Archive for June, 2015


Before I Read…

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Summer and December are the two worst times for trying to write a book.


December, of course, is busy with holiday stuff–shopping, decorating, baking, and company.

Summer is busy with everything else. So, today I actually got out of bed when my alarm went off at 6:15 (rather than shutting it off and sleeping until 7:00). I’m going to write straight up until I go for my workout at around 9 ish.  Then it’s back home to write some more before I take DD # 2 to take her driving test (cross your fingers, okay?).

If I’m really good and get 8-10 pages written, I’ll reward myself with some reading or photo album time tonight.

So what are you reading right now?

~Elizabeth (aka Laura)


What’s Your Thing?

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It was a fun/busy weekend of watching people “do their thing.”

For my oldest daughter, that was performing in her first NYC play.

For my cousin’s husband, that was playing music (self-taught and oh so good) in his music room.

Both were doing what they love…and both couldn’t have looked happier the entire time they were doing it.

Having “your thing” is important in life–it picks you up when you’re low, motivates you when you need a kick, and helps you work through stress.

So what is your thing?

~Elizabeth (aka Laura)


Freeze Frame Bits

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After spending so much time looking at pictures lately, today’s bits have takencameraclipart on that theme…

1) Describe your favorite picture of little-you.

2) What’s your all-time favorite family photo?

3) Staged or natural?

4) Something you wish you got pictures of but didn’t?

~Elizabeth (aka Laura)


Look, a Squirrel!

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I’m supposed to be writing.

So, you think I’d be writing, wouldn’t you?

Nope. I’m working on a photo album.

Yup, procrastination at its finest.

When you’re looking to procrastinate, what do you do?

~Elizabeth (aka Laura)


Catchin’ Up

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How about a what’s up, update?

What I’m reading at the moment:  Nothing. Though I’m eagerly awaiting the release of Linda Castillo’s latest book in about a week… 🙂

What I’m working on at the moment: NEEDLE AND DREAD.

My latest thing: I’m working out at a wellness center 5 times a week (waiting for it to give me an energy boost).

What I’m looking forward to on the immediate horizon:  DD # 1 will play Cinderella in the Big Apple this weekend. Can’t wait to see her to her thing!

What I’m looking forward to beyond that:  Finishing (and turning in) my latest book, a few book events I have coming up, spending a few days with my buddy next month, and family vacation.

My guilty pleasure this week:  I found a bag of caramels in the baking cabinet and, yeah… 🙂

Your turn.

~Elizabeth (aka Laura)



In the Middle of the Action

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Tell me a book (or series) you’ve read where you truly felt as if you were there.

~Elizabeth (aka Laura)


Perfect Time

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One of my favorite parts of Mother’s Day and Father’s Day as a parent is just having that time with the kids.

For Mother’s Day this year, we took a day trip to the beach. The drive there/back, as well as the time at the beach was time to talk and enjoy each other’s company.

For Father’s Day this year, we had a game day. This had everyone in one spot at the same time…talking and laughing.

We played Settlers of Catan (if you’ve not played this, you should). DH won. fathersdaygame5b

We played Spot-It (if you’ve not played this, you should–but boy does it prove how much slower my brain works now than it once did).  DD #2 is disgustingly good at this one and, as a result, won–time and time again.

fathersdaygame2And we played Sorry–the Disney Edition (a lot of laughs with this one). I actually pulled out the win in this one–although Snow White got bumped back to start more times than I care to admit. 😉

Add in a nice dinner and a yummy dessert and, well, I think DH had a nice day (and the rest of us did, too).

How was Father’s Day in your house?

~Elizabeth (aka Laura)





Good Bits

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It took a little brain foraging, but I came up with some interesting bits for all of you…

1) What motivates you to work hard?

2) What’s your biggest complaint about your job?

3) What is your proudest accomplishment?

4) What song would you sing at Karaoke night?

5) What is your favorite sport to watch? To play?

Have a fabulous weekend, everyone! And Chris…if you’re reading this today: Happy Father’s Day!

~Elizabeth (aka Laura)



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So I had an epiphany of sorts regarding my work in progress the other day. So now I must go back through the five chapters I’ve written so far and make the necessary adjustments. But I’d rather realize this now, then after thirty chapters, you know?

On top of that (and maybe, slightly because of that), my motivation to write has been nil this week. Not good…

What I need is a kick in the butt. Something to fire me up (this is where a movie deal could be helpful–LOL). So, if my drive hasn’t returned by week’s end, I’m going to have to force it out. The thing is, I want to bring it out with real excitement, not just desperation because college tuition payments are part of my next six years.

So what do you do when you need a little kick to get going?

~Elizabeth (aka Laura)


On Stage

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In the past few weeks, DH and I have seen two concerts–Alan Parson Project and Melissa Etheridge. Very different musicians, very different crowds. Both good. Later in the summer, we’re going to see Lynyrd Skynyrd with my cousin and her husband.

What’s the last concert you’ve been to? Any coming up?

~Elizabeth (aka Laura)