2017: A New Leaf and All That

So something I swore I wouldn’t do when I started a blog on my website was let it go to seed. Guess what? Guilty. While the title of my last post was See You on the Other Side of the Summer…I didn’t think that would mean February. Welp, here I am, drinking a Molten Chocolate latte on Valentine’s Day and wondering when I’ll get back to some sort of normal routine after the maelstrom that was the holidays.  There’s only so many times you can say “I’ll start that clean slate thing next Monday” before you realize it’s the middle of February and you are nowhere nearer to starting anything. So here's the skinny on what I've been up to:

Why so quiet on social media? I’ve been working on my next book!  This one has been a little tricky for me for a lot of reasons, but at the moment I’m working on a complete overhaul of my first draft.  So yes, this will be like my second first draft. Not much to tell you at this point except – there will be kissing.  Send me good writing vibes and virtual chocolate! 

 Who will survive in this first draft? Mwahahahahahaha

Who will survive in this first draft? Mwahahahahahaha

RIP Robin's Tumblr.  I also plan to continue to keep fairly quiet on social media. I’ve found I’m much more productive and chill that way and I need to be productive. (and chill) I will pop onto Twitter from time to time, but Instagram is pretty much my favorite because it’s a) FUN! and b)easy to post on Twitter and FB if I’m so inclined. If you ever followed me on Tumblr – please note that I deleted my account after way too many months of realizing it was just sitting there collecting dust.  It’s such a great platform, but I really didn’t take advantage of it, so I had to Kondo-it out of my life. At least for now.

CHRISTMAS IN FEBRUARY! I know the holiday season is o-v-e-r, but I participated in this fun Secret Santa Exchange with some amazing authors. Thanks to Rachel Silberman for coordinating this!  Check out her YouTube channel for some awesome bookish videos. If you want to see who my Secret Santa was, check out the video below! (I am a LUCKY author!!) 

 

I did some sightseeing in NYC!  I lived in the NY/NJ Metro area the majority of my life and it’s funny how rare you venture out to see sights that people come from all over the world to see.  I used to work in the financial district, so it was fun exploring it as a tourist. Also prepping for when I finally get to see Hamilton in 2017!

 Had so much fun exploring Hamilton's lower Manhattan! The hot cider at Fraunce's Tavern was AMAZING on a freezing winter's day!

Had so much fun exploring Hamilton's lower Manhattan! The hot cider at Fraunce's Tavern was AMAZING on a freezing winter's day!

Do you like fun, unique jewelry that will put a smile on your face? You should check out HillsPeculiarities on Etsy. Below are the FAB Writer’s Tears earrings that I purchased recently.  There are some really cool charms and sets and Hill and Becky are always adding new stuff. (Oh, and Hill is a helluva writer too, in case you didn’t already know that!!)

 The 'tear' beads on these are iridescent!  She also makes ones with writer's blood!! 

The 'tear' beads on these are iridescent!  She also makes ones with writer's blood!! 

Coming Soon!!  A GIVEAWAY!!  I’m giving away three signed paperback copies of my second book The Secrets of Attraction on Goodreads at the end of the week. Why? There's a Sadie Hawkin's dance featured in the book, and it's Sadie Hawkins SEASON!! It should be listed on Goodreads by the weekend! I’m also considering opening up the Q&A at the same time, so if you have any burning questions, now’s the time!

A regular feature, perhaps?  I know, I know, the blog is dead, right? Well, I'm not dedicated enough to do a newsletter, and since I'm being quiet on social media...I should have an outlet where readers and potential readers can pop by and find out about my books and me! I've been toying with weekly post ideas, I know it would have to be fun and easy because blog posts take a while, my friends, and I need to FOCUS on my novel - but keep an eye out, because I may just surprise you.  Also - I've disabled the comments due to spam, which is a drag, I know. So if you need to contact me, please do it through the form on the website!   Thank you!