Meditation = Writing?

Had a fun conversation at the Maryland Writers’ Conference this weekend… Another writer told me that she gets into a meditative state before she writes, and that the words flow more naturally and easily that way. She said that she’ll go back and read later and realize that she doesn’t even remember writing those words!

I started as a bit jealous. I’ve never had luck with meditation. My mind does not still. Spiral into deep self-doubt, self-loathing and clinical depression, sure. But still? No. We don’t do that in these parts.

But as she described her writing mindset, I realized that I am not that far from her described nirvana. I cannot meditate. Or at least I haven’t learned how yet. (I think any of us can learn to do absolutely anything we want to if we set our minds to it. This mindset, by the way, is something of a disease.) Anyway, I realized that I get up at 4:30 in the morning to write. At that hour, the house is utterly silent. The only sound is my fingers on the keyboard. My brain is not officially on because, let’s face it, it’s too fucking early. And so I too have the experience of coming back to those words later and thinking, “did I write that? That’s not half bad.” I think my meditative state is half-asleep (or half-awake, for you optimists). And I think that for me, that is the way I get this writing thing done.

And while that’s kind of artsy-fartsy and new-agey — saying that I connect with some quiet mind, thing bigger than me… I think it’s really just the reality of my situation. This is when I have time and peace to work.

And we all do what we can. If you’re trying to write, the point is — don’t let life get in the way. Find your peace and your time — even if it’s at 3:30 in the morning. I attended another writing conference where a writer (who has published about 45 books) said that when she was raising kids she would get up at 3:30, write for an hour and half, and then go back to sleep.

If you want it bad enough, you’ll find the time.


Elizabeth Otto Does it Again!

I will admit that I was a little bit late to the game. I JUST finished Elizabeth’s Tempting the Cowboy this week. And I loved it. I emailed Elizabeth to let her know how much I wished there was more… who knew I had a thing for cowboys? Luckily, it seems my delay may have been a good thing after all! Elizabeth and Entangled are just about to release Book 2 in the Paint River Ranch Series — One Night with a Cowboy. Yeehaw!

Check out the blurb and cover:

Releasing May 12th, 2014 from Entangled Publishing

One night is never enough…

Jobless, broke and struggling to support herself and her invalid mother, paramedic Sophie Miller doesn’t have time or energy for a relationship. Especially with her mother’s clock ticking down. So when the sexy cowboy she meets at a carnival proposes a no-strings,  one-night stand, she’s all over it. Until her one-night stand shows up again and turns out to be everything she’s ever wanted.

Tucker Haywood has his hands full running Paint River Ranch and trying to deal with all the changes pulling the rug out from under him. His past has taught him it’s better to keep women at arm’s length, for their sake. Stubborn and temperamental, Tucker doesn’t have a clue how to deal with a city girl who’s scared of squirrels and dirt.

So when Sophie gets under his skin, he has to do whatever it takes to push her away. Even if it means losing the part of himself he never thought he’d find.


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This is the second book in the Paint River Ranch series, but reads as a stand-alone. You can find the highly-acclaimed first book in the series, TEMPTING THE COWBOY, on Amazon | B&N | Goodreads


I Was a Dancer Once…

It was a long time ago, though I still get to ballet class twice a week if I can. And it’s SO much harder than I remember. But nothing in the world feels as good to me. Maybe because it’s the one thing I’ve been doing since I was three years old. (That and talking and eating. Maybe that is why I talk and eat so much, too…)

Anyway, I have a new series launching next month. It’s so close I can almost smell the sweaty pointe shoes. Because, yes, it’s a ballet series! The first book is called ADAGIO, and it’s all about the goings-on behind the scenes (and on the stage) in a particularly snarky ballet company. I can’t wait to share it with you now that the beta readers have gone through it and shown me all the places where it can be SO MUCH BETTER (Thanks, Guys…)

In honor of the ballet, and all that goes with it, I thought this piece I found on Bustle was particularly apt! Enjoy!


Night Owl Reviews Spring Fling Scavenger Hunt

Hey guys! Sorry it’s been a while… I’ve been in my writing cave.. I promise, there’s good stuff coming soon! THIS month, even… (gnashes teeth because I can’t say anything quite yet…)

In the meantime, check the button on the left. There’s an awesome “scavenger hunt” going on over at Night Owl Reviews, and you can enter to win a ton of fun author-assembled gift baskets. My basket is called cocktail hour, and will have lots of fun happy hour-inspired swag, and maybe a few ebooks, too, in honor of Men and Martinis! Check it out!