July 25, 2014

from the desk of bingley no. 6

Blogger's Note: While I make an effort to generate some serious progress on Book 3, the wonderful Bingley Chapman has agreed to oversee Change the Word. All opinions expressed in these posts are his and his alone. (Except when they're mine, but being portrayed as his.)


And now I'm on laundry detail this weekend. I guess.

What's one chore you HATE to do? (And do you have any tips for getting out of it? Please and thank you for the advice.)

Laundry day. Best day of my life. Just kidding, but that is the name of another song Mom's been jamming. 



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July 24, 2014

from the desk of bingley no. 5

Blogger's Note: While I make an effort to generate some serious progress on Book 3, the wonderful Bingley Chapman has agreed to oversee Change the Word. All opinions expressed in these posts are his and his alone. (Except when they're mine, but being portrayed as his.)


Sometimes tough love is the only way to keep my mom motivated. In this instance, I was catching mom taking selfies of us when she was supposed to be working on her novel. I can appreciate her wanting to capture our cuteness (we're pretty adorable), but as her best friend, I owe it to her to be honest.

I glare, because I care.

And in this moment, the honest truth was this: Put down the damn cell phone and get back to work. Just not for too long. I'm going to want to cuddle at some point, today, and I'd like to be fed.

What's the best way someone has supported you during your writing journeys?

Before we say goodbye for today, I want to share another one of my mom's selfies in honor of a very dear friend of mine, who we said good-bye to last night. This is Mom with her furry brother, Buddy, celebrating Christmas back in 2009.


We miss you, Buddy. Thank you for the love and memories you shared with us. I hope you have lots of squirrels and bacon in Heaven.


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July 23, 2014

from the desk of bingley no. 4

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Sigh. I don't know what else I can say about this other than people should NOT leave stray ribbon sitting around the house. Because my mom WILL find it, and she WILL think it'd be absolutely adorable to put it on me for a photos shoot.

Mom is also more than a little addicted to her cell phone, selfies and Facebook. And I really don't like it when she drinks a little too much wine and wants to slow dance. (OK, so that only happened once or twice, but it was still embarrassing.)

In all fairness, I'm sure Mom would like it if I stopped licking her ear before dawn every morning (even though I just want to cuddle). I could also probably stop throwing up fur balls all over the house (I get a little excited). And I'm sure she'd be thrilled if I stopped insisting on watching her take baths (I let her watch me take baths).

Have I said "sigh" already?

Point is, we both have to exercise a lot of patience, and we both have opportunities for growing to make this relationship work. At least it keeps things interesting. And in the end, it's worth it for the one you love.

Here's a question for you word fans: What's one habit you'd like to break? What's one you refuse to give up?


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July 22, 2014

my tv do-over: gilmore girls, season six, episode 22

Let me tell you a little story about Luke and Lorelai. Luke owns and operates the diner in Stars Hollow, Connecticut, a fictional and quirky town not far from Hartford. Lorelai runs, and later owns, an inn.

She's also an addict. And Luke is her dealer.

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OK, so it's only coffee, but those of us who can't function without our daily dose recognize the significance of the relationship we have with the person who gives it to us.

In all serious, throughout the show Gilmore Girls, as much as we fans loved watching Lorelai and her daughter Rory make faster-than-the-speed-of-sound pop culture references, we also loved watching Luke and Lorelai fall in love, realize they were in love and do something about being in love.

Things are about to get all spoilery up in here, so if you haven't seen the show and plan to organize a binge-watching session, go ahead and pause right here, get in touch with Netflix, watch the show, then come back to read this.

Are we all we caught up now? Good.

So picture it. Sixth season. A lot of hours, days, years invested in these characters, and at last Luke and Lorelai are together. They're engaged. Luke is making renovations to Lorelai's simple, but lovely home. They're talking about maybe having a kid or two together. They're in luvre.

But when Luke learns he has a child from a previous relationship, he's a little distracted, and Lorelai gets upset. It's more complicated than that, but basically, the two start arguing. Ultimately, at the end of Season Six, Lorelai gives Luke an ultimatum: Let's just get married already; what are we waiting for?

Luke, a guy who lacks the impulsive gene and took several seasons to even work-up the courage to ask out the woman he'd been silently pining for doesn't jump at the idea. So what does Lorelai do in this ill-fated finale?

SHE GOES AND SLEEPS WITH CHRISTOPHER, HER DAUGHTER'S FATHER AND HER HIGH SCHOOL BOYFRIEND, AND BREAKS. LUKE'S. HEART.

When Caroline Fardig asked me to share my TV Do-Over, I knew this one had to be it, because... THIS WAS THE WORST THING THAT EVER HAPPENED TO THIS SHOW.

Phew. It felt good to say that. Even though things ended up OK for Luke and Loralei eventually, I still haven't forgiven her, and I hate-watched the final season of the show. Obviously I'm not as over this, even more than eight years later. But maybe fixing this now and forever will help.

So, here's what going to happen. Instead of Lorelai going to Christopher (who she ultimately elopes with in Season Seven, only to turn right around and divorce him a couple of episodes later), she's going to go home and spend a dark evening watching Pretty in Pink and Sixteen Candles. She'll probably eat some awful junk food (which really isn't like a coping mechanism so much as the norm for her). During that night, she'll stop to think about what she's done and said and realize she needs to chill the eff down.

When Luke shows up the next morning (and this is how the episode ends, not how the next season begins), tells her he does want to marry her, and let's go do it, she still says NO. She understands, and has been understanding, of the fact that his life has completely changed. But she's also realized she's deserving of love and attention, too.

So instead of spending Season Seven watching both of them suffer apart, because she cheated on him, and then her dealing with a hasty marriage and divorce, they both take a big old inventory of their lives, and they decide to elope at the end of the show.

It's not that big of a change really, right? It's nothing huge or grand or even really out of character. But it saves us fans--and these characters--a whole lot of heartache. And it keeps me from developing serious and major hate for a character I once loved.

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Be sure to visit Monique McDonell, tomorrow, to read her TV Do-Over, and in the meantime check out the rest of the blog hop here.


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July 21, 2014

christmas in july


Merry Christmas, y'all! This week, you can pick-up these four holiday titles for only 99 cents:
Merry & Bright by Isabella Louise Anderson, Cindy Arora, Laura Chapman, Lauren Clark, Libby Mercer & Nancy Scrofano
Winter Wonderland by Belinda Jones
Weight Till Christmas by Ruth Saberton
Married by Christmas by Scarlett Bailey

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