But you don't know who was sitting at the table across from us at Cassis in Honolulu. Some cast members of LOST and a hobbit from Lord of the Rings.
I displayed my ARC prominently on our table but no one came to ask for my autograph.
Was it something I said?
Maybe those onions?
FACT NUMBER 4 ABOUT ME.
I practice signing my name so it comes out flowing and graceful.
How lame is that?
10:00 pm and 77 degrees.
Good fun networking with other writers. My friend Andy and Lisa from the Maui Writers Retreat and Conference. Andy is a pilot and tells me flying is safer than driving.
He is such a liar.
But I want to believe him. Badly.
We got talking about finishing novels when you have to work and are busy. It's tough.
When you have kids-- a demanding job. Family obligations.
No extra minutes. You have to carve some out of your day for yourself.
My son is grown. For the past three years I was able to make time to write and it was easy for me to give advice.
"Just sit down and write!" I would say and feel a bit superior. It just takes determination. Isn't that so?
I am here to tell you it's not that simple.
Lottery is a toddler now. Almost in preschool.
I start editing book 2 and the publicist calls. I begin to create another chapter and my editor calls. I go back to studying the plot structure and I get interview requests to be completed via email.
Remember how I said take five or ten minutes of free time and add a few sentences?
I was wrong. It seems like I need to know I have all day before I can relax and write a paragraph.
So my good friend and author Holly Kennedy said sit back and enjoy the ride.
But don't sit in the back seat and do nothing but watch the scenery swoosh by.
Or you might get car sick.