll tell you all who he is. He has a fantastic voice and has a way of drawing the reader into the story instead of feeling like the story is just being read to you.

Otherwise, this book I’m working on now is going to consume my life.

How was your weekend?

Friday, January 17th, 2014
Happy Friday!

I hope it’s a happy Friday for everyone! Here in So Cal, we’ve been unseasonably hot and dry with winds, which means fires.  The dry weather is making everyone miserable with sinus and allergy problems too. We desperately need some rain!

Here’s a quick pic of Bailey. BLB (youngest son) went to see him and sent me this pic. He said Bailey’s doing fine, he just can’t jump. I’m not sure why Bailey was in his kennel–maybe he was sleeping when BLB visited him at Middle Son’s.

Bailey in his kennel

This weekend I have to write but I’m going to meet  Biker Witch (my sister) for lunch on Sunday. What are you all doing?

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