Wednesday, March 22, 2017

Family Drama

Sorry to be late posting my blog! We were in Chicago attending our fourth wedding. What a blast!

Even though I'm not writing, my family is giving me lots of research for more stories! Do other folks have family mishaps like mine does?

If so, I'd love to hear about them! Feel free to email me at LoisKasznia@gmail.com.

As you know, The Sin Bin is about hockey, especially the Blackhawks. I'm excited they're doing well this year because they are in my story!!

Sunday, March 12, 2017

Four Weddings....

So, next week will be our third wedding in eight months. I feel like I did when I graduated from college and all my friends got married at once. Now, it's the younger family and friends who are getting married.

In August, my nephew got married in Toronto. In October, our best friend's daughter got married in New Jersey. In February, my girlfriend's daughter got married here in Texas the day before we left on vacation.

Now, we're headed to Chicago to see our cousin, my husband's Goddaughter, get married. He will participate in the wedding by performing a reading.

In April, we're headed back to New Jersey for my cousin's Granddaughter's wedding. With the exception of my daughter's wedding (who knows when that will be), I'd like to take a break for a while.

And no funerals either. I know what you're thinking....Four Weddings and a Funeral, right?

Monday, March 6, 2017

Life in Pieces

Back to reality! My husband and I had won a free vacation and used it last week to visit Maui. With his work and my set back with four of my books, it was a much needed vacation.

It was a weather phenomenon in the state of Hawaii. The Big Island had a snow advisory after it received over a foot of snow in the mountains. Kauai and Maui received drenching rains which caused beach erosions. We were told to stay out of the brown water in the ocean because that's where sharks lurk, looking for food. The island of Oahu was hit just as badly as the others.

Other than having only two days to enjoy the sunshine and the pool...(remember, no swimming in the ocean and the beaches where we were staying were not safe), we still had a great time. The whales kept us entertained as well as the birds singing at sunset. There is plenty to see and do. The staff at the restaurants and hotels are great.

As with the Kasznia's, things always seem to happen to them. On Wednesday, we decided to explore the western part of Maui. We've always hung around up north because of the golf courses and our time share's location. As we set out, we rounded a curve and the dashboard lit up with an error message. We were losing tire pressure in the right rear tire of our rental car. I called the Roadside Assistance from Alamo and they were very helpful. If we could limp it back to the airport where the rental agency was located, they would give us a new rental with a full tank of gas. Or, if we didn't think we could make it, they would send a tow truck to repair the tire.

The road we were on is only a two lane road and heavily traveled. It wasn't raining yet, so we decided to continue our trip to the airport. We made it with seconds to spare. The tire went totally flat the minute we drove up to the gate. Alamo staff saw to our needs imediately and within ten mintues, we were in another car with a full tank of gas.

Back tracking our way to the highway, the skies opened up and the rain came down in sheets.  Now it was lunch time and my husband had a craving for Fish Tacos. He had read in the brochures that the best tacos are Maui Tacos, in a strip mall on our way to the west side of the island. We pulled in and ran through the parking lot to the shop. We looked around only to find it was a take out place. There was no indoor seating. You make do. We ordered our tacos and made a bee line to the car. The tacos were delicious but messy, but it was a way to pass the time as we sat in the car. When we were done, we looked at each other and decided we really needed to wash up before we continued. We stopped at an Outback and ordered a beer and used the facilities.

Back to our journey only to learn that the road we needed was closed due to flooding. We headed back to the condo and hunkered down for the night.

Thursday, the sun decided to make an appearance and we relished it. We went swimming and soaked it up. Friday, we played golf and had a great time.

Saturday was check out and that's the other thing I have to warn you about visiting Maui and other islands in Hawaii. Affordable flights are red eyes which leave during the evening hours. They range from five to eleven pm. The check out time is noon. What do you do from noon until eleven pm? I'm talking about the CST and EST. If you're on mountain or the west cost, this is not an issue for you. I wish they'd move the check out time to at least two.

After an eight hour flight, we arrived at DFW at six in the morning. Tired and cranky, we went to get our luggage. Oh. We watched the carasoul go round and round and only three bags of luggage were on there. Um, those three were not ours. We waited an hour while the clerk tried to locate our bags and couldn't. We had to file a missing luggage report and catch our bus to the Park N' Fly where our car was parked. Guess what? It was cold and pouring down rain.

The bags were finally located and we got them at two in the afternoon. I so need another vacation even if it's only two days to get back into my rhythm. These are life experiences which I call research are for my next book!


Sunday, February 26, 2017

Finding Time to Write

I am by nature, a planner. I've been making 'To Do' lists since birth. Over the years, I have come to realize that not everything goes as planned. I now make my lists with plenty of wiggle room to accomodate the unexpected.

But lately, things have become a bit overwhelming and I find that I can't cross anything off of my list. Since when did my days become so out of control?

I've been working on my NHRA romance now for two years. TWO YEARS! Okay, granted The Sin Bin had to find a home, (THANK YOU, RESPLENDENCE PUBLISHING!!), Cruise Into My Heart needs to find a home but you'd think by now, I'd be done with the NHRA story.

For the last two years, it seems as if I've done nothing but put out fires. My house is haunted. There is no doubt about it. Every other day, something breaks down or Mother Nature decides to wreak havoc with me. (This week, we had an influx of black horse flies in the house. We killed over twenty of them. Where did they come from? Who knows? And let's not forget a broken ankle and now I'm dealing with Plantar Faciiatis...

It's as if the minute I sit down to write more on my story, something happens. Ugh.

Now, I'm preparing for our vacation to Maui (where the forecast is cool and rainy, really???) I told my husband I am taking my laptop with me to write. While he's on the golf course in the rain, I'll be at the condo writing. He's not too happy about it, but I told him that's the way it is. Maybe I can finish this story and move on to another!

How do other author's find the time? I must be missing something....

Saturday, February 18, 2017

Double Standards

I am bad. I am SO addicted to my cell phone, it's not even funny. What did I do without one before? I am trying an experiment and let's just see how long I can hold off. I will not use it until Wednesday.

Okay. I admit I've used 90% of my data and my billing cycle doesn't end until the 21st of the month. That's how bad I am. I don't have unlimited texting which is okay. I don't text that much anyway. I email or FB message instead. I can go months without recieving or doing a text. But every once in a while, all of a sudden  my friends text me and I get the "I'm a being a bad person" warning from Verizon.

Now, my writing career is on hold. In all of my rejections, I've been told that I 'tell' rather than 'show'. I finally figured it out. I had a career as a technical writer for programming specifications. Yup. I'm trained to "telling' how the program functions. The program is to be seamless to the user, you can't 'show'.

You say, what's wrong with that? Well, I'm learning a lot even though my ego has taken a beating. I have three stories I'm rewriting to fix that very thing!

I've also done research on recent romantic releases. I've been told my stories have too many adverbs and I should shy away from them. Gee, those recent releases have tons of them. What about the word 'said'? I was told you should use 'said' rather than 'replied', 'answered', 'groaned', etc. By using the 'said' word, it makes the reader gloss over to the next sentence. Guess what I found in the four recent releases I read? Yup! Replied, groaned, growled and answered. And these are authors that I love their story telling. What gives?

Is there a double standard I should know about? Sigh, Back to the drawing board....

Saturday, February 11, 2017

Never Ending Saga

You know, I would never bore my readers....working on a couple of projects....

1) I set aside my Holiday Cruise book to take a break from it. I'm not pleased with it, even though it's finished. I need another set of eyes to look at it...

2) Working on my NHRA romance....it's too serious and I have to change that. Then yesterday after writing over 1000 words, my characters stopped talking to me. Not nice!

3) Seque to When the Runway Went South keeps getting more material. Dead animals stuck in the walls of the house? This series is true to life. I swear this house is haunted....

Thanks again for all of your support! I really appreciate it!

Keep reading!

Sunday, February 5, 2017

Super Bowl

In honor of the biggest day in the NFL, I chose Intercepted to represent my theme today! (Even though hockey season is going strong!)

I have not had the best of weeks....Monday morning, I opened the door to get the morning paper and didn't think anything of it. Sat down to read the paper, came upstairs to my work out room and started. The next thing I hear is a 'LLLOOOIIISSS! There's a bird in the house!" Huh? I ran downstairs and lo and behold, there's a sparrow soaring around downstairs. We have very high ceilings and this little dinosaur loved it. Finally, we were able to coax it out the open front door.

Now, I'm wide awake! Finished working out and headed to the library to write. I did! I wrote about ten pages. I felt accomplished! Got home and went to get my cell phone out of my purse...where is it? I have no clue! I didn't use it at the library so where is it? I drove back to the library and no one had turned it in. I came home and used my daughter's cell phone to 'Find my Phone'. It showed it was home but it wasn't where I could find it.

I called Verizon and they suspended service for 24 hours while I searched for it. I don't like losing things, so I became obsessed, to put it nicely. I couldn't even eat, I was so worried. My daughter with a calm I haven't seen in a while, went into my car and found the phone. It was underneath the passenger seat, in the back. I always put my purse behind the driver's seat. Apparently, when I threw it in, the phone went flying out and lodged there. Last place I would've thought to look for it. Whew!

On Thursday, I went out to get the paper and when I came in and sorted it by sections, I noticed bird feathers all over my counter tops. Not again! I got my husband, who was only in his shorts, and sure enough there was another bird flying all over the house. Jim grabbed an umbrella (like Sean Connery in the Indiana Jones movie) and flapped it, forcing the bird to come back downstairs. I held the door open and the bird flies out when another one flies in. Aughh! Twenty minutes later, we were bird free. Jim was late for work and I began to scrub the house clean. The birds pooped over the carpet, the walls, the windows, the drapes, it was a mess!

I have a 'between season' season wreath on the front door which has a big bow. The sparrows had built a nest in the bow which is why they kept flying into the house when disturbed. Needless to say, the wreath is off the door and hanging outside on the fence, airing out.

So, I read the supersitions of birds in the house and it freaked me out. It says that death is near by. I don't want to hear that! I've lit candles to ward off any evil spirits.

Friday was a quiet day and I was able to write more with a clean house free of birds!