Let’s get something straight …

I’ve had something on my mind for a couple of weeks now and I’ve been a little unsure as to how to even address it or hell, even if I should.

That should probably be my first indication that I should just stop right now, shut the laptop, and forget all about it. But apparently my give a damn is broken today.

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An Open Letter to Readers

Dear Readers,

I wanted to address something with you today that has been bothering me. Maybe you’ve seen it or maybe you haven’t, but an industry lawsuit that was publicized over the past few days called you out as — and I quote — “Unsophisticated consumers.” Actually, the full excerpt was “Unsophisticated consumers aggravate the likelihood of confusion, Hasbro, supra.” 

In short, the Plaintiff is essentially calling her readers stupid. Unintelligent to the point where they are blinded by the bare-chested men and attractive women gracing a cover and therefore unable to determine WHO the author is. Because they don’t read the byline. They simple see the word “Cocky” paired with glistening abs and one-click without second thought.

Really.
That’s what she’s getting at.
I can’t make this shit up.
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Dear Author

A long, long time ago, I posted this lil’ blog called Dear Book Blogger. At the time, it garnered some good attention and I still love that post dearly (if you haven’t read it, go check it out).

But with all of the negative self-talk I’m seeing online from my industry peers lately, I think we’re long overdue for the next iteration. It doesn’t matter if you’re new to the game or well-established, I think these are some good reminders for all of us.

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Late Night Thoughtless Thoughts

I’m not web savvy at all, but I wish I were less savvy so I could justify hiring a web guru to help me iron out a few kinks. My stubbornness runs strong.

There really needs to be a web tutorial called “How to setup an email account with your own web domain for dummies” because home fry here can’t figure it out.

I already know what I want for the cover of a book I want to write two books from now.

I also already know the dedication for a book I only have 1,500 words for. The dedication alone is epic and worth the price of entry. Trust me.

I am massively overwhelmed by the amount of love the sale for An Unforgivable Love Story generated. I can’t thank you guys enough.

I don’t remember the last time I logged onto GoodReads.

Why did I just divert from this and go down the rabbit hole of GoodReads?! I need a hug. And a donut. And maybe an open-palmed slap for being such a masochist. I also want to kiss Bridgett for her awesome review and for putting me on a shelf titled “Buy Paperback.”  I’m sure if I actually tried to kiss her, there’d be a restraining order against me pretty quickly. Because anyone named Bridgett with two T’s inevitably runs with a kick ass tribe of chicks who look out for each other. Nevertheless … I sorta kinda, love you for your kind words.

Tonight is the last night our littlest is in a “little” bed. We’ve got the big kid bed to put together in the morning. I’m getting all emotional and I’m writing a book about a pregnant chick and I think I’m getting something in my eye just thinking about how quickly life can change over such a short period of time and how tomorrow I’m going to wake up and be sending this kid off to college!

What’s the over/under on my ovaries exploding and me wanting another baby before this book releases? Don’t tell that to my husband.

I could document my own life story.

I could title it … Desperately Seeking Sperm.

No. On second thought, that’s a terrible idea. Somehow it would be horribly misconstrued as porn.

And I’m not sure how I’d explain that one to my family.

I should really be writing. Writing writing. Not blog writing. Perhaps I’ll try that again tomorrow.

Thoughtless Thoughts

A mashup of odds & ends from my corner of the world…

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  • I’m in the process of nailing down some signing events in 2015 and I’m hoping to hit both coasts.
  • I have this song stuck in my head.
  • Like Ivy, I’m a Cubs fan at heart. But when in Rome … so, GO ROYALS!

Have a delightful day!