Jennifer Lyon
Friday, April 14th, 2017
Happy Friday!

Hope everyone is have a great (Good) Friday.

For some reason all day yesterday (Thursday) I thought it was Friday–but maybe that’s because I woke up at four-something in morning worrying about the book and I’m doing the usual crazy dance as I work to revise Savaged Vows. I’m not sure how I can turn a pretty simple revisions into a massive stress-fest, but let’s just call it a special talent, okay?? LOL!! Although I took last night off–normally I can get in one to three hours of work after dinner, but I ran out of steam so I took the night off and read a totally inappropriate book :-)

Saturday I’m working, and Sunday at least two of three kids are coming out. I need to find out if Youngest Son (BLB) is coming too. I’m really looking forward to that! I’m going to make shredded beef tacos and brownies for dessert. It’s not exactly a traditional Easter meal, but it’s simple and easy to adjust for more or less people, which is always a win for me.

What are you doing this weekend?

Happy Easter!!

 

 

 

Wednesday, April 12th, 2017
Wednesday Worthy

Here is today’s Wednesday Worthy Candidate:

So what do you think, is he worthy?

Monday, April 10th, 2017
Living the Dream

Warning: This email was written while under the influence of antibiotics, insomnia, wild joy, soul-shuddering fear and the usual amount of Jen-Crazy. Proceed at your own risk.

I have moments where I’m think, “Wow I’m living the dream.”

And then there are other moments, where I’m pretty sure I’m chasing the dream through the bowels of hell.

So Friday afternoon, I was cleaning our old leather couches–

**And let me just ask this: Do hellhounds come in at night and shed old filth, muck and digested bone marrow on my furniture while I’m sleeping? Because ewww….there was some serious dirt on my couches. So freaking embarrassing. But alas, those couches and clean now–yes sir they are, and if any grubby hellhounds try to smear their disgusting grime on them again, I will squirt them with my trusty cleaner and poof their butts right back to the underworld. Just saying…**

–Right so back to the subject of living the dream. While cleaning the couches, my phone dinged letting me know I had a new email. If my phone dings, that means Siri knows this is likely an email I want to read. Siri is clever like that. So I stripped off my hazmat suit (just kidding, people, I don’t live in a toxic waste dump…come on…)  all right I put down my cleaning rag and pulled up the email.

It’s was from my editor.

I’m like…holy cow (I cleaned that up for you. I don’t want to say holy f-ing sh*t on my blog, that would be rude). Why was I freaking out? It was too soon!! I’d just turned in the book a few days ago. So…this can’t be good. I had this happen once before and it’s not a memory I want to relive. Nope, in that case, my first two chapters were so confusing, she stopped reading the book and sent it back for me to fix so she could understand it.

I felt sick. Not like, oh, crap, I have a sinus infection sick. This was stomach sinking, career-ending, where’s the vodka sick. I broke out in a sweat and closed the email.

That’s right, I was scared of an email. I’d rather tackle dirty couches!

Except I had to know. I lasted about 22 seconds and opened the email again. Then I shut one eye, squinted with the other and mentally prepared for a death-blow to my career. It began with Dear Jennifer.

Hmm, well that’s better than Dear Author Wannabe, right? Although she often calls me Jen, so Jennifer… so formal. Hmm…Is she quitting?

OMG is my editor dumping me!! Where is the freaking vodka??? Wait, I don’t drink vodka. Crap. Is now a good time to start drinking vodka? It really seems like the perfect time for vodka.

Oh for the love of chocolate, read the damn email, Jen.

Great now I’m hearing voices. I’m definitely skipping the vodka because while I can tolerate voices in my head, I draw the line at drunk voices. So I began to read. The first paragraph was about…I dunno. There were a bunch of words that weren’t about my book. Which seems kind of rude when it really should be all ABOUT MY FREAKING BOOK because Hello?? Author dying here??

So I got through that real long first paragraph stuffed with words and punctuation and none of it about my book.

Whew, okay no hate in paragraph number one. So on to paragraph number two. It began like this:

“First off, I gotta tell you. Wow. Seriously, wow. This book is so, so good.”

Wait, what?

OMG she’s not dumping me and she doesn’t hate my book!! She gushed for a while, right down to the ending of the book.

After that, she went into “editor mode” and outlined revisions. The first half of the book needs some work, but the second half she couldn’t stop reading. For me, it’s all great news. I’m thrilled with her reaction and agree with her revisions that–if I can pull off–will make the book stronger.

And so on Friday afternoon, I was living the dream. That feeling is so addictive that I will chase this dream through the really bad days of insomnia and despair, fighting the voices of doubt in my head, working until I ache, to achieve those few magical moments when I realize the book is working, that I have hit the mark and given the characters the story they deserve.

For me, that is living the dream. Dreams aren’t easy, but they are worth the struggle.

Okay if you happened to make it through the whole blog–how was your weekend?

Friday, April 7th, 2017
Happy Friday!

 

Happy Friday! So despite all my bragging about how I usually just shake off a cold, this one refused to leave. It’s entirely possible I may have been ignoring how sick I was to get Savaged Vows done and off to my editor. Anyway, by the time I went to the doctors, I was in a fog and got lost INSIDE the small doctor’s office.

Twice.

You’re thinking that’s impossible right? Well, I was following the medical assistant back to the exam room, and for reasons I can’t explain, I turned into the wrong exam room and sat down. And waited, wondering where the medical assistant went…until I heard her calling me name trying to find me.

That was bad enough.

Then after I saw the doctor (sinus infection, which by then was glaringly obvious to everyone but me) I tried to leave. This involved walking straight down a hallway and out the door marked “Exit.”

I walked through the door marked “Office.”

FYI, the doctor’s front office staff were all very nice. They were kind enough to wait until I left to roll their eyes and snicker.

Sigh, okay, fine. I admit I was sick. Wizard, of course, was all sympathy and sweetness…up until Wednesday night. Wizard was watching TV while I was reading and he kept looking at me. He’d been doing that all day long. I mean every time he thought I wasn’t paying attention I could see him looking at me with an expression that resembled this:

I was starting to get annoyed and finally snapped at him, “Why do you keep looking at me?”

He smirked and said, “I can’t look away. You’re like a train wreck.”

I snorted and laughed, then I was pissed because he made me laugh and that made my head hurt more and also…WIZARD, WHO GAVE ME THIS COLD WITH NINE LIVES OF MISERY, WAS LAUGHING AT ME.

You’re laughing now too, aren’t you??? It’s okay I was a train wreck, and I looked it, LOL! We’ll both be fine soon.

I’ve been catching up on life, working on Savaged Dreams promo/marketing plans, and spending a lot of time reading. My formatter is getting a book of mine reformatted with a bonus scene–which is part of my overall marketing plan too. I’ll be doing more of the same thing this weekend, and I’m hoping to see Biker Witch once I’m sure I’m not contagious.

What are your weekend plans?

 

Wednesday, April 5th, 2017
Wednesday Worthy

Yesterday was Wizard’s birthday, and he spent part of it at the doctor’s with a sinus infection. Bummer. But we had a nice day and went to dinner anyway.

I suspect I’ll be at the doctor’s myself today or tomorrow with the same thing.  This appears to be the cold that keeps on giving :-)  But I got my book off to the editor (YAY!!), so I can deal with being sick now.

So onto Wednesday Worthy, here is today’s candidate:

Handsome Muscular Shirtless Hunk Man Outdoor in City Setting. Showing Healthy Body While Looking away

What do you think? Is he worthy?

 

 

Monday, April 3rd, 2017
Weekend Roundup

It’s been a good–if somewhat painful–weekend :-) Okay so I have Savaged Vows fully drafted at just over 100k words, although I’m frantically trying to fix one scene, and I need this book to go to the editor tomorrow (Tuesday). Ironically, the scene I’m struggling with is a wedding scene. And I’m supposed to be a romance writer…LOL!

And OMG I love this book. I’m not going to lie, it needs a lot of revisions and I’m terrified to send it to my editor, but I am passionate about Liza, Justice and their story. Writing the last quarter of the book was one of the hardest things I’ve done–some might consider it a risky storyline. I wrote it anyway :-)

Right now I’m taking a full minute to celebrate getting this far, even though I know there will be huge revisions on this book. Sometimes we need to stop and look at what we actually achieved. Despite a lot of setbacks, including a series of very serious family health crises in a month’s time, then Wizard and I both getting colds, in the last two weeks I developed some shoulder/arm pain,  all while juggling multiple other projects and deadlines–I did it! A 100,000 plus work manuscript for Savaged Vows!

My shoulder and arm thing will be okay. I’m doing stretches to avoid any kind of frozen shoulder scenario, but it really is from pure overuse. A few days rest, with ice, heat and stretches and it’ll be fine.

So that’s my weekend news.  How was your weekend?

Friday, March 31st, 2017
Happy Friday

Guess who got Wizard’s cold? Yep I’m sick and taking meds that make it hard for me to concentrate. I trying to push through the fuzziness to revise and clean up Savaged Vows for my editor. However, I’m taking a quick break to hop over here and tell you one fun thing about this book:

My hero and heroine have a weird obsession with chickens :-) They’re amusing me with it.

My weekend is going to be full of cold meds and writing. What are your plans? Whatever it is, have a Happy Friday and a Great Weekend!

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