I’m leaving on a jet plane…

Not today, but I spent half the day (since I have a cold and the cold medicines made me too groggy to edit) shopping for plane tickets. I bought tickets to Cincinnati for the Lori Foster event at the beginning of June, tickets to my family reunion in July, and tickets to San Francisco for RWA Nationals. I’m really excited to be going to my family reunion this summer because I haven’t seen my dad for over a year, and I’ll see relatives–and they will get to meet Brianna for the first time–who I haven’t seen in many, many years (some since my grandfather’s funeral over ten years ago!).

I already had tickets for my flight to Atlanta and back–Atlanta is where my New Zealand/Australia trip in August starts. And, of course, the tickets to NZ and back from Australia were bought several months ago. We’re going to be hitting New Zealand, then flying to Sydney, Brisbane and then on to Melbourne for the Australia conference.

The one thing I’m not looking forward to in all this traveling is the new airline baggage restrictions. Because there’s just no way I can pack for a week or more away in ONE suitcase. And I can’t wait to try packing for a week of camping at my family reunion and then a week of conference at the same time (I’m going from one to the other). Bleh.

Anyone else booking airfare and taking a trip this summer? And shout out at me if you’re going to be at any of the same conferences!

Just write…

Early last week I had a phone conversation with one of my newer authors. She was telling me about all these partials she had going, and that she just didn’t know what to work on. Finally, at the end of the conversation, I told there was no way I was going to tell her which one to work on. The important thing was that she write, write every day, and start finishing things.

I’m not an author, so I can’t speak to how the “muse” works, but I am a businessperson and I think have an okay grasp on how my business works, and I know that an author is their own worst enemy sometimes when it comes to their writing career. If you spend all your time worrying about what to write, you’re not writing. If you’re not writing, you’re not getting contracts. If you’re not getting contracts, you’re not getting release dates. And if you’re not getting release dates, you’re losing your publishing momentum and the fans who loved your first book or your second book are moving on to someone who’s producing books regularly–even if it’s once a year or every six months. Regularly doesn’t have to mean five times a year. It just means that fans know if they get hooked on your books, your series, they can depend on you to keep working and release them…regularly.

I have seen authors sabotage their own careers because they get stalled. By life. By the muse. By…whatever. There’s always something to grab onto as an excuse. Yes, of course there will be times when you can’t write, but those times should not be the majority. They should be the exception. Because the authors who make it? They’re the ones who write. Every day. They make it their business to write because it IS their business. Those are the authors I want to sign. The authors who want to write the books, get the contracts, the release dates, build their momentum, their readership and treat my business as their business. If you are one of those writers, I want you to come and write for me. Other editors and publishers, from epublishing to NY want you to come and write for them. Because publishing is our business and we want to know that it’s yours too.

It’s beach time again!

Yesterday it was around 80 degrees here, and we decided to take the dogs and Brianna to the beach. It was gorgeous weather for it, and I have a new camera that I bought for better portability when traveling, so I snapped a few pictures. We did walk along the water, but I didn’t snap any pictures of that, sadly. Neither dog liked the water, though Reese would tolerate it if the surf got him. Heath, on the other hand, would fight if he thought Josh was going to walk him anywhere near the water. After walking along the water line for awhile, we went back up to the boardwalk to watch a local kite competition, get some food and let Brianna play in the sand while we sat safely on some benches.

Sand in her eyes

She made a friend while we were there!

The dogs got a lot of attention. Sadly, this is the last weekend they’re allowed on the boardwalk. Once tourist season starts officially on May 1st, they’re not allowed back on the boardwalk until September.

A small note on my new camera. I only got it on Friday, but so far I would recommend it if you’re looking for a small, portable camera that’s easy to operate and takes good pictures. It’s the size of a credit card and about 3/4 inch thick. I just turned it on and started snapping pictures. There are some settings you can play with, but the important thing is that you don’t have to. It’s small enough that I slipped it in my pocket and carried it there, for easy access. Love it!

Bloggy winner!

Thanks to everyone who visited and participated in my Bloggy Giveaway. Even if you didn’t win, I hope you’ll look for Samhain Publishing books in print your local bookstore, or give us a try in ebook format. And come back to visit me often!

The winner of the Bloggy Giveaway was Gina, of A Wrestling Addicted Mommy’s Blog. Gina received an ebook copy of Claiming Their Mate by Paige McKellan, a $25 gift certificate to Amazon and 5 of my favorite books. Congratulations, Gina!

My princess

We went to a local festival last night, and Brianna decided to accessorize. In the first picture, you can see her glove. It’s a dress glove from Easter and she’s only wearing one. She said she was going to wear it to eat so her hands didn’t get dirty. Though she’s only got on one necklace, she tried to leave the house with about 15 necklaces and five bracelets. We compromised with one of each. By the end of the night, all of the accessories had ended their night out in my purse while my little tomboy ran from ride to ride.

In the last picture, she’s saying to me very sweetly, “I love you, Mommy.” Awww.

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