Archive for August, 2012


Intriguing Pieces

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Hmmm, some interesting Bits & Pieces today. Ready?

1) If you could have any animal/creature, What would be your ultimate pet be?

2) What did you want to be when you were little and do you think you ever will be?

3) Whats the next planned event you’re looking to in your life?

4) What were you doing before you started answering these questions?

5) If you were an ice cream/haagen daz/ben an jerrys flavour what would you be?



A Before…and a Sorta After

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Since I find Before and After pictures to be such fun, I’m going to share the “Before” picture of Dear Daughter # 1’s room before we started priming the walls yesterday morning.

But first, a little background:  1) This room is small. Very small. 2) The previous owner had a delicate flower wallpaper on the walls that DD # 1 determined to be too “granny.” Sooo, I gave her permission to take it down and then handed her a scraper and some paper remover gel and told her to have fun. 3) Underneath the wallpaper was a child’s name, stenciled in bright blue and the walls were just icky.


 In this shot on the left, you can even see some sort of “ick” we uncovered on the original wall.

 The picture on the right is after a coat of prime (that’s an outlet cover, bottom left).

It looks like a different room, doesn’t it?

I’m not a huge fan of painting. It’s exhausting. But when you see results like that, it’s hard not to get a charge, you know? 

Next up?  Putting the new color on the walls.  Will post picture when we’re done…and then again when her bed (with new bedspread, etc) is in it and everything is set up the way she wants.

What’s a project you’ve recently completed?



And She Says, Phew…

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Well, it’s off.

Southern Sewing Circle # 8 (tentatively titled–and therefore, subject to change–REMNANTS OF MURDER) is now out of my hands and officially in those of my editor. Now the next hard part comes…waiting to hear whether she likes it or not.  Ugh.

In the meantime, this next week will be spent catching up on all those little things I’ve pushed to the side so I could finish the book. Things like;  cooking, folding laundry, errands, blogging, reading, etc.

Because I have only about a six week window before I have to begin writing the next contracted project (Amish # 3), I have to be smart with my time. I’ve been itching to put together a women’s fiction proposal, so that will claim a good 2/3rds of that window.  The other 1/3rd, however, will pretty much be the rest of this week and all of next week. That’s when I’ll prime and paint DD # 2’s room, read my first book since vacation (which was my first book in far too long), and flesh out the idea for the women’s fiction book so I have a road map when I sit down and give it a whirl. Fortunately for me, that fleshing out part will mean I can meet one of my writing buddies for lunch (brainstorming time!).

Anyhoo, just wanted you all to know I’m back and that I missed you. 🙂



Night, Night

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As many of you are waking this morning,  I’m heading off to bed to get a few hours of sleep. I’ve been up for the past 18 hours, writing, and I’m beginning to see double.

The good news is this: “The End,” has officially been typed.

Which means, the editing phase begins…

If all goes well, I’ll be back with a regular post tomorrow. If not, Wednesday for sure.

Have a great Monday!



Bits & Pieces–The “Gems” Edition

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Oooh, I’ve got some fun Bits & Pieces for you today.  *grin*

1)  What was the last film that really moved/disturbed/thrilled you, and why?

2) What is your favorite TV show of all time (meaning, you’ve seen them all, can watch it over and over again and quote lines from it)? And, for bonus points, give us one of your favorite lines from it:

3) What’s your favorite way to wake up and what’s the first thing you do?

4) Looking back (or, even if you were aware of it at the time) what would you say was the worst/most embarassing CD/Album you’ve ever owned and do you still have it?

Can’t wait for these answers!



The First Time

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I’ve been spending much of my days hunched over the keyboard as I finish up Sewing Circle # 8. It’s going well and I’m having fun, but it’s also making it tough to do other things. Like blog.

So I’m going to keep it short and sweet today and ask something I’ve been rather curious to know these last few years.

How did each of you (or those who choose to answer) first discover me and/or my books–what series/where you found them/or whatever else?



Must. Resist.

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I’m spending a lot of time in the bookstore cafe this week, losing myself in the pages of my next book (due next week). While I’m writing, I’m aware of very little around me, the comings and goings of customers around me fading into what can best be described as background noise. It works for me at this point in a book.

That said, when it’s time to pack up my computer at the end of the day, I must walk through the store (read: books) in order to reach the door…and my car. This wouldn’t be such a big deal if I didn’t have to pass my next must-read every single time. But I do, and it’s torture.

A few weeks ago, Emily Giffin came out with her latest novel, Where We Belong, and it’s numero uno on my must-read list right now. Which usually puts it on the top of my must-buy list, too. But here’s the thing…I know that if I buy the book now, I’ll be typing all night the day before my own book is due and that isn’t such a good idea. So, I’m calling on my best sense of willpower and making myself wait to purchase (translate: read) until I’ve turned in my own manuscript.

It’s harder than it sounds, but, so far, I’m succeeding. I just can’t look at the display of her books for any length of time, can’t pick the book up and read the cover flap. No, there’s only so much I can take before I cave.

So tell me, what’s an area where you have to exercise willpower when you’ve got something else that needs to be done…



THE one

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If you had to pick just one person, who would you say has had the most positive influence on your life? How/in what way?



Bits of You, Bits of Me

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It’s Friday, and time for Bits & Pieces!

1) Do you have any pets? If so, what are they and what are their names?

2) What is your favorite color?

3) What is most memorable about your high school years?

4) What word describes you best?

5) What is your greatest accomplishment?

6) If you could have a second home somewhere, where would it be and why?


P.S. You can find me in two other places today. At Fresh Fiction (talking about why I love writing the Amish series) and at The Stiletto Gang (talking about my daughter and her dream).


To the Mailbox We Go…

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I decided to go to the mailbag (or, in this case, a FB question), for today’s writing post. Today’s question comes from Allison C. from Texas.

Q: Are you a plotter or a pantser? Since you write multiple series, what’s your process for keeping track of characters, worlds, etc?

A: Well first, Allison, let me tell my readers that the expression “pantser” comes from the expression, “by the seat of your pants.” Plotter means to have every single element of the story plotted out.

That said, the edges of my stories are plotted. Meaning, I know who dies, I know why they die, and I know who did it and why. Beyond that, though, I’m pretty much a pantser. Since I write a series with proven staying power, I know these characters. Or, to be more accurate, these characters know themselves. And much of the book–the flavor part that takes a plot and makes it a true story–is written by way of the characters. They say what they want to say. They tell me why they do what they do. They veer off course and do things I didn’t see coming…yet it makes perfect sense by the time it’s all over (LOVE when that happens, by the way).

As for the second part of your question, I keep track via index cards. I have a card for each character in each series. These cards keep track of physical characteristics as well as the kind you don’t see–likes, dislikes, hurts, etc. I have a drawing of the town of Heavenly for my Amish series, and I have a vision in my brain of Sweet Briar for the Southern Sewing Circle series.

It also helps that about the time I’m plowing through my latest manuscript, the edits on the previous one seem to come in (that wasn’t the case when they were spaced six months apart but now that we’ve pushed to nine months it is). And while it’s tough to juggle both tasks, it does help to dump me back in the world I’m exploring at that moment.

I hope that helps answer your questions, Allison.  I’d sure love to answer a few more today…