Monday, November 3, 2014

NaNoWriMoNoWayNotThisYear

I'm not participating in NaNoWriMo because I pretty much write every day, although some days more than others. 

I'm always in awe of those that do participate, though, because (1) November is typically a month on steroids in the Busy-ness Department and (2) Writing 50K words in a single month is a pretty ambitious goal.  That's a lotta words.

I've been busy writing short stories lately, trying to see if one of them puts their hooks in me hard enough that I'll want to turn it into a full-length novel.  I'm even toying with a horror story idea, which is something I pretty much thought I'd never do a couple of years ago.  But, it's funny how writers change over the years, isn't it?  I kind of like pushing myself out of my writing comfort zones and horror is definitely out of my comfort zone.  We'll see.

On top of reading, there's always a TON of reading happening here.  If you want to see what I've loved lately and compare notes, check out my Goodreads thread.  My selections were pretty much all over the map the past couple of months.

Are you NaNoWriMo-ing? If you are, here's hoping your coffee pot is working at full-strength.

Monday, October 6, 2014

Gigantic YA Fall Book Giveaway!

So there's this HUGE YA book giveaway going on during the month of October. Wanna win, like, 20 autographed books plus some swag? Go here:


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Monday, September 29, 2014

Snap4Kids: For The Love of Cooking

Wanna do something good today?

How about checking out the Snap4Kids Cookbook that's on sale right now.  Snap4Kids is a Special Needs Assistance Program for kids that's been around since 1993 and today they're announcing the arrival of their cookbook, For the Love of Cooking.  This cookbook contains over 110 recipes from 90 authors, many USA Today and New York Time's bestsellers, from everything from appetizers to desserts.  Each recipe comes with a personal story.

I shared one of my most favorite dessert recipes from my mother that she used to make when I was a kid.  Yum. Yum. 

To learn more, please visit Snap4kids

Monday, September 22, 2014

Random Newfangled Idea

Deep thought.

Restaurants and coffee shops where cell phones and laptops are not allowed so that people can have old-fashioned conversations again, free from annoying ringtones and people yapping on their cell phones loud enough so that everyone within a mile radius can hear about mind-numbing minutiae. 

In fact, I would even support public humiliation for anyone defying the "no technology zone" in such an establishment.  Flogging? Check. Pelt with eggs? Double-check.

Leave the gadgets at the door or buy a round of coffees (and pastries) for everyone if your Lady Gaga ringtone goes off at a million decibels.

A girl can dream?

Monday, August 25, 2014

Just so you know...

There is a Goodreads Back to School Giveaway happening as we speak for Played

Click here.

There will also be some fun happenings and giveaways in the not-too-distant future with some of my book colleagues from The Class of 2K13 in the next couple of months so please stay tuned. 

Meanwhile, I've been (1) writing like it's 1999 and (2) in the midst of a home remodel.  And, (3), as a result of (2), I've been watching way too much HGTV. 

And now it's football season and time for pumpkin-spiced anything.

Life is good.  Thankfully.

Go, Cardinals and Bears! (And the Fighting Illini)

Monday, August 4, 2014

She's Alive!

*Squints into the sun*
*Emerges from writer's cave*
*Realizes she needs a haircut*

How've ya been?  Long time, no see.  How's the summer been treating you? 

I've gotta bunch of books to talk about and recommend today.  In between about a million other things that I've had going on this summer, I have managed to read a ton of books. No big surprise there.  Here are a few that I loved:


Girls Like Us by Gail Giles

This book was like an emotional gut-punch.  It's the story of two girls with disabilities who set out to make lives for themselves, post-high school.  Told in dual POVs, the voices are authentic and realistic. The story is hopeful and sad and frustrating and lovely.  It's like no book I've read before.  I adored it. 



The Invention of Wings by Sue Monk Kidd

It's been a long time since I've read a historical but my sister recommended this one to me so I knew I had to read it.  Set in the 1800's, this story is told in dual POVs: a white girl and the slave she was given for her eleventh birthday. The story spans 35 years with close attention to time period detail.  The storytelling is magnificent.  Interestingly, in the author's note in the back of the book, we learn that the story was inspired by the real Sarah Grimke, one of the early pioneers of abolition and women's rights movements. 




We Were Liars by E. Lockhart

When I opened this book, I didn't know what to expect.  Admittedly, at first I was turned off.  Another story about poor, misunderstood rich kids from the East Coast? Thank you, no.  Not my kinda thing.  Very quickly, however, I was lassoed by the hauntingly beautiful writing and, once in, could not put it down.  This story is YA, mystery, thriller, even romance.  It's kinda like Gone Girl for the YA crowd.  I don't want to say too much; otherwise, I could spoil it for you.  Anyway, pick this one up.  It's lovely.

A few others that I'm currently reading (and loving) but haven't quite finished yet:

Drowned by Nichola Reilly
This is Where I Leave You by Jonathan Tropper

What's on your e-reader? 

Monday, June 23, 2014

Kicking Back, Sonoran Desert-Style

I have a feeling that my blogging is going to be sparse this summer, at best.  I also found that I've been spending more of my social media time on Twitter and Tumblr than I have on Blogger and Facebook, too.  Is Blogging going the way of the dinosaurs?  I don't know, for sure. I have my suspicions.

Anyway, I've got several writing projects in the works plus some summer trips planned that are vying for (and getting) my attention. Have you ever noticed that writing projects are like needy toddlers? I digress.

I'll pop in and out when there's something interesting or useful to say.

Hope it's not too hot where you live and that your summer is off to a wonderful start!

More soon (I hope)!