know, you can't even think summer right now. I can't either and I'm in
Louisiana where it's 36 degrees a couple of days before the official
start of spring.
That didn't keep me from making plans to go to Jimmy Thomas' second annual Romance Novel Convention where
up to 500 attendees will enjoy workshops, book signings, costume
parties, and promo opportunities. There will be cover models there as
Yes, the same Jimmy Thomas who is on 6000 covers! If
you don't know this, Jimmy is a true knight in shining armor to romance
writers. He offers valuable instruction and opportunities to promote
through his website Romance Novel Center dot com His
Romance Novel Covers site offers the widest array of romance genre
stock photos anywhere. Everywhere he goes, he lauds the value of the
Yes, he's in the
romance business but when you see a man who works as hard as he does,
who singlehandedly coordinated a convention to keep costs low for the
writers and others who attended last year's first event, his sincerity
just comes through everything he does - his business, interviews, and
the way he interacts with the romance industry.
gearing up for my summer releases and the convention with the new
website; working hard to get finishing touches on the first few books in
the Storm Lake series; and reissuing my 2012 release with a new title.
What are you doing in July? Why not join us at the RNC?
When I walked outside yesterday morning to " Mini sled dog wannabe" we stopped at the sound of a large whoosh and bubbling up of water about ten feet from the bayou bank. And up popped the seven foot gator DH had told me about the day before. Apparently he's been hanging around just beyond the brick steps that go down to the bayou.
Our business has been taking all of my time this year and I haven't had a chance to plant flowers around my little outside writing space. But the alligator sighting reminded me of the joy I got from my little creative space last year with the exception of the uneasy feelings when the alligators lay there and watch me write.
There are more creatures of all kinds on the bayou including mosquitoes. This has kept me from making the best use of my favorite spot most of the year. I don't know why it took me so long to thing about it but last year I bought a 10 by 10 screened in canopy which converted my problematic space because of these pests into a perfect spot on any non-rainy day between 60 and 85.
Inside I'm safe from bugs but can enjoy the jumping fish, tall graceful herons, deer, birds - and keep an eye on the alligators, or the other way around.
We all have our favorite creative activities and the space that lends itself best to it. Where's yours? Is it a specially designed spot or the eeked out corner of the family kitchen? What do you do there? Write, scrapbook, paint?
I apologize for being absent for so long. I kind of unplugged to get some serious writing done.
It's been the coldest Louisiana winter we've seen in a while. We sometimes get one ice/snow storm every 7 years or so and it lasts a day and we're back up to the 80's for Christmas.
This year was different. Three storms in three weeks. The first one was brief but brought an inch or two of snow and had us all out watching our pets and children play in it. Temperatures rose a bit, then the next one hit. This one put an ice mix down that closed the schools and government offices but not the Mississippi River bridge which turned out to be a mistake because we're not set up for it and NO one around here knows how to drive on it. And besides who can drive on ice? Experience just tells you to stay in, not drive. After a semi spun out on the bridge the local law started handing out tickets to anyone out snow-seeing.
It wasn't just these three storms. We've been in the 30s and below for most of the winter. We're talkin' lows, people, Louisiana remember? I know you're saying 30's! That's not cold. Well, when your winters are usually in the 50s with an occasional 30 and you have butane or small electric heaters, you never get warm.
I've spent the winter in ski skins and sweat clothes. Thank God for generators which we needed for three days during the last cold front when we got a couple of inches of icy rain and 20 degree weather which froze everything. Trees and limbs were coming down everywhere with booms and cracks. It was scary. But beautiful. Take pictures and pray an iced up spanish moss laden tree doesn't come down on your house.
DH kept coming in and telling me I needed to move to a different room in case the tree over the living room came down. I figure where ever you are, if it's your time, a plane can come through the ceiling, so I stayed in my comfy recliner, writing...
Well! It wasn't all bad. I got a LOT of writing done. Starting with Nano and going straight through until now when I'd planned on opening our snowball stand March 1st. I didn't really want to and it's early but decided people are usually ready so I'd just open early. Of course, I didn't consult the weather man. I did check the Farmer's Almanac and it said, first two weeks of March, colder and wetter than normal. I still didn't pay attention. But I did keep on writing.
The result four books in revision to be published every month beginning in June. And I have a new cover designer I'm giving the whole series to.
So bad news I froze my tail off, but it was great writing weather.
Was this a good news, bad news winter for you, or all bad news? Don't worry, Spring is on the way. It says so on the calendar at least.