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?


Monday, July 16, 2012

Question of the Day #1,453

How do you make sure you don't make the same mistake twice?


Sunday, July 15, 2012

Question of the Day #1,452

What did you used to complain about that you don't complain about anymore?


Saturday, July 14, 2012

Question of the Day #1,451

Are you where you always thought you'd be?


Friday, July 13, 2012

Question of the Day #1,450

Would you rather spend the weekend at the beach or in the mountains?


Thursday, July 12, 2012

Question of the Day #1,449

It's no secret that I LOVE Muppets. So Muppets set to music can entertain me for hours. What Sesame Street spoof makes you giggle?


Wednesday, July 11, 2012

Question of the Day #1,448

When was the last time your heart sang?


Tuesday, July 10, 2012

Question of the Day #1,447

While out on my walk today, a neighbor trimmed a lemon tree.

"That's a lot of lemons," I said, eyeing the pile he'd set aside from his clippings.

"Do you want some?" He asked.

"I'd love some," I said. "You know these are 79 cents a piece in the store."

He raised his eyebrows at me.

"I use a half lemon in my tea every morning. It adds up." I smiled and began gathering the fruit.

What gift has someone given you lately?