Sunday, July 19, 2015

Packing Light

I am heading to the annual RWA (Romance Writer's of America) conference this week so my mind is on packing. I have my 'professional' outfits chosen, pressed, and ready to go. My casual outfits not so much.

I've planned my outfits around one of pair of shoes. GASP! I know! However, I have to pack to evening gowns and one pair of dress shoes so I don't want to add more weight to the suitcase in the form of shoes.

I've also chosen lightweight clothes, including my jackets which are lace and eyelet. They are lighter to pack and cooler to wear. The remaining clothes are made of lightweight almost wrinkle free fabric. I don't want to have to iron my clothes when I get there. Which leads me to a couple of questions for my readers.

First, do you try to pack light?

Second, does the 'rolled up' method of packing work for you? I've tried it a couple of time and will say the clothes do seem to come out better. However, I'm not going to try to roll the gowns!

Monday, July 13, 2015

Breaking News!

I received a call today! The Widow's Suitor is a finalist in the Orange County California RWA Chapter's Book Buyers Best Contest!!!!!!

What a great way to start the week!

Sunday, July 12, 2015

Story Ideas Are Everywhere!

Last weekend I celebrated the 4th of July in a non-traditional way. I attended a small town parade. This was a first for me and it was wonderful!  Although I've read about many people going to 4th of July parades, I've never had the chance to attend one.

The town is only about an hour away from where I live. A friend of my husband's lives there and  invited us to come and watch the parade. Due to a change in our normal plans, we gladly accepted.

Of course, many things I saw triggered my writer's creativity. Here are a few story ideas I came up with while watching the parade.

Hero occupation: Restore antique tractors

Heroine occupation/hobby: Parade planner. Story line: Town wants to cancel the annual parade.

Hero or Heroine could be a 4H Leader and are trying to help a trouble teen.

Hero and Heroine are competitors in a BBQ contest.

Heroine is trying to raise money for a community memorial garden. The Hero plans to expand his company on the site.

The heroine plans an elaborate float and has to ask the hero, a local carpenter she doesn't get along with, for help.

The parade lasted one and gave many ideas to consider for a short story or a book. What is the last event you attended that gave you a story idea?