Monday, October 27, 2014

A week late and ... etc. etc.

Happy Monday, all!

Oops, missed last Monday in blogging.

But I had some very good reasons...

1) I had just gotten back from a wonderful four day trip with friends to sunny Florida

2) We came back to the coldest day in NJ and discovered our heat wasn't working

3) Then my husband's car wouldn't start when he tried to go to work

4) And then to top it all off, it was my BIRTHDAY- LOL!

Fortunately, all the above problems were easily resolved and I ended up having a FANTASTIC birthday day. :-)

Birthday Scraps, images for Orkut, Myspace, hi5

Now, it's back to the writing cave for me this week.
I'm a little behind schedule and need to get a crackin'.

In the meantime, check out this cool link on some authors sharing their best writing advice with the NY Public Library.

Have a great week!

Monday, October 13, 2014

Not Out of the Woods Yet

Happy Monday, all. Or rather, it's Monday, all.

Well, thank you for all the words of encouragement last week. My author luncheon talk went great! I wasn't nervous at all. In fact, I was probably more nervous all the days leading up to it than the actual day. LOL

Carl Bernstein was very gracious about taking pictures with us--and we took a lot. I found him to be very inquisitive too. I guess it's the investigative reporter in him.

My friend, Becky, Mr. Bernstein, and Me

Our Friends and Volunteers of the Library put on this annual event and it's always a good time.

But I'm not out of the woods yet, I have one more very loooooooooooong day today with a ceremony and brief talk to give and then I'm done. So I just need to keep it together for a little while longer and then I can CHILL.

In other news, come see me tomorrow at Ramblings From this Chick for a chance to win a print copy of Fiancé by Fate!

And that's it for me.

Have a wonderful week!

Monday, October 6, 2014

Public Speaking and all that is Awful that Goes with It

Happy Monday, all!

Well, this month stinks already.

I know that's quite an opener, but I believe in being upfront and honest. :)

I have two speaking engagements this month. Not long ones. I've given bigger presentations, but still...

Does it ever get easier? I'm waiting for that to happen.

This Thursday I have a brief--I mean, BRIEF--talk to give for the Friends and Volunteers of our Library's annual Author’s Luncheon featuring Carl Bernstein.

Just in case you don't know...
Carl Bernstein is an American investigative journalist and author. Along with Bob Woodward at The Washington Post, he did the majority of the most important news reporting on the Watergate scandal. These scandals led to numerous government investigations and the eventual resignation of President Richard Nixon. For his role in breaking the scandal, Bernstein received many awards, and his work helped earn the Post a Pulitzer Prize for Public Service in 1973.

Um, yeah...
I'll be speaking before him. Apparently, it's sold out too. Oh, goody. More people to embarrass myself in front of. :)

In other more pleasant news, there is a really nice fall author event online starting next week.

I will be blogging there at Ramblings From This Chick on October 14th and will be giving away the PRINT version of Fiancé by Fate.

That's it for me. I need to go practice my speech. :)

Have a great week!

Monday, September 29, 2014

My YA Reading List for the Year

Happy Monday, all!

My daughter is in seventh grade this year. (A yikes)

That's a whole other issue. But I'm trying to encourage her to read more so I decided to read her list of required reading along with her for her Language Arts class.

What's on her--er, now MY list?

The Giver by Lois Lowry

The Graveyard Book by Neil Gaiman

The Maze Runner by James Dashner

I think it'll be good for my daughter to see me reading what she is reading so I can empathize with her and also bring up some good discussions about the books as well, which might help her in school.

Actually, I've never read a Neil Gaiman book but always meant to and here is my chance, so I'm pretty excited about that!

I've also meant to get back to reading YA too. I've kind of drifted away from it but I'm ready for a change again.

Do you read or have you read what your kids were reading in school?

Have you read any of the above books?

Monday, September 22, 2014

For the Love of Libraries--and Read a Banned Book

Happy Monday!

Like that nifty bracelet?
I picked it up for Banned Books Week (this week):
September 21-27th

And in case you want to read a banned book in honor of the right to read, check out this article on 33 Must-Read Banned Books: here.

Anyhew, this ties in with my Library title.

I'm pretty involved with my local library, and right now we're creating a Strategic Plan for the next few years for it, which is basically, what we're going to plan to do/buy/make/build in the next few years that will support our mission statement.

Wow, did you ever think libraries actually did all that?

Well, I even went to a Library Conference a few weeks ago to learn more. (Not really by choice, but I'm glad I went) I really got a lot of cool ideas. Like, the NY Public Library put a photo booth in theirs so people visiting NYC can take a picture then tweet about the library, which is great for marketing as well.

Makerspaces are really big right now for libraries. Makerspaces are pretty much spaces in the library where people from the community can come together to learn or create something. Some people learn to knit, or create 3D robots, fix a flat tire, dissect radios, create videos or commercials. It really depends on your community and hobby need/want. Libraries are trying to stay current and viable by branching out and becoming more than just a warehouse of books.

I even got the suggestion to bring back phone booths in our library. Really? Yes, but without actual phones. Everybody has cellphones now, but no quiet place to use them. There was also a suggestion to put in video screens so people visiting can Skype friends and family.

The possibilities are endless.

Needless to say, once we start brainstorming in a few weeks, it's going to be very exciting and fun.

So I now I'm wondering, does your local library offer any cool programs or technologies?

How often do you use your local library?

What is your favorite banned book?

Monday, September 15, 2014

For the Love of Google

Happy Monday!

I don't know how it is in your neck of the woods, but I am LOVING this crisp fall weather right now!

Have you seen this carton above?

It cracks me up because it's so true. I can't tell you how many times I'll be in a conversation with someone and we'll question something and then I'll have to immediately pull it up on my phone to find out more about it.

In fact, I was looking through the history on my phone and thought I'd share a little of what I've been inspired to Google recently:
(in no particular order)

1) How old is Katie Perry - my daughter asked and well, then I became curious too

2) What is pepperoni -- I wasn't sure if it was pork or beef. It's both!

3) Can dogs east corn --my dog was looking forlornly at me and I wanted to give him some. It's ok in moderation.

4) Best Back of Arm flab exercises --again, just curious...

5) How to dye hair with Kool-Aid--my daughter wanted to do this to her hair before school started

6) Best way to get rid of fruit flies -- there were tons of fruit flies in my house. But not anymore!

7) Peek-a-Boo bulldog-- saw this on the news and it was so cute I wanted to tweet and share it

8) NJ minimum wage 2014-- I knew it went up but I couldn't remember when exactly. Just curious again.

9) Banana Whip calories-- had this for lunch on the boardwalk and wondered what I had consumed. Not much, thank goodness.

10) Rice Krispie Treat recipe-- wanted to make some recently but the recipe wasn't on the cereal box so I had to look it up

The list goes on.

I think I look up things several times a day. Am I smarter as a result?
Yes. No. Maybe? LOL
All I know is that I'm very grateful for the Internet.

How about you? Do you look up things as frequently as I do when a question pops in your mind?
What have you Googled lately?

Monday, September 8, 2014

Almost Forgot to Come Back!

Hey, all!

I know summer isn't technically over, but I hope everyone had a nice summer.

I had a REALLY good one.
Too good.
So good, I couldn't wait for it to end because I thought it was going to kill me. LOL

But because of my complete frolicking and fun, I did not write ONE WORD.


Because of my complete frolicking and fun, I also BARELY READ.

What the?

I know, right? I really don't know what happened to me except that I needed some time off to do other things besides read and write. I also didn't want to be a slave to blogging or Facebook. I wanted to do it when I wanted to do it, not because I had to.

It was quite liberating.

However, it's time to blog again. One of the things that I do love about blogging (besides the people)is the accountability. And I find there is a correlation between writing and blogging. When I blog, I'm more plugged into what's going on in the writing world and more likely to be motivated to write.

It's a sort of catch-22.
It takes time away from writing to blog, yet if I don't blog, I write less anyway. :)

Anyway,I'm back! Remember me?

So nice to see you again!

Anyone feel the way I do about blogging and writing, too?