Five for Friday: Have You Lost Your Mind (?) Edition

Okay, I'm kind of cheating because some of this Five For Friday gloriousness happened yesterday afternoon. However, once you hear that I spent over half my day driving home for Father's Day, you can't really blame me too much for relying upon near-past events to round out my list. 

But I'll start with the actual Friday stuff for journalistic integrity: 

  1. I'm settled in in my #satelliteoffice here at Haughton House with sweet poodle-brother Max keeping an eye on me plus the cupcake by my side. (Reader: I need that cupcake. Today was a doozie.) Oh, and this reminds me. What is perfect with a cupcake? A cup of earl grey. Hold the line, I'll return shortly. 
  2. Ah, that's better. Continuing on. I got in some great incubation time while driving west today. It was like being in the shower (where 83% of all my great ideas happen)--but not, for obvious reasons. I even managed to record some of them with voice dictation without them ending up too weird and illegible AND I squeezed in a few hands-free calls with some business partners and my mermaid mogul life coach glitter boss extraordinaire, Laura von Holt. And I cannot wait to share some of this genius with you, but a few aren't my secrets to tell, so I'll wait. Patiently. Gah. 
  3. Three total strangers complimented me on my dress today. (Uh, which in the interest of full disclosure was the same one I wore yesterday.) 

Which leads me to numbers four and five on the list that actually happened yesterday (in the same dress) but were so fabulous they totally have to count for today. 

I met sweet Bodhi the Giant (pictured below with his big sister). 

My design alter ego Romanced by the Cover gave local writing bestie Lindsay Emory's brand a little facelift and we spent yesterday getting everything all set up and transferred over to her new site. (It's really purdy, you should check it out...once you've finished reading this blog, natch.)  

BUT it didn't end there, my friends. We also used our face-to-face time to do a little world domination scheming and plotting. Literally. Because we have both lost our darn minds and are going to write A BOOK IN A WEEK. 

*Let the record show: Lindsay was the first to lose her darn mind and decide to write her Christmas book in a week. But since we're going to be releasing our books within a week or two of each other this fall, I somehow got roped into the BIAW experiment too. 

**Let the record show: "I somehow got roped into the BIAW experiment too" is code for FOMO ALERT. And also maybe a little friendly competition. 

Lindsay-Emory-Book-in-a-Week

Not that it's a competition. At all. Not that Lindsay Slacked me a picture of her FB announcement (Exhibit A, to the right) because I can't log on to FB, or anything. :) 

Y'all, I can't wait to share with you more about Mistletoe Key and our books--and the books to follow that will be set in the same world!--and the process of writing the first draft of my Christmas book (set for a November 13th release!). 

After yesterday's #DreamDoDominate meeting, I'm beyond excited to see how these characters I've dreamed up fit with the other residents and tourists of Mistletoe Key, Florida--our sunny, romantic island where it's perpetually Christmas in paradise.

Except it's not paradise for my heroine, who is a total Ms. Grinch. But don't worry, Hunter "Blue" Bowen, bona fide hockey god, is gonna turn her frown--and her whole world--upside down. 

Make sure you're following Lindsay on Facebook (and all her other social media, for that matter). From what we chatted about yesterday, I know she's plotting out a love story that's gonna knock your socks off. 

OH YEAH. I GET TO MAKE A MAP!!!!!! #5ForFri bonus. ;)