Thursday, November 1, 2012

The Journey Home

In 2009, Steve and I first toyed with the idea of buying a house. At the time, Greenwood seemed like the right place for us. We spent a day with a realtor looking at all that Greenwood had to offer in our price range - one that topped out relatively low. We didn't find the right place for us. I'm glad because, today, I wouldn't want to be trying to sell a small home in the Greenwood area. Although prices were low back then, our home wouldn't have had the things that we need to grow a family.

In early 2011, we looked into building. It seemed like such a fun process! We found an adorable neighborhood in Noblesville. At the last minute, when all the papers were almost signed, I changed my mind (much to Steve's disappointment). It didn't feel right and now, we see that it wasn't. The neighborhood was too far north for our current downtown jobs. That hour or more commute would have given us no time at home to enjoy the beautiful house we would have painstakingly designed.

In early 2012, we looked again. There were many houses we liked but nothing was THE ONE. We gave up our search and signed our lease for another six months.

When I got my new job in August, it became clear that we'd be in Indianapolis for a while. We decided this would be where we raise our family and grow our careers. So, the time was finally right to settle down into a good home. And finally, the search was on. This time for real with no trepidation about buying.

We looked at 10 houses, then five more, then five more and a couple of the ones we'd already looked at...
Our realtor no doubt wanted to fire us.

Then, one day, I was browsing through houses on the mini-website our realtor had set up when I found our future home. I saved it to our possibilities with a note that said, "I wouldn't be surprised if this was the one." And, I wasn't. We looked at it the next evening. I knew it would be our home when I heard Steve happily whistling upstairs as he walked around imagining all the things we could do to make it our own.

We thought we'd look at it one more time before making an offer, but after looking at pictures again and again, we couldn't wait. We made an offer and anxiously awaited a reply. Then, we made counter offer after counter offer and waited for replies. A little over a week later, we signed an offer and began the rest of the process.

We closed on October 17 and have loved our first two weeks of homeownership. We've already fixed up our living room and kitchen, bought rugs for the beautiful hardwood floors and introduced the dogs to their big backyard, the neighbors' chocolate lab and our new neighborhood. The past two weekends, our home has been filled with family as everyone pitches in to support us.

It took three years to get here, but it was worth the wait. We've finally gotten home.

Tuesday, September 25, 2012

Boo!

For NaNoWriMo this year, I've decided to write what horror writers should write best: a ghost story. I'm starting out by doing a little research on ghosts. I did some during my lunch break yesterday & am embarrassed to report that I was too scared to use the stairwell for the rest of the day. Old building. Eek!

I read a lot of really cool stuff. I'm intrigued by the stories of "white lady" ghosts. It seems like most cultures/areas have a version of this ghost, usually a woman in white who has tragically lost a husband or a fiance. Also, I was terrified to learn of some ghost stories from Read Hall at Indiana University.

A recap of one bone-chilling tale from IU:
A woman with long black hair and a bloody night gown is said to haunt Read Hall at Indiana University. Legend has it that her medical student boyfriend killed her with a scalpel and hid her body in one of the abandoned tunnels under the building. When questioned by the police, his guilt overcame him and he took them to the body. The woman’s ghost has been seen in several areas of Read Hall.

To think I studied in that creepy basement!

I am hopelessly afraid of ghosts. Yes, I firmly believe I've seen one (a story for another time). So, this November will be rather frightening for me, but it should make for a great story. Here's to entering into the spooky!

Monday, September 24, 2012

Review: Sharp Objects

A friend bought me Sharp Objects for Christmas. She knows me well! I absolutely loved the book and read it quickly - a rarity for me, a hopelessly slow reader. I chose the book for our next book club meeting and can't wait to get feedback from all of the girls.

A short description from Amazon:
Words are like a road map to reporter Camille Preaker’s troubled past. Fresh from a brief stay at a psych hospital, Camille’s first assignment from the second-rate daily paper where she works brings her reluctantly back to her hometown to cover the murders of two preteen girls.

Since she left town eight years ago, Camille has hardly spoken to her neurotic, hypochondriac mother or to the half-sister she barely knows: a beautiful thirteen-year-old with an eerie grip on the town. Now, installed again in her family’s Victorian mansion, Camille is haunted by the childhood tragedy she has spent her whole life trying to cut from her memory.

The book is full of both self-inflicted pain and sadistic hurt. Very similar to the themes I like to write, I found the content of the book inspiring & bone chilling. I did stare at the door of our bedroom until I couldn't keep my eyes open many nights. Why do I continually do this to myself?

I did feel that it was a little rushed at the end. A lot more could have went into uncovering the final twist (maybe that's the Stephen King fan in me talking - I'm used to 800 page mysteries.).

The book is truly creepy and psychologically thrilling. The writing is amazing. Each character comes to life subtly but perfectly. The book kept me thinking long after I closed it. It is a worthwhile read.

Friday, September 21, 2012

Happy birthday Stephen King!

Me - minutes before meeting SK
(two days after his 64th birthday)
“The writer must have a good imagination to begin with, but the imagination has to be muscular, which means it must be exercised in a disciplined way, day in and day out, by writing, failing, succeeding and revising.” - Stephen King

Today, Stephen King turns 65. And, he's still writing! An inspiration to me, he has overcome many obstacles to become the well-known author he is today. Aside from his amazing stories, the work he does/has done reminds me that being in a creative industry takes a strong backbone and an acceptance of criticism as a gift. Also, that perseverance is essential when rejection becomes all too familiar.

Here's to many more years of watching a great man terrify generations.

Friday, August 17, 2012

Review: The Pact

I read The Pact as the first book for a new book club my best friend and I started. We're hoping this gets of the ground!

I chose this book. I wanted a light read that touched on difficult subject matter. I got what I wished for.

Here is the summary from Amazon:
Until the phone calls came at 3:00 a.m. on a November morning, the Golds and their neighbors, the Hartes, had been inseparable. It was no surprise to anyone when their teenage children, Chris and Emily, began showing signs that their relationship was moving beyond that of lifelong friends. But now seventeen-year-old Emily has been shot to death by her beloved and devoted Chris as part of an apparent suicide pact—leaving two devastated families stranded in the dark and dense predawn, desperate for answers about an unthinkable act and the children they never really knew.

I'm very picky about dialogue and, in that regard, the book was incredibly disappointing. On another negative note, I couldn't bring myself to like the adults in the book or empathize with them in any way. I would have liked the book a lot more if the main focus remained on Chris and Emily.

Other than those things, I loved it. The book made me think. Of course, teen suicide and depression aren't upbeat things so don't read this if you're looking to be cheerful.

While the story was about families and growing up, what I kept coming back to was how Emily and Chris didn't know a world in which they didn't share everything. When they could no longer do that, things came unglued.

This book is a reminder that life can fall apart quickly when one person is everything to us. Chris is Emily's boyfriend, best friend and, in some ways, like a sibling... and vice versa.

At one point, Emily says to Chris “I have this problem. I broke up with my boyfriend. And I'm pretty upset about it, so I wanted to talk to my best friend. The thing is, they're both you.”

Yep. That is a problem.

In the end, Chris is left with anger when he realizes, despite Emily being his whole world, he didn't know her inside and out like he thought he did. Some things can't be shared, even with our other half. In Chris and Emily's confusion, they made choices they wouldn't have made if all the facts were on the table.

And, we're left with questions to ponder.

How much should we risk for those we love? How close have we all been to coming undone? And, if someone we loved was, would we know it?


Wednesday, August 15, 2012

How to Be a Woman

Boozed & Booked had its third meeting last night. This time, Abby hosted. Aside from her delicious cheese dip and adorable apartment, we also enjoyed discussing her thought-provoking questions.

We read How to Be a Woman by Caitlin Moran. A group of professional, strong-willed women definitely has a lot to say about a book on feminism. We discussed everything from marriage to sexual assault. I left with a renewed pride in my gender & a rejuvenated motivation to do a better job at being a confident woman.

Women (and men), read the book. But most importantly, speak honestly about the issues addressed.  I was blown away by how much I learned from three hours of conversation with brilliant women.

Get to know Caitlin Moran.

Thursday, August 9, 2012

Unfinished Business

This week, I've been spending a lot of time getting to know people at my new job. Inevitably, when I meet someone, they ask me about myself. I always start out by saying, "I'm a pretty boring person. I read and I write."

Writing is now my job. And let me tell you, I'm thrilled about that! I loved working in publicity, but I didn't realize how much I truly missed copywriting until I started doing it again. I'm guessing the same would be true with my fiction writing - if I ever started doing it again.

I haven't written any fiction for over a year. Yes, a year. Can I even say "I write fiction" anymore? I don't think so.

When discussing writing with a superior today, I quoted James Michener and said, "I'm not a very good writer, but I'm an excellent rewriter."

Editing is great. I don't want anyone to ever read a word I write until it's been edited.  I don't care how much experience you have or how well you think you know the English language, get your work edited! Writers, I can't stress this enough.

But, I don't just edit. I pick apart everything until there's nothing left. The result is that nothing I write is ever finished. Therefore, I don't feel as though I can tackle another project, become frustrated with the current one and stop. Just stop.

One year ago, I put away a manuscript I'd been working on for close to a year. I'd edited it, tweaked it and rewrote parts of it for months. Then, when I'd had enough, it went into a folder and hasn't been touched. I want to dust it off and look at it again, but the task seems so daunting. And scary!

So, when it's all said and done, maybe I'm an excellent writer but not a very good rewriter.


Tuesday, August 7, 2012

Last Minute Home Run: An Update

Man, I spoke too soon.

The Girl Who Loved Tom Gordon was slow, but the end thrilled me! I finally felt plenty of emotion. Maybe too much. (I cried.)

The book didn't wrap up tied in a neat little bow. In fact, I think it left plenty to interpretation. I started to expect that would be the case in the last few chapters and I wasn't disappointed.

So, to my beloved King, I'm sorry I ever doubted you. You come through in the end.

Perhaps I should return to Insomnia. If I can make it through, the ending might blow me away and change my mind completely.

Of course, I know it is the journey (not the destination) that matters, but ending on a good note took this book from one I'd never recommend to one  that I encourage my fellow readers to check out.

If you're not there, join me on Goodreads. I always need new books to read & friends' recommendations mean the most.

Monday, August 6, 2012

King Strikes Out

"She had somehow gotten out of bounds, wandered off the playing field and into a place where the rules she was used to no longer applied." - Stephen King, The Girl Who Loved Tom Gordon

Thanks for providing the words to describe how I feel when I don't enjoy your work, Stephen.

I have been so critical of King lately, but I feel as though I'm falling out of love. Yes, the pouty face is necessary.

For a while, I've wanted to read The Girl Who Loved Tom Gordon. Now, I am. While it's much better than Insomnia, it's slow and boring. I've read 200 pages about a little girl walking through the woods. I have yet to feel any sort of emotion for the main character (who is supposed to be only nine but sounds like a 25 year old).

As always, no matter how tedious the story, King always manages to captivate me with his writing style and narration. Although I feel bored with the story, I am compelled to keep reading in order to "see" the images King conveys.

You're still the best in my mind, King. But, like Trisha McFarland, I hope to see a home run soon.

Thursday, August 2, 2012

Vacationing in Noblesville

I recently accepted a job as a copywriter at Gannett. Yay!

Between my two weeks wrapping up publicity campaigns and my start date on Monday, I have three days off (not including the weekend). Sadly, one and a half of them are already gone. I haven't had vacation days to relax in a year. That's right, a whole year. Normally when I take vacation days, it's to actually vacation or do something crappy like go to the doctor, move, etc. I didn't do so well with my day off on July 4th so I'm trying to make the most of these.

This feels a bit like summer vacations did when I was in school. I even made a lunch that I would have eaten back then. PB&J with shells and cheese. Yum. All of that was gone in just a couple of minutes.

This morning after a doctor appointment (Yes, I decided to stick one in there to get it out of the way), I went to Barnes & Noble to relax and read. I ended up getting two books and a Moleskine for the hubs. I can't go in there without buying at least two books. Today, I chose Full Dark, No Stars by Stephen King (hardcover & on sale - SCORE) & How to Be a Woman by Caitlin Moran (our next book club book).

Now, please excuse me as I curl up on the couch to read while I try to ignore the fact that we have a messy apartment. (Don't spend your vacation cleaning, Jessie...)

Wednesday, August 1, 2012

Boozed & Booked - Round 2

Last night, we held our second book club meeting. This one at Sandy's house. We got a little more boozed and a little less booked.

We talked about Before I Go to Sleep. I reviewed the book last week & enjoyed it overall. 

The discussion included some deep questions, thanks to Sandy:

  • Is the ability to remember days gone by the only thing that separates humans from animals?
  • What does love look like after many years in a relationship?
  • Are emotions stronger than memory?
Some interesting answers resulted. We have a lot to say... especially after a few drinks.

Great quotes from the night:

"He put his own happiness after hers. That's love." - Abby
"It takes a lot of effort to love somebody so much for so long." - Jaymie

Lots of truth.

Next up: How to be a Woman by Caitlin Moran

Tuesday, July 31, 2012

Gives Me Goosebumps

Yesterday was the 20th anniversary of the release of the first Goosebumps book, Goosebumps: Welcome to Dead House. My original inspiration for horror writing? You bet!

“One magazine called me ‘a training bra for Stephen King.’ I didn’t really like that,” says Stine, with a chuckle. “You don’t want to be called a training bra.”

Sorry, RL Stine. You were my Stephen King training bra!

Read more here.

Monday, July 30, 2012

Scared of Stephen King

I am a HUGE Stephen King fan. So much so that I used to have to force myself to read other authors. I love almost everything he's written... until recently.

I worked on reading Insomnia for over a year before I just gave up. I didn't want to accept how awful the book was so I just kept pushing through, hating every minute. The novel went in a million directions (few of which were interesting) and just kept getting crazier (not in a good way). The characters weren't good enough to be likeable or bad enough to be hated. Maybe I would have liked it if I'd made it to the end...

But, it was just too damn bad.

Ill try again out of loyalty in the future, I'm sure.

This weekend, I started reading The Girl Who Loved Tom Gordon. So far its ok. (Yes, just ok.)  Stepehen King loves description and he gets to write a lot of it with a young girl lost alone in the forest. Hopefully, I'm just still getting over the bad taste left in my mouth from Insomnia. I will keep updating as I make my way through.

I hope I'm not complaining about it a year from now.

Friday, July 27, 2012

Review: Before I Go to Sleep

Last night, I stayed up until two in the morning reading Before I Go to Sleep by S.J. Watson. Boy, did it hold my attention. To say it is a page-turner is an understantement. I rarely finish a book quickly and I tore through this one. That said, I was left disappointed.

From the first page, there were three ways that I thought the book would end, and the actual ending was one of them. (Personally, I think my other ideas were better.) Too many obvious hints were given early in the novel. If things had been slightly more subtle, this would have been an excellent book.

Something else that frustrated me was the way the book was written. The writing itself was good, but most of the book was supposed to be written in journal form... and as a lifelong journaler, I've never included dialogue in my journal. If the book had been based on my own diary, it would have looked much like this:

July 27, 2012
Today Steve and I went to lunch. "Where would you like to eat?" he asked. I thought for a moment. "How's Chipotle sound?"  He agreed with a smile. The hot sun was so bright, I had to return to the house for my sunglasses. "You forget them every time we leave," Steve said as he stared at me with his frustrated eyes. I rolled mine. 

You get the idea.

The best part of the book was what it made me ponder: Who are we without memory? We are our memories and experiences. This book demonstrated that, without that, we would be floating aimlessly and fearfully through life.

I recommend this book despite my criticisms. It's a fun and easy read that's also thought-provoking.

Thursday, July 26, 2012

Liebster Award

Yay! I got nominated for an award! Well, more like kindly recommended on my friend Jaymie's wonderful blog, Snacks for Max.  Before you read this post, you should look at her blog because Max is adorable and she's a WONDERFUL writer.

The Liebster Blog Award is given to bloggers by bloggers. It is a way to acknowledge each other. It is for blogs with 200 or less followers, so it’s also a great way to spread the word about smaller blogs and get them more readers and followers! When you receive the award, you post 11 random facts about yourself and answer 11 questions from the person who nominated you. Then, recommend other blogs.

All of this seems easy but it took me a while. Despite keeping a blog about myself, I'm not that interesting. Here we go:

11 Random Facts About Me:
  1. I own two wonderful dogs but still like cats better.
  2. I'm really really good at online poker. You know, the kind without real money.
  3. I read at least three books at one time - making it hard to finish any of them.
  4. I write horror fiction. My writing scares me sometimes. A good thing?
  5. I spent months of my life as a half-elf on Monday nights. Let's hear it for DnD. Right? Anyone?
  6. I currently belong to three book clubs.
  7. I wanted to major in journalism since I was a kid. And, I did. Ernie Pyle School of Journalism!
  8. Being the editor of my high school newspaper was one of the most fun things I ever did.
  9. My favorite kind of books are the ones that make me unable to sleep at night. I've spent many nights staring at my bedroom door waiting for the murderer to arrive.
  10. I wrote a book of poems in high school. No one has read it but me.
  11. Investigation Discovery is my favorite channel. I sometimes think I could really be a detective -- then I laugh.
Questions for My Nominees:


  1. How long have you been blogging? Since high school! I've been doing this since LiveJournal. I always delete them and start over. I've been writing Misplaced Modifier since 2010.
  2. What is your goal with your blog? Just to let friends and family know what's going on in my life and offer my experiences with writing/reading.
  3. What topic has brought the most traffic to your blog? wedding planning (not my goal)
  4. What was the best book you read last month? I'll be like everyone else - The Hunger Games Trilogy
  5. Did you have a diary/journal growing up? Where did you hide it? I did and I do. I never hid it. I'm an open book.
  6. What’s your favorite someecard?Definitely this one: http://www.someecards.com/usercards/viewcard/a469b5e12601b97b549225a77e7f67bd 
  7. What singer would star on the soundtrack of your life? Hanson. Yes, Hanson.
  8. What’s your favorite reality show? Why that one? MasterChef. I love watching the contestants get better and take criticism.
  9. What’s your go-to bridal shower or baby shower gift? picture frames
  10. What cartoon character would you be? Belle from Beauty on the Beast - A quiz told me that, but I do love books and unattractive men. (Just kidding, Steve)
  11. Who do you retweet the most? my co-workers - follow them: @e_clay @sandydunwoody @getsocialpr @abbymaci @courtneyanne36 @yellowbrittany @MrsCourtneyP @jaymielynnie & @brittzyh (You'll find that I've recommended their blogs too - great content!)

My Nominations:
In no particular order, these are my favorite personal blogs! They represent the biggest interests in my life: reading, public relations and writing. Check these out. Seriously, you want to!

Wednesday, July 25, 2012

Packing Up

I've been a publicist at Author Solutions for a year. Looking at my desk, you'd think I'd been here ten!

I've packed up so much. Books that I can't part with, gifts from sweet clients, little things that remind me of my team but only make sense to us...

It's hard not to be sad as I say goodbye to this chapter of my life. The past year has been amazing and I've made lifelong friends.

It's been a great ride, ASI. Don't forget me!

Monday, July 23, 2012

4 Years

Four years ago today was my first day at Author Solutions. In itself, that is not a big deal. What it means, though, is it's four years since I met my amazing husband. Steve helped train me on my first day of work.... and the rest is history.

We got married almost exactly two years later. Tomorrow is our second wedding anniversary.

My amazing husband changed my life in every way. He  has helped me through awful times and made good times even better. On our two-year anniversary, I can't help but smile when I think of how far we've come and be excited about how far we're going to go.

As the song we danced to at our wedding says, "I'm lucky I'm in love with my best friend."

Wednesday, July 18, 2012

Dear...

There’s nothing to writing. All you do is sit down at a typewriter and open a vein.

I have been a horrible writer lately. I rarely take the time to sit down and write anything that's not for a client. Who am I kidding? It's not rarely. It's never.

In the last few months, I've experienced a lot of emotions as a great friend goes through some major changes - good and bad. I've dealt with these feelings in a lot of ways: long drives to clear my head, fits of crying, digging through old photos that make me smile, etc. Most worked momentarily.

Last night, I read until about two in the morning (I am really enjoying The Pact). After I put the book down, I shut off the light to go to sleep. I quickly realized I wasn't going to Dreamland any time soon.

I went to our living room and tore a few sheets of paper out of a notebook & started writing a letter to my friend. I wrote about our past, mistakes, my hopes for the future... I filled pages with writing.

The letter served a good purpose. Not only will I have something meaningful to give my friend (I've been trying to think of good present ideas), I got my emotions out. And, as a great side effect, I found that all I really need to begin writing again is passion.

So, I'm going to put aside some of the projects that I've been struggling to work on & find something to write that gives me the opportunity to express raw emotion. I don't need outlines or plans; I need a blank sheet of paper and a full mind & heart.


Tuesday, July 17, 2012

Meeting My Hero

I should have written about this sooner, but I've been a terrible blogger.

On September 23, 2011, I got the opportunity to meet Stephen King! I bought a ticket to see him speak at George Mason University & entered a contest to meet him there and have a book signed. When my tickets to the event came, they also included a "golden ticket" -- I'd won! Steve called me with the news while I was on my way home from work and I considered him a liar until I saw the tickets myself.

We drove to Virginia. Luckily, Steve's mom lives about thirty minutes from George Mason so we had a place to stay. The day of the 23rd, I refused to believe I was really getting this opportunity. I kept waiting for something to go wrong. It didn't! That evening, I listened to an amazing speech from King about writing (including a reading from Doctor Sleep). Then, it was time for the signing.

I brought my copy of The Gunslinger, The book changed the way I looked at writing fiction. When I approached him, my mind went blank. He asked me how I was doing as he noticeably looked at my shaking hands. I simply said "I'm excited." The rest was a blur.

In his speech, he said "Writers aren't used to fame. We're meant to sit at our desks, putting our characters at the forefront." For me, it's always been about his characters and his stories, but I can't help but think of the man behind them, dreaming up the next adventure or the next horrifying passage.

I hope I get the chance to shake his hand again soon! If I do, I'll try to remember it a little better.

Sunday, July 15, 2012

Reading Update

I am so sad to report that I have given up on Insomnia by my beloved Stephen King. I love King's ability to bring places and people to life with his extraordinary descriptions, but in this book, he took that too far. It was downright long winded. I've been working on reading Insomnia for over a year. I had to supplement it with other books because it just wasn't enjoyable. I fought the urge to put it away because I had faith that the book would get better. Even if that's the case (and I believe it is), I lost the patience to read it anymore. I guess even the best of authors have some duds.

So, I've moved on to The Pact by Jodi Picoult. I've never read anything by Picoult and like it so far. The dialogue is a little forced, but I can see through that for a good story.

Wednesday, July 11, 2012

Book Club

Give seven book publicists a novel, alcohol & a pool - what do you get? A two-hour conversation filled with tears, laughter & learning.

Last night, our publicity team held our first book club meeting. We'd read Mistaken Identity (consensus is that it's not enjoyable). And, we didn't stop talking!

How did the book club turn out so successful?

  1. We had thought-provoking questions. Thanks to Jaymie (last night's host), we had discussion about things more complex than the book. Our topics spurred empathy and thought.
  2. We're different, yet similar. We all have journalism & writing backgrounds... and, of course,we read all day long. Our shared interests combined with our diverse experiences allowed us to learn and grow while understanding.
  3. We have a mutual respect for each other. Everyone felt open to express themselves. No judgement was passed & ideas were shared freely.
  4. We relaxed. The book club was held in the pool, with wine & beer, in the evening after work. The calm environment helped everyone feel comfortable and ready to gab.
I'll admit that a group of seven is a little large, especially since we all LOVE to talk. But, even when the conversation split into a couple of groups, it was still focused and worthwhile. We even used a "talking sandal" (all we had at the pool) to signal when it was someone's turn to speak. Are we too old for that in our mid-twenties?

Next up: Before I Go to Sleep by S. J. Watson

Thursday, July 5, 2012

Doing Nothing

July 4th fell in the middle of the week! Yay! A whole day right in the middle of the week to do nothing! I couldn't wait...

Then it came. And, I realized I'm terrible at doing nothing.

I'd fallen asleep on the couch the night before watching Master Chef (great show). When my alarm went off at 6:45 (forgot to turn off my weekday alarm), the living room was so bright. I was wide awake. I refused to accept this on such a special day of relaxation so I curled up in bed where Steve was sleeping soundly. I Facebook'd (of course) & tweeted (of course). Finallly, Steve and I got up to start our day.

Then, I started watching the clock. I needed to maximize the nothingness, but I didn't know how.

We ventured out to get lunch around 11:00 & I was already bored out of my mind. By the time 1:00 came, I had to get out of the house.  I took Turco on a walk. It was too hot. He refused to walk any more than a couple of blocks. He plopped down under a tree to relax. He's much better at doing nothing than I am.

I tried to read. I tried to nap. I tried to watch mindless TV shows. Nothing was fulfilling. I felt like I needed to BE somewhere, really DOING something.

By 3:00, I had Steve convinced to go see a movie. He'd had enough of nothing by that point too. We saw Ted (great!). Then, I came home and did my work for the evening. Finally, I felt better. I guess all I needed to do on Wednesday was work.

Good thing that's what I normally do.

Monday, July 2, 2012

No sleep...

The book I'm currently reading (Sharp Objects) is so good that I didn't go to sleep until 2 AM last night. Partly because I was reading; partly because I was staring at our bedroom door out of fear.

I used to laugh at my mom when she fell asleep in the middle of reading a book and it landed right on her face. (It was really hilarious.) Now, I get it.

At least I read softcovers.

Tuesday, June 26, 2012

Reading!

Books are my life - professional and personally. But, lately, I "haven't had time" to do a lot of reading. When 2012 came, I made a resolution to read at least two books a month. I haven't done that.

Now, I've decided that life is too short to not be doing what I love more than anything. (Is it sad that is curling up on the couch with a book?) In the past month, I've finished four books. I forgot the excitement that comes with slipping away to another world & becoming invested in characters. It's an amazing thing to cry, laugh, be overcome with excitement, become angry, etc. all in one sitting and call it fun. I'm sure my husband enjoys me talking about non-existent people every day too...

At work, the other publicists and I have started a book club. We each will pick a book for the month assigned to us. I'm excited about this because it will force me to step outside of my reading comfort zone. Already, I've read Mistaken Identity, an inspirational book that I would have never otherwise picked up. Although in the end, I wasn't a fan, I'm glad that I read it.

My favorite book in the past few weeks has been Mockingjay, the third book in The Hunger Games trilogy. Of course, you'll want to read all three. I usually don't jump on trends or enjoy young adult novels, but this one truly had everything and held my attention. (I'm not a morning person and I woke up early wanting to read!) But, do yourself a favor and don't see the movie.

Last night, I started reading Sharp Objects by Gillian Flynn. I've never read anything by her before but already love her writing style.

Now that I'm back to reading, I'll do my best to get back to writing!

Monday, March 12, 2012

Back by popular demand!

I have been the type of blogger that I would tell my clients to never be: not active. So, I'm back!

About eight months ago, my life took an exciting turn. As I was moving quickly through a career in corporate marketing, I made a change & ended up in client-side PR. The best kind of PR, in my opinion. As a social media specialist/publicist, my job is to create online marketing strategies, execute social media relationship building, educate authors about the many ways to market their book online, etc. In short, my job consists of the blending of my two passions (books & social media). What's better is I am able to get others excited about both things on a daily basis. I rarely speak to a client who isn't blown away about the amazing opportunities that social media use brings.

I work with a wonderful team of intelligent people who have become great friends (see photo). It doesn't hurt that most of us (all but one) are IU grads! We still love you, Abby. Finally, I get to see the results of my hard work when I talk to customers daily. I missed that in corporate marketing.

So, while I haven't been writing here, I have been ghost blogging for people much more interesting than I am & blogging over here with the rest of the publicity team: http://authorslounge.authorsxpress.com/ Do I look like my Mad Men cartoon?