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This post is part of the Insecure Writer’s Support Group blog hop. The first Wednesday of every month is Insecure Writer’s Support Group day. Post your thoughts on your own blog. Talk about your doubts and the fears you have conquered. Discuss your struggles and triumphs. Offer a word of encouragement for others who are struggling. The awesome co-hosts for the April 3 posting of the IWSG are J.H. Moncrieff, Natalie Aguirre, Patsy Collins, and Chemist Ken!

Happy April! I nearly forgot to post today, mostly because my work schedule changed and I was confused about what day it was. I can apparently write entire books but I can’t keep track of the day of the week. 😉 But here I am!

I wasn’t nearly as productive in March as I wanted to be, so I’m hoping April will be better. I’ve started working on a new book but I was hoping to be much farther along with it–and I would have been, except for a lot of procrastination. My goal for spring is to ‘spring’ into action more and write, write, write instead of spending so much time distracting myself. We’ll see if my enthusiasm blooms with the flowers this month.

April 3 question: If you could use a wish to help you write just ONE scene/chapter of your book, which one would it be? (examples: fight scene / first kiss scene / death scene / chase scene / first chapter / middle chapter / end chapter, etc.)

I think I would use my wish on any climactic scene that I write. I’m always afraid the peak of the story won’t live up to the reader’s expectation when they finally get to it. I know what I want to write while I’m aiming for it, and it seems really dramatic in my head, but when I write it, it’s usually nowhere near as sweeping and all-consuming  as I hoped it would be. Usually, I can kind of get what I expected, but I’m always worried about it not meeting the hype I’ve been working up to.

How about you? What scene would you like help writing?

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Wednesday Weekly Blogging Challenge

Each Wednesday from January 9 – December 18, 2019, Long and Short Reviews is hosting a weekly blog hop.

Blogging is a fun way to meet people and get to know them. We’re offering a weekly “prompt” for authors, non-authors, bookish folks and others to share something weekly and gain new friends and visitors to the blog. There’s no pressure to write something every week (though it should be fun and a challenge), but we do ask that if you do post something, you share your link on the weekly post we’ll put up at our site (it will be the top post on the home page each Wednesday morning) — the link list will be open for new links for 48 hours. Other bloggers will also share their links and you can hop over and see what they have to share.

March 20th – Characters I Want to Meet

I thought at first it would be hard to answer this question–I didn’t believe I had any real burning desire to meet any fictional people, but then I thought about it a bit more. Actually, I do! I’ll break it down by fictional type:

From books:

  • Lestat from Anne Rice’s Vampire Chronicles, obviously. I’ve talked about my love of these books many times. When I was younger I actually believed he was real, and I’m far from the only one–there’s a portion of the VC fanbase who believed, or still believe, that he’s real. This is probably because Anne Rice wrote the books as though he actually exists and she’s his biographer. Of course now that I’m older and a writer myself, I can just appreciate her creative angle for its literary merit. I don’t believe he’s real anymore…I mean, I don’t think so…not really…
  • Also when I was younger, I wanted to hang out with the kids from Stephen King’s novella The Body, which became the movie Stand By Me (though trust me, the story is way better–give it a read).

From TV shows:

  • Olenna Tyrell from Game of Thrones. I would love to just sit and listen to her snark and sass all day.
  • Jim Hopper from Stranger Things. I don’t know why, he seems like a complex and interesting guy, and I love his attitude.

From movies:

  • Speaking of Stranger Things, when I was younger my dark morbid self really wanted to meet Lydia Deetz from Beetlejuice (played by Winona Ryder, who also plays Joyce in Stranger Things, of course). She was the sort of teenager I aspired to be.
  • The crew in Twister because storm chasing seemed like such a cool thing…at least, to watch in the safety of the theatre!

How about you? Who do you wish you could meet in real life?

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So, Hidden is up for yet ANOTHER award–or two! I’m feeling very spoiled. Would you like to help me along with some votes?

First, it’s up for Best Book All Around in the 2018 Love Romances Cafe awards! I was stunned and flattered to get this nomination because I didn’t even know they were going on, much less that anyone had nominated me for book of the year. Voting in this one is super easy–just click on your favorites in each category and hit done! My book is the first one in category 6. There’s a lot of other great authors here, too. Click here or on the graphic below to vote!

Voting goes until the 21st.

 

Hidden is also up for best cover at Cover Wars this week. Again, a simple click and vote. Click here or on the cover below to vote!

Voting goes until the 24th.

 

As I said, I’m feeling very spoiled, and very grateful. If you vote, THANK YOU for the wonderful support! ❤

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Wednesday Weekly Blogging Challenge

Each Wednesday from January 9 – December 18, 2019, Long and Short Reviews is hosting a weekly blog hop.

Blogging is a fun way to meet people and get to know them. We’re offering a weekly “prompt” for authors, non-authors, bookish folks and others to share something weekly and gain new friends and visitors to the blog. There’s no pressure to write something every week (though it should be fun and a challenge), but we do ask that if you do post something, you share your link on the weekly post we’ll put up at our site (it will be the top post on the home page each Wednesday morning) — the link list will be open for new links for 48 hours. Other bloggers will also share their links and you can hop over and see what they have to share.

March 13th – A Day In My Life

I debated skipping this week because I don’t have pictures for this challenge and I assume most people are going to use pictures to show their life details. However, I suppose telling it is just as good. You can still get a peek at how glamorous and exciting the life of an author is. 😉

I’m going to detail a day when I work, because I do that five days a week so it’s a “typical” day.

Some background: my day job is Senior Supervisor in a private airport lounge–you know those lounges you pay to hang out in when you’re traveling? That. But what the heck does being Senior Supervisor mean? I’m basically the assistant manager, since the only person above me is my boss, the General Manager. I supervise day-to-day operations–we handle the lounge’s food and beverage service, as well as housekeeping–but more specifically I run the bar in the lounge (I was a bartender for a long time before lucking into this job) which includes doing inventory, ordering liquor, making sure the bar runs smoothly, and training bartenders. I also do a lot of overall bookkeeping for the lounge and coordinate invoicing and bill-paying with the airline that runs it (the company I work for is contracted by them). Sounds exciting, doesn’t it?!

Oh, and I also write books on the side. But that doesn’t pay as much as the day job yet, unfortunately. SIGH! 😉

It’s also a night shift job, so I don’t go in until 2-4pm, depending on the shift, and I usually get home around 10-11pm.

So here’s a typical day when I work!

  • 8am – Wake up. For some reason my body is attuned to always wake up at 8am, no matter what time I went to sleep. My cat also makes DAMN sure I’m up at this time every morning to feed her.
  • 9am – 10am – Do any chores I need to do around the house, put in laundry–my adult son is my roommate and we both work nights (he works VERY late nights and sleeps in the mornings), so I usually throw our uniforms in the washer first thing in the morning (he’s a cook, so he has a pretty dirty, greasy job). If I have to go to the store or run errands I do it around this time too.
  • 10am – 12pm – If I’m done doing all the household tasks, I sit down at my laptop to write/work on writing tasks like blogging, promo, and checking groups/Facebook/Twitter for a while.
  • 12 pm-ish – Depending on what time my shift starts, I get ready for work and eat. I don’t eat breakfast, but eat a filling meal before I go to work because work is usually very busy for me and I don’t have time to eat during my shift, unless it’s a small snack. Eating right before I go keeps me from getting hungry.
  • 1pm – 3pm – Depending on when my shift starts, I’m on my way to work! I don’t own a car and take public transportation everywhere. I have a driver’s license, I just don’t want the expense of a car and I live in a big city with access to plentiful public transport. I live right across the street from the train station and the train takes me directly into the airport–and it only takes ten minutes from my stop to work. How convenient is that! I think even if I broke down and bought a car I would still take the train to work because it’s so easy. Also, it gives me time to just chill and listen to music/play on my phone before I go into work.
  • Until 9pm-ish  – Work! I like work for the most part, it usually goes fast because we’re very busy and I love my coworkers, we’re like a family. We close at 8:30pm, but there’s about an hour worth of closing down/cleaning up to do, and if I have additional paperwork tasks it might take longer. Sometimes I take the train home or sometimes a coworker gives me a ride home since by happy coincidence, a lot of us live very close to the airport. I don’t ever ask for rides because it’s MY choice not to drive and I don’t mind taking the train, but a few of my motherly coworkers insist on always taking me home because they believe it’s dangerous to take the train late at night, especially for a young woman. 😀 However, I worked downtown for many years as a bartender and often took buses/trains at MUCH later hours of the night through MUCH worse areas (and I was MUCH younger!) and was never bothered by anyone. But I don’t argue with Mama Coworkers.
  • 10pm-ish – I get home, usually eat something, shower, mess around online a bit, and maybe do a bit more writing if something was flowing well earlier.
  • 11pm – 12am – I usually go to bed in this timeframe. Gotta be up early to feed the cat, after all!

So that’s my day. Impressive, isn’t it? If you have any questions about my job or routine, please ask!