I had a light bulb moment today. I’m a regular at my gym where I sweat it out on the Stairmaster, run on the treadmill, lift weights and, endure sessions in the sauna. With no negative feelings involved, I have shied away from classes and personal trainers. Most of the time I attribute my aversion to engaging with trainers or participating in classes as just my introverted nature claiming its dominance. There’s something about being in my own mind and competing against myself to lift more, run farther, or climb more stairs that gives me joy. Today, however as I pushed myself on my run, the proverbial light bulb illuminated above my head. Although, I have music pumping through my earbuds, I’m alone with my thoughts. I’m a firm believer in the freedom and bliss that comes from a runner’s high. I believe working out without someone else guiding me opens my creativity highway. Similar to deriving brilliant thoughts while in the shower, I’ve grasped the best ideas during the middle of my wo...
Wonder Woman (DC’s Justice League). Princess Leia (Star Wars). Elphaba (Wicked). Even Nurse Ratched (One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest), Mrs. Danvers (Rebecca) Cruella de Vil (One Hundred and One Dalmatians). Just a few examples of strong women, whether good or bad. I love to read (and watch) female characters who are capable of taking care of themselves.
When I set about writing my character Sloane Maxwell, of the Order Series, I knew I wanted her to be a strong character with a vulnerable side. She’d lived a pampered life with the best of everything but Sloane didn’t agree with her family and principles of The Order. After the murder of her father, at the hands of her brother, Lance, and mother, Sloane makes a huge decision. With the help of retired CIA agent, Rhoda Ellery (a strong woman in her own right), Sloane flees her family, and changes her last name from Sinclair to Maxwell. As a research scientist, Sloane makes her home in Boston, Massachusetts.
Whew! I feel like I just expelled a huge breath. The holidays were fun and completely exhausting. Now that the decorations are stored and my house is back to normal, I can turn my attentions to the new year. Like many, I examined 2017 and now look to 2018 with fresh goals (well, a couple are holdovers from last year that didn’t quite see the success I’d like).
I decided to take the additional step of publicly announcing my author goals. Here are some of my 2018 goals:
Okay, this is the holdover from last year. My office is not a complete pig sty but it could stand a bit of improvement. I also need to pay attention to massive pile of unread emails. This one is going to take awhile!
I have school-aged kids and a husband who works constantly, so my writing thus far is interspersed among their lives. While my family appreciates my passion, sometimes it gets dwarfed. This year, I will increase my productivity by placing boundaries on my time....
Has anyone else been binge watching holiday movies on the Hallmark channel? Okay, I know I write stories about murder and the seedier side of the human existence, but I’m also a romance writer and this gives me credence to claim my hours in front of the television is all in the name of research.
The holiday Hallmark movies have captured my attention since November. I’ve re-watched some of my favorites and fell in love with some of the new ones. I don’t normally ravenously consume romance movies, but holiday stress has taken hold and I’ve yearned for something simple and happy. I usually devour the twenty-four-hour news cycle but I’m fed up with bad news and vicious back and forth of politics.
Of course I know how each Hallmark movie will end and after a couple of movies, the formula is predictable. However, something about watching a light happily ever after, thrown in with stunning decorations, beautiful settings, and a gorgeous cast, makes me want to run to the kitchen, sing carols, a...