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Movie Bits

movie ticketThis week, I thought it might be fun to do some movie-related bits. ūüôā

  1. Favorite kids movie?
  2. Movie that takes you back to your teen years the second you see it today?
  3. Favorite female movie star?
  4. Favorite male movie star?
  5. What’s a movie (or two) you can watch again and again?

Have a great weekend, everyone! And be on the lookout for three things that stand out to you as being nice/restful/fun so you can tell us about it on Monday.

~Elizabeth (aka Laura)

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The Next Chapter

behindthescenesLast week we talked about names and how I come up with them for my various characters. You all gave some good suggestions for me to chew on for the Amish women’s fiction #2 synopsis¬†I officially sent off (hurrah!) yesterday.

Today, I thought we’d talk about plots for subsequent books in a series. For me, I’ve always found myself looking at the various characters in a particular series and try to look at where they are in life as each new book opens. Are they fresh off a break-up, mourning a loss, bored in their job, awaiting a child, etc.¬† Then I look to see if whatever that place is can possibly intersect with a similar or possibly related place another character (s) may be. Very often, a plot idea will stem from that, whether it’s tied to the main plot, or, perhaps, simply a subplot.

Take for example Wedding Duress (the 10th Southern Sewing Circle Mystery).¬† When I sat down to write that book, I knew Tori and Milo were getting married. What I needed to figure out was how that impacted the other ladies. I knew, right away, that Leona would have issues not being the focal point–something that gave me a jumping off point to explore with her. And since Rose is the one she loves to lash out at, I was able to tie Rose (and her age) into that side story, as well.¬†¬† And in terms of the main plot, I looked at things Milo and Tori might be doing in the final days leading up to their wedding and–bam!–I had a fun story about deceit and greed.

In terms of my Amish Mysteries, the most recent book (A Churn For the Worse) left off with Esther and Eli awaiting their baby, Ben helping out at the home of a new widow, a guest having shown interest in Diane, and, of course, Claire and Jakob’s building relationship. That’s the flavor and the threads I will pull from for book # 6 in terms of subplots. Chances are, the main plot will tickle those threads as well.

So there you go. That’s¬†how I work with each new book in my respective series. Other authors may do it differently, but that’s my process. And honestly? It’s one of my favorite parts of writing–letting the characters show me the way.

Any questions?

~Elizabeth (aka Laura)

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Comfort Food

chocchipThe other day, I was missing the kids, and had a strange craving for chocolate chip cookies (homemade–hot from the oven). Since I didn’t have what I needed to make them, I settled for some store bought ones that were in the cabinet.

But it got me thinking about comfort food. To me, a warm chocolate chip cookie is comfort food. Sometimes hot chocolate with whipped cream is, as well. At least for me, anyway.

What’s your go-to comfort food?

~Elizabeth (aka Laura)

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First in a Series

confessionsSo today, at the gym, I finished up Confessions of a Shopaholic (Sophie Kinsella).¬† It’s apparently the first in a series, with this particular title actually made into a movie a few years ago. I enjoyed it enough that I think I’ll be moving on to the second in the series tomorrow.

What are you reading this week?

~Elizabeth (aka Laura)

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Three Things

Monday has a way of showing up again and again, doesn’t it? ūüėȬ† Fortunately, the weekend does, too, and this weekend there was some time for a little extra fun.

DH and I saw Annie Get Your Gun at a local dinner theater. While I was familiar with some of the music (fun!), I’d never seen the show before. I was pleasantly surprised, especially in the acting/singing ability of the main actress–wow!


Saturday evening had us heading to Long Island to enjoy a BBQ dinner and some Settlers of Catan with friends. It was a nice evening! I didn’t win, but I did pretty well.


Sunday was more a chill day. I did some mental plotting on my next women’s fiction (synopsis work starts today), and watched one of my favorite chick flicks…


How about you?¬†Did you watch anything? Read anything? Go anywhere?¬† Tackle a project? Spend time with family or friends? Try a new food? Tell us…

~Elizabeth (aka Laura)

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Apple Bits

applesWe’re approaching apple picking time and that immediately makes me think of trips to the orchard as a kid. Back then, you were allowed to climb the trees and my brother and I were quite the monkeys. There’s a picture somewhere of him actually hanging upside down from a branch. I, of course, had no interest in eating them. They were a fruit, and I didn’t eat fruit (much to my mother’s chagrin).

So, in keeping with the time of year, our bits shall reflect apples.

  1. Red or green?
  2. Apple pie or apple cider?
  3. Caramel or straight?
  4. Grocery store or orchard?

Have a great weekend, everyone!

~Elizabeth (aka Laura)

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Hunting For the Perfect Name

Today is a busy (and exciting) day for me. I’m heading into the city to have lunch with the editor and the publicist for¬†my Amish-based women’s fiction book. With this being a new genre for me, there is lots to talk about in preparation for the¬†June release.¬† name

Before that, I’m going to spend some time with my notebook and my computer deciding on character names for the 2nd women’s fiction novel I’ll be working on next (at least it’s synopsis, anyway). Since my books are based in Lancaster, I research Amish names (both first and last) that are common in that area. Interestingly enough, those same names are not necessarily “the common” names in other areas of the country where Old Order Amish live.¬† Once I have the names picked out, I’ll start figuring out the physical characteristics (eye & hair color, height, etc).¬†The more layered aspects of each character (like their quirks) generally comes to me as I start to write¬†them and they become real to me.

If all goes well, I’ll have the synopsis done by the end of next week (that’s my goal).

As for how I name any English characters that might be in the book? I try to avoid names that start with the same letter¬†as other¬†character in the book because, while it may work in real life for siblings to¬†start with the same letter, it can be confusing on the page. I also try to avoid trendy names unless it fits with a particular character’s personality.¬†Last names often come to me from¬†weird places–like the back of a baseball uniform or a high school graduation program. ūüôā

That said, I’d sure love you to throw out some last names and some male first names for me…

~Elizabeth (aka Laura)

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On the Work Front

Time for a what’s going on around here report…

*I just ordered¬†a fun promo item that should be showing up on my doorstep one day next week!¬† ūüôā

*I have a phone call with my agent today to catch up on some happenings.

*I have lunch with my women’s fiction editor and publicist in the city tomorrow. Very excited for this!

*I’m almost ready to write the synopsis for my 2nd women’s fiction book. I just have one more part to figure out about the plot and then I’ll be good to go…

*Once the proposal is done and sent off to my editor, I move into writing Amish Mystery # 6.  I have a general idea of the mystery portion of the plot but need to finalize that in my brain, as well.  I know all the little side stories, etc.

*My cat is purring up a storm next to me as I’m typing this. And I’m trying to fight off the urge to eat a little chocolate (I think I’m losing).


Comments? Questions?

~Elizabeth (aka Laura)

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An Enhanced Escape

bookquoteBefore I headed out to Wyoming, I stopped by the bookstore and picked up two new books, one of which was mentioned by one of our regular readers/posters here over the past few weeks.

I’ve Got Your Number by Sophie Kinsella¬†was over 400 pages, but my plane ride there/home and a sleepless night during my daughter’s evacuation allowed me to finish the whole thing.

So what are you reading this week?

~Elizabeth (aka Laura)

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Three Things–And Maybe More

My apologies for missing Bits on Friday. Between traveling and being in worried mom mode with the approach of Irma, I just didn’t get it done. I will go back now and look at the questions from Thursday’s post and answer those, but first I want to give you my three things from the weekend…

I flew out west to spend¬†3 days/nights with a dear friend who has recently moved to a¬†part of the country I’ve never been. I was curious and excited for a new adventure.


Of course, the trip ended up coinciding with Irma’s approach to Florida and my nerves were on edge. But somehow, despite that stress, the peace of this place just took over for me. I was worried, yes. Extremely, actually. But somehow this amazing sense of peace and calm held fast.



On the same morning Irma was officially striking the U.S., I woke to this glorious sunrise out my bedroom window. And somehow, I knew that in the grand scheme of things, we’d be okay.


In addition to the peace and calm (or because of it), there were some fun adventures–firsts for me.¬† Like the up close sighting of this big guy…


And exploring all sorts of terrain¬†in one of these while we looked for moose and elk, etc…


Okay, so maybe that was a few more than three things, but I had a blast and want to share it with you.

Your turn!

~Elizabeth (aka Laura)

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