Tuesday, July 28, 2015
Is my inner writer going to emerge? That little part of me that thinks I can write a story?
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
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.
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
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.
Tuesday, July 14, 2015
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.
Thursday, July 02, 2015
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.
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? :)
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)