Andrea Cooper knows everything about her mother Laura. She knows she’s spent her whole life in the small town of Gullaway Island; she knows she’s never had any more ambition than to live a quiet life as a pillar of the community; she knows she’s never kept a secret in her life.
Andrea is 31 and her problem isn’t that she has no choice in her future. The problem is there are so many choices she’s stuck. Stuck living over her mother’s garage working as a 911 dispatcher.
But when Andrea and her mother go out for lunch at the mall, things turn ugly fast. A man with a weapon, heads exploding, Andrea cowering and her mother has turned into some kind of suburban ninja! After that nothing makes any sense to her. Mom won’t stay in the hospital and she is adamant that Andrea move out NOW! Not tomorrow…
After the struggle to get there, my first pregnancy was absolutely perfect. No morning sickness, no real tiredness, just a healthy bump that grew strong.
I was one week away from my maternity leave. The plan was that I would leave two weeks prior to my due date so I could relax, and well, you know, first babies never came on time, so I would probably get longer to enjoy…
I am in Asheboro NC today after finishing up a planning session with the local manager yesterday. I’m not sure I’ve ever talked about what it is that I do so here goes a quick snapshot.
I work for the largest daily print media company in the U.S. in the marketing division in the southeast. I started off as a digital marketing account executive in June 2016 and was promoted to a regional manager position at the beginning of this year.
I travel the southeast helping our marketing people understand how to be more professional and better at the sales call process in order to help local businesses get more customers. I’ll go in to a property and assess their skills and goals and then help them get better.
It’s a fun job and might be the perfect position for me with a little travel and an ever-changing working environment. I like being in a different city each week and I enjoy working with different people every day.
Today I will be doing a pop-in surprise visit to review some training from last week and to check progress on a few accounts. After this visit I will be in the car driving to Gastonia, NC (about 2 hours) to finish up a few things there and then back to Charlotte.
I hope that whatever today brings, you find yourself in a good mood, grounded and focused! Have a wonderful Wednesday!
**opinions expressed in this post are mine and mine alone and do not represent those of my employer or any subsidiaries.
the fear in your head
You water it with thoughts of other people
that you don’t even know exist
You cultivate its soil with the future failures
that you already predicted
It then grows branches that reach your heart
which beats and beats faster
You try to stop them from sprouting
But the fear
with the words
Ever feel like you have lost your way? I felt like that from about age 35-44 and it didn’t seem as if there was light at the end of the tunnel. This blog helped a lot. Reinventing myself in my current profession helped as well.
When I first started my blog I had an incredibly specific mission to grow my page to a large following. I’m not sure why I thought this was the best measure, but it was the only one I knew so I set it as my goal. I’ve almost reached the number of followers I wanted way back then, but now I’m lost again.
I’m not exactly sure what my mission is now.
I love the interaction and I’ve even rediscovered the joy of reading other pages again and I’ve started reaching out to new bloggers much like I did in my early days of blogging. But sometimes it feels like I wake in the morning, grab the laptop and start typing. And I do so just to type.
There doesn’t seem to be any reason behind the typing other than to hit publish. Sometimes it feels empty.
Well, this serial came to a natural end in this week’s installment. I was able to end it to my satisfaction and give it a subtle tie to one of my other serials as well as mix in some call backs to my third Frank Rozzani novel.
I’ve enjoyed writing this serial and look forward to putting it together with other related short stories in a super-sized book.
On a side note, I’ve updated my Author Directory and Serial pages. You can now find all the authors I’ve interviewed over the past 3 years and the serials that I’ve written, two of which have become books this year.
Please enjoy this last installment of First Impressions.
What in the world was Jones up to? He gave no clues for the four digit code. He had somehow put a virus on an air-gapped server, one that was not directly connected to…