Never Forget

Originally posted September, 10, 2009 on my blog

Sometimes September 11th, 2001 seems like yesterday and sometimes it seems like a lifetime ago.  You find yourself dividing your life into before and after 9/11.

We had just moved into our new house a few months before the event and it added to the disorientation to be in what still seemed a strange house, in a strange neighborhood, and in strange times.

My son was still in elementary school and I spend the early hours unsure whether to send him to school or not.  Sure, we lived in an itty, bitty town so nothing would probably happen but I didn’t want him out of my sight either.  I remember he stayed home 2 or 3 days until the principal called the parents and asked them to please send the children to school so they could get back to normalcy.

Remember the date. Honor the victims. Salute our soldiers.

The best way to remember is to have a family plan for emergencies. Do you have a plan?

Jill James

Autumn is Coming

At least here in Reno, Nevada it is. Looks like in the 80s most of this week and in the 40s first thing in the morning. The trees are starting to turn orange and red. The sky is a vivbrant blue and wispy clouds scutter across the vista.

I love summer but it is awesome to live somewhere with 4 actual seasons. Loving it.

I’ll be putting out my September newsletter as soon as I have my newest book cover, so if you want to be among the first to see it, subscribe to my newsletter. http://eepurl.com/hvtn-/


Jill James, romance writer

Shadow Box Keepsakes

I’m a collector of things, I’ll freely admit that. I love the history of things. I collect porcelain dolls, salt and pepper shakers, and books–lots and lots of books. I also sometimes get in my possession things from those who came before me.

As a kid and teenager I had a purple quilt on my bed. Each square had a state bird, state flower, and state name on it from all 48 states.

You read that right. At the time the quilt was made–by my grandma and her sisters we only had 48 states in the USA.

Along the way, my dad got the quilt and hung it in a window. I can hear the gasps from all the ladies who know what that means. The quilt fell apart, eaten away by the sun. I thought of trying to save it. I’m not that good of a seamtress. I thought of sending it away to get repaired but I feared losing it and it was just too damaged.

So, I decided to try to save just a piece of it. Now that I’m in Nevada it seemed fitting to save the Nevada square. Since the squares are in order of the states joining the union, the Nevada one wasn’t too bad. So I decided to put it in a shadow box for my office.

I’m not always great at the arts and crafts things, but I think it turned out just fine. I added two casino chips to the box, because, hey!! Reno. I attached the quilt square to a canvas and put it in the box. The shadow box is gray and almost matches my desk exactly. I love it!!

shadow box 2


Do you collect old things or always get new?


Jill James, romance writer

Yearly Check-up

Photo by freestocks.org on Unsplash

Nothing says another year has passed like it being time for your yearly check-up at the doctor’s office. I know some people skip them from time to time, but I always get one each year. My dad was borderline diabetic and I want to keep up on checking for that. I was very anemic as a teenagaer, passing out several times, and I want to keep up on that too.

 

So, I had to fast from Sunday night to Monday morning. (No coffee!) I had a headache but I didn’t want to take anything to foul up the results. Drank lots of water. Didn’t help. Still impossible to get blood out of my veins. LOL

Once I was done, I rushed home to eat lunch. I was starving. But, done for another year. Now I just have to wait for results. (twiddling thumbs)


Jill James, romance writer

Grandson Hiatus

We are blessed to have brainy grandson with us this week. We celebrated husband’s 55th birthday and our 30th wedding anniversary. A very full week, so blogging will be short or nonexistent. Sorry!! Not. Enjoying grandson.

In the meantime, don’t forget I have new books out.

Ghostly Intentions, Ghost Releasers, Inc. #1 http://www.amazon.com/dp/B07B94HJG3
Summer Romance on Main Street boxed set http://www.amazon.com/dp/B07DGLJPYH


Jill James, romance writer

I Voted Today!

This is not a political statement. I enjoy voting. I think everyone should vote.

If you don’t vote, you don’t get to bitch…ever!!

That’s all I’m gonna say about that.

Thanks, Jill James

Play Ball!

At our house, we love baseball season. For quite a few years we had season tickets to the Oakland A’s. We had to give them up when we moved to Reno. It is TOO far to go for a baseball game.

Thankfully, Reno has the AAA affiliate of the Arizona Diamondbacks, the Reno Aces. We still get baseball! This is our second year with season tickets.

It is fun to watch the up and comers and try to guess who will move on to the Show! The ballpark is clean and smaller than a big league stadium. But, there are sing-alongs, activities between innings, and fireworks every Friday.

Do you like to go to sporting events? Who is your favorite team?


Jill James, romance writer and baseball fan.

A Snow Day

snow dayWe have Brainy Grandson visiting us this week for his Spring Break. He lives in the S.F. Bay Area so not much snow. LOL

We went up to Mt. Rose. Skiing looked awesome; dry snow and sunshine. But since the guys don’t ski and I haven’t skied since I was about 20, we decided to go play in the snow instead.

It is called The Meadow and I imagine in the summer it is just that, but on this day it is full of snow. Really full of snow. In some places we fell in to our hips. But it was a fun day and the grandson made himself a snow throne and threw snowballs and had a great time. He is growing so fast, he is taller than Papa now.

This week has gone by so fast and we will miss him when he has to go back home.


Jill James, proud Nana

Murphy Bed — Murphy’s Law

Today’s post was going to be all about the Murphy bed in my office, with pictures. Nope! Murphy’s Law in fine fetter today.

The measurements are wrong somewhere, so they will have to return and pull it out and put in new one. Which really sucks, because they were just about done after eight hours of working.

Once it is done and I take pictures I will post Murphy Bed, Take Two!!


Jill James, author (lots of editing done today as they worked)

They Can’t All Be Bad Years

Happy New Year to all!!!

We happens every coming of the new year. Memes and posts abound of the terrible year it was and we can’t wait to kick it to the curb. The new year must be brighter, better, happier.

STOP!! They can’t all be bad. People get married, have babies, go on fabulous trips, get new homes. Someone must have had a good year, a great year, a wonderful year.

End the negativity. Celebrate your accomplishments. Enjoy your achievements. Praise the year that was. Usher out the old year with memories and happy thoughts and look forward to much more of the same. You get what you put out there.


Jill James, hopeful optimist

author of two awesome Christmas boxed sets
Christmas at the Inn on Main Street and Christmas Babies on Main Street
Available on Amazon.com and in Kindle Unlimited

Tomorrow’s Just a Day Away

Not only my favorite song from the musical Annie, but oh so true. Tomorrow is just a day away and the day we get the keys to our brand-new house!! At almost 55 years old, we are getting our first brand-new house. We are loving our new town of Reno and the surrounding areas of Nevada. It is so different from the S.F. Bay Area. We have autumn here!! For the first time in a long time I’ve been inspired by the beauty of my surroundings to write a poem.

Nevada © Jill James, November 2017
 
Bushes of fire and sage
Autumn leaves quivering
In a Zephyr wind
Winter white dusting
Of hills, russet and tanned
Emerald pines and golden grasses
Hawks on an updraft
Against a blue topaz sky

Burning Bush plant

 

 

 

 

 

 


Jill James, romance author

What is an auto-buy author?

It is an author who you buy their next book without reading the blurb, without caring what the story is about. They promise a great read and deliver.

I have some authors I buy as soon as they come out in hardcover: Tess Gerritsen, Allison Brennan, Philippa Gregory, and Robin Cook. I have some authors I auto-buy: Lisa Gardner, Tessa Dare, Cindy Gerard, Carol Ericson, Lynsay Sands, and a few others. I also auto-buy James Patterson’s Women’s Murder Club.

I have a brand-new auto-buy author: Jacqueline Druga. Thanks to her book 10:37 I have a new auto-buy author that I’ve been binge-buying. Her writing drags you into the story. I could imagine sitting around the campfire listening to her weave a tale. This one had amazing characters and the storyline was unique enough to keep me turning pages long after bedtime. I already had read some of her stories, but this one has made me a fan.

Who are your auto-buy authors?


Jill James, romance author

Baby Steps and Snowflakes coming soon in the Christmas Babies on Main Street boxed set.

On Opening Day We Are All in First Place

This is the new advertising tagline for Major League Baseball and the new 2017 season. I love it! It is so optimistic. The world is full of endless possibilities. On the first day of a new season every team has the opportunity to go to the World Series in October.

I love Opening Day/Night at baseball. We’ve gone 4 or 5 years now for our Oakland A’s. You look for the familiar faces of last year’s favorites, the newbies you don’t know yet, the changes at the stadium, the season-ticket holders you’ve grown to know year after year. The excitement is contagious. Anything is possible on opening day!!

I want to add that feeling to my books. To the whole world of publishing. Every release is a best-seller! It’s true. You don’t know which book will be THE ONE, so it could be this one, or the next one, or the one after that. Hold on to that feeling–this could be the book that people love, that they tell their friends about, that they can’t wait to get and read! Put every book you write out there with optimism and your hopes and dreams. Let it fly.

Make every Release Day, Opening Day!!


Jill James, a glass is always full kind of gal.

Taking A Break

I have a friend who takes electronic breaks on vacation. I could never understand how she could do that. Until this last vacation! Maybe I’m getting older. Maybe I’m getting electronic burnout. But I spent a week with no writing on the computer.

I had a blast with my husband. We went to Los Angeles and went to Universal Studios. It was our first trip to a theme park with no kids! What fun! We went at our own pace. We stroll through shops. We rode the rides we wanted to, sometimes twice!!

Then we had 3 baseball games for the World Baseball Classic. Dodger dogs, popcorn, and baseball! We had the time of our lives.

I didn’t think about writing at all. I took pictures. I ate whatever I wanted with no thought to calories. (that came later when we got back 😮 ) I enjoyed myself.

Now that I’m back the brain is back in writing-mode and I feel rejuvenated.

What do you do to recharge the creative batteries?


Jill James, refreshed romance writer

Writing Prompts

The recent Oscars reminded me of a writing prompt we used to use to get the creative juices flowing in one of my RWA (Romance Writers of America) chapters. During the Oscars they showed three short films based on Walmart receipts. The ultimate What if? game. So let’s see how you do with a writing exercise. Put your work in the comments.

Take the seven words below and use them in a paragraph or two. For bonus points use them in order.

thezombiehunterswifeaudio-500x500I’ll randomly pick a writing prompt attempt from the comments to win an audio book copy of Love in the Time of Zombies, my zompoc romance. Book 2 is almost done being recorded and checked and Book 3 is just getting started. All should be available soon as audio books!


 

alligator
beans
Colorado
doctor
elegant
falling
go-cart


Have fun. Be inventive. Enjoy!

Jill James, romance author

Does anyone know…?

question_mark_3dthe name of a movie about lying. I don’t remember who is in it, but everyone believes everything they hear so when a man comes along and lies they don’t understand that he is not telling the truth. That’s all I remember of the plot. I think there was a romance in there somewhere.

Don’t you hate when you remember enough of something to remember it but not enough to remember the whole thing? Like an earworm that won’t go away. LOL

What non-essential thing irks you?


Jill James, romance writer