In Here Comes The Son, Lalo is one of my favourite characters–autistic, creative, a gardener, and definitely an introvert.
I thought it would be fun to write his guide to dating as an autistic and introvert. (And honestly, some of these are dates my hubby, and I do. So it could be my guide to dating as an autistic and introvert.)
Dates that he would find enjoyable and romantic.
1. Video Game Dates — playing the same game together either as a team or competing against one another.
2. Movie Marathon — Netflix and Chill, anyone?
3. Stargazing. Out in the middle of nowhere in the Colorado mountains, junk food and stars in the night sky.
4. Car Dinner Date — picking up food and parking somewhere to eat.
5. Going to restaurants very early before anyone else.
6. Library date, hanging out and reading books together.
7. Gardening — mostly Iggy watching Lalo work.
What’s your favourite kind of date?
This week I thought I’d share just a few of the many reasons Bishan and Valor from The Grasmere Cottage Mystery Trilogy belong together.
3. School boy bonding.
6. Patience, on both their parts for different reasons. Bishan is patient when Valor has a rare moment of spoilt pratness. And Valor is infinitely patient with all of the ways being autistic affects Bishan.
7. Opposites attract.
8. They were defeinitelymade for each other.
10. A mutual love of mytsery and intrigue.
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One thing that stood out to me at the RT Convention last year was the number of authors who talked about how their significant others weren’t supportive. Their husbands (or wives or whatever) treated their writing as a hobby. At best, it seemed completely dismissive to me.
It made me appreciate my husband even more. He’s always encouraged me to follow any path or dream I had even the one time I thought I could become a soap mogul. Don’t ask. It didn’t end well. =)
He always takes my copies of my paperbacks and shrink wraps them to make sure they don’t get damaged. He’s so cute. He plans to have a special bookshelf just for my books.
And I think my heart grew three sizes. lol
It’s the little things that always remind me how much I love and appreciate my husband.
Like how he leaves love letters in random spots in my notebooks…address to Puff from GubGub. (Don’t ask.)
We do romance in our own way, but it’s remarkable and special because of it.
So, I had the brilliant idea to do National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo) once again last month.
And, I won!
I’d dance like Meryl, but I’m so damn tired. My brain melted into a pile of goo the second I’d typed out The End. December will hopefully be a quieter month, even though I have two novels to edit. Editing is slightly easier than writing, but I still I loathe it.
My NaNoWriMo novel, One Last Heist, turned out brilliantly. It had all the twists and turns I’d hoped for, and some I never expected. It’s now in the hands of my capable betas, and I won’t worry about it for a little while.
My relationships with friends and family appear to have survived the madness. I did have to bribe my dog with many treats to forgive me for being chained to my desk. =) NaNo can be a trying adventure with words.
This year the words flowed far better than they have any other year. I’ve participated in the November madness several times. Each one feels a bit different. One Last Heist definitely had my muse’s full attention, and I didn’t necessarily struggle with my daily goals with the exception of one day early in the month.
I can’t wait to share Mack & Toshiro’s story with everyone next year.
One of the greatest lessons I’ve learned through NaNo is I can’ only manage it once a year. I’m never going to be an 8k word a day author. I barely manage 800 to 1000 words on an average day. It’s more about keeping myself steadily making progress.
But once a year in November, I indulge in a bit of insanity, and some of my best work has come from it. (After the Scrum, The Caretaker, and now One Last Heist.)
And now, I can take a nap…several naps.
Did you take part in the NaNo madness? How did you do?
Angela Waters juggles two high-stress jobs: nurse and earthbound angel. On a rare girls’ night out, she intervenes and saves the life of Mason Kearney, a stripper with southern charm and a secret. It’s a move that will force her to contemplate why in all the heavens she puts up with the injustice of being an angel, which leads to a bombshell that challenges everything she’s ever known.
In the midst of falling for the Alabama boy, she’s in for the fight of her life when a demon, hell-bent on taking her wings, shows up at the most inopportune times.
With a family of angels rallying behind her, she’s sent on a mission to learn everything about them, herself, and evil, to save all the earthbounds from an untimely demise.
Can Angela survive with her heart and her wings intact?
A pop culture junkie, she has been known to have entire conversations in movie quotes and/or song lyrics.