Monday, July 17, 2017

Home after Caifornia Dreamin' Conference



Hello Everyone. Sorry for the delay in posting pictures from the California Dreamin' Conference, as promised. My sweet husband had a major health issue, but he is back to good now.

I had a wonderful time at the Conference. Workshops were great, and I learned much about the current publishing trend. I met some lovely people too. One of them is Lotchie Burton, an author of Erotica Fiction. You will see her standing with me in some of the pictures that follow.

This is me getting ready to go to a workshop.

The view of the atrium from my 7th floor room.

 My new friend Lotchie and me.
Conference Dinner with Keynote Speaker Robin Carr.

One of many workshops.

Tuesday, March 21, 2017

On my way...

I leave in 3 days heading to southern California for the California Dreamin' Writers Conference. It's the second time I've attended this conference and I love it. Lots of great workshops and tons of new information on the industry standards. Friendly and encouraging people from other parts of the state and beyond who are always happy to sit and chat. Two and a half days of amazing.

This conference is held every other year, so if you're a writer and haven't ever gone to California Dreamin' I would suggest you put it on your calendar for March 2019.

Not only do you have the chance to attend informative workshops every hour all day, but you'll enjoy great keynote speakers at luncheons and dinners with wonderful food, included in your conference fee. Also, the Embassy Suites Hotel where the conference is held in Brea, California provides a fabulous breakfast buffet for attendees.

One thing the conference offers is the opportunity to pitch your novel to an editor. I will be pitching, Love's Lingering Refrain, a paranormal romance (no werewolves or vampires, and neither of my main characters are other-worldly). I won't know to which publishing company editor I'll be presenting until I arrive and pick up my conference packet. When you register to pitch, you pick your 1st, 2nd, and 3rd choice of editors that are receiving pitches. When you check in at the conference and receive your conference packet, your pitch appointment is given to you at that time.

I'll have some pictures to post when I return, and I'll share with you my awesome adventure when I get back home. Until then....

Love and Light, Peace and Joy
Sunny Marie

Tuesday, February 28, 2017

I knew my husband was strange....

Well, I've always said my husband was one in a million, but until recently I didn't know how true that statement really was. A few weeks ago, due to a fluke spike in my husband's blood pressure (never has had any blood pressure issues), we found out that his body makes way more blood than it needs.

I share this with you as I found it not only scary as heck, but also most interesting. You'd think your body would know how much blood (hemoglobin) it required to function properly, and that's the amount it would make...wrong. At least for some people, there can be factors going on that cause the body to produce too much blood. It's a condition called polycythemia, and there is polycythemia primary and polycythemia secondary. The primary version is caused by a muted gene and the secondary (what my husband has) can be caused by several factors...a malfunction of the kidneys, liver, heart, lungs or bone marrow cancer. We are lucky that it appears from all the test results that hubby has one kidney that is not working up to par, and this is the culprit for his polycythemia.

So, what do you do about this? The simple fix is to take out blood. For the past 6 weeks my husband has gone into the outpatient infusion center at our hospital twice a week and had nearly a quart of blood removed (phlebotomy). You'd think that would make a person feel pretty weak, but hubby says he feels great. Probably because his body is now not being over taxed with trying to do something with all the extra blood it didn't need.

Anyway, the treatment for this condition is to just keep taking out the extra blood. And as time goes on, this process will need to be done less frequently. This week hubby was told he only needs to go in once a week now. The hope is to at some point to be able to space these "blood letting" sessions out to once every 3 months or even every 6 months. That's a long time down the road, but at least he is on the way.

So, a word to the wise, if you have some sort of episode with your blood pressure, or any other bodily function that is out of the norm, have it checked out right away. Had we not taken the immediate action we did when my husband's blood pressure spiked (causing his vision to blur), he would have suffered a heart attack within days...or even minutes. So pay attention when your body speaks to you, it could be the warning that saves your life.

We have sunshine in the mountains today. I hope you have a bright and wonderful day wherever you are.
Love and Light, Peace and Joy,
Sunny Marie

Monday, January 30, 2017

Still snow in my yard...

The rain finally turned to snow...8 inches of snow. It was so lovely when I awoke to find it covering the yard and drive on that first morning. The "silence" of winter is something special. As the sun rose and the rays of light glistened across the pristine white it began to shimmer and come to life.

Of course it wasn't long before footprints and tire tracks assaulted the beauty that the snow had once been. Life must go on. I wanted to get outside and build a snowman, but the temp was much colder than my body felt comfortable spending time in, so I allowed the "thought" of a snowman to permeate in my mind.  He was a handsome dude. Perhaps I'll use him in a book I write in the future.

I hope wherever you are, that your weather, no matter what it may be, will bring you some measure of joy.

Love and Light, Peace and Joy
Sunny Marie

Saturday, January 14, 2017

It's such a lovely day...

As the words of an old 70s song goes: "It's such a lovely day today, look at the sunshine..."  Oh, joy, there is sun today after so many days of constant rain. Sometimes the rain will jolt my creative juices, but with it continuing for two weeks, it just became a bit depressing.

I hope you have a lovely day where you are, and that you're planning to do something fun.  I'm not sure what I'll do yet, maybe just sit and enjoy the rays of light coming in through my window.  The puppies, Hessee and Fannee, certainly like that they can run in and out of the doggie door at will today. They've had a bit of cabin fever, and because of this, have required so much more love and attention.  Bless them.  Nothing like having two over weight dogs on your lap for hours on end...gotta love 'em.

If you are anywhere near Yosemite National Park, make sure to buzz in now that the gates are opened again. The falls are massive, breath taking, so beautiful. Pack a picnic lunch and go exploring, or take one of the buses and ride from point to point, seeing whatever strikes your fancy. Buy a tee shirt that says, "I WAS HERE" and enjoy a peaceful day in the park...if you can make it happen.

I wish you all, Peace and Joy, Love and Light,
Sunny Marie

Saturday, January 7, 2017

A Rainy Day in the Mountains...

Hello. I've just returned from a Sisters In Crime meeting, and was so happy to be back among my fellow writers there.  I've been away for a while.

I enjoyed a talk by David Kulczyk on California's Deadliest Women.  They are real life women who committed murder. I was amazed at just how many there have been in my own backyard, so to speak.

We were also presented with an opportunity to get in on the ground floor of a newly opened door for publishing fiction. Pace Press an imprint of Linden Publishing is accepting submissions for fiction in many genres. And the best part, they are located in Fresno, CA., about an hour from where I live. Nothing better than being able to have a "close" working relationship with your editor. Yes, I plan to query with sample chapters. Fingers and toes crossed.

The highlight of my day was that I won a raffle gift...a beautiful handmade throw. It's shades of blue and purple and will be lovely to snuggle under while reading the book that came with it, Windless Summer by Heather Sharfeddin.

It's raining in the mountains near Yosemite National Park today. For me, this make the creative juices run, conjuring story ideas that float around in my mind. It's also the perfect day to curl up with a good book or relax with a cup of hot chocolate and watch a football game on T.V. I'm one of those weird people who can all three at the same time. I'm sure there are more weird-os out there...right?

So until we meet here again, have a wonderful day, whatever you are doing.
Sunny Marie