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Turkey Bits

In light of the fact that this is our last bits before the official Thanksgiving holiday, it seems only appropriate that we have turkey bits today. So here we go…

  1. Turkey or other meat? And if turkey, white or dark meat?
  2. Favorite veggie?
  3. Stuffing or mashed potatoes?
  4. Favorite way to have turkey leftovers?
  5. Under/over on how long you’ll think you’ll be eating leftovers this year?
  6. Dessert most looking forward to?

In lieu of the holiday and the busyness that ensues (my college kid is coming home!), I’ll meet you all back here again on Monday, November 27th.  Until then, be safe, eat well 🙂  , save up your favorite “three things–the post holiday wrap up” to share when we return.

Happy Thanksgiving, everyone!

~Elizabeth (aka Laura)

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Turkey Thoughts

Got to the computer late this morning thanks to my workout being followed by breakfast with a gym buddy. 🙂 Oh, and a post office run to mail off a few things.

But now I’m here and getting ready to write. And, since it’s Writing Thursday here on the blog, I thought I’d dangle a writing prompt out there for any of you who might be up for sharing what you come up with in the comments.

turkeyHere we go:

You’re a turkey at the turkey farm and there are some folks looking in your pen, trying to select their turkey for Thanksgiving.  In a few sentences, put us inside your turkey’s head…


Can’t wait to see if any of you play on this one!

~Elizabeth (aka Laura)

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A Boost of Happy

I’m dragging this week, folks.  Some of it is probably the time change and the fact that despite what the sun says, the days seem longer. The other factor is probably the multiple projects I have on my plate for the foreseeable future. And then, let’s not forget the upcoming holiday season and all the busyness that comes with that.

I’ve been working out hard this week–always hoping it’ll give me the energy boost others talk about, but really, it just makes me tired.  But alas, I keep doing it because I know it’s supposed to be good for me.

All of that said, I could use a happiness boost.  I always get more mileage out of that than any elliptical can ever give me. Soooo… share something happy in the comments if you will.  A holiday joke… The favorite line from a movie… A surprise you’re working on for a loved one…

~Elizabeth (aka Laura)

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Either, Or

For today’s Reading Tuesday, I’m going to fire off some questions at you. 🙂  It’s all about your current preferences…

  1. Print newspaper or online news?
  2. Magazine or play with phone (while in a waiting room)?
  3. Thriller or sci-fi?
  4. Real world or utopian society?
  5. Fiction or non-fiction?

Have a great day, everyone!

~Elizabeth (aka Laura)

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Three Things

Happy Monday, everyone! 🙂

I spent Friday on the road coming back from vacation with DH. The ride was uneventful which is a good thing.


Saturday morning was about getting nearly two weeks worth of mail sorted, packages opened, and the cat placated.   Then I headed out to see DD #2 perform in the fall show for her college’s dance ensemble.


Sunday was about writing (Secret Project # 2), copy edits (Secret Project #1), and working on my 2018 planner, too.

pocket planner

Now tell us three things from your weekend…

~Elizabeth (aka Laura)

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Patriotic Bits

waving-flagIn honor of Veteran’s Day, I thought we’d have some patriotic style bits…

  1. Favorite patriotic/America-themed song?
  2. Any familial ties to any wars? If so, which ones?
  3. Sparklers or big boomers (fireworks)?
  4. Favorite military related movie?

Have a great weekend, everyone!

~Elizabeth (aka Laura)

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My Writing Day

The other day, while visiting with an online book club who had read one of my books, a reader asked about my daily writing life. While answering her, it occurred to me I may not have talked about that here. Soooooo, I present to you today, my daily writing life.

When:   I do my best writing in the morning, after my workout. I can extend into the afternoon, if I’m behind on words. It is rare, however, for me to start (and be successful) after about 3 p.m. I guess by then the tired factor is starting to nip at my creativity.

Where:  Like my cat, I seem to find a spot that works for me for a while, and then I move on to another. However, that said, the last few books have primarily been written on the same corner of the couch in my living room. When editing, I tend to prefer to sit at the dining room table. And sometimes, on occasion, I like to take the laptop to my local B & N and write there for a few hours–this is my go-to when I’ve stalled.

How often:  The past 12 days, I’ve written all but 2. If I can get in the write-everyday flow, it’s best as it keeps me in the story. However, you know what they say about the best intentions… So it’s more like 4 or 5 days a week when actively on a project (which is all the time).  More than days though, I try to hit a particular word count when I sit down to write. Most days that count is 2 K words (about 8 double spaced pages).

Writer’s Block:   I get asked about this a lot when I give talks. And, for whatever reason, I don’t really have an issue with this. I suspect that’s because of my journalism background and the fact that writer’s block wasn’t an option.  I’ll hit places in the story where I don’t want to write…and I’ll hit places where I plan for it to go one way and my writerly brain knows it’s wrong and thus, makes it difficult for words to come out… But writer’s block because I have no ideas?  No.

Favorite part of the actual writing process:   The last 6-8 K words of a manuscript. Just like a reader plows through the end because they want to know what happens, so, too, do writers.

Last favorite part of the actual writing process:   The middle. It just tends to be more laborious.

How many books so far:     The book that comes out next month (AND DEATH GOES TO…) and the book that comes out on Jan. 2nd (DIAL M FOR MOUSSE) will be my 29th and 30th published books respectively.   Three more are contracted at this time.   I do not count novellas and short stories in that number–that’s just full length novels with real publishing houses.

First book released:    My 1st book came out in May of 2005. The 2nd and 3rd followed in 2006 and 2007 respectively.  They were published by then publisher, Hilliard and Harris, and went on to be picked up my Worldwide Mystery for a mass market distribution.  I have since gotten the rights back and put them out with my agent.

**The other 27 books (as of this January) have all come out since August 2009.

I think that about covers it. If I spawned any further questions with this information, feel free to ask!

~Elizabeth (aka Laura)

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On The Tube

old-style-tv-setSo we’ve been watching Walking Dead lately (we just finished Season 3). Definitely not a show I ever imagined I’d watch. I don’t like violence at all. But DH was curious so I watched a show or two and while I still hate the violence (I turn away for those parts), the show itself is interesting.

Beyond that, I love This is Us. Love it. Great writing. Great acting.

What are you all watching these days?

~Elizabeth (aka Laura)

P.S. Yes, I realize I’m dating myself with the title of this post. 🙂

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Books, books

I’ve been managing to write almost every day I’ve been away, but reading? Not so much.  It’s like any down time I have, I’m in front of the computer trying to hit my page count for the day.

Surely though, some of you are reading. If so, what are you onto now? And as a bonus question, if you could only take one book (either one you’ve read or want to read) with you on a year long trek around the world, what would you choose and why?

~Elizabeth (aka Laura)

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Three Things

It’s Monday again–the start of another new week, and the farewell to another weekend.

As for three things that stood out to me from my weekend…

We saw a Christmas show (very fun)…


We walked around downtown Gatlinburg, popping in and out of stores on occasion. One such store was one of those ones with the tin signs that say all sorts of crazy things. These two popped out at me and made me laugh out loud for different reasons.  The first is because of the “I’m humoring you” face the woman is wearing combined with the words…


And the second is because it made me think of a childhood/high school friend who loves to shop. She’s made me laugh on occasion with the stuff she says about shopping in relation to her hubby, so when I saw this one, I snapped a picture and sent it to her…


And on Sunday, we visited Dollywood. It wasn’t Silver Dollar city in Branson at this time of year, but it was nice! This is a picture from the light parade which I loved!


So how about you? Tell us three things that made you happy this weekend…

~Elizabeth (aka Laura)

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