Need vs Want
Have you ever been pulled and tugged and pushed to fill a want when you know you have other needs you need to fulfill first? Like…obligations?

I am behind on word count. It’s a need. I need to get 5700 words done today on She-Wolf. I need to work on a bear and get it finished this weekend so I can ship it on Monday. Those are deadline needs.

But I also needed to vacuum and mop the floors. And dust. I did the floors, and some of the dusting. I also washed all the puppies’ bedding, towels I used on them, etc. I have too many needs.

Tanner the Hunter
Tanner the Hunter

Then there are the darn wants. I’m usually good about fulfilling needs first, then wants as a treat, just like if the puppies do what they’re supposed to, they get their treats. :)

So, I started watching Outlander. I bought the tape. Can’t get it on my limited channels and I’ve done the free premium channels for 3 mos and rarely ever watch them. But while working on the bears, I’ll watch a movie. And I’m hooked. And I want to watch more. Love anything that’s historical, love time travel. Love the Highlands. So enjoying so far. And I want to watch more of it. I could fulfill a need while I do so–make up the remaining bear for the  order.

But, I have to get my word count. And that’s nagging at me. So first the writing, and then the bear. But I also want to play Dragonage Inquisition. RPGs are really addictive. I’m goal oriented. I want to solve quests, fulfill missions, take down the bad guys, rescue the good guys. I work long hours on writing and promoting. I enjoy it, but I also need a break from it–I tell myself, just to go and fight monsters, etc. :)

Again, I tell myself–yes, you can. You can play all day long! IF you get your word count. *sigh*
So I have to post another blog [need] and then after that? I’ll play my game for a while, then stop and watch the movie and work on the bear some more.

But what I really want to do is skip writing and play the game.

Writing prevails. I write 2500 words a day, but as you can see with needing 5700 today, I’m behind.

Off to write another blog and see what wins out. Writing? Or…..Gaming.

I have to say that some of the reason I’m not getting tons of word count is that I’m getting closer to the end. I have to wrap up loose ends and figure out how I’m going to end it, how I’m going to get the hero and heroine to say I do without it sounding like any of the other books. So that means lots of thinking…

Have a super great day!
Terry
“Giving new meaning to the term alpha male where fantasy is reality.”
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Exercise Your Mind
Everyone knows that exercise is important in keeping you healthy. But how do you work out several times a week without exercise getting boring?

You try something completely different.

Like exercising your body AND your mind with the centuries-old Chinese martial art of Tai Chi. 

I’ll bet you don’t think of Tai Chi as a martial art, do you? With its slow, flowing, graceful rhythms, it’s hard to imagine fending off an attack with a mere wave of your hand. But… remember The Karate Kid?  Wax on, wax off?  Daniel was actually learning karate from Mr. Miyagi while cleaning the old master’s car.

It’s the same with Tai Chi. Sped up, the moves could knock an opponent on his ass.

So I decided to give it a try. Hey, it doesn’t hurt to combine exercise with self-defense training for a girl, does it?

I’ve started with the 24 form. The moves are memorable: the wild horse waves its mane; the white crane spreads its wings; drive the monkeys away; grasp the bird by its tail; wave hands like clouds; stroke the horse from above; play the pipa; the fair lady works the shuttle; needle to the bottom of the sea.

Those are fanciful names, but there are also the more obvious ones: boxing the opponent’s ears with both fists, punching and kicking.

Breathing is also an important part of Tai Chi. And when you concentrate on breathing as you move, a funny thing happens. You go into a zone, a kind of trance. Your eyes, your mind, your body, your breath all focus on what you’re doing. It’s a kind of meditation. And it’s incredibly relaxing even as you’re strengthening muscles and bones.

I’ve had some of my most creative ideas for books in the moments after a Tai Chi class ends. Because when your mind clears, there’s more room for creative inspiration.

If you’re a writer, author, or someone just looking to shake up your exercise routine, I’d recommend Tai Chi. Anyone who’s read my thinly-veiled contemporary romance Fear Of Flying know how much “breathing” has helped me during takeoffs, landings and airplane turbulence!

How about you? How do you shake up your exercise routine?

Leigh



Books No Matter How
Let's talk about books for just a minute. I love them, and it doesn't matter what format they come in. I'm addicted helplessly to the written word, both reading and writing it, and I'm very happy with this predicament.

I mention this because two of my friends were arguing about audio books. One drives several miles for work and depends on them. The other can't bring herself to read an e-book or listen to an audio book because she loves to cuddle up with "the real thing."

What is the real thing? That's what I asked, because I'll pretty much read anything in any form that I can get my hands on. Truth be told, I think people like me have built the Internet because anything with text is fodder for our desperate need for words. I remember one time when I was in the tub soaking because I was suffering from stiffness produced by working out. I needed to stay in the healing waters for just a while longer; however, I was bored, so I read the instructions on the shampoo bottle. And then I read the instructions on the conditioner.

This is not unusual for me. Reading is reading, and when I need a word hit, I need one. Any EXIT sign will do. I might thoroughly read the directions for baking cookies, but never bake them, if the recipe is lying around while I'm waiting on my toast to pop up.

Am I the only person this addicted to words? I don't think so, but after my friends' argument, I began to wonder. What about you? Do you reading anything you can get your hands--or ears--on? Please do share.

Happy Reading,
Cameo


Signs of Spring
Viola
 Many parts of the country have had a long and rough winter. Ours was worse than normal too. It's nice to see these spring flowers finally blooming!


Anemone (windflower)

Pulmonaria (lungwort)

Daffodils

Even the goldfish in the pond think it's spring and want to eat.



Crocus



Daffodils

Dutch iris

Crocus

Dutch iris


Hope you've enjoyed this little glimpse of spring.
Vonda



My Wild Highlander has received several great reviews! Here is a snippet of one from Eileen:
I absolutely adored Lady Angelique with her reactions about events around her, her fighting spirit to stand up to what she believes, and her absolute belief her husband-to-be was nothing more than a skirt lifter, lecher and debaucher, dallying with women at court. She could not abide sharing a bed with him, a barbaric Scot of the Highlands.Narrator Andrew Bryan's excels in dialog. I love the smooth baritone voice of Lachlan. He did a superb job with Angelique's voice, depicting her very French side. Her English had a strong French accent, in addition to speaking French in dialog.
Available at Amazon, Audible and iTunes.
A Stop at the Beach
If you've followed my posts here over the years, you know that I love the beach. I've just spent the past five months in Florida, and except for a few minutes on the sand in Key West, I haven't made it to the beach. So on our way north, we stopped at Fort Clinch State Park, on Amelia Island, just north of Jacksonville. We explored the remains of the Civil-War-era fort. If I was a historical romance author, I could have come up with many plot bunnies as I stood on the ramparts and gazed out at Cumberland Sound and the Amelia River and the Atlantic Ocean. Then, even though it was a cool, overcast day, we then hit the beaches!










There is much more to enjoy at Fort Clinch State Park. There are two small campgrounds, one on the Atlantic Ocean, the other along the Amelia River. There is a six mile hiking/bicycling trail I can't wait to come back and try. If you enjoy fishing, there is a long fishing pier and if you like bird watching, there's plenty of that available too.

And if you'd like a little taste of the beach and you can't get to Florida right now, you could check out my recent release, The Cottage Next Door, available now.


Natasha
www.natashamoore.com
Escargot...on the lamb...
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Do you ever notice the small things in life? The dewdrops on the grass? The snail slithering around?

Who would ever have thought taking puppies out for a bathroom break would yield such treasures?

Anyone for escargot?

He’s the one that got away.

snail closeup (640x427)

Happy Saturday!!!

Terry
“Giving new meaning to the term alpha male where fantasy is reality.”
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Cell Phones Ahoy
So I'm planning a cruise. My husband doesn't know about it. My cat doesn't know about it. However, I'm pretty into it. That means that I'm getting all the prices and arrangements and everything I need to casually say to my husband, "So, if you want to take a cruise..."

I blame spring fever. It's crazy this year. We've had a hard winter in my neck of the woods, and everyone is anxious for some warmth.  So much so that they are wearing shorts when it's only 40 degrees. Me? I'm spending my time finding ways to make it easy for my husband to say "Yes!" to any one of my ingenious schemes, all of which include getting on a really big boat that sails to parts sunny.

I guess that spring does that to us. It makes us believe that the impossible is possible. And for me that possible is spending time on a floating hotel where I can't get cell phone reception or anything technologically that will stress me out.

What about you? What is your perfect vacation? It's spring and time to start thinking about a little sunny relaxation. Please do share. :)

Happy Reading,
Cameo



Happy St. Patrick's Day!


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