Wednesday, September 15, 2021

GRL here I come...

The countdown has begun. Now that my Labor Day road trip has come and gone, it's time to ramp up preparations for my trip to St. Louis...not only for being there, but for not being at home or at work.

Last GRL in Albuquerque in 2019...

For home it's a matter of getting aaaaall the laundry done so DH has enough underthings to get through two weeks without necessarily having to do laundry and laying in enough groceries in advance. I usually shop on Sunday mornings, but I'll be out of town for one, and I'd rather avoid a major trip to the store at any other time and any other day. Might need to pop in for some fresh veggies, but that would be it. Thanks to my mother-in-law, I now have a second fridge to store extra perishables in. :0)

For work, it's a matter of making sure all the bills are paid in advanced or scheduled to be paid, as well as making sure the employees are prepared for my absence. Sure I can take care of stuff while I'm gone if something crops up, but getting things taken care of in advance is preferable. I won't be on vacation per se, but I won't be in regular work mode either.

As for the conference itself, it's checking last years' lists for notes about what worked and what didn't; what might be good things to have handy during various events (scissors!), and what are must haves. Then it's packing up what's needed for those events: SWAG and cover images and orange mints and Sharpies among others.

This year was going to be different in that I was supposed to participate in a panel discussion. Unfortunately, two of the four authors had to withdraw and us remaining two got relegated to author Q&As. I'm really disappointed about that... I don't know anyone in the group I've been assigned to, so I should go check out some of their books, read their bios on their websites or on Amazon and pray I don't make a fool of myself. This kind of un-prepped interaction is not my strong suit, but it is what it is and I'll make it through I suppose...

Hope you're having a great week...

Monday, September 13, 2021

A moment to remember...

Wednesday, September 8, 2021

Home to see the fam...

As I usually do over Labor Day weekend, I went home to see my family.

We had another new baby, my great nephew Mayson, who is now 4 1/2, 5 months old. And sweet as sweet could be.

Last year, the new baby was Mayson's big sister Christine. She's grown into a funny independent toddler. Thankfully, she hasn't quite hit the terrible twos. But she's busy.

Here she is from last year... :0)

It can be a little chaotic with all the people in a small house, but it's good to be with them for a few days.

Hope your long weekend was relaxing and peaceful. Take care and see you next week.

Monday, August 30, 2021

Looking Ahead to 2022...

But Jen, it's not even September...


No, it's not, but the end of the year will be here before we know it, and my brain has been conjuring up things I want to accomplish. One of my laments this year is lost momentum and the things I meant to do but didn't...

 Hence the looking ahead.

Now that I know where next years' GRL conference is going to be--Portsmouth, Virginia again, a place I've already been--I can officially say I'm not attending. Had they gone to New Orleans, I would have to think long and hard. I loved the French Quarter and definitely want to go back again. If I can do it as a tax write-off, so much the better!

But it's not and I don't have to worry about it for another year.

The only events I'll consider for next year will be local. A local library, for instance, has a "Night of Romance" close to Valentine's Day and I've already committed to that for 2022. There's nothing else I usually do, but some friends and fellow authors attend other events that I'd like to get my foot into the door at. But I'll have to wait and see when and where and what they are.

What I am going to do is hunker down...

Instead of the conference expense, I'm thinking of investing some of that money in advertising and one or two super in-depth writers classes. A friend has raved about a certain instructor and his classes. His philosophy on publishing is one I bought into early on and perhaps a class or two will help me get to the next writing level.

That level being...reliably getting three books written and published every year.

I've yet to get three books written and published in a single year except for the very first year, but those were all lined up and ready to go for that purpose. 

It might take a year or two or three, but I'll get there.

Hope you had a super weekend. Here's to a great week!

Monday, August 16, 2021

Let's Talk Cereal!

If you've been a follower for long enough, you probably know that I LOVE cereal. I have since I was a kid. Cereal was a staple breakfast in our growing up and it was for my kids too. I don't eat it much these days because it's full of carbohydrates and sugars and I'm trying to head into my golden age a little healthier.

And I've lamented several times (or more often) how many UNNECESSARY cereal varieties there are in the grocery stores. At my local WalMart, cereal takes up the length of one full aisle on one side and about a third of the facing side.


Do we really need that many options??

What I did find a couple of weeks ago was this:

How excited do you think I was?? Yes, very!!

Unfortunately, the reality did not live up to the expectations. Maybe in a few years, when the science of things has progressed a little. But, then again, maybe it never will...

Now this cereal...

...which is not/was not available in my local area (because the player doesn't play for my hockey team) I would love to get my hands on. Not necessarily for the cereal itself, but for the novelty of it. I'd eat the cereal and save the box... Yes, I am a fan of Nathan MacKinnon's. He currently plays for the Colorado Avalanche.

In the mean time, I'll stick with good ol' Cheerios.

Have you a favorite? Please share in the comments.

Take care and have a great week.