Wednesday, April 26, 2017

Wordless Wednesday: Spring roses

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Tuesday, April 25, 2017

Teaser Tuesday: Taming Natasha by Nora Roberts



Teaser Tuesday is newly hosted by Ambrosia at The Purple Booker. To play along, just do the following:

- Grab your current read 

- Open to a random page 

- Share two “teaser” sentences from somewhere on that page 

- BE CAREFUL NOT TO INCLUDE SPOILERS! (make sure that what you share doesn’t give too much away! You don’t want to ruin the book for others!) 

- Share the title & author, too, so that other TT participants can add the book to their TBR list if they like your teaser. 

My teaser this week is from Nook page 49 of Taming Natasha by Nora Roberts:

Why did men think they could soften up a woman with a flower? because they could, Natasha admitted, biting off a sigh as she glanced toward it. That didn't mean she was going out to dinner with him. 

Monday, April 24, 2017

Bullet journaling anniversary

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I realized the other day that I have been Bullet Journaling for a year! It has been such a great organizational tool for me. I can't imagine going back to a tradtional calendar or planning sysyem. The flexibility and creativity (and for me the simplicity) of it are amazing! 

Saturday, April 22, 2017

Duran Duran and Snoopy

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So in love with this! A friend shared this with me on Facebook. It's not mine, though I may need to buy one! LOL Oh, and I absolutely agree with Snoopy here.

Thursday, April 20, 2017

Fruit salad

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I'm finding eating healthier to be a lot easier than I'd expected. I thought I'd get a little bored with it but I'm not. Of course, it does help that I like a lot of fruit and vegetables. The above fruit salad is what I made for my kids and I as an after school snack. It's bananas, a red apple, a green apple, blueberries and an orange. My daughter and I chopped up all the fruit, put it in a bowl and mixed it up. It was nice, quick and easy but so delicious! There was some left to put in lunches tomorrow, too. 

Tuesday, April 18, 2017

Teaser Tuesday: Brazen Virtues by Nora Roberts



Teaser Tuesday is newly hosted by Ambrosia at The Purple Booker. To play along, just do the following:

- Grab your current read 

- Open to a random page 

- Share two “teaser” sentences from somewhere on that page 

- BE CAREFUL NOT TO INCLUDE SPOILERS! (make sure that what you share doesn’t give too much away! You don’t want to ruin the book for others!) 

- Share the title & author, too, so that other TT participants can add the book to their TBR list if they like your teaser. 

My teaser this week is from page 70 of Brazen Virtue by Nora Roberts:

"Mystery writer discovers sister's body." Grace nodded, preparing herself. "Yes, it would make an interesting lead story." She stared at the phone. "I can handle the press, Ed."

Monday, April 17, 2017

Musing Mondays: Favorite time to read

 Musing Mondays is a weekly meme hosted by The Purple Booker that asks you to choose one of the following prompts to answer:
  • I’m currently reading…
  • Up next I think I’ll read…
  • I bought the following book(s) in the past week…
  • I’m super excited to tell you about (book/author/bookish-news)…
  • I’m really upset by (book/author/bookish-news)…
  • I can’t wait to get a copy of…
  • I wish I could read ___, but…
  • I blogged about ____ this past week…

THIS WEEKS RANDOM QUESTION: Do you have a favorite time of day to read?

I do have a favorite time of day to read and that is at night when my home is quiet and everything is done for the day. This is also usually in bed which is my favorite place to read. Now, that being said, I will read any time of day or night and often get in pages here and there through the day.

Sunday, April 16, 2017

Happy Easter

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Happy Easter to all of those who celebrate it! Happy Sunday to all! I hope everyone is having a pleasant and relaxing day.

Saturday, April 15, 2017

Hidden Figures

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Last night we watched the movie Hidden Figures! It is an excellent movie! Now I want to read the book. I want all the extra details that I am certain had to be left out of the movie for the sake of time. Here is the GoodReads description of the book by Margot Lee Shetterly:

The phenomenal true story of the black female mathematicians at NASA whose calculations helped fuel some of America's greatest achievements in space. Now a major motion picture starring Taraji P. Henson, Octavia Spencer, Janelle Monae, Kirsten Dunst, and Kevin Costner.

Before John Glenn orbited the Earth or Neil Armstrong walked on the moon, a group of dedicated female mathematicians known as "human computers" used pencils, slide rules, and adding machines to calculate the numbers that would launch rockets and astronauts into space.

Among these problem solvers were a group of exceptionally talented African American women, some of the brightest minds of their generation. Originally relegated to teaching math in the South's segregated public schools, they were called into service during the labor shortages of World War II, when America's aeronautics industry was in dire need of anyone who had the right stuff. Suddenly these overlooked math whizzes had shots at jobs worthy of their skills, and they answered Uncle Sam's call, moving to Hampton, Virginia, and the fascinating, high-energy world of the Langley Memorial Aeronautical Laboratory.

Even as Virginia's Jim Crow laws required them to be segregated from their white counterparts, the women of Langley's all-black West Computing group helped America achieve one of the things it desired most: a decisive victory over the Soviet Union in the Cold War and complete domination of the heavens.

Starting in World War II and moving through to the Cold War, the civil rights movement, and the space race, Hidden Figures follows the interwoven accounts of Dorothy Vaughan, Mary Jackson, Katherine Johnson, and Christine Darden, four African American women who participated in some of NASA's greatest successes. It chronicles their careers over nearly three decades as they faced challenges, forged alliances, and used their intellects to change their own lives - and their country's future.

See, doesn't this book sound fantastic? I think it does. Two things strike me right off based on the description. One, this book is about four pioneering African American women. The movie didn't include Christime Darden and I wonder why. Two, the time frame of the movie is a couple of years while the book sounds like it covers a couple of decades. THis book is going to the top of my to-read list!

Tuesday, April 11, 2017

Teaser Tuesday: Sacred Sins by Nora Roberts (2)



Teaser Tuesday is newly hosted by Ambrosia at The Purple Booker. To play along, just do the following:

- Grab your current read 

- Open to a random page 

- Share two “teaser” sentences from somewhere on that page 

- BE CAREFUL NOT TO INCLUDE SPOILERS! (make sure that what you share doesn’t give too much away! You don’t want to ruin the book for others!) 

- Share the title & author, too, so that other TT participants can add the book to their TBR list if they like your teaser. 

My teaser this week is from page 132 of Sacred Sins by Nora Roberts:

If he'd gone with instinct, he would have said good night and gone on to the next address on the list. Procedure was more demanding and infinitely more boring than instinct. They interviewed the three other priests in the rectory.

Monday, April 10, 2017

Photo by my husband

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My husband and daughter went grocery shopping this evening. They bought me tulips while out. Then he took this super cool photo of one of the flowers!

Saturday, April 8, 2017

Centerpieces

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This is the lovely centerpiece from my chapter meeting of RWA today. It's adorable! Better than that is that the actual meeting itself was FANTASTIC! There was chat about goal setting (and actual goals set!), a panel that spoke about things new writers should be aware of in the publishing industry and an afternoon presentation on how to be more productive! All in all - agreat meeting!

Friday, April 7, 2017

Brussels sprouts

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Yummy Brussels sprouts for dinner. I put pepper, butter and Parmesan cheese on them. My kids don't like them but my husband and I think they're delicious! 

Thursday, April 6, 2017

A Title

I HAVE A TITLE! Excuse my all caps excitement, please. I am so excited to FINALLY have a Title for my current book! I was truly beginning to sweat not having a title for my book because I am ready to submit said book - as in tomorrow, the next morning at the latest! 

It's not uncommon for me to lack a title at the beginning of a writing project. It doesn't bother me at that point because I know the title will come to me during the writing process. I also know whatever title I choose may be changed when it comes to publication. Still, I need to submit the book with a title. So imagine my nerves as I began to near the end of writing the story and still had no title. Then I went through the first round of revision with no idea of what I wanted to call the book! Same thing for revision round two. Now I'm at the end of my third round of revision and until about an hour ago still had NO IDEA what I wanted to call this book! Then it FINALLY came to me and I am so happy with it! I won't get emotionally attached to the title but I am still so relieved that I have a name for my book!

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I love writing advice! That doesn't mean I always take it but I LOVE to hear and read about authors opinions and advice on their personal writing journeys. Though I don't take every bit of advice I hear I do always learn something I can use! Add in a title that's meant to make people smile and I can guarantee I'm going to want to read the book - and learn the advice. I just got this book today so I can't share anything I've learned from it just yet. However, I am excited to get into it.


Tuesday, April 4, 2017

Teaser Tuesday: Sacred Sins by Nora Roberts



Teaser Tuesday is newly hosted by Ambrosia at The Purple Booker. To play along, just do the following:

- Grab your current read 

- Open to a random page 

- Share two “teaser” sentences from somewhere on that page 

- BE CAREFUL NOT TO INCLUDE SPOILERS! (make sure that what you share doesn’t give too much away! You don’t want to ruin the book for others!) 

- Share the title & author, too, so that other TT participants can add the book to their TBR list if they like your teaser. 

My teaser this week is from page 12 0f Sacred Sins by Nora Roberts:

"No use letting it get to you," she murmured, then seeing his face, passed him the Pepsi. It always got to you. 

Monday, April 3, 2017

Keep crafting


I love this so much I had to share it here! It's not mine. I got it off of Twitter from Stylecraft Yarn. Still, it's perfect for Monday and I completely agree with it!

Sunday, April 2, 2017

Camp Nanowrimo


Camp 2017 - Participant - Profile PhotoI'm sure a lot of you know that November is National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo). In April, the same organization runs Camp NaNoWriMo. It's the same idea in terms of creating a writing goal and doing your best to achieve it during the thirty days of April. This year, the organizers have set it up so that participants can choose to write a certain number of words or pages per day. You can even write a set number of lines or revise. In other words, whatever works for you. I've decided to go for writing 30,000 words this month. That's less than the 50,000 word requirement in November but it will still be a challenge for me as I have a LOT going on this month!


It's not too late to sign up and participate if Camp NaNoWriMo sounds like something you'd like to do this April. Just go here to do so!

Saturday, April 1, 2017

Dewey's 24-Hour Readathon

It's almost time for another installment of the amazing and fun Dewey's 24-Hour Readathon. It is on April 29th - so exactly four weeks from now. The great organizers have opened sign-ups for the event. Don't worry though - it's always free.

The readathon is designed to have fun and read as much as you can or want to read in a 24-hour period. There are a lot of fun things to do as well like mini challenges and sharing the fun with fellow book and reading enthusiasts! This can also be a fun family event. My kids love to participate in this with me each time.

Friday, March 31, 2017

Enough

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I am very relaxed right now and thought of this quote. It is so true and I believe taking time for ourselves is so important! Know that all you do and who you are is valuable and let that knowledge be wnough! Have a great weekend everyone!

Tuesday, March 28, 2017

Teaser Tuesday: The Final Cut (2)



Teaser Tuesday is newly hosted by Ambrosia at The Purple Booker. To play along, just do the following:

- Grab your current read 

- Open to a random page 

- Share two “teaser” sentences from somewhere on that page 

- BE CAREFUL NOT TO INCLUDE SPOILERS! (make sure that what you share doesn’t give too much away! You don’t want to ruin the book for others!) 

- Share the title & author, too, so that other TT participants can add the book to their TBR list if they like your teaser. 

My teaser this week is from page 198 of The Final Cut by Catherine Coulter and J.T. Ellison:

He closed the book and she saw the title. She didn't realize the significance until much, much later. He was reading Invisible Man.

Monday, March 27, 2017

Lovely Spring

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I took this picture at the park today. To me it perfectly illustrates how lovely Spring truly is! Of course, it is super windy here right now and all of our allergies are acting up like crazy. Still, it's such a beautiful season!

Sunday, March 26, 2017

Take the Risk

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I love this quote and believe it to be absolutely TRUE! I attended the California Dreamin' Writers Conference this weekend and it was amazing! Robyn Carr and Sarah MacLean were the Keynote speakers and both had wonderful and inspirational things to say about this writing life! The crux of both of their speeches was to WRITE! What a surprise, right? It was nice - and well-timed - to hear it, though. Another thing I took away from this weekend was a reminder to stay true to myself, my writing style and what I want to write!

I have been told a couple of times recently, "You can't write that. No one will want to read that." It was discouraging, to say the least. I was reminded during Sarah MacLean's speech today to "Take the Risk!" So I'm going to do just that - Take the risk! I'm excited, nervous and hopeful!

Saturday, March 25, 2017

Epiphany

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I've had a major epiphany about my writing and where I want to go with it! I've been so stressed out about it - well, for a while now - to the point that it hasn't been something I enjoy anymore! I've been trying to stay within others' parameters and that hasn't worked for me. I'm going back to writing what I love for the pure and simple fact that I love it! My hope is that this will bring me back to my joy in writing! 

Friday, March 24, 2017

Night One

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Tonight was great fun and informative! Now I need to get some sleep because tomorrow is going to be a long day!

Thursday, March 23, 2017

Writers Conferences

A writers conference is something I used to want to give a try. Now that I've been to two I know that I LOVE them! I will be going to my third one this weekend! Two years ago I went to the California Dreamin' Writers Conference for the first time and fell in love with the event! It was so nice and truly amazing to be surrounded by people - mostly women but some men, as well - on the same journey as me. We're all at different places in our career but the end goal is to be a published author and that camaraderie felt - and still feels - AMAZING!

Last summer I went to my first national conference for the Romance Writers of America. THis is an annual event and at some point I'd love to go every year. Hopefully that will happen before too much longer. However, I can't make the national RWA conference this year so I will go to California Dreamin' Writers Conference once again this weekend. The keynote speakers are Robyn Carr and Sarah MacLean. I'm looking forward to hearing both of them.

There are also several workshops I am looking forward to. Such as, Self-Editing: Ten Tips to Make Your Words Pop, Working Past the Fear, Writing the Romance Novella, Mastering the Art of Great Conflict and Pros in Your Prose t name a few!

I am looking forward to a great weekend with writer friends, possible new friends to be made and a lot of learning about this writers life that I love!

Wednesday, March 22, 2017

Wordless Wednesday: Sunny Log Cabin square number one

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Teaser Tuesday: The Final Cut by Catherine Coulter and J.T. Ellison



Teaser Tuesday is newly hosted by Ambrosia at The Purple Booker. To play along, just do the following:

- Grab your current read 

- Open to a random page 

- Share two “teaser” sentences from somewhere on that page 

- BE CAREFUL NOT TO INCLUDE SPOILERS! (make sure that what you share doesn’t give too much away! You don’t want to ruin the book for others!) 

- Share the title & author, too, so that other TT participants can add the book to their TBR list if they like your teaser. 

My teaser this week is from page 119 of The Final Cut by Catherine Coulter and J.T. Ellison:

"Nicholas and I need to get up to the exhibit room before the crowds are allowed up. Two of our top techs are there with Dr. Browning , collecting evidence. I'm hoping our forensic team has turned up something concrete."

Monday, March 20, 2017

Happy Spring

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It's a wonderful and beautiful time of year and I am happy that Spring is here! Although, I must admit, it doesn't exactly feel like spring here today. it's a bit chilly and the sun has been going in and out all day. Last wek felt like summer with our temperatures in the high 80's and low 90's. Tomorrow we're expecting rain. LOL Goofy weather, I tell ya! 

Sunday, March 19, 2017

A Brit in the FBI

I love discovering a new series of books! I love it even more when I actually like teh first book in the series and want to continue on with said series. I am currently reading The Final Cut by Catherine Coulter and J.T. Ellison. It is a really enjoyable book so far. It is the first of four books at this point and I'm really looking forward to reading the rest of them!

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Saturday, March 18, 2017

Beauty and the Beast



My kids and I have been excited about the remake of Beauty and the Beast since we first learned about it. We all went to see it and I think Emma Watson and Dan Stevens did an amazing job in their respective parts as Belle and the Beast. I love how strong Belle is in this making of the movie! There's a point in the movie where she proclaims, "I'm not a princess." I have daughters and I want them to be strong, independent women. I actually LIKE that they're portraying Belle as a strong woman and not a princess! Anyway, we highly recommend Beauty and the Beast!

Tuesday, March 14, 2017

Teaser Tuesday: The Chilbury Ladies' Choir by Jennifer Ryan



Teaser Tuesday is newly hosted by Ambrosia at The Purple Booker. To play along, just do the following:

- Grab your current read 

- Open to a random page 

- Share two “teaser” sentences from somewhere on that page 

- BE CAREFUL NOT TO INCLUDE SPOILERS! (make sure that what you share doesn’t give too much away! You don’t want to ruin the book for others!) 

- Share the title & author, too, so that other TT participants can add the book to their TBR list if they like your teaser. 

My teaser this week is from page 3 of The Chilbury Ladies' Choir by Jennifer Ryan:

"Just because the men have gone to war, why do we have to close the choir? And precisely at a time when we need it most! I mean, what'll be disabled next? His beloved bell ringers? Church on Sundays? Christmas? I expect not!" 

Monday, March 13, 2017

Doctor Who series 10 trailer



I had an entirely different post in mind but then I came across this Doctor Who trailer. Besides the fact that it looks EPIC - I need to have this so I can show it to my kids. They LOVE Doctor Who but my oldest is especially enamored with this show! I have to admit I am, too!

Sunday, March 12, 2017

The Chilbury Ladies' Choir by Jennifer Ryan

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"Through letters and journals, The Chilbury Ladies' Choir unfolds the struggles, affairs, deceptions and triumphs of a village choir during World War II."

"Just because the men have gone to war, why do we have to close the choir? And precisely when we need it most!" 

As England enters World War II's dark early days, spirited music professor Primrose Trent, recently arrived to the village of Chilbury, emboldens the women of the town to defy the Vicar's stuffy edict to shutter the church's choir in the absence of men and instead 'carry on singing'. Resurrecting themselves as "The Chilbury Ladies' Choir", the women of this small village soon use their joint song to lift up themselves, and the community, as the war tears through their lives. 

Told through letters and journals, The Chilbury Ladies' Choir moves seamlessly from budding romances to village intrigues to heartbreaking matters of life and death. As we come to know the struggles of the charismatic members of this unforgettable outfit -- a timid widow worried over her son at the front; the town beauty drawn to a rakish artist; her younger sister nursing an impossible crush and dabbling in politics she doesn't understand; a young Jewish refugee hiding secrets about her family, and a conniving midwife plotting to outrun her seedy past -- we come to see how the strength each finds in the choir's collective voice reverberates in her individual life. 

In turns funny, charming and heart-wrenching, this lovingly executed ensemble novel will charm and inspire, illuminating the true spirit of the women on the home front, in a village of indomitable spirit, at the dawn of a most terrible conflict.

I LOVE historical fiction and am often drawn to books set during WW2. I've only just begun this book and like it already!

Friday, March 10, 2017

Corner to Corner afghan

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I made this corner to corner (c2c) afghan for a friend and her husband. They love it. My kids love it (and wanted to keep it themselves) and I love it! It's so warm and soft and squishy. I also think it came out very elegant in this ivory tweed. 

Thursday, March 9, 2017

Happy Birthday darling!

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To the best nieces and nephews ever! Happy Birthday to my smart, talented and beautiful niece!

Tuesday, March 7, 2017

Teaser Tuesday: Untraceable by Laura Griffin



Teaser Tuesday is newly hosted by Ambrosia at The Purple Booker. To play along, just do the following:

- Grab your current read 

- Open to a random page 

- Share two “teaser” sentences from somewhere on that page 

- BE CAREFUL NOT TO INCLUDE SPOILERS! (make sure that what you share doesn’t give too much away! You don’t want to ruin the book for others!) 

- Share the title & author, too, so that other TT participants can add the book to their TBR list if they like your teaser. 

My teaser this week is from Nook page 24 of Untraceable by Laura Griffin:

Law enforcement was a fraternity, and Alex was well aware that she'd never gain access to the club. She operated on the fringes, but she liked it that way. More flexibility. More room to bend the rules. 

Monday, March 6, 2017

A Man Called Ove by Fredrik Backman

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A grumpy yet loveable man finds his solitary world turned on its head when a boisterous young family moves in next door.

Meet Ove. He's a curmudgeon, the kind of man who points at people he dislikes as if they were burglars caught outside his bedroom window. He has staunch principles, strict routines, and a short fuse. People call him the bitter neighbor from hell, but must Ove be bitter just because he doesn't walk around with a smile plastered to his face all the time?

Behind the cranky exterior there is a story and a sadness. So when one November morning a chatty young couple with two chatty young daughters move in next door and accidentally flatten Ove's mailbox, it is the lead-in to a comical and heartwarming tale of unkempt cats, unexpected friendship, and the ancient art of backing up a U-Haul. All of which will change one cranky old man and a local residents' association to their very foundations.
 

I love this book so much! It made me laugh, cry and sigh a number of times. It came highly recommended and lived up to its hype. I will warn anyone who reads it to have a box of Kleenex handy, though. This book seriously tugs at the emotions.

THis book is a 5 Star read for me!

Sunday, March 5, 2017

95.5 KLOS The Sessions talks Duran Duran's Rio


There's a radio station where I live in Southern California called KLOS 95.5. They do a show called The Sessions. They are currently talking about the greatness of the Duran Duran song that is Rio. If they release the discussion (which is a dissection of the brilliance of this song!) I will add that, too. In the meantime, here's the oh-so-fun video! Enjoy!

Saturday, March 4, 2017

The fountain at the library

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There's a fountain at the library near where my mother-in-law used to live. I used to frequent this library with my kids when they were littler. They used to love to toss coins in the fountain and make wishes. I enjoyed doing the same with them. Earlier this week we were in the area and my kids wanted to stop there. We made a wish and enjoyed the peacefulness of the fountain for a little bit. It was really nice and a bit nostalgic. 

Friday, March 3, 2017

Writing Mojo

I am so, so happy to say that I am back to what I perceive to a normal level of writing! I went through a couple of months where I wrote but it felt like a bit of a struggle. To be completely honest it was depressing! However, this week has gone really well and I am SO relieved! I am thoroughly enjoying the story I am currently writing, as well.

Of course I do still have some revision work to complete. Even that is coming along nicely, though. I'm going to a presentation on editing this weekend, too. Hopefully I'll learn some good tips to apply to my revision.

So all in all, I'm happy my writing mojo has returned!