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Tuesday, July 28, 2015

One day, one moment, everything changes.

That's a pretty abstract title to this post I know. I'm going to get a little....sappy? Silly?

Is my inner writer going to emerge?  That little part of me that thinks I can write a story?
Maybe.

Here is a story for you.
Ten years ago (July 2005) I was living in Worcester with my roommate Martha. I was single and had taken the past 9 months or so to really concentrate on myself and hang out with my friends.

It had been a really great year. I took a french class, a hockey class, traveled to Chicago and Texas.  Many many more great things happened that year. I also got season tickets to the inaugural season of the Worcester Tornados Baseball team. For any games that I had not attended, I was allowed to turn in my tickets and get free general admission tickets for a particular game.
That game was on July 28th.

I emailed all my friends and tried to get as many people to go and to bring their friends as well (even if I didn't know them).  My plan was to give away as many tickets as I could and spread some good karma.  (I even blogged about it! http://danidoit.blogspot.com/2005/07/take-me-out-to-ballgame.html)

While waiting for people to arrive I even handed out tickets to a few parents with kids waiting in line to buy tickets. I didn't know it at the time, but I was being observed.

A friend of mine had been seeing a guy for a while and I hadn't met him yet. She was bringing him to the game. She introduced me to him and as I shook his hand, my thoughts were this:
"Ah...so this is _____'s Tony. He's kinda cute."

And I didn't think anything more of it.
We didn't end up meeting again for almost two months.

But on that day, ten years ago, I was introduced to my future husband.
And I had no idea.

So what is the moral of this story?  You never know.
And one day. One moment.  Can change everything.

There is actually a lot more coincidences behind how we ultimately came to be together.
But I like this story.  Because I distinctly remember meeting him for the first time.
And on our first wedding anniversary I asked him what he thought when he first met me and he told me a story of going to a baseball game and meeting this really cute girl who was doing something really nice and giving away free baseball tickets.  And I had no idea he had even remembered that.
Can't get the stupid grin off my face whenever I think of this story.

So babe....Happy 10th Anniversary that we've never celebrated before! ;)

Friday, July 24, 2015

Foods I don't like: Twinkies.

Life is short right?

So...why eat foods you don't like?
For some reason I have a few people in my life that want to push me to eat things that I:
1) don't like.
2) have no interest in.
3) or both.

As someone who struggles with weight control and food allergies, I really really really don't like having food pushed on me. My choices are limited as it is and I don't like feeling judged for my food choices.

"Just try it."

"This is healthy, you should eat this."

I really don't understand why they won't just give it up.

I like what I like. I know the foods I like won't make me sick.
I've never had a doctor tell me I need to eat foods that I don't like in order to be healthy.

What someone else eats is their own business. You can MAYBE say "I really like this, have you ever had it before?  Would you like to try it?"

Those are things that are okay to say.
BUT...if you know someone has already said no, then don't push it.
Don't insist.

Back off, let them eat what they want.

My daughter is a "picky" eater.  She's only four, so she might outgrow this.  Or she might not.
But if the doctor says she is healthy and she is growing and thriving...I might just "spoil" her and not push foods on her.  Because I hate it when foods are pushed on me.

And for those that think I just want to eat sugary junk foods?  Well...yeah, of course I do.
But I make healthy choices too.  And once in a while, those junk food choices also taste gross and I won't eat those things either.

For example...yesterday I bought Twinkies.  They had Minions on them!  (okay, I like the Minions!) And I couldn't remember the last time I had a Twinkie.  I was a mean mom.  I didn't want to share.  I waited until after the kids went to bed to open them.  (Also...Zoe was refusing to eat her taco, a food we know she likes, so no dessert.).

I took a bite....and oh...nasty...gross, why is this FOOD?!  It was seriously horrible. I'm not sure if I ever thought these were good.  Why did I try to eat this?  I'll be honest.  I threw away the Twinkie and I spit out what was in my mouth.  It was so gross.

Now hubby had one too and he enjoyed it and didn't know what was wrong with me.
Which proves my point.

Different people like different food. And you shouldn't try to force your food preferences on others.
Back off.  Let them have a peanut butter sandwich instead of that food item you insist they eat.

Wednesday, July 15, 2015

Summer Reading...2015

This years Summer Reading List was going to be "Game of Thrones".
Or the series, A Song of Fire and Ice by George R.R. Martin.

And well....it didn't go well.
Here we are...halfway through July.  And it took me just over one month to read the first book.
I found it to be torture.
I wasn't looking forward to reading.
I had to force myself to finish.

And I haven't touched any reading since then. (about two weeks ago)

And now...I have to admit something.  I picked up another book before I finished "Game of Thrones".
And I FLEW through it. And enjoyed reading it. And stayed up late to finish it.

Now before I admit which book I read, I should give a few theories as to why I didn't enjoy "Game of Thrones".  I think...it was because I already knew what was going to happen.  Since I have been watching the TV series with my husband, I already knew what was coming. So it wasn't like each chapter was a page turner to see what happens next.  I already knew.
And I think it also might be because this isn't my usual genre of books to read.
And maybe...just maybe...because the author's writing style just wasn't what I enjoy. (this is my way of politely saying maybe it wasn't that good.)

And all of that...is ironic. Because the book that I did pick up and enjoy....the author of that book has been ripped apart by social media for being a terrible writer.  But guess what?  I enjoyed her book.

I read GREY by E.L. James.

This was 100% a "guilty pleasure" reading. And I enjoyed it. So...with that in mind.
The rest of my Summer Reading list for 2015....will be all guilty pleasure books!  What is a guilty pleasure book?  For me it's anything non-educational or intellectual. Or anything I'm not about to start raving about reading to strangers. And maybe it's the books that I read over and over again for some reason. It's whatever I read purely for the pleasure of reading.  No one's mind is getting expanded or educated.  Or at least I don't open or start the book expecting to be educated.

I'm going to maybe re-read a few favorites and add in a self-help book too.

And I'm seriously considering reading Holly Madison's Down the Rabbit Hole.

Got any other suggestions for me?  ;)

New list to be posted soon.

Tuesday, July 14, 2015

Winner!

I have a winner for my giveaway....




And the winner is Erin!


Erin, I will be messaging you to provide details for you to collect your book.
Everyone else, thank you so much for the comments on the blog.  I'm going to take them all into consideration....and use them as motivation to write more.

Thank you!

Thursday, July 02, 2015

Interview and Giveaway: Jessica Spotswood

Hey everyone ....I have a giveaway to kick off my summer blogging.  One of my goals this summer (along with reading the Game of Thrones books) is to do a bit more writing this summer.

And if I'm writing...I'm hoping that you are reading.  And to kick off my summer and to get my readers excited to return to my blog....I have a book giveaway and interview with one of my favorite authors! :)  I love the Cahill Witch Chronicles.  I enjoyed them so much...I'm debating putting down Game of Thrones and rereading this series again.  Because I enjoyed it.  And I'm not enjoying Game of Thrones so much. It feels like a chore to read.  And reading shouldn't be a chore.  It should be fun!

Lucky for us...Jessica agreed to another interview with me and will be giving away one of her books.
Read below to find out more...and find out which books she is looking forward to reading!

1. How does it feel to have a published trilogy?  Ready to retire or give me more?

I love the Cahill sisters, and these books - my first trilogy! - will always be so special to me. Ending the series was bittersweet, because I'm very proud of the books and was so excited to share the last book with readers, but it was hard to say goodbye to characters who've lived in my head for the last four years. Now I'm branching out and ready to try new things! 

2. Do you think you will ever visit the Cahill Sisters world again?
I don't think there will be any other full-length books, but I'd love to write a short story or two. I have an idea for a free short story from one of Cate's sister's point of view that would take place after Sisters' Fate, to give readers a little more closure. I'm hoping to find time later this year - maybe as a holiday gift to readers?
3. What are your next projects and when can we expect another book?
I just finished editing an anthology, PETTICOATS & PISTOLS, which will be out next April! It's historical YA - fifteen short stories about American girls throughout history, from pirates to protestors and belles to bank robbers. I got to write a short story for it (my first ever!) and my authors are amazing: J. Anderson Coats, Andrea Cremer, Y.S. Lee, Katherine Longshore, Marie Lu, Kekla Magoon, Marissa Meyer, Saundra Mitchell, Beth Revis, Caroline Richmond, Lindsay Smith, Robin Talley, Leslye Walton, and Elizabeth Wein...
And I just finished writing my first contemporary YA, WILD SWANS, which will also be out next April! It's about a girl dealing with her mother - who abandoned her when she was two - coming back home with the two half-sisters she's never met. There's also a tattooed poet love interest.
I can't wait to share more about both projects - including covers! - soon.
4. What book are you looking forward to reading the most this summer? (last time you answered this question for me I found a great new series, it was Isla and the Happily Ever After. Anna is one of my all time favorite books!)
Ooh, I love Steph Perkins' books! She's amazing. I don't know if I can choose just one book but some on my to-be-read stack that are already out are: THE DEVIL YOU KNOW by Trish Doller, MORE HAPPY THAN NOT by Adam Silvera, TINY PRETTY THINGS by Dhonielle Clayton and Sona Charaipotra, and DAUGHTER OF DEEP SILENCE by Carrie Ryan. Plus I've got ARCs of Kim Liggett's BLOOD & SALT, April Tucholke's SLASHER GIRLS & MONSTER BOYS, Marieke Nijkamp's THIS IS WHERE IT ENDS, and Shaun Hutchinson's VIOLENT ENDS that I am dying to dive into! I'm all about darker contemp lately. 
5. What is your favorite beverage and/or snack while you are writing?
Tea. Spring/summer = currant or mint iced tea. Fall/winter = Earl Grey.

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Looks like I have a bunch of new books to look into (thank you for the recommendations Jessica!) and a short story told from another sister's point of view for Cahill Witch Chronicles?  YES PLEASE! 
Pretty please?  :) 

Ready to enter to win your choice of either Star Cursed or Sister's Fate?

Leave a comment below and let me know how you follow my blog (email updates, subscription...only when I tell you about a new post, etc) and let me know your favorite topic that I write about.  Or used to write about.  I should update more often.....I'll pick a winner on Friday July 10th!

(fine print...US only, choice of Star Cursed OR Sister's Fate, one book only)

Jessica Spotswood is the author of the Cahill Witch Chronicles and a few other works, check out her website here:  http://www.jessicaspotswood.com/