There’s a lot going on in our house, how about yours? My husband and I have two little girls, ages 7 and 11. They talk non-stop. He and I have to text one another if we have something to say, that’s how bad it is. When school started up again, we had the choice–to send them back full time with masks or to keep them home for distance learning. At the last second, fully intending to send them back, we decided to keep them home.
So, my husband goes off to work in the morning and I am home, helping my 7-year-old with place value and my 6th grader with simplifying fractions. I have my own job, too, in the freelance writing world, writing blogs for clients numbering into the hundreds each month. Oh, and I dabble in fiction writing as an author as well.
There are days when all goes well, and everyone gets everything done and we’re all happy. And then there are days when things go, well. . . not so well.
You know what I mean. It doesn’t matter what your life looks like, you have great days and you have days where all you want to do is escape from it all. Most likely, like me, you have situations around you that you can’t just walk away from. We have two guinea pigs too, and they get hungry. Haha
So where can you find that great escape? Well, for me, it’s my fiction writing. Lately, writing stories comes one paragraph at a time, one sentence at a time, sometimes even one word at a time. I write a word, I get interrupted, I write another word, someone’s hungry for lunch, and so goes the day. But even a little at a time helps me to escape my own little world and climb into someone else’s story.
That’s what writing does for me. It brings me joy and I honestly feel better on the days when I write a little something. Reading does the same for me as well and I read every morning when I dry my hair. So as I put books out into the world, like my recent romantic comedy release THE DATING ITINERARY, my biggest hope is that the story, the characters, and everything in between bring a little joy to the reader’s life. I know it has done a lot for me and if you read it and get even a fraction of the joy I got from it in writing it, then I feel like I have done my job.
When your world is too much for you, whether it’s busy-ness at work, running after kids, or a little of each, find even a few minutes to dig into a good book. It can put a smile on your face or perhaps even make you chuckle. Reading can be a breath of fresh air and just the escape you need to re-focus on what you need to do for the rest of your day.
As if it wasn’t bad enough to be deemed the “most single person” at her magazine’s office, budding reporter Penny has now been tapped to write a series of features called “The Dating Game.” From speed dating to Tinder, old-fashioned matchmakers to up-and-coming “dark dating,” Penny now has to go on a lot of dates. Silver lining: meeting new people should be fun, right? But running into her old rival, George, at her first dating event is decidedly not. Not only does the arrogant know-it-all have zero trouble attracting women, wherever Penny goes, somehow he just. Keeps. Showing. Up.
Geo knows he’s right on the cusp of writing success with the chance to have his own syndicated column. All he has to do is follow his agent’s ideas for showcasing different dating avenues, and he’ll pull in enough to help his sister’s non-profit women’s shelter get off the ground. Sure, his itinerary is starting to look strangely similar to his old rival Penny’s, but all’s fair in love and syndication, right?
The more they look for love in all the wrong places, though, the more they start to wonder if it was right in front of their noses all along. Still, the brutal dating scene just might end them, if these two don’t kill each other first.
About Brooke Williams
Brooke Williams is a former radio announcer turned stay-at-home mom/freelance writer/author. Brooke finds that creating fictional characters and placing them in odd situations is a bright spot in any day and so she continues to do so with fervor. She has been married to her husband, Sean, since 2002 and they have two beautiful daughters, Kaelyn and Sadie. Brooke’s books include: Someone Always Loved You, Wrong Place Right Time, Accept this Dandelion, Dandelions on the Road, Mamarazzi, and Shower in the Rain, among others.