I came across a blog entry this morning that made me cry. I was clicking around on the directory at Romancing the Blog, wasting time, procrastinating, being generally lazy, when I clicked on Kara Lennox’s blog. Kara Lennox (or Karen, as I still think of her, because she was writing as Karen Leabo when I met her) was one of the very first published authors I ever met. I was absolutely in awe of her. As she says in her blog, I did want to be her when I grew up. Karen was, and still is, one of my heroes in this business. Not only is she a wonderful writer, she’s a wonderful person–cute, funny, generous, full of energy and just plain NICE. I have most of her books and they’re on my keeper shelves. I don’t live in Texas anymore, so I rarely see Karen these days, but I always seek her out at conferences just to say hello because a minute with Karen is always a lift.

To stop by her blog today and find her saying: “Suzanne, I wanna be you when I grow up” just blows my mind. What do you say when your hero says something like that about YOU? I want to say thank you, but that sounds inadequate. Are you crazy? sounds more appropriate. In the end, it’s just–Karen, you’re still my hero.

Take a minute and stop by Kara Lennox’s blog today and tell her how great she is. I think sometimes she forgets.

in between week


Life in between PAX 2 and PAX 3. Post-PAX 2 includes, of course, the ritual Cleaning Of The Office. Throwing out the piles and piles of printed chapters, marked-up and dog-eared, that have nearly overtaken my house. Putting away all the research material pertaining to that book. Filing away everything I need to keep in a neat folder. Getting the characters out of my head.

Pre-PAX 3 includes ordering new research materials–need books on shipwrecks, undersea exploration, deep-sea diving, treasure hunting. Checking out websites while I’m waiting for the books to arrive. Figuring out WHO Cade Brock is and why he’s a merman and HOW he’s a merman. Figuring out why marine archeologist Sienna Parker hates him and why he needs her help. Imagining ways to start the book.

Wallowing in the euphoria that one book is finished, mailed, and that I’m not THAT scared of the new one. Yet.

Catching up on assorted stuff I forgot to do while I was finishing PAX 2. Like pay bills. I had a dream last night that I had $1.34 in the checking account. This is not true, or if it is, I don’t want to know because the last time that happened someone had stolen my debit card number and robbed me blind.

Today I’m advancing to baking cookies. Must pretend to be a fabulous mother before I get sucked in to PAX 3 and turn into a crazy person.

Do I have the sweetest boys or what? I didn’t tell them I mailed my book this week but when they get home from school and see the cookies, they’ll know. They’re already starting to wonder what’s up with the clean bathrooms.

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Okay, they aren’t actually that sweet. Here’s what they really looked like right before I threatened them in order to get the “sweet” picture.

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Yesterday I sent in a list of title suggestions for PAX 2. My fave was “Agent of Darkness”–but I have no idea what they’ll pick. Anyone got any suggestions? Think sexy, dangerous, paranormal, ancient supernatural stones, terrorists. Hero’s superpower: ability to see into the mind of evil. If you suggest a title and my editor picks it, I’ll send you an autographed copy when the book comes out!

Now to figure out what today’s surprise giveaway question will be…….

February 2, 2005 - look, cows!

My daughter is HORSE CRAZY. I don’t know where she gets this because I have ridden a horse exactly one time in my life and I was scared of it. My daughter keeps asking me when =I= am going to take horseback riding lessons. Uh, never? She thinks it’s amusing that I’m afraid of horses....
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February 1, 2005 - Kari Laywell

Taking Larissa’s cue, I checked out the search phrases people used in the past month that brought them to my site. I didn’t come up with any of the exciting naughty search phrases that brought people to Larissa’s site. I can’t decide whether this is good or bad. Shockingly, the most frequently used search phrase...
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