We’re a bit into the new year, and, for me, I’m just now starting to get back into the flow of a regular work week. I took off that week between Christmas and New Year’s, ate gloriously, stayed up late, and binged all sorts of shows.
I think I’m finally getting my normal sleep habits back so I can wake up for work in the morning and not feel completely addled. Now that I’m in that place, I think I can squarely lay the blame for my difficulties from staying up late binging holiday flicks like Bridgerton (and then reading the first couple of novels).
Rege-Jean Page is smoking hot as the duke and the whole series was a lot of fun, and so very rich. Upon reading the first couple of books afterward, it was disappointing not to see so much of the richness of character they clearly pulled from the later books. Because the Netflix show was a series, they gave you so much more of the Bridgerton side character siblings that it was really fantastic.
In addition to Bridgeterton, I also watched a bevy of other romantic films with a holiday vibe (California Christmas, Holidate, Holiday Calendar, This Christmas, 12 Dates of Christmas).
It was nice to just sit back and watch some fun, lighthearted things, even if they weren’t all perfect movies, but they were fun.
Of all the stuff I binged over the holiday, Bridgerton was definitely my favorite. What was your favorite show to binge over the holidays?
After a rough 2020, 2021 has finally arrived and many are viewing it as a new hope. After a year with a monstrous pandemic, there is hope that 2021 has to be better. That the year could not possibly be worse than 2020. I hope that logic holds true. I definitely need 2021 to be better than 2020. Personally, it’s been an incredibly hard year for me.
But 2021 is not a panacea. It does not wash away all the lingering effects awfulness of 2020 just by the turn of the calendar. We are still suffering the consequences of 2020s badness. A pandemic is still raging, people are still dying, the U.S. is more partisan than ever, and those who were plunged into a depression over all the losses of 2020 are often still there.
However, the good news about 2021 is that we are seeing light, finally. There is hope there is an end to this tunnel. The vaccine will help, as will competent leadership. But we also need each other to help. We need to show compassion and love to our fellow man. We have to remember that societies function when people work together and care for each other. We have to remember that we, literally, are all in this together.
One of my favorite stories as a kid was the Little Red Hen. It’s about a hen who lives with three other barnyard animals. She asks them for help turning wheat into flour–particularly for cutting the wheat, bundling it, taking it to the mill–and then baking a cake with it (or bread, depending on the version). Each animal refuses to help, and so when the hen finishes, all the animals who refused to help show up wanting a piece of cake, and she tells them no. However, after that, the animals always help the hen when she asks.
And I think that’s the part people forget. The animals learn, and afterwards, they help in the future. Whatever has happened has happened. It’s time for everyone to forget about whether they got cake or not and pitch in to help in making 2021 the best year.
P.S. Don’t forget Winner Takes All is available on Amazon. If you enjoyed the book, leave a review.
It’s almost U.S. Thanksgiving (I see you Canada, with your celebration last month). As it’s the time in this country to spend time with family and be thankful for what the year has brought us.
So, I thought I’d take a minute to say a few things I am currently thankful for:
I have not gotten coronavirus
I am pretty healthy
My family is all fairly healthy
I have a home still
I have a job still
There is much love in my life
I’m sure there are other things I could be thankful for, but I wanted to be brief and catch the most important things. In so many ways, 2020 has been an awful year. Too many people have lost their lives from this deadly virus. And for their families, this marks their first holiday without those souls. I am sure it is incredibly difficult for them. I wish them grace in these difficult times.
Given how much was lost this year, I am keenly aware of how much I have to be grateful for. I am looking forward to my Zoom Thanksgiving and probably Christmas, happy that everyone I want to be there is alive and well.
So, what are you thankful for as we head into Thanksgiving in the US?
Source: Pixabay (The photos I took with my phone weren’t very good, so I found these contortionists, which gave a feel of the kind of stuff we saw.)
Authors get this question a lot. And it’s a question that it’s easy to kind of shrug and say, “I don’t know. They just come to me.”
But that’s probably not the answer most people are looking for. And since I had a great idea for a story this weekend, I thought I’d talk about the most common place that authors, particularly me, get story ideas from: life.
I live in the Washington, DC, area, so over the weekend, I took my daughter to the American Folklife Festival, which focused on circuses. It was a great deal of fun and while we were watching a flying trapeze act, I though the circus would be a great place to set a romance novel. I’ve got some ideas percolating at the moment, and hope to be able to write something for the fall. The point is, a lot of ideas are like that. They simply come when you’re out enjoying life and you see something interesting and go, that would make a great story. Once I had that in mind, I watched and listened for anything useful I could glean. We attended a great session on the language of the circus, and learned some interesting phrases that are particular to the circus, as well as customs. For example, you’re never supposed to enter clown alley (where the clowns put their makeup on) without permission. If you do, they’ll pelt you with powder socks (the appliques for their makeup). So, that kind of thing was quite interesting and full of fodder for a book.
In terms of my fairy tales, which are retellings of old classics, I obviously look to old classics for inspiration. The tales are old and they’ve traveled so well because the base of the story is excellent. I just add a few finishing touches to make the story different for those who loved the original, but want to see a slight twist on it.
That’s all for today. Hope you’re having a fabulous week.
I finally completed the paperback version of the Romance: Trysts compilation.
This anthology combines all four Romance: Trysts stories in a single book. The ebook has been available for a while, but I hadn’t taken the time to get the paperback formatted. I went ahead and did that this weekend.
If you haven’t read the series yet, check out the first short story in the series for FREE. Dr. Carter & Mrs. Sinn, the first and shortest story in the series, is available free at Amazon, Barnes & Noble, Google Play, Kobo and Apple.
Of the four stories in the compilation, my favorite is Tristan & Blair, which is a great little story about love at first sight. It’s probably my favorite because it reminds me of something that happened in my real life. I remember, when my daughter was little, just about 3, she was with me in the store, sitting in the shopping cart, and this little boy, who was a tad older, maybe 5 or 6 was just staring at her, so intently, as she was the loveliest thing he’d ever seen. As if he were committing her to memory, and I thought as I walked away, wouldn’t it be interesting for someone to fall in love with a girl they just saw as a child and years later still remember. Tristan & Blair isn’t quite as straightforward as that, as there’s a sister involved. But, I do like this notion that we can feel a connection with someone after one viewing, and we can forge ahead with this vision of who they are, of what they are, even if it’s not entirely true.
Anyway, I’ve gone off on a tangent, so to get back on track, Romance: Trysts (Volumes 1-4) is available in paperback at Amazon and Barnes & Noble.
P.S. As an aside, the incident with my daughter happened while we were traveling, so it seems unlikely that the smitten six year old will find her again.
It’s April, which should be leading to that all consuming television time of May sweeps. And while I suppose May sweeps still exist, I’m getting a bit miffed at all my fave TV shows taking extended breaks.
On the bright side, this gives me time to read more and write more. Woohoo! But, it really disrupts my show flow, and makes me feel like that hollaback girl. You know, the chick you call when you want some loving, but not any other time. I mean, I show up for these shows every week, and they show up for me, um… when they feel like it. Seems a bit one-sided and irritating.
I’m particularly miffed at the Flash, which I have been totally into. Like, this show is the highlight of my week. My only must-see TV. I am on pins and needles to find out who Savitar is (I have read the fan theories, and if they’re true, whoa! And if they’re true, I have an inkling of how Iris can be saved and it would be totally awesome). Given my excitement for the storyline, I was so ticked off last week when I learned the show wouldn’t be back until after a three-week break.
I suppose television tries to avoid times people might miss out (Easter vacation, Christmas holidays, etc), but sometimes I feel like they just like yanking my chain. I’m such a fan when I’m a fan, so I hate–really, really, hate–waiting once the storyline has begun. I totally show up every week. I just wish the shows would make the same commitment. I used to be a total Scandalista, until one too many breaks followed by some “meh” episodes made me say, I really don’t care what happens.
I’m not suggesting they don’t take the occasional break, but I’d really like them to run straight through once they start. I’m all for a season that goes Jan-May uninterrupted, as opposed to Sept-May with several 4-week breaks. It just so interrupts the momentum for me, and frustrates me if something has been really good. Alas, sometimes absence can make the heart grow fonder, and other times, out of sight, out of mind.
So, what’s your take on all the TV breaks. Just par for the course. You hate it and only do Netflix nowadays. Or some other cooler, blended answer?