Wednesday, March 30, 2011

Sometimes time-outs can be a good thing.

Just one of those days... Ever feel like putting yourself in a time-out? Sometimes time-outs can be a good thing. A true time-out requires the whole world leave you alone for a set period of time. Sound like heaven? To a kid, not so much. To an adult, absolutely!

First, the ice maker went on our new fridge that we just got 5 months ago. We replaced the old fridge because of the ice maker. Grrr. I'm ready to buy a fridge with NO ice or water dispenser and just make my own. It would save a lot of grief, headaches and messes to clean up.

Then I came down with the stomach bug...again! My daughter had it twice, and this is my second time. Double Grrr...the weather needs to warm up like now! My family of 6 doesn't know when to leave me alone, even when I'm sick. Nope, the demands on Mom and contant running around are endless.

If there were only 5 of me.... I'm neck deep in writing book two of the Fortune Teller Mystery series (Corpse in the Crystal Ball) and I need to be writing 10 pages a day to finish on time. I only finished 6 out of 10 pages yesterday because of the above problems. So what did I do? Said to heck with it all, put myself in a time-out...and it was wonderful!

Off in a room by myself, no TV, no one allowed in, just me and a few books. There's nothing like a great book to lift your spirits. What have I been reading lately? Murder is Binding by Lorna Barrett A Veiled Deception by Annette Blair Elvis and the Dearly Departed by Peggy Webb Feline Fatale by Linda O. Johnston The Trouble with Magic by Madelyn Alt Murder with Peacocks by Donna Andrews Larceny and Old Lace by Tamar Myers Assault with a Deadly Glue Gun by Lois Winston

Some of these books are older and the first in a series and some are newer ones. Some I've read before and others I am reading for the first time. But ALL of them are awesome! I love to read and even re-read books that make me chuckle and make me think and make me strive to make my own books great. There's nothing like a good puzzle and trying to figure out who done it.

So tell me, who are your favorite mystery authors and what books do you love? Maybe it's time you put yourself in a time-out! Just sayin'.... Kari Lee Townsend


Kari Lee Townsend said...

My computer (s) are not cooperating now. Hopefully one of the M&M's can fix my post. For some reason my posts are coming out as one long paragraph. Even when I edit, they still show up this way.

Grrrr. Just one more thing going wrong this week.

I have no idea why it's doing this. Even when I use a different computer, it still happens.

What am I doing wrong? No extra lines or paragraph spaces are showing up.

This is insane! The universe is out to get me....

E.C. Smith said...

I hear yah, Kari. When it goes wrong, it goes WRONG. We'd got the dreaded flu bug this week too. Grrrrr. So, the kids are home, the house is upside down and I'm not getting my pages in either.

A time-out with my books sounds pretty good right now. Heading to my book shelf now!! Thanks for the suggestion!!! (:

P.S. Hang in there. It can only get better. Right? (please tell me I'm right...grin!)

Cassy Pickard said...

Kari: Your post came through just fine. I'm reading it 6 hours ahead of you, but still loving it. I totally get the "how can this happen, again?" syndrome. My mother keeps telling me to sell my house. No way. But, there are moments.

Getting those pages done seems at times so easy then again, so hard.

Relax, girl, more time out. You'll be hyper-charged and ready to go.


Kari Lee Townsend said...

Thanks EC, sorry to hear your house is "bugged" too!

Let us know if you find any gems on that bookshelf.

PS repair guys just left. Ice maker got jammed, backed up, and cracked. It will now be another week before it comes in. Guess I'll be bagging it until then.

Kari Lee Townsend said...

Thanks Cassy. I would love another "time out" but can't afford any more missed pages. Since I'm feeling a little better, I'm going to attempt those now.

And my post is only fixed because Liz did it for me. I really don't get why it won't work for me. Hopefully I'll figure it out before next wed. Eeek.

Liz Lipperman said...

Ah! I feel your pain, Kari. I talked about this very same thing in my life last Monday when I introduced my sweet new granddaughter to everyone. Life just can't be put on a schedule.

I just talked to our editor and found out my second book, Beef Stole-Off, is being pushed back two months, now releasing in July of 2012. I busted my butt getting that one done just like you're doing now. It's a lot of "hurry up and wait."

I love all those books you listed. I would add anything by Cleo Coyle to that list and way too many more to list here.

My sister has this great saying - We make plans and God laughs!!

Barbie Jo Mahoney said...

Ha ha ha!!! LOVE the saying, Liz!! How true!

You guys have definitely given me some authors to watch out for.

Unfortunately when "I" get a time-out...I have to use that for additional writing time. No ifs ands or buts. Well, I could choose to read (which again, unfortunately doesn't happen much) but I usually need to write.

Gee..Not only do we need to form SAA, but I'm feeling the need for a "National Time-Out Day". Put this on your calendars, folks in honor of Kari and the MANY others out there who are in need. APRIL 29, 2012.

I'm plugging it in right now. Let's just see how many bloggers we can get to chime in a year from now as to what THEY are doing in their time out! :-)

And I agree with's GOTTA get better!

Donna Cummings said...

Kari, you're really getting hit with everything at once. My sympathies!

I took a whole week for a time-out recently and it was very beneficial. I felt a little twitchy the first couple days, but then I got into the swing of things and really felt refreshed afterwards.

I don't read as much as I used to, but it too is beneficial to the writing, which I always realize as soon as I get lost in a book. :)

Kari Lee Townsend said...

Too funny Liz! Love the saying. And yes, Cleo Coyle rocks! Also Maggie Shayne. She might not write mysteries, but her paranormals are awesome.

Kari Lee Townsend said...

Nice, Barbie. National time-out day on my birthday....I'll take it!

Kari Lee Townsend said...

Good for you, Donna. Time-outs are hard to find time for, but so necessary once in a while to recharge our batteries.

And I too feel reading is just as important as writing. When you get lost in a story, there's a reason for it. I love to try to analyze why. What about that story grabbed hold of me and wouldn't let go. It helps me when writing my own stories.

Kari Lee Townsend said...

PS...I wonder if my second book's release date will get bumped too, Liz. I should ask Faith.

Cassy Pickard said...

Kari: I know the feeling of being stalked by electronics? We laugh in our family for it seems we take turns as to who is "it."

I'm struggling with getting things done at this point in two languages. Not pretty at times. One language is more than I can handle. But, at least there is an expectation of a siesta- so time-out for grownups is built into the equation.

Anita Clenney said...

Blogger is making me crazy. Ugh! Okay, time out. that sounds like a good idea to me. I think I need one. I know what some of my fave mysteries are going to be when Kari and Liz's books come out, because I've seen your writing.

One of my all time favorite writers is Elizabeth Peters. Her Amelia Peabody mysteries are a joy to read. There are about twenty something in the series. I also love Jeri Westerson's Crispin Guest medieval Noir series. Crispin is a knight stripped of his land and title and he becomes a detective. Wonderful series. There are three. Veil of Lies, Serpent in the Thorns, and The Demon's Parchment.

Lindsay said...

"Kari Lee Townsend," her blog reader said, using her full name to get her attention. "Get to your room now and don't come out until finished the pages. Writing, not reading. Or there'll be no dessert for you tonight."
And if that doesn't work try reading more Annette Blair or Lori Avocato

Kari Lee Townsend said...

Ooooh, some great series to try. Thanks Anita. I think I listened to one of Amelia Peabody on audio. Very cool.

Kari Lee Townsend said...

Yes sir, Lindsay :-)

And I love Lori Avacado, too!