Monday, March 19, 2018

Not So Frustrated the Second Time Around

I got my new glasses last week—trifocals instead of progressive lenses.

I’m still not happy about needing trifocals, but at least I can SEE the way I’m used to. Actually, I see better (new prescription!).

I had issues with the lenses lining up, but got those fixed and now it’s not bugging me so much. I wish I had more reading and middle lens than I have, but that probably couldn’t happen unless I got bigger frames, and I’m not so sure I want bigger.

This isn’t the eighties, you know.

It’s just something I’ll have to get used to, but at least I WILL get used to it. Plus I didn’t get frustrated like I had with the other pair. And man, that was certainly a relief.

I sometimes wonder if that’s because my hormone therapy pills haven’t really affected me yet, but then again, maybe I’m not getting the same side effects. Only time will tell.

Good news! I had my mammogram last week and it showed up cancer-free. Whew! That means Hubby and I have both been cleared. Keeping fingers crossed that it stays that way.

Would you believe I actually got some writing done this weekend? Both days! I don’t know the last time I wrote on the weekend. I’m so happy this story is starting to meld. In fact, I was talking to Hubby about my book during breakfast Saturday and told him he could tell I was into it. I hadn’t talked books with him in ages! I’m sure that thrilled him…NOT. Yeah, sometimes I don’t think he cares so much; it’s the way his eyes glaze over. At least he doesn’t tell me to shut up. He’s nice like that.

So… Did you do anything productive over the weekend? I probably should have started going through our junk to see what we can get rid up before the move, but I was thrilled that I WANTED to write, so I wrote!

Happy Monday!


Friday, March 16, 2018

I'm On a Roll!

Every month this year (which would be only three times), I’ve set a writing goal to add 5000 words to my WIP. January I added 1527. February was worse at 683. But this month? So far I’ve written 2524 words in the past 5 days! And I passed the 10K mark on my WIP, too!

I am on a roll!!

I am determined to keep up the madness work and obliterate that goal.

The other day I was interviewed over on the Eight Ladies Writing blog. You can read it HERE. Don’t worry. It’s short. I apparently don’t believe in rambling in my answers. Is that a good or bad thing? I haven’t decided.

Hubby returned home safe and sound at 3:02am yesterday. His flight was only delayed twice! Don’t you just hate flying? We do.

Penguins won last night, but lost in overtime the night before. What an ugly game that was, too. I’m happy the games were on NBCSN, but hate those back-to-back games. And they have the most (or 2nd most) back-to-back games this season. Doesn’t seem right.

So… Got any big plans this weekend? I’ll be attending my local RWA chapter meeting on Saturday and then on Sunday we celebrate my daughter’s birthday at the Cheesecake Factory. No, it’s not her birthday yet (it’s actually April 10), but we have eight coupons for free slices of cheesecake (oh, look, and there will be 8 of us!) and they expire on the 31st. Can’t let them go to waste (just waist). J

Happy Friday!


Wednesday, March 14, 2018

Wednesday Reads and I’m Writing

I think I reported earlier this year that I was writing. Unfortunately, that didn’t last. And I’m only on day four of a streak, but I truly believe it’s different this time. I may actually meet my goal of writing 5000 words this month. I credit it all to that brain-storming meeting I had last week. Those ladies really helped me figure out two of my characters (or at least gave me some great ideas) and apparently it was all that I needed. I still need work on my hero, but I’ll let him come to me slowly. It was my heroine and villain which needed the most help, because I came to realize that they’re pivotal to my story.

Don’t you love it when a story starts taking root?

Here’s what I finished reading this week:

Book #9

Dates read: March 5-10
Title: “Wicked Kiss”
Year of publication: 2017
Author: Rebecca Zanetti
Genre: Paranormal romance
Series: Realm Enforcers #4
# of Pages: 261
Paper or plastic: Paperback
How obtained: Purchased
Blurb from book: Working as an informant for the DEA, Victoria Monzelle is used to living on the edge. But she’s not a big fan of getting kidnapped. And definitely not by a bunch of bad boy witches with fancy-colored fire to shoot at people. So when Adam Dunne shows up and claims to be a witch enforcer she’s not going to put her life in his hands based on his word, no matter how smooth and smart and beautifully Irish his words sound. But on the run from a tribunal of witches, she isn’t going to make it far…
    Before she knows it, Adam’s word is all that stands between her and execution. Sophisticated, just-gotta-ruffle-him Adam has vowed to make her his one eternal mate, wild and unpredictable as she is—to save her from a sentence of certain death. But Tori isn’t interested in being anyone’s pity date. And if they think she’s unpredictable now, they should see what’s coming next…
My thoughts: Fast-paced, lots of action, and romance to boot. What’s not to love?

I watched “It” (the movie) last night. Since the mini-series was six hours long, I wondered what was being cut out of the movie. Exactly what I thought: the grown-up part. I guess that comes in Chapter 2? It’d been decades since I read the book last (and yes, I’ve read it more than once), but the movie seemed pretty close to what I remember, so I’ll give it a thumbs up.

On Sunday and Monday I binge-watched Wonderfalls. My daughter had brought over the DVDs for me to watch and since Hubby is away on business (he returns late tonight), I thought it’d be a good time to watch it (after reaching my writing goal for the day). What a quirky show. Have you ever seen it?

So… What do you do when your significant other is away on business? 

Happy Reading! Oh, and Happy Pi Day!


Friday, March 9, 2018

Facebook Hates Me

That’s right, Facebook hates me. I’ve been trying to run an ad since the beginning of the month (via Barclay Publicity).

First, BP couldn’t get into my ad account after I had added her. So I removed her and then added her back. She was able to go inside and create the ad. All I had to do was add the money.

I go into the account. It’s deactivated due to unusual activity.

Well, duh! I’ve never run an ad before, of course it’s unusual. I send them my information. After several messages back and forth, they finally activated my account. I go in and add the money.

The ads aren’t running. I don’t know how to fix it. I ask BP to go in and see what’s wrong.

She can’t get in. I remove her from the account then add her back in. She fixes the ads. I get a message saying they were approved. I go into the account.

It’s deactivated due to unusual activity.

Arrrgh! I contact them again. They sent me a form to complete except when I click SUBMIT, they won’t accept it because I’m not an advertiser. No… I’m the owner!

I swear, if they were in the same room, I’d have punched them.

I went to tell them about the stupid form via a comment on the case and they closed it to all comments.


I entered another complaint. Nothing.

I entered another complaint. Oh look, they activated my account. Oh look, the ads are not running.

Instead of having BP go back into my account and create another “unusual activity” event, I asked her for guidance.

I don’t know what I did, but I managed to see ACTIVE on the ad. We’ll see if it runs.

What a mess. Why does FB have to be so difficult? And people wonder why I don’t advertise more.

It’s so frustrating!!

Good news, I figured out some things about one of my characters and I may actually get some writing done today. Wish me luck!

So… What can make you crazy? Would you have lasted as long as I did with FB? I was about to give up altogether. And if it breaks again, I may just do that.

Happy Friday!


Wednesday, March 7, 2018

Wednesday Reads and I'm Stuck

When I’m not writing, I’m reading. And I’m not writing right now because I’m stuck. Hopefully I get unstuck today when I meet some writer friends to brainstorm.

Yeah, I need to storm my brain all right. It just doesn’t want to work like it should!

But at least I’m caught up in my reading goal now. Here’s what I finished reading this week:

Book #6

Dates read: February 21-28
Title: “Two to Die For”
Year of publication: 2017
Author: Allison Brennan
Genre: Suspense/Thriller
Series: Lucy Kincaid #12.5/Maxine Revere #3.5
# of Pages: 218
Paper or plastic: e-Book
How obtained: Purchased
Blurb from book: "Spiral" (Lucy Kincaid #12.5)
    Sean Rogan and Lucy Kincaid are enjoying their honeymoon in a remote cabin outside Vail, Colorado. They sorely need the quiet time alone—a break from the murder and violence that has defined so much of their lives. And for one blissful week, they are in paradise.
    But they should have known that their idyllic peace would come to an end. When their reclusive elderly neighbor disappears, the police find no evidence of foul play, but Hank would never leave his beloved Golden Retriever out in the cold all night. With the help of the faithful dog, Sean and Lucy retrace Hank’s steps and learn a dangerous truth that may turn their honeymoon into their funeral.

"Retired" (Maxine Revere #3.5)
    Nothing gets under investigative reporter Maxine Revere's skin like someone getting away with murder, especially when the victim is a harmless elderly woman. So when 82-year-old Lois Kershaw contacts her about a suspicious death at the posh Del Sol Retirement Community, Max agrees to go undercover as Lois’s granddaughter.
    Max is willing to go along with Lois’s wild theory — up to a point. Proving an octogenarian died of anything but natural causes is next to impossible, and soon Max wonders if the lonely widow is creating an elaborate mystery for attention. But as she digs deeper into the history of Del Sol, Max uncovers a dark secret and realizes that Lois—and other Del Sol residents—are in grave danger. Finding the truth will take all of Max’s cunning and street smarts—and a little help from her new friends.
My thoughts: Two very good novellas. As a rule, I’m not a fan of novellas, because they’re usually too short for my taste. But when they’re in a world I enjoy, I’ll read them because I want everything from that world. And I must admit these were just the right size for the stories being told.

Book #7

Dates read: February 28-March 3
Title: “Shattered”
Year of publication: 2017
Author: Allison Brennan
Genre: Suspense
Series: Maxine Revere #4
# of Pages: 390
Paper or plastic: Hardback
How obtained: Library (but I will buy the paperback when it comes out in May)
Blurb from book: Over a span of twenty years, four boys have been kidnapped from their bedrooms, suffocated, and buried nearby in a shallow grave. Serial killer or coincidence?
    That’s the question investigative reporter Maxine Revere sets out to answer when an old friend begs her to help exonerate his wife, who has been charged with their son’s recent murder. But Max can do little to help because the police and D.A. won’t talk to her—they think they have the right woman. Instead, Max turns her attention to three similar cold cases. If she can solve them, she might be able to help her friend.
    Justin Stanton was killed twenty years ago, and his father wants closure—so he is willing to help Max with her investigation on one condition: that she work with his former sister-in-law, Justin’s aunt, FBI Agent Lucy Kincaid. Trouble is, Max works alone, and she’s livid that her only access to the case files, lead detective, and witnesses depends on her partnering with a federal agent on vacation. She wants the career-making story almost as much as the truth—but if she gets this wrong, she could lose everything.
    Haunted by Justin’s death for years, Lucy yearns to give her family—and herself—the closure they need. More important, she wants to catch a killer. Lucy finds Max’s theory on all three cases compelling. With Max’s research added to Lucy’s training and experience, Lucy believes they can find the killer and justice can finally be served. But the very private Lucy doesn’t trust the reporter any more than Max trusts her.
    Max and Lucy must find a way to work together to untangle lies, misinformation, and evidence to develop a profile of the killer. But the biggest question is: Why were these boys targeted? As they team up to find out what really happened the night Justin was killed, they make a shocking discovery. Justin’s killer is still out there…stalking another victim…and they may be too late already.
My thoughts: Woo-wee, felt like I was also reading a Lucy Kincaid book. Now I really can’t wait to read the next one. I love Allison’s books. They’re so hard to put down!

Book #8

Dates read: March 3-5
Title: “Breaking Point”
Year of publication: 2018
Author: Allison Brennan
Genre: Suspense
Series: Lucy Kincaid #13
# of Pages: 419
Paper or plastic: Paperback
How obtained: Purchased
Blurb from book: Bella Caruso survived a nightmare of abuse and betrayal. Today, she has dedicated her life to saving other young women from the hell that almost killed her—first as an officer of the law, then by stepping outside the law and into the darkness where true evil dwells. Now, it appears that the darkness has taken her once again.
    JT Caruso often worries about his sister, given her line of work. This time, when he learns that Bella is working undercover to find a missing girl involved in a dangerous prostitution ring, JT asks FBI Special Agent Lucy Kincaid for help.
    Even with Lucy’s extensive experience in running down human traffickers, finding Bella will not be easy. Not only because she is in too deep. But because Bella, who will not rest until she saves the girl, doesn’t want to be found…
My thoughts: See, when I put my mind to it, I can get some reading done. Of course, it wasn’t too hard with this unputdownable book! Kept turning the pages to see what was gonna happen next. Great read!

So… Has spring made an appearance in your neck of the woods, or does it still look like winter out there? I don’t think Mother Nature has made up her mind around here. Our temps have been hovering around the 50s lately. Not too shabby. Except a chance of snow is forecasted for today with temps falling into the 30s for the rest of the week. Ugh.

Happy Reading!