Thursday, May 25, 2017

"Well, Hello There! Mind If I Drop In?" #MFRW Authors #21

'Childhood Memory' many, which one to choose?
-Going To Florida to see grandparents and Disney World (Click here)
-Bribing my dad to take me to see Star Wars 28 times the year it came out (I'll recap it next month on my other blog)
-Practicing my flirting skills on two older boys I met on the beach in Florida (July 1979)
-Spending two weeks in Colorado with friends, and ending up with my 1st official boyfriend (June 1978)
-Getting my 1st kiss (on the cheek!) at age 12 (August 1978)

But the one I'll share happened the summer I was fourteen.

We'd gone to Cyprus Gardens in Florida, and enjoyed seeing the water-skiing show.  However, during the finale of the show, something went horribly, horribly wrong.

After the Pyramid skiers completed their pyramid and skied past us, the guy in the hang glider suddenly hovered above us in the main viewing section.  Thinking it was part of the act, we waved and smiled at him....then suddenly he and the glider entered the stands and crashed a few seats above us.  We ducked, then my mom, a registered nurse, jumped up to help those who were injured.  No one was seriously hurt; simply scrapes and bruises, but it was definitely a memorable end to that show!

Two hours later, we returned to see how the show was supposed to end, and this time the boat with the hang glider went the OTHER way around the lake.  The only hiccup at that show was the 'barefoot water skier' didn't have his feet properly placed, and the gag was ruined.  We'd seen that bit already (the real one was skiing around the back side of the lake), but anyone new to the show didn't get a fair shot of the humor.

We also toured the Ringling Brothers Museum in Sarasota that year, though I longed to visit Circus World.

Want to read about other authors childhood memories?  Go here.

I'm heading up to Indianapolis for the 101st running of the Indy 500 on Sunday, plus setting up at the opening day of our local Farmer's Market on Saturday, before driving north.  I'll catch up on everyone's blogs on Monday:)  Have a safe and happy Memorial Day weekend!

Thursday, May 18, 2017

Book vs Movie #MFRW Authors #20

What are my favorite movie versions of books?

-Gone With The Wind (I actually saw this before I read the book!)

-Harry Potter and the Sorceror's Stone (I was prepared to sleep through it, then LAUGHED during the entire movie!  THEN decided to read the books)

-The Devil Wears Prada (bought the book in an airport kiosk during a layover and was thrilled when it was made into a movie!)

-The Notebook (if I want a good cry, all I have to do is watch it.  Same with Toy Story 3.)

That's all I can come up with at the moment.

Which ones I can't stand?
-My Sister's Keeper (it changed the ending.  I was NOT happy!)

-Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire  (they couldn't keep in all of  the good parts of the book.  IMHO, of course....)

To see more lists, go here.

Thursday, May 11, 2017

Writer's Guide To Creating A Hero-Revised #MFRW Authors #19

First of all, a confession:  I have shamelessly stolen my own post from 2009 on this topic, but have updated it slightly:)  

Physical Requirements:
-6 feet tall or more
-Expressive eyes; color not important
-Kissable lips
-Broad shoulders
-Light sprinkling of chest hair (or none)
-Lean muscles; no Mr. Universe wannabees
-8-10" cock (or at least have a 'massive' erection)

Character/Personality Traits:
-Must be flawed, either by past hurt or misunderstanding/lapse in judgement
-Kind, but staunch defender of values
-Willing to do Whatever It Takes to keep chosen female in his life
-Carry a never-ending supply of condoms
-Must be a committment-phobe before meeting said female (in some books, anyway!)
-Occupation: Doesn't matter.
-Oh yeah; must be SINGLE! Don't want any cheaters here...then he gets downgraded to the 'slimy ex-prick' status.

Sprinkle in hair color, eye color, a chance encounter with female, and heart-stopping, instant connection, along with mind-blowing sex and you've accomplished your goal: An erotic romance hero.

Some authors build their stories around heroes with money, be it any high-powered career. Others go for Public Service. Some go for the blue collar man. They all have the above characteristics and fall head over heels in love with the woman (or man!) of their choice. Yes, M/M is hot right now, as is M/M/F or M/F/M. 

Some heroes are wolf/bear/dragon shifters; others vampires.  Right now, I happen to be writing aliens, fairies, and ghosts.  But they all pretty much follow the same above formula. 

So what works for you?  Or would you add anything else to this list?  

To see other authors' ideas on The Ideal Hero, click here.

If you happen to be in the Evansville area next Monday, stop by B&N on Green River Rd and say hi to myself and the rest of the River City Writers, plus grab a copy of Crossroads and have it signed by all of us:)

Wednesday, May 3, 2017

Laughter Is The Best Medicine #MFRW Authors #18

Welcome back!  I apologize in being lax about commenting on others posts; I attended an event last week and spent Friday and Saturday in La Grange, KY.  It turned out to be a non-event, due to severe storms hitting the area, but I did meet one fan, who, it turned out, had read Class Reunion!  And I didn't even have to bribe  coerce pitch it to her beforehand:)

I then left on Sunday and am spending the week with my parents.  The downside is limited internet, since my dad and I vy for bandwidth.  I've been uploading videos (which have been taking 3-4 hours) and Dad was concerned about the slow internet, so he shut off the modem this morning, while I was the process of uploading another one!  Yeah, Dad didn't understand how 2 computers being used at the same time would slow it down...

But I digress.  This week's topic is laughter.  What sends me into peals of laughter?  I'll give you a hint:

That's right, my granddaughter Alexandria.  She's 4 years old and has a huge imagination:)  

I also find the comic strips Bloom County and Baby Blues hilarious!

What are some things which make you laugh?  Go here to find out others. 

Friday, April 28, 2017

Travel Bug....I Haz It! #MFRW Authors #17

Yikes!  Friday managed to sneak up on me!  Since I'm getting ready to travel to an event, I'll keep this short and sweet.

Where would I like to visit?

1)  Italy.  I love the food and want to see Rome.

2)  France.  Again, I love the food and want to see the art museums.

3)  Greece.  I love mythology and want to see the ancient ruins.

4)  Branson, Mo.  Guess I'm dating myself if I say I want to see the Osmond Brothers perform?  Plus I saw a commercial with an amusement park....yeah, I'm still a kid at heart, which leads me to the final one....

5) Disney World.  I want to spend an entire day at each park, then have the luxury of going back to watch the shows and enjoy the nightlife.  Tried to do this in 2004, but when you travel with a 3 mo/old and teenagers, as well as aging parents, let's just say a) June was NOT the month to go and b) I should have left the kids at the motel with their grandparents and gone by myself, lol!

Where do YOU want to visit?  To see others' dream spots, go here.

Thursday, April 20, 2017

Livin' The Life #MFRW Authors #16

Cue Fiddler on the Roof...."If I were a rich (wo)man...."

If money was no object, what would I be doing?  Really, one of two things:

1) Domestic Engineer who had the means to bring in a cleaning lady once a month, in order to tackle those icky housework chores like cleaning the bathtub/shower and DEEP cleaning the house. 
     -Attend multiple conventions every year
     -Pay for cover art/edits w/o the payment plan
     -Have plenty of promo to hand out
     -Pay for advertising w/o batting an eye.

2)  Own my own bookstore/Cafe and NOT have to worry about the town supporting it or not.  My store would be right down town, and host events every other month or so.
     -I could employ someone to make soup and sandwiches for lunch, and maybe even open up for breakfast.  Once a month, be open for dinner.
     -Host author signings
     -During NaNo, be a sponsored write-in spot.
     -Host 'Open Mic' Night.
     -Every month, spotlight a new Indie author.

In short, have enough money that I didn't have to worry about every penny.  My income would replace what I spend....which really isn't that extravagant.  I mean, I generally spend $500/month on food; $40/month on e-books, $100/year (okay, maybe $200!) on print books; and maybe $300/year on clothes.  Last year I spent over $1000 on promotion/venue costs/inventory.

Is it too much to ask that my income exceed my needs?

I'll admit; I've got 'champagne tastes on a beer budget'....but I've learned to somewhat curb that as I've gotten older.

What are YOUR dreams?

To see what other authors dream of, go here. 

Wednesday, April 12, 2017

Social Media Hangouts #MFRW Authors #15

Yikes!  You want to know where I can be found in cyberspace besides here and my shared website?

I have to be honest; I'm a little anti-social on social media.

I know, an oxymoron....but it's true.  I usually let my alter-ego do all the 'chatting'.  Oh sure, I post my buy links or even links to this blog, but really, Blogger is about the only place where I can

Facebook:  I have an author page, Author Kenzie Michaels.  But if you want to see pictures of the 'real me', look for Molly Daniels.

Twitter:  The only thing I really ever post here is my weekly karaoke progress.  So if you look at my twitter feed, it's filled with (song title)...nailed it or ugh...never sing this again!  You'll also find some retweets from others who have mentioned me.  Once in a blue moon I'll actually post my hourly word counts.  Yeah, I really don't 'get' twitter just yet, or how to engage in conversations.  As you can tell, once I get started, I'm pretty 'chatty', so limiting me to 140 characters is pure torture.....

Instagram:  I discovered the camera app on my phone is malfunctioning, so the only way I can take photos that can be accessed is to use Instagram.  Which sucks, because I used to use my phone to record my karaoke songs.  Looks as if I'm back to the trusty digital camera which cuts off my head.  Unless I can find something to sit it on.

Chat Loops:  Does anyone really hang out on them anymore?  (ducks head)  I used to love Novel Sisterhood and Romance Books 4 Us, but I prefer Facebook now....I still get the digests from all 14 loops, but the only ones I actively READ anymore are RB4U and MFRW (how I found out about this awesome weekly blog hop, lol!).

I have a Pinterest account, but have only used it once; I also have a Google Plus account, but haven't accessed it in years.  My kids love SmapChat.

GoodReads:  My books are listed, but again, Molly does the chatting, and does share info about my books as well as hers.  I usually only pop in once or twice a day to update my reading progress, and to answer the Q of the Day on one of the groups.  I'll pop in more often if the conversation is more interesting, or if I'm procrastinating!

What's That?  You Want The Link To Molly's Blog?  
It can be found to the right under 'Favorite Links'.

Go HERE if you want to check out where others hang out.  Maybe they're more social than me.