[RL] A little Saturday post…

Hey everyone!

I know it’s been a minute since my last post but the school year has started and this means coming home exhausted and passing out. For those who don’t know, my day-job is a preschool teacher. The pay is ok but the schedule is very flexible so it works for my acting and writing schedule right now.

My kids are 2- and 3-years old so they’re getting used to the idea that school isn’t a bad place, and that mommy and daddy come back. But anyways, I just wanted to post quickly to say that if you’re in Baltimore, check out the Baltimore Book Festival and the Baltimore Comic Con this weekend. I’ll be around at the book festival, and I’ve got tickets to the opening of Charm Kitty Café so I’m excited about that.

Starting tomorrow, I’ll be doing another week of reposts on my Instagram, so check that out.

Happy Thanksgiving and thank you!

 

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Happy Thanksgiving!

This is one of my favorite holidays, as I get to spend it with family, friends and great food. Seriously, I love my grandmother’s cooking. I could only hope to be able to make it when I’m on my own.

I just want to say how thankful I am for all the above mentioned, and you guys! Seriously, I really appreciate every visit, read and comment that I get here and/or on social media. I love the conversations we get into.

Also, I want to give a special thank you to my Brasilian readers! America is 1st but Brasil is 2nd in viewership and I couldn’t be more appreciative!

So I just want to say, “Obrigado por todo o carinho. Eu fico muito feliz!” (I’d gotten help with the translation so please let me know if I didn’t say it right.)

 

How To Write A Book in 30 Days

NaNoWriMo is here! Whoo!!

I’ll be updating my word count later today. I’m really excited about this novel ^__^

The Honest Author

Is it possible to write a book in 30 days? Yes! I’ve done it twice.

With NaNoWriMo coming up I thought it might be good to supplement Becky’s How NOT to write a book in 30 days with a How TO write a book in 30 days post.

A little background on my credentials first …

In the last five years I have written 14 novels (each around 82,000 words). My latest book, Come Back To Me (out in paperback today!), took me 6 weeks to write.

I worked on it full time – about 7 hours a day, knocking out about 6000 words on average a day (an ability to touch-type helps!). I had a deadline from my publisher Pan Macmillan which is why I worked so fast. But actually, all my books take me about 6-8 weeks to write. I am lucky to have a lot of writing and screenwriting…

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I will not be censored.

This breaks my heart.

For #WriterWednesday, instead of me posting about something I’m doing, I’d like you guys to read this and follow the call to action at the end. Post your thoughts below.

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It absolutely breaks my heart to say this, but the New Beverly Cinema that have I loved and stood so ardently for – and that I believe so many of you out there love and stand up for – is gone.

 

 

 

The first time I walked into the New Beverly Cinema in October of 2001, I heard a little voice inside me say: “This is where you belong.” 

 

 

It felt like home.

 

 

I loved that the theater was slightly shabby, that the prices were too cheap, the butter was still real, the films were still on film. I loved the kooky cast of characters working there, and the even kookier regulars who came to watch the films.

 

 

All you needed to be welcomed with open arms was a love of film. 

 

 

Here was a place that was never about…

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Murjani’s Miscellania with: Gina Miller

I had the pleasure of chatting with Gina Miller from the ASPCA about their No Pet Store Puppies pledge. As animal advocates, it was important to outline what puppy mills are, the dangers of them and what it means buying puppies from pet stores. You can find out more about taking the pledge at nopetstorepuppies.com and more about the ASPCA at aspca.org.

Hurray for Maryland Pit Bulls!

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A couple of months ago, Maryland’s governor, Martin O’Malley, had signed HB 73/SB 247, which undoes the 2012 ruling that pit bulls and pit bull mixes were “inherently dangerous.”

As you could imagine, this is a huge victory for dog owners, many of which were faced with choosing their home over their beloved family pet. There was always room for an owner—of any breed—to be sued if their dog had attacked and bitten a person, but the 2012 ruling had targeted pit bulls owners specifically, and stated that the owner’s landlord could also be sued.

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