how I spent my weekend

This post will be heavy on pictures and light on text because, gosh darn it, I have a cold. It’s almost May, but Mother Nature had to throw one last winter cold at me with her crazy change of weather. Boo!

My attempt to make Emergen-C look like a tasty cocktail...

My attempt to make Emergen-C look like a tasty cocktail…

Until Friday night, my ancient television set belied my love of watching television. I blame my failure to purchase a television set that is not only befitting of the twenty-first century but also of my fondness for watching television on both being busy balancing other aspects of my life and my technophobia. I fully admit I was afraid to buy a new television set and not know how to hook it up to my cable, Roku, DVD player etc. So when my friend Julie offered not only to sell me her good as new 46” LCD HDTV but to help me set it up, I wrote her a check faster than you could say, “binge-watch.” Julie brought me the set on Friday night and we spent a couple of hours putting it together and by “we” I mean “her.” I did contribute a bottle of Prosecco and some chips…

CHECK IT OUT!

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Despite my cold, I met with a bunch of other authors for a write-in at Housing Works book store in the village on Saturday afternoon. Most of the authors are also affiliated with my publisher, Booktrope, including my very own editor. I was very excited to meet my awesome editor face-to-face for the first time. Unfortunately, I neglected to take a picture of her this time, but we hope to make this a monthly event and I will not forget next time. In the meantime, I did take a selfie with my writing buddy, Hilary Grossman, author of the awesome memoir, Dangled Carat.

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Since I wasn’t up to going out on Saturday night, I binge-watched the first season of Nashville on, you guessed it, my new tv!! I love the men on that show and they are even sexier when viewed on a quality television set 🙂

I went to bed with the highest of hopes that I would feel better today but I didn’t. Nevertheless, I forced myself to go for a run this morning. I don’t think it made me any worse although between you and me, I don’t think it made me feel any better either 😦

The most significant task I completed this weekend, besides FINALLY enrolling in online banking, was completing my self-edits of Novel Girl, the follow-up book to Blogger Girl. I know the novel needs more work, but I can’t see it clearly anymore and knew it was time to send it off to my beta readers. While I await their comments, I plan to start my next project—a prequel novella to the Blogger Girl series in which I will take Kim Long and bring her back to middle school, along with her best friend Bridget and their nemesis Hannah Marshak. I’ve never written a novella and I’ve never written young characters, but it’s a challenge I’m excited to tackle.

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I hate to blog and run but I must nap now. I’m taking the day off from work tomorrow to hang with my southern soul sister Jenny who is visiting from Kentucky, and hope to have kicked this cold by then. Wish me luck!

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The Pollyanna Plan Meets Blogger Girl in London

As part of the United Authors of Chick Lit Promotion, I would like to welcome Talli Roland and Emma Beckett, the main character of her fabulous chick lit novel The Pollyanna Plan to my blog today.  As an aside, Talli is one of my favorite chick lit authors. I’ve read all but one of her books and so I’m kind of giddy about co-promoting with her. Additionally, I’ve never been to London so I get to live vicariously through Kim on her trip. I hope you’re as curious about how Emma showed Kim around London as I am!  When you’re finished, check out Talli’s Blog to see how Kimberly Long, the main character of Blogger Girl, showed Emma around the town in NYC and don’t forget to pick up The Pollyanna Plan. You won’t be sorry :).

The Pollyanna Plan Meets Blogger Girl in London

Since Kim from New York is passing through London, Emma has taken the day off to show her around the ‘hood. First of all, they climb to the top of chi-chi Primrose Hill, where Gwyneth  Paltrow resides.  As Kim is rather short, she has to struggle to keep up with Emma. Unfortunately, Paltrow et al weren’t around today.

The view from Primrose Hill.

They head down the incline towards Regent’s Canal, following the towpath that Emma only discovered after meeting Will, her boyfriend. Will lives on one of the brightly coloured canal boats in an area called Little Venice. It’s a gorgeous time of year for a walk on the canal, with the leaves shining gold in the sun.

Over lunch on a boat cum cafe docked in the basin, Kim confides she’s a chick lit addict. Emma’s not so keen, but since agreeing to the Pollyanna Plan – where she attempts to always see the upside – she decides to give it a try.

Lunch devoured, the pair decide to spend the afternoon in nearby Regent’s Park, lolling about on the grass and enjoying the lovely weather.

After a busy afternoon relaxing, hunger called and Emma led Kim back to her flat where she whipped up her infamous Thai curry. When the bottle of wine was polished off, Kim left to catch her flight back to New York, and the two promised to keep in touch.

About The Pollyanna Plan

 

Thirty-something Emma Beckett has always looked down on ‘the glass is half full’ optimists, believing it’s better to be realistic than delusional. But when she loses her high-powered job and fiancé in the same week, even Emma has difficulty keeping calm and carrying on. 

With her world spinning out of control and bolstered by a challenge from her best friend, Emma makes a radical decision. For the next year, she’ll behave like Pollyanna: attempting to always see the upside, no matter how dire the situation. 

Can adopting a positive attitude give Emma the courage to build a new life, or is finding the good in everything a very bad idea?

 

Available on Amazon UK and Amazon.com.