Road Trip

My family and I took off to our place in Glasgow, MT last Wednesday. This is a 12 hour drive, mind you. Tucked into a land rolling farm fields surrounding a huge, gorgeous lake, I relax and regroup in the tranquil environment.


This trip, my husband, daughter and son discovered that the wonderland of deer hunting had sold out of the tags/permits they wanted to purchase to make their hunting vacation dreams come true.

We discovered the converter box necessary for analog television conversion since digital has filled our lives, didn’t do squat for our reception. Annoying snow graced our screen until the faithful DVDs were popped into the player for entertainment.

As usual, no Internet connection.

Did I mention my kids are teenagers? 19 and 17? Bored teenagers are NOT a pretty sight. A bored husband either.

So, what should have been a relaxing retreat into the northern climes of Montana instead turned into a clash of wills and escalating tempers.

We packed up and drove 12 hours back to Longmont on Sunday.

It’s taken me 2 days to get over the road-lag.

I still love the Glasgow area. The people are great and fields filled with cattle postcard perfect.

Next time, we’ll go up in July or August when we can boat on the lake…

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Don’t miss the great line-up in Seekerville:

Monday: Love Inspired Historical author, Janet Dean is your hostess.

Tuesday: Revell author, Dan Walsh, The Unfinished Gift, will be here.

Wednesday: Judy Gann, author and speaker appears in Seekerville.

Thursday: 9 to 5 with Steeple Hill Senior Editor, Tina James.

Friday: NCIS aficionado, Lisa Jordan is our special guest.
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Next week in Seekerville

The Seekerville Weekend Edition is posted with information brought you with help from the Cavemen of Geico!! Give the boys (and Tina Russo) a big hand!

Welcome the week in Seekerville:

Monday: Seeker and multi-GH finalist, Pam Hillman is your host today in Seekerville.

Tuesday: Seeker, Sandra Leesmith with Do You Believe You Are An Author?

Wednesday: Love Inspired author, Glynna Kaye is your host and she’s giving away a copy of her debut novel, Dreaming of Home.

Thursday:Walt Mussell holds down the blogosphere today and he’s giving away a book! Join him for, Of Course God Laughed. I Told Him My Plan.

Friday: 2009 Genesis Winner, Christy LaShea, is here with Last Try Draft.
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Ready Set Go

All set to spend the weekend locked in my room with the computer as my best friend. : )
Time for specific revisions to my manuscript Rough and Ready. I’m ready to dive in. I’ve spent this evening sorting through different scenarios and I think I might have something that will give punch to the beginning of the book and tie up ends at the end.
Gotta lose a beloved secondary character, but hey, thems the breaks : )
Now, let’s see if we can’t whip this book into shape before my alarm rings Monday morning sending me back to the real world : )

All prayers are appreciated!
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Weekend movies

You know what I did this weekend?

I watched movies. Not many movies. One movie.


and over…

and over, again!

I watched it until I absorbed every nuance of the hero and heroine. I can recite entire passages and sing complete songs. I remember clothing, drinks and scenery.

THAT’s how I begin writing a book, by studying the movies.

What did I learn? I now have a basis, a starting point for my hero. The hero in this movie is not someone I’d ever feature in my books, but I loved his mannerisms, his facial expressions, his movements — everything that made that made the heroine fall for him.

I want my heroine to fall for my hero, just like that.

I think watching movies is a great way to learn a character. You study them and get a feel for how they would react to situations. Let’s face it. We can come up with great story lines, great settings, great GMC, but if we don’t understand how a character ticks, we’ll mess up the reactions and ruin the whole thing.

Why do you think certain movies just stick in our heads? It’s because we identify with it in some miniscule way. For me, watching this romantic movie time on end over our snowy weekend provided the right understanding for a character in need of embodying the proper compassion.

BTW, I wasn’t at total sloth. While watching the movie, I did manage to prepare meals, fold laundry, and straighten out my office. My family will keep me.

Amazing how we can multi task when the incentative is right : )


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BIAW – Day Five

Okay, so here it is, Friday!! My brain is fried, but I did finish the program layout for our awards night coming up in a week.

I celebrated the weekend by watching a movie tonight — The Wedding Date. Loved it! Can’t believe I missed it a few years ago in the theater. Oh wait, if it came out the same year as Pride and Prejudice, well, nuf said. I think I spent the entire year watching both the Focus and the A&E versions. Both had their good points and bad, let’s just say I enjoyed being able to switch from one to the other and watch the good parts over and over again : )

Okay, after watching my movie, I was in the mood to write to romance!

Word count for Friday: 2749

Please remember I’m rewriting a book, so some parts are cut and paste and lots of parts are new.

Okay, one more day.

Let’s go. Let’s go. Let’s go!!!

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BIAW – Day Four

Work is definitely driving me to drink — sugar free root beer!

Okay, I still produced words for BIAW:

Thursday’s word count : 1102

Just two more days…

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BIAW – Day Three

Seekerville BIAW continues!! If you haven’t made it over to the blog, run! Don’t walk! Lots of encouragement and suggestions on writing well and writing fast offered!!

Word count for Wednesday: 3064

Today was rather harried at work. We have an achievement dinner coming up next week and I’m in the thick of preparations for it. No pressure, just too many things to do and not enough time to do them all in : )

And today I also took my uncle to have a cataract removed. Trying to keep the dosages of his eye drops straight was an event in itself : ) The surgery went well and Uncle Ed is resting tonight. Tomorrow we go back to the doctor for post op advice.

But, on the bright side, our dog was taken off of house arrest today so we went on a long walk when I got home. Fall is definitely in the air! The walk did both of us a lot of good. I came home with a cleared mind and worked on BIAW. The story is coming along fine.

I like my characters : )

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BIAW – Day Two

Spent some time during lunch today trying to work out a scene I needed to rewrite. I think I made it work.

My work count for Tuesday: 3589

Like I said, I’m rewriting, so not all those words are new, but expertly massaged : ) It’s fun tweaking and taking old friends on a different journey. Since I know these characters so well, it’s almost like they’re being given a different book. I think I like it : )

Onward to tomorrow!

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BIAW – Day One

The Seekerville BIAW is underway!

Since I’m working on a rewrite, I’m finding it’s a bit harder to formulate my ideas because the original version is smack in my face. I’m using the original story as a guideline sort of, except with more people, different scenes and different character attitudes.

Hmm. Sounds like a new book to me : )

My word count for Monday: 1632


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