I will no doubt date myself when I say I used to love Air Supply. Lost in Love in particular. Blake Shelton's Austin makes me smile. Lost love? Everywhere by Tim McGraw.
What are y'all's?
Then I realized I was stressing myself out and giving a lot of people more power over me, and over the romance genre in general, than they deserved.
Focus on the positive or you get stress cold sores on your eyeball again. Not kidding. The wife is having a terrible arthritis flare from stress, barely able to move. Why let silly kerfuffles make it worse?
So, on the good side, congratulations to m/m writers Amy Lane and Heidi Cullinan on their RITA nominations. A huge step forward for all of us. I remember my first RT in 2005, when people would look at my bookcovers and literally run. This is an amazing thing, y'all
Also, we have tulips! Volunteers from before we moved in. Red and proud and very New Mexico looking somehow.
Almost done with my kilt short, hopefully for TQ's anthology. These boys have fought me every step of the way, wanting a slow build you can't allow in a short story. I love them, but man I want to whack them.
The sun is shining, the bassets are singing, and I have muffins in the oven. Not a bad deal at all.
On the good side, I got 2K words yesterday. That might not seem like much, but it was a tough day and getting back into the swing has been hard since Florida and Daddy and all.
On the bad side, temporarily back in the boot until the foot heals. Only wearing shoes when I drive.
Love writing bear shifters
Hell, I love all shifters
Also on the good side, got a date for the next Minerva Howe release from Resplendence. April 22
Love Forest of the Dead, especially. River Song makes me happy. Sppoooilers.
I also love how these episodes show us that the Doctor has a lot he can still learn. I love that, when a character grows, when he proves he has to face that he doesn't have all the answers and might need help.
Then there's the finger snap.
And 10 isn't even mt favorite Doctor
I am not looking for sympathy. This is where I launch into career doubt and how it affects the writer.
Me to my wife BA: OMG do you think I made a huge mistake? I'm writing another contemporary, I have 18K already. What if they don't take it?
BA: Shut up. It did fine.
Me: But they hate it! What if it kills my sales on the next book and and and
BA: You have to write what you like. I wrote a YA lesbian softball story that no one but the publisher read
Me: But I wrote a historical menage femmedom as my next book. What's the market for that? Ahhhhh (much hair tearing and blinking commences)
BA: Shut up and write
Now, I could go into branding, and how for the last few years I've been doing mostly paranormal and mostly 20K and under and how expectation for a known author like my 4 star reviewed Elemental Ops stuff versus a new audience like I have with DSP does impact sales and reviews, but I thought y'all might like to see what the thought process really looks like O.O
Even those of us who have been around since the time of the dinos wonder if we've totally lost our minds sometimes.
But we still have to keep on swimming
Am I the only person on earth who has no desire to "entertain" in my home?
I mean, all of these people are going on about "I just can't see me entertaining here", and I'm like, O.o.
Sure, when the holidays rolled around in Texas, we built buffets, and they did come. But that was still about pulling a TV tray up to the couch. The most leaves we've ever managed to put in the table is one, no matter the size of the dining room.
We'd have folks over in the 1400 square foot house or the 900 Sq ft condo. They'd sit on the couch or the floor and watch football or movies or whatever. I think that qualifies as more of hanging out than entertaining.
So, does anyone really do that thing they mean on HGTV? I'm not judging. I'm just curious.
We spent the first 3 days at Disneyworld at the Port Orleans Riverside. Next time I think we'd stay at the Port Orleans French Quarter, as that's where the gluten free beignets live. You heard me, people. GF beignets. The food could be just okay, as we were on a meal plan, but let me tell you, the meal plan is worth it. And the GF fish and chips at Cooke's in Downtown Disney was downright ecstatic. I wish I had pics, but somehow I just didn't take too many. I blame Sean's privacy paranoia.
Here's BA in the Magic Kingdom with Pooh. Or was that Epcot?
BA is short, no?
Here am I at the end of the weekend. Yeah.
The meetup would have been perfect had it not been for the news that BA's daddy was very ill. While her sister told her there was nothing she could do being there in person that she couldn't do on the phone, that made for huge stress. I came down with the con crud, too, sore throat, sniffles, cough. Urgh.
I got to see Kiernan Kelly, TC Blue, KC Wells, Andrew Grey and a host of old friends, as well as meet new ones like KC Burn and staff members Tammy and Erica.
The best thing was Poppy Dennison's social media talk. The most head pounding was the speed dating with the staff. So loud! Sadly I missed Damon Suede's workshop, but I did get Damon hugs, so it's all good. I put up a word goal, and Andrew Grey was skeptical. I'll show him! Ha :D and I hope to get to go back next year :D
Hugs to all I may have missed and all I miss already.
Sean Michael, BA and I are going to Disney for a few days ahead of time. Kiernan Kelly has promised to do Epcot with us.
Thank God for the house sitter.
Downtown Disney had GF fish and chips. OMG
Expect many goofy instagram posts