Archive for September, 2014


On the Page

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I typed “The End” on my latest manuscript yesterday, and now I’m doing my read-through/edit round.

Once that’s done, I get to have about two weeks to get caught up on life, plot and research the next book (Amish # 5), and read for pleasure. I have two books ready and waiting to be devoured, and I can’t wait. Both are women’s fiction titles, and both were mentioned to me during a call-out for book recommendations on my Elizabeth Lynn Casey Facebook Author Page.

What are you reading this week?

~Elizabeth(a.k.a. Laura)


On The Horizon

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Wow. What a busy, busy weekend.

Fortunately, everything about my daughter’s birthday went off without a hitch, so that was great! She told me last night it was one of her “best weekends ever.”  🙂

Today, I’m finishing up the first book in my brand new series and then moving into edit mode. During edit mode, I print up the entire document (this one will be approximately 320 pages) and read it from start to finish–catching typos (I hope), story mistakes (these are the most important and this stage), and checking the overall timeline of the story (sometimes even drawing up a pretend calendar to make sure it all works).

I’d like to say things will get a little less hectic once I turn this book in, but, really, they won’t. The next six weeks or so brings two college weekends, a wedding, an out-of-town doc appointment, and a writer’s retreat (I so so so can’t wait for that). In the mix is plotting the next Amish book and getting the first quarter (or third, preferably) written.

So how about you? How’s your October looking?

~Elizabeth (a.k.a. Laura)


Birthday Bits

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A bit late with the Bits this morning.  I’ve been baking up a storm (for DD # 2’s backyard movie birthday party) since I woke up.

But now that everything is either done, or almost done, I can get to our questions for the week.

1) If you could relive one of your birthdays, which would it be? Why?

2) What kind of cake do you like for  your birthday? Is there a specific must-have on your special day?

3) What was the best birthday give you ever got?

4) What’s your sign?

~Elizabeth (a.k.a. Laura)


Seasonally Speaking

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Today’s writing challenge (c’mon, everyone, give it a shot)…writergirl

In a short paragraph, put us into a season of your choice. Show us, through our senses, whether we’re in spring, summer, fall, or winter.

Have fun!

~Elizabeth (a.k.a. Laura)


A Milestone Birthday

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Later this week, my youngest turns sixteen.


In the blink of an eye she went from newborn to sixteen and I’m not quite sure how…or when.

Now, when I was growing up, the big part of turning sixteen was learning to drive (something I’ll do with her in the spring). In the area of New York where we happen to live, people throw these lavish Sweet Sixteen parties (and by lavish, I mean, wedding-like).

Halls are rented. Caterers are brought in. Gowns are rented.

It is, in a word, nuts.

Drive forty-five minutes into the area in which I grew up, and this doesn’t happen. Just here (weird, isn’t it?).

Fortunately for me (who has no intention of throwing a wedding for my child’s sixteenth birthday), DD # 1 and her friends didn’t do this. They all did something nice on their sixteenth birthdays…but on a much, much, much smaller scale. I think one took a group of kids to an Asian restaurant, another took their small 5-member group to the city. For DD # 1, we had kids to the house and had a fancy dessert bar (her birthday hits immediately after Christmas).

For DD # 2 (and the fact she’s lived here far longer by the time she hit this milestone), we’re doing a two-part party. For Part One (which will now be part-two because of weather), I’m taking her tight little group of five into the city to have a picnic lunch in Central Park (free), watch the sea lion show at the Central Park Zoo (free–we have passes), and to visit the famous Dylan’s Candy Bar. Inexpensive day…but fun and picture-worthy (a must for this age group).  Part Two (which will  now be part-one because of the aforementioned weather), will have the same tight little group of five plus another ten or so friends coming over for a backyard movie (with a dessert bar).

Inexpensive but fun. And she is soooo excited…

So how about you? Or your kids (if you have any)? Is the “sweet sixteen” birthday a lavish affair where you live/lived as well? What did you do?

~Elizabeth (a.k.a. Laura)


An Update, An Observation, and a Picture

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**An Update: Nine days from  now, I’ll be pressing “send” on the first book in a brand new series (expected debut in early 2016). So from now until then, I’ll be writing like a madwoman.

But come that day? I will be reading…and maybe doing a little binge movie watching…and semi-actively turning my attention to the Amish Mysteries and the next book I have to write in that series.

Busy-ness, I tell you.

**An Observation:  Last week, while traveling to Bermuda via cruise ship, I happened to look around and notice the reading vacationers. Interestingly enough, I’d have to say the vast majority were reading actual books (as opposed to e-readers). 004

**And a Picture: I snapped this sunset shot over the Atlantic Ocean last week and thought you all might enjoy it as much as I do. Often times, when I try to take a sunset picture, the colors are vivid in the viewfinder, but rarely make it to the actual picture. This time, my point-and-shoot was up to the task!

~Elizabeth (a.k.a. Laura)





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I’m back after a week of being “unplugged.”

No phones. No texts. No email.

It’s amazing how much more relaxing life can be without all of that.

Which brings me to two questions for all of  you…  What’s the longest you’ve “unplugged?”  What one electronic medium could you give up completely?

~Elizabeth (a.k.a. Laura)


Pieces and Bits

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Bits & Pieces Time!

1) What should be your Super Hero Name? And what is your Super Power?

2) If you could be an animal for 24 hours, what would you be?

3) You could be on any beach in the world…which one would you choose?

4) You could be in any city in the world…which one would you choose?

~Elizabeth (a.k.a. Laura)


Favorite Way To Spend Time

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If you’re not working or doing chores, what’s your favorite way to spend a day?

~Elizabeth (a.k.a. Laura)


Movie Time

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Today’s question:

What’s your all-time favorite movie?

I think mine is still A FEW GOOD MEN (although I love 27 DRESSES, too).

~Elizabeth (a.k.a. Laura)