No More Excuses

CellRecently, I came to the realization that my excuses for not having time to write were… poppycock. Yeah. I said it. I love old-timey swear words. I could have gone with horsepucky or shite… but I digress.

What really gets my goat (ha, there’s another one) is when writers preach about writing every day. Every flipping day? I don’t have time to write every day. I barely have time to go to work, eat, and sleep let alone give my children and/or husband any sort of attention. Oh and I’ve been sleep deprived for years. On average I go to sleep at 1am and get up at 6:30am. So there’s no getting up before the crack of dawn to write. If I could, I’d be out getting the exercise I desperately need.

But you know what? Those writers are 100% correct. I’m the one who is full of it.

A little background: I work full time and spend about forty-five minutes commuting each way to work. My job is high-stress and I vary rarely get an actual break, usually opting to shovel food into my mouth while continuing to work at my desk. I sneak out for a cigarette or two every five hours or so (I know they’re bad for me, don’t judge) at which time I catch up on social media or read on my Kindle app. When I get home, I’m bombarded with “Mommy, I’m hungry,” or “What’s for dinner?” before I’ve even closed the front door. Writing time comes in the form of either blocked time on the weekends in which I have more than five minutes to sit down and concentrate, or isolating myself at a coffee house. That’s what has worked for me in the past. That’s what I’ve been doing thus far.

Last week, I had a breakthrough. I’m part of a few writing groups that I’m deeply grateful for. They offer encouragement, share knowledge, and are full of genuinely giving people. Last week, my peeps over at The Cerulean Project were sitting down for some silent writing time as a group, which I’ve taken part in before. I’d been stuck, mentally plotting a scene in my current WIP for about ten days. And so even though I had yet to arrive home from work, I thought I’d experiment with writing the scene a few different ways to see which way would work best with my current outline. The commute train I take every day leaves its passengers just enough room to squeeze in like sardines and hold on for dear life. Getting a seat and opening up a laptop is out of the question. But I managed to write about 900 words anyways.

How did I accomplish the amazing feat, you ask?

I tapped out the words with my thumbs on the notes app on my cell. Yep. On my cell. As far as writing goes, I’d only ever used my cell for quick notes before, opting for anything longer to be handwritten in my notebook when away from my laptop, which is also impossible to pull out on the train. But I did it. Cell phones are not the devil. In fact, I was so encouraged, the next day I chucked my social media time on my morning commute in favor of writing again. I did the same on the way home. End result: Over 2700 words written on my cell during three train rides. Amazing. Of course, I didn’t know how much I had actually written until I went home that second night and transcribed it all into my WIP, but still…

So to all the naysayers, who claim they can’t find time to write, I call bullshit. You can write anywhere. Where there’s a will there’s a way. Stop making excuses. If you don’t have time to write, it’s because you’re not making time. Turn off the T.V. and social media. Make time. If I can do it, you can do it. Now, go write.
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I was born and raised in San Francisco, CA, and have a husband and two children. Music is an addiction. I can often be found in the car, singing along at the top of my lungs to whatever is playing. I work full time, and I split my spare time between family, reading, blogging, and writing. I’m a habitual quoter. Lines from films and TV shows constantly pop into my head—my kids are the only ones that really get it. I’m an only child, and so of course I married a man who is one of ten children. Other than English, I speak Spanish, Moroccan, and a little French. I love to travel, but don’t do enough of it. Reading has been a passion for most of my life and I now love writing. I’m klutz, and in my own mind, I’m hilarious.

 

 

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When did writing become a quick-buck business?

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Growing up, I developed, as I’m sure many others did, stereotypical opinions of what I thought it meant to be a writer.

I placed them in two distinct categories:

The romance writer – The creators of paperback fantasies shelved on the bedside tables of women everywhere. They inspired hushed whispers about heart-throbbing heroes and an equal amount of snide comments from critics. After all, they were just trashy romance novels, not to be taken seriously.

The fiction writer – The introspective creators of literary fiction, suspense, horror, mystery, and fantasy. They spent years perfecting the next great American novel. They agonized over their notebooks and typewriters in darkened coffee houses and bars. Often loners, they were intimidatingly intellectual, and consumed by their goal of winning a Nobel Prize in literature.

I pictured the classic starving artists: The, forty-something man in a sweater vest and glasses, drowning his sorrows in bourbon as he throws balled-up pieces of paper to the ground containing words he deems unworthy of publication. And Miss lonely heart who once loved and lost it all, smoking her cigarette while pouring out her lack of love-life onto the page causing women everywhere to swoon and blush. Both misunderstood and most likely suffering from depression. These were people who spent their lives perfecting their craft. They either traveled the world searching for inspiration and insight into the human condition, or shut themselves away, introverts to the core.

Those were my stereotypes growing up, before I really fell in love with the written word. My ideal of what it’s like to be a writer has since drastically changed. I know that each has their own method, desires, passions, drive, experiences, and motives. I look up to them, romance writers included. After all, wasn’t Jane Austen a romance writer?

However, the “I will write to get rich quick” philosophy was never part of my musings. Sure, we heard about the rare writer who through their prolific words inspired generations. They attained fame as a respected wordsmith, winning awards and accolades from the literary world. But even with modern fiction authors like Stephen King, John Grisham, Nicolas Sparks, and Nora Roberts, who consistently attain bestseller status and secure film adaptations of their work, it’s never crossed my mind that they do it for the money.

J.K. Rowling’s rise to fame certainly changed the image of the starving writer for many people. She wrote fabulous books and won the literary lottery, earning more money than any of us can even fathom. We are happy for her and look to her as an inspiration for struggling writers everywhere. But wait, let’s back up a minute. She wrote fabulous books; books that will forever be classics. That is the key. Her books inspired millions to read. Suddenly, children and adults, who never read for pleasure before, picked up her books and fell in love with reading. Her books will live on, well past her lifetime. Why? Because they were really well written, extremely creative and original, delivered a powerful message about friendship, love, and loyalty, and were freaking awesome books. Her fame is well deserved.

That kind of fame for writing is extremely rare and wildly misunderstood. Unfortunately, I think too many people have started writing for the money. Please don’t misunderstand me. Writers should be paid for their work and paid well. This business of giving away books that writers have spent months or years writing for free is total horse sh!t.

However, somewhere along the line, in my opinion, some writers went from being passionate about writing the next great novel, to passionate about making a quick buck. This is not to say I look down on the successful writer. I don’t. I’m happy for them and want my own success someday. Success is a funny thing though, and everyone has a different definition of what success means to them.

Would I be upset at achieving true bestseller status? Hell no. I’d be proud, excited, and a bit scared if I’m being honest. But I’m having trouble getting to the point in this post, which may be why I’m not a successful writer yet.

Okay. My point is this: Why is it so damn hard for writers to accept that writing takes time, effort, passion, experience, and practice? Why are so many writers complaining they aren’t making enough money? Why do authors get angry when they don’t make it big?

I don’t freaking understand. When did writing become a quick-buck business?

It’s the same reason I don’t understand why teachers complain they are underpaid. Of course they are underpaid. It’s a travesty how undervalued teachers are. My father is a retired teacher. I have two kids. Teachers deserve more money. Their job is one of the most important on the planet; shaping young minds. But for crying out loud, they knew when they became teachers they weren’t going to make any money. Teachers barely make a living, this is nothing new. So they must have become teachers because they were passionate about teaching. Right? Right?

So why in holy hell are authors complaining about the money? It makes me want to tear my hair out. Writers are not paid enough. Most of them cannot live on what they make writing and have other full time jobs to support themselves. It’s a sad truth, but a truth just the same and is nothing new. Just like other artists, few are financially successful. We know this. The big time financial success is an exception, not the rule. This is no surprise. So what are they bitching about?

The only thing I can come up with is this: They started writing with the goal of making a ton of money.

Again, I will reiterate, there’s nothing wrong with writers making money for their work. They should make money. I applaud those who have. Every writer who becomes financially successful is an inspiration. But they aren’t really doing it just for the freaking money? Are they?

What happened to inspiring a generation? Where’s the passion? What happened to wanting to win a Nobel Prize? Where’s the joy of writing? Are you an artist? Are you interested in learning a craft? Yes, you can be passionate and make money doing it, but that’s not what I’m asking.

I wrote my first book just to see if I could do it. It was on my bucket list and something I had wanted to do for many years. So I did. And I fell in love with writing. I continue to write because it has become a passion. The honest truth is I’ve published two novels, one novella, and one short as part of a larger anthology and still haven’t broken even on my costs. So what. I didn’t start writing for the money. I fell in love with it. If money never comes, I will still love it. If money comes down the road, I’ll be grateful, but money is not my motivation. I consider writing an art. I want to learn as much as I can about the art of writing. I want to create my own masterpieces.

So it comes down to this: Do you write because you are passionate about it or to make money?

Let me hear your thoughts.

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I was born and raised in San Francisco, CA, and have a husband and two children. Music is an addiction. I can often be found in the car, singing along at the top of my lungs to whatever is playing. I work full time, and I split my spare time between family, reading, blogging, and writing. I’m a habitual quoter. Lines from films and TV shows constantly pop into my head—my kids are the only ones that really get it. I’m an only child, and so of course I married a man who is one of ten children. Other than English, I speak Spanish, Moroccan, and a little French. I love to travel, but don’t do enough of it. Reading has been a passion for most of my life and I now love writing. I’m klutz, and in my own mind, I’m hilarious.

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Sucked Into a Vortex

Sucked Into a Vortex

I used to be a bi-weekly blogger, posting every Monday and every Wednesday, on two different blogs. One, dedicated to Romance for Real Life; the other to Exploring the Art of Writing and Self-Publishing. Both blogs feed into my website, which I also update regularly. Oh, and once a month, I posted on the Writing Wenches Blog in addition to guest posting on other blogs when time permitted.

But it’s been three months since I’ve been really active on any of them. Oh yeah, there have been a couple posts here and there announcing new releases by writers in my community, but my own posts have fallen by the wayside.

Why?

The craft vortex has sucked me in. No, I don’t mean the kind of crafts that others get lost in; making doodads for family members, scrapbooking, or shabby-chic home décor. I’m talking about writing. The beauty that is the written word.

Let me backtrack for a moment…

After my last novel, Choosing to Dream, was released, I took a big break from marketing and writing. It’s the exact opposite of what you’re “supposed” to do: Keep the momentum going. Get the book in front of readers. Sell, sell, sell.

Nope. After my release I pretty much collapsed into a heap of “I don’t wanna,” and took a break. Don’t get me wrong, I love writing. I love the writing community. I love seeing my books in print. My stomach flutters every time I hear someone has read my book(s).

But there was something about my last book that sucked the motivation right out of me. Maybe it was because I worked so much harder on it than my previous books? Maybe it was because I have a high-stress day job? I’m not even really sure. But there you have it; I retreated, overwhelmed.

Once I got over my exhaustion, I focused all of my extra time and energy on learning how to take my writing to the next level. I’m one of those people who knows a little about a lot, but I’m not an expert on anything. I am, however, a quick learner, and someone who always wants to be the best at whatever it is I’m doing. This includes any of the number of jobs I’ve had. From the hotel and restaurant business to my career in escrow, and all the weird jobs in between, I’ve always strived to be the best line-cook, bartender, hotel/restaurant manager, smoothie-maker, receptionist, waitress, and/or escrow officer I can be.

Writing is something that’s extremely important to me. I’m a veracious reader, which is exactly how I got sucked into the vortex of writing craft. I’ve found excellent resources—follow me on Twitter if you’re interested as I share often—to help me level-up my writing: Podcasts, blogs, broadcasts on Periscope, YouTube, and Blab, along with my writing gurus and writing community, have fed and continue to feed my appetite for knowledge. I binge on these lessons, taking notes and more notes, mentally plotting for hours on end how to use these lessons in my own writing.

The result: I’m writing my third novel. The stakes are high. Will I be able to incorporate all the beautiful techniques I’ve learned and continue to learn into my current story? I don’t know. It’s my biggest fear. It’s terrifying and exciting all at the same time. But I’m writing. I’m doing it. I’ve departed the procrastination station and have commenced my journey into the scary realm of better writing. I’ll still Tweet and Facebook and blog occasionally, but my main focus is exploring the rich land of well written words and how to use them to knock the socks of my readers. It’s an endless paradise.

If you’re looking for me, I’ll be there. Don’t worry, I’ll check in now and again. Feel free to check in with me too, once in a while. Heaven knows I have to leave the cave at some point.

Have you ever felt like going off the grid? Turning off all social media and mobile devices? What would it be like to leave the house without a cell phone? The only time I’ve ever completely unplugged was when traveling abroad. It was fantastic. Freeing. Not at all realistic for me on a daily basis, but still…

If you’re reading this you’re either some kind of voodoo psychic or you’re still plugged in. But could you unplug? Have you ever tried it? What was your experience?

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I was born and raised in San Francisco, CA, and have a husband and two children. Music is an addiction. I can often be found in the car, singing along at the top of my lungs to whatever is playing. I work full time, and I split my spare time between family, reading, blogging, and writing. I’m a habitual quoter. Lines from films and TV shows constantly pop into my head—my kids are the only ones that really get it. I’m an only child, and so of course I married a man who is one of ten children. Other than English, I speak Spanish, Moroccan, and a little French. I love to travel, but don’t do enough of it. Reading has been a passion for most of my life and I now love writing. I’m klutz, and in my own mind, I’m hilarious.

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Feature February Author Keisha Page

It is a great pleasure to introduce you to my friend and fellow Writing Wench, Keisha Page. She is a very busy lady, so I am honored she took the time to speak with me today.

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J-Keisha, thank you for joining me. Can you tell our readers a little bit about yourself?

 

K-I always hate that question. I’m 42, a married mom of 5 and social media manager. I help businesses and authors use social media to build their brand. I’m getting ready to launch a website to help people learn to nurture the social part of their business, or decide when it’s time to bring in help. Looking at my personal life, I have wild dreams of being this hippie earth mother Goddess-type, but they’re usually derailed by picky children who won’t eat whole wheat pancakes no matter how much syrup I put on them, and my cravings for orange soda.

 

J-Haha. I love picking your brain with my SEO questions. What genre do you write and why?

 

K-Romance. The people who are telling the stories in my head insist on falling in love with each other. In truth, I’m pretty romantic, and between working full time, busy kids, and managing the house, there’s just not a lot of time for romance. So I make it happen for the voices in my head.

 

J-What is different about your writing style?

 

K-My writing style is always evolving. My first short, Rhythm of Love, was so “formal” that my editor had to tell me to add contractions. It’s a fluid, growing thing, which I love.

 

J-I have the same issue. I constantly have to remind myself to contract and use more casual language in my contemporary writing. When did you start writing?

 

K-I started writing in high school. I was published in our school’s literary publication, which I also edited. I wrote horrible angst-filled prose about poverty, corruption, and boys.

 

J-What have you published as an adult?

 

K-As of today’s date, I’ve published Rhythm of Love, available in the Writing Wenches anthology, Unwrapping Love.

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J-I love that book and I loved your story. Leslie was a great character and so  easy to identify with. What is a typical day or week like for you? How do you find time to write?

 

K-I work full time, but I have two nights a week where my husband cooks and handles kid duty so I can write. Usually, it works.

 

J-That sounds familiar. What are you reading right now?

 

K-Love and Libations by Patricia Eddy, and Travels with Penny by David Alan Morrison.

 

J-What are you working on next?

 

K-I’m currently writing a short, called Breaking The Horizon, for the next Writing Wenches anthology, and my first novel will be out in September. It’s called Voices In The Wind.

 

J-Exciting. Are you traditionally published, self-published, or with a vanity press?

 

K-Unwrapping Love was published through PageCurl, which is a vanity press. They will also be handling the next anthology. My novel will be indie.

 

J-Do you use experiences from your own life in your writing or does it all come from your imagination?

 

K-It’s mostly a mixture of both. Every character I write has a piece of me, or someone I know, in them. Leslie in Rhythm of Love, Sarah in Breaking The Horizon, and Bridget in Voices In The Wind are all older women, like me, and I’ve been divorced, like Leslie. But their experiences are mostly uniquely their own. I’ve never been to New York, where most of Rhythm of Love takes place, and Bridget has some life experiences that I hope I never have to share.

 

J-I love that. What is your favorite curse word?

 

K-Fuck Monkey.

 

J-What is your favorite word to use while writing?

 

K-Laughed, according to my editor.

 

J-Do you plot or outline when writing?

 

K-No. I’ve tried, but just can’t get there. I find that if I try to plot beforehand, and things change, I fight against that change for the sake of the plot I just wrote down. I do run dialogue and such while I’m folding the laundry or walking the dogs…which is kind of embarrassing when someone catches me.

 

J-The talking to yourself thing, yeah I do that too. Do you listen to music when writing? Name three songs on your current playlist?

 

K-Absolutely. Music is a mainstay in my life. My current playlist includes “Summertime Sadness” by Lana delRey, “Would” by Alice in Chains and the latest album by Queensryche.

 

J-Are you a cat or dog person?

 

K-Both.

 

J-If you had your choice of writing retreat would you choose, a. Villa in Italy, b. Cabin in the woods, c. English estate in Derbyshire (think Pemberly) d. Beach house in the Virgin Islands

 

K-I’ve actually lived in a cabin before, and between wild animals (bears LOVE trash), chopping wood for heat (cabins have no insulation, and generally aren’t centrally heated) and the huge amounts of snow, the romance is pretty much gone from that one. I’ll take a Beach House!

 

J-Haha, good reason. Tell us a funny story about you that we can’t find on your bio.

 

K-Don’t all good stories start with “This one night I was out drinking with friends”? Well, this one is no different. I used to be the only paid employee for a volunteer fire department. My job was all of the administrative mess that the volunteer firefighters, who were already giving of their time away from work and family, didn’t have time to deal with, like filing and submitting paperwork to various agencies and insurance companies and stuff like that. Every year, the fundraising arm of the department, called an auxiliary, put together a dinner to show the firefighters how much the community appreciated them. One year, the dinner was held in a hotel that had a rather nice bar, and after the dinner, I was invited to hang out with a bunch of them in the bar. The evening progressed pretty well until one of them started buying everyone shots of Patron. I had four. Which was four too many. By the end of the evening, I was, as they say, “ten feet tall and bulletproof.” I got in an argument, and almost went to blows, with a guy who is about a foot taller than me and outweighs me by a good little bit. That was the last night that I drank Patron. I haven’t been bulletproof since.

 

J-Tell us a funny story about one of your characters that was not included in Rhythm of Love.

 

K-In rock band circles, just the fact that Alex is the bass player, and got laid, is a funny story. The joke is that bass players don’t get laid; most groupies want to be able to drop names, and no one ever knows the name of the bass player.

 

J-Ha, that is so true.

Thanks, Keisha. You can find Keisha online at the links below.

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Feature February Author Patricia D. Eddy

Best selling author, Patricia D. Eddy is here with me today. She’s one of my favorite authors, she’s my new editor, and she’s a friend.

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J-Thank you, Patricia, for joining me. Can you tell our audience a little bit about yourself?

 

P-I’m a romance author—paranormal, contemporary, and erotic. If characters fall in love, I write it. I’ve even got a lesbian paranormal romance published. I live in Seattle, Washington with my husband and three cats. Oh, and I have a full time job too. I don’t get a lot of sleep. Or downtime. I’m addicted to coffee, love red wine and good scotch, and have a single piece of chocolate almost every night.

 

J-Do you only write romance? Why?

 

P-I write love stories in all forms. I started with paranormal, and that’s still my first love, but lately, I’ve branched out into contemporary romance as well—military heroes and the strong women who love them. I also have an erotic romance series which is my answer to Fifty Shades of Grey.

 

I write romance because I love the idea of falling in love. I suppose it’s because I fell in love late in life. My husband (my second husband) and I fell in love during my 31st year, so I know what it’s like to start over as an adult and remake myself. Renewal, growth, and overcoming odds also factor quite heavily into my novels.

 

J-What books have you published?

 

P-My first book was By the Fates, Freed. https://www.amazon.com/dp/B00D9FX86G

My lesbian paranormal romance is in the same series and it’s called Destined. https://www.amazon.com/dp/B00H0K5D96

 

I also have a vampire series – Secrets in Blood is out now and I’m writing Revelations in Blood currently. https://www.amazon.com/dp/B00F8KAR9Q

 

My erotic romance series is the Restrained series and its first book is In His Silks. https://www.amazon.com/dp/B00KSNRZFC

 

Bestseller status was achieved with A Shift in the Water, an urban fantasy (with a solid romance in it) set in Seattle. https://www.amazon.com/dp/B00MXBBTQS

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And finally, my newest series is the Holiday and Heroes series. Mistletoe and Mochas is the story of Mac and Devan. https://www.amazon.com/dp/B00OXAOZE0 Love and Libations is set in Seattle and is the story of Lilah, an abused woman who must find the courage to leave her boyfriend. Garrett James, a local bartender and an army veteran amputee, finds her a year later and sparks fly between them. Love and Libations is now available for Pre-Order. https://www.amazon.com/dp/B00RSDC1RM

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J-I loved Shift and can’t wait for the next one. In His Silks was amazingly hot, and Mistletoe and Mochas was a great holiday read. Destined was the first book of yours I read. Dark, but really good. What is a typical day or week like for you? How do you find time to write?

 

P-I get up at six in the morning and take the bus to the gym. I try to get in 500 words on the trip. After a workout, I spend the next eight hours working the grind – aka the day job. I take the bus back home, try to get another 500 words in, and then it’s dinner, seeing my husband, getting gym clothes together, answering email, scheduling social media posts for the next day, answering more emails, editing (I’m also a professional editor), more emails, marketing, and then bed.

 

J-What are you working on next?

 

P-I’m working on the sequel to A Shift in the Water, called A Shift in the Air. It’s Liam’s story and it’s set in Ireland. I’m actually headed to Ireland for research in a little over a week. I hope to write at least half of the book while I’m there. It’s not often I can write “in place” and in a place like Dublin, but I can’t wait.

 

J-That’s very cool. I love that you are going to write on location. Do you use experiences from your own life in your writing or does it all come from your imagination?

 

P-Yes. To both. I tend to dream (or imagine) the vast majority of my plots, but the characters themselves often draw a lot from my own life. They either have character traits that I want to have, traits that I do have, or have undergone experiences that I want to experience or have experienced. For example, in Love and Libations, Lilah McKinney is in an abusive relationship. Her relationship, though it was fictionalized and dramatized for the book, is one of my past relationships.

Evangeline, a character in Secrets in Blood, embodies who I want to be.

Mara from A Shift in the Water, has to deal with some health scares that mimic some of the things I’ve dealt with (though thankfully, mine were significantly less serious). Elizabeth from In His Silks, is who I want to be in the bedroom.

I both write what I know and what I want to know.

 

J-Yeah, I wouldn’t mind being Elizabeth from In His Silks either, as long as Alexander is there. What is your favorite curse word?

 

P-Shitballs. Fuck is a close second.

 

J-Are you a cat or dog person?

 

P-Cats! To be fair, I love dogs too. One of these days, we’ll get a dog, but we’ll have to run it by the three cats first.

 

J-If you had your choice of writing retreat would you choose, a. Villa in Italy, b. Cabin in the woods, c. English estate in Derbyshire (think Pemberly) d. Beach house in the Virgin Islands

 

P-Ooo. I’d pick a Villa in Italy. For the wine.

 

J-Yes. I love Italy. I’ll meet you there. Tell us a funny story about you that we can’t find on your bio.

 

P-I don’t do funny well. In fact, if I get one funny line in an entire book, it’s a miracle. But, here’s something that most people probably wouldn’t expect.

I signed up for a triathlon five years ago because I couldn’t swim. I figured if I signed up, it would force me to learn and yep. It worked. I now have a nice little collection of triathlon medals.

 

J-That’s a great story. I think if I participated in a triathlon, I would pass out before the first event was over and I’ve been a swimmer all my life. Thank you so much for taking the time to answer a few questions. Have a great time in Ireland. Make sure to come back though.

Patricia is having a release party on Facebook for her new release, Love and Libations on February 12th and you are all invited. Click on the photo to join the party.

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You can find Patricia online at the links below. I highly recommend her books.
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