Archive for April, 2016


We Interrupt Our Normal Bits

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So my 8 month old computer went black screen while I was writing yesterday afternoon.  Likely lost an entire month’s work…and now the 2-3 weeks it will take for them to fix it.

As a result, last night was a really bad night for me. The only saving grace was watching my youngest get inducted into National Honor Society. Other than that, it was a pretty stinky day.

I’ll be back next week, even if I have to post with my phone (right now I’m hijacking someone else’s).

~Elizabeth (aka Laura)

In the meantime, there’s a cool Reader Spotlight on the Whodunit Author blog


Bringing It Home

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Now that I’m in the gym and on the dreaded Elliptical machine every day, I’ve been reading more (the only way I can stand that machine). I decided I wanted to check out one of the big guns’ earliest works. So, since I love Harlan Coben’s standalones, I went back to his beginning–his very first series.

One of my favorite things about Coben’s writing is his ability to describe things in such a way, you get it whether you’ve experienced it or not. And I love that he does it with humor.

There’s a reference in the first book to a diner and the extensive menus the Greek diners tend to have, in particular. My daughter, who worked in one last summer, mentioned many times how huge the menu was. So I’m sweating my brains out, walking on the elliptical, when I get to a part where Coben likens one of these menus to a  Tolstoy novel.  I literally laughed out loud.  And while I understood the reference thanks to my daughter, his description would have hit it home even if I wasn’t living in the diner capital of the world.

That’s the kind of writing I love. The kind that, with just a line, can make me feel like I’m there, with the characters.

So let’s give it a shot, shall we?

Take something that might be standard in your neck of the woods that isn’t necessarily standard elsewhere.  Now think of a creative way to help it hit home for those of us who might live elsewhere…

~Elizabeth (aka Laura)


The Waiting Room

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Car inspection day.

That means I’m writing in a very small waiting room today.

And watching the clock…a lot.


Luckily, it should be a short appointment (45 minutes or so). The longest I’ve ever sat in a car dealership waiting for repair work? 6 hours.

Yeah, that was way too long.

Have a great Wednesday, everyone!

~Elizabeth (aka Laura)


New View?

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Got a deep one for you, today.  Has there ever been a book you’ve read that actually made you change something about yourself after you read it? A way you approached something, viewed something, etc?

~Elizabeth (aka Laura)


A Room With A…

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If you could have a room in your house that was all yours, what would it be (ie, an office, craft room, etc)? Tell us how it would look/what it would have if money was no object…

~Elizabeth (aka Laura)


Bits O’ Summer And Other Stuff

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Bits time!

  1. What is your favorite thing to shop for?
  2. What’s your least favorite thing to shop for?
  3. Something you’re looking forward to this summer?
  4. Favorite food at an  outdoor barbecue?

Enjoy your weekend!

~Elizabeth (aka Laura)


Taking Over

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Yesterday, I asked what one fictional character really stuck with you long after you were done reading.

Today, I want you to tell us about a book you wish had gone a different way than it did–maybe a different ending, a different bad guy, a different lesson, a different setting…  What change would you make if you could go back in and rewrite it?

~Elizabeth (aka Laura)


That Unforgettable One

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Although, technically, yesterday was “Reading Tuesday” around here, I kind of deviated from that with our field trip to the WhodunitAuthor blog.

So, I’m tossing a book-related question out to you that I’m kind of excited about. But it might require your thinking caps and maybe a little soul searching.

Okay, here we go…

Of all the books you’ve read throughout your life, thus far, tell us the one character you’ve never been able to forget and why?

~Elizabeth (aka Laura)


Field Trip Time

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carI’m up at bat at the Whodunit Authors’ blog today.

Pssst:  There are pictures…and a giveaway!

Just click on the link in the first sentence, and I’ll see you there!

~Elizabeth (aka Laura)


Show Tunes

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Man of la manchaOver the weekend, DH and I went to the local dinner theater to see Man of La Mancha. And while the story is wonderful, the highlight is listening to the main character, Don Quixote, belt out the lyrics to The Impossible Dream. It is, without a doubt, one of the best Broadway musical show tunes.

The lyrics, the score all come together in a truly moving piece.




For Good, from Wicked is also an incredibly moving soon. I actually cried when I heard that song for the first time with my daughters.

Moving stuff.

Do you have a favorite show tune? Moving or otherwise?

~Elizabeth (aka Laura)