Today’s writing inspiration. It’s a tough job, but someone’s gotta do it.
Alpha Man was recently roped into a bocci ball league. Don’t ask. Anyway, his team is undefeated (shock) and last night they were down a player.
We’re putting you in as a sub.
Why is that funny?
Because one, we can’t play competitively together because you use your coach voice on me and then I want to murder you in your sleep and two, I can’t play bocci.
Sure you can. It’s just like bowling.
(gives him a long look)
(clearly remembering the last time he took me bowling, where I stepped too far onto the lane and fell and broke my wrist…) Okay, you’re right.
I heard you. I just wanted to hear you say I’m right again. I’d like that in writing so I can flash it at you as needed.
He might or might not have flashed something else at me, such as his middle finger, signaling I was Numero Uno in his book.
Update: winners, randomly drawn, are: MARY PRESTON, JULIE G, and REBECCA TANNER. Email me with your book choice, print or ebook, and your addy!
So I’m back from New York City where I ran my tail off at the Romance Writer’s of America’s national conference. I went, I conquered, I saw. I went to the award ceremony where I started to get VERY nervous because I’d been nominated for a Rita with ONE IN A MILLION.
AND … then I won!!!
I’m not sure exactly what I said when I got up on stage because it’s all a happy blur but I wanted to make sure I thanked YOU, the best readers on the planet, for buying my books. It was amazing to win this Rita and now, with both the first book in the Lucky Harbor series — SIMPLY IRRESISTIBLE — and the last book in the series — ONE IN A MILLION, being Rita winners, the entire Lucky Harbor is bookended!!!!
Three commenters will win either of my Rita winning books — unless you already have them, in which case you can pick a different one.
Still in New York. Yesterday went to my publisher’s offices and the walls are all glass. And thankfully — when no one was looking — I walked right into one and bounced my face off of it.
I quickly looked around and realized no one had seen me do this and was SO GRATEFUL. This rarely happens, you see, where there are NO witnesses. I casually turned to my editor a few minutes later and asked “does anyone ever walk into these glass walls?”
She laughed. “Of course not, they’re tinted and there’s metal handles on them so no one could possibly make that mistake.”
Meet “no one”…
So … I’m still in New York and I needed a taxi and couldn’t get one because I’m a wuss. I downloaded this app called Uber and THEY SEND A CAR RIGHT TO YOU.
It’s seriously magic.
I was standing right adjacent to Times Square with a bazillion people all around and the guy came RIGHT TO ME. In like 2.5 minutes too. His car was clean and he was POLITE.
It was awesome.
But. (You knew there was going to be a but, right?) When I plugged in the address for him, Something-Something Broadway … I forgot to put the word STREET and guess what what? Instead of going down the road a few miles, he was taking me to Queens. Across the bridge. Because I’m an idiot.
“So what brings you to Queens?” he asked.
“Nothing. I’m not going to Queens,” I answered.
“Yes you are,” he said.
“No, I”m not,” I said.
“Yes, you are,” he said.
So then I suggested he explain why he was kidnapping the hapless romance novelist and he said I’d tapped on the screen for a Something-Something Broadway in Queens not Manhattan. Which prompted another ‘yes you are’ ‘no I’m not’ conversation.
Thankfully he was a good sport and a very nice man and he forgave me for being an idiot and from California. AND he got me to my meeting on time.
Gah. Tell me one of your recent I Love Lucy stories to make me feel better!
So it’s still hot as hell in New York. For those of you wondering… But the good news is that I only got lost once so far. Okay, twice. But it’s only day one so …
Send ice cream. Oh and what’s the hottest temperature you’ve ever been in? Cuz NY was 95 yesterday and I was sticky. STICKY! I don’t like sticky…