I’m not a graphic designer, but…

OK, so I know I’m supposed to be editing (and I am, I SWEAR!), but I needed a break so I started playing with my book cover design. Not that it matters anyway, because I’m going to finish this novel AND get an agent AND get a publishing contract which will include a cover design anyway.

But I was having fun.

Here is my original design:

My Side cover


And here is my new one (you can see I have a vision about this cover):

My Side cover2

A graphic designer I am not. But, hey, a girl can have a little fun on Sunday afternoon.

Thoughts? Comments? Suggestions? Would you buy this book based on this cover? Why or why not? You are my audience so I am clearly open to ideas!

Thanks, as always, for supporting me!



My Side of the Bed: Chapter 2

Here is a sneak peek of Chapter 2 of my novel My Side of the Bed (unpublished). Feel free to comment and let me know what you think! If you missed (or forget) Chapter 1, you might want to click here first.

Later The Day I Left

My fingers feel tingly as I grip the steering wheel and navigate my way out of the parking lot. Reaching the road, I stop at the red light and take a deep breath. I don’t want to go home, I think, lowering my head. I shouldn’t go home. What I should do is turn the car around and go back into the store to finish the shopping. A horn beeps loudly from the car behind me, and I look up to see a green light.

Home is to the right. I turn left.

Driving down the road in my sensible family car—a minivan stocked with booster seats and all kinds of distractions for antsy children—I feel a mixture of indignation, disbelief, and numbness. Mostly numbness. I don’t know what I was thinking back there in the store. And I don’t know what I am supposed to be feeling at this moment. I don’t typically abandon a cart full of groceries, but here I am leaving the supermarket with nary a box of cereal.

I don’t know where I’m headed, but I know it isn’t home. It will only be a matter of time until I come to my senses and return to my chores, my responsibilities, my life. I know this because it’s what I’m expected to do. My stomach actually clenches at the thought. But until that happens, I just want to do anything BUT what is responsible. So I just drive.

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BE HAPPY: A Grammatical Perspective

Earlier today I was on the treadmill at my gym reading a book (which is what nerds like me do when they actually make the time to work out!). During a fairly benign scene in chapter twenty-seven, two characters in the novel were discussing what they want out of life, and predictably, one of the characters said, “I want to be happy, I suppose.”

Coincidentally, but perhaps not so much, I looked up from my book and out the picture window of the gym that faced a row of homes across the street. Perched in an upstairs window of a house just to the left was a small sign with bold white letters: “BE HAPPY.”

So this got me to thinking. Which can be a dangerous sport.

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Three Secrets Every Wanna-Be Author Should Know

Every author was, at some point, a wanna-be author.

That was me about a year ago. Even though I have been writing my entire life, I only recently finished penning my first novel. Yes, it only took about 50 or so years for me to get serious (or maybe brave?) about this mission!

It was a labor of love and also one of dedication.

But now that the monumental task of writing that first draft is behind me, I actually feel like I have something to offer other wanna-be authors. I have narrowed it down to three secrets that all new writers should embrace.

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We’re Halfway Through Summer….What Are You Reading??

Reading is usually my “go to” summer activity. In fact, I can usually get four or five novels in before the school bell rings again in September. But with my “little” writing activity (did I mention I am working on a novel??), my reading time has been seriously cut short.

I recently finished a book recommended by a friend—One Thousand White Women: The Journals of May Dodd. As I mentioned in a previous post, I didn’t technically “read” it as it was an audiobook, but I very much enjoyed it! Gave it 4/5 stars. But always read several reviews to see if it’s a book for you! Personally, I really like getting recommendations from others because they usually take me out of my comfort zone and expose me to stories I normally wouldn’t choose.

So what are YOU reading this summer? Or what have you already finished that you would recommend? Tell me in the comments below, and don’t forget to say why you like it! And check back to see what others suggest…if you’re looking, that is!

P.S. Feel free to follow me on Goodreads if you want to see what else I’ve been reading.