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Dianne Salerni : Writer of Teen and Middle Grade Fiction | Life in Bullet Points, February 2016

Life in Bullet Points, February 2016

  • shoesGood news ~ I’m back in shoes! Bad news ~ I walk like an elderly lady crossing a fun house floor. I admit I was blindsided by this. I had no idea what 3 weeks of immobility and 2 weeks of only partial mobility would do to me. Physical therapy, here I come.


  • Tomorrow I’m off to Naples, Florida for a school visit.  I’m looking forward to the sunshine, meeting the students and teachers, and I’ve already picked out restaurants on Yelp. I’m not looking forward to walking in the airports. See the first bullet point above.


  • I’m sorry to say that I didn’t get a lot of writing done in the past few weeks. Maybe, if I’d had a completed manuscript to revise, I would have gotten more done, because revision comes easily to me. But writing a first draft … I didn’t realize how much thinking and planning I did while driving and walking and working out and, yes, even cleaning the house. Living a normal life provides the backdrop for creative brainwork. No Normality = No Creativity.  I look forward to getting both these things back this month!


  • What I did do while I was laid up was binge watch Jessica Jones, Making a Murderer, Sherlock (first time watching), and Dexter (also first time watching). I read Superposition and Supersymmetry by David Walton, Bounders by Monica Tesler, Beastly Bones by William Ritter, The Prey by Tom Isbell, The Fold and 14 by Peter Clines, and Lexicon by Max Barry. Plus a couple of DNF titles that I won’t list.


  • Luna looking naughty

    “Whatever Dianne tells you is a lie. Just look at me. I am inn-o-cent.”

    And finally, a slice of my life this week:

I’m on the sofa with a bowl of super-spicy Jacked Doritos. I put down the bowl and look away to answer an email from Krystalyn Drown. I look back.

The cat has appeared behind me. She’s crouched over my bowl. Her tongue is out.

Me: “Hey! Did you just lick my Doritos?”

The cat sneezes. She spits. She rubs her face with a front paw and backs away.

Me: “Dang it!” I eye the bowl and try to figure out if I can still eat some of the chips.


16 Responses to Life in Bullet Points, February 2016

  1. Hilary says:

    Hi Dianne – so pleased you’re back in shoes – even trainers are good. Oh oh – Innocent is right! Your visit to Florida sounds fun and spending time with the kids – enjoy and cheers Hilary

  2. mshatch says:

    Glad you’re up and about and yay for going to sunny WARM Florida!

  3. Shoes look good on you! I’m sure they’ll look great in Florida too (although the airport will be a pain.) Good luck! As to that kitty. . .*sigh* poor chips.

  4. salarsen says:

    Airport walking – use those moving floor … um, things. Geesh, I’m such a world traveler. #NOT Very, very cool you’re heading so many states away from your home to do a school visit.

  5. Cats like Doritos – who knew?
    Maybe you can request a wheelchair at the airport? You’ll get on the plane much faster that way!
    I like revisions much better as well.

  6. Hooray for shoes and some mobility. Have a great time in Florida. That cat looks too innocent to lick all the cheese of Doritos. 🙂

  7. Tiana Smith says:

    It sounds like your cat is the curious kind 🙂 Good luck with physical therapy!

  8. Glad you’re wearing shoes again. Even if you didn’t write, it sounds like you had fun watching tv and reading.

  9. Hurray for those shoes being back on. I’m a firm believer in physical therapy, and you’ll be great in no time.

    As to the cat-Dorito incident. . .she saved you from eating all those salty treats. Is she okay? 🙂

  10. J E Oneil says:

    Poor Dianne! I hope you can walk around well enough in Florida and enjoy the sunshine.

    And I can’t believe the cat did that to those poor Doritos…how distressing…

  11. At least you don’t have to dress up for school visits. I did one with some more experienced authors and they thought it was cute that I had to wear dress pants. They had on jeans!

  12. Sorry to hear about your injury! That would frustrate me so much as well.

    As for your bad kitty, I can relate. I can’t leave anything lying around. I left a rubber band on a table for one minute and returned to find my cat had eaten it! Thankfully, she was okay.

    I’m currently in rewrite hell. Want to swap? 😉

  13. Anna says:

    I also had an incident years ago with leaving chips out. As I followed my dog to the back door we passed a bowl of chips. He turned his head, dropped his tongue, and it slid along the top. I almost lost it.

    How long had he been doing this? How many doggie licked chips had I eaten? Oh, how I cringe at the thought. 🙂

    Anna from elements of emaginette

  14. Robin says:

    Whew. I finally got here.

    First, if you’re ever in Jacksonville, Florida, you MUST let me know. I’d love to meet you in person. We could go to lunch or something.

    Second, I can’t believe how much reading you did. I haven’t read anything in forever. I’m not sure what’s wrong with me, but it’s bad.

    Third, did you eat the Doritos? I must know!!!

  15. Hopefully the airport will have lots of those travel walkways for you! =) I actually love those things. We always just keep walking on them, and you feel like you’re flying, lol! And congrats on the release of TMC! That cake looked yummy.

  16. Good to know you’re up and doing better; hope the therapy goes well. And I hear you on how much motion and routine help with the creative process. Sometimes all it takes is getting up from my desk to get ideas going; I can only imagine how frustrated I’d get if I couldn’t stand up and move around. >_<