Updated: Jul 23, 2019
I'm back! I know it's been a long time, but is it just me, or is time flying by? Mid-July? How did this happen?
But I guess I've been sort of busy... finishing up Book #5. And, I did it. It's finished. Done. Hasta la vista, baby!!
Be honest here... don't you just love the cover? If you've already read the book, you have to agree it fits the story to a tee.
But don't worry, it's not the end. I am working on Book #6 as I write this.
I think you may become hooked on this series after you read An Unexpected June. Why? Because I have definitely left you hanging with this latest installment in the series. I'm just sayin'... you're really going to want me to hurry up and finish #6 so that you can find out what was only hinted at in #5.
I have to confide in you... when I was about halfway through An Unexpected June, my mind just quit on me. I can't tell you how many times I sat in front of the computer, staring at the screen, writing absolutely nothing. I got to the point that I didn't know if I was going to be able to finish the book.
I know, sad, huh?
But then, on one of those sitting-there-writing-nothing-and-wondering-why-I-ever-started-this-in-the-first-place kind of days, I decided to go against the rules and write the ending. This was because I had already decided how I wanted the book to end. I could see it all in my mind, the words just waiting to be written.
If you read all of the advice and rules about writing a book, they (here's that infamous 'they' again) tell you to come up with a plan. Outline the book from beginning to end.. Line up your cast of characters, decide when they will become a part of the story, set up a plan of how the story is going to unfold and then finally, come in with the ending. All in this order.
Ha... seriously? Do people really do this? I'm told they do.
Well, I can't. My mind doesn't work this way. I skip from chapter to chapter - an idea comes in my head and I start writing. Because I've found, even if I write it down, when I come back to what I've written, I've lost all of the little details.
For those of you who aren't aware, I'm also an artist. I paint my original designs on glass Christmas ornaments. In fact, I have been designing and selling Christmas ornaments for almost forty years. I've worked with all kinds of materials - fabric, wood, polymer clay and so on. About ten years ago, I began to feel like a machine, making the same ornament over and over. Turning them out assembly line style. So, I started painting on glass, each design whatever popped up in my mind. No exact duplicates and I don't do special orders.
I've found by doing this, I've become more creative. And this is how I go about my writing. Whatever and whenever something pops up in my mind, it goes right down on paper (or should I say, the computer screen). A little crazy, I know. But it works for me.
Now... back to book #5 - for those of you who read it, what did you think? I really like how this book turned out. I think the story is starting to come together. The characters are all turning out to be the best of friends, developing into the type of friendships that will last a lifetime. Let's just say everyone is watching out for everyone else, it's a small town kind of atmosphere.
Not that Cleveland can be classified as a small town kind of place. But it really does give off those vibes. Maybe this is the Midwest influence. And they really do have the best fans when it comes to their hometown teams, no matter what sport it is. This is why I've brought baseball into the mix.
My hope is you were feeling a little sad when you came to the end of the book. Only because you didn't want it to end.
Here are a couple of quotes from An Unexpected June ~
If you have any comments, questions, etc. etc. please, please do. Also, if you have any spare time and you're just hanging around, looking for something to do, you can also go over to FB and check out my author page @lbjoyceauthor or my ornaments/Christmas page @LBGlitterGirl
If you've made it this far, thanks for reading, and have a great week!
Updated: Mar 23, 2019
For those of you who are devoted fans of the Hallmark Movie Channel, have you noticed a reoccurring theme in their movies over the past few years?
These women are not just sitting at home, twiddling their thumbs while they wait for their Prince Charming. Oh no... they are out there, ready to save the world.
Nope... they are are there, everywhere... getting their degree, holding top positions in major
companies and solving even the most complex small town problems with their brilliant ideas.
And what about the man they fall in love with? They seem to have drifted off in a whole new direction A good number of them appeared to have left their high profile jobs and the corporate world, to instead settle in a small town. Where they have become the town handyman or maybe carving nutcrackers in their little workshop in the barn out back.
Okay, okay... this is a bit of an exaggerating on my part. Some do have rewarding careers. But, really? And a little shout out to Hallmark, if you're going go nation-wide, selling these nutcrackers for hundreds of dollars, at least make them look like they're worth the cost. (Maybe as an artist, I'm one of the few who noticed this, but come on... those nutcrackers looked like a first grader painted them.)
I'm glad Hallmark is showing women as independent and successful. Because it's obvious someone needs to know what they're doing when, say, the Inn is on the verge of going out of business because of a bad cash flow... the festival has to go on, even if the sleigh or Santa is nowhere to be found... or the local restaurant, cookie factory or the whole town is about to be taken over by a huge conglomerate, who doesn't give a you know what about the town. Evidently, it's all about money.
Sigh... and unfortunately, in the real world, it sometimes feels this way.
But in Hallmark land? Everyone is happy. Love is in the air. Smiles, too. Which is a good thing.
And this is why we love Hallmark. For an hour and a half, or however long each movie is after commercials, we can pretend there really is such a perfect little town. Where everyone lives in harmony, always ready to help when a problem arises. And of course, there is an abundance of love floating around, where you know the ending is a perfect love story to boot..
Just out of curiosity, I wonder if Hallmark has ever considered making a movie here in my home town of Chagrin Falls, Ohio? It would be the perfect festival type of town.
Until next time, take care!
P.S. Is anyone else out there wondering what's going to happen to the popular Hallmark series, When Calls the Heart? What changes Hallmark will be making? It will be interesting to see what they will decide to do.