Wednesday, October 19, 2016

I'm home. And stoked!

I love, love, love that feeling you get right after attending a writer's conference. I always come home pumped and ready to write the epic romance of the ages! In fact, some of my biggest successes (The What If Guy, Baby & Bump) have come to fruition after a conference. So I have high hopes for my productivity over the next few months.

I also came home with a renewed sense of spirit and friendship. I spent most of the weekend with my writer friend, Jess, who always inspires me. And makes me laugh. She's a gem, and I'm lucky to have her. Truly. I also got to spend a couple days with my close friend, Amelia, who drove all the way to Seattle to hang with me before I made the long journey home. She, too, is a treasure. Sweet, and calm, and kind...and crazy funny. We always have a ball together.

I will write more about ECWC 2016 in the coming days. Right now I am very jet lagged and my head is bursting with information that I need to put into action. I'll likely spend the next few days creating a work space in our Korean apartment (no easy feat...we've got six people stuffed in here!) and a work schedule to increase productivity. I'll keep you posted on how that goes. :)

In the meantime, here are a few pictures of my adventure....

This is my author friend, Jess. She's fantastic. And hilarious. (Clearly.)

I was trying to be more professional in this shot. Snort.

Witch shoes for the win!

My outfit for my presentation was the bomb. My kids say that expression is "out." I say talk to the hand.

It's me!

Downtown Seattle...deliciously rainy and cool and perfect.

I'm kind of bummed it's over! 

Making my presentation. I was glad to sit down. My knees were knocking together the whole time!

More to come, friends!


Friday, October 14, 2016

When you read this blog post......

.....I will be in the air above the Pacific Ocean! On my way to Seattle for the Emerald City Writer's Conference 2016! I'm presenting a workshop on writing romantic comedy...and scared out of my mind.

The good news is, I am rooming with a most excellent friend, Jess, who makes things like this extra, super awesome, and on top of that, my bestie, Amelia, is meeting me in Seattle at the end of the conference. We are going to stay downtown for the remainder of Sunday and all of Monday to hang out, shop, eat good food, talk, and (of course) laugh.

I am stoked. Like...super stoked. I can't wait to share pictures with you all!

Wish me luck. I'm praying I'll actually sleep on the plane, since this will be my first time traveling to the USA sans kids. My poor husband will be home with all four children alone. I pity him. A little. Not much. :)


Wednesday, October 12, 2016

Going old school.

I recently decided to read some books by the author who turned me on to romance novels a million years ago, when I was a teenager.

I love Lavyrle Spencer. Her books are romance gold. I never get sick of them. I'm currently reading this one:

It's wonderful....I knew it would be. She's so talented. The characters are so likable and lovely. I'm having a fun time going back to my old school romance roots.

What was the first romance novel you ever read?

Brooke Moss

Monday, October 10, 2016

Pokemon is the new cock-fighting.

My son's are really into Pokemon right now. And it's driving me insane.

The cards, the shows, the app...all of it gives me a stomachache. I'm not sure why they're into it right now. Maybe because we're in Asia, and Korean kids are really into those peculiar Anime characters and phenomenons. Plus, the cards are all dirt cheap here, so of course they want me buy them all the time.

As I write this blog post, they're sitting next to me on the couch watching this old, lame Pokemon cartoon. The theme song is very 1980's cartoon theme song. Very heavy on the guitar riffs and emphatic singing. My youngest son tries to sing along, but doesn't know the words. It becomes very loud.

I wish I understood why this show appeals to kids. From what I've seen over the last hour, it's these large eyed one-dimensional characters that have weird adventures while traveling, and they challenge other Pokemon owners to "battles." But the battles aren't between the characters. It's between the Pokemon animals. (Are they even animals? I don't know.) Then the "animals" battle it out and get the crap kicked out of them. Then the weird people characters high five a battle well won, and Pikachu whimpers as they close the episode.

Poor Pikachu. That thing has been beaten at least twelve times already.

Reminds me of cock-fighting. Or dog-fighting. And isn't that illegal? If so, why is it acceptable to make the little cartoon "animals" battle?

I'm confused by it all.

My kids need new interests.


Friday, September 30, 2016

You MUST watch this.

I am so not kidding around.

I watched the first episode and literally wept. Then I watched the second episode, and called a girlfriend to scream obscenities into the phone. (Sorry about that, btw.) DANG IT. It's just so stinking good.

Please google this show and watch it ASAP. It is amazing. And I never use that word.

You'll thank me.


Wednesday, September 28, 2016

ECWC 2016

I'm going to a conference in two weeks, where I will present a workshop called:

Writing Romantic Comedy: It's No Laughing Matter!

I'm sort of crapping my pants about it, too.

You see, this is the conference where I met some of my favorite authors, met some incredible author friends, and where my writing career essentially got off of the ground. I hatched the idea for my debut novel, The What If Guy, at the Emerald City Writers Conference, and started it in my hotel room on the last night. Fast forward almost a year later...and I had my first publishing contract.

Have you read The What If Guy yet? Click here to get your copy....

I'm psyched to go to ECWC this year because of a few different reasons. First, I get to hang with one of my good friends/fellow authors...who also happens to be one of the coolest chicks I've ever met. True story. She and I always have a good time together. We laugh, eat snacks, laugh some more, and talk. Oh the much talking.

I also get to see tons of authors that I admire. Some that I've met, others that I've only ever stalked. I also get to go to plenty of interesting workshops to perfect my craft. I love workshops. Frankly, I never think my growth as an author is done, so workshops and conferences are the bomb-dot-com to me. I always leave feeling refreshed and stoked to tackle my next project! I can't wait!

They had hot firefighters a few years ago. It was sort of lame...and also sort of awesome.

They have this awesome raffle where they give away tons of crazy stuff!!! (This picture is of an author friend, Jenna, who incidentally came up when I googled ECWC.)

I literally never get tired of my home state. <3

The fabulous Cherry Adair always speaks. She's amazing. And hilarious. Nothing better than a hilarious author with great hair. 

I also get to fly from our home in Songdo, South Korea, to Seattle, Washington for five days!!!

Five days. In America. No husband and kids.

(Actually, I wish my husband were coming along. I will miss him. The kids, too, but not as much. They're animals.) ;)

I can't wait to share pictures with all of you.


Monday, September 26, 2016


Holy mother of pearl.....

You MUST buy this book. I'm not kidding.

I literally couldn't put it down. I am so stoked for each of you to get this book and consume it the way I did. Holy crap.


Click here to get a copy!