Reintroducing Myself & Scheduling

Monday, January 28, 2013



The Reintroduce Myself Blogfest is being hosted by C.M. Brown, Elise Fallson,  Mark Koopmans, Stephen Tremp.  The link to all the participants is here. It’s an easy blogfest, the idea being to get reacquainted by sharing a little about ourselves in 100 words. So here goes:-

I live in Jamaica. I’m a wife and mother and work within the sport of golf. I like baking and cake decorating, reading, gardening (my neglected garden would say otherwise) and enjoy oldies music. I watch too much crime drama and trauma-inducing medical weeklies. My son labels me as different. I think that’s his way of saying I’m weird.


I’m both traditionally published and self-published. I write romantic suspense, women’s fiction and young adult stories. 



I’m late with posting the cover for Polar Night, which will be released on February 7. The novel is ‘suspense with a supernatural twist’. Wishing Julie Flanders all the best with Polar Night when it’s released.  Dunno about you, but I get a sense of mystery and eeriness when I look at the cover.

For those of you who come by regularly, here’s an update - I’m still on track with my schedule. While I wait for Retribution, I’m editing a young adult novel. The current round of editing should be finished by the end of January. There’s another one to go after that, and then I’ll move on to the next project in line and so on...If you’re not on a schedule, d’you think one would help you get more stuff done?

Some of you know I shifted my blogfest for Retribution down to February 14. The theme is Love...The Second Time Around. Write a fact or fiction piece of up to 500 words. We’ll vote on our favourite entries and the best fact/fiction will earn a $10.00 Amazon Gift Card. The linky list is here. Hope you’ll join the fun.

Have a great week!

71 comments:

  1. A wonderful post, I live in Bournemouth on the south coast of England,
    I enjoyed reading all about you. Hope you get plenty of comments.
    Yvonne.

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  2. Good luck with Love ... The Second Time Around. And thanks for participating in Re-Introduce Myself! We have a neglected garden too.

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    1. Thanks. I get guilted whenever I go out or come in.

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  3. Good morning, J.L.! How fun to introduce ourselves to someone across the globe. It's funny what we consider "oldies" these days, isn't it? My kids think that anything from the eighties is an oldie. Check us out at http://citymusecountrymuse2012.blogspot.com/

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    1. True that. I think of oldies as 60's and 70's music, but 80's is old for kids.

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  4. So nice to meet you, J.L, and wow, I am SO impressed by your body of work. I wish I had half your drive.. AND your golf drive! :) That's not weird, that's AWESOME!

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    1. Thanks,Cathy. I wish I'd go faster with editing, but with time...

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  5. Great to re-meet you Joy! Cake decorating! I would love to learn, just as long as I don't have to bake the cakes, I'm terrible at that. But, I do have a black belt in eating them..... (;

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    1. Yep, eating cake is the best part, no matter how fun the baking. :)

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  6. I had friends that lived in Jamacia, but they moved to England for a job. I still have friends in Turk and Nassau. At least you are enjoying the weather. No winter for you.

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    1. True that, Ciara. Sometimes just the cold from the air conditioning is way too much!

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  7. At least your son says you're weird in a nice way.

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    1. Yeah, this time when he said it, it wasn't with a smirk. :)

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  8. Nice to meet you, J.L.! You should post some pics of Jamaica! I bet it's beautiful and sunny. :)

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    1. Good to meet you too. It is sunny indeed.

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  9. I didn't know you were into golf! My husband and my brother-in-law have recently become obsessed with it. If it's only 45˚ but sunny, they'll be calling each other to go play golf. It's a bit ridiculous. Forty degrees is not golf weather no matter the cloudless sky!!

    I'm only good at miniature golf, LoL. :)

    It's been great knowing you and your blog, Joy!!

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    1. I haven't played in years. The closest I've come is a couple of years ago when the office was still at the driving range. I love the game, but don't have the time or patience for it.

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  10. Hi J.L. and nice meeting you. I've always loved "oldies" music...even when I was younger. I guess now the music I listened to then is considered "oldies" music these days :) We've also started a garden and picked our first tomato...we were thrilled, lol.

    Great blog :)

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    1. Cool! The tomato plant I had withered and died a while back. I do better with flowers. I can't get enough of oldies music.

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  11. Nice to re-meet you J.L. A schedule does help, it got my blog organized.

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    1. Hey, Sheena. Thanks for dropping in. Yeah, schedules keep me organized.

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  12. My kids call me different - which I think ends up meaning about the same. I've always been kind of proud of it :) Nice meeting you!

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  13. I so need to get around to writing my post for your blogfest :)

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  14. Lol, when I re-introduced myself I didn't put that I love gardening, though I do, because my yard is currently a mess and I didn't want people to call me on it. I can't do cake decorating. I even took a class. It just doesn't work for me. That's ok, I'm not a big cake of frosting fan so we never eat cake.

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  15. Hey Joy! Great to re-meet you.
    You work within the sport of golf... very cryptic... maybe you're a famous Jamaican caddy to a celeb? LOL My knowledge of golf is very limited anyway...

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    1. Nah, I work at the boring end of golf admin, admin and more admin. :)

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  16. You work with golf? My son in in the PGA program at Penn State. He loves it.

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  17. Lovely to re-meet you. I hadn't known that you lived in Jamaica! I too love baking. I also like admiring cake decorations, so if you ever want to post your creations on your blog, please do!

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  18. Hi, Joy,

    Some fun new facts.... You work in the golf industry.... hmmmm interesting. I love to BAKE TOO... What is your favorite thing to bake? We'll have to swap recipes some time.

    I'm editing tooo.... HO HUM.... It get's old at times, doesn't it?

    Great to see you again Joy!

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  19. I love baking cookies. In fact, I'm getting ready to do just that! :) Nice to meet you!

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  20. I didn't know you worked in golf. I wonder what that entails?

    And I'm in awe of your schedule. Really should work on one myself soon.

    I've got an idea for your blogfest, but I have to get the four I'm doing this week out of the way first! Busy times!

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  21. The golf bit is new...a good addition to a story. Yes, you really are a hard worker, Joy. I dips me lid to you!

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  22. Jamaica sounds wonderful! I'm not a huge fan of baking but I love to sample!

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  23. Hi! It's great to get to know more about you. :)

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  24. JL...meet DL. DL...meet JL. You know what they say about great minds!! :) It was nice getting to know you better!

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  25. I love the cover of POLAR NIGHT - it's beautiful!

    I am "different" too - it's the fun way to be! :)

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  26. Hello, hello. All our kids think we're weird when they are a certain age. Anything we do embarrasses them. But later, we "change," actually it's them. A pleasure to meet you.

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  27. Like the sound of your retribution blogfest, not a 'writer' as such though. Nice to meet you from sunny Jamaica, never been there, would love to go.

    Thanks for your visit.

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  28. It's amazing how our kids always think we're weird.:)

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  29. Haha!! A co-worker once told me I was the most interesting woman she had ever met. Based on her tone of voice, I think she meant weird too. That or she doesn't get out much.

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  30. Hey there, J.L. Nice to reconnect! I ended up losing track of a lot of people when I switched from Blogger to WordPress. For some silly reason I thought that handy dandy Google Friend Connect box would appear like magic on my WP site, but sadly, no. ;) Great to see you again!

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  31. i'm an oldies music fan, too! we can groove out while making some cake! new follower from the bloghop, hi!

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  32. Hello from a fellow writer who has gone both traditional and indie! Hmmm. . .writing in Jamaica sounds nice. I have a fine view of Santander bay from my office, but the howling winds and driving rain from the north Atlantic kind of kills it. :-)

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  33. Thanks so much for sharing my cover, Joy! I really appreciate it. And it's nice to get to know more about you. Thanks again! :)

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    1. Julie, happy to help. Anything I can do.

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  34. Weird is good. Must be why I like you. :D Great to see you have another book coming out, Joy. All success with it.

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    1. Thanks, Mary. I think we're so many degrees of weird. :)

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  35. It's fun to get to know you a bit more. :) Cake decorating sounds like so much fun!

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    1. Hi, Shallee,
      It is relaxing and fun and can also be frustrating when the icing won't cooperate. :)

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  36. Great to know more about you JOy! Didn't know you love cake decorating. Do you make fondant cakes too?

    Nutschell
    www.thewritingnut.com

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    1. Not in years, Nutschell. They're awesome to look at, aren't they?

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  37. I love Jamaica! That is where my wife and I got married.

    And Different is Fantastic.

    Great to "meet" you!

    Tim Brannan, The Other Side.
    http://timbrannan.blogspot.com/

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    1. Nice to meet you, Timothy! That's pretty cool - getting married here, I mean.

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    1. Mostly administrative as in office manager/administrator. Managed a driving range up to 2010 and I also run a junior programme and work at tournaments - which is my least favourite thing.

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  39. Different is always good! Okay, well, maybe I shouldn't say always, but I like different. A precise schedule would probably help me. Unfortunately, I've taken on a lot extra lately, and am having trouble figuring out a good schedule to get everything done. Something's gotta' give.

    Shannon at The Warrior Muse

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    1. I want to learn how to cut back. I make schedules and then get caught up in doing too much and sometimes not doing anything at all.

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  40. Nice to meet you all over again! And ooh, cakes! Do you have any photos on the blog of decorated cakes? :-)

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    1. Ya know, the only one I can think of is a set of wedding cakes I used to make my first cover. It's somewhere on here. Don't have a clue where. :)

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  41. That's kinda neat that you work in the field of golf. I had to chuckle when you said you enjoy "oldies" music. Me, too, but I have a sneaking suspicion our ideas of "old" are worlds apart. HA! Nice to re-meetcha.

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  42. Jamaica? That's awesome! I've never been very good at golf but I do find it relaxing. I LOVE to bake. I have so many recipes pinned on Pinterest right now just waiting to be tried.

    Nice meeting you :)

    Sam
    Writing Through College

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  43. Hi Joy *waves* I'll check out your blogfest link too.

    .......dhole

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  44. Ooh, I look forward to Retribution, and it was great having you reintroduce yourself.

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  45. Nice to re-meet you, Joy! My fave Jamaican blogger. ;)

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  46. I love learning more about you! I also feel the same way about Julie's book cover. I imagine myself running through that empty forest with something dark and awful coming closer behind me.

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  47. I love how you blogged about Jamaica for A to Z last year. I enjoyed seeing the wonderful pictures of paradise that you post/share with us.

    I can't wait to read Julie's book. It's coming out soon :)

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  48. Lol, I love how you son labels you as "different." Don't worry, one day he'll be really proud of that fact:)

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  49. haha...My kids call me "different" as well. :) Nice to meet you!

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