Thursday, November 27, 2014

Happy Thanksgiving

Last year's tablescape
I realized that I'm writing too much lately when, this morning, without my usual block of writing time, I felt the faint stirrings of panic. Maybe it's just withdrawal. That voice, in the back of my head: you should be writing, you should be writing.

Hello, my name is Lauren, and I can't stop writing.

But a day away from the keys will be good for me. And hey, while everyone else is watching football, I can silently plot ways to torture my beloved characters. Hee.

Hopefully I can share some of our feast with you later (er...virtually). My mom's cornbread dressing and green beans are the best. Can't wait to taste them. It's not really about the turkey for me; it's all about the sides.

Happy Thanksgiving, everyone. If football bores you as deeply as it does me, I've got the cure for that... ;)

Wednesday, November 26, 2014

Workshop Wednesday - Taking The Day Off
 File this under My Dream Thanksgiving Table. You know, just in case I ever find myself in possession of heaps of money and leather chairs I don't mind setting up in the great outdoors.
I'm skipping Workshop Wednesday today so I can spend what little time I have focusing on Fearless. The title's misleading: just a day off from running my mouth around here. The fingers are still flying on the keyboard.
Don't stay up too late prepping food, and don't forget AMC is running Gone With the Wind back-to-back-to-back today through 1a.m., if you love it like I do.
Ooh, also, Barnes & Noble is selling some great signed copies on Black Friday. I'm going to try to get my hands on one of these. 

Tuesday, November 25, 2014

Part IV Cover Reveal

It's a bit of a departure from the asphalt theme of the previous covers, but this installment is a little bit of a departure - literally, in that a lot of the action takes place in Louisiana. I wanted to capture the feel of New Orleans with this cover.

Just a little over three weeks to go! December 19th.

Monday, November 24, 2014

Six Months

It's hard to believe that this...

...grew into this...

...and now this!
Viktor is six months old today. The beast. It's hard for me to remember that he's still just a baby when he's pushing seventy-five pounds and is built like a brick shithouse. He was so excited this morning, because it rained all day yesterday, and today, the sun's out, and it's warm, and he came out of his crate and put his feet up on my shoulders so he could have a hug. Happy half-birthday to him.

Sunday, November 23, 2014

Keep Calm...

Yep, pretty much. It's been a dreary, rainy day, and I got lots done! Love that.

Saturday, November 22, 2014

Catch-Up Saturday

You know what? When you don't host Thanksgiving dinner, you get to start decorating for Christmas early, something that, given the schedule of daily life right now, is a small blessing.

I love Christmas, but it's startling to think that it's so close. Out and about today, I saw garland and nativity scenes going up, and just as I was thinking it was way too soon to be prepping, I remembered that it's November 22nd. Wow.
Today was one of those catch-up Saturdays, the kind where you catch up on everything you overlooked during the week. It was time for another hay run. A semi came up alongside us and we lost two bales to the highway. In case you ever wondered, hay bales explode on impact when they hit the pavement. It's, "Oh shiiiii...." And whoosh, they're gone. I saw the one come off my mom's truck in front of me, and was so glad I was the one behind her, dodging the explosion, rather than someone in a sedan who might go careening off the road. But then I got home, and saw that a bale was missing off my truck too. Oops.

I got to do some house cleaning that I'd been wanting/needing to do. I'm crabby when my personal space is disorganized.

Writing is coming right along. Without spoiling anything for anyone who hasn't read Part III, I've never been three-quarters into a book and had the characters in this particular situation before. It's fun. I'm getting to explore whole different aspects of the relationship. That's important for me, as a writer, to get to do something a little different with each book. It's not fun if I'm not growing and stretching.

Also in the spirit of catching up, I mentioned earlier in the week that I wanted to talk more about Only Lovers Left Alive. To keep it short and sweet: this is the answer to the sparkly vampire trends of late. It's a vampire film, yes, but vampirism is not the theme, but a framework, an eternal credibility for the two central characters, whose story is a love story that has endured centuries and retained its sweet, sensual romance. I love its subtlety: the way the scenes are framed as art photography, the clutter, the dirt, the extreme attention to visual detail, and the contrast between the characters: his despair (his hipster contempt is plausible given he's been alive forever; he has something to be disgusted about) and her easy, charming enjoyment of life, and the way she pulls him out of the darkness. Tom Hiddleston and Tilda Swinton are fabulous as Adam and Eve. Fantastic chemistry, wonderful performances. It's a slow-paced, artsy film, not for everyone, I grant, but I'm a big Tom fan, and I loved it. So if you're looking for a vamp movie in the Anne Rice tradition, it's a good pick.
source: pinterest
Okay, I'm going to spend the rest of my night writing, making up for the day's lack of writing. I want to say a huge thank you to my readers, and reviewers, my emailers, my fans, all the people who are making Fearless such a rewarding project. I appreciate you all more than you know. You make me want to write, and write, and write for you.