five things—lightning fast edition!

Weekly wrap-up. Lots going on right now, so let’s get right into it.

1. I wrote a post about baseball for Jock Week at Joyfully Jay’s. There’s a copy of Out in the Field or one of MANY other sports romances up for grabs in the giveaway, which is open through Saturday.

2. I’m reading at Lady Jane’s Salon on Monday. If you’re in the New York area, stop by! It’s at Madame X on Houston Street between Thompson and LaGuardia. Doors open at 7pm and admission is $5 or a gently read romance novel. I’ll be reading from Show and Tell.

3. I’m going to Philadelphia this weekend for tourism and relaxation. I’m really looking forward to it! I put together a tentative itinerary for myself, but I might play a lot of it by ear. I’m hoping a weekend out of town will help relieve some stress and get my creativity fired up so I can be super productive in March.

4. I’ve got a post about my current WIP coming up later today. I’ve been alternating opera and dance music while I write to get into the heads of these characters, and now I feel a little insane. But check back for that.

5. We had a new member come to my book club meeting this past Monday, and after a quite lively discussion of the book, she commented that we were discussing it as if we were a crit group. We kind of were; most of the members of my book club are also romance writers, so maybe we just think that way. But it got me thinking about the way I read.

I do read critically a lot of the time. I mean, sometimes I just read for fun, but in the back of my mind, I’m constantly thinking about what I read—what works, what doesn’t, what turns of phrase do I like, what misused slang grates, what are the good writers doing well, what are the bad writers doing poorly. I think that’s an incredibly useful exercise for a writer, and I read so much in my own genre that I think it’s hard not to think about those things. (I’m also judging contests, so then I do have to read critically.)

I do enjoy talking the hell out of a book, though. That’s the main benefit of a book club. 🙂

So, until next week, happy reading!