It's almost that crazy day after Thanksgiving when you shop 'til you drop - or if you're like me - do it all from your home computer without leaving your warm comfy house. Thank you Internet!
But today, I thought we'd kick it off early with a birthday sale to celebrate the big 5-0. No, it's not the blog or the books... it's um ... it's me, okay?
I'm 50 today, and since nobody gave me a choice in the matter, I've decided to embrace it … sort of … at the very least, I've decided to put all of the Kindle versions of my children's titles on sale. YAY! Some of my books, like my newest release Millicent Marie: Just My Opinion, have never been on sale. Just saying. So if you're planning on getting your child a new phone or tablet or other device at a Black Friday sale (or if they already have one), why not also load up a book or two or six and give the gift of reading while you're at it? And don't forget to check out the selection of audio books as well. The voices are SO fun! You can find everything at:
Sale prices are good through the holidays, so enjoy and thanks for helping me celebrate my birthday!
Today I'm so excited to tell you about the latest release from Lauren Clark. I'm a huge fan of Lauren's books, so when I heard she'd published a new book recently, I couldn't wait to read it. In addition to my review, which you'll find below, Lauren stopped by to answer a few questions and was gracious enough to offer an AMAZING giveaway, which you'll find at the bottom of this post. THANK YOU, LAUREN!
I read The World Breaks Everyone in just a few days. Here's what I thought about it...
I know what you're thinking: Don't rush the weekend! I get it, I do. But now that my two oldest children have grown and left the nest, and my youngest spends every other weekend with his dad, some weekends can be a little too quiet, and it almost makes me miss the days of when I wrote this blog post back on May 6, 2011 ... Almost.
May 6, 2011
Is It Monday Yet?
I know most people will wake up this morning and say TGIF. But more and more, I find myself counting the hours until it's Monday again. As the weekend approaches, I look to my calendar and am faced with a familiar dilemma: how in the world will I get my kids to all of their activities and events, manage to get the grocery shopping done, do the laundry, get the house presentable enough for our company, and have a relaxing weekend?
My calendar looks something like this:
-Child#1 has a Bat Mitzvah to attend – needs to be there by 9:30am
-Child #1 needs to be picked up at 11:30am
-Child #2 has dance from noon to 1:00pm
-Child #3 is a tag-a-long
Sounds easy enough right? However, my Saturday, will most likely end up something like this:
I drop #1 off at 9:30. I come home, jump in the shower, make a shopping list, wake #2 up, get child #3 dressed, straighten up the house a little and generally feel calm that I have everything under control.
I take #2 with me at 11:15 to pick up #1. I figure I can drop #2 at dance on my way back, and I feel a sense of accomplishment that I can pick up/drop off on one trip. I plan on going to the grocery store in between drop off and pick up from dance. Child #1 will just have to come with me. I mentally prepare myself for teenage attitude.
Happy Day After Halloween! Did all of the ghosts and goblins and other fabulous and creative little and big ones have fun? You may be thinking the reason I'm having a problem with pants is because I ate too much Halloween candy last night (& possibly this morning.) Well it’s not true! Okay, it's a little true, but I have stretchy pants for this very occasion.
What I’m actually talking about has to do with writing. And since it's the first day of NaNoWriMo (National Novel Writing Month) I thought today would be the perfect opportunity to talk about my writing pants. As many of my fellow wordsmiths know, when we sit down to create a story, most of us fall into one of two camps: we either start with an outline, or we just go for it. I’ve always been in the later category, otherwise known as a "pantser," aka a person who writes by the seat of their pants.
My writing has always been very character driven. And these characters have loud voices that demand attention, so I generally let them guide the action. There's something exciting about starting a new story or even a new chapter, not knowing what my characters have in mind. It's as if I'm experiencing the story the same way my readers will experience it, and I have always loved that part of my writing process. I imagine most pansters feel the same.
Of course, at some point, I do need to reel my characters in and figure out a direction. I call this my AH-HA moment. It's when everything magically falls into place, and I never know when it will strike. Although I can say from experience that it's often when I'm doing something that has nothing to do with writing and is most likely and inconveniently at a time when I'm away from any sort of writing or recording implement.
So why are my pants such a problem?
Happy Friday before Halloween! Since we're so close to Trick or Treat time, this week's Flashback Friday is all about spiders because they're creepy and crawly and perfectly spooky for this time of year. Plus this blog post from November 2, 2010 is about how my aunt and uncle sent my children SPIDERS in their annual Halloween package. True story. You can read all about it here...
November 2, 2010
How To Grow A Spider
I was hoping to have this blog post coincide with Halloween – but you know how spiders can be. In the midst of putting together Halloween costumes, working on novel #2, a sick child, and planning a Bar Mitzvah, the number one thing on my mind these days has been spiders..it's true!
Now I admit, I am not normally a huge fan of spiders, although I have gotten better. After all, they do keep other bugs from getting into the house. But generally speaking, the thought of spiders does not excite me.
So when I opened the annual Halloween package from my aunt and uncle to find three rubber spiders, my first response was “yuk”.