I found a link up on another blog this morning after church. She had put together a gratitude list for today. When I saw it I knew I had to do one myself since even the sermon I heard this morning talked about gratitude. The message was clear. Be grateful! Here is my list for today:
- Healthy and happy family
- A fabulous husband who loves and supports me even when I’m difficult to live with! =)
- Adorable adult children who love to give me a hard time and hugs in equal measure
- Amazing friends (these are difficult to find, not quite as hard as finding a fabulous husband but still tough)
- The ability to write full time
- So many projects to work on I don’t know what to work on next (I have to remind myself that this is a good thing)
- The ability to love and worship God openly
- The saving grace of Jesus
That’s it for now. There are so many more things to be grateful for I’m sure I’ll do more of these. What are you grateful for today? I’d love to hear in the comments below!
I don’t know about you all but I have a bad boy problem. I’ve had it my whole life. When I was single (a really long time ago) if there was a room full of good guys and one bad boy I would find the bad boy within seconds. I didn’t make good choices back in the day. My husband fooled me into thinking he was bad. He’s a good guy with a thin veneer of bad boy otherwise I probably would have been too stupid to choose him. Thankfully it all worked out.
The cool thing about this in a fictional world is my bad boy issue is not as much of problem as it was in real life. Who doesn’t love the charmer with the smirk and a bad attitude? Instant hotness. If I’m reading a book, watching a movie or TV show and there is a bad boy and a good guy? I’m instantly rooting for the bad boy. Good guy? Boring and sometimes a little wussy. I could give examples forever. I’ve listed some below. My choices will be obvious but I would love to know what everyone else thinks. Who wins in these stand offs? Good guy or bad boy?
- Hook vs. Charming (Once Upon A Time)
- Tim Riggins vs. Jason Street (Friday Night Lights)
- Iron Man vs. Captain America (Avengers)
- Damon vs. Stefan (Vampire Diaries)
- Han Solo vs. Luke Skywalker (Star Wars)
- Loki vs. Thor (okay Thor wins but Tom Hiddleston is amazing!)
- Wade Kinsella vs. George Tucker (Hart of Dixie)
- Rhett Butler vs. Ashley Wilkes (Gone With the Wind)
- Teddy vs. Deacon (Nashville)
- Avery vs. Gunnar (Nashville)
See what I mean? What do you all think?
In real life Bad Boys are not a good choice, in fiction they are fabulous. Just don’t get them confused. Probably won’t work out the way it does for most heroines.
I do write heroes with a bit of attitude and the smirk is always there but overall they’re good guys. They may look a little rough around the edges but they do the right thing.
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This will be a difficult post since I will pretty much share just about anything about myself if you ask and write about most of it but here goes:
1. My husband and I went to rival High Schools. We still argue about it to this day. 25 years later. I’m a flatlander and proud of it! (Burbank people will get this). We didn’t know each other at the time but it doesn’t matter. My high school was better. He’s just jealous.
2. I’m allergic to peanuts. Like deathly allergic. Almost died when I was 27 from breathing in the steam while washing a knife covered in peanut butter. Could I be more of a nerd if I tried? Probably not. I’m asthmatic with an inhaler as well. I was born to be nerdy.
3. I lived in a hotel for six months. It’s not as much fun as it sounds. Trust me on this.
4. My mother’s maiden name was Dillon. No, I did not marry my cousin. I checked.
5. I chose both my kids names from characters in books. My daughter’s from a Romance novel. Not exactly a huge surprise I suppose.
6. I’m the only nerd in my family. No one else likes, Harry Potter, Sherlock, Superheroes, Musical Theater, Star Wars, Star Trek, living history, museums or anything even remotely nerdy. I’m surrounded by people that are way too cool. My kids and husband look at me like I’m an alien when I talk about any of these subjects. Sigh.
7. I’m short. Everyone in my family is taller than me. I also sit really close to the steering wheel when I drive. My kids like to send me pictures of T-Rex’s.
8. I’ve been very blessed to never have had to work outside of my home since I had my kids. I was also never bored a day in all that time. However I did go to pretty long lengths to entertain myself. As shown by this post and this one as well. Don’t judge me.
9. Zombies freak me out. I can’t watch anything where people eat people. It’s just gross. I know if I could get beyond it I would probably love shows like the Walking Dead but I’ve tried. Ewww just ewww!
10. I love cars. I love everything about them. New, old, fast, classic. I grew up watching street race cars being built. I actually know quite a bit about how engines work based entirely on osmosis. I heard it so much you can’t help but pick stuff up. Of course I love to drive as well but I’ve written about that here already. =)
There you go! 10 things! Whew! To see what kind of nerdy stuff I love and obsess over follow me on Pinterest!
Happy Valentine’s Day!
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When I started Book Three, which I am launching soon, I decided to age the characters from Breathe four years. I wanted the story to be about Jasmine’s younger siblings, specifically her brother Caedan. Now I’m not totally certain why I thought this was a good idea but I plotted out the story, created a love interest for him and started writing. Now in this post here I explain how difficult Caedan has been as a character. The nice thing about that is this is what makes him interesting. Being difficult can also mean he can be difficult to write.
When I began the book the writing went along smoothly. I wrote the first couple of chapters and I was surprise how well it flowed. You see Caedan doesn’t show up until the third or fourth chapter. When I got to his first scene everything came to a screeching halt. Wait. What? Ugh.
Thankfully I went to a writing event the next weekend. I spoke to one of my writer friends about it. She said “Why don’t you ask him what’s wrong?” Huh. I never thought of that. So I did. Here is the written conversation that took place. It’s a bit like texting. I guess that makes sense. He is sixteen.
Me: So what’s the problem?
Caedan: You didn’t ask me.
Me: Well this was always the plan. She’s your match. I created her for you. Isn’t that enough?
C: What if I don’t like her?
Me: Well you’re not going to at first. She’ll grow on you.
C: What if I don’t want a girlfriend?
Me: What girls still have cooties?
C: Funny. Haha. No. I just don’t like having decisions made for me. Besides I have enough females in my life. : /
Me: Poor baby. Surrounded by all those women who love you and think you’re amazing and clever and smart. I feel for you. I do.
C: All right. Whatever. No more police cars.
Me: We’ll see.
C: And I can prank her?
Me: Maybe but you probably won’t like the outcome of that. She’s going to give you a run for your money.
Me: Will you talk to me tomorrow?
C: We’ll see.
Me: You drive me crazy!
So that was it and he actually started talking. Apparently he just needed to be heard. If you want to get a sneak peek of my new book as soon as it’s available sign up for my newsletter on the right. I’ll be sending it out to my email list soon and my email peeps will be the first to get it!
While trying to think of an idea for Throwback Thursday, skating came almost immediately to mind. When I was a kid I loved to skate, roller or ice, didn’t matter. Skating was just fun. Now I know skating is still around but skating as a kid was so much better. No fear just you and the skates gliding along.
I took ice skating lessons when I was seven or eight years old. I learned to skate backwards, spin and do an arabesque. I thought for sure I was going to be an Olympic figure skater. Of course that was never going to happen. I’m about one hundred miles from athletic or graceful but my mother was nice enough never to point this out. The dream died when we moved across town because my mother didn’t drive and there was no direct bus to take us there. Either way it didn’t matter I still loved the freedom and speed of skating whether it was on my street in roller skates or the times I got to the ice rink.
When I was eleven or twelve, disco and roller skating were all the rage. Movies about these two things together were hitting the theaters. Dancing on skates? I was in. My cousin, who was much older than me, came from New York for a visit. She took me on a shopping trip and bought me very expensive, brand new roller skates. I was in heaven. I skated every day for that whole summer and I have the scars to prove it. I came home scraped and bruised but I didn’t care.
My husband never understood why I loved to skate. The only time he’s ever been knocked out cold had been at an ice rink when he fell on the ice while holding hands with a date. Roller skating wasn’t for him either. When he fell at a child’s birthday party at a roller rink he assured me it was because a ten year old girl had hip checked him into the wall. Uh huh.
When inline skates came out, I asked my husband for a pair for Christmas. He was impressed with how well I skated and honestly so was I but it just wasn’t the same as a grown up. I do miss those summer days, skating up and down my street without a worry in the world. Or going to the ice rink and whizzing past all my friends while they desperately clung to the wall while trying to make it around once. Skating now definitely isn’t the same but I still think about those beautiful skates and how much I loved them.
I think it’s time to rent Roller Boogie!
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