Tuesday, June 30, 2009

Fairytale? or Soap Opera?

Happy Tuesday! It's been a packed few days of launch party planning, Pilates doing, website updating and Bachelorette watching :) Anyone else notice how soap opera-ish that show's becoming? You know what I think? I think Jake's really an actor playing a spurned pilot. Not that I'm supporting Wes or anything. It's just that this show's beyond real. Oh, and btw, after watching Kiptyn's mom grill Jillian, here's my advice: RUN!

Ha...ah well. Then again, sometimes when I look back on my own life, parts of it would certainly work well on Guiding Light or whatever...

Speaking of soap operas (nice segue, huh?), I learned the other day that SWEET WATERS--my story of a gal whose fairytale turns out to be a soap opera--released early. Woo! That means it's being sent to stores as we speak. That said, I've yet to see it. If you happen to find it at a store near you, would you please come on back and tell me? I'd love to know! I'll pass along more info/contests/sightings as they become available!

In the meantime, summer's here and for the moms who've just begun following me, here's an article I wrote a few weeks back about beachy snacks. Here's to sandy days, flip-flops and mini-burritos (said with rolled Rs :) at the beach:
Beach Snacks for the Whole Family

Friday, June 26, 2009

Sea Stars

Had a chat last weekend with a friend who loves to snorkel with manta rays and scuba dive among sharks. No thank you to that last one!

Seriously, though, I told him that I'm always looking for the next sea creature to 'star' in my books. So far my heroines have loved dolphins, sea lions, elephant seals and otters. I'm leaning toward seahorses next because they're just so cool--and they don't swallow you whole when you've been naughty! (Another Jonah ref for those scratching their heads...) But I'm open to suggestions so bring 'em on...

It's FRIDAY! And the sun's peeking through the clouds! Can I get an Amen? I've got some odds and ends to handle before the release of Sweet Waters but other than that, I'm hoping to get out there and enjoy the weekend. Here's hoping you have a beachy one too, my friends--wherever you are!

Thursday, June 25, 2009

Sweet Waters in Library Journal

Learned recently that Sweet Waters was reviewed in Library Journal...and that they said my book will "appeal to readers who like Melody Carlson or Kristin Billerbeck."

Wa-hoo! I love both women and their writings! What an honor (thanks, I needed that :)

Reviews are tricky business for writers who've just spilt blood onto the page, so in honor of good reviews whenever possible (hee!), I give you this scientific (not) quiz. Let me know how you fare. Quiz on:

You Are Medium-Skinned

You can be sensitive at times, but that's totally normal.

Your sensitivity means you can be empathetic and compassionate, even if you're a bit thin-skinned.

You take what people think into account but you try not to let it get to you.

It's hard not to take things personally, but you do your best.

Wednesday, June 24, 2009

Just so you know...

Had no idea the SC governor had been cheating on his wife. Silly me--thought the man just needed a vacation. Who couldn't relate to that? Anyway, I have a ZERO TOLERANCE policy re: people who cheat on their spouses. My former husband did that, as did a former pastor (hence 'former' to both). Not to mention the allegations against Jon & Kate, and a truckload of politicians...

Sorry, but I'm a bit fired up. Guess this means the malaise is gone, huh?

Despite the trend toward breaking promises, though, I'm still a pollyanna at heart. I believe that good can come out of bad. Shoot, I've seen it in my own life...that's what God does, he works all things together for those who love and serve him. Here's hoping the good people of SC can put this sordid mess behind them soon.

Posted this soothing picture so we could all take a peek at it and say, "Ahhh." Have a beachy day, my friends--wherever you are :)

Tuesday, June 23, 2009


I just read the headline about the South Carolina governor who took off for four days, not letting anyone know where he went. (This isn't a political statement, because in fact, I don't know which party he represents.) So anyway, the headline caught my eye because sometimes I feel like taking off. Not from my family, but from the world.

Know what I mean?

It's summer and I'm feeling lazy (despite all the stuff that needs to happen in the next few weeks). The weather's warm and every day's become casual Friday. Funny--had my parents over for Father's Day dinner and at the end of the evening my dad said, "You haven't worn shoes all night!"

I looked down at my naked toes and realized he was right.

Last month, I remember thinking 'I can hardly wait until my June 1 deadline passes so I can get going on other responsibilities!' Now all I can think is 'Is it time for another latte yet?'

Even if you have a 'normal' 9 to 5 job, I'd bet there's a different feel in the office during the summer. People are taking vacations, lunchtimes are stretching, casual Fridays have become beach wear days, Lol...

Ah well, talk to me. Reach through the screen and give me a Cher-esqe slap and say, "Snap out of it!" Or better yet, tell me that you too have slipped into a very summery malaise. I'm waiting...

Friday, June 19, 2009

Looking UP

Happy Friday and Father's Day Weekend, my friends. Kids have been out of school for a week now and so, my days are all topsy turvy. (Know what I mean, Moms?) Still working, but at odd times and in weird increments.

So anyway, to celebrate the end of school, I took four 10-year-olds to see the movie, Up.

Oh. My.

Cried. my. eyes. out.

Anyone else?

It's an animated story by Disney/Pixar about a 78-year old man who sets off on adventure to faraway lands by tying thousands of helium balloons to his house. He soon learns that he and his house are not alone since, Russell, a wilderness scout, has inadvertantly tagged along.

Okay, so that doesn't sound like a tear-jerker, but it's what happened to Carl before (and after too) that made me cry like a baby. I'm sniffling now just thinking about it.

That's magic, isn't it? When an animated film built on a ridiculously implausible plot can pull both laughter and tears from the audience? (I heard both all around me.)

My brother Mike is an artist/animator for many current films (he just finished The Sorcerer's Apprentice). Maybe someday he and I will create an animated film out of one of my beachy books. How fun would that be?! Lol...

Ah well. It's Friday, and June gloom is hovering over the central coast. Still I'm glad for the change of seasons, the prolific presence of flip flops and board shorts all around, and the release of summer flicks. Hope you have a beachy weekend, my friends ~ wherever you are!

Monday, June 15, 2009

Summer has arrived...and other randomness

So hubby and I were out for a walk at the beach and we ran across this VW Thing. Wasn't I just pining away for one last week...? After hubby took this pic, the owner showed up with a surfboard to strap onto the top. Lol...yeah, summer's here.

I've neglected this blog. School's finally out, my next book has been turned in, I'm working on the release of Sweet Waters, and my house is a mess. I've always suspected that I tended toward the ADD side of life, so the chaos isn't helping! Sometimes I think it would be better if I rented an office somewhere (preferably with an ocean view, natch) and kept the work and home life separate. As a mom, though, that's probably never really possible, am I right?

Ah well, it hasn't been all fun and games at my house/office. I also tried out Pilates this weekend. My workout routine has fumbled lately, and although I do get out for the occasional jog at the beach, there's been some disconcerting shifting ... if you get my drift. So I joined Teen Daughter and my friend Angel for a class on Saturday morning. Let's just say, I was more out of shape than I thought...!

Tuesday, June 09, 2009

I've been tweaked!

Web Designer Kelli Standish and her stellar crew over at Pulsepoint Design gave my blog a tweak! That one column on the side just wasn't doin' it for me anymore, so they added an extra one. Also, and... this is my favorite part... now there's a navigation bar up top that'll make it easier to take a stroll through my website. Shazam--I like it.

Soooo grateful for their help, cuz when it comes to visuals like this, I'm all thumbs.

Speaking of visuals (nice segue, huh?), took this pic at the end of one of the newer waterways built in the Channel Islands Harbor. This view is westward and I love the way the water appears to be stretching toward the sea. Just never do get tired of that...

Have a beachy day, my friends--wherever you are!

Thursday, June 04, 2009

What's that THING?

No real reason for this post other than to say I WANT ONE OF THESE! Lol...oh, to have a beachy buggy from the 70s. In my town, some people drive golf carts to the beach. Meh. Give me a VW THING, though, and now we're talking.

Off to work. Just thought I'd share...

Wednesday, June 03, 2009

Switching Gears

Now that I've finished writing for a while (until the edits arrive), I'm switching gears to focus on Sweet Waters which'll be out later this summer.

Found this nice review & profile yesterday on the I Need To Read Blog. LOVE it when that happens!

Plus, I'm working on a new page for my website that I'm excited about! (Actually my uber-cool web designer, Kelli Standish, is doing that :) More on that later.

In the meantime, in an ode to summer's imminent arrival, here's a pic I took yesterday afternoon when Charlie the Dog and I went to the beach.

Have a beachy day, my friends--wherever you are!

Tuesday, June 02, 2009

Trying something new

So yesterday, I sent off the manuscript I've been working on for the past million years several months. *Sound of boulder falling from shoulders* This book is scheduled for a June 2010 release.

It's always a great feeling to complete a project, but especially this time. I wrote my first three books from one point-of-view (POV), and they worked well that way.

But this time around, after I'd already written a hunk of the book, something felt missing. I tinkered and tossed ideas around and kept coming back to the same thing: add the hero's POV.

So I did. And--voila--that's when the story began to flow. Had quite a bit of fun writing architect, Gage, from his own point of view -- such a romantic guy, Lol...

I'm not going to tell you all books HAVE to be in present tense, or past tense, or multiple POVs. Those black and white declarations are counter productive to the creative process. What I will say is that if you believe in the story, but it's just not working, step out of your comfort zone. Have a friend who likes to read (not necessarily another writer) give you their opinion. Consider a tense change. Add another POV. Hopefully, you'll find what you're searching for. (And yes, I did just end that sentence in a preposition...)

This post is not just for writers, but readers too. I tend to read the same types of stories, but in recent years, I've pushed myself to try other genres and different writing styles, and by doing so, I've discovered some of my favorite all-time books! So there you go ;)

My 2cents. Have a beachy day, my friends--wherever you are!