Finish Line, Baby!

Here’s hoping this blog posts finds you in a post-Valentine’s Day chocolate euphoria haze. I’ve noticed that, like many things, Valentine’s Day is a lot more romantic fun when you don’t have little kids around. Don’t get me wrong, little kids are a hoot on Valentine’s Day, but it’s a lot tougher to spend hours slaving away on a romantic meal for your loved one when you’ve got wailing children hanging off your leg, complaining of starvation and the criminal lack of attention you’re paying to them.

Still, it’s possible to have fun. For our family, we have a tradition of baking Irish Car Bomb Cupcakes together (Guinness chocolate cake, whiskey ganache filling, Bailey’s buttercream frosting). My son and I spend all day baking the cupcakes (because it does take all day), and then Wes brings home takeout for dinner (because ain’t nobody got time to cook dinner when there are homemade cupcakes that need frosting), and then Wes and I enjoy wine and Godiva chocolates after the kids go to bed.

It’s no fancy candlelit dinner (I ate my takeout Gyro while standing over the mixer, adding powdered sugar one cup at a time while making sure my son didn’t add French fries to the frosting) but it IS fun. I think so long as you can all have fun together even though you’ve been married awhile and have kids and no longer remember what it was like having uninterrupted conversations during daylight hours, you’re going to be just fine.

And just like what happened in real life, the point of this post has gotten buried among the strata of Valentine’s Day minutiae.

royalty-free-marathon-clipart-illustration-1101903I FINISHED THE FIRST DRAFT OF MY BOOK!

It’s technically my fifth book, though the public at large will never get to read my first one. It’s the second book of my Bai Hsu, Chinese CIA super spy series, and I’m really pleased with how it turned out. It’s got an explosion, fight scenes, car chases, gun fights, intrigue, conspiracies, grand larceny, and someone getting tackled through a window.

It may just be my most action-packed book yet, though the first book in the series has a car chase between an ATV and an armored school bus, so that’s pretty cool too.

So now all I have to do is clean up my drafts, craft a pitch, and then go woo a big-time agent at the conference in NY this summer. Easy peasy, right?





You guys, I think writing all those books may have been the easy part. Gulp.

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