August 07, 2014

Thoughts on a Lazy Afternoon

As those of you on Facebook may know, I'm currently enjoying an extended stay in the San Antonio area with my youngest daughter and her family. What started out as a week-long stay for the Romance Writers of America annual conference (code for "amazing party with writer friends") turned into a two-week, three-week, and then month-long stay, all before I could drive from Florida to Texas. 

Don't get me wrong. I'm not complaining. Far from it! That's the beauty of doing what I do for a living--I can do it anywhere. Literally anywhere. 

I've written while sitting beside my daughter's hospital bed, while sitting with my grandmother during her last hours on earth, and while recuperating from my major surgery of my own. Those little rolling meal carts in the hospital are perfect for holding a laptop. 

One of my favorite things to do is sit by the beach with my AlphaSmart or a notebook and pen and hash out a new scene or two. I don't do it often enough. 

Of course, being around family occasionally cuts into my usual routine, but they're a supportive bunch so they work with me to create time for the actual writing of books. Between family dinners, reading to the grandkids, hopping from one appointment to another with my daughter, and a moderate amount of vegging, (and by "vegging" I mean editing scenes written or spending time on Facebook) I'm hard at work on The Cake of Monte Cristo, book #6 in the Piece of Cake mystery series. 

While vegging this afternoon, I'm watching John Adams with my daughter. It's one of my favorite series of all time, based on the book of the same name by David McCullough. It's a definite part of my keeper shelf and on my must-watch list. If you ask me, it's the perfect way to spend an afternoon. 

What's on your list? 

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Jacklyn Brady lives on the Gulf Coast and writes the Piece of Cake Mystery series set in New Orleans. The series features cake artist and trained pastry chef, Rita Lucero. Rebel Without a Cake, book #5 in the Piece of Cake Mystery Series, is available for pre-order now! 

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