Friday, November 17, 2017

Back to Writing

What a difference a week makes. From winter back to fall. The skies are cloudy in Southern California, but there are no snow flurries or need for a heavy jacket. The days are even quite as short here. Sunset is about fifteen minutes later here than in Chicago.

Any extra light is welcome.

I finished doing the proof reading of On the Hook and sent in the corrections. Now it is back to full force on writing the next book in each of my series. Well, not exactly full force. It is more like fitting writing time around everything else. Though sometimes that works very well. There is something about the now or ever feeling that can inspire my imagination and the words seem to fall off my fingers. And sometimes not.

It is always so cool when something surprising happens. I was working on the next Yarn Mystery and Casey had gone to the hospital with one of her retreaters. She was trying to find out her retreaters condition and was talking to the doctor. At first, it was pretty cut and dried and he was just a background character with no personality. But then he - I keep calling him he since I still haven’t given him a name- suddenly starting having a real conversation with Casey and he became an individual person.

I had Casey ride in the ambulance with her retreaters and thanks to Writers’ Police Academy, I knew what it was like first hand. Writers Police Academy used to take place at a technical community college in Greensboro North Carolina. They had s a whole training program for paramedics and EMTs, which included having a fully functioning ambulance. As part of one of the workshops, I ended up riding around in it with some student EMTs.

I was surprised at how roomy it was inside, but the biggest surprise was the what the ride was like. I expected something smooth and gliding, but it was anything but. And somehow not having any side windows made it worse. I had to focus on the two little windows at the back to keep from getting too nauseated. Oh, and we took turns sitting next to the dummy patient. I was glad when the ride ended.

I always knew it would come in handy someday.

Thursday, November 16, 2017

Cropping, Shopping, and Signing the Weekend Away

I spent Veteran's Day Weekend at a scrapbooking retreat at the Wisp Resort in McHenry, MD. It was a wonderful getaway (even with a snowy Friday morning) to spend time enjoying my hobby, hanging out with friends and making some new ones. There is just something about being around other crafters that energizes me and allows me to create a lot of pages, even though I spend just as much time chatting and shopping as I do scrapbooking. My new scrapbooking obsession is Kiwi Lane Templates. I've used them in the past and was hooked on them again this weekend. Part of it was because a friend of mine took some classes and was creating some amazing layouts and allowing her to try out a new style. Next crop, I plan to take one of the classes to learn a new technique or two using the templates.

I meet a lot of new readers and they kept me busy at my signing table (which trilled me!). And, I even meet a new reader who we have similar interests (Christmas decorating, Hallmark movies, love of Disney) and I do believe we are on the way to a friendship. I met many other lovely scrapbookers and readers this weekend but this new friend stood out to me because it's similar to how the friendship started between my new heroine and her best friend.

Wednesday, November 15, 2017

Travel and Techiness

I wasn’t in town last week when my post ran on Killer Hobbies.  I took a trip both to visit my wonderful family in Indiana and to spend a little time in New York City.  There, I had the opportunity to have a delightful lunch with one of my editors, and to attend a shareholders’ conference that I’ve gone to for quite a few years, not always to hear the heads of the companies who describe what they do and why it’s good to invest in them, but also because there is fantastic, surprise entertainment at lunch and after the main meeting.  This year, I got to hear Idina Menzel at lunch, and Tim McGraw and Faith Hill as the main entertainment.

All fun!  And then I got home, got to work—and had my main computer quit on me the next afternoon.  I wrote a draft of this post on a small computer I also own that has issues, including a newer version of Word I’m not used to.  But I’m working on it!

And then my regular computer came back to life.  It was a fairly simple problem to fix, as it turned out--but I needed some guidance to do it.   It still involved a small bit of techiness, but at least if it happens again I'll have it nailed.

Which is a good thing.  I need to continue delving into my current work in progress since I have a lot more drafting and editing to do on my next, and last, Harlequin Nocturne.

I hope that whatever you're working on this week works out well, with no glitches!  

Tuesday, November 14, 2017

Barefoot Hero

The kind of hero fiction writers invent (love the bare feet!) - turns up in real life:

Our cat Java has settled deeper and deeper into the routine of the household.  She manifests her deep trust of us by sleeping on our legs when we sleep or watch tv.  And curiously, she lays her head down heavily on a leg or, preferably, on a hand or wrist.  I’ve never had a cat lay down her head so weightily.  When we’re not paying attention to her, she complains to us in her raspy voice and if that fails, she gets up on a shelf or table and begins pushing things off.   Shout at her, and she looks at you with those copper eyes and says, as if to explain patiently, “Raaaaaaaaaah.”

Tomorrow I can go to the therapy pool at Courage Kenny!  Another choice regained.