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Finding my Footing

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As you all know, I’ve putting my writing aside for the summer to take a much needed break. Officially, it didn’t start until July 1st, but even with that, I’m doing writing related things every day (this blog, social media stuff, etc).  So while there haven’t been any true “bum days,” simply alleviating myself of the pressure to produce for a little while has been nice. Still, for someone who always feels as if she has to be doing something, this “break” stuff is taking a little getting used to.

So far, I’ve:

*Put together two family photo albums (I was 5 years behind…now I’m just 3 1/2).

*Read the Linda Castillo book I was waiting for.

*Booked a few trips I need to make between now and October.

Not a very impressive lineup yet, but I still have six weeks…

How’s your summer going so far?

~Elizabeth (aka Laura)


Happy Girl

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IMG_4027On the road today, traveling back home after a 24 hour trip to Erie, PA. I had a 2 hour non-writing related gig and the rest of the time (travel there/hotel time) to read the Linda Castillo book I’ve been waiting for since her last one came out a year ago. I started it on the first plane and, by last night, I realized I had just 62 pages to read and would have nothing to do on the plane ride home if I didn’t make myself stop.

It was hard, I tell you. Very, very hard.

But it’s a new day…a travel day…and I get to sink my teeth into the final 62 pages. Woot!

All good until you consider the fact I now have to wait another year until the next book…

Have a great Wednesday, everyone!

~Elizabeth (aka Laura)


Three Things

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I love long weekends. Especially when they include fireworks! 🙂

So for my three things, I give you these…


A rainbow at the minor league ballpark on Saturday night. It was a full one (which is always cool), but my phone could only capture so much in one shot so here is the rest of it…


Monday night we made s’mores on the fire pit out back…


And on Tuesday (July Fourth, actual), we went to one of the river towns a little ways north of us, and watched fireworks over the Hudson River.  DD # 2 taught us a new card game while we waited…



How was your long weekend? Do you have three things to share with us?

~Elizabeth (aka Laura)


TV Time

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old-style-tv-setWhat’s your (currently running) favorite drama on TV?

What’s your (currently running) favorite comedy on TV?

What old show would you love to see come back to TV now–with the characters having aged?

~Elizabeth (aka Laura)



Goings On

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Sorry about being AWOL yesterday. The day got away from me, plus I had a library program that was two hours away.

Things are a bit crazy around here this week. The house is being sided and there are contractors everywhere (lots of loud banging). The cat, who is a stressed out little thing 24/7, is really not a happy camper with all of this.

This morning, my daughters and I are “filming” a book trailer for 30 Second Death (or giving it a go, anyway). I suspect hilarity will ensue so stay tuned on that.

Besides that, tomorrow is prom and Saturday is graduation (plus a family party after the graduation ceremony). So…yeah…a bit nutty.

I read Linda Castillo’s latest short story at the gym yesterday. I enjoyed it. Her next full length Kate Burkholder novel is out in two weeks and I will be in B & N on launch day to buy it, that’s for sure.

What are you doing/reading?

~Elizabeth (aka Laura)


Some Random Thoughts

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Today, I share some ramblings:

  1. Patterned After Death is reviewed on Escape with Dollycas today. There’s also a guest post from me, and a chance to win a copy of the book. So check it out here.
  2. I had a lovely evening last night with three old friends (two as far back as 4th grade, and one to high school).  It was great to catch up…but UGH that we didn’t think to take a picture.
  3. The temperature gage in my car yesterday hit 100.
  4. It’s really hard to decrease your chocolate intake when there’s still Easter candy around.
  5. I really am a buffoon when it comes to technology purchases. Even with a step by step guide from DD #2’s college.
  6. Nothing breaks your heart more than seeing your kid hurt.
  7. If I didn’t have to go to the post office to mail college forms, I think today would have been a jammy-all day kind of day.
  8. When you’ve been writing for months, the thought of writing launch blogs for another book is particularly unappealing.
  9. Now that it’s actually summer, we’ve officially become an overnight hotel for the cat.
  10. My car really needs to be cleaned out. Wish I could just blame this on passengers, but I can’t…

Okay, so yeah, some random thoughts/observations, etc…

Any to share with us?

~Elizabeth (aka Laura)


Counting the Days

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I’m down to the last two weeks of the deadline I’m working towards. And honestly, I can’t even begin to tell you how much I’m looking forward to finishing this up.

My carrot this time?

Time off!!  I want to clear my head, get my creative on in other areas again, and explore. And I will take you along right here on the blog when I do!

Any big plans for your summer?

~Elizabeth (aka Laura)


Peace On A Bench

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I feel like some peaceful pretty today (probably because life is a bit nutty at the moment with so many family milestones taking place amid a major deadline)…

Wouldn’t you just love to curl up on this bench and dream?

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~Elizabeth (aka Laura)


Unexpected Beauty

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Every once in a while, you stumble across something you didn’t expect to see–a pretty trail, a whimsical meadow, that sort of thing.

Last night I drove to a small town, about 90 miles north of where I live, to speak at an MS program. Behind the restaurant, where the event was held, there was this…


And the sound? It was wonderful.

I expected to hear it was part of a power plant of some sort, but it’s not. It’s just pretty for the sake of pretty.

Thought I’d share it with you today.

Have a nice Wednesday!

~Elizabeth (aka Laura)



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I’m the first to admit I’m not a terribly sporty person.  I try to keep up on my workouts at the gym, but beyond that, I’m pretty much all about writing.  I like to shoot around a basketball on occasion but it’s rare. And when it comes to sports I enjoy watching, well I’d say college basketball is my favorite, followed, surprisingly, by professional hockey.  I’ve only been to the latter once, but it was way more fun than I would have expected.

So tell us what sports you love to play (are you any good?), and what sports you love to watch.

~Elizabeth (aka Laura)