Tuesday, November 11, 2008

Congratulations to my wonderfully talented friend Leah. Her first book coming out in January! There will no doubt be many, many more.

Look at her Gorgeous cover:

Go here to check it out. I’ve read the pre editor version and let me tell you it is HOT!!! I fell in love with the secondary character and my heart was overjoyed when she devoted her next book to him, complicating his love life in the most delicious ways.

I’ve been back about three weeks now from our vacation and life hasn’t slowed a bit. Utter exhaustion took over the first week. Why is it when you go on vacation with kids you come home with less energy than when you decided you needed said vacation? Once we started feeling like ourselves the pollen count hit over 2,000 here. The whole family got sick. So we are just now getting over all of that too and now it’s time for Miss M’s Birthday. We don’t have any family coming into town this year and while that makes me a little sad to not be able to hang out with my sisters, I’m glad to not have to run around like a crazy woman cleaning my house. Then Thanksgiving and Christmas. I do have family coming in for Christmas, so I’ll be doing the mad scramble then.

On the writing front, I just haven’t done anything. I’ve thought about it, just not any actual writing. I know I’m getting really bad. This time of year for the real job is usually slow for me and leaves me time to write, but I have three MAJOR projects going on that seems to be sucking all my time. However, I came across this blog last month: http://fivescribes.blogspot.com/2008/10/online-writing-workshops-best-ones-ive.html

I signed up for the announcements and decided to take a couple of online courses to kick start that side of my brain again. So while I was on vacation I checked my emails and decided to take a few courses this month. When all was said and done how many did I actually sign up for? 1, 2? Nah, that would be too easy for me. Apparently I signed up for 5. Maybe I need a lecture on moderation?


Leah Braemel said...

Oh. My. God. Dani! How the heck did I miss this post! Thank you!

About the courses ... be careful about taking too many. They can introduce all these little niggling doubts that give your internal editor more ammunition to pelt your way when you're writing. Remember to take what you feel applies to your writing, and be prepared to ditch stuff that doesn't work for you.

Dani said...

My pleasure!!

So right on the courses. Three of them are for my own curiousity sake. Not on the actual craft of writing, but on topics that I could use for my characters and plot. One is from a former undercover agent. Really interesting stuff. Two are actually on craft and I'm just archiving the posts so I can take my time reading over them when I have more free time.