Walking Epiphany

This morning started fine and then turned on its end.  I will not share the aspects of the upheaval.  Suffice it to say, it upset me enough to go for a walk.

I’m not a walker, per se.  I like the idea of it.  Once I’m in the groove, I really like it.  It’s just getting moving that’s the actual problem.  It’s so much easier to sit, you see.

We live in the semi-middle of nowhere.  I say semi now, because I drove through the middle of nowhere Utah on our cross country trip in 2011, and with one house per freeway exit, that is definitely more nowhere than here.  Anyway, we have a three acre field on a slope that my husband mowed a walking track into.  This morning I used the track.

As I walked, I listened to the recording of Nora Robert’s RWA Nationals 2010 keynote address.  I walked for a half hour so I only made it through half of the speech, but what I heard was inspirational.

Writing has always been difficult.  Promotion has always been a nightmare.  Readers will love what you write or hate what you write for the same reasons as they always have.  My interpretation of how to deal with this is to accept the publishing insanity and know that I’m writing the best book that I can.  Focus on the work, because I can make a difference there.

The answer to dealing with this morning’s drama is very much the same.  Focus on what I can do something about.  So, I made the necessary calls and I’m pleased to report that I’m on my way to a solution.

Now, I’m ready to face the day…after I put some ice on my knees.

The Haunting Allure of Shoes

I’ve never been a “girly” girl.  I rarely wear skirts or dresses.  I’ve worked on cars, butchered meat, snaked our drain from the clean-out, and cleaned up all variety of…well, let’s just leave it as I’m a mother of two and I own two dogs.

My day job allows me to work from home, and frankly, the ability to work sans makeup is a major perk.

Shoes from Zappos. Very close to the ones I fell in love with at the store.

This past weekend I took my kids school shopping and we ended up spending an inordinate amount of time in the shoe store.  My daughter apparently received the “girly” inclinations I lack.  After she tried on a few pairs of shoes, something strange happened.   I began to ooh and aah.

We aren’t talking the shoes from the discount warehouse store.  These were slick leather and soft suede.  Rich colors and enchanting smells.  What’s more, I looked great in them.  They spiced up the jeans I wore and made my rear look amazing.

I wasn’t expecting this reaction.  This week our budget is slated for back to school.  So, unfortunately, we only purchased the school shoes we needed.

However, the shoes are still calling to me.  The tan strappy pumps.  The blue suede wedges.  These really neat slipper-like house shoes that had a sole so I could wear them when I walk to get the mail.  They are whispering over the miles, “Come and get us.  You know you want us.”  I think I’ll have to return next month to get a pair of them.  Okay, maybe two.

My husband loves it.  He pretends to be impatient, but I think he enjoys watching me struggle with the unexpected excitement.

I don’t know where this came from.  Or why is it that, out of nowhere, the bling that never interested me before is suddenly calling to me?  Last month I began painting my nails pretty metallic shades.  They are currently an awesome frosted green.  This month it’s shoes.  If I start wearing dresses or putting bows in my hair, I think I’ll have to see a doctor.

Have you ever developed a passion for something unexpected?

Ten Commandments of Successful Authors

More and more authors are becoming social creatures.  (I am still fighting overwhelming shyness.) We chat on twitter, we share on facebook, we have our own support groups to encourage each other.  Let me tell you, everything is easier with an army of friends at your back going, “Yeah, what she said!”

Well, one of my friends, Kristina Knight the author of “What a Texas Girl Wants,” posted something on her website that a friend of hers, Roni Loren, wrote on her blog.  This is a great blog and a great post, so now it’s my turn to post “Yeah, what she said!”

Follow this link to check out the Ten Commandments of Successful Authors

 

Lesson learned

We just got back from a vacation for the main purpose of visiting family. Our family lives at the beach, so naturally we spent a full day at the oceanfront. We got lots of sun and had our fill of salt water and sand.

A little promotion, a lot of hanging with family, and tons of jotting story ideas onto slips of paper makes for a fantastic time.

One thing I belatedly realized was there were quite a lot of people reading on the beach and I didn’t have near enough bookmarks.

The lesson is always bring bookmarks to the beach to pass out to readers. Not only do you get the word out about your book, but you get to embarrass your teenage children in the process. :). Win-win.

Have a great day!