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Just me, chatting away… (Contest)
Monday, October 12th, 2020

UPDATE: The winner is…Cara!

It’s hard to be chatty with one-handed typing. I say that, but I just finished a novella typing with one hand and one finger. It can be done if you’re properly motivated! No excuses!

I’ve been plotting my new book and another series I’ll be showing you soon. Well, as soon as I can get a cover for you to drool over. It’s not easy looking for the right series name, the right branded look for a cover. I love my Montana Bounty Hunters books’ “look”— sis (Elle James, if ya didn’t know) did an awesome job with that.

I spent (er, wasted an afternoon and evening looking for the right guy to be on the first cover. I still have no clue. Nothing jumped out to me from the usual sites. If any of you out there have recommendations for photo stock sites with really hot, rugged men, I’m game to go look!

I spent an hour cleaning my desk. If you could see the amount of crap I keep on my desktop (toys, cups of pens, those weird solar-powered dancing figures, notebooks, and on and on, you’d see what I mean. I’m not taking a photo because you’d call one of those hoarders shows or sic Marie Kondo on me, but I don’t roll with Feng Shui. I roll with clutter.

LawlessSo, tonight after midnight, Lawless releases! Expect fun, sexy times. Due to my hand, it’s shorter than what I’ve been writing lately, but it’s satisfying and sweet, and the heroine is badass in her own way. The hero is an ex-Ranger and presently a Texas deputy—so a guy who can handle thangs. And he has chest hair, which the guy on the cover clearly does not!

A few minutes ago, I went upstairs to start coffee for my dd. She’s got all four kids in the sunroom with the windows open. Outside, it’s sunny and just right—breezy with just a hint of cool. They’re gathered around the table out there with their school laptops and tablets, doing their homework. My dd’s in her groove in the mornings, making sure everyone is keeping up on assignments and getting to their zoom meetings on time. She does all that while doing dishes and laundry. She’s amazeballs.

2020 will be a year everyone in our family will look back on with mixed emotions. I think the fact we’ve pulled together as a family and spent so much time figuring out how to be happy will be something we’ll look back on with fondness. Everything we do is purposeful. Every little victory is worthy of celebration—a movie night, a special dinner.

Which gets me to the coming holiday…Halloween. I’d love your suggestions for making it fun and memorable. We’ll be skipping the door-to-door stuff and the many activities I’m sure most folks will still be doing around town (folks here aren’t much on science or masking). So, offer up ideas for things for us to do around the homeplace, and you’ll be entered to win a $5 Amazon gift card!

10 comments to “Just me, chatting away… (Contest)”

  1. Colleen C.
    · October 12th, 2020 at 12:21 pm · Link

    so many games you could create, art projects, or Halloween food items… even turn your yard into a Halloween candy hunt. I have made a pin the bone on the skeleton game, paper mache monsters, graham cracker haunted houses, slime, decorate rice krispy treats, cookies, paint each others faces, have a themed scavenger hunt, so many possibilities!

  2. Debra Guyette
    · October 12th, 2020 at 2:07 pm · Link

    Do an online class. I am going to try Mansions of the Moon

  3. bn100
    · October 12th, 2020 at 2:58 pm · Link

    Halloween movie night

  4. Cara
    · October 12th, 2020 at 4:20 pm · Link

    Scavenger hunt. There’s plenty of history and/or spooky stuff in our neck of the woods. Visit a pumpkin patch and pick one out – maybe they offer a hayride? After the hunt is done, a bonfire with smores, ghost stories, candied apples, and roasted hot dogs. Hope you have fun and happy Samhain!

  5. Mary Preston
    · October 12th, 2020 at 5:44 pm · Link

    Halloween treats and movies. Even better if you make the treats. Loads of ideas online.

  6. Reina Torres
    · October 12th, 2020 at 7:51 pm · Link

    lots of ghost stories… lots and lots of them.. .

  7. Misty Dawn
    · October 12th, 2020 at 8:08 pm · Link

    Definitely a movie and snacks night! We are doing a small scavenger candy hunt for my niece and then letting her help me make “scary” snacks.

  8. Jennifer Beyer
    · October 12th, 2020 at 8:32 pm · Link

    Oooo! Shrinky dinks! I loved them as a kid but realized a couple of years ago that my kids had no idea what they are. We had so much fun with the kit I purchased!

  9. Delaine McLafferty
    · October 13th, 2020 at 10:47 am · Link

    Halloween is my least favorite holiday. We are not doing anything for Halloween this year. I’m leaving my light off and not answering the door. We have a bunch of parents that say their kids just have to be able to trick or treat. We have the same people here that you have. Those that don’t care about anyone or anything beyond the fact that you can’t tell me what to do. We have had a school district actually vote on a trespassing ordinance for anyone that won’t wear a mask at the football games. They had to cancel a game at half time because the father of 2 of the boys on the other team wouldn’t put on a mask or leave when asked. He’s been arrested for trespassing multiple times and pushing his way into a closed meeting at one of the city buildings.

  10. flchen1
    · October 17th, 2020 at 12:44 am · Link

    So many fun ideas suggested! Given how creatively inclined your family seems to be, I’m sure you could come up with a fantastic group costume and way to decorate a room! Maybe you can also each paint or carve a jack o’ lantern! Or do some festive drawings or paintings for your “gallery”! A few of these seemed fun–

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