05-26-18 – Blog Queen - Sarah Raplee

Thursday, May 15, 2014

Summer Lovin’

I seem to say this every month, but man, this year is flying by! I can’t believe it’s almost June and I’ll be turning another year older!  :-o

Okay, let’s not dwell on that.  I think this year is flying by for me because I haven’t been so busy since my kids were in elementary school. Even then I didn’t know how to say “no”. hah 

Anyway, at the beginning of April was the Desert Dreams Conference which I, and author Heather Palmer, coordinated. I’m thrilled to say it was a roaring success!!  A couple of weeks after the conference, my husband and I did a weekend getaway for our 22nd anniversary and a couple of weeks after that we did a weekend fun-time (wink wink) for Mother’s Day.  The Saturday before Mother’s Day was actually Mexican Mother’s Day, so I took advantage of that. Hah  The days in between those events I was critiquing/editing my CP’s new book, which was due to her editor by May 1st, reading a screenplay for a friend of my daughter’s, giving a read to another friend, working on my new book Body & Soul and getting my latest book Dark Obsession ready for publication.  Yep, got all that done, including the launch of Dark Obsession on May 5th.  I really love this book and the characters, brother and sister, Ray and Sylvia Chavez who live with their grandparents in the Rio Grande Valley (Texas), because they’re so close to my heart.  And I love that they’re very popular with my readers.

But, now that the April and May activities are out of the way, it’s time to focus on the rest of the year….which is equally busy….but it’s just as much pleasure as business.  In June, the week of my birthday no less, I’ll be in Denver for the RomCom Conference. This is my first time to do this conference, which is like a mini version of RT, and I’m really looking forward to it.  After I get home from that, I’ll be working on details for RWA National’s Literacy Signing in San Antonio (July 23) because I’m chairing it again (for the 3rd year).  Although the week before the conference two of my kids and I will be driving across the US to Texas to visit friends and family. It’s been years since we've seen most of them!   A week after we get home I’ll be off to Vegas to celebrate my daughter’s twenty-first birthday!  *Whew!* Makes you tired just thinking about it, huh?

Of course I’ll also set aside time to complete my current novel and get in my summer reading!  Although, with the amount of books I have on my TBR list, I’m going to need more time.  This is just a small bookcase of books I haven’t read yet.
 What’s on your list? J


Judith Ashley said...

How cool to have your books face out on the top of the bookcase, Terri. I think I'd smile every time I walked by. Here's to a Very Successful rest of 2014!

I have two short stories and two novels to finish or write and get published.

Desert Dreams was fantastic! And I'm ready to come in 2016. Do you have dates yet?

Terri Molina said...

Yeah, I just set the books up for anyone who passes the office. hah

I'm glad you enjoyed Desert Dreams, Heather and my main focus was to offer as much education as we could to all the attendees. I don't know when the next conference is, as I'm not running it. But, they'll likely announce around September.

Sarah Raplee said...

Desert Dreams rocked! You all did an outstanding job.

On my list is finish my publish my first full-length novel, Blindsight, and write two short stories.

My husband gave me three semi-wild alpacas for Mother's Day, so I'll be taming and training them. They are so funny and sweet!

We'll also be finishing a fifth bedroom in the new house, and building an office onto the shop building, and building a chicken coop, and growing veggies...Luckily I have lots of help with the farm chores!

Terri Molina said...

My gosh, Sarah! That all sounds exhausting! And THREE Alpacas?? That's quite a gift.

Good luck with everything!!

Sarah Raplee said...

The move has been tiring, but the Alpacas are sweet and fun. They're eating out of my hand after only a few days. The next big challenge will be getting them to the vet for a checkup, shots, etc.

Most of the building will be done by my husband and son. The gardening will be all eight of us, but more my daughter-in-law and the kids than me.

It does all feel overwhelming at times, but then I look out across the beautiful green valley and wooded foothills of the Cascade Mtns. and relax. it's an amazing place. We're very lucky.

Pippa Jay said...

Wow, your schedule sounds even more manic than mine! Best of luck to you!