Archive for March, 2014

31
Mar

Dreamy Temps

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This has been a fairly brutal winter in terms of snow, cold, and longevity. So, needless to say, I’ve been dreaming about spring a lot.

One of the first things I’m looking forward to most? A walk outside (that doesn’t include teeth chattering), followed closely by writing on the deck.

How about you? What are you most looking forward to about warmer temps?

~Elizabeth (a.k.a. Laura)

28
Mar

Big Bits, Little Bits

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Bits & Pieces time!

1) If you could paint a picture of any scenery you’ve seen in the past, what would you paint?

2) If you could choose to stay a certain age forever, what age would it be?

3) If you could go back and change one thing in your life, what would it be?

4) If you could learn to do anything, what would it be?

5) If you won the lottery, what is the first thing you would do?

~Elizabeth (a.k.a. Laura)

27
Mar

Caption This

Posted under Writing Thursdays 8 Comments

One of the things I get a kick out of doing (in my head, if nothing else) is captioning photographs. Sometimes, the ones that come to mind are silly, sometimes not, but I always have a good time doing it.

So that’s what I thought we could do today for “Writing Thursday.”

Here are 3 pictures.  Give us a caption for each one!

Photo #1:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Photo #2:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Photo #3:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Have fun!

~Elizabeth (a.k.a. Laura)

 

26
Mar

Boo-Boo Sharing

Posted under That's Life Wednesdays 5 Comments

This morning I’m thinking about stitches. As in the stitches my doctor will be taking out of my foot in a few hours.

Prior to this event, the only other time I had stitches was when I was five and I got hit in the head with a doorknob and when I was eleven and had an appendectomy. I don’t remember much about those stiches going in, let alone coming out (a fortune I don’t think I’ll have this time around).

So how about you? Any stitches along the way?

~Elizabeth (a.k.a. Laura)

25
Mar

Home Again, Home Again, Jiggity Jig

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Sorry about the lack of a post yesterday. I was flying from California to New York and the time difference, coupled with the get-to-the-airport thing, kind of pushed the blog from my thoughts.

I was in Monterey for Left Coast Crime (a reader conference) the past few days and had a really nice time. I sat on two panels (one about writing multiple series and the other about writing murder off page) and got to meet up with some fellow “cozy” writers at the banquet on Saturday night.

Aside from that, I spent the majority of my four full days in Monterey exploring the area with my hubby and daughter. We checked out the famous Monterey Bay Aquarium (very cool stuff/fun learning experience) and some of the gorgeous terrain of the pacific coast.

Tonight I have a talk/signing at a library in CT, so I’ll be trying to get everything caught up from the trip before I’m out the door again for the evening. In the meantime, I thought I’d share this picture my daughter took at the aquarium of a real live Dory and Nemo…

Cute, huh?

Oh, and one more thing. I did a Q & A with Shelley’s Book Case yesterday on everything from my ideal “girls’ night out” to my favorite celebrity crush and even my hidden talent. You can give that a read here: http://shelleyreadsandreviews.blogspot.com/2014/03/sassy-questions-with-laura-bradford.html .

~Elizabeth (a.k.a. Laura) 

21
Mar

Bits & Pieces and A Guess

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In addition to our usual Friday Bits & Pieces, I’m adding another picture to yesterday’s “Guess where I am.”

  This little guy was swimming around under a dock all by himself. His nose was a little banged up, but if it bothered him, he didn’t let on. He was having too much time eating what looked to be muscles as he floated on his back.

In case you can’t quite make out what he is, he’s a sea otter in the wild and oh so very cute!!

Any more guesses on where I am?

Okay, that was Bits & Pieces question # 1:  Where am I?

2) When do you feel most “whole?”

3) Real letter or email?

4) Ice cream or frozen yogurt? And favorite topping?

Have a great weekend, everyone!

~Elizabeth (a.k.a. Laura)

20
Mar

Where In the World Am I?

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Guess where I am!

I’ll try to post another clue tomorrow (but it might be a bit late, like today)!

And for those of you who frequent this blog, you know by now these are my favorite animal. Though, I usually gawk at them at the zoo. Here they’re just on a party barge in the wild.

~Elizabeth (a.k.a. Laura)

19
Mar

Travels

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Today’s post is short and sweet. I’ve asked, in the past, where you’d most like to travel. Today, I want to know 1) what your best road trip was (and to where), and 2) what’s the most beautiful place you’ve been to in the United States (so far).

~Elizabeth (a.k.a. Laura)

18
Mar

On My Nightstand

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I spent most of yesterday reading through TAKEN IN (the next Sewing Circle Mystery due out in August).  Since I turned in that book in early fall, I’ve written two more books–one of which is the book after TAKEN IN. It was fun to sit down with the Sweet Briar crew and simply read them and I found myself falling in love with them all over again (a good sign).

Today, though, TAKEN IN is back to my editor and I’m left with a 6 week chunk of time between now and when I need to start writing my next contracted book. I plan to write, of course, although that will be on something totally new, and I plan to read.

First on the list? A cozy mystery I was asked to blurb for a new author. I haven’t started reading yet, but I know I already love the cover! 🙂

I also found out my favorite author, Linda Castillo (Amish thrillers) just signed on the dotted line to write two more books in her Kate Burkholder series so reader-me is ecstatic over that news! The next book in her series comes out in June, I believe…which means I’ll be knee-deep in my own writing (but never fear, I will stay up all night to read her book if I must).

So how about you? What are you reading at the moment?

~Elizabeth (a.k.a. Laura)

Side note: I’m talking about the book signing I had in Lititz, PA on Friday over at Lisa K’s Book Reviews today. To read it, go HERE: http://lisaksbookthoughts.blogspot.com/

17
Mar

A Fly On the Wall

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I had an interesting fly-on-the-wall experience over the weekend that really brought me back to my writing roots.

A friend and I presented a workshop at a writer’s conference in New Jersey. Our workshop was the first one of the morning and left me with a little chill time immediately following. I found a table to sit and people-watch for a little while as I waited for the next session I was interested in attending. It didn’t take long to realize that I was sitting near the “agent/editor pitch” room.

For those of you who don’t write, this is where those who have a book they want to see published, can sit across from a table with a real literary agent and “pitch” their story. They usually get ten minutes to entice the agent enough to ask for “a partial” (3 chapters and a synopsis) or “a full” (the entire manuscript). Just because they ask to see it, doesn’t mean they’re going to contract it…it’s just a way for a writer to have a slightly different connection with an editor than they might if they simply sent in an unsolicited manuscript.

For many writers attending conferences like the one I spoke at, the pitch session is something they prepare for for weeks–honing their paragraph description (or, in some cases two sentence description) like a well-oiled machine. They don’t sleep the night before because of stress, they worry they’ll mess up, and they can think of nothing else until it’s over.

So there I was, sitting at a table relaxing, when I realized why so many people seemed stressed around me. They were waiting for their chance to talk to an agent. One such writer engaged me in conversation, telling me that his friends had advised him not to sign anything on the spot (I smiled and nodded but knew there would be no signing going on–it doesn’t work like that). I watched as another girl came out with her feet ten feet off the ground because the agent asked to see her work. At that moment, I don’t think she would have been any happier if someone had told her she’d won the lottery.

And I got it.

No, I’ve never pitched before, but I well remembered that desperate hope that someone in the business would like my work enough to make my dream of being a published author come true. I remember the disappointment when I’d send something in and get a rejection. I remember trying and trying and trying. I remember that moment when form rejections started to include personal comments. And I remember when I sold my first short story…and then my first novel.

I wish I could say I still have that “lottery look.” I try, certainly. I want nothing more than each new launch day to be special, but life tends to have other plans these last few years.

As I sat there, listening and watching, I shared so many emotions with these strangers–their hope, their fears, and that moment of excitement when they think they might, finally, get in.

What’s an accomplishment in life that stirred your fears and your hope?

~Elizabeth (a.k.a. Laura)