It’s a Mashup!
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 to 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.
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!