Lisa Ricard Claro – Author

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It’s a Mashup!

Posted on Sep 30, 2015 by Lisa Ricard Claro   12 Comments | Posted in The Naked Truth

Today’s Naked Truth is a bit of a smorgasbord. I usually write Wednesday’s post on Tuesday evening, but as I sat on the sofa with the hubster watching Castle last night, I still hadn’t decided what to write about. It occurred to me that as it’s my blog, I’m not limited to only one topic, so I kept my butt planted and finished off a bag of chili-cheese Frito’s. Not a big bag. One of those little lunchbox jobs that wouldn’t fill up the stomach of a flea, but which has enough calories to re-inflate the Hindenburg. I won’t feel guilty till the next time I weigh myself. Fortunately, like the blog topic, I control that, too. No weighing for me anytime soon.

First off, a huge  6ae7b-thanks_graphics_01to those of you who have read Love Built to Last and put a review on Amazon. I appreciate the time and effort you took, not only to read the book, but to write the review and post it. Those reviews are super important! If you’ve read the book, but haven’t reviewed it on Amazon, woudja? Pretty please? I’m not asking for accolades, just honest reviews.

And second, since I’m talking about the reviews, I just have to share that I’m blown away and humbled by some of the things y’all have said about my novel—some reviews are from people I know, and some are from total strangers. I realize that sooner or later someone will post a bad review, but so far it’s been a four & five star ride. I’m grateful and, quite honestly, relieved. There’s a lot of nail biting associated with the release of a novel. Until now, I had no idea. I’m no longer nail biting on Love Built to Last. Nail biting for book #2, Love to Believe, soon to commence (my publisher anticipates a December or January release—no firm date yet).

Third, since I just mentioned it in the opening paragraph: Castle. For those of you who are also addicts, what do you think of this season’s story line? It gets a thumbs down from me. I’ll watch, because I love the characters, but…anyone else think Kate needs a whack upside the head?

Fourth thing, I am So. Flippin’. Gray. Ha! I lopped off all my hair—we’re talking pixie, here, Buttercup—and I haven’t colored the roots since July. Gak! Looking in the mirror every morning is a bit of a surprise these days.  The side I part on is salt & pepper (mostly pepper), so you can’t see the other side, which is Cruella de Vil silver/white, and I’m thinking that will look pretty cool once it’s all grown out, at which point I will definitely part my hair on the side with the white streak. My youngest asked me, “Why do you want to look old?”  Answer is: What difference does it make? I’m kind of curious to see what I really look like at (soon to be) 55. Besides, the hubster said, “Go for it. I think you’ll rock the gray, babe.” Love that guy. And, man, I hope he’s right. If he’s not, L’Oreal Golden Brown is only a 40 minute dye job away, but I’m gonna try and hang tough. I may chronicle the whole thing here with monthly pictures, in the interests of sharing the Naked Truth.

Fifth, I came across a couple of writerly type things that I want to share with my fellow wordsmithers. One is this link to a few writing tips by Jeff Goins. You may not agree with everything, but he makes some good points. The second is this link to the blog of agent Janet Reid and, if you don’t follow her, I urge you to do so. She answers writers’ questions from an agent’s perspective, and her answers aren’t always in agreement with what we writers are told by other writers. Janet’s argument is, “If you want to know what agents want, ask an agent, not a writer.” This particular link is about writers and the “need” for a social media platform. We’ve all been told that no agent/publisher will even look at us if we’re not active on social media. Read what Janet has to say about that. You may be surprised.

Sixth and last, Sioux Roslawski and Cathy C. Hall, human moms to Radar and Libby, respectively—why didn’t you remind me of the mayhem a puppy causes before I allowed Ruby the Troublemaker into my home? She annoys the cats and older dogs, puts her big paws on the kitchen counter, jumps on the furniture and becomes a limp rag doll when it’s time to drag her off, eats plants, rocks, sticks and, yeah, pretty much everything, shreds toilet paper, steals shoes, shirts, and underwear, chews on her leash, and generally wreaks havoc all the time. I had forgotten that puppies leave disasters in their wake. Yeah, okay…and smiles too. Her antics make us laugh, but she’s really turned the place upside down.

Ruby Sept 2015

That’s the Naked Truth, y’all. I’d like your take on any and all of it. Been fighting off a nasty cold/flu this week, so I’m looking forward to your comments. They won’t clear my nose or still my cough, but I know they’ll cheer me up. 🙂

See you Friday for Observations from the Tub!


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12 Responses to "It’s a Mashup!"

  1. Comment by Cathy C. Hall
    September 30, 2015 at 11:05 am  

    I can’t wait to see the new ‘do, Lisa! And as for the puppy, come on, girl. You wouldn’t have listened now, wouldja? 🙂

    • Comment by Lisa Ricard Claro
      September 30, 2015 at 11:51 am  

      Prob’ly not. *sigh*

  2. Comment by Rob
    September 30, 2015 at 11:40 am  

    I was glad to read Janet’s article. I had suspected as much. AHHH! The freedom.

    • Comment by Lisa Ricard Claro
      September 30, 2015 at 11:52 am  

      Yes! That was my thought, too, Rob!

  3. Comment by MerCyn
    September 30, 2015 at 2:04 pm  

    Also a Castle fan, but spent past week babysitting grandkids, missed latest. Looking forward to watching and caching up…I give you a lot of credit for going natural with your hair.

    • Comment by Lisa Ricard Claro
      September 30, 2015 at 3:23 pm  

      Hi MerCyn – Come back after you watch the last episode of Castle and let me know if you agree with me or not. Also, on the hair, don’t give me too much credit. I’m only a couple months in and the skunk stripe isn’t too bad yet. lol I may yet chicken out!

  4. Comment by ButtonsMom2003
    September 30, 2015 at 4:40 pm  

    I love the “mashup” on your blog today. 🙂
    1. Love Built to Last is great and I can’t believe it’s still on sale for only $0.99; what a steal!
    2. You shouldn’t be blown away but I guess I can understand your nervousness. I’m happy that so many people are enjoying the book.
    3. Don’t watch any TV anymore. We pretty much only use the TV to watch the occasional movie.
    4. I’m ready for a picture of your new-do. 🙂 I have never colored my hair but being blonde, albeit dark blonde, does have a bit of advantage. My gray hair doesn’t show up too much. It all seems to be in the underneath layer and mostly at the back. When I finally decide to cut my long hair I will probably be shocked as I’m sure the gray will all pop out then. I’m actually envious of women with nice silvery gray or white hair. What gray I can see on my head is just plain dull!
    5. I’m not and never plan to be a writer but I find articles about writing, and the business of writing, fascinating. I plan to check out the links you’ve shared.
    6. Puppies! Our dog before Buttons was 16 when we lost her. We also got a bit of puppy shock when we adopted him. He was about a year old, though, so we did miss the needle-sharp baby teeth and we were lucky that he was partially housebroken. Buttons doesn’t chew up many things but we learned pretty quickly to be very careful with socks and undies! lol

    • Comment by Lisa Ricard Claro
      October 1, 2015 at 6:43 am  

      Glad you liked the mashup. Sometimes I’m just chatty. lol Ah, the 99-cents. That was supposed to have ended already. I think my publisher forgot to pull the plug on that discount. That’s okay with me. 🙂 As to a pic of the short cut and growing skunk stripe, I have to corral my daughter. I’m seriously un-photogenic, but she consistently takes photos of me that don’t suck too much, so it’s her job to make me presentable. Since I’m thinking of chronicling my Go Gray transition, you’ll likely see a photo sometime soon. And, Buttons—! He’s so cute, I imagine he gets away with almost anything, kinda like Ruby. 🙂

  5. Comment by Sioux
    September 30, 2015 at 5:46 pm  

    Castle? I’ve been vegging out with other shows this week, so I guess I need to catch up. (The Voice, for one.)

    Hair… Did your mom used to “frost” her hair (making it more gray and silver)? Mine did. Now I try to keep that gray-as-rat-fur hair at bay. Amazingly, it pops up within a week after I dye it. Now what’s with that?

    Ruby is a doll. Those two half-cocked ears… I know she does nothing wrong. It’s probably your cat that’s doing something and framing Ruby. In my opinion, a puppy is a reminder about what’s important. Take time off from writing to gallop around with a dead squirrel in your mouth. (Or, drink a margarita.) Run in crazy circles and chase your tail. (Or, do something that’s crazy fun with a daughter or daughter-in-law.) Puppies can be sooo aggravating, but there’s nothing greater than them, either.

  6. Comment by Kristin
    September 30, 2015 at 11:14 pm  

    You have a soft spot for animals, Mama Claro!! As long as the puppy doesn’t eat the couches, you are good!

    • Comment by Lisa Ricard Claro
      October 1, 2015 at 6:49 am  

      She would if she could, NY daughter! Since we live by the axiom “A puppy alone is a puppy in trouble,” Ruby is always under someone’s watchful eye, so she never has the chance to eat the couches. At this point, if she destroys something, it’s our fault, not hers. She’s trouble, but she’s sweet trouble. 🙂

  7. Comment by Sioux
    October 1, 2015 at 8:02 pm  

    Okay, this my second comment. I THOUGHT I left one yesterday but now I’m trying again.

    Castle? I didn’t watch it this season yet. I guess I need to catch up?

    Your hair… I think you need to take super close-ups of the “problem areas” and post them. We could all comment and debate about what you should do. (Just kidding.) Women with dark hair have it so good. When that gray/silver/white pops up, it looks so dramatic. On the other hand, my gray looks like the fur on a rat’s a**.

    Puppies… They can be the most aggravating and they can also be the most wonderful. The mud. The dead squirrels that have to be wrestled away. The crazy fun they fall into. Cathy’s right. You wouldn’t have listened anyway.

    As for Ruby, I think she’s innocent. I bet it’s your cat that’s framing that sweet, sweet Ruby. (Those half-cocked ears are too cute.)

    Feel better. You have a NEW series of books to write, right? 😉

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