A New Post

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It feels like forever since I have posted anything, probably because it has been, at least in comparison to how I have posted in the past. Somehow this summer, in which we really haven’t done a thing, has been extra hectic. I don’t know why. I blame it on dogs and babies and the looming threat that my daughter will be leaving for college next year.

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Lately I have been taking long walks, daydreaming about a new book that is percolating around my brain. I’ve chosen the neighborhood the main characters all grew up in and I’ve come up with their names, how they met, etc. I have a general idea of what the story is about, but like always, where it goes and how it ends remains to be seen.

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I’m sure sooner or later I will get back to a routine of posting regularly, but right now I’m just allowing myself to take things one day at a time. If I feel like writing, I write. If not, I don’t. In the meantime I’ve been taking a lot of pictures.

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Author to Author: Paying It Forward

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 My friend and fellow author Kenya tagged me in this post with the understanding that I would pay it forward as is indicated in the above title. The idea is that as authors, we all introduce our readers to other authors they might not have discovered up until now. It is also a way to remind you that hey! I’m an author too! So before I introduce you to others, allow me to answer the four questions that also go with being tagged in this blog hop.

Question no. 1) What are you working on?

I have an idea percolating about a woman who is a real estate developer but gets carried away buying up empty lots because she… what? I’m not sure what is motivating her to get in over her head. All I know is that her husband or boyfriend ( I’m not sure which he is) has concerns and no doubt this is going to become an issue in their relationship. I really have only just come up with this, but I’m curious to see where it leads.

no. 2 How does your work differ from others in the genre?

My novels are generally optimistic even when the characters are struggling. I think in life, humor is in everything, even when surrounded by a fair amount of drama. I also work hard not to write too predictably. Sure, there are some common denominators, but I don’t want my readers to see something happen and know for certain what is going to happen next.

no.3 Why do you write what you write?

I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again, I never know what is going to happen with my characters and like any reader, I want to find out. These ideas come to me and I am compelled to see what happens next.

no. 4 How does your writing process work?

Lately I have been taking long walks, and the other day I came across this empty lot at the top of a long hill. As I was catching my breath, I looked at the for sale sign and then at the incredible views, thinking you could build a great house here. I also thought if you walked up that hill every day you’d have a great exercise program. Suddenly I had an image of someone telling their significant other that they had bought a $500,000 lot as an exercise plan, and viola! an idea was born. I came home and wrote the opening lines, and when I get back to it (hopefully this week), I’ll see what develops.

Okay, so now onto others. First off, there is of course Kenya G Johnson, author of The Christopher Chronicles. It’s a book for adults – a coffee table book of sorts – the sort you can pick up, read and get a good laugh from. You can buy it here: http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/1479206741/ref=as_li_ss_tl?ie=UTF8&camp=1789&creative=390957&creativeASIN=1479206741&linkCode=as2&tag=heresthethin-20

You can also check out her blog here: http://www.kenyagjohnson.com/blog/2014/6/20/paying-it-forward

Next is Claire Hennessy or Crazy California Claire http://clairehennessy.blogspot.com/ Trust me when I tell you that she is hilarious. She is soon to publish her first book, and I for one cannot wait! In the meantime, she has been included in the book Mamas Write: 29 Tales of Truth, Wit, and Grit and you can get your copy here: http://www.amazon.com/dp/0615964842/ref=cm_sw_r_fa_dp_z03qtb0X9PWXH

I’m probably supposed to tag others but I realized that other than Kenya, Claire is the only one I can think of with a book out right now. Perhaps if you follow both of them, they will be able to introduce you to even more good reads. and of course you can get my latest novel Crashing Into Us here: http://www.amazon.com/Crashing-Into-Us-Bridget-Straub-ebook/dp/B00GQIWUNA/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1403406100&sr=1-1&keywords=crashing+into+us

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Closer and Closer

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I turned on my TV today and what did I see? A man with an assault rifle running down a street I know all too well. In fact, it was a street that I’ve walked down hundreds of times, and only a block and a half away from the house my kids were raised in for many years. I knew exactly where the man was heading as he ran through the yards of people whose kids had gone to elementary school with mine. I also knew our close friends were within a block or two of where he barricaded himself. They were put on lockdown, as were others we know, and for several hours we waited, hoped, and prayed for a peaceful resolution.

We were lucky. The swat team was able to talk the guy out and no one was hurt. That’s the good news. The bad news is that this is becoming a constant story.

Guns and seatbelts have always been my issues. They are two issues that feel as though a little common sense is all it would take to save thousands of lives. I’m not someone who naively believes I am untouchable, or that I’m safe simply because I choose to wear a seatbelt and don’t own a gun. I know it’s going to take more than that to keep myself and my loved ones safe. In my ideal world no one would own a gun, but I know that’s unrealistic. Still, an assault rifle? It’s insanity that this guy could not only have this weapon, but run past a school and into a residential neighborhood, threatening innocent people.

We all need to speak up and demand that some common sense be restored, because everyday this threat is getting closer and closer to every one of us.

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Life in L.A.

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We headed down to Hermosa Beach this weekend for what was said to be the biggest art festival of the year.

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It was big alright! It was also crazy busy!

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So we headed towards Manhattan Beach to check out a house I’d seen on line. I love that this was built in 2013 but it has old world charm.

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Then we went to McDonalds because down there even their fast food places are pretty!

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Something Unusual Happened

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I never get to go to the movies. In fact, before yesterday I don’t even know what the last movie I saw, was. However, something incredible happened; not only did I get to go to a movie of my choosing yesterday, but it was enjoyable!

As anyone who is a long time reader of this blog knows, I am a huge Emma Thompson fan. When the TV began advertising The Love Punch with Emma Thompson and Pierce Brosnan playing a divorced couple who lose their life savings and decide to get it back, I was intrigued. It looked like a typical English romp, but then I like those, so I decided to splurge.

The theater was nearly empty on an early Friday afternoon, which is just how I like it. Imagine my surprise when the preview trailers came on and three out of four actually looked interesting to me. That was a first.

As soon as the feature began, I was in. Yes, you had to be willing to suspend reality, but the scenery alone was worth the staggering price of admission. Most of the film takes place in the south of France. For an hour and a half, I was able to forget everything and just laugh and fantasize about one day seeing Cannes in person. The performances were delightful and the story, although a little far-fetched at times, was fun. If you need a break, I would definitely suggest going to see this film.

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Counting Down to Summer!

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There are only a few days left of school before summer is thrust upon us. I am looking forward to the break from an institution that I find frustrating, and at times overwhelming. I was so relieved when Tessa first began high school and it looked as though we had found a school that was creative, academic, and nurturing. Three years in and there has been a lot of upheaval in the administration. Tessa only has one more year, but I am stressing over Tori and the next three years. I’m not sure if my standards are simply impossibly high, or if once again we need to look for another school. It is certainly a process I dread.

First and foremost I think we all need to take a step back and breathe before any decision is even considered. I think we need to put a little distance between recent events, and then reevaluate what will ultimately be best for everyone. Summer should be a time of relaxation and revitalization. I am hopeful that we can put things into perspective and move forward in a positive and rewarding way.

How about you? Do you have big summer plans?

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It’s Gettin’ Hot in Here!

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It is only May and yet we are in the midst of a heat wave. Now granted, it’s not unheard of. This is California and we do this. Generally just the southern part of the state, and later in the year, but right now it’s everywhere and frankly, it is miserable. However, when handed lemons, why not make lemonade? So here are some pictures for you.

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