Author Inspiration and This Week’s Writing Links

Ciao, amici! I’m a day late, but Happy Valentine’s Day. I’ve said it before and I’ll (probably) say it again, but this isn’t a huge deal in my house. We try to acknowledge our feelings for each other every day, not just on designated days of the year.

That said, as of late I’ve been remiss in telling you how I feel about you. For that, I’m sorry. Please know I treasure all of you and am always grateful for this time we spend together.

You might remember my lament not long ago about my son eating my chocolate covered coffee beans. They still have not been replaced. In his defense, I keep telling him I don’t need them (I’m on a perpetual diet, but sometimes I cheat… hence me buying the CCCBs that he ate), so he takes me on my word and doesn’t bring me any. He’s still young and hasn’t mastered woman-speak yet, so it hasn’t occurred to him that I want them anyway. Man, when he settles down, he’s in for quite the learning curve.

Anyway, since I didn’t get my treat replaced, I had to make do with a cup of coffee and a square or two of chocolate.

It wasn’t quite the same, but it worked in a pinch.

So, because I had chocolate on my mind, and because it was Valentine’s Day yesterday, I thought the Charles Schultz quote was appropriate.

All you need is love.
But a little chocolate now and then doesn’t hurt.

This week was busy (as usual), but it was filled with love. And yes, a little chocolate and a lot of coffee. And I can’t complain about that. I hope you had a good week, as well.

And now, this week’s writing links:

Posts by me, about my work, or at sites I contribute to:


Story Empire

Posts by others in the industry:

And when you’re done with these links, don’t forget to check out the sidebar, where you’ll find more links to some of my favorite sites.

Have a great week! Arrivederci!

57 thoughts on “Author Inspiration and This Week’s Writing Links

  1. And I’m a week late. Sigh. V-day is no big deal in my house, either. And sometimes you just have to explain to the woman-talk-impaired that yes, even though you told him you don’t NEED them, you really do want him to replace your treats because he didn’t ask if he could have any, and wouldn’t he want you to replace his treats if you ate them without asking him first? Yep, kids. He’ll figure it out. Maybe. Eventually. 😉

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    • I’d never deny family or friends (or pretty much anyone, really) anything they wanted. Those CCCBs were “mine” but they weren’t mine. Of course he could have some. But all? When he could get them at work, anyway? FOR FREAKING FREE?

      He’s definitely woman-speak-impaired. Maybe I should send him the link to this post as a gentle reminder. (Gentle: woman-speak for clubbing him over the head with it.)

      I’m really looking forward to the day he’s in a relationship. It’s going to be so fun to watch!

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    • Right now, he’s “playing the field” (If you’ll forgive my old fashioned turn of phrase), so he doesn’t realize the necessity of becoming fluent in woman-speak. But he’ll learn pretty fast when he gets serious with a girl. Should be interesting!

      Thanks. I love that mug, too.

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  2. Hubby had a sweet card waiting for me when I got home. Brought tears to my eyes. But after almost thirty-five years of marriage, he still doesn’t completely understand women-speak.

    Another great quote! And just so you know, a little dark chocolate is good for you!

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  3. Men are dense. They think they know, but they are clueless.

    We don’t do Valentine’s Day here either. We don’t need a day to share our love.

    Thanks for the links. I have a few favorite coffee mugs. One I had to hide from my kids, a Ziggy mug, a Steelers mug, and a be like Bob mug.

    Happy Happy.

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    • I won’t let anyone use my new mom and new dad mugs that we got when my first born came along. I’m protective of my grammar mug and my Supernatural mug. And I try not to let anyone use either of the Mom mugs my kids gave me for Christmas one year. Other than that, any mug is fair game. I tend to collect them, so there are still plenty of options.


  4. We don’t buy each other Christmas presents but splurge on a great restaurant for Valentine’s Day (when we’re on our own) each year. My grandson recently got engaged, and it’s been interesting watching his learning curve, but he’s getting there!

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  5. Ah yes! The perpetual dieting. I took an entire year away from trying and I hated the results. 😦 Yep, you guessed it. I’m back to watching every bite I put in my mouth and walking at least a mile and a half every day. Deep sigh….Coffee and Chocolate – created by the Gods themselves! Have a great day, Staci!

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    • He was, indeed. Sometimes I think I learned more from Peanuts than I did from Kindergarten. And didn’t someone say we learned everything we need to know by the time we got through Kindergarten? Very wise.

      The chocolate is delicious. A square a day…

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  6. I love the quote and the photo … you’re an author after my own heart, lol 🙂 We love Lindt in this house! Happy late Valentines to you too, Staci! And we treasure you too. Have a great weekend 🙂

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    • Oh, gosh. That Lindt 90% bar is soooooo good. And my son thinks it’s way too bitter, so I’m safe with having it in the house. (In fact, I had two bars by the bag of CCCBs and he just shoved them aside.)

      Thanks, Harmony. 🙂

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  7. You mean he hasn’t learnt woman-speak yet! 😀😀 It’s taken me years to teach my husband that when I say I don’t want chocolate, it means I shouldn’t have any but I’m desperate for some! Lindt is some of the finest around. Happy belated Valentine and how true that love should be for every day not just this one! Great quote by Schultz!

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    • He has not, and probably won’t until he has a steady girlfriend. I’m actually kind of looking forward to watching him stumble through that particular minefield. I mean, it’s obvious when we say we don’t want something we bought, we clearly want it. At that very second. Geeez. We’re really quite simple; I don’t understand the problem. LOL

      And yes, that quote is applicable every day of the year. Thanks, Annika.

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    • Ah, yes. The Lindt 90% is a decadent treat. But that and coffee is not the same. And the store no longer has the CCCBs, so either he has an epiphany and brings me some from work, or I’m out of luck. But, like I told him, I don’t NEED them, anyway. (He’ll never read between the lines.) 😉

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