year of gratitude

I Haz a Book Birthday!

3/11/14

Is that not the sexiest number you’ve ever seen?

Now go get your calendar.  I’ll wait.

Mark that date.  Make it an all day event.  Because I already know what you’re doing that day.

YOU’RE READING MY BOOK, PEOPLE! 

That’s right, March 11, 2014 is when ASK AGAIN LATER hits the shelves!

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Taryn Fagerness is awesome!

Big thanks today to foreign rights agent extraordinaire, Taryn Fagerness of the Taryn Fagerness Agency, because…

*drumroll*  (hint:  look at the bottom of this picture)

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Hey, who’s Lisa? Ah, who cares? It’s a typo, people! That’s me.

I’m happy to announce that ASK AGAIN LATER will be available in Germany!  Thanks, Loewe, I wish I spoke German!

I don’t have any more details than that right now, but y’all will definitely know when I do!

THANK YOU, TARYN!!

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New Friends

I met some lovely new people on my recent vacation, but I’d have to say I’m most grateful for meeting the man who was shocked to learn I was NOT 25.

It’s the simple things.

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Sunscreen + Me. I Ship It.

Today, I am deeply grateful for sunscreen, because without it, I would probably be medium-well right now instead lightly seared.

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This was my office for the last four days. Do I miss it? Oh my yes.

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Confessional Gratitude

At the end of last year, I landed myself in the hospital.  Nothing life-threatening, but it wasn’t fun.  I won’t explain all the complications, but the start of it all was kidney stones.  And yes, they are everything you’ve ever heard about them, and more.

Me, with kidney stones.

Why am I telling you this?  Because that’s where the trouble started.  See, I had to be on pain medication for quite a while and it pretty much sapped my will to do anything but watch TV.  A lot of TV.  And that’s really saying something because I already watch kind of a lot of TV (Don’t judge me.)  The problem was I was watching TV instead of reading.  I just couldn’t concentrate enough to read a book.

I think I went a solid two months without reading a book.  Maybe a page or two of a puppy-training book (have I mentioned my puppy?) but that’s all I could muster.

My puppy, Alex

My puppy, Alex

Turns out, I need to read.  I think my writing brain might be fueled on the words of others.  Maybe my brain eats them, mulches them and rearranges them into my own books.  I’m not sure.  But with that lack of concentration and lack of reading, came a serious lack of writing.  I could tap out a few hundred words now and again, but nothing more than that.

Lucky for me, I was pretty much between things with my contract.  I did some line edits (thankfully not too straining on my addled brain) and some other non-writing jobs (like getting my author photo done.)

Then, finally, after the new year, when I realized I hadn’t even started a page for my 2013 Book List on ye olde blog, I decided to pick up one of the books on my to-read pile.  It was Laura Ellen‘s BLIND SPOT, and it was fantastic.  I loved it and I ate it up like candy.

Sooooo goooooood!

I started mainlining audiobooks again (Christopher Moore is my new back-up boyfriend) and now I’m deep into E.M. Kokie‘s PERSONAL EFFECTS.

Have you read this? Why not?

And guess what?  The rusting machinery of writing deep in my brain chugged to life.

So, thank you, Apocalypsies, for saving me from a life of television-induced ennui. (Note:  I will still be watching all of my favorite–you guys, Bunheads is on tonight!–but I will no longer be surfing for daytime nonsense.)

Are you watching this show? WHY NOT?

– Liz

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Dear Brain

Dear Brain,

Thank you for remembering to get a new toothbrush out of the cabinet tonight, even though I left the old one on the counter after I used it to brush the dog’s teeth earlier. That was solid of you.

– Liz

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2012, I’m talking to you

Dear 2012,

Thanks for not actually being the end of the world.  I’ve got a lot to look forward to, and I would have been really bummed to disappear in a fireball before I could see any of it come to fruition.

– Liz

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The Year of Gratitude

2012 was a very good year for me.  It was sometimes a very bad year for me, too, but in the end, the balance sheet was decidedly in the black.  And with my debut now just about a year away, it seems like 2013 has the potential to be a very good year as well.

Because of that, and inspired by ThxThxThx, I’ve decided to focus my blog on gratitude this year. Sometimes it will be simple–bordering on idiotic–and sometimes it will be big–can you say cover art?

So, come with me if you will, and revel is all there is to be thankful for.

– Liz

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