Monthly Archives: October 2012

We All Came Out to Montreux

G and I just made a quick trip to Montreux to visit his mother, who is almost 90 and somehow looks better every time we see her. It must be the Swiss scenery – and taking daily walks along Lac Leman – or maybe the food – Filet du Perche from said lake – or else it’s the schnapps. Yeah, I’m going with the schnapps. You can buy just about any flavor of it in the little shop near where she lives.

I love walking along the lakeside. It’s so peaceful and there are always beautiful flowers and interesting displays along the way. This time, probably because of Halloween, there was a huge spider in a tree.

I didn’t know the Swiss celebrated Halloween.

The weather was beautiful. We almost walked all the way to Chateau de Chillon, which is one of the most visited sites in Switzerland. It is a castle carved out of stone on the lakeside. Perhaps it’s best known for Byron’s poem, The Prisoner of Chillon. The poet even carved his name on the column in the dungeon where he believed the prisoner was chained.



I always think of Deep Purple’s song, Smoke on the Water, when I’m here. It was written about the fire in Montreux’s Casino. We usually stay near there (it’s been rebuilt) and when I look out over the lake I can just imagine what it looked like, with flames licking at the sky and smoke billowing out across the water. Funny thing, that was the first song I learned to play on the guitar!

When G and I get old, I can just see us here, taking daily walks along the lake. Maybe stopping for a schnapps and drinking a toast to his mom.


This could be us in 30 years!

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The Long Engagement: (A) Story of my Life

First, let me explain that I started this blog to take a break from editing my book. It took me almost four years to write, and I had gotten to the point where I was sick of reading it over and over. Editing and re-editing.

I wanted to write for FUN.

And NOT think about every comma and quotation mark.

And while I thought about doing a blog that was related to writing (tips, advice, yadda yadda yadda), I realized that there are hundreds, if not thousands, of those blogs out there. I love them, but I don’t need to be another one of them.

I decided to blog from my heart, rather than my head. Be impulsive.

I’m going to continue with it, but I am excited to share that I just finished the third draft of the book (yay) and entered a contest to get it in front of some agents. I think it’s finally ready. 🙂

The contest I entered is called “Hook, Line and Sinker” and I thought I’d share my entry and see what everyone thinks. Please tell me what you think, and if the hook and (favorite) line I chose would catch your attention as a book reader…

Title: The Long Engagement

Genre: Contemporary Romance (with a little history thrown in!)

Hook: Two young people fall in love and get engaged while in college abroad. Life gets in the way and the two lose contact for 24 years. A Facebook message comes that could change their lives forever.

Line: “Even the way he smelled was etched in my memory like some kind of Holy Grail of lost love.”

I would love to hear your comments! 🙂













































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