My FIRST BLOG

The purpose of this site is to find a larger audience for the ridiculous amount of writing I do. How ridiculous, you ask? In just one year I wrote four novels, nearly completed a sequel to the second novel and collaborated with my friend Laura Hall (best known for her piano skills on Whose Line Is It Anyway?) on a musical “Room to Grow” that is, quite frankly, brilliant.  I have since written a screenplay, a sitcom pilot and a few more novels. I am nothing if not prolific. All the while, I have been raising my two daughters and Laura and I continue work towards mounting a professional production of the aforementioned musical.I also like to draw and/or paint.

My immediate future needs to be about marketing, while continuing to do what I love, and what better way to go about it than to write? The fact that pen and paper is my favorite medium may serve as a hindrance to my computer-impaired brain, but I am determined to get past that, and lets face it, if this has been posted then I am well on my way.

All of my novels, Searching for My Wand, On a Hot August AfternoonThe Salacious Marny Ottwiler and Crashing Into Us, are all available for purchase on Amazon. http://www.amazon.com/Bridget-Straub/e/B006KEG0KE/ref=ntt_dp_epwbk_0 Go check them out!

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I’m Checking Out

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For a little while anyway. On Sunday one of the best things to happen in a long time, will turn one year old. What is my nephew’s baby to me? Is she my great niece? Am I her great aunt? Regardless, we are both pretty great if I do say so myself, and I do, so there.

This baby has brought so much love and joy to my family, and this weekend we are going up north to celebrate. After, my kids will have to return to school, but I get to stay and wait for the arrival of the next bundle of joy, who is due any minute now.

The only frustration with staying up north is that for some crazy reason, my laptop can’t connect to my sister’s internet. It makes no sense, and no doubt I’ll try to set it up again, because my phone works with her internet, so the laptop should too. There are some things I can’t do on my phone though, such as blog. Either way it’ll be fine because I need to be editing Hanging From the High Wire. Have you voted on the cover yet? That was in yesterday’s post, so just scroll down.

I’m looking forward to some down time before I begin promoting my next novel. I am determined to make Hanging From the High Wire a bestseller. Hell, I’m determined to make all of my books bestsellers. First though, I get to go enjoy the magic of babies. I can’t wait!

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Time to Choose

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highwire_3 (2) reducedIt’s that time again, the new book covers are here! At least the first attempts. I have to say, I love creating my own book covers, and I love each of  the ones I have gone with in the past. Still, I worry that maybe they aren’t grabbing the viewers. Its hard to be objective, and then you become self-critical. So I am turning to you. Your opinions are important. Which of these covers would you go with?

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Up Late

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I stayed up late last night getting hooked into a weird show called You’re the Worst on FX. I still can’t decide if I like it, or if it’s bad. They put up all kinds of warnings about it being for mature audiences and containing language and sexual content. It was one in the morning, so maybe I was just tired, but I really didn’t find it nearly as shocking or cutting edge as they were clearly trying to make me think.

Maybe it comes from years of living in Los Angeles, and/or knowing people in “the biz”, but it was just sort of eh. The one think it had going for it is that the lead character is a writer, and he’s English besides. Just his accent alone makes everything he says sound good. I wound up watching several episodes and staying up until two. Then I tossed and turned, but got comfy about the time I should have been waking up. I slept until 9;30 which means I’ll be up late again tonight.

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My New Home

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You know how they say you have to visualize to make your dreams come true? Well this is one of my dreams. I have never entered a contest so many times in my life, but this year’s HGTV Dream House is right up my ally. I’ve always wanted to go to the Cape, and what better way to get there?

Some of the design elements are of course overly designed for my taste. The stripes in the kids room for example, are a bit much, but I love the color of the beds. I figure I could sell off a lot of the things I don’t like and that might buy me another year’s worth of property taxes. After that I’ll sell it and put my money into a smaller home I might actually be able to afford.

I love the idea of writing a great novel on the Cape though. It just has a great feel to it!

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Milkshake Madness

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My daughter texted me from school this week with the following; “I think you should buy me a milkshake when I get into college.” This girl loves a good milkshake, especially one made at Baskin Robbins with gold medal ice cream. “Ok” I wrote back. “Good, because I just got accepted!” she replied.

Gulp!

That’s my baby! I’ve known from very early on that she would go to college and of course we have been waiting for the acceptances to begin rolling in, but, that’s my baby! I don’t want her to leave! Oh well, some things are just meant to be and this is who she is. I’m happy for her but oh geez!

This was my 5 minute Stream of Consciousness Sunday post. It’s five minutes of your time and a brain dump. Want to try it? Here are the rules…

  • Set a timer and write for 5 minutes.
  • Write an intro to the post if you want but don’t edit the post. This is writing in the raw.
  • Publish it somewhere. Anywhere. The back door to your blog if you want. But make it accessible.
  • Link back to this post (feel free to use the SOC Sunday graphic).
  • Add  your post below (be sure to use the permalink to your post, not your blog’s URL; and only NEW posts please).
  • Visit your fellow bloggers and show some love.
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Opening Up

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My kids have a tendency to roll their eyes when I suggest they try to be more positive or envision a better circumstance. I have two pictures of waterfalls on our front door (inside, not out) because someone said the flowing water can represent money flowing in. They find this absurd. I also have a red plant outside the front door, but that doesn’t embarrass them the way the photos do.

Do I know for a fact that these things work? No, not for a fact, but I do know that they make me more optimistic and when good things happen, I’m willing to accept that they may or may not have something to do with it. I figure it this way, where’s the harm?

In this past week alone, I have had a second of my books show up in an Amazon email, I have discovered some promising promotional outlets for my next book, and I have found a new Facebook group for writers to promote one another that may also prove very promising. Does adding that second waterfall have something to do with it? Who knows, but I sure am feeling more optimistic!

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Look at That!

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Look what showed up in my inbox today. There is nothing cooler than seeing your work out in the world. Amazon did this with my second book, On a Hot August Afternoon and admittedly the sales of that book have slowly increased. I am crossing fingers and toes that the same will happen with The Salacious Marny Ottwiler. You can pick it up here; http://www.amazon.com/Salacious-Marny-Ottwiler-Bridget-Straub-ebook/dp/B00A43VD4U/ref=pd_sim_sbs_b_1?ie=UTF8&refRID=031WG351CM8AJW6RPQS7

Gearing up to publish my 5th book, Hanging From the High Wire, I am hopeful that this will not only spur interest in my other books, but this new one as well.

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