Happy Valentine’s Day!
But sometimes the real gifts are the ones we give ourselves. And by “give ourselves” I mean fight for and carve out of however crazy your life can be.
Here are 5 ways to put a little more heart in your holiday:
1. Nap. Naps are awesome and often overlooked as one of the yellow brick roads to happiness.
2. Eat chocolate. I know you love chocolate. We all love chocolate, and we’re all going to eat some in the next day, week, minute. What I’m saying is eat the chocolate already. Don’t fuss about it or “earn it” just eat it.
3. Call that girlfriend you don’t get to talk to very often. It will make your day. It will make hers.
4. Cross one thing off your to-do list that you haven’t done and will never do. You know the one… make kale chips, floss teeth after every meal (you’d have to if you ate kale chips), do your own taxes.
5. Embrace gratitude. You think I mean for others, right? Nope. We do plenty of that. I’m suggesting that a wonderful gift is to write down 3 things you are grateful for about yourself. Not what you have or what you do but who you are.
I am, for example, funny. Alone in my head, I think I am hilarious. Since I write at home with only a dog, it makes me a great co-worker. Is that number two? Well, in case it’s not, I’ll also be grateful that I am pretty good at saying no, a handy skill, and I nap.
So this Valentine’s Day weekend, a three day for some folks, treat yourself with a little heart!
And to celebrate… Plan On It is 99 cents on a Kindle Countdown weekend!
And Hollywood Beginnings is now an audio book (in case you really do get tickets to Paris and need something to entertain you on the plane!)
New Year, New Ways to Procrastinate!
Yeah, I’m talking about myself.
After starting the new novel, The Rocker’s Mrs., for National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo), I’ve stayed in my cozy house and haven’t been writing.
It’s been great! But now I’m back writing and teaching.
For those of you in the beautiful Flathead Valley, check out these classes… (mine and some wonderful fellow writers…)
Flathead Valley Community College:
Introduction to Screenwriting (4 weeks)
Do you have an idea for a movie but aren’t sure where to begin? This course covers the fundamentals from ideas to scenes to understanding the basic structure of a screenplay. When you break it down, it’s easy to start your screenplay today!
Tuesdays Jan. 28 – Feb. 18 6-9 p.m. $69 ENGL 1091A AT Building Room 202
To register: http://www.fvcc.edu/continuing-education.html
The Screenwriting Challenge (5 weeks)
Take the international screenwriting challenge, Script Frenzy, and complete a 100 page screenplay in the 30 days of April. At the first class meeting in March, we will get ready for a productive month of writing. During the weekly classes in April, we will discuss the craft of screenwriting and the many ways to keep the words flowing. Celebrate at the last class after you have reached your goal. A basic screenwriting course or equivalent experience is recommended. Class will not meet on March 31.
Mondays Mar. 24 – Apr. 28 6-9 p.m. $84 ENGL 1109A AT Bldg. Rm 206
To register: http://www.fvcc.edu/continuing-education.html
Additional writing classes at FVCC:
Writing the First Novel with Dennis Foley http://www.fvcc.edu/continuing-education.html
Scrivener with Dennis Foley http://www.fvcc.edu/continuing-education.html
Break Into Magazine Writing with Becky Lomax http://www.fvcc.edu/continuing-education.html
And in book news…
Hollywood Beginnings will soon be an audiobook available on Audible!
The Do-Over will be coming out in German with the international imprint AmazonCrossing !
And Today and tomorrow, The Do-Over is on sale with a Kindle Countdown Deal…
(click on the cover and download on Amazon in seconds!)
Happy Reading & Happy New Year!
Today Plan On It is featured as a Kindle Countdown Deal, 99 cents today only…
Happy Keeping Warm with a Book!
My Black Friday does not consist of standing in a freezing parking lot around a dumpster fire and waiting for a store to open so I can get a TV bigger than my house for $19.99.
I’m not immune to the stampede.
I did once stand outside a Best Buy for several hours in the pre-dawn cold to buy a camera. It was more fun than it sounds. I felt, in fact, like I’d taken down some wild game and brought it back to feed the family. Really, it was a sense of hunting victory.
But mostly what I like to do on Black Friday, is run around with my girls. Sometimes the girls include my sisters, nieces, and daughters. Mostly, though, it’s my daughters and their friends. Since most moms don’t volunteer the van for early morning shopping with kids, my daughters have plenty of friends who have never shopped the day after Thanksgiving before.
So, to make it festive, we have a couple of traditions:
1. My husband makes a Christmas mix CD that is waiting for us in the car the morning of the 29th.
This is no ordinary mix. He’s got the tastes of a 10, 20, 30, 40, 50 + year old. You never know what he’s going to throw in there. A classic will be quickly followed by something heard only on a college radio station. (I’ll give you the list in December).
2. Big expensive coffee drinks are allowed.
I’m pretty frugal. I’m also a less is more kind of gal when it comes to consumption (except office supplies). My girls are used to travel mugs with caffeine from home and the occasional purchased latte that can never exceed 12 ounces because “nobody needs more than 12 ounces of sugar.” Black Friday? 16 ounces, baby!
3. Nobody needs to buy anything.
If you have something you absolutely need or you can’t go on, the whole outing feels stressful. Wander with the crowds, enjoy the long lines. You can get in them or not. It’s all good.
4. Stop for breakfast.
Again, there are no limits on carbohydrates.
5. Nap. (See the note about all the carbohydrates).
6. Get back out there if you want to or call it a day and watch “White Christmas.”
Happy Holiday Shopping!
Today I’m giving thanks, not for my whole life, (which I am very, very grateful for) but for my life as a reader.
Yes, I am thankful to be a reader because:
1. I’ve gotten to travel the world without leaving home.
2. I’ve met and lived vicariously through a thousand interesting characters.
3. I’ve learned things about life from experiencing the life of stories.
4. In countless books, I’ve laughed and cried and been delightfully surprised bycharacters, plots, and the writing itself.
5. At times when I’ve needed escape (a little bit every day!) I’ve had a passport to somewhere else.
6. When I needed company, a book was right there beside me, waiting to be opened.
7. Books have fed my hamster wheel brain, and kept me learning and growing.
8. Some of my sweetest childhood memories involve sitting with a beloved grown-up and a book.
9. Learning to read was a stellar event, one I do not take for granted and wish for everyone.
10. I have found a home in books and made myself at home writing them.
Happily grateful and wishing you the very best season of giving thanks!