I don't know what's happening but I've had a big old urge today. To do lots of things. First of all, a little backtracking -- many of you might know that my dear Little Granny died in December so we went to the funeral in Ohio in between Christmas and New Year's. She was 99 years old. It was the most absolute wonderful funeral/memorial/celebration you could ever expect to experience. You can't cry for a 99-year-old woman. I had the honor of writing and giving the eulogy. I will forever be grateful that my cousin Steve asked me to do that. My husband, sister, brother, and sister-in-law were all placing bets minutes before I gave the speech on when I would break down and cry during it. And because of that, and because I wanted to make it a gift to my Granny, I chose not to cry. I delivered that speech with the bad-assness and grace and slam-dunked that sucker.
Instead, I made everyone else cry. And laugh. I shared amazing memories of our grandmother and took my time and it was wonderful. I feel so blessed that I got to speak in honor of my grandmother.
So, there was that, and we got to see my cousins and spend time with my siblings and my parents and it was just a really awesome time. It was cold in Ohio and I didn't see much sun, and I missed my kids though, but when we got on the flight to go, I was struck with an idea for a novella that I had thought of a long while ago, so I started writing it, and I finished it last night.
So, I wrote a 60-page novella that I am considering putting up on amazon.com as an ebook and am wondering if you guys would be interested in buying it. It's called THE CELL PHONE LOT and this is the blurb:
Grant and Bridge didn't think their chance meeting at the cell phone lot would lead to anything, but after flight delays and a couple of beers, each start to wonder if they were meant to find one another. But Grant's supposed to pick up a girl he's met online, and Bridge isn't quite over her ex-boyfriend. Is the timing right, or might this possible relationship just never take off?
I'm just ready to start getting my own writing out there, and this short story just flew out of me. I couldn't stop writing it!
Also, I think that I may be bringing you all MORE books than just one a week - I have been getting many inquiries from authors and publicists so I'm guessing that there will be lots more to come. I may not have time to read them all to give you my own personal review, but I'll always be able to tell you about the book and let you know the author and the scoop. I'm so excited that so many great books are coming out.
I was in a huge major New Year frenzy today and yesterday, I don't know what has come over me - first of all, I went on a FREAKING hike yesterday. I HATE HIKING! I only went because it was supposed to be two miles, but it was a bait and switch deal and it turned out to be almost five miles. I was ANNOYED. But here are some beautiful photos from the hike.
The reason I hate hiking so much is that you have to focus on your feet and worry about not tripping so you can't really enjoy the surroundings. It's just not enjoyable to me. I came home and crashed hard.
Today is the last day of the kids' winter break and we worked hard -- I intended to take down all the Christmas stuff but we got sidetracked - instead, I had the boys clean the garage and get rid of old shoes and sports stuff they no longer use. Then we all decided we needed to freshen up the family room so we rearranged the furniture. We also moved the kid's bedroom furniture around too. I remember being a kid and loving changing the bed and dresser around in the room. Hey, it's a new year, we all could use a new vibe. It feels like a new vibe around here and I'm really getting into it. I may even get up and go for a walk in the morning. I think I may try to blog more too. I am definitely writing more, with completing that novella, and still working on that other book. Am hoping to hear something from my agents about the book that's on submission too, now that the holidays are over.
Come back in the next couple of days to check in to see if you've won Sarah Jio's The Bungalow, and I'll also be blogging about a new book next week! There are so many great ones coming up! How was your New Year's? I'm so excited to jump into 2012 and hope you are too! Thanks for taking time to stop on over!