Archive for August, 2014

29
Aug

Bits x 4

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Time for an interesting assortment of Bits…

1) Are you a talker or a listener?

2) If you had the option to not see a color, which color would you not see? Why?

3) If you could have a room full of one thing, what would you want?

4) Which cartoon character best describes you?

Have a great long weekend, everyone!

~Elizabeth (a.k.a. Laura)

28
Aug

To Work We Go

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Setting (along with characters) is always a huge part of a book for me (as a reader, as well as a writer).  writergirl

If the characters are believable, I care enough to see what happens to them.

If the setting is rich, I can become part of the story.

So here’s a writing prompt for those of you who choose to give it a whirl.

Via a single paragraph, put us in your work environment, but without telling us what you do. Instead, using as many senses as possible, try to see if we can guess.

~Elizabeth (a.k.a. Laura)

27
Aug

The Final Countdown

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The final “official” week of summer is here and DD # 2 and I are trying to cram as much fun (minus the mandatory school physical, of course) into these last few days as possible.

Yesterday, we headed to the beach with two of her friends in tow. We tanned, we hung out in the ocean (water was beautiful), we played some video games at the arcade (I’m just not as quick as I once was as Ms. Pac-Man), had some Jersey Shore pizza, and went on to the boardwalk for a while (they did the bumper cars and I tried to take some pictures of them crashing).

It was a fun day. It was also proof that no matter how old you get, you still crave that last-of-summer fun.

On tap today after the physical? Still working on that.

And tomorrow? Some school clothes shopping.

How about you? How are you spending the last few days of summer (or, if summer is “over for you, how did you spend the last few days of summer)?

~Elizabeth (a.k.a Laura)

26
Aug

One Down

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So I finally finished reading a book last week…

I started The Husband’s Secret by Liane Moriarity a few months ago but, because of my own writing and life, I had to keep putting it aside. Last week, a few pockets of reading time emerged, and so I was finally able to get some pages under my belt.

When it released, this book hit #1 on the NYT and it wasn’t hard to see why.

The official blurb says this about the book:

Imagine your husband wrote you a letter, to be opened after his death. Imagine, too, that the letter contains his deepest, darkest secret – something with the potential to destroy not just the life you built together, but the lives of others too. Imagine, then, that you stumble across that letter while your husband is still very much alive . . .

Cecilia Fitzpatrick has achieved it all – she’s an incredibly successful business woman, a pillar of her small community and a devoted wife and mother. Her life is as orderly and spotless as her home. But that letter is about to change everything, and not just for her: Rachel and Tess barely know Cecilia – or each other – but they too are about to feel the earth-shattering repercussions of her husband’s secret.

I enjoyed the various threads of story throughout this book–Rachel’s, Tess’s, and Cecilia’s…not realizing, as the book went on, that they would all intersect at the end. I like the way the author did that. But as much as I enjoyed the book, I really enjoyed the epilogue. It was fascinating to see how all of their lives would have been different if one single precipitating act had been different.  The domino effect, I suppose.

Today, I’m off to the beach with my youngest (and her friends) so I just might get some more reading time in… Although now that I have to wear reading glasses to read, I suppose I risk odd tan lines… 🙂

What are you reading? What are you enjoying about it?

~Elizabeth (a.k.a. Laura)

25
Aug

Re-do

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If someone knocked  on your door and said you could have two inside-the-house projects done, what would you choose? And this is renovating, not adding.

Me? I’d choose a total kitchen redo and a really cool (and well made/installed) closet system in the bedroom.

Your turn. 🙂

~Elizabeth (a.k.a. Laura)

22
Aug

Bits Time

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That’s right, it’s Bits Time.

1) If you went to college, what was the name of your first roommate? How long did you room with him/her?

2) What was the first car you drove (whether you owned it or not)?

3) Ever had a speeding ticket?

4) Microwave popcorn or movie theater popcorn?

5) What TV show (whether on DVD or real time) are you most interested in watching at the moment?

Have a great weekend, everyone!

~Elizabeth (a.k.a. Laura)

21
Aug

Once Upon A Time…

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How about a writing exercise today (I’m waiting on pictures from last night’s event 😉 )??  littlegirlwriting

Write an opening paragraph reflecting the way your day started. But gussy it up with a fictional character and perhaps a slight variation on the way your day really started…

Bonus points if you make me laugh.

~Elizabeth (a.k.a. Laura)

20
Aug

Beyond the Writing

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Today is one of those days when I get to step out from behind the keyboard and interact with my readers. Five years ago, speaking gigs made me a wee bit nervous. After all, I gravitated toward writing because I’m quiet. Standing in front of a group of thirty people–people who are there to hear what I have to say. Talking to groups of people about my books/writing wasn’t ever part of the “author image” I had when I was ten years old.

My first few speaking events were tough. I felt like I had cotton balls stuffed in my mouth (ugh!) the entire time I was talking. I suspect I had a lot of “ums” and looked as nervous as I felt.

Fortunately, I got over that and I began to see these talks as just what they are–a chance to talk about my books and my characters with people who enjoyed them enough to come out and meet me. Suddenly, it’s not just me and a computer and my imaginary little worlds. It’s me…and real people…who can actually talk about those imaginary worlds I created on paper as if they’re real.

So that’s where I’m off to later today. To talk about the Sweet Briar ladies, the Heavenly, PA crew, and maybe even a little bit about the new series I’m working on right now…

I’m taking my camera, but we all know I’m horrible about getting pictures from these events.

Have you ever gone to an author talk? If so, who was it?  (I’ll answer this in the comments, too).

~Elizabeth (a.k.a. Laura)

19
Aug

Making Time

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I’ve always loved books.

I loved them as a little girl–THE GIVING TREE (by Shel Silverstein), ONE KITTEN FOR KIM (by Adelaide Holl), THE LITTLE HOUSE (by Virginia Lee Burton) just to name a few.

I loved them as a independent reader–THE LITTLE HOUSE SERIES (by Laura Ingalls Wilder), The NANCY DREW MYSTERIES (by Carolyn Keene), to name a few.

I loved them as a teenager–WHERE ARE THE CHILDREN and CRY IN THE NIGHT (by Mary Higgins Clark) were my favorites.

Now, as an adult, I still love to read, but my time to do so has been vastly limited. Much of that is because of my own writing–by the time I’m done writing, I have way too many other life things to do (kids, cooking, etc). And since I’m always writing these days, I feel like I’m  never reading.

This week I managed to fit some reading in on the train back from the city on Sunday (I attended a show with DD #1), I snuck in a little more that same night (DH was working an overnight) and I’ve been staring at the book I’m reading ever since…wondering when I can read another chapter. I’d love to make more of an effort to sneak in a little time each day, but reading is rather addictive for me. Once I start, it’s hard to stop. I know this about myself and it’s largely why I don’t read as much now. Because I know I have to stop.

Perhaps I need to add “read a chapter” to my daily to-do list. Maybe then, I’ll get to read without worrying about not stopping. Because then it’s on my list. 🙂

How about you? Do you make time to read every day? What are you reading now (besides this blog, of course)?

~Elizabeth (a.k.a. Laura)

18
Aug

Salt, Then Flush

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When I was little (about 3, I think), I accidentally killed the family’s goldfish.  goldfish

I’d watched my parents and older siblings shake food into the fish bowl countless times and I guess I wanted to try, too. So, since I could reach the salt shaker on the table, I decided to do a little shaking of my own.

I remember this encounter. And I remember the lesson: goldfish can’t survive in saltwater.

Now it’s your turn. Tell us about one of your earliest memories.

~Elizabeth (a.k.a. Laura)