Heading to the beach? (or hiding in the basement where it’s cool and the children won’t immediately find you?)…
The Do-Over is featured in a Kindle Countdown deal (’cause you’ve already spent hundreds of dollars on popsicles this summer
For one more day and 56 minutes… 55 minutes… 54 minutes…
Happy Reading & Happy Summering!
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!
Getting ready to deliver the Top 10…
10 Reasons to Celebrate A 30th Reunion…
10. At 18 we knew it all. Now we appreciate knowing anything, anything at all.
9. If you’re a woman, congratulations! Your ’80′s perm has finally grown out. If you’re a man, you are now a normal height.
8. If we had children they’re probably grown or mostly grown. If we didn’t… we have disposable income.
7. Every life stage marks us… diaper rash, acne, wrinkles. Which one would you rather have?
6. We might have thought back then we knew what our lives would be like, but our stories are far more interesting now.
5. It used to be tiring to stalk people. Now we have Facebook.
4. At 18 we thought people were talking about us. Thirty years later, we don’t care. Thirty years from now, we’ll realize no one was ever really paying any attention to us at all.
3. If we bought 100 shares of Apple stock in 1983… we have $2.1 million dollars right now! (We didn’t, did we?)
2. Even if we did look better at 18, we still look waaay better right now than we ever will again.
And the #1 reason to celebrate to celebrate a 30th high school reunion…
1. When we graduated, we wanted to get out into the world. Thirty years later, we realize what an amazing place we had the privilege to call home, and how great it can be to share those memories with the people who knew us when.
Happy reunions & Happy e-Reading!
The Beach Read Sale!
click on the covers or here
(And download from Amazon INSTANTLY!)
Okay, it’s not always the 1980′s in my heart. But it’s definitely the 80′s on my playlist (The Cars, anyone?) and this weekend it is my 1983 high school reunion.
Yep, I’m 48. And thank you for lying to me about not looking 48 because I count on that to feel better about the fact that THREE DECADES have gone by in a flash(dance).
Several reunions ago (there have been so many, they tend to blur together) I wrote down several things I missed about 1983. In honor of the weekend’s festivities, I’ll share a couple here…
I miss 1983 because my parents paid the bills, the average mortgage ran $335, gas was 81cents a gallon, and you could buy a six pack of beer with a five dollar bill and get change back.
I miss 1983 because though hair was unnaturally larger, breasts were naturally smaller.
I miss 1983 because when I turned on the radio I heard Journey, Prince, Loverboy, Michael Jackson, Joan Jett and the Blackhearts, the J. Geils Band, Foreigner, The Police, Toto, and John Cougar…. and they weren’t playing on the oldies station.
I miss 1983 because every guy I knew may not have had a car, a job, or any prospects, but he did have his hair.
I miss 1983 because when the teenage eye rolling thing happened, I was the eye roller and not the totally lame parent.
So, enjoy this fine summer weekend. I will attempt to while I reintroduce myself to people who won’t recognize me even after reading my name tag.
And if you have anything you miss from the ’80′s, send me a comment, and I’ll add it here or on Facebook.
Happy reminiscing & Happy e-Reading!
(Oh, and there’s a BEACH READ SALE on Amazon! Get some get-away for .99 cents!)
99 cents for a limited time…
Get it while the sun shines!
Happy summer & Happy e-Reading
Click on the cover
or the spiffy sale sign
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Okay, maybe it’s a little like choosing your favorite child. You know, something both impossible and deeply wrong. Still, I really love the cover of Hollywood Beginnings! It’s the work of the very talented Anna Mahlen of Monday Morning Designs & it’s now up for a beach read contest on Storyfinds!
If you haven’t yet discovered Storyfinds…. it’s all about bringing together readers and authors, and as both a reader and an author, I’ve loved their site for finding new reads and new readers.
So, pop over to Storyfinds and vote!
May the best beach cover win (and since only one is my child, I can tell you Anna’s cover is AWESOME!)
Congratulations, L. Huestis! (and to everyone else who signed up for my newsletter…I promise to do a June drawing that will be so good, you’ll be glad you didn’t win this month.)
And to further celebrate the Mother’s Day 3 day weekend (That’s how long I celebrate it!), The Do-Over will be a mere 99 cents through Monday.