Sunday Speeds

Speeds are rather slow at the moment. Slow, but not relaxing. It’s been a rough few days in my house. Work on the next book hasn’t taken place save for scenes here and there written in Evernote. Instead, I’ve been working on keeping as much of my home germ and illness free as I can (though if DH and DD would stay in one place and not move around and touch everything, it would be easier). (more…)

Tune In and Tune Up Thursday – Inspiration

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When I wake up in the morning, I grab my phone and check email, Facebook, Twitter, my Amazon KDP dashboard (this one always makes me want to pull the covers over my head and hide), and Pinterest.

Twitter isn’t often fun for me anymore. My feed is full of links to blogs, books…things so scheduled out that I’m never sure anyone is actually there. I hate that. I understand the need and ability to schedule tweets or send all your social media posts automatically, but it’s called SOCIAL for a reason… and Twitter is meant to be social. My feed is no longer social. It’s a bunch of headlines and links. No engagement, no investment. This is fine and works for some. Not me. I like a good mix of interaction and links to what’s out there beyond my usually small window.

But today, I found some inspiration on Twitter…the most unlikely of places.

I’m a sports fan. We all know this about me. If you don’t know it, stick around, you will soon enough. After all, football season is only 5 months away. 😉 And golf is getting into full swing… (see what I did there?)StickShift300

But, I’m a race fan. It goes back to when my son was little and seeing the cars on the track on TV helped him speak, helped him learn, helped him stand…

I’ve got a small racing series I write that I hope becomes a bigger series with spins offs and all sorts of fun. I have to be careful with the terms I use in my books, terms like Nascar, and the images I use on covers. But the basics of my book series stem from stock car racing, my own little fictional world where I can have and voice opinions, where I can share a few things I’ve learned over the years going to races, listening to radios and scanners, touring pit road, and seeing the garages.

And while I’ve been considering a spin-off, one of the directions I didn’t even know I wanted to go in hit me hard this morning. It was a total light bulb moment. It is a brilliant and fun and so full of possibilities direction, I can hardly stand it.

And this, my friends, is what writing is all about for me. It’s all about passion. What I’m passionate about. It’s not really going to sell a lot, because I’m not writing in a trending sub-genre of roamnce. I’m not changing who I am to write something. Through my writing, I am finding me, and I think that makes for a better, more fun book because it’s a journey I can take readers on.

GrindingGearsWhat is this new idea? Nope. Not sharing yet. What I will say is it’ll be full of fast cars, strong women, and hot yummy guys… And you’ll see more information soon.

I love inspiration and being inspired and when it comes along in places I no longer really enjoy, that’s makes it all the more special because it makes me realize that perhaps I shouldn’t give up just yet…

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Stay tuned, y’all…

~lissa

 

 

Football Football Football

Yes, y’all that’s what time of year it is!

I do write and work on things on the weekends, but I primarily watch football. It starts for me on Thursday nights. There’s Friday night college football too. All day Saturday starting at 9am with GameDay on ESPN, Sunday starting at 10am with the NFL, and Monday nights. That’s A LOT of football. And that makes for a happy Lissa.

It’s a lot of time in front of the television, too. On my ass. Though I do get up and walk in place (hey, it counts) every now and then. And walk to the kitchen…laughs. But, it’s also time with my son. We watch football together. We talk about all kinds of things during the games and between them. It’s where his interest is…sports. So, it’s something we can share and connect with. That’s important to me. It has always been important to me. He and his father have baseball and softball. He and his sister have video games. He and I have football and racing and golf. It’s all about the connection, the conversation, the time spent making memories…

So, while I type words into the computer from the pages and pages of handwritten ones, I’ll be watching football.

We all know I have college teams I follow and college coaches I can’t stand. But I don’t follow NFL teams. I follow players who I paid attention to in college. I like seeing them progress and it allows me to watch all sorts of teams and games. It’s the fantasy way to do it, only I don’t play fantasy football. I simply watch and I watch for the love of the game.

Y’all have a great Sunday!

~lissa