What would you do if you knew you could not fail?


I’ve seen this quote around for a while, in fact I have it on my Pinterest board.  I tend to collect quotes that speak to me for one reason or another.

This reminds me that it can be good to step out of your comfort zone, occassionally. My first publisher asked me to participate in a project.  It was a paranormal project about the descendents of witched and each book was to be based on a movie musicals. Since she had just bought another book of mine, I felt I at least owed her to consider the project.

When I looked at the bible, all my favorite musicals had been snapped up by other authors.  Then I saw The Music Man  and the premise read, a wizard comes to a small town and sells magic mirrors, or are they?  I immediately saw in my mind a man standing outside a mirror and one inside. That became The Man in the Mirror.  I still wrote romantic suspense but then ghosts started infiltrating them. It was definitly out of my comfort zone but I had learned when something keeps coming to you, the universe is trying to tell you something.

So now I now have two cozy series with ghosts or dead entities.  The Pink Lady has a couple who were killed and now haunt a house ala  “Topper”. ( If you’re to young to remember that movie, check out IMDB.)

The second one Dead Men Do tell Tales is set in a funeral home where one of the morticians can talk to dead people. Both series are fun to write and I’ve gotten positive feedback on them both.

I’ve also started another mystery that looks to be a cozy, without ghosts, at least so far.

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A learning vacation NYC part 2


You can’t talk about NY without talking about the food. My mother in law is a fabulous cook and I lot of what I know i learned watching her in the kitchen,  But there was more I got all my food needs meet.  Nathans, which still make the best hot dogs and french fries.  My favorite Polish  restaurant in the neighborhood, Teresa’s.  Of course Dimsum.  There were two additional places filled this foodies soul as well as her stomach.

The day we went to the museum of math we also went to Mario Batali’s new place Eataly.  Amazing.  It’s part grocery store with restaurants in between.  Sort of like a little Italian village.   I purchased a jar of lemon marmalade to bring home. Thought I had wrapped it tightly in my clothes so it wouldn’t break open on the trip home. Unfortunately I could not hide it from the clutches of TSA. Never mind it was sealed shut, had not been opened. It was over 3 oz and was confiscated. I hope they enjoy it…not.

I had originally planned to stay in on Wednesday and rest my legs from the trekking around.  Until my mother in law said the one thing guaranteed to change my mind.  Debbie is bringing the girls.  Debbie is my  husbands youngest sister and I will not give up a chance to spend time with her daughters. Before we met them, we stopped at the famous Algonquin hotel. Home of the infamous round table, where Dorothy Parker, Robert Benchly and others once gathered.  We did not get to see the round table. but I got some marvelous pictures in the lobby.  To stand where so many famous writers had stood was inspiring.

We met Debbie and girls at a restaurant called BUTTER.  It sounded familiar but I couldn’t think of why.  When i entered the restaurant I found out.  It is the restaurant of food network chef,and Chopped judge Alex Guarneschelli.  The food was amazing, the service was impeccable. From my 70+ mother in law to my youngest niece, we were treated well.  When the chef came out to talk to us I was starstruck and actually speechless.  Doesn’t happen often.

The New York subway can be an exercise in futility.I don;t think I understand it any more now than I did when I first visited it over thirty years ago.  However it is a writers treasure trove of characters The subway car was filled with lots of stories.  Half the people were plugged into their devices. Some I was glad to see, were actually reading books. The rest either had their eye closed or were trying to watch their fellow passengers without seeming to do so.

 

So What did I learn on this trip

I learned I have to pace myself and know when to call  it a day.

I learned that I’d rather have 105 and dry then 85 and humid , guess that means I really have become a dessert rat.

Now if I can just get rid of this lung infection that seems to have followed me home.

A learning vacation,Part 1


We just returned from a trip to New York City to visit my mother -in-law and family and friends. It was a busy week, but fun.

NYC is a fascinating place The energy there us amazing.  Tiring, but amazing.  A big difference than when we were there in December when i could barely walk  after my last fall

We were taking to a classical music concert on a barge in the East River.  Fun trying to maneuver a rocking barge with a cane.  Luckily, I didn’t fall. St. Pa tricks Cathedral  is undergoing renovation but still amazing, even for this “recovering” catholic. Across the street is Rockefeller Center, home of NBC and the famous Christmas tree.  Right now there is a topiary there that I’m told is supposed to be a dog,  Could have fooled me.:)

We went to my favorite museum, the Metropolitan Museum of Art.  My husband very patiently wheeled me around in a wheelchair as we went to two major exhibits. Charles James was a fashion exhibit that was amazing,, clothes from the 40’s and 50’s. Stunningly breathtaking it showed how the dress was designed.  It gave me a new view of what goes into designing a gown.  Especially some of the long intricate gowns you see in the movies from the 40’s and 50’s/

The other exhibit is Decoding Chinese Calligraphy which was fun.  I love the intricacies of the form and as my husband speaks chinese he was able to add a new dimension to it.  All in all a wonderful afternoon.  Made more soo as our friend Rita was able to join us.

I have never been a big fan of modern art.  Most of it I just don’t get.  But I let my mother in law take us to the Museum of Modern Art.. One floor had paintings by Degas, Van Gogh and Picasso.  I enjoyed those and could have spent hours in the room that had Monet s Water Lillie’s on all four walls. Some of the rest of the art in there went over me, except for Andy Warhol.Pleae Modern art lovers do not come after me, this is just my opinion.

We also went to the Museum of Mathematics.  The look on my face told everyone what ithought of it and surprised to prove I was wrong.  It was a very hands on interactive place that I thoroughly enjoyed and would highly recommend to math geeks and non geeks alike,

See NYC  part 2

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Guardian Cat


They’re doing the roofs in my apartment complex over. Finally they started on my building.  It’s funny to watch my cats. It’s getting hot during the day here in Tucson (sorry my friends on the east coast) so they are usually done by 1 or 2 pm.  Until then the cats, especially Yerbie stands in the doorway watching. If the guys working show up in front of the apartment he gets right up to the door and watched what they are doing. They’re doing major renovations here and he’ll probably go nuts when they start replacing the patio fences.  It is nice to know I have someone protecting me, while Michael is in work. 😦