I have been so busy the last few weeks (months), that I did not realize that my kids’ spring break started today. How sad is that? They have no school today through April 9th. Bad mommy! College daughter also turns eighteen next week. Yes, I almost missed it all. I also discovered last week that the weather had changed. I went outside and saw that the trees had bloomed–last time I noticed, the weather was cold and everything was bare.
Apparently, since Hermit Week, I have been in my office too much–only dashing out to do necessary things like take kids to school and pick up groceries and takeout. I know that when I am driving, I am thinking about all the things I have to catch up on–making lists in my mind, and writing them down at stop lights. At night, I wake a zillion times–grab my tablet or laptop and work, or just lie in bed and wait on time to get up…to work.
Does this sound like a problem? I think it likely is. Yesterday, I decided to go get a massage. “Twas fabulous. I actually got back (briefly) to the place I was at Hermit Week–A place where I had a moment of no thought. After the massage, I bought a six-month membership of massages. I think I need it. I have to start relaxing a bit. Today…as soon as I finish typing this post, actually, I am going to go get a facial. Wish me luck on relaxing. I hope your day is peaceful, too.
I’d love to hear your techniques for NOT letting work rule your life…
Just a note to say that I will be taking pitches for Entangled Publishing at the upcoming convention in Chicago. I’d love to talk to you! Sign ups for editor/agent appointments went up last night–and slots are going pretty fast. Several other awesome Entangled editors will also be taking pitches, and also our publisher, Liz Pelletier~
I am in the middle of editing HAVEN 6, which is book 4 in Aubrie Dionne’s NEW DAWN series and am getting a little misty that we are coming to the end of the series. *sniff* She sent me a couple of autographed copies of TUNDRA 37 last week–I can’t believe how pretty they are! In honor of such a great series, I wanted to share her trailer for TUNDRA. Here’s the blurb from Entangled’s website:
Gemme is a hi-tech matchmaker who pairs the next generation of Lifers aboard the Expedition, a deep space transport vessel destined for Paradise 18. When the identity of her lifemate pops up on her screen, she’s shocked that he’s the achingly gorgeous and highly sought after Lieutenant Miles Brentwood—a man oblivious to her existence. Believing everyone will think she contrived the match, she erases it from the computer’s memory.
Just as comets pummel the ship and destroy the pairing system forever.
With the Expedition disabled, the colonists must crash land on the barren ice world of Tundra 37 where Gemme is reassigned to an exploratory mission, led by Lieutenant Brentwood. Only in the frozen tundra does she understand the shape of his heart and why the computer has entwined their destinies.
I am so happy to announce that I have sold my second 1NS to Decadent Publishing. DRUID, MINE is a time travel to Ireland on solstice-eve. The solstice fire has to be tended! I had so much fun researching for this story–even though there are mixed historical interpretations for some things, it was a ton of fun to write. The backdrop of Ireland on a summer night–what could be more beautiful and romantic?
I’ve spent the last six days here near Charleston, SC enjoying LRWA’s fabulous Hermit Week. We are in a 6000 sq ft mansion right on the beach…did I mention it is fabulous?
Each day, we have quiet time until approx 5:30 or so when we gather for dinner. We either take turns cooking (we’ve had chicken casserole, salads, chimis, homemade soups…) or we go out for local fare. By local fare, I mean fried food. ugh, I have had enough to last a year…
The Shrimp Shack
that shiny stuff is not glitter...
Don’t get me wrong–the local shrimp is fantastic. But, ugh… so much of it. lol Breakfasts and lunches are on your own–make a sandwich or soup, eat cereal–whatever and whenever.
Most of the day, I am in my room writing. Some people work out in the house, but I have found my room to be a great place. Plus I can sit on my bed and see dolphins (a few times!).
the view from my bed where I write...
I can hear the surf–even if the door is closed. Really nice. Did I mention that hermit week is fabulous?
Lots of walks on the beach. Morning, noon and night walks. Walks with friends, walks alone. Always refreshing. Pretty shells.
this one has life inside...
I’ve met some great authors here and had a terrific time. Tomorrow, I pack and leave. I can’t wait to come back!