Archive for September, 2009


Reading by Proxy

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I love books. Mysteries, romances, women’s fiction, you name it. I love the opportunity they provide to escape into another world for a few hours–a world that is, oftentimes, very different than my own. In fact, when I’ve completed a deadline, I often spend weeks binge reading, devouring book after book as quickly as I can. I think it’s my brain’s way of refilling the well.

Unfortunately, while on deadline, reading is something that gets pushed to the side. And when that happens, I tend to pout. And by pout, I mean P-O-U-T.

Which is where you come in…

In the interest of keeping my head on the book I’m writing instead of all the books I’m not reading, I’m hoping you’ll let me read vicariously through you for a little while.

So tell me, what are you reading right now? Any recommendations you care to share for the moment my deadline has been met?



The Contagiousness of Nice

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I’ll admit, I’m a bit old fashioned. I think television shows have pushed it with language, I think the magazine headlines that young ones see in the checkout stand at the grocery store are distasteful at best, and I think kids are dressing way too old (old, not necessarily being synonymous with taste in this sentence).

So what’s up? Why have things changed so much?

My guess is respect, or the lack thereof. We no longer seem to care how our actions affect the person standing next to us. And it’s sad.

Friend and fellow author, Judy Merrill Larsen (if you’ve not read her book, ALL THE NUMBERS, you should) is fighting back, or at least trying to make people think

About what it means to be “nice.”

That’s right, “nice” (if you’d like to read more, check out her blog here). And, if you think about it, being “nice” is–or should be–rather simple thanks to one easy-to-remember rule… Treat others the way you want them to treat you.

So here’s what I’m looking for this week…some examples of “niceness” that you’ve witnessed while out and about. Maybe it’s something you, yourself, have done. Maybe it’s something you’ve seen someone else do. It doesn’t matter, just so long as it’s “nice.” And maybe, if we share some of these acts with one another, they’ll inspire us to pick up the torch and take back our world.

For my part, I’ll share two: I was at the beach this past weekend. A gentleman literally keeled over as he was stepping out of the water (an apparent heart attack). Of course there were the gawkers (the folks who offer nothing to the situation except to serve as obstacles for the emergency personnel to maneuver around once they get there) but there was also someone else…a man in blue and white swim trunks who left the comfort of his beach blanket to administer CPR…a selfless act that literally saved this man’s life.

I don’t think I’ll ever forget that moment. Ever.

And then I’ll share a smaller any-person-can-do-something-like-this one. I was at Panera writing this past week (Judy’s blog fresh on my mind). There was a woman sitting next to me with two very small children. One, who was in the very early stages of being potty trained, needed to use the bathroom. I had no idea what the mom was going to do with the baby while trying to help the 2-year-old. So I pushed aside my computer and played with the baby while she took the older one to the bathroom. It was simple. It took maybe 5 minutes of my writing time. But the relief on the mom’s face made it worth it a million times over.

It’s about being nice. And treating others the way you’d want them to treat you.

So share some stories, will you? Or, even better, go out and DO something nice this week and come back and tell us what you did.




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I’m one of those strange people who doesn’t mind being alone. To think. To dream. To function.

Maybe that’s because, when I’m alone, there’s no one scrutinizing, or judging, or waiting to point out this flaw or that shortcoming. Or maybe it’s simply a sign that I’m comfortable in my own skin.

Either way, one of my “alone” things over the last few years is to take myself on a movie date (complete with Milk Duds and water, of course). Sometimes, I’m the only one in the theater. Sometimes, I’m the only one by myself. Either way, it doesn’t matter. I’m there to enjoy the show.

Just last night I went off to see The Time Traveler’s Wife only to find it wasn’t showing at the theater. So, after consulting the pictures out front, I chose an alternative: All About Steve. I had my Milk Duds. I had my water. And I had a relatively empty theater despite the fact the movie isn’t all that old.

All in all I’d say it was cute, serving its purpose as a nice diversion. But the one I’m really looking forward to seeing? Love Happens with Jennifer Aniston…

Which means I’ve got another date on the horizon.

So how about you? Do you ever treat yourself to a date? If so, what’s a favorite?



Certainties of Books

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I’m hard at work on book #3 in the Southern Sewing Circle Mystery Series. But I need a little help from all of you.

As you know, my main character (Tori) is a librarian. Now, without going into too much detail, Tori’s beloved library (and thus the books it houses) suffers some damage. She–as any die hard booklover can understand–is crushed. Absolutely Crushed.

While a eulogy is a bit of a stretch in this situation (and certainly not the route I’m going), the loss of books certainly could elicit some feelings of nostalgia for someone who has used them as a focal point for her career. Which is where you all come in…

What do you see as some “certainties” about books? For me, it’s the fact that books can take a reader to places they may never visit otherwise.

Your turn… The more, the better.


P.S. I’ve just posted a challenge of sorts for those of you who have already read SEW DEADLY. Click on the “latest news” tab at the top of your page to check it out (psst…there’s a chance to win a prize)!