Five for Friday: I Am a Badass Edition

It's barely past noon here at Haughton House and I've already done so many badass things, I don't know what to do with myself the rest of the day. (Just kidding. I have lists of lists.) So without further ado...

Five beautiful, badass things for today:

  • I just finished updating the HBIC Nation site with specific info on our first Book Club pick: Jen Sincero's YOU ARE A BADASS AT MAKING MONEY. I'm wrapping up my reading this weekend so I can be super fresh for the discussion because we are super pumped to be discussing money, honey in a safe space. Join us 6.7.17 at 7pm Eastern. (More deets here.) 
  • I'm wrapping up my time here at Haughton House and preparing to go back to Dallas. It's always a little bittersweet. And even though I'm going back with a HUGE intention set to do some Summer Cleaning (spring cleaning is so passé), I'm taking back some treasures from my father's mother's house--including some furniture and super dainty teacups. Now to make space so they don't have to live in storage very long.
  • Brownies. Today's list of beautiful things would be incomplete if it didn't include these tiny brownies with buttercream frosting on top that my mom gets at Wal-Mart (I know) and I swear they are made by actual fairies because they are always so light yet dense and rich and fudgy and oooooooh, I'm going to have to grab another one on my tea break.
  • Speaking of tea breaks, you should totally take a break and watch/listen to this chat with Julia Kelly about writing romance, the writing process, and I'm not giving away my favorite part of the interview, but I bet you can guess it once you hear it. (And no, it's not Julia's glorious hair; although, I do so enjoy Julia's hair.)
  • COVER REVEALS! I'm always beyond giddy when my clients (finally) do a show and tell with their covers. (I've been sitting on these secrets FOR MONTHS.) Take a peek at Alexis Anne and Andie J. Christopher's pretties: 

Five for Friday: HBIC World Domination Edition

I missed last 5ForFriday because we were saying goodbye to my little nanny--who was just shy of 100 and as sassy as ever right up 'til the end. And I bet you thought I was going to miss this one, too, because I'm posting so late in the day.

Nope. Not missing it. I'm living and loving* every minute of my Friday because of these five ladies: 

We are on a seekrit HBIC World Domination Tour aka a writing retreat in the middle of a picturesque spot in America. I've laughed myself hoarse, cried a little--maybe tinkled a little too--and have filled my well WAY UP. And it's just the first day. 

What happens at retreat stays at retreat...for the most part. But there are going to be some insta posts and stories. Make sure you follow me @WriterAHaughton

*and if you said, "no way Lexi. No way are you taking time out of your retreat to post this"--you're right. I scheduled it Thursday evening. But I'm still grateful for Laura, Mary Chris, Lindsay, Julia, and Lexy. HBICs4EVA

Five for Friday: Seventy Degrees Edition

Last week, I started a new-to-me blog series called Five for Friday wherein I list, lickety-split, five things I did to really seek out some beauty in the world and enjoy my #FriYAY! 

Little did I know, it would inspire some writing besties to start their own. So this is my official NUMBER ONE on the list because it makes my heart happy to see Julia Kelly and Alexis Anne living out some good times. 

The day is still young, but I've already got my Five for Friday: 

1. Obvs: seeing Julia Kelly and Alexis Anne take #54Fri and make it their own. (Plus Sexy Lexy called me her glitter-sparkle leader and I ain't mad about it.)

2. Julia Kelly's coworkers got in the celebratory spirit and procured a rainbow unicorn for Ms. Kelly. I'm so glad she posted this picture so I can share it. It absolutely made my morning.


3. I celebrated the life of my writing mentor today. It was a bittersweet moment, to be sure, but sitting in the packed chapel was a beautiful experience. There was so much love and laughter in that room, and I know we all yearned to hear one more story. One more joke and see that lazy wink that always followed. Sitting there reminded me of that 20-something girl who sat in his office (laughing, crying, and laugh-crying) for two years and how far she's come...

And how she's still so much the same. 

Mr. T. never poo-pooed my desire to write genre fiction. He never once denigrated romance and suggested I shoot for something approaching "lit-ra-chure." And his wisdom and no-nonsense approach to fiction is something I carry in my heart. 

I'm grateful you were mine, even for a little while. <3

4. I've been designing up a storm over at Romanced by the Cover. And today, I got an order from Sticker Mule. I can't WAIT to share it with you. Just a few more weeks. (PS If you want $10 off your order, you can click this here link:

5. It's 76 degrees. And while I was a bit miffed I couldn't wear the pretty sweater I'd planned to wear to the service today, I'm loving the fresh air and blue skies.