Wednesday, July 23, 2014

What's Your Latest Food Obsession?

As part of my alternative healing process, my diet now consists mostly of cooked vegetables. Since roasted veggies can get pretty boring after awhile, I've been mixing up things up a bit.

My most recent obsession is stir fried baby bok choy and mushrooms with fresh ginger, garlic and jalapenos. It's fresh, spicy and salty all at once. Yum.

So what about you? What's your latest food obsession?


Tuesday, July 22, 2014

What's the Weirdest Gift You've Ever Been Given?

A few years ago, my very funny Aussie friends brought me this gem of a gift from their homeland.

Yes, that is indeed a bottle opener anchored in petrified kangaroo testicles. It's quite a conversation piece at parties.

What's the weirdest gift you've ever been given?


Monday, July 21, 2014

How Do You Feel About Alternative Healing?

I recently injured my back. It kind of exploded, actually. Without warning, it went into crazy spasms. The pain was so intense that I couldn't move. I'd never felt pain like that. I didn't even know people could feel that kind of pain.

At the hospital, I was prescribed prednisone, muscle relaxants and pain killers. For two weeks, I was high. But I still couldn't move. I couldn't drive. I couldn't sit up for any length of time. I spent most of my time on my back crying. I'd figured out that a traumatic experience had triggered the event, but I didn't know what to do about it. I called the doctor and asked for help. But they told me the treatment was the steriods and pain killers.

My friends had been driving me to a trusted chiropractor who was helping me do physical therapy. Slowly, I started to move a bit.

After about six weeks, for the first time (other than doctor visits), I went out. I met with my critique group. The first hug sent me spiraling into tears. And one of my fellow writers said she knew a therapist who specialized in healing trauma.

I started seeing that therapist. She gave me a surge of hope. I then met with a chinese herbalist who mashed up a brew of herbs that controlled the crying, anxiety and stress and minimized the inflammation. Next, I visited a neuromuscular re-education massage therapist who's been working every muscle in my body every week since. Seeking some more hope, I got a psychic reading. Then I had my chakras and energy cleansed by a reiki master. Just a few days ago, I had my first rehabilitative Pilates lesson. I couldn't do much of a workout yet, but we did identify the areas we really need to work on.

I still can't sit up for long periods of time. But I can walk. I can do the dishes and I can drive. I'm not crying all day every day anymore. I have hope.

But what if I had stayed with the doctor's plan of prednisone and pain killers? What if I hadn't tried multiple types of therapies? Where would I be?

How do you feel about alternative healing? What types of nontraditional healing have you tried? How did it work out for you?


Thursday, July 17, 2014

What's on Your Summer Reading List?

I am reading False Idols and Other Short Stories by my friend, Tony LaRocca.

I have a confession. I have never read SCI FI. Like ever. And the stuff LaRocca writes about is spine tingling, creepy, suspenseful and totally makes me think, "What if?"

It's pretty awesome. And it's also fun to dive into a genre I know nothing about.

What kinds of books do you usually read? What's on your summer reading list?


Wednesday, July 16, 2014

Would You Want to Go Into The Storm?

When I was younger, I loved scary movies. I still remember the night in 1984 when my BFF and I held onto each other screaming through The Exorcist. Throughout my teens, I loved the suspense of Friday the 13th, Nightmare on Elm Street and every other spine tingling, terror inducing horror flick I could watch.

Now that I'm older, you couldn't pay me to watch that stuff. The real world is scary enough. Why would I want to add to it?

Last night, I saw a trailer for Into the Storm. I've never seen a tornado and I never want to. In fact, I'll take an earthquake over a tornado any day.

What about you? How do you feel about scary movies?


Tuesday, July 15, 2014

Wind Chimes. Love Them or Hate Them?

My neighbor has wind chimes. They annoy me. I know they're supposed to be slightly magical and calming. They probably have cleansing energy and psychological effects I could benefit from.

But they just keep reminding me they're there.

I get the feeling wind chimes are a love it or hate it kind of thing. What about you? Do you love or hate wind chimes?


Monday, July 14, 2014

What Word Do You Overuse?

When I began drafting Fingerprints, one of my critique group members, Sarah, pointed out that I had used the word "bolt" 67 times.

After doing a "find" in Word, I discovered Sarah was right! My MC, Savanna, had bolted out of bed, down the hall, across the street, out of David's house, into the salon, into the ocean and about 100 million other places.


Since then, I've learned to use my thesaurus and choose my verbs very carefully.

What words or phrases do you tend to overuse?


Thursday, July 11, 2013

It Rained in Southern California

Last night, I woke to rain on the roof. Rain in Southern California in the summer is almost as rare as snow in So Cal in the winter.

It took me a few seconds to realize what it was. Then the rhythm lulled me back to sleep.

Has anything odd happened lately in your neck of the woods?


Wednesday, June 26, 2013

What Did You Learn at Camp?

This morning, I followed behind as a counselor led a group of little day-camper boys toward the bathrooms. As I maneuvered around them on my beach walk, I overheard him drop some serious wisdom on those kids.

"You take the first letter of your name and add 'eezy' or 'izzle' to it. Like your name is Brian, so you'd be "Beezy," the camp counselor said.

"Awesome!"said a little voice.

"And you, Will, you'd be Wizzle."

Wizzle said, "Cool!"

"What about me?" Another little voice asked. "Would I be Nizzle?"

"Why yes, yes, you would."

What did you learn at camp?


Monday, June 17, 2013

Have You Ever Locked Your Keys in Your Car?

So, today, while in a rush, I was trying to fit something in my tiny car trunk. I put my keys down to get it situated and then closed the trunk.

As the car alarm beeped its "locked" chime, I gasped. All my keys, including the house and car keys, were locked in the trunk.

Nice work, Suzie.

Thankfully, I had my phone and was able to call a friend. Lesson of the day: Always leave a spare set of keys at your friend's house.

So...are any of you out there as bright as I am? Have any of you ever locked your keys in your trunk?


Friday, June 14, 2013

AWESOME Interview with Write On America

I am so excited! I have done a lot of radio shows for Fantasy Dating, but I just did my first interview about my YA novel, Fingerprints. It's AWESOME!

Please listen to me discuss Fingerprints, the writing process and the perfect storm for abuse with Adam Scull of Write on America.

During the interview, Adam asks me what my best writing advice is. To all you writers, what's your best writing advice?


Sunday, June 9, 2013

One for the Books!

I recently published a YA novel, Fingerprints. As a result, I was asked to write an article about my all time, top 10 favorite YA books for a parenting website.

Sounds like an easy task at first, but once I started thinking about it, I realized that weeding out thousands of books to identify my top 10 would be no easy task. I mean, how can I compare a blockbuster award winner like Looking for Alaska to a lesser known and seriously gritty favorite like Amy Reed's Beautiful?

How can I include the beach read fun of Gossip Girl (You know you love her.) on the same list as a haunting classic like Judy Blume's Tiger Eyes?

Then I thought, "Whatever. It's my list."

So, what book or books would you put on an all time favorite list and why?


PS - Yes, that is one of my bookshelves. And yes, I may be the biggest Sarah Dessen fan alive.

Friday, June 7, 2013

I'm Baaaaaaaaaack!

After almost a year hiatus, I'm baaaaaack.

A lot has happened in year. I launched a dating game, took and quit a corporate job, wrote for a whole bunch of websites, and published my YA novel, Fingerprints.

As you can imagine, life has been (and still is) pretty hectic. That said, I can't promise you a question every day, but I can promise you a question every now and then.

So, to kick off Round Two of The Question of the Day, let's keep it simple.

What have you been up to?


Monday, August 13, 2012

Question of the Day #1,465

Dear Blogger Buddies,

I've been cheating on you. Posting on another blog. Working on another project. Dialing in the questions. Until a couple weeks ago, when I decided maybe it was time to stop with the questions.

I recently launched, a dating game designed to empower women to build confidence, take chances and find love. It works like other Fantasy Sports, in that players create leagues, set stakes and compete against each other to earn points. Then they earn points by exchanging number, receiving call and texts and going on dates.

The competition takes the desperation out of dating and replaces it with fun. Before they know it, women who considered themselves "too shy" are getting their game on everywhere they go. That means incorporating Fantasy Dating into their everyday lives by smiling and saying, "Hi," to potential dates at the supermarket, the dry cleaners and the carwash.

Here's how it works:

Pretty cool, huh? You know what's even cooler? This infographic was created by Adrienne Saldivar. And if you've been hanging around my blog for the last few years, you definitely know Adrienne and The Storyboard.

I've admired her amazing artwork since the first time I giggled at one of her comments and hopped through the blogosphere over to her blog. And I'm thrilled that we now get to work together!

Adrienne also created the guy and girl on Fantasy Dating's homepage. So, please come on over and take a look at my new website. I'd love for my bloggy friends to comment on the Fantasy Dating blog. There will be lots of questions to answer (and not just about dating - about life too) at my new pad.

Meanwhile, I ask one more question. What supercool connections have you made through the Blogosphere?


Friday, July 27, 2012

Question of the Day #1,464

Who's excited for the Olympics? Will you be watching the opening ceremonies?


Thursday, July 26, 2012

Question of the Day #1,463

How great is this? How great is Bob Ross?


Wednesday, July 25, 2012

Question of the Day #1,462

"Okay, smile!" K said. Then she took a picture of her daughters buckled in the back seat of my convertible.

"When I was a kid, my dad took pictures all the time. I'd say, 'Daaaaad, stop!' Now, I'm my dad." She laughed.

"Too funny," I said.

"I call that a boomerang," she said.

What trait did you witness during childhood that has boomeranged into a behavior of your own?


Tuesday, July 24, 2012

Question of the Day #1,461

I'm going to see a friend from high school who's visiting California today. Her little girls are with her, so I'm excited to meet them.

Who would you like to meet?


Monday, July 23, 2012

Question of the Day #1,460

What makes you crazy mad?


Sunday, July 22, 2012

Question of the Day #1,459

Where do you go when you need to re-energize?


Saturday, July 21, 2012

Question of the Day #1,458

What's you favorite food to eat at a cookout?

(Clearly, I'm going to a cookout.)


Friday, July 20, 2012

Question of the Day #1,457

I am grateful that I can be completely stupid with 99.9% of the people I'm surrounded by. I'm talking funny faces, wacky voices, middle of the night, dancing in the kitchen, stupid.

Who can you get completely stupid with?


Thursday, July 19, 2012

Question of the Day #1,456

I just read about a town in which there is an actual Mosquito Control Project that will be investigating resident's complaints about mosquitoes.

Reading that overwhelms me with gratitude about living in Southern California.

What perks does your region offer?


Wednesday, July 18, 2012

Question of the Day #1,455

How do you fit exercise into your routine?


Tuesday, July 17, 2012

Question of the Day #1,454

Do you think people ever really change?