Indiana Jones and his Raiders

File:Raiders.jpgI’m reading “The Hunger Games” because they will be an example for a workshop at a conference I’ll attend next weekend. They are not my type of story but are well written and compelling so it’s enjoyable homework.

I get a lot of encouragement to read Jane Austen and how important her stories and style are for my work, as a romance novelist. And I’m supposed to be enthralled with the old move, Casablanca, which I’ve never seen.

I’ve probably read a book from a shelf in every section in a bookstore, as my interests really are all over the map – literally – I love maps, the older the better. I really intended to read Jane Austen but I had two of  Elizabeth Boyle’s regency romances yet to read – and she’s just re-released her Brazen Series – her first books that were out of print! And, well, Ms. Boyle has read and loved Jane Austen so – close enough for me.

I’m under contract for two books that will be available this fall, and it’s really awesome to have shifted my dreams into a career. There’s a lot of little details to attend to – like getting a professional author photo instead of populating websites with random snapshots of me.

Oh, right. No official announcement yet… So here’s the scoop. On my birthday, on May 20th, I got to reveal the cover for my romance novel. The next day I had lunch with a book publicist – who recommended a publisher for our Author Marketing 101 workbook. The frenzy on this is because neither I or Morgan have worked on this for over a year as we’ve had more fun running our blog and doing workshops. But we were sort of tackled with great terms from a local small press publisher, and the opportunities are pretty awesome!

With all this amazing activity in my life, and the baby shower for grandchild #3 on Saturday, I just laughed and accepted the movie I randomly picked at the library. Harrison Ford and his alter ego as Indiana Jones keep popping up in my life and I don’t argue with it any more.

Four years ago I wrote about why I felt Mr. Ford was an interesting synchronicity in my life. It was a big deal to my daughters when their daddy returned from a business trip and shared that he’d chatted about airplanes with the “second sexiest old guy, next to George Clooney” in a hotel bar in the midwest. That’s a direct quote from our youngest daughter. I think Ed was in Minneapolis on that trip. Mr. Ford didn’t have the American currency in his pockets to pay for his drink, and they chatted about taildragger-endorsements at a tiny airport in NJ. (That’s airplane/pilot speak.)

The point is, I’m an “Indy girl” and George Lucas probably studied the movie “Casablanca” so that’s good enough for me for old movies.

I truly honor the generations past, and their stories. In many ways I am totally in awe of the realities my ancestors and parents faced. But I also know they did it for future generations, and I am one of those, as are my daughters and their children.

Our future will not be dystopian, in my opinion, and those are the stories that need to be written.

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