Category Archives: Romance Writers Weekly

Winter Destination

Winter Destination

Romance Writers Weekly authors are picking a winter destination. If you could pick one place to stay the winter, other than home, where would it be and why?

I’d love to winter in a tropical place. As a beach lover, Hawaii is on my bucket list.  If a first class flight came my way, it’d be awesome to stay over winter. Besides the beach, there are lush forests, mountains and volcanos. It looks like my type of paradise. If it wasn’t for the eighteen hour flight and cost, I’d have already gone.  Now that my son is grown, he says he’ll take me. Hubs has never been a traveler.

I’m not into the fancy hotel scene but want to take a naturalist type of stay. Slow life’s pace down and stay at a hotel off the beaten path or maybe rent one of the second houses residents build on their properties to help with expenses. A sunny beach, bed and shower would be about all I need.

Some facts about my winter utopia.

  • Hawaii became a state in 1959 (the year of my birth) No bikini for me when I make it there LOL!
  • It is the only state in the USA that doesn’t have a straight line in its border
  • Mt. Kilauea is the most active volcano in the world. The big island grows by forty-two acres a year.
  • It is the only state that honors a monarch. They celebrate King Kamehameha on June 11. He is known for uniting the islands.

My favorite movies based in Hawaii:

Aloha – A quirky film with Bradley Cooper, Emma Stone, Rachel McAdams and John Krasinski. It’s an old love story turned anew with satellite espionage at Christmas time.

Battleship –  Action packed save the world from aliens with transformer type ships. Screw-up, bad boy Taylor Kitsch is the hero

Blue Crush – Surfer girl makes it big and wins the guy!

Until I can make Hawaii my winter destination, I’ll have to visit through movies and Nat Geo specials! Hope you have already visited the lovely Leslie Hachtel and now on to A.S. Fenichel.

Realistic Resolutions

Romance Writers Weekly with coffe cup underneath and a mocha foam heart in cup

Happy New Year! This week, the Romance Writers Weekly crew are asked by Brenda Margriet, “This is the time of year to set goals. But I think it is important make sure those goals are realistic and achievable, or all we do is set ourselves up for failure. What achievable goals are you setting for yourself this year?”

New Year’s resolutions never really work for me. Realistic goals…maybe. As an author, I’ve never set out to write X number of novels in a year. With a full time job, and royalty payments at 35¢ on a dollar, it’s not worth the stress. I’d have to sell almost 2K books to even cover a ticket to the Romance Writers National Conference!

The last couple of years I’ve struggled with that aspect of being a writer in a unlimited sea of authors. Getting a review is like pulling teeth, even when you give books away.

It seems there are more authors than readers these days. My son was an avid reader until a smart phone offered instantaneous gratification. I am by no means immune to its spellbinding allure. Whatever your interests are, cute animal videos, football, politics, etc., all are just a click away and down the rabbit hole you go.

My goal this year will be to write for personal pleasure and hopefully finish a couple of works in progress. I also want to avoid the time suck of social media, except for staying on the grid as an author.

Oh, and as always, I want to lose forty pounds LOL! Hope you’ve already visited the lovely, Leslie Hachtel and now head on over
Brenda Margriet. Have a beachin 2019!