Tuesday, June 7, 2011

Kudos! and this and that

Despite the odds, several of my Georgia Romance Writer pals are meeting with success in the world of writing.
  • Annie Rayburn's Bittersweet Obsessions was released by Red Sage Publishing on June 1st. Click HERE to purchase. Also, click HERE to visit her author page at Amazon and purchase Insight and Phantoms and Fantasies, described as "erotic romance with paranormal and sci-fi elements." 
  • Linsey Lanier, "writer of mystery-suspense, romantic fantasy, and romance - with a dash of sass" released several short stories in May. Click HERE to visit her author page at Amazon and purchase The Clever Detective series as well as The West Wind Blows.
  • Mary Marvella's novella Forever Love, romance with a hint of paranormal, is also available for purchase at Amazon; click HERE.
  • Last, but certainly not least, author Susan May just signed a two-book deal with Harlequin!
Congratulations and continued success to all of you! I have purchased every single one of these titles for my Kindle and am hoping to set aside at least a few lazy days this summer to get them read. 

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I don't know what it is about summertime that puts me in the mood to knit, but it happens every year. Laurie Perry posted a pattern for a "slouchy hipster hat" on her blog (click HERE) that I am itching to try. Although I have plenty of yarn in my stash, I love the look of the Noro Taiyo that Laurie chose for her hat, so I ordered a skein in a discontinued color (more affordable that way) and as soon as it arrives I will get started. She just started a sweater knit-along, too (click HERE) that I am going to participate in, too. After all, knitting a sweater is one of the items on my Amazing Life List. While I am waiting for my Noro to arrive, I am going to try to finish this scarf I started ages ago.

I dig the juxtaposition.

When do I find time to knit, you ask? Mostly when I am watching television. I just have to have a project started and handy and remember to pull it out. You'd be surprised how many rows you can finish in the space of an hour.

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Since I was out on the deck photographing my scarf, I realized it was the perfect time to show you how my little garden is growing.



You can't quite make out the flowers in the pictures, but there are lots of them, and each one will turn into a tiny tomato or pepper. I can hardly wait!

And to those of you who were skeptical about the squirrel-proofness of my bird feeder, well, you were absolutely right. Sigh.

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I made manicotti for dinner tonight. I had never made this dish before, and although it was more time consuming than lasagna, the results were spectacular if I do say so myself. It was definitely worth heating up the house for.

I simply followed the recipe on the Barilla manicotti box. I used Barilla marinara sauce, too. Highly recommended.

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I am participating in #Trust30, an online initiative and 30-day writing challenge that encourages you to look within and trust yourself.   

Prompt #7: Five Years by Corbett Barr

There will be an agreement in whatever variety of actions, so they be each honest and natural in their hour.
~ Ralph Waldo Emerson

What would you say to the person you were five years ago? What will you say to the person you'll be in five years? (Author: Corbett Barr)

To the person I was five years ago, I would say: "It is better to be alone than to squander your time and yourself in a relationship that you already know, deep inside, is going to lead to nowhere; end it immediately. Invest instead in yourself, your family and your friends; they will be there for you long after this man is gone. Your sons are growing up so fast; you don't want to miss a moment. And be warned; there are tough times ahead, and you need to prepare for them. When it happens, you will be on your own."

To my future self, I will say, "Don't stop now!"

What do you have to say to your past and future selves?


Linsey Lanier said...

You are a darling, Pam. Thanks so much for mentioning my books on Amazon! I don't know what's wrong with the links (Amazon links tend to be a little funky), but anyone can find me and Annie by search for "Linsey Lanier" and "Annie Rayburn" on Amazon. Annie's concept of aliens who are destined for life-mates is fascinating, and her books are exquisitely written. You can find Mary's "Forever Love," an exotic tale about an ancient romance, by searching for "Mary Marvella" on www.smashwords.com.

Cool knitting and gardening projects. The manicotti is making my mouth water. You are so talented. I don't have the patience for any of those endeavors. :)

I love your response to the writing prompt. What would I have to say to my past and future selves? It's late, so I have to be short. To my past self. "Don't give up what you love." To my future self. "Why aren't you writing now?"

Nichole Chase said...

Congrats to your friends and their books! I hope they sell millions :)

Also, I am incredibly hungry after looking at that yummy dish. I haven't made that before, but I might have to try it!

I wish I could knit. I love scarves, and would be able to make my own in every color! Not that I have a lot of opportunities to wear scarves in South Georgia ;)

Pam Asberry said...

Hey Linsey! Thank you so much for stopping by. I apologize for the broken links; I think they are working now. I can hardly wait to dig into all of your books and short stories! I know, I know, I'm a crazy person; I often joke that I can't decide what I want to be when I grow up. Believe it or not, writing is definitely my priority right now. I love your succinct responses to the writing prompt - well said!

Pam Asberry said...

Nichole, the hardest thing about making the manicotti was stuffing the filling into the shells. If you ever try it, use a ziploc bag and snip a corner and squeeze. I stuffed these using a spoon and it was very difficult - lol! As for knitting, if I can do it, anyone can. I have made many scarves using just the knit stitch - it's called garter stitch when you simply knit row after row, like I did in the scarf in the picture - quite simple, but it ooks amazing when you use textured yarn, and appears completely different depending on the weight of yarn, size of knitting needles, etc. And if you knit more than you can wear, well, scarves make great gifts! Thanks for commenting!

Cindy said...

Pam you are simply amazing. Not only a beautiful lady inside and out your talent, energy and drive to continually progress in a forward motion motivates me to try harder. You have stumbling blocks daily but somehow you go around them, under them or over them. This was a great Blog full of information for all. Thank you for your time and passion to share.

Carol Burnside aka Annie Rayburn said...

Wow, Pam, this is a whole weeks worth of posts in one.

Love the mini-garden. Isn't it fun to see the plants flourish and produce? We've got several tomatoes on plants and our peppers and squash are blooming. I even saw one tiny little acorn squash yesterday. I should take a picture of it while it's still mini-sized.

Thanks for mentioning me and my e-books, and for buying them all! That's beyond super! Linsey's books are so much fun. You'll enjoy them. I've got Mary's on my Kindle, but haven't read it yet.
And I'm Susan's CP, so I can tell you her debut book will pull at your heartstrings!

Anonymous said...

Hi Pam!

It's great to see people around us having success. I personally get more excited and confident about myself :)
My knitting project this time is to make a bolero coat, something to have on when the sea breeze blows, but wont warm too much.
The tomatoes on my windows are already starting to come :) And my orchids seem happier than previous summers.
At your prompt, I'd say to myself in the past: "Stop wasting time, thrust your guts and godspeed."
To my future self? "Don't stay paralyzed because of your past actions, but move forward."

S.M. Carrière said...

SQUEE! Congrats to everyone on their successes! There's nothing so heartening than hearing of another's success!

unstoppablestart said...

Pam, it is so true how we always need to remind ourselves to keep going. For some that equates to, "get your butt out of bed and fix breakfast." But I digress, you are the busiest woman, never allowing your hands to rest. I think for your birthday you may get a hand massage certificate from me. Could you sit still for an hour? We shall see.

Pam Asberry said...

Aw, thanks, Cindy. You're not exactly a slouch yourself. ;-) Thanks for your support!

Pam Asberry said...

Oh, yes, Carol, definitely take pics of your baby vegetables. I can't wait until I get to that point! You were definitely right about my bird feeder. Pesky squirrels! As soon as my student recitals are over (Saturday) I will start digging into some of my new books. So much to read, so little time. You are my inspiration!

Pam Asberry said...

EEV, I know what you mean about the others' success making it seem more possible for us. If determination and hard work are really the secrets to publication, then we will get there for sure. You are obviously a more accomplished knitter than I am. I am really good at squares and rectangles, even finally got the hang of knitting in the round and making hats, but a sweater is going to be a real challenge for me. Wish me luck! Your plants sound beautiful. Orchids-ah! Good advice to your past and future selves. I really enjoyed that exercise.

Pam Asberry said...

I know what you mean, S.M. I enjoy writing, but I enjoy being an adoring fan, too. :-)

Pam Asberry said...

Yes, Lindy, I can be self-indulgent right up there with the best of them. You just watch me. ;-)

Tami Brothers said...

Yummy! That Manicotti looks delish!

Love the little garden and the knitting. Like Annie and Linsey said, you are busy. Sometimes that's a good thing...

Good luck with those squirrels. They are cute but a pain in the tookus.