Wednesday, August 15, 2007

Best Beach Read -- Part Four

Well, I'm still trying. Yesterday, my daughter and I were going to spend a day at the beach. All her (four) part time summer jobs are over, and in a week or so she's going back to college. Yesterday was going to be our big day for mother-daughter bonding amid sand and sun.

Guess what? Yesterday, she became quite ill and instead of going to the beach with her, I took her to the doctor. Today, her symptoms worsened, and at her doctor's advice I took her to the emergency room. After getting an IV and some meds there, she's well on the mend. But, still, no beach! Today, I spent the day at home nursing her and trying to bring her fever down until I finally called the doctor.

The best laid plans...and the awesome responsibility of being a mom, even of a college age daughter. But I wouldn't have it any other way.

I'll keep trying. That's all for now.

xo, ciao,

Rita

Friday, August 10, 2007

Best Beach Read -- Part Three

Just driving by to say "hi." Somehow, life has become very busy. Unbelievably, I still haven't managed to take that beach day I said I was going to take.

On the day I planned to go to the beach, my dear daughter came down with a nasty summer cold and stayed home from her summer job (after not missing even a second of her FOUR part-time summer jobs). Naturally, I decided to stay home that day and make her some chicken soup. She's doing great again, and I'm glad she got the rest she needed. She's such a go-getter, and I'm really impressed -- however, she's so busy I worry she doesn't get enough down time. Yeah, she's in college and I still worry. That's the role of a mom, I've learned over time.

A week or so ago, I received a letter from someone from my long ago past, one of my Peace Corps Bolivia buddies. I'd lost contact with everyone except one Peace Corps friend who had also lost contact with the rest, and the organizing buddies tracked me down through the alumni association of my college. It seems Peace Corps Bolivia is having a huge reunion next weekend at Estes Rocky Mountain Park in Colorado, and they wanted to invite everyone they could track down. So, I've spent a chunk of time making reservations for my dear husband and me to attend.

Added to that is the wonderful on-line class I'm taking, taught by the best-selling author, Susan Wiggs. I love her books, and consider this chance to learn from her as a tremendous opportunity.

I won't mention the other stuff that's keeping me busy -- but when, oh when, will I get to the beach?

Hope you're having better luck at sunning yourself on the shores of an ocean, lake, or stream than I am, preferably with a cold drink and a great book.

Well, that's all on this end.

xo, ciao,

Rita

Wednesday, August 01, 2007

Best Beach Read -- Part Two

Everyone's back from Dallas now, and all my writer friends are busily getting their partials and full manuscripts ready to submit to the agents and editors who requested them.

As for me, I'll be submitting my manuscript to Mills and Boon, which means I'll have to make significant cuts to change it from a single title novel to a category romance. It's a challenge which I'm up to, and definitely looking forward to. I'm also working diligently with my web site designer to launch the wonderful new website, FictionOverForty.com. Stay tuned for that -- we hope to have the site up and running by the end of the summer.

My writing has dominated my life for the past three years, and happily so, but lately (cliché alert) the chickens have been coming home to roost. Learning craft while writing and revising two novels has been very time consuming (and wonderful), but because of my commitment to my writing, I've let clutter build up in my house. I can't stand it any more.

While it's true the Board of Health won't be coming after me any time soon, I do like a neat and organized dwelling. Therefore, for the rest of the summer, I'm going to slow down on my work of writing, and speed up on the work of my house. Today I spent almost the whole day decluttering and reorganizing my writing space (a lovely addition we recently built onto the laundry room behind the kitchen). I have about two more days to go before this task is finished to my satisfaction, but I've decided I need a break! Call it the pause that refreshes...

So, it's to the beach tomorrow. A few weeks ago, I'd hoped to take a beach day to read my own book, but never managed to do that. So, tomorrow...I'm going to the beach, but since I've decided to take some down time and write less for the rest of the summer, I'm going to reach someone else's book. Jody Picoult's Picture Perfect. I'm about sixty pages into this novel, and I love it. Jody is a fabulous writer.

I hope you're having a good summer -- rest, relaxation, and READING, be it on the sand by the ocean, on the grassy bank of a river or gurgling stream, or on the shores of a lake, on a lounge chair by a pool, or in a hammock or other reclining device in your own back yard.

xo, ciao,

Rita