Monday, October 21, 2013

Overheard at Conference: NJ Edition

Last July, I posted snippets of conversation I overheard while at RWA National in Atlanta. It was one of my most popular posts this year (broken into two parts, here and here.) I decided to share a few more, from the NJRW Conference. This time around, I know the context for all of these, but it doesn't mean I plan to share them here. Enjoy!

1. (In a crowded elevator on the way down to the keynote breakfast) "Quick! Someone come up with a story."
"The elevator gets stuck and a hunky fireman has to rescue us."
"And oddly enough, he's nude at the time."
Giggles erupt, the elevator stops at the main floor and an elderly couple, not part of conference, steps out with us.
"Do you think they realized they were stuck in a cage with a bunch of romance writers?"

2. "I don't trust any BDSM writer who's never been spanked."

3. "I was warned some people might be jealous when they found out how quickly I sold my first book, but honestly? They hate me more when they learn I live in the Virgin Islands."

4. "The black lights in the elevators here make me want to put on a white disco suit and start dancing to the Saturday Night Fever soundtrack."

5. "I just moved here a few months ago, so we're still learning our way around--me and my best friend, Garmin."

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Friday, October 18, 2013

Word of the Day: Juggle

I do that a lot. Juggle, I mean. Not literally, of course. (Although, I do recall my brother tossing oranges at the kitchen table while singing the old calliope tune...)
I juggle tasks. Writing, editing, workshops, day job, home stuff, family stuff, and all the multitudes of mini-tasks each entails. And sure, I drop a ball or two occasionally. Or I become drained and need to find a way to replenish the well.
That's why I love conferences. Whenever I've had enough networking, I retreat to the privacy of my room, tune out, and rejuvenate me. And when I'm ready, the buzz is waiting for me, a few floors below.
This morning, I'm in the coffee shop (along with several other NJRW conference attendees), sipping my morning Starbucks, writing a new chapter (and this blog post), soaking up a little R&R before the real work begins a few hours from now. 
Stick around. Check my Facebook page. I'll be posting photos and info as we go along...

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Sunday, October 13, 2013

Word of the Day: Vacation

Yep. I'm on vacation. Hooray!
Hubster and I are taking a few days to visit Newport, Rhode Island. After weeks of kraziness with lots of editing, writing, and marketing, I'll unplug, reboot, and catch up on life. But of course, I plan to bring my Kindle. I've got lots of reading to do!
And then I'm off to NJRW for their annual Put Your Heart in a Book Conference. This year's theme: Dream Big, Write Now! I'll be hosting my self-editing workshop, spending time with friends, and signing at the literacy event there so if you'll be attending, look for me. With my red hair, big laugh, and loud mouth, and Long Island accent, I'm pretty hard to miss.
As vacations go, it's not exactly a cruise of the Greek Isles or a week at a spa in Sedona, but it works for me. 
Watch for pics on Facebook! 

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Monday, October 7, 2013

Word of the Day: Restraint

"Among my most prized possessions are words that I have never spoken." -- Orson Scott Card

I'm doing my best to practice restraint these days. It's not always easy. What with the current events in the news, the bits of karmic justice I've heard meted out to the deserving, the "I told you so" retorts I struggle to keep bottled up, the nonsense I let slip by unchallenged...

Trust me. 

There are days I really should receive a fanfare for keeping my composure. 

Oh, don't get me wrong. I still vent. But I limit myself to the privacy of my own home and the seclusion of my family members who generally share my opinions and views on the subjects I want to discuss. Not because I don't like a good civil discourse, but mostly because we live in an age where, sadly, "civil" no longer exists. And I've had my share of disagreements involving back-stabbing and passive-aggressive behavior, thankyouverymuch.

So if I seem quieter than usual to you these days, it's probably because I'm biting my tongue, sitting on my hands, banging my head on a smooth surface, or singing "lalalalalalalalala" with my fingers in my ears. Or some combination of those actions.

It's safer that way. 

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Saturday, October 5, 2013

Word of the Day: Ingenuity

"Never tell people how to do things. Tell them what to do, and they will surprise you with their ingenuity." -- George Patton

I had such fun with the A to Z Blog Challenge, I wanted to come up with something similar that would compel me to blog with more regularity, but...really...how often can I fool around with the alphabet? 

Enter Word of the Day. 

With Word of the Day, I get to choose any word that becomes a theme, no alphabetical order required, and provide you, dear reader, with a blog post that coincides with that theme.

Ingenuity is a perfect starting point. Why? Because it took a little creative thinking to come up with this idea, in my humble opinion. 

And because, today, after suffering untold disappointment at the idea I may have seriously fried my laptop while at Fiction Fest (I did), I may have found a way to salvage those programs that I can't transfer off Carbonite.

First of all, let me say, that if you don't use Carbonite or some other offsite backup storage, you're out of your gourd. It's not expensive--not compared to what you could possibly lose should something untoward happen. Case in point: my scenario.

Two weeks ago, I was at a lovely suite in the Hilton, and I turned on my laptop to review my presentation before my workshop. With my battery draining, I plugged in and zap! Thanks to some electrical short in the outlet, I fried the contact point between the AC cord and the laptop. Not the cord, and not the battery. The little hole where the cord plugs into the laptop. This is, according to my geek expert, a stellar expense to fix, requiring access to the motherboard. In other words, get yourself a new laptop, sunshine. It's cheaper in the long run.

Now, luckily, I *do* have Carbonite. But even so, it's a major league pain in the butt to transfer my website files, my music files, my Photoshop software, my book cover software, and a host of other stuff that I won't even think about until six months from now when it'll be too late to retrieve. And because I'll be transferring to my Ultrabook, which has no CD drive, some of these items will require rebuilding from scratch. 

But, like I said, I think I figured out a way around this conundrum. It won't be perfect, but it'll definitely buy me oodles of time until I can transfer everything I need into a brand spanking new laptop of my choosing--with a CD drive--at a date of my choosing. And the cost for this quick fix is under a hundred dollars. 

This, of course, along with my idea for Word of the Day blogging, is the true definition of "ingenuity."

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