Working Wednesday, June 19, 2024

At one point this week, I was making a spa appointment for Pat and me, discussing doppelgängers with Bob, e-mailing with Krissie on turning points, dealing with Veronica who wanted up on the bed, trying to find spa slippers so I could get a pedicure later this week (see above), trying to find the number for the electric company for this place, and thinking about lunch. Needless to say, I screwed up everything. Multi-tasking: Such a stupid idea.

What did you work on this week?

Happiness is Big Plans

I’m trying to finish my last edit of Rocky Start and clear out this house and work on my massive to do list but mostly I’m thinking about the future. About our next books, about the last book in this trilogy we have to write, about some novellas I haven’t finished, about where I’m going to put my furniture now that I know how I want the living room to look, about the spa day that Pat Gaffney and I are taking shortly, about Krissie coming to visit this fall, about having lunch with Cathy Maxwell next month, about . . .

Well, about a lot of stuff. So much to look forward to, so much to plan first (I love planning), so much good future.

How were you future happy (or present happy, any kind of happy) this week?

Exploiting You: Help with German

Okay, I have a German baker in Rocky Start, and I have her calling her friend, my heroine, “Zucker” because that’s German for “sugar,” as an affection nickname. Except I have a horrible feeling that that might not be right. HELP.

In another place, Coral gives Rose some butterkuchen and Rose says the only German word she knows, which is “Danke” and Coral says, “Bitte.” Is that right?

Then in the last book, somebody tries to kill Coral and she says something in German, but I have no idea what, so maybe she’ll just stay beautifully silent as she breaks his neck.

This is a Good Book Thursday, June 13, 2024

Last week, I read Jennifer Smith’s Field Notes on Love and really enjoyed it, although it was a little weird reading something by Jennifer Smith since that’s my real name. I felt a twinge, wondering what it would be like to see my real name on one of my books, which was dumb. I’ve been Jennifer Crusie for so long, that most people don’t even know my real name, and if they do, still yell, “Crusie!” across the room when they want me. The point is, I would have been very happy to have my name on this book. It’s just a lovely, low key, YA romance between two strangers who are about to start college and end up traveling across the US by train together. No billionaires, no brother’s best friend, no fake dating, just two people on a train talking to each other and falling in love. Pure romance.

What did you read this week?

Working Wednesday, June 12, 2024

Speaking of working, I didn’t last night. I went out with friends to a great restaurant, thank you, and then came home and went to sleep. I’m working now, though, and uh, sorry this is late. Really.

What work did you do this week?

Argh Author: Deb Blake’s Wickedly Wonderful

Our own Deb Blake has a reissue out now.

Known as the wicked witch of Russian fairy tales, Baba Yaga is not one woman, but rather a title carried by a chosen few. They keep the balance of nature and guard the borders of our world, but don’t make the mistake of crossing one of them…

Though she looks like a typical California surfer girl, Beka Yancy is in fact a powerful yet inexperienced witch who’s struggling with her duties as a Baba Yaga. Luckily she has her faithful dragon-turned-dog for moral support, especially when faced with her biggest job yet…
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