Sunday, May 24, 2009

Pennwriters Conference

This year's Pennwriters conference is now a memory, but what a great memory it was! Many kudos to Annette Dashofy, conference coordinator!

It was a wonderful weekend filled with time spent with my Pennwriter friends and also editor Esi Sogah from Avon, Lucienne Diver from the Knight Literary Agency, Colleen Lindsay of FinePrint Literary Agency, Paige Wheeler of Folio Literary Management, and Becca Stumpf from Prospect Agency.

Best-selling author, Lisa Scottoline was the keynote speaker. She had us rolling with laughter, as she inspired us!

I returned home to the online class I'm teaching and a June 1 deadline! So I'm clicking away at the keys! But I did pause yesterday for my niece Carissa's bridal shower. We had a great time! Jessica and the bridesmaids did an amazing job of decorating the hall, providing baskets for a raffle, and organizing a delicious lunch!

Today I'm back to writing!

Look for another installment of Home Cooking this week.

Monday, May 11, 2009

Happy Mother's Day

Happy Mother's Day to all the mothers out there! It's always such a wonderful day! My husband took me and his mother (and his dad and our son) to dinner at Red Lobster and the shrimp was divine! My two sons got me flowers. My daughter...a true girl! me a gift certificate for a pedicure! Sandals, here I come!

Thursday, I'll be on my way to the Pennwriters Conference! That's always exciting. But this year it's especially exciting because we're still playing a breath-taking game of will the conference clothes fit! LOL One of the things no one warns you about when you say "I want to be a writer" is that you'll gain weight! I suppose that little oddity is to balance out all the writer perks, like working at home, working at your own pace, no boss, not having to drive in snow.

But had I known sooner that weight gain was a byproduct of working from home, I would have joined a gym!

I've got my handouts for the two workshops ready to take to Staples to be copied. My cat is already sleeping on my suitcase because she saw me packing non-essentials over the weekend. So we're close!

But whether or not I have to make a trip to JCPenney to buy a suit that fits (lol) I'm still excited. Esi from Avon will be there, along with Lucienne Diver of the Knight Agency. Esi is my friend Deb's editor. Lucienne is her agent. So I know them both and it's always a treat to get to spend time with them!

But before I can go, I have to get some work done on the book due June 1 and a proposal or two.

The countdown also begins for promotion on MAID IN MONTANA. So it's going to be a busy week.

Hope to see some of you at the conference!


Saturday, May 2, 2009

Saturday, May 2

I left my birthday post up a little longer than usual because it was a fun birthday. LOL If you didn't read the birthday post...go back to the post before this and read it. Just to make me happy. LOL

I can't believe it's May. May is one of those happy months when Harlequin authors get their royalty checks. So that part's cool. It's also the month of the Pennwriters Conference. This year the conference is being held in Pittsburgh. The coordinator, Annette, has done a wonderful job of putting it all together, so I'm sure we'll have a great time.

And we're one month away from the release of MAID IN of my personal favorite books. I noticed that I'm getting a lot of preorders on Amazon, quickly climbing up the top 100 on the Harlequin Romance chart! So thanks to my readers for that!

But, wow, the year sure is going quickly. What makes it even more obvious to me is that last October our porch died. (Long story. Don't ask) We tore it off, anticipating getting it back on in the spring becasue you really can't do that kind of construction in the winter in the mountains in PA. But, here we are jogging toward summer and still I have no porch. It's so odd that my daughter's friend, Mellanie, suggested someone should have gotten me a porch for my birthday! Anyway, Easter is gone. My birthday is a memory and even my tulips are on their dying breaths...and still no porch!

Last week we also experienced one of our family's official rites of spring. It was prom week. Because our family is so big, we always have a niece or nephew (or several) going to prom. Last week it was Andi and Zak. Zak looked adorable in his tux and Andi could only be described as gorgeous!

We all gather in the front yard of the prom-goer, take pictures, get misty over how old the kids are getting, gossip a little and then go home. The whole ritual takes only about fifteen minutes. But it's one of those little things in life that can lift your spirits. If you don't take the time to be with your family for the little things, you miss so much. In fact, because our lives are made up of more little things than big things, if you miss too many little things, you may actually miss most of your life.

So maybe a good goal for this summer would be to spend some time enjoying little things with your family?

That's it for this week. If you're taking my online class on Journey Steps through writersclassesonline...I'll see you in cyberspace.

Or if your going to the Pennwriters conference on the 15th, 16th and 17th, I'll see you there!