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I’M MOVING GOOGLE PLUS ACCOUNTS!

I’ll have a brand new e-mail account to break out to become my new favorite pair of shoes.

Why am I moving? Because I’ve created a dedicated e-mail account for my author goodness. It’ll be better in the long run for our Google Plus experience. More sharing, more creating – it’ll be fantastic!

But, like a brand new pair of shoes, it might take some “wearing in”. The main thing I’m worried about, is not the right fit, but not losing any old threads. As in – YOU!

I’m going to make a fancy list…as in, as fancy as typing out on word, to make sure I’m not forgetting anyone.

So if you like my random and Geeky content, author news, technology news and other random STUFF let me know in the comments with your Google Plus name, and I’ll be sure to add you so we can be awesome together!

Let’s do this!

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Hope to see you all there! It’ll be fun, promise!

Have a great week all,

Claire

True story: Batman teaches me a life lesson. #mondayblogs

Had a weird dream last night that a group of my friends was helping Batman…because he was Batman.

I was getting annoyed because I felt I wasn’t being any help at all, so I went off on my own. Found Joker and Harley Quinn and Joker offered to publish my book. A friend came in time to warn me no to trust him but he said he could publish it immediately, like that very second. I agreed and he published it under a different author name, with a different title and a naughty picture on the front of a bloke with very impressive abs…and then laughed about it and started mocking me. He was very not nice. And I was horrified my young adult book was ruined.

Batman was very upset I chose to side with the Joker. He slowly shook his head in mega disappointment.

And then I cried a bit that I let down Batman.

And then I woke up thinking WTF was that.

I think Batman was trying to tell me to be patient and keep working on my book. We’re all always looking for that quick easy fix to get what we want. And the Joker was just a friendly reminder to me that there is no such thing as the easy path. And if it’s easy, it’ll either not be exactly what we want or lacking good quality.

Gosh my subconscious is so deep.

How about you guys? Any messed up dreams lately? Share in the comments :)

Some people are worth sweating for #mondayblogs

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So a few months ago, back in September ’13, I relocated from Chicago to Greenville, SC to be with family.

I feel very comfortable in the new city now. I love the downtown, it’s such a cute little street. But no, there is lots to do.

Like baseball.

Now, aside from being a Cubs fan, I don’t generally much care about baseball, or typically sports in general for that matter.

But yesterday I had a lot of fun sweating in the baseball stands. I mostly went because it was a special event thanking first responders (firemen, cops, EMT, etc.) It was pretty cool, totally patriotic – which is so my thing – and just felt great thanking the brave men and women that serve and sacrifice for our community.

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Surprisingly, I enjoyed the baseball part too.

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I learned a valuable lesson that day, though:

BRING WATER!

Next time I’m totes going to bring my own water. And another valuable lesson:

GREASY FOODS AND HEAT DON’T WORK WELL TOGETHER!

Got a case of dehydration when I got home, and it felt worse than being hungover. I purposely skipped the beer becuase it was too hot for drinking (and I was driving), but the ice cream they served was pretty good.

So yeah, stay safe in the heat, guys!

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SO HOW DO YOU GUYS COOL OFF IN THE SUMMER TIME? WHAT EVENTS OR PEOPLE ARE WORTH SWEATING FOR TO YOU – or are you strictly indoors when the heat cranks up?

Share in the comments :)

Can Music Heal?

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This morning I woke up with the most NASTY migraine I’ve had in a long time. But I had too much to do than to sleep the morning away.

So I grabbed an extra strong cup of coffee, put on some relaxing music…and it always amazes me how coffee and music make such a healing combination.

Don’t know if the music just is distracting and pleasant enough sound to give the brain something else to focus on, or if it might actually help with mild pain. I’m not saying music can cure cancer – although that would be a beat we could all dance to – but it certainly has helped.

What do you use music for? Any music majors out there know if music has any power over the brain?

Would love to hear your thoughts in the comments below!

Have an awesome weekend everyone,

Claire

“Indian Summer” by Marlene was the song that relaxed my brain enough to be able to push through the pain. And coffee, of course, always helps :)

How I survived a Lightning Strike #mondayblogs

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Okay, so, there isn’t *really* a way to prepare a lightning strike. And technically, I didn’t exactly get hit. But last Sunday it struck the floor my feet were literally next to. If my power cord had been a centimeter closer to me, I would have suffered much more damage than only having the bejesus scared out of me.

My power strip cord housed my cell phone charger and computer charger. Luckily, my computer and computer charger was just fine. But my cell phone charger was blown to bits and melted even on the carpet. The lightning shot through my end table, where my cup of coffee was resting RIGHT next to me, and it charred some of my plotting notebooks for my stories.

I took it as a sign from the Universe, to quit procrastinating, that excuses are nothing but lies, and do what you were meant to do. And, as my notebooks DID survive the strike, it was a nice reassurance from Mother Nature, that maybe my stories aren’t so bad after all, and I must do everything I can to make them awesome.

So, while I can’t give you tips on how to survive a lightning strike, I can tell you this. Don’t wait for an Act of God (whichever one you believe in, or Thor) to get motivated.

And, while not an original theme, it was enough to get me going again.

Because I learned, first hand, we don’t have as much time as we think. Cliche, but true.

Cheers everyone!

Claire

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Spot that the pavement from the floor got paved over by my dad.

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I needed a Guinness to celebrate life after that scary event :) And look, my purse got zapped! Luckily, my credit cards still work. We were worried it’d strip the magnet in the cards.

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Another shot of the damage next to me.

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This notebook is for Mimi Mockel, my main character. It got zapped on the side :\

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This is my world-building notebook. That smudge is from the lightning.