A Creature of Habit

This is Day 15 of my 31 Days of August Awesomeness Blog Challenge. Want to know more? Check out the inaugural post here.

You may recall way back on Day 2 of my August blogging adventure, I shared with you my passion and love of journaling. In it, I shared a picture of my journals. Very astute readers may have noticed that they are all the same kind journal. I like it because it has the months/days of the year running across the top of each page, so each day I just have to circle the month/day to know what day I’m on as a reference point.

Tonight I realized that I am a true creature of habit. As I was making my packing list for our trip to Charleston, I noticed that I was going to run out of room in my current journal while on the trip (how proactive of me!). No biggie. Just a quick trip to Target to pick up another one to take with, right?

Wrong.

It’s back to school time here in Minnesota, and so there are a plethora of notebook options, not only in the regular office section, but the super duper special expanded school supply section at the back of the store. I searched these aisles for twenty minutes multiple times in vain. My poor little journal notebook was nowhere to be found.

My husband, observing my panicked behavior, asked, “What’s the big deal? It’s just a notebook.

((sigh))

That is when I realized that these little daily rituals we have can really become a powerful part of our lives. In my mind, I need to journal in that specific notebook. It makes me all jittery and anxious to even consider going two months journaling in something different. But we leave tomorrow morning, and I had no choice. I had to pick something new.

I’m a glass is half-full kind of gal. So I try to think of this as a good thing. It will force me a bit out of my comfort zone.  Who knows- maybe I’ll gain some valuable new insight into my life’s journal. Or maybe I’ll just spend the first week journaling about how cranky I am that I have to write in a new notebook. Eventually, I will just get used to it, but change is hard.

One thing I know for sure though. If I find that specific notebook again, I’m buying the store out. 🙂

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Food for the Braindead

This is Day 14 of my 31 Days of August Awesomeness Blog Challenge. Want to know more? Check out the inaugural post here.

You may remember on Day 12 I mentioned the fact that I’m traveling quite a bit the latter part of August. I actually just got back earlier this afternoon from a whirlwind overnight trip to visit a client in California.

I was on planes for 7-1/2 hours yesterday, and 3-1/2 hours today. That’s a lot of plane time. Yesterday the batteries ran out on all of my electronic devices I was on a plane so long (that made me a bit cranky).  Even though I’m technically not doing anything but sitting there, travel can be exhausting.

I find myself sitting here tonight braindead. I know that I should writing. (Books don’t write themselves!) But I just can’t find the energy to do it. I’ve even taken a nap, but my body’s battery is running on low.

Instead of giving myself over to the TV, I try something else. I read. Now I had a goal at the beginning of the year to read a book a week in 2012. Right now, according to my Goodread status, I’m 11 books behind. Oops.

When I read, I read fast. My virtual bookshelf has over a 100 books to be read on it. So it’s not for lack of material; I’ve been severely lacking in time. Since June, all of my free time has been poured into writing books. I haven’t had any time to actually read any.

So I’m using this rare bit of free time, when my brain just is not cooperating with me on the writing front, to get caught up on some reading. Of course I’ve blown through two books in the last two days and have started the third (I’ve gotten completely sucked into the Peachville Demon series by Sarra Cannon). What I love about this fortunate happenstance is that I also start feeling inspired again about my writing.

Hopefully tomorrow I’ll be fully charged and ready to go again. But until then, you’ll find me tucked away in a corner reading. 🙂

(photo credit o5com)

 

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Cover Reveal: The Queen’s Betrayal (Bloodtruth #2)

I am hard at work here at Cege Smith central on The Queen’s Betrayal, which is the sequel to Heiress of Lies. I love the turn of events playing out so far for Angeline and Connor, and I can’t wait to share the story with you!

Just to give you a sneak preview, I wanted you guys to see the new cover. I just got it back from the designer today and I couldn’t be more thrilled. You may notice I was able to use the same model as the Heiress of Lies cover, which I think adds a nice continuity to the series as you see them on the virtual bookshelf.

Now I know the next question is going to be: when will The Queen’s Betrayal be ready? The plan is to launch it in September, but I don’t have a date nailed down yet. As soon as I know, I’ll let you know too. 🙂

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Travel Is Not So Glamorous

This is Day 12 of my 31 Days of August Awesomeness Blog Challenge. Want to know more? Check out the inaugural post here.

I have potentially three trips lined up for August. Two are for work, and one is for vacation (yay!). That means I’m going to be hanging out in airports and airplanes ALOT over the next 2 1/2 weeks or so.

I’m a Delta Gold Medallion member, so that should give you an idea of how much I traveled in 2011. My trips go in spurts- for example I haven’t traveled since mid-June, but now have three trips in 2 1/2 weeks. That’s just the way that things seem to shake out.

I’ve learned two things over the past several years with travel:

  1. You can never have enough patience.
  2. Most things are completely out of your control so it’s not worth getting upset. (So see #1.)

Tomorrow morning my first flight leaves at 5:30am. That’s way early. Most times though, I don’t mind. I miss a lot of the “prime time” craziness in the airport, and being willing to fly early means that I don’t have (usually) spend more than one night away from home.

Here’s my favorite travel tips for weary travelers:

  • Organize everything the night before. The more you can gather, straighten, put away, and pack ahead of time the better. If you leave everything to the last hour before you are walking out the door, it’s a guarantee you’ll forget something.
  • Check your flight status and parking lot status ahead of time. The internet is a beautiful thing. You can find out if your flight is delayed, if your gate has changed, or if you need to find alternate parking without leaving home. These couple of extra steps can save you hours of aggravation later.
  • Wear comfortable shoes. You will need to take them off going through security anyway. Then you may have to walk what feels like miles to your gates. If you are unlucky, you may have to run to a connection. Blisters on the bottom of your feet during vacation- not cool.
  • Bring snacks. I’ve had this scenario happen more than once. I intend to grab a bite to eat while waiting on a connecting flight. My first flight is delayed. I’m booking to catch the connecting flight, and I make it right before they close the door. Then I’m sitting there, hot, sweaty, and starving. My least favorite snack? Overpriced airline snack boxes.
  • Don’t yell. It helps no one. If you find yourself in a situation where you’ve missed a flight, your flight’s been canceled, or your flight is delayed by hours, don’t take it out on the airline employees or the people around you. Traveling is stressful even when everything goes smoothly. People can and do get upset on a regular basis, but please, try to keep your cool and resolve the situation without making everyone else around you miserable. I’ve gotten on flights that had a mile-long standby list just by being courteous and respectful with the airline employees. Being nice does pay off.

When someone asks me how my travels were, I love being able to say this, “It was uneventful.”  The absolute best kind of travel by far.

(photo credit Sean MacEntee)

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Ageless Comes To Life!

This is Day 11 of my 31 Days of August Awesomeness Blog Challenge. Want to know more? Check out the inaugural post here.

It’s been a busy weekend here in the Cege Smith household. I’ve added about 8000 words to my work in progress (The Queen’s Betrayal which is the sequel to Heiress of Lies) which is pretty fantastic. But the thing I’m MOST excited about is that I launched Ageless, my newest paranormal novel.

Here’s the blurb:

On the eve of her eighteenth birthday, Violet Swanson is introduced to a world that she never knew existed. Thoughts of finals and college applications fly out the window when she finds out that the topic of her final term paper, the Fountain of Youth, may actually exist.

Together with her best friend Margo, and the handsome, mysterious Montrose brothers, Violet tries to decipher the clues in her family history to find the Fountain’s location. Jeremiah and Jonah Montrose have their own secrets, and Violet quickly finds herself caught between them. All will be revealed on Violet’s birthday, but her past is reaching out to claim her, putting her entire future at stake.

Pretty cool, huh? Plus I LOVE the cover which is courtesy of Flip City Books. I actually bought the cover back in May without a real inkling of the story- that all came later. What I really like about this story is that I’m exploring the vampire mythology again, but this time I’m doing it in a present day setting (as opposed to the completely different world that Heiress of Lies takes place in). It was a lot of fun to explore, and if people like it, there’s a lot more story to tell about Violet, Margo, and Jeremiah and Jonah Montrose.

So I’ve been a busy bee with launch activities and getting the word about my newest work. I’d love it if you’d consider picking it up. If you enjoy YA paranormal romance, then I think this would be a wonderful, quick read treat for you. 🙂

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