Friday, April 13, 2012

Idiosyncrasies and getting older…

Welcome to another stop on the blog tour – and oh look, it’s on my blog! 

My subject today has nothing to do with writing and publishing, and I’m sure most everyone out there can identify with this in some way. I’ve noticed as I get older that some of my smaller idiosyncrasies seem to have grown into the realm of ridiculous. Like having the light switch bank all facing the same way (either all up or all down) – when I was younger, I didn’t obsess over this at all. If I had five switches in various states, I didn’t care. But now, it irks me to the point if I see it, I have to fix it. A little obsessive/compulsive – yeah – I think more so now than ever before.

Let me share another situation and understand, I was able to see humor in this after my initial meltdown – but the sheer fact that I freaked made both my husband and daughter fall into hysterics. We have an “extra” phone – it’s one of those cheap cordless phones that really sucks – thus the reason why it’s “extra”. Now, my husband found it on his cleaning binge this weekend and decided to replace the phone on my nightstand with this cheap piece of you know what. Not only did the phone suck – but it also had a bright light on the base when the phone was in the charger. Not what you want next to your head when you like to sleep with black out shades.

So when I went to bed (after 11pm on a Sunday night) – I freaked. I wanted to know where my touch button phone was – I had the thing since I was sixteen and it is the ONLY phone that works in a power outage. To add to the fire – even if I knew where he put the thing, I couldn’t just put it back because the wall outlet is behind our bed. A big-ass-king-size-sleigh-bed that I can’t move.

So I went on a muttering rant until hubby came up and I laid into him. What did he do? Laugh. Laugh and laugh some more and then he put back the old phone – while laughing at me.

That was when I realized just how much change irritates me – which isn’t such a good outlook. After all, I read Who Moved My Cheese and latched onto the mantra Change is Good for so many years in the business realm – but now that changes are hitting close to home – I’m not the Change Agent I thought I was.

Hopefully this isn’t something that’s indicative to aging because if it is, I’m screwed. ;)

Where am I going with this? I think it comes back to balance. A person that successfully balances their life between work, family and fun time doesn’t stress over the little changes like a phone on their nightstand. I used to roll with it – which tells me that I need to find balance before the obsessive – compulsive behavior takes over and I can’t react appropriately to such inconsequential situations.

Well, we could all use a little diversion from reality, so if you’re game, take a look at my new release, Crystal Illusions.

Assistant D.A. Carolyn Hastings has an uncanny knack for putting away criminals. With one of the best prosecution records in recent history, her future as Manhattan’s next District Attorney looks certain. But her sixth sense for winning cases threatens to work against her when she starts seeing a string of murders through the eyes of the killer.

With suspects piling up as fast as bodies, and the motives of those closest to her questionable, Carolyn doesn’t know who to trust. When the FBI assigns Special Agent Steve Williams to the case, Carolyn discloses her deepest fear - that the man she loves may be the one responsible for the city’s latest crime spree.

The only thing Steve knows for sure is Carolyn has an inexplicable psychic connection with the killer, and all the victims have one thing in common…a striking resemblance to Carolyn Hastings.

And he knows it’s only a matter of time before this psychopath knocks on her door.

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Thanks for swinging into this stop on my Blog Tour and I hope you’ll stop in at Bitten By Books on the 20th for a chance to win a $50.00 Amazon gift certificate and if you’d like to check out Crystal Illusions, you can purchase it here on Amazon.

Until next time,



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