Archive for April, 2015


Wonders Never Cease

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I picked up a few things (clothes wise) yesterday for the annual Malice Domestic Conference.

So what’s the big deal, you ask?

I’m the anti-shopper. I hate to shop. For me, anyway. Shopping for others, I’m good. But me, not so much.

Some of that is the whole lack-of-natural-light thing that comes with most stores. Some of it is the simple fact that an outfit has to call to me the second I walk by or forget it.  No shuffling through clothes racks for me…

And, for whatever reason, when I do see something I like, the size I need tends to be gone…or it doesn’t look as good on me as I’d hoped.

Yesterday, though, things were different.  I walked in, saw a pair of cute pants that I fell in love with…and then my daughter picked out a shirt she thought was “me” (and she was right)…and then I saw a dress.  Tried them on,  they worked, and off I went.

With. A. Shopping. Bag. In. My. Hand.

I’m still in shock.

What’s your least favorite genre of shopping?

~Elizabeth (aka Laura)


Now at Bat

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What are you reading this week?

I just finished THE STRANGER as I mentioned yesterday, and will be moving on to a writing-related book (a genre I rarely read).

~Elizabeth (aka Laura)


Busy, Busy…

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the strangerI don’t know about you, but my weekend was busy, busy, busy.

Friday night I stayed up late (into Saturday morning, as a matter of fact) reading. It’s been a long time since I’ve lost myself in a book as a reader and it was really nice. Harlan Coben’s THE STRANGER was fantastic.

Saturday, I met up with three of my writer friends for a mini one-day retreat. We swapped tips, talked about the publishing business, and brainstormed ideas for stories and marketing. A very productive day was had by all. My anniversary43bfavorite part? Being around like-minded people for a while.


Saturday night, DH and I had a little early anniversary celebration. We went out to dinner and then to a movie. It was a nice, relaxing evening.



rayandmeapril2015bSunday, DD # 2 and I headed north about 45 minutes to spend the afternoon with my great uncle (her great, great uncle). He’s 95 and still so sharp. He’s a WWII veteran and it is such fun to hear him talk about life when he was a boy. I know my daughter got a kick out of it, too.

On the way home, we stopped by my favorite little roadside barbecue place and we had an early dinner together.

See? Busy…and fun.

Did you do anything fun this weekend?

~Elizabeth (aka Laura)


Bits of Bits

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Time for bits!

1) Favorite snack food?

2) What one non-domestic animal would you love to get up close and personal with?

3) Any Easter candy left over?

4) Any Valentine candy left over?

5) What’s your favorite form of exercise?

~Elizabeth (aka Laura)


Six a.m. Came Much Too Soon…

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Writing update: I’m almost finished with chapter 11. My goal for today has me finishing chapter 11 and hopefully starting (and maybe finishing) chapter 12.  We’ll see how it goes…

As for all of you, how about sharing a story start of your own.  Just one or two sentences that gives us a window in to how your day started (funny, serious, whatever you want). Or, if you find it more fun to add a sentence or two to someone else’s (assuming we get any takers), feel free.


~Elizabeth (aka Laura)

P.S. The title of this post is my start… 🙂


When a Whim Proves Smart

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On a whim, I signed up to try a Zumba class seven weeks ago and, like the bike rack I finally broke down a bought over the weekend, I’m thrilled that I did!

The first class or two was rough. My left side is weaker than my right thanks to the M.S. and while I’m not aware of it in most circumstances, I was aware of it in this class. But I stuck with it, and I feel like I’m reclaiming some strength. Yay!

I’m even at a point now, where I find myself almost craving the class (a good sign)!

So tell me, is there something you gave a whirl on a whim only to find out, it was a very good decision?

~Elizabeth (aka Laura)


Extra, Extra…

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I’ve got a reading-related question for all of you today. newspaper3clipart

When you pick up a newspaper, what’s the first section you turn to? And the second?

Me? I’m a lifestyle/entertainment reader. After a glimpse at the front page stories…

~Elizabeth (aka Laura)


Better Late Than Never

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After saying I was going to buy a bike rack for entirely too long, I finally went out and did it on Friday afternoon.  bikeride1b

Saturday morning, DD #2 and I loaded our bikes onto the car and set off for a local trail that would take us along a reservoir. It was nice riding along, chatting when we could, sightseeing when we couldn’t. We went a little over 2 miles that day.



Sunday morning we did it again. Only this time we got out even earlier. We rode 3.5 miles and it felt so good.  Good to exercise, good to be outside, good to enjoy a pleasant, sunny day after a winter that had few.

I’m not one to buy stuff. Never have been. But this bike rack was a good call for so many reasons.

Do you go biking? If so, tell us where you like to ride.

~Elizabeth (aka Laura)


Bits, Bits, Bits

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Time for Friday bits!

1) Removing people and pets as possible answers, what is your most prized possession? Why?

2) If you were traveling on a plane for 1o hours, what would you have to pack in your carry-on (for use on the plane)?

3) Favorite professional sport to watch in person?

4) A public figure you admire?

~Elizabeth (aka Laura)


Metaphorically Speaking, That Is

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I’m halfway through chapter nine of my work in progress, with the goal of finishing that chapter today.

As for our writing post today, I’m kind of fascinated by book passages where metaphors are skillfully used to describe something simple–like the taste of ice cream, a driving a car, etc.  In Harlan Coben’s latest, THE STRANGER, he writes this:  “Thomas had gotten his learner’s permit a week ago–the parental equivalent to a stress test without using an actual EKG machine.”  That literally made me laugh.

So I thought maybe, just maybe you all might be up for having a little metaphor fun today? Maybe?

Pick something fairly mundane–your job, a despised chore, something your kid does, whatever…and give us an idea what you think of it via a metaphor.

~Elizabeth (aka Laura)

**I’m over on the Stiletto Gang today sharing 7 things you might not know about me as a writer.  You can check that out HERE.