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Friday Bits

It’s Friday Bits time!

  1. Of all the non-major holidays (major being Thanksgiving, Christmas, Easter), what is your favorite holiday and why?
  2. Favorite go-to TV station when you first turn it on?
  3. Favorite style of dance to watch?
  4. Favorite kind of chip to eat?

Enjoy your weekend, everyone!

~Elizabeth (aka Laura)

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Old, Yet New

Pretty soon, I’ll be working on my next book. While I can’t talk specifics yet (it’s part of the finger crossing thing from last week), I can tell you that a portion of the book will have a character seeing a particular place for the very first time.

As part of my research, I’m trying to go to this same place (a place I’ve seen before) and try to see it for the very first time–the sights, the smells, the sounds, the feel, etc.

Have you ever gone somewhere you’d been before and somehow still see it as if it’s brand new? Any thoughts on how/why that happened?

~Elizabeth (aka Laura)

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Playing Catch-Up

So you probably noticed I was AWOL yesterday. My excuse? Now that the book is done, I’m trying to get caught up on all the things I haven’t done, but need to.

The book was turned in just before midnight on Sunday night.

Monday was about writing guest posts/doing an interview for the upcoming release of Death in Advertising, FAFSA for DD # 2, errands, and realizing the hot water heater up and croaked, etc.

Tuesday (my AWOL day) was taking down the Christmas tree and all the decorations. There were times–when the ornaments were strewn across the table and I was pairing them with their correct box–I felt as if I was playing Where’s Waldo…but I got it all done. 🙂  Then it was back to more college financial aid stuff.

Today, it’s mailing off some paperwork, talking to one of the schools on the phone, and thinking about working on my expense report so it’s ready to go at tax time.

Busy, busy, that’s for sure.

The good news is, I’m being super productive and getting a lot done.

The bad new is, I haven’t really gone phewwww since I hit send. But don’t worry, I have a plan for a phew-day coming up next week.

In the meantime, tell me some “to do” stuff you really want/need to tackle sooner rather than later.

~Elizabeth (aka Laura)

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Three Things…

Okay, okay, I can’t wait to tell you my first thing.  I HIT SEND on my 30th contracted book last night!!!!

Woot! Woot!

This photo was taken yesterday morning as I sat down at the keyboard to do some more editing (this was my breakfast of champions)…


Although I still had about 60 pages to work through come yesterday afternoon, I had to put it aside to drive DD # 1 back to school for her final semester. As you can see by the staged (yet real feeling) shot, I wasn’t excited about her leaving…


And, about 5 miles into my 5-hour roundtrip to get her there/back, that car I’m trying to keep her from packing reached this milestone…


I’ve been a Saturn owner for coming up on 25 full years and this one is only my second.

That’s my three. What’s yours?

~Elizabeth (aka Laura)

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Bits O’

It’s Friday, and that means it’s Bits & Pieces time!

  1. Something you’d like to do this weekend if possible?
  2. Favorite video/arcade game?
  3. What’s something you’ve made with your own hands?
  4. Snow or rain?

Have a great weekend!

~Elizabeth (aka Laura)

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The Final Push (and One Bleary-Eyed Writer)

Okay, so I’m writing this post at 4:30 a.m. because I just typed THE END on my 30th contracted book.  I’ve written 9063 words (36 pages) since 9 a.m. Wednesday morning.  My only step-away time was 1) to shower and 2) to attend a college presentation for DD # 2.

Since last night was shot-night for me, my joints are screaming at me right now for being awake.  The meds I take for my MS cause flu-like symptoms for a while after the injection but doing it just before you go to sleep cuts down on that dramatically. When I take a shot and stay awake (as I did this time), it’s interesting to say the least.

Now, it’s about a few hours of sleep and then printing up the book so I can read/edit/tweak before sending it off to my editor on Sunday night. And when I do? I swear, there’ s a very good chance you’ll hear my squeal nationwide.  🙂

And hey…because I feel like you guys are some of my most loyal followers, I’ve got a little news I’ll only share here until contracts are officially signed in a few months.  I can’t share details about the project or the genre just yet, but I can tell you that the want-to proposal I spent time writing during the first two weeks of November, has been picked up by a NY Pub House.  This is super exciting for me because I took a chance on myself and my ability to spread my wings a little…and a publisher liked what they saw (loved it, actually) enough to give it a go!  So yay!  I promise to give mores specifics when things are signed (which can take a few months).

Hugs & Nighty Night,

~Elizabeth (aka Laura)

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A Slight Change of Plans And More

So I didn’t finish the book on Monday. There were just too many distractions and too much going on to carve out the kind of time I needed.  And then yesterday was my birthday…and since I’d intended to be done on Monday, I’d claimed my birthday as a day off and I didn’t want to give that back. 🙂

And you know what? I’m glad I didn’t give that back. It’s been a very long time since I’ve had a true chill-day and I took full advantage of it. I slept in a little (unheard of for me), gave myself a pass from going to the gym (a first since this month started), got lots of birthday calls, had a nice dinner at home (that I didn’t have to make), great dessert and fab-o presents, I had statements made for me (a family tradition on birthdays) that really touched my heart, and we finished it up with some Mario-playing.  It was, in a word, a perfect day for me.

DD # 2 snapped this as I was making my birthday wish, so I figured I’d share it with all of you here. DD # 1 made lava-like cakes and topped mine with a star candle.


Now that my birthday is over though, I need to really finish today so I can have the rest of the week to read/tweak/edit/turn in. Fingers crossed, okay?

As for one of the reasons I didn’t finish Monday? Well, among other things I had to attend to during the day, my youngest was recognized at the Board of Ed meeting for being first decile of her graduating class. While we were waiting for them to start, I was occasionally noting the inspirational quotes and things they had flashing up on a TV screen in the cafeteria where the meeting was held. This one really spoke to me after what has been a very trying year…


(Sorry for the blurry quality, but I was a little emotional that evening. This whole growing up thing is going way faster than it should.)

And finally, in addition to the finger crossing I already requested, can I ask you to do a second round for something else that’s going on today (writing-related)? Can’t say what, just yet, but it pertains to something I was working on in early November–a new thing.

Have a great day, everyone!


~Elizabeth (aka Laura)

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Your Turn

What are you reading?

~Elizabeth (aka Laura)

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Three Things…Sorta

Okay, so my three things from this weekend are pretty lame (and therefore not very picture-worthy).

I wrote…

I wrote…

And I wrote.

(Yep, I’m in the process of finishing up yet another book)

But I did squeeze in a little time for some Super Mario Brothers. 🙂


If all goes well, I’ll be typing “THE END” at some point today, although that “point” may be the wee hours of tomorrow…

Tell us your three things.

~Elizabeth (aka Laura)

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Bits of Bits of Bits

Bits time!

  1. When it comes to hot chocolate, do you prefer marshmallows or not?
  2. When it comes to soup, what’s your favorite kind?
  3. Have you ever blister-burned yourself? If so, on what?
  4. Is your tree still up?

~Elizabeth (aka Laura)

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