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I’m waiting to find out what the verdict is on saving my baby. In the meantime, I am running through all the things that were on it – my latest pages for my next book, some random photos from my trip and other assorted things. All thing said, it’s not the end of the world, but I still feel a bit of loss.
As I wait for the genius to come over and look at my sad little laptop, I decided to list out the main things I use my computer for – in no particular order.
• Writing. This goes without saying since my job is to come up with new stories for you all to enjoy.
• Email. Business correspondence, as well as notes back and forth between my kids and family. And perhaps notices of fabulous shoe sales.
• Surfing. Very important for research. And finding pictures of coffee. And Hugh Jackman. And cats. If I find one of Hugh Jackman drinking coffee while holding a cat, I’ll consider the day a huge success.
• Candy Crush. I’m not proud, but there you go.
• Accounting. Well, sort of. The program is there and I entered in a few things but we all know I’ll probably just bring the shoebox of receipts to my accountant and wish them luck and offer them chocolate as an apology.
• Shopping. Those shoes aren’t gonna order themselves, you know.
• Travel. Well, virtual travel. I love that I can take little video trips to my favorite locales when I need a mental break.
• Facebook. I love chatting with my readers. And playing Candy Crush. Well, I’m past the point of loving Candy Crush, but the addiction has set in and I can’t seem to stop. Again, I’m not proud.
• Puppies. Who doesn’t like pictures and videos of puppies?
What do you use your computer for? What would you miss the most if your computer died? (And remember to back your data up!)
This week marks the release of the final installment of the Duchess Diaries series, How to Entice an Enchantress, into the literary wild. Usually I spend release week sitting at home manically checking the lists and rankings for the book. Possibly reading the early reviews and continuously asking Hot Cop if he thinks it will do well (he, being the smart and wonderful man that he is, always says “yes”.)
So this week ended up being a little different. I had to schedule meetings with my agent and editor in New York and so I find myself here in the Big Apple with daughter and a huge list of things to possibly distract me from Release Week Obsession.
First stop on the agenda is shoe shopping. I don’t know what it is about shoes but I love them. Flats, sandals, boots, loafers, heels…I love them all. I’ve scoped out a few places that are known to have great sales and a good selection and I’m off and running.
Second, I’m on the hunt for a glorious meal, which I don’t think is too difficult a task in this city. Good food is plentiful.
Third, I’m spending time with my daughter and some other friends while in town.
For the most part, my plan is working and I’m not obsessively starting at my computer screen and hitting REFRESH all the time. Of course, my smartphone battery might be running low (again) from trying to check it as I run about but the distractions are helping a bit.
What do you do when you need to be distracted from something? Have you picked up a copy of How to Entice an Enchantress yet?
I am so excited to announce the members of my new street team the Hawkinistas! I was so honored by all the submissions to be a part of this group and it was incredibly difficult to pare it down to a manageable size. But pare it down I did and I’m giddy about this fabulous group of readers!
Without further ado, I would like to announce my first group of Hawkinistas!
Cynthia St. G
Congratulations and I look forward to being a part of this amazing group! (Hawkinistas, check your emails for your intro letter if you haven’t already done so!)
I often get email from readers asking “Karen, what do you like to snack on when you’re writing?”
Ok, maybe not, but I thought that would be a better lead-in to a post about snacks than “I’m hungry and need to go to the grocery store so all thoughts are focused on what’s NOT in the house to nibble on.”
So, in case you were ever curious about what
Karen Hawkins likes to writers eat whilst working, here is a very non-scientifically obtained list written down in no particular order – except brownies. Brownies always reside on top. Also I have listed the pros and cons of each.
Neon orange, packed with salt, crunch and a faux-cheese flavor, these babies are a Hawkins House staple.
PROS: cheeeeeezy goodness
CONS: orange fingers, lips, keyboards, notepads and pens
A more intense flavor than milk chocolate and, according to some report I’m sure I read somewhere on the interwebs, good for you.
PROS: It’s chocolate
CONS: None. It’s chocolate.
Used only in the most dire of need, since it’s a little heavy to snack on. But as every college student knows, pizza boosts brain power.
PROS: can be eaten hot or cold and they deliver it to your door!
CONS: Melted cheese and pepperoni grease on the keyboard.
Rich, moist, decadent and adaptable to all tastes.
PROS: They are BROWNIES. ‘Nuff said.
CONS: None, they are chocolate and a baked good.
Crunchy, light, available in a variety of flavors or just plain on the stove-top it’s easy to nosh on from the bowl or bag.
PROS: Good with butter and salt and smells lovely (unless burned – see “cons”)
Grapes, fruit, cut up veggies.
Straight from the farm to the fridge, produce is a wonderful, healthy snack while writing.
PROS: healthy, not too messy to eat.
CONS: Benefit to the creative process is questionable, all those healthy nutrients detract from brain power.
Wine and Diet Coke
While not a “snack” both these beverages are staples in most author’s consumable arsenal.
PROS: One relaxes, the other perks up.
CONS: Tipsy or overly caffeinated writing often must be rewritten. Darn it.
What are your favorite snacks?
As some of you may have noticed, I had some issues with my website last week. The problem was something out of my control and not something I could solve (back-end web functionality is not my specialty – by any stretch of the imagination.) so all there was for me to do was to wait patiently while it was sorted out.
Strike that. I wasn’t very good at being patient. I was irritated and the whole situation threw me off what I needed to do – page proofs and writing. It was driving me CRAZY.
I’ve always been a problem solver – not a “wait for the problem solvers who know how to solve the problem to solve the problem” type person. So I stewed and grumbled and vented and paced and obsessed and did everything else except what I needed to be doing originally. It became more than a “website” problem, it was an all encompassing, distracting ordeal.
Good news is that now things are sorted out and I am back to
procrastinating working on my books.
So when life throws you a bit of a hassle that you cannot solve yourself, are you able to distract yourself and wait patiently? I think next time, I’ll try googling more photos of Hugh Jackman and eating more chocolate, if that doesn’t help, not sure what will.
Today’s the day! Book two in The Duchess Diaries series is on shelves today! I am so excited about this book coming out and I hope you will enjoy reading it as much as I enjoyed writing it.
I am also so thrilled with the response to Hawkins Manor! If you haven’t visited my new “estate” yet, please do so. It’s a fun new addition to my website with information on Scottish castles, women of the Regency era, recipes, games and lots of other goodies that tie into my books. I’ll be adding to it from time to time, so be sure to check back in and see what else is going on.