Today’s Work-In-Progress Wednesday guest is Susan B. James.

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Welcome Susan. What are your top three dream destinations, and why?

SJ: When I was a teen I dreamed of being rich and famous and I collected in my mind the houses I would own as a part of this rich famousness.

I had a flat in London, A small castle in the Highlands, and a pied-à-terre in New York overlooking Central Park. I also had a villa in Rome and of course a place in Los Angeles.

I already have a house in Los Angeles, though not the Hacienda I originally envisioned. I’ll swap out the villa in Rome for a beach house in Ventura as long as I can find a secret admirer who has a villa in Rome that he longs to place at my disposal.

MJ: What is the top book on your TBR pile?

SJ: In Your Dreams by Kristan Hannah.

MJ: If you didn’t write, what would be your creative outlet?

SJ: My problem is too many creative outlets. I write children’s and adult books. I also act and do improvisation comedy – both musical and non musical. I’ve given up designing costumes. That’s one good thing.

MJ: Other than writing, what would be your dream job?

SJ: Second banana in a half hour TV series filmed with a live audience. Think Rhoda in Mary Tyler Moore.

MJ: LOL! If you had a theme song, what would it be?

SJ: “Fly Me to the Moon”.

MJ: What book do you wish you could have written?

SJ: Natural Born Charmer by Susan Elizabeth Phillips

MJ: What genre is your current WIP?

SJ: Contemporary with a touch of magic.

MJ: What is your favorite genre to read?

SJ: Contemporary with humor or magic or both.

MJ: How did you come up with your hero and heroine’s names?

SJ: Michael is Sherry’s son from Time and Forever. Kate came into my head fully named. Kind of like Minerva.

MJ: How did you chose the setting for your current WIP?

SJ: Two years ago, I read about a matchmaking festival in Ireland in a town called Lisdoonvarna. I knew I had to go there and see it. And I knew that my next book would feature a journey to Lisdoonvarna. It seemed to call for some magic.

MJ: That sounds fascinating! And here we go with the lightning round. Addams Family or The Munsters?

SJ: Addams Family.

MJ: Wine-red or white?

SJ: Red.

MJ: I Dream of Jeannie or Bewitched?

SJ: Bewitched.

MJ: Beer-can or bottle?

SJ: Don’t drink it.

MJ: Stephanie Plum or Eve Dallas?

SJ: Both!

MJ: Favorite TV show?

SJ: It’s about to be Jane The Virgin since my son, Christopher Corbin has a recurring role starting in episode 4

MJ: That’s pretty awesome! Coke or Pepsi

SJ: Coke.

MJ: Introvert or extrovert?

SJ: Introvert with a great extrovert disguise.

MJ: Favorite ethnic food?

SJ: Is fudge ethnic?

MJ: Can you share the first few lines from your current work in progress?

SJ: This is from Kate’s Hero:

His long aristocratic nose twitched with impatience.

“Not one of my better sentences,” Kate shut her ears to the blaring horns and jackhammers and concentrated on the maples flaming along the paths of Madison Square Park. Parks usually inspired her. Finding nature in New York City always felt like magic.

Kate held her breath and let the word Magic float in her mind. Children’s shouts echoed from the playground. Dog walkers passed her, focused on their pets and each other. Old men in brown shoes and delivery people on their lunch hours crowded the benches. She exhaled with a huff of air. Nope. Not feeling it.

Kate bent over her legal pad and tried again.

Lord Rotherham fixed Cressida with a fulminating stare.

MJ: Oh, this sounds good! And you have a current release. How can people purchase it?

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SJ: It’s available on Amazon.

MJ: And how can readers stay current with you?

SJ: Through my blog, Facebook page, Twitter, or Goodreads.

MJ: Thanks so much for joining me today, and good luck with your sales!

 

 

 

Oh, it has been a week.

There were many highlights, including a trip to Watertown, NY with a couple of writing friends for a booksigning and preview screening of a new Public TV show focusing on local authors. I got to be their entourage; it was great fun!

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Authors Kris Fletcher and Gayle Callen (Emma Cane)

TV Stevie and I went to the Capitol Theater in Rome, NY on Friday night. The Amazing Kreskin was there. It was quite an experience.  Saturday night included a lovely get-together with some of TV’s former co-workers. We really had a great time.

There has been very little progress on my lawn recovery or my office reclamation project. And I’m too tired to care.

 

Welcome to WIP Wednesday! My guest today is Sarah Hegger. Welcome, Sarah. Can you tell us one thing most people don’t know about you?

SH: I have a thing for beautiful evening gowns and would wear one every day if I could.

MJ: What is your secret talent?

SH: I know the words to more show tunes than is healthy.

MJ: If you didn’t write, what would be your creative outlet?

SH: Acting, I started off as an actress and a part of me always wants to go back.

MJ: If you had a theme song, what would it be?

SH: “Respect” (Otis Redding/Aretha Franklin).

MJ: Name one thing you won’t leave home without.

SH: My toothbrush, and my mascara.

MJ: Describe your ideal/dream writing space.

SH: I am lucky enough to have my writing space. I have a study that’s all mine. Best of all, it has a door that I can shut when I want to work. Although my children view this as a challenge to be overcome.

MJ: Briefly describe your writing day/process.

SH: I start with getting social media set up for the day. Then, I write my new words first. Once I’ve met my daily word count target I get to editing, sorted into a delivery date order.

MJ: Name one writing-related website you use a lot.

SH: I recently signed on to Autocrit. An amazing site where you can load your book and it spots all those common traps I fall into as a writer. It weeds out the dreaded adverbs, POV filters and overused words, and so much more. I also keep my membership to the Oxford Online Dictionary very close.

MJ: Name 3 things on your desk right now.

SH: San Pellegrino, nail polish, a potted hydrangea.

MJ: Do you listen to music when you write? Explain.

SH: I can’t listen to music, I get distracted and start singing the lyrics.

MJ: What do you love most about your WIP hero?

SH: His kindness, although I’m still trying to persuade him to let it shine through.

MJ: What do you least like about your WIP heroine?

SH: She believes she’s a one-woman army, battling through life all on her own.

MJ: What genre is your current WIP?

SH: Contemporary romance.

MJ: What is your favorite genre to read?

SH: I’ll read any genre, just tell me a good story about characters I care about.

MJ: How did you come up with your hero and heroine’s names?

SH: I like old-fashioned, more traditional names and tend to default to that. Then, I just go with my gut. I can’t say why a name fits or doesn’t, it either feels right or I change it.

MJ: Do you ever base characters on people you know?

SH: Elements of people I know always creep into my characters somehow.

MJ: How did you choose the setting for your current WIP?

SH: Especially when writing contemporary, I try and keep it to an environment I know well enough to know the taste, smell and feel of the setting.

MJ: Now it’s time for the lightning round. Addams Family or The Munsters?

SH: Addams Family.

MJ: Wine-red or white?

SH: Red

MJ: I Dream of Jeannie or Bewitched?

SH: Bewitched.

MJ: Beer-can or bottle?

SH: Bottle

MJ: Stephanie Plum or Eve Dallas?

SH: Stephanie Plum

MJ: Cinco de Mayo or St Patrick’s Day?

SH: St. Patrick’s Day.

MJ: Last movie you saw in a theater:

SH: Captain America: The Winter Warrior 

MJ: Favorite TV Show?

SH: Master Chef.

MJ: Flintstones or Jetsons?

SH: Flintstones.

MJ: Favorite band when you were in high school? (Marching band doesn’t count.)

SH: Depeche Mode

MJ: Coke or Pepsi?

SH: Coke.

MJ: Introvert or extrovert?

SH: Introvert.

MJ: Favorite ethnic food?

SH: Thai

MJ: Now, for the meat of the interview. Will you share the first few lines of your current work in progress?

SH: Of course. This is from Handle With Care, which is a working title only.

Chloe took a deep breath. Money. Even the air of Michael Knightley’s apartment smelled rich.

The front door slid shut behind her with a dull thud.

“Darling, I’m home.”

The sun split through the horizontal blinds and painted the oak floor in rich chocolate stripes.

She would mop today and keep that deep, wooden glow to the wood.

“How was your day?” She dropped her purse and backpack on the travertine countertop that separated the kitchen from the den. “Mine totally sucked.”

MJ: Sounds like a great read! You have a current release now–Sweet Bea. This is an amazing cover. Where can we buy it?

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SH: Amazon, Barnes & Noble, and Kensington.

MJ: And how can readers stay in touch with you?

SH: I have a website, a blog, and a Facebook page. I’m on Twitter, Pinterest, Linkdin, Google+, and Goodreads.

MJ: Thanks again for joining me, and good luck with your books!

The first week or so, work on the transformation of my back yard from ancient-above-ground-pool-to-sanctuary progressed steadily.2014-09-28 15.09.06

Cleaning out the sand and gravel was a slow, messy job.

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 Daisy-like flowers appeared. This is good. I love daisies.

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Then ornamental rocks found their way into place.

Focus for meditation? I like to think so.

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Then the beginning of the patio extension started taking shape.

The pool was here when we moved in as newly-weds. My children, Y & X, have never known anything else.

I can’t wait. I can smell next summer’s fresh herbs already.

Today I’d like to welcome author Casse NaRome to WIP Wednesday. Casse, tell us something most people don’t know about you.

CN: I am terrified of owls. I serious break out in cold sweat if I even see a picture.

MJ: If you didn’t write, what would be your creative outlet?

CN: I’d most likely dance…horribly.

MJ: Other than writing, what would be your dream job?

CN: I love astronomy and archaeology.

MJ: Name one thing you won’t leave home without.

CN: Lip gloss

MJ: Is there a particular movie that you preferred over the book version of the story?

CN: Twilight series. I liked the first book but the rest was a slow decline. I loved the movies!

MJ: What do you normally eat for breakfast, or do you skip it and get straight to work?

CN: I normally skip breakfast but my day job is 11 pm – 7 am so breakfast time is my “night.”

MJ: Describe your ideal/dream writing space.

CN: Somewhere I could see and hear the rain from my desk.

MJ: Do you listen to music when you write? Explain.

CN: I can’t have music playing while writing because I get distracted but before I start I play music that fits either one of the characters or the scene.

MJ: Do you collage your story before writing? Explain.

CN: I’m a seat of my pants writer. I find it frustrating if I plot because both my character and I usually want to not follow the plot because we are rebels.

MJ: What do you love most about your WIP hero?

CN: I love that he is so moody and he has dry wit. Like so dry and brittle he should be banned during red flag fire days. lol

MJ: What genre is your current WIP?

CN: Adult Paranormal Romance.

MJ: What is your favorite genre to read?

CN: YA Paranormal Romance

MJ: How did you come up with your hero and heroine’s names?

CN: They always just come to me. My characters pop in my head and they talk to me. I feel insane just saying that.

MJ: Do you ever base characters on people you know?

CN: Sometimes. I take bits in people but it is very rarely that I do that.

MJ: How did you chose the setting for your current WIP?

CN: It is just where the story happens. I don’t really have choice.

MJ: Ready for the lightning round? Addams Family or Munsters?

CN: Addams Family

MJ: Wine–red or white?

CN: Red

MJ: I Dream of Jeannie or Bewitched?

CN: Bewitched

MJ: Beer–can or bottle?

CN: Bottle

MJ: Cinco de Mayo or St. Patrick’s Day?

CN: St. Patrick’s Day

MJ: Last movie you saw in a theater?

CN: No Good Deed

MJ: Favorite TV show?

CN: Sleepy Hollow, Scandal, Vampire Diaries, Workaholics, Undateable, wow so many more.

MJ: That’s a lot of television! Flintstones or Jetsons?

CN: Jetsons

MJ: Favorite band when you were in high school (Marching band doesn’t count)?

CN: Matchbox 20.

MJ: Coke or Pepsi?

CN: Pepsi

MJ: Introvert or extrovert?

CN: Introvert.

MJ: Favorite ethnic food?

CN: Mexican

MJ: And now for the main event: your  work in progress! Can you share the first few lines with us?

CN: This is from When Lily’s Fall:

Wings thrust out, Valience kneeled with his head low. He heard her crying for him. He truly believed something was wrong with this human woman. After all he had done to her of which he could make a lengthy list. In the end, she was crying from over the verdict he had just received.

Cast down.

He was losing his wings.

Valience felt numb, unable to believe what his brothers were about to inflict on him. He amended— what he had caused his brothers to inflict on him. His cold ice blue eyes stared at the floor not shedding the tears that he wanted to cry. He screamed silently. His mind a torrent storm.

MJ: Great hook! And do you have a book out now?

CN: Yes. Part Time Reaper 1 Tag Em and Bag Em  is available through Amazon.

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MJ: And how can fans stay in touch with you?

CN: My website and blog, Facebook page, or Twitter.

MJ: Thanks for stopping by, and good luck with your books!

“A garden must combine the poetic and the mysterious with a feeling of serenity and joy.” Luis Barragan

Turns out one of our neighbors does landscaping. “What do you want?” he asked.

A good question with many answers.

  • Low maintenance
  • a container garden
  • an herb garden
  • a meditation garden
  • lawn
  • someplace to sit in privacy and write
  • Did we mention low maintenance?
  • Oh, and could we extend the patio with pavers?

First step: remove the sand and gravel that housed the pool for so many years.

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Then he put in a low wall of flat rocks–shale, I think.

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Yes, we’re going to keep those bushes–cypress? cedar? They hid the base of the pool; now they’ll provide privacy from the street. He brought over some plants. And yes, my maple tree had to go: chlorine poisoning, we were told. It was slowly dying. The stump is visible in the first photo below.

blog 2c blog 2e blog 2dTurns out autumn is the best time to plant grass. Who knew?

To be continued . . .

 

Today’s Work In Progress Wednesday guest is Becky Lower. Welcome Becky! What are you top three dream destinations and why?

BL: My cabin in the George Washington National Forest, any of the Redwood forests in CA, Sedona, AZ. All of these destinations have one thing in common–they get me closer to nature.

MJ: Sounds lovely. What is the top book on your TBR pile?

BL: Susan Elizabeth Phillips’ new book, Heroes Are My Weakness.

MJ: Loved it! If you didn’t write, what would be your creative outlet?

BL: I would probably be a well-known quilter by now.

MJ: If you could trade places with anyone for just one day, who would you be and why?

BL: I’d want to be Sacajawea, traveling with Lewis & Clark as they explored the western US for the first time.

MJ: What do you normally eat for breakfast, or do you skip it and get straight to work?

BL: I have to have coffee. Then, I head to my office and, depending on how things go, I forget to eat until about noon.

MJ: Describe your ideal writing space.

BL: I love my office. Soft green walls, the covers of my first 4 books on the wall greeting me each day, my beautiful desk. Okay, you can’t usually see the desk because of all the papers on it, but I know it’s there, and gorgeous.

MJ: Briefly describe your writing day/process.

BL: I get up about 7 am, get my coffee and head to the office where I spend an hour or so checking my overnight sales, web visits, email, etc. Then, I get to work on my WIP. I try to write 1500 words by noon. Then, after a break, I either pay attention to social media or I edit another manuscript.

MJ: Name 3 things on your desk right now.

BL: I have a pile of business cards from the most recent RWA conference, a paperweight, and my old computer. I’m trying to transfer all my files over to the new one, but it’s a slow process.

MJ: Do you collage your story before writing? Explain.

BL: I have found using Blake Snyder’s beat sheet works best for me. I don’t want to do a complete outline, since that eliminates the magic, but a simple beat sheet keeps me on track while allowing room for surprises.

MJ: What do you love most about your WIP hero?

BL: I love that Henry Cooper is a fencer. While in college, I had a crush on someone on the fencing team, and I immortalized him in Henry. Henry also has every reason to hate his sister, yet he loves her enough to put his own needs on the back burner.

MJ: What do you least like about your WIP heroine?

BL: Rosemary Fitzpatrick is a writer, which in itself would be enough. But she’s also unconventional in other aspects of her life. She doesn’t need a man to take care of her, but Henry is a perfect match for her.

MJ: What genre is your current WIP?

BL: The Duplicitous Debutante is a historical romance set in Victorian America.

MJ: What is your favorite genre to read?

BL: I usually read historical romances mixed in between contemporaries, since I also write contemporary.

MJ: How did you come up with your hero and heroine’s names?

BL: The Fitzpatrick children are all names for seasonings and herbs. Rosemary is the sixth child to be featured. Henry’s name came about because I wanted to make him a Boston Brahmin, and Cooper is a long-standing Brahmin name. But I also wanted him to be half-French, so the name Henry, or Henri, was a perfect choice.

MJ: Ready for the lightning round? Cinco de Mayo or St. Patrick’s Day?

BL: Cinco de Mayo

MJ: The last movie you saw in a theater?

BL: Get On Up, the James Brown Story

MJ: Favorite band when you were in high school (Marching band doesn’t count)?

BL: The Music Explosion.

MJ: Coke or Pepsi?

BL: Coke.

MJ: Introvert or extrovert?

BL: Extrovert with introvert tendencies (or maybe the other way round).

MJ: Oh, an ambivert!  And what’s your favorite ethnic food?

BL: Greek.

MJ: And now, what we’ve all been waiting for: you current Work In Progress. Can you share the first few lines?

BL: Yes. Barnswallow Summer is a contemporary romance.

Nick Freeman pushed the large face of his Irish wolfhound away from between the seats of his car. “In the back, Rufus. I know you’re excited, but we’ve got a ways to go yet, and I can’t deal with your doggie breath for the next hundred miles.”

Rufus wasn’t the only excited boy in this car. Nick had been working non-stop on his business for years without much of a break. Buying up foreclosed homes, fixing and flipping them, had brought in the dollars, but somewhere along the way, the thrill, the pride, of it went by the wayside. Along with his marriage. And a couple really promising relationships.

MJ: Excellent! And where can people purchase your current release,  The Duplicitous Debutante?

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BL: The book is available on Amazon.

MJ: And how can readers stay in touch with you?

BL: My website, my blog, Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, and Goodreads.

 

 

 

When we bought our house, many years ago, there was an above-ground pool in the back yard. When our children were younger, it was a wonderful thing to have. But even then, we didn’t use it much–between work, baseball games, and erratic upstate New York weather, there was never enough time to really enjoy it. Our children went to day camp in the summers, and most of the time, that included swimming, so they weren’t deprived.

Three years ago, we opened the pool, but a harsh winter left the water a particularly nasty shade of yuck we could not chemical away. The following two years, we didn’t even bother to open it. Our children are grown and mostly gone. We decided that’s what should happen to the pool: gone.

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Craig’s List yielded no takers. So we called the scrappers to come and get it.

pool04Scrappers will come and take down the whole thing if you let them have it. It didn’t cost us a penny.

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They were efficient and neat about it, too.

pool03But now what? My back lawn can’t remain like this.

Stay tuned . . .

Today I’m pleased to welcome author Gay Yellen to Work In Progress Wednesday.

Gay, what are your top three dream destinations and why?

GY: Paris, because I lived there when I was twenty, and I can never get enough; Montana, because hiking in Glacier National Park is a big dose of heaven; Venice, because it’s Venice.

MJ: What is one thing most people don’t know about you?

GY: I used to have a nightclub act.

MJ: Really? What did you do?

GY: I was cabaret singer–some Broadway, some pop, some French/American hits.

MJ: That’s wild! If you weren’t writing, would that be your dream job?

GY: No. I’d be a philanthropist. I’d love to help create meaningful solutions to some of our most intractable problems – educate the poor, aid in medical research – and encourage struggling artists, too.

MJ: What do you normally eat for breakfast, or do you skip it and get straight to work?

GY: Multigrain toast with almond butter and a slice of fresh fruit (peach in summer, pear in winter) or my brother’s yummy fig preserves) and a big mug of coffee. Then I’m ready to work.

MJ: Describe your ideal/dream writing space.

GY: A room of my own, with a big beautiful view.

MJ: Briefly describe your writing day/process.

GY: I try to visualize the next day’s work as I’m falling asleep at night, so that by morning I’m ready to start the next scene, or fix a passage that’s been bugging me. It’s an old habit from my student years, when I’d use the same technique to review whatever I’d been studying. Of course, this can backfire, and keep you up all night worrying! But it usually prepares me to start writing the next day. I work until the muse leaves me, or life gets in the way.

MJ: That’s a great process!  Name one writing-related website you use a lot.

GY: I find Anne R. Allen’s blog useful (annerallen.blogspot.com), and Pamela Fagan Hutchins is the queen of successful indie authors (pamelahutchins.com). Even though I have a publisher, I learn so much from her. Sorry, you said one, but I have two!

MJ: That’s okay. What book do you wish you could have written?

GY: The Book Thief

MJ: Name 3 things on your desk right now.

GY: A crazy pile of manuscript edits on the sequel to The Body Business. Three full flash drives and a fourth waiting to be used. A paperweight my husband made for his Mom when he was in third grade with his adorable school picture on top.

MJ: Love the paperweight! Do you listen to music when you write? Explain.

GY: When I work on the historical fiction I hope to complete before I die, I listen to music of that place and time. Otherwise, silence is golden.

MJ: What do you love most about your WIP hero?

GY: He’s a man of mystery, with a sad past and a kind heart. Handsome and rich, too. I like everything about him, except that it’s hard for him to share his feelings.

MJ: What do you least like about your WIP heroine?

GY: She’s still trying to find herself, but I think she’s going to make it!

MJ: What genre is your current WIP?

GY: Mystery.

MJ: What’s your favorite genre to read?

GY: Literary fiction.

MJ: How did you come up with your hero and heroine’s names?

GY: I pictured them in my mind and tried a few until something stuck.

MJ: Do you ever base characters on people you know?

GY: Not consciously.

MJ: How did you chose the setting for your current WIP?

GY: It’s a sequel to The Body Business, so for now, the characters are in the same place, which is Houston and the beautiful Central Texas hills. Stay tuned, though . . .

MJ: LOL! And with that, it’s time for the lightning round. Wine: red or white?

GY: Do I have to choose? Red, mostly, but I do love Prosecco.

MJ: I don’t blame you. Beer: can or bottle?

GY: Bottle.

MJ: Cinco de Mayo or St. Patrick’s Day?

GY: Cinco de Mayo. I live in Texas, and even if I didn’t – the margaritas!

MJ: Paper or e-books?

GY: Paper.

MJ: Introvert or extrovert?

GY: Introvert.

MJ: Favorite ethnic food?

GY: My comfort ethnic foods are Italian and Mexican.

MJ: Mmmm. Now for the meat of the blog: your current WIP. Can you share the opening lines with us?

GY: The working title for this is The Body Next Door.

Miles of dark empty highway had lulled me into a stupor until, out of nowhere, a thundering convoy of eighteen-wheelers caught up to me, hurtling their loads like freight trains. They closed in around my compact rental—a Ford Ferret, or Frito, or something like that—threatening to crush it between their bullying wheels.

My brain jerked into hyper-alert. I drained the last of the Super-Sized Java from the All-Nite in Denton, switched the radio to hard rock and turned the volume up to ear-bleed. Maybe it was foolish to try to make it home from Nebraska in one go, but after two days of reliving the second-worst chapter of my life, I’d had it. By dawn I’d be home, or what passed for home these days: Carter Chapman’s condo in Houston, on loan while I got back on my feet.

Practically everyone important in my life was gone, the career I’d worked so hard to build, destroyed. And the person I thought could be the man of my dreams, vanished. The future was a great big blank. Yet here I was, bee-lining it back to the city where it all went down.

MJ: Wow! I understand you have a current book out.

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GY: Yes, The Body Business, which is available at Amazon.

MJ: And how can your fans stay in touch with you?

GY: My website, FacebookTwitter, LinkdIn, and Goodreads.

MJ: Thanks for stopping by today, and good luck!

 

 

I was home sick with a sinus infection a couple of afternoons this past week. Every time I started to doze, the telephone rang (or TV Stevie came home with a treat for me). And not a single one of the calls was an actual call. but rather was a solicitation from a stranger, and more often than not in the form of a robo call.

I am on the national “Do Not Call” list. In fact, I just checked to make sure my telephone numbers are still registered. They are. But, according the the website: “Political solicitations are not covered by the TSR at all, since they are not included in its definition of “telemarketing.” Charities are not covered by the requirements of the national registry.” And that sucks. A lot of scammers pretend to be charities and wake me up. Or interrupt my viewing of The Roosevelts. Or my writing.

Some people suggest checking caller ID before answering the phone. Caller ID does not miraculously prevent the phone from ringing in the first place. And that’s what prevents me from napping. Or watching TV. Or writing, reading, cooking dinner, or meditating. And this past week was sunny. And one of my definitions of heaven is napping on the living room sofa with the sun on my face.

I pay a telephone bill for my convenience, not some solicitor’s sales quota. There is something inherently wrong about paying to be disturbed by unwanted calls. Yet we keep the land line because so many places with which we do business require a telephone number, and we are not about to give out our cell numbers so they, too, can be sold to more business to annoy us.

The only people I want calling me are my husband, children, parents, siblings, nieces/nephews, publisher(s), potential agents, and my physician’s office to tell me yes, the doctor will write a script for meds for my sinus infection, and my pharmacy to say, “Your prescription is ready for pick up.”