Tuesday, September 17, 2013

Life's Little Perks

I'm sailing away on my next Harlequin.  I'm on page 320 and very, very happy.  Of course, when I hit 420, I'll go back and fine-tune the romance because as I fall more in love with the hero I'm writing, I get ideas on how to make the book sigh-worthy earlier.

Speaking of sailing and of heroes....

This past Saturday, we went sailing.  The whole clan.  My husband has two brothers (and yes, one of them is married to another romance writer!). Then, too, my husband has a dad.  We call him Grandpa.

We went to Saguaro Lake and did a music steamboat tour.  Here's what it looked like as we left the dock.

Here's what it looked like when we returned.


This was my doing.  See, I always get these notices about AAA discounts and Group-on.  When I see one that looks good, I tend to go for it.  This turned out to be a fun evening as the steamboat hosted a band that played the likes of the Doobie Brothers and Modern English.

As for me, I'm thinking that there's not been enough steamboat contemporary romances written. LOL

Have a great day all, and hope you find a family adventure soon.  

22 comments:

  1. I love being on a boat of any kind:) Beautiful pictures and great progress on your book:) I'm up to my neck in revisions, but getting through:)Like I always say, if only I'd written it right the first time...lol:)

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    1. Jen - nobody gets it right the first time. Well, maybe Nora Roberts, but nobody else.

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    2. I always vow I'm going to write a cleaner first draft, but I always go over by 80 pages, plus need to expand a plot point, and then have to cut, cut, cut.

      Nora Roberts, sigh, is she the gold standard?

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    3. She writes a good story in a really beautiful way. To me. But, each to his own taste.

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    4. Thanks Muriel! Oh, Pam! I wish I had the problem of too many words lol. I always have to add, add, add:) If you have any extra words lying around...:)

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  2. I love anything to do with bodies of water - though considering the rains, at the moment.... But you know what I mean. Oceans, lakes, rivers, etc. That I love. I'm even willing to hike to see them - and I am NOT outdoorsy - unless I can ride a Jeep or go by horse. Beautiful photos!

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    1. It was so hot when we started out that I was dripping. And, AZ hot is 113. By the time we got back, bottom photo, it was perfect.

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  3. Pam, you are steaming along on the book for sure. Pictures are beautiful. Love lazy sailing along on a steamboat.

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    1. We do need to do a romance writers night on the steamboat!

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  4. What wonderful photos, Pam! And nothing beats a family adventure. I love bodies of water, too - to look at. I get seasick on the dock, so I'm not much of a sailor. Ron, however, HAS to be near the water. He attributes this to his Viking ancestry. I probably have canoe-going 'Voyageurs' in mine, but I relate more to the city-dwellers who came later. It does look like a wonderful time, though. And congratulations on your progress on the book!

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    1. Family adventures are best and full of laughs. There were too many steps for Grandpa, and I thought it was a dinner cruise. Nope. We ate at the lakeside restaurant afterwards and it was 8 - 1 as to whether to eat inside or out. Only one wanted inside, and we ate inside LOL Go figure.

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    2. Neither... It was one of the sisters in law. And, in a way she was right. Outside, once you sat down, you couldn't see over the wall. Plus, it smelled a lot like fish. Um, dead fish.

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  5. Pamela, this looks like a lovely trip. And we DO need more contemporary steamboat romances!

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  6. What a beautiful family trip! I love cruises like that. We have them where I live in Lake Champlain as well as lower down on Lake George. One time we even watched fireworks from one during the fourth of July and I'm drawing on that experience for the Heartwarming I'm writing now... that's due Oct. 1st! yikes...

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    1. Oh, fireworks would have been perfect! We live by Arizona State University, so see fireworks a lot... if they're winning LOL

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  7. I thought I'd already heard about this and sure enough, our mutual friend Sandy, who had been on the trip, told me about it. Sounds like a wonderful time. I need to go through my AAA packages that they're always sending to my email and take my granddaughters on the boat ride.
    Marion

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  8. LOL, for those of you who don't know, Marion is our newest Heartwarming author and I've known her for more than a decade. Sandy is another friend of ours who is dating Grandpa! So, there were three romance writers on the trip. All three romance writers wanted to eat outside btw.

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  9. What a gorgeous sunset! Sounds like you had a wonderful time (except for the heat lol). I've been on a steamboat in New Orleans. I love water :).

    And welcome to the group, Marion! So cool that you and Pamela have known each other for so long and are now writing for the same line!

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    1. You've got three here, really. Roz is only an hour away and we've all known each other since the 2000's.

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