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Jan

Odd Bits

So I took the new car out for a spin yesterday.

Well, not a spin, exactly… I had to take it up to the dealership to get it’s plates. Since the weather was dry, it was a treat. Today, is the state inspection, and then back into the garage it goes until the nasty weather is over.  My current car is still kicking so I’m driving that for all the piddly little trips around town.

Anyway, it’s Bits time, so let’s get to it, shall we?

  1. Your current must-see TV at the moment?
  2. Last night’s overnight temps where you live?
  3. Favorite veggie?
  4. Favorite fruit?
  5. If you could rename yourself, what name would you pick?

Have a great weekend!

~Elizabeth (aka Laura)


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Line Two…

I’ve got a writing prompt for all of you today. Based on a first line we all know, with a request for you to give us the *next* line based on your own imagination.

Ready?

It was a dark and stormy night.

What next?

~Elizabeth (aka Laura)


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Trash or Keepsake?

So I’m starting to go throw boxes and bins in the attic in the hopes of finding things I can throw out, and keeping better track of things I can’t (like keepsakes). I know there are some in this world who will throw away anything and everything regardless of memories, but that’s not me. I know how important tangible links of any kind can be to someone who has nothing else.

The first box I got into had some of my news clips from my journalism days.  It was pretty culled already, with only a handful of my best stories from each different paper where I was employed. How much fun to look back on some of the things I wrote–including a column I wrote at 22 that talked about wanting to write a book and “maybe get it published one day.” I know my kids would get a kick out of that.

I know I have lots more things to go through, my memorabilia from my first few jobs (particularly ones where I wrote things) was fun.

What kind of things do you have saved from your life in your attic/basement/wherever?

~Elizabeth (aka Laura)


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Whatcha Readin’?

I’m working on Shopaholic to the Stars at the gym this week.  What are you reading?

~Elizabeth (aka Laura)


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Three Things

Brrrr… It’s cold outside right now.  We had a brief window of weird warmness on Friday, but it rained like crazy. Of course now, all that standing rain is ice. :/

Anyway, on to brighter things. As in three brighter things…

Before my youngest goes back to school (today), we hunkered down and got caught up on Fuller House, which was fun.

fuller house

On Saturday, after I got my words in for the day, we went to the theater to see The Greatest Showman.  Wow. Wow. Wow. The artistry–dancing, singing, costumes–was spectacular!

thegreatestshowman

And yesterday, well, I perused recipes for some healthier dinners I’d like to try. And then I went shopping for the ingredients. Wish me luck. 😉

shopping cartYour turn. Tell us three things from your weekend.

~Elizabeth (aka Laura)


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A Potpourri of Bits

So today’s Bits include a potpourri of topics (gotta jazz up January, somehow) and I’m looking forward to reading your answers…

  1. When/where, during the course of the day, are you most apt to listen to music?
  2. If you could rewind to ONE day last year and enjoy it all over again, what would it be and why?
  3. If you could be any creature for a day, what would you pick and why?
  4. Are you afraid of heights?
  5. Something that always makes you smile?

Have a lovely weekend, everyone!

~Elizabeth (aka Laura)


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Looking Ahead

I hit “send” on Just Plain Murder just before two in the morning.  Phew.  One more to-do checked off my list…

Woo-hoo!

Of course, there’s another project I’ve got to get into pretty much right away, but that’s okay. Being a contracted writer is a good thing.

Tonight, though, I’m putting everything on hold to have my once-a-year goal setting phone call with my buddy, Lynn.  This is when we talk about the goals we met and missed this past year, and the goals we’re shooting for in the coming year. Normally we do this in the days leading up to New Year’s Eve…but this time there was far too much busyness.

My biggest work goal this year is to secure another contract.

My biggest personal goal (and I have many) is to continue improving on the whole stop-and-smell-the-roses thing.

Do you have any goals for 2018? What’s your biggest?

~Elizabeth (aka Laura)


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Still Learning, Still Growing

It’s official. I’ve hit that birthday. You know, the big one. Now, first up, let me say I’m grateful. Each birthday in and of itself is another gift. A beautiful one. Yet somewhere in adult-hood it stops holding significance in the way it does when we’re children. No more pin-the-tail-on-the-donkey party games, no more themed invitations for our friends, etc.  In some cases, a birthday is even dreaded because of a particular number. And honestly, I think that’s kind of sad. Birthdays are for celebrating–period. Regardless of your age. Because as I said a few moments ago, they are a gift–a gift of time. What we do with it is up to us.

I was always the wise beyond my years kid–the one who was all about responsibility and walking the line. I don’t regret that at all, but it also made me a little serious when it came to special milestones for myself, whether that was a birthday or an accomplishment. Even now, the vast majority of my book releases are merely a date on the calendar. I rarely go to the store to see it on the shelf anymore. And birthdays, well my loved ones always make a effort with cake and presents, but I’m just as fine seeing the day wrap up.

Sometime over this past year though, I started making changes. Not big, monster changes that won’t stick, but more thoughtful tweaks that made me think–tweaks that I like and will most definitely keep and build on.

The standouts? First, taking almost 8 weeks off from writing this past summer. I didn’t get to a lot of the “other stuff” I wanted to get to, but that’s okay. I’ll work on that next time. 🙂

Next, I’d have to say the daughters-and-me 3 night trip this past summer. We got in the car and headed off for some fun and it was amazing. I didn’t worry about what I should’ve been doing instead, etc. We just went and enjoyed. This will definitely happen again.

There’s also that ever-growing desire to stop and smell the roses. One example where I had to consciously make myself do it was when I visited DD # 1 back in September. My weekend with her was at the front end of a crazy few weeks of work-related travel. I remember being in the hotel pool with her and quietly thinking about all the stuff coming up. And suddenly, something inside my brain clicked in and said, “stop. That stuff is coming whether you think about it or not, so just breathe and enjoy THIS moment.”  Still not sure where that voice came from but it was eye-opening and so very right.  Since then, I’ve found myself thinking back to that and trying hard to keep living that way.

And finally there’s the lead-up to today. A lead-up that had me taking the family to Disney (my favorite place on earth next to home) to celebrate my day. It didn’t matter that it was a few days earlier because everyone got to be there and that’s what I wanted most. Of course the old me reared its head on the way through the gift shops when DH said I should pick something out that I wanted (I didn’t), but I’m a work in progress. 🙂

Here’s to making tweaks and taking Ah-ha moments to heart…

Hugs,

~Elizabeth (aka Laura)

P.S. Check out this fortune I got at the Chinese place in the airport the other night…

birthdayfortune


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Three Things: The Pre-Celebration

I’m baaaaccckkk…

🙂

I had a wonderful week with my family and I’m now back in the work groove, once again. I’ll be finishing up edits on Amish # 6 (JUST PLAIN MURDER) this week and then moving on to a novella that will be part of an anthology with two other authors next year.

I could share tons of fun things from the past week or so, but I’ll stick to three I think  you’ll enjoy…

We celebrated my birthday early with dinner at one of my favorite restaurants in the Magic Kingdom…

disney2

 

I got to see this guy during my celebration…

disney7

Me, next to Cinderella’s Wishing Well.

disney5

Now catch me up with all of you by telling me three things from your past week or so…

Hugs,

~Elizabeth (aka Laura)


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A New Read, and a Favor

A big warm 2018 hello to all of you!

Today, Dial M For Mousse (Emergency Dessert Squad Mystery # 3) is out!!!!   It’s available in mass market paperback, digital, and audio (with the large print edition to follow in March)! The story itself is fun as the suspects in Winnie Johnson’s latest mystery are an eclectic bunch, which makes her sleuthing even more of a challenge. All the regulars are back to lend their support; Renee, Mr. Nelson, Bridget, Greg, and Jay. And, of course, there are some brand new emergency dessert names that should make you giggle. 🙂

dialm

As for the blurb on the back of the book–voila…

Murder takes the cake in an irresistible Emergency Dessert Squad mystery from the national bestselling author of The Silence of the Flans.

The Emergency Dessert Squad business is booming, with owner and baker Winnie Johnson working overtime to satisfy the emergency cravings of Silver Lake, Ohio. Her latest order, a plate of motivational desserts for an artists’ retreat, is just what she needs to keep her mind off her own relationship woes.

But Winnie’s problems seem like trifles when she discovers the body of retreat owner Sally Dearfield mere inches away from five oh-so-eccentric and viable suspects. Now, this baking detective must uncover the inspiration behind Sally’s murder before another creative genius is iced.

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Now, for the favor part of this post.  I’m actually on a trip with the kids this week. We’re taking advantage of the college break for one, a work break for the other, and being within striking range of the other so she can participate for a few days, too.  I have a rather *ahem* momentous birthday coming up next week and so we’re celebrating. 🙂    The *only* tricky part in regards to the timing of this trip is the fact that Dial M for Mousse is out today and I’m not going to be on social media all that much.  DD #1 won’t be joining us until later in the week as per her work schedule, so she may be able to help out on my FB page a little, but any and all additional shout-outs I can get on this book today would be hugely helpful.

If you can say something on FB, feel free to lift the book picture from this post. The correct FB page to reference for me is my AUTHOR page (not my personal page):  https://www.facebook.com/laurabradfordauthor/

If you’re a Tweeter, my handle is @bradfordauthor and the publisher is @BerkleyMystery and it’s always good to tag them.

Anything  you can do to help spread the word on this release would be hugely helpful!  I’ll be back to my daily posts here on Tuesday, Jan 9th. There might even be a picture or two… 😉

Thank you!

~Elizabeth (aka Laura–which is who I write this particular series under)


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