Thursday, February 15, 2024

Hello, mid-February...

 January really took it out of me - I had a hard time bouncing back from back-to-back trips.  It took several days, including one where I pretty much slept away the morning.  I'm feeling more normal now and trying to see what needs to be done in the upcoming days (one thing on the list is - ugh - taxes).

Right now I am also a part of two Kickstarters.  One is year two of Thrill Ride, a thriller magazine I had stories in last year and have one included in 2024. The other, called HERitage, is an alternate history anthology of how things might have improved for women if history had changed.  My contribution concerns Princess Diana - what if she and Charles remained married, and she became Queen of England?

You can get the details of both Kickstarters in my newsletter.  Not signed up?  Look on the left side of this webpage for instructions.  I promise not to spam you or sell your information.  

I hope February has been good to you.  Talk to you again in March.

Monday, January 22, 2024

January has been insane...

 ...on so may levels.

First, my husband Don went out of town for a few days.  He arrived home the day before I was scheduled to fly out to Las Vegas for a writing workshop.  We spent less than 24 hours together before he dropped me off at the Orlando airport for a late flight.

The workshop was fabulous, as I knew it would be.  It was a great opportunity to connect with other writers and learn about writing science fiction mystery stories.  I read a lot and wrote a lot and also walked a lot (the hotel complex was HUGE).

On Friday, I flew back to Orlando, where Don met me later that day.  No, I didn't return to Sebring.  After spending the night in a hotel, I went BACK to the airport to catch a flight to South Carolina, where my mazing daughter-in-law was recovering from rotator cuff surgery.  I am currently at her home, helping out where I can for a few days before finally flying home on Thursday.

So there's been a lot of travel and doing stuff and not as much sleep   But it's all good.  I'm still writing every day to keep up my streak and watching what I eat to keep down my weight.  

All in all, I'm looking forward to no travel for a few weeks.

So how are things with you?

Tuesday, December 19, 2023

Preparing for the Holidays

 As I type this,  there are six days until Christmas.  Am I ready?  Cue hysterical laughter here.

I did manage to get Christmas cards out yesterday, which is too late to arrive on time, but my family is accustomed to my being fashionably late for the holidays.

I'm trying not to stress out about it.  I'm dealing with some deadlines that are coming up, and I'm trying not to stress out about that either.  

My goal for the rest of the year is to get as much writing and reading done as possible.  I'm 22,000 words away from hitting 200,000 words for the year.  Can I write 22k words between now and January 1st?  I'm about to find out.

Hoping you aren't stressing out this holiday season.  And that if you have goals for the end of the year, you meet them.

Thursday, December 7, 2023

A Quick Update

 I meant to post here last week, but I've been dealing with some minor health issues that have made it harder to get things done.  I'm hoping for a resolution soon.

I also want to take this opportunity to let you know that I will be on the "D&D Live" radio show tomorrow (12/8) at 8:30 am (EST).  If you live in Highlands county, you can listen on am 730 am or 95.3 fm.  If you don't live there, you can still listen online at https://www.newstalk730am.com/.  I'll be talking about the latest column collection and whatever else comes to mind.  

Hope December is treating you well and you are finishing out the year strong.  I'll talk to you again soon.

Thursday, November 23, 2023

Happy Thanksgiving!

 Just a short note to wish all my readers a most wonderful Thanksgiving.  If you don't celebrate, I hope you have a great Thursday.

I am thankful to you for your reading and support.  I'm having a delightful time at my oldest son's house with his family, our youngest son, and my daughter-in-law's younger brother.  I hope you are having a great time with people you love today.

Friday, November 17, 2023

It's alive!

 I'm delighted to tell you that "Laura's Look One Hundred" is LIVE on the ebook side.  The print book will be out on November 20th.  You can check out the book on Amazon here.


The columns range from funny to serious, news of the day to news of the weird.  With one hundred columns to choose from, you're sure to find one that speaks to you.

Friday, November 3, 2023

Life Roll

 I am late with this update, but there is a reason.

I suffer from several mental issues, including anxiety, depression, and ADHD.  I take medication to help me deal with life in spite of my wacky brain chemistry.  Most of the time, they work.  Occasionally, they seem to take a vacation.

But they can't help me if I forget to take them.

I somehow skipped my meds on Wednesday.  I didn't realize it until Thursday, when I looked at my pillbox and saw Wednesday's meds glaring at me.  But it explained a lot.

The past two or three days taught me I really do need these pills, as much as I don't like admitting it.  I managed to keep up my writing streak by sheer determination.  I wound up taking Thursday morning off from everything, despite the fact I had a lot to do.  I am still behind in some stuff.

I'm starting to feel better.  I think.  I'm hoping tomorrow will find me more on an even keel.  We'll see.

But the news around here isn't all bad.  My short story "Black Deeds on a Black Friday" starts off a lovely anthology for the holidays called Crooked Little Christmas.  Here's a picture of the cover bvelow:


You can check it out on Amazon here.


Also, Laura's Look One Hundred, my latest column collection, is available as an ebook on Amazon (other markets to come):


That's it for now.  Hope November is good to you.