I don’t really have any one big topic to write about right now, but I have a whole bunch of random things that I feel like sharing.  Just for snicks.

  • The daffodils are almost done, but the lilacs are getting ready to bloom. What a great reminder that life may suck sometimes, but true beauty always comes back.  Things get better. They have to.
  • I just worked up the courage to enter the Writer’s Digest annual competition.  I used to enter it every year, but sort of let it fall by the wayside a while ago. I have no delusions about taking first place, but I’d like to get recognition for being somewhere in the Top 100. Even if I’m all the way down there in 100th place I’ll be ecstatic.
  • My espresso machine just broke. I feel as though I’ve lost a valued member of my family.
  • My daughter went to prom this weekend, and I got all nostalgic and weepy when I saw the pictures of her and her friends dressed up for the event. There are rumors around town that I spent the evening singing “Sunrise, Sunset” at the top of my lungs, but I can neither confirm nor deny that particular rumor.
  • I cut off my oldest son’s hair last week and discovered that he’s a pretty good-looking kid now that I can actually see his face.  Poor kid has this absolutely astonishing hair that grows wide instead of long. He usually won’t allow me to cut it because he says it is an endangered habitat for the baby eagles nesting in there. Yes, he says things like that all time.
  • My house has had no heat for a week, and my relationship with my afghans has moved to the next level.
  • Interesting tidbit that some folks may not realize:  if you are a blogger and you leave a comment on my blog, it leaves a clickable link that readers can follow back to your blog. This does not mean that I am sending people to your blog or linking to it in any way; when you leave a comment, you are creating that link yourself.
  • Readers who click on the link created by your comments are not “stalking” you.  Bloggers who approve your comments creating these links are not “stalking” you, either.
  • I will never again buy frozen burritos from the local Amish store. I still don’t know what was wrapped up inside those suckers, but it should never have been put inside a burrito. That was a bad idea.  And I should never have eaten two of them; that was an even worse idea.
  • Going back for a third one the next day was just stupidity on my part. I’ve got no excuse.
  • Speaking of the Amish, I saw something yesterday that was just delightfully wrong on so many levels: four Amish ladies, in full black dresses, bonnets and aprons, jumping on a trampoline.
  • Words failed me.
  • Seriously, words never fail me.
  • I have chosen to discontinue my author interviews for the time being for some personal reasons that I’d rather not go into right now. Don’t worry; I plan on starting up again when things calm down a bit in my world.
  • And speaking of author interviews . . . those of you who enjoyed my conversation with Zombie author M. Lauryl Lewis may be interested to know that her book Grace Lost has been nominated for the Zombie Book of the Month Club. If you’d like to vote, click here and scroll through the comments until you see the mention of Grace Lost. Then just “like” it. That’s all there is to it.
  • I am speaking about writing and self-publishing at my local library in two weeks, and I am utterly terrified. I just know I’m going to stutter; my old lisp is going to come back, and I will probably forget how to speak English. That’s a problem, because I don’t really know how to speak anything else, either.
  • Oh, and one last thing. Like any author, I have set up Google alerts to let me know whenever there is an online mention of my pen name, my real name, the names of my books, and so on. When I receive an email letting me know of such a mention, I check it out. That is not “stalking.” That is “protecting my professional image.”
  • And that’s all I’ve got to say on that.

Now I’m off to watch part of my youngest nephew’s baseball game, followed by youngest son’s first game of the season. It’s cold and damp outside, and sitting on the bleachers is going to be just plain awful.

And I can’t wait.

Author: A.J. Goode

I am a romance novelist, single mother of three, and a high school lunchlady. To be completely honest, I have no idea which of those jobs is the most rewarding and which is the biggest challenge. I love them all. I write romance novels about the kind of people who might pass me on the street every day. My characters are often hurting in some way, and need to learn to trust others in order to heal themselves. I also blog about trying to focus on writing, and about my day-to-day experiences in small-town America. I write about life. The good, the bad, and the just plain odd.

7 thoughts on “Randomness”

  1. I am saluting you here from my chair in western Canada. I suspect you will completely understand how I felt spending twenty minutes, yes, twenty, looking for my misplaced glasses this morning. One minute I was wearing them, and the next twenty I wasn’t. Were they on my head? No. On a table top? No. Tucked between the cushion and a seatback? No. They were folded and poking up from inside of one of my running shoes. Hello. When?How?Why did I put them there?
    Sending you fervent wishes that your espresso machine is fixable.


    1. God, I’m so glad I’m not the only one who does things like that! I once lined all three of my kids up and chewed them out for messing with my glasses . . . Until my daughter pointed out that I was WEARING them. Sigh.


  2. I thought about doing an author talk at the Bloomingdale library, but then I thought I needed a few more books under my belt . . . or maybe it was because I was too terrified. Anyway, I’d love to attend your talk. Is it at Bloomingdale? When? If you need help with anything, let me know.


    1. Thank you, Connie! It’s Mother’s Day weekend — Saturday, May 9, from 11:30-1:00. I am terrified, especially about looking foolish if the only people who show up are related to me. 🙂


  3. I’ve done the book signing and public speaking thing a couple of times, and it wasn’t as bad as I expected. It turned out that I actually like talking about books, as it’s something that never, ever happens at home (or anyplace else for that matter). You’ll be fine – just imagine that everyone in attendance has a live chicken in their lap; that’s what I do. Then I ask them, “For the love of God, can someone please tell me why everyone here has a live chicken on their lap?!” The looks of confusion are priceless, and almost invariably everyone looks around to see who brought a chicken to the library.

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  4. I think the randomness of this one is nearly perfect. There are times when our random lives fill the page and we realize how truly full our lives are as well, sometimes with the terrible but usually with the marvelous.


    1. I’ve just been overwhelmed lately. Too much on my plate, too many things to worry about, just TOO MUCH. And it’s a struggle to keep depression at arm’s length sometimes while trying to keep my blog positive . . . I wanted this post to show some of the random stuff, good and bad, bouncing around inside my head. You just said it much more eleoquently!


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