1. My husband who brought me home a bouquet of exotic flowers when I got the offer on Vegas II this week.

2. My kids are, well, my kids and they’re all alive and full of kid-type goodness. My oldest is obsessed with Pokemon. And in that way a 10 year old boy can be obsessed which means it drives me insane. He starts telling me about this dream where he’s in a cave and suddenly it’s all about Pokemon and I groan.

“Dude. No Pokemon stuff.”
“But mom, it’s for school! I wrote an assignment about it.”
“No way. Don’t wanna hear it. Tell me about math.”
He tells me about Pokemon anyway!
“DUDE! I said no. I can’t take it. I’m going to have a seizure.”
“But it’s for school!”

3. My friends. I’m very blessed in my friends. People who have been with me even when things get rough, who celebrate when things are good and give me love when things are bad. Friends who’ll totally tell me if I have spinach in my teeth (metaphorically too) or if my dress is bunched in my tights. I’ve been making some new friends recently and that’s wonderful too.

4. My readers. Wow, what can I say? You are all so good to me and I wouldn’t be here celebrating all these contracts without your support.

5. Vegas II – I’d been in sort of a blues/funk space with my writing, or rather the publication aspect, feeling a bit stuck right on the verge. It’s not an eight book, six figure deal, but it came along right when I needed it and helps me continue to believe in myself and my work.

6. The cover for Vegas I – I can’t stop looking at it. I am jonesin to show it to everyone. All the authors in the anthology are so thrilled with this cover. It’s fun, sexy, young and sooooo pretty!

7. Music – I was talking to Ann Aguirre yesterday about MC Solaar and how much I loved French hip hop and now I’m on a renewed MC Solaar kick. I listened to Ben Oui over and over as I wrote last night. This novella will have a dance music oriented soundtrack. His stuff is hard to get here in the US but you can grab some of it at iTunes or find imports.

Here’s a bit from youtube – not a video but you can hear the song.

8. Wonderful books! I’ll talk about some of them tomorrow for Friday Booktalk

9. This writing gig in general. Five years ago I wouldn’t have imagined I’d be writing and making a real go of it.

10. TVGASM – I love their recaps. Since I don’t watch a lot of TV to make space to write, I can follow stuff by reading the hilarious recaps.

11. Planning for RT. I like dressing up. I like hanging out with readers and other authors. It’s one time I get to be Lauren without other contexts. I don’t have to worry about my kids and their schedule. I can just do my own thing and it’s a lot of fun. We’re hosting a reader party on Friday this year so I can’t wait.

12. Clive – He’s so pretty and yet, so masculine and there’s SUCH a bad boy in there. Yum. He inspires me.

13. Little things make me happy. Sure I want a big book deal, sure I want to win the lottery to pay off all our student loans so we can move into a bigger house, etc. But little things can still make me happy – a note from a friend, hearing an old song on the radio, pictures my kids draw, the smell of fall in the air, cupcakes.

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  1. Lorelei James
    September 20th, 2007 at 10:00 am · Link

    Congrats on the Vegas offer 🙂

    I’m assuming your love of buttercream frosted cupcakes falls under #13?

  2. Natalie
    September 20th, 2007 at 10:02 am · Link

    Nice positive list!

  3. Charlene
    September 20th, 2007 at 10:25 am · Link

    I need cupcakes. Or donuts. I see a trip to the store in my future. 😀 Glad Vegas II came along right when you needed a boost!

  4. Mechele Armstrong aka Lany of Melany Logen
    September 20th, 2007 at 10:25 am · Link

    Great list. I always love TT13’s about this because you learn so much about a person.

  5. Thomas
    September 20th, 2007 at 10:57 am · Link

    Hi, it seems I messed up my first attempt at commenting, sorry 😳

    If you’d like to hear more French hip-hop and go beyond MC Solaar, I produce a free podcast in (heavily accented) English to educate Anglophones about the joys of French hip-hop.

    Shows are arranged in themes, so you can avoid the gangsta stuff and go straight to female rappers for example. I hope you like it 🙂

  6. Seeley deBorn
    September 20th, 2007 at 10:57 am · Link

    Congrats on the offer!

    I’m making cupcakes tonight.

    Oh, and can I say fangirl squee! (you went to my blog!)

  7. Amelia June
    September 20th, 2007 at 10:59 am · Link

    I swear if one more person brags about fall coming I’m going to commit weather murder. It is so hot still, out here. Sigh.

    And AMEN to the Pokemon thing.
    “mama, I want to tell you something”
    “is it about pokemon?”
    “go away”

    Tee hee.

  8. Ann Aguirre
    September 20th, 2007 at 11:39 am · Link

    Oh my goodness, my eight year old is totally obsessed with Pokemon too.

    All hours of the day, he comes in: “Mom, my Whoseewhatsis just evolved!”

    “Uh, what now? Is that contagious?”

    “He’s level 7 now! I’ve had him since he was level 3.”


  9. Shelley Munro
    September 20th, 2007 at 12:40 pm · Link

    I’m so thrilled for you about the new sale, Lauren. That cupcake picture – yum. I must go and get some breakfast!

  10. Susan Helene Gottfried
    September 20th, 2007 at 2:53 pm · Link

    I get Yu-Gi-Oh, not Pokemon. I’m not sure I’m better off.

    Lauren, I’m thinking of coming to RT; even if I don’t, I’d like to drop by and see all my blogging authors at some point (it’s being held in my backyard) and take you guys out for the world’s best ice cream.

    I know, it’s not a cupcake with buttercream icing, but trust me. It’s worth the sacrifice.

  11. Nicole Austin
    September 20th, 2007 at 3:55 pm · Link

    Thank God my son finally got over Pokemon. I couldn’t take that Jiggly Puff song from the cartoon.

    Great list, Lauren! Congrats on Vegas II!

  12. laurendane
    September 20th, 2007 at 4:10 pm · Link

    Thomas, thanks so much for the link! I have so much to learn and your site seems a great place to do it.


  13. Red Garnier
    September 20th, 2007 at 4:11 pm · Link

    OOoooh, you have a new cover? Show, show, Lauren Dane. Stop teasing and show us some eye candy!

    I’m with you on Clive. Um. Inspiration.

    And I just finished your ENFORCER. I feel like raving so much about it I’d take up your whole blog, lol!

    But I’m sending you a looong email tonight with the juice. Thank you for writing such a wonderful book, I LOVED IT.

    Now THERE’S something I should be grateful for. Lauren Dane. OH YEAH.


  14. laurendane
    September 20th, 2007 at 4:16 pm · Link

    Lorelai – you betcha! And thanks!! Dude, um, I need some more hot cowboys, what’s in the works for you?

    Natalie – I have a lot to be positive about. Sometimes it’s good to remember that.

    Mechele – thanks!~

    Seeley – you’re so sweet! I try to get by more often but get sidetracked.

    Amelia – amen

    Ann – yes, now the 6 year old is into it too and the 3 year old wants to be like them. I’m developing a tic

    Shelley – thank you!!

    Susan that would rock! I’d love to meet you and hello, ice cream is always welcome!

    Nic – thanks hon!

  15. Lisa Andel
    September 20th, 2007 at 4:16 pm · Link

    Thanks for the reminders. My list wouldn’t be identical to yours, but I should review it every now and then.

  16. laurendane
    September 20th, 2007 at 4:17 pm · Link

    Red, sweetie pie, you are SO good for my ego. I don’t have the official go ahead from harlequin yet. When I do you can bet I’ll post it from here to the ends of the earth.

  17. laurendane
    September 20th, 2007 at 4:19 pm · Link

    Lisa – it’s so easy to get caught up sometimes in all the stuff I don’t have or all the negative crap, I feel like I need to always remind myself what’s important.

  18. Ann
    September 20th, 2007 at 6:05 pm · Link

    Great list. Congrats on Vegas II! 😀

  19. julia
    September 20th, 2007 at 8:03 pm · Link

    Wonderful news about Vegas II. And this is a great TT! Grateful for Pokemon spouting kids made me laugh out loud and smile inside.

  20. Anya Bast
    September 21st, 2007 at 6:00 pm · Link

    MC Solaar — Something about how if Prince Charming wants her he better let her go shopping for Prada and dress in her in silk clothing.

    And then dude loses me because he sings too fast. LOL.

    I’ll have to refer him to James.