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Thursday Thoughts
  • Thursday Thoughts

    It's time for another Thursday Thoughts. I link up through Ramblings of a Suburban Mom. Feel free to check her out and do the same.

    Here's what I'm thinking about today...

    • It's been a rough week. My DH has had to work nights this week (filling in for someone and getting the lay of the land on the night crew) and it has thrown my schedule all wonky. First off the pup doesn't know when he should be mellow and when he should be ready to go nuts (always fun when he gets loud and playful at 12:30/1 am when DH gets home). And my own work schedule has gone off a bit. Add to that a work project that is a bit messy and my blog has fallen short this week. Normally I would get upset, or be embarrassed and just keep missing days. For all I know I'm the only one reading this anyways. But no. Today I will pick up and move forward and - in the immortal words of Dori - "Just keep swimming. Just keep swimming. just keep swimming, swimming, swimming."
    • Fall has hit Miami. Want to know how I know? Last night when the temp dipped all the way down to 73, while I was still out in sandals, most people around me were in sweatshirts, long sleeves and even coats. Struck me funny.
    • Authors are scanning their older books when the rights revert to them and selling them as ebooks. Problem is they are not checking them before uploading and scanning is not perfect so books are going up with horrible errors that are easy to fix. I've read reviews on Amazon that say, the story was interesting, but I couldn't finish because I couldn't get beyond all the errors. Don't let that be you. Read your work before uploading. Hire someone (heck, I may be able to recommend someone) to fix and format it. Just don't be careless and lose future readers because once they go, chances are they won't be back. 
    • I am having a girls night tomorrow with my daughters and possibly another girlfriend. Truth be told, i am soooo looking forward to it. It is the main reason I made the move to Miami and right now I'm needing a girlie fix. Woo-hoo! Maybe I'll tell you about it (if we don't do anything too crazy) in my Saturday Sabbaticals Blog. Girls Night Out is a perfect sabbatical! Think about it!
    And that's about it. What are you thinking?
  • Thursday Thoughts

    It's time for another Thursday Thoughts. I link up through Ramblings of a Suburban Mom. Feel free to check her out and do the same.

    Here's what I'm thinking about today...

    • Social Media. I'm putting together a proposal for a client, and social media plays a big part of any marketing plan these days. I am regularly on Facebook and Instagram. I go through spurts on Pinterest. i post on Twitter, but almost never go there (I post through Instagram or when I'm filling out forms on other sites). I have signed up for but haven't really delved too deeply into Google+ and LinkdIn. In addition, I have a Goodreads profile. Wow. That's a lot. So when I meet someone who doesn't use any of these, I'm a little surprised. What are you involved in? Where do you find the best forums for your writing world? What can't you live without and what can't you be bothered in? I would really like to know.
    • Life has far too few surprises. I have been wanting to see the movie About TIme. I got a little teaser a few weeks ago, and have since seen several ads. Today I suddenly noticed a ton of details I'd never seen before, and now I feel like I've seen too much to enjoy the movie. Reviews of books too often give away things I would rather discover for myself while reading. We get spoilers for what is coming in our subscription boxes and find out the sex of our babies before they come. It seems like these days the only surprises we have are bad ones. I would like to be genuinely, happily surprised at some point in my life. Seriously.
    • Tagging on to the too few surprises, the same is true for books. I really want to find a plot twist that makes my head explode. In the past year - out of the books I have purchased - this has happened once. Now, I read a lot of books, and may be slightly jaded because of it, but I am forever guessing what is going to happen right before it does. And while this amuses my family greatly at movies, it gets sort of annoying while reading. I am longing for my mind blowing plotlines this year. Is it too early to ask Santa?
    • I'm looking forward to going to the Dolphin Research Center out on Marathon Key this weekend. First, it's going to be great to be with friends. Second, I love the DRC. And third, a new baby dolphin was born this weekend and I'm going to get to see it. It must be my luck because last time I was at DRC, about year and a half ago, they'd just had a baby. (and speaking of surprises, the sex of a dolphin baby is not typically confirmed at the time of birth, sometimes taking weeks.)
    And that's about it. What are you thinking?
  • Five Question Friday

    I have been a long time fan of Inside the Actor's Studio, and my favorite part has always been the questionaire at the end. That is my vision for Five Question Friday. I have come up with a list of five questions, and I will have different guests answer them each week. As a new idea, you might see some tweaking - at least at first - as I try to come up with the right formula. Your input is greatly appreciated.

    Today, my friend, and author, Beth Ciotta has answered my five questions. Beth is extremely talented - and quite prolific these days - as author of The Cupcake Lovers series for St. Martins Press, has published two incredible steampunk novels (Her Sky Cowboy, His Clockwork Canary) and so much more. Visit her webpage to see it all! In addition, Beth is a part of a really exciting Christmas Anthology (The Keepers: Christmas in Salem) with Heather Graham, Kathleen Pickering and Deborah LeBlanc that is out today.

    That being said, here are Beth's responses to DRE&MS Five Friday Questions...

    1. What are you reading? Sizzle by Julie Garwood

    2. What do you do for relaxation? Walk my dogs

    3. What is playing on your iPod? Various movie scores

    4. What is your current guilty pleasure? Caramel popcorn

    5. What do you want to share? Stories that make a positive difference. Right now I'm focused on my Cupcake Lovers novels. A small town contemporary series with a big heart.

    Please check out Beth and all her great work and stop back next week for another Five Question Friday!

  • Thursday Thoughts

    It's time for another Thursday Thoughts. I link up through Ramblings of a Suburban Mom. Feel free to check her out and do the same. Here's what I'm thinking about today.

    • Boston won the World Series last night! It was really exciting and I loved seeing how much this team showed their true bond in every interview. Imagine truly going from worst to first in one year. Red Sox rock! My Dad and brother are probably in their glory. Just found out my brother and his family are going to make the drive from Rochester, NY to Boston for the parade this weekend. I do love the excitement sports can bring us even when we aren't playing the game, but feeling like part of the team none the less. 
    • NaNoWriMo starts tomorrow. I'm half tempted to give it a go myself with an idea that has been stewing for quite a while, but my work load is actually decent right now and I'm not sure I have the time. And if I were serious about doing this, I really should have done a lot more prep work leading up to November 1. Wow! Don't I sound like I'm full of excuses? Maybe I should take some of my own tips and just write. 50,000 words in 30 days comes out to approximately 7 pages (1,667 words) a day. Just write. Leave notes where things need to be researched further or double checked. All that can happen during the edit that happens in December the key is to write the book. Hmmm. I'm going to have to think about this.
    • I need to make a conscious effort to get out and talk to people more. Working alone, it becomes easy to lose track of time, and to suddenly realize that a day or two has gone by with no travelling outdoors other than to walk the dog. And I really think talking to the fur-baby, who doesn't talk back, probably doesn't truly count as conversation. (I have been talking to Siri a lot. How about that? Can I count that?) Add to this the DH working all day and then going to our future home to do the work needed to get us in there as soon as possible, and you can see how easy it has become for me to become a hermit. Of course this might just help me with my first thought...
    • Today is Halloween and I am officially in a place where no one will ring my bell and ask me for candy. Where we lived in Victor, NY no one ever came by because we lived on a busy street with no other houses around us, but there was always the potential for kids, so I always bought candy, "just in case". :) This year, there's no convincing the DH that I should pick up a bag or two of my favorite goodies. Ugh! Guess I'll have to stake out the after Halloween sales instead and work on convincing hime the prices were just too good to pass up. 

    That's it for me. What are you thinking about today?

  • Thursday Thoughts

    • I have been challenged recently on a couple different occaisions about the fact that I haven't been blogging on a regular basis like I was a while back. I can spew excuses with the best of them, but the truth is I have no excuse. And it's especially silly for me to fall away from the practice while preaching to my clients the importance of their social media presence. I came up with a plan on how to get back on track and have made it to day four. Today I'm thinking this is a really good idea as I'm already seeing some results, and enjoying myself at the same time.
    • I grew up in Western New York. People who talk against moving south from there almost always say they don't want to do it because they will miss the seasons. I used to say that. Today I am thinking there are real reasons I changed my mind. Sometimes all the seasons hit at once, and that I don't miss.

    • I wrote my Tip for Today on my Facebook page ( about how writers should start books, and haven't been able to stop thinking about it since. Books needs to start with a Bang! I don't mean that literally, but an opening is everything. Especially in this day and age when people can download a sample for free on Kindle. There are such a plethora of books out there that if you don't grab your readers, someone else will. Write your book, then look at the opening and cut everything that takes place before the action really hits.
    • I'm struggling a little with focus lately. There is so much going on around me and so many things I need to be working on that sometimes I want to grab my pillow, pull the covers up and just watch too much television. So I'm thinking it's time to start practicing what I preach. Time to turn off the internet...and the television...maybe leave my room and head off to a coffee shop, and get some serious work done...right after I finish this blog.

    Well, that's it for me today. What are you thinking about?