Mia Marlowe

Branson

Mia Marlowe's work has been featured in PEOPLE magazine. One of her books is on display at the Museum of London Docklands next to Johnny Depp memorabilia. Her TOUCH OF A ROGUE was named one of Publishers' Weekly's Top Ten Romances for Spring, but the accolades Mia really loves comes from her readers. Connect with her at her website.

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A couple of weeks agBransono, the DH & I took a quick trip over to Branson, MO  pulling our “tiny house” (AKA our camper trailer). Well, it actually wasn’t so quick. I call it “Turtle Travel” because not only do we carry our home with us, we have to go much slower than usual when hauling the camper. One of the reasons we picked this particular style of trailer was that it would accommodate 4 adults, so we could take my parents with us sometimes. When I was a kid, they took me camping all over the western US, so it seemed only fair to bring them along to Branson.

In case you’ve never heard of Branson, it’s a cool little town tucked away in the beautiful Ozarks. But what makes it special is that there are dozens of theaters where you can see musical reviews, equestrian shows, comedians, classical violinists & Chinese acrobats.

My MomTheir theme park, Silver Dollar City, is sort of the Ozarks answer to Disney Land, complete with rides & a water park. And Branson is outlet mall heaven (if you’re into that sort of thing. Remember, I am the Anti-Shopper!) There’s literally something for everyone.

In addition to a couple of days camping, we took in the show Moses. This is a pic of my mom in front of the Sight & Sound Theater. This particular theater specializes in biblically based productions and as venues go, it’s quite a state-of-the-art complex.

BransonBrian&Dad (1)Here’s the DH & my dad in front of the Moses statue that dominates the foyer. (I tried to get them to lunge & point like Moses, but they wouldn’t cooperate.) The theater really is lovely and absolutely huge! We had great seats, about 10 rows back from the stage almost dead center.

As a former stage performer myself, I have to tell you I was blown away by the production value of this show. The sets were incredibly complex–some of them three stories high! The music was on a par with anything I’ve heard on Broadway or in London. And the special effects! The parting of the Red Sea was spectacular. Not only did water seem to rise around us on either side of the theater, the audience was bathed in a fine mist of cool, moist air as if we were actually in the middle of the parted sea. We were in the center of the action. No doubt about it. That moment was thrilling!

However I have a bone to pick with the writer of the script. I really didn’t like the way they depicted pharaoh’s daughter. In case you’re unfamiliar with that Bible story, here’s the Cliff’s Notes version: Pharaoh had ordered all Hebrew baby boys to be killed at birth, but Moses’ mother didn’t comply. When she could hide him no longer, she fashioned a basket of reeds & set him adrift on the Nile. Pharaoh’s daughter found him and took pity on him. She defied her father’s edict by taking him in and make him her own son. She even paid Moses’ birth mother to wet nurse him. Pharoah’s daughter was the Good Samaritan of the Old Testament.

But contrary to the biblical account, the writer of Moses made her out to be Disney villainess, obsessed with gaining power. They completely abandoned the scriptural story of this courageous, compassionate woman for no good reason. Especially in a time of “us versus them” politics, why waste an opportunity to show that not all Egyptians were cruel any more than all Hebrews were righteous?

Anyway, that’s my writerly rant. I always hate it when women are depicted as either saints or whores with nothing in between. We’re all a complicated mixture of our best and worst selves. Books, TV, movies and theater should reflect that. It’s my opinion and it’s very true! 😉

I love to hear what you think. You can weigh in on how women are characterized in entertainment or now that Back To School Sales are in the air, maybe you can share the typical 1st day of school essay–What I Did For Summer Vacation. Either way, it’s your turn now!

Mia Marlowe

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Mia Marlowe's work has been featured in PEOPLE magazine. One of her books is on display at the Museum of London Docklands next to Johnny Depp memorabilia. Her TOUCH OF A ROGUE was named one of Publishers' Weekly's Top Ten Romances for Spring, but the accolades Mia really loves comes from her readers. Connect with her at her website.

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…IT’S NEVER REALLY DONE.

CabanaBoyWanna pull back the curtain and peek into the life of a full-time writer? Contrary to popular belief, we do not sit by the pool with a feather boa artfully draped around our necks while sipping adult beverages, eating bon-bons and ogling Raoul the cabana boy. (Of course, I can’t speak for all the JQs. Perhaps some of them do have a cabana boy!)  You’re more apt to find me in jeans and a T-shirt with a dog crammed next to me in my recliner while I peck away on my laptop.

Writing is a job like any other. We have deadlines and unless we want to seriously stress ourselves out, we have to set schedules in order to meet our obligations. I map out how many pages I need to complete per week, pad the estimate to allow for life to intervene, and then put in 9-5 days (or longer) to fulfill my daily goal. In addition to our current Work-in-Progress, writers are likely to be simultaneously making revisions to upcoming releases and final passes through galleys. I revise to the last second and the galley is our last chance to get it right! Perhaps that’s why I compare writing with doing laundry.

bigstock-Business-Redhead-Over-White-5438900Then at some time during the day, we have to take off our pointy writer hats and put on our savvy business person hats. Here’s when we answer emails from our agents and editors, respond to questions from our webmistress about improvements to our websites, and decide what blog invitations to accept. We put together workshop proposals and register for writing conferences. We Facebook, tweet and blog like crazy to help get the word out about our books.

I try to keep this portion of my day in a very small box, but it tends to creep into larger chunks of time.

I know I said writing is a job like any other, but in so many ways, it’s not. For example, I get to hunt down unusual factoids and dream up creative ways to use them in my stories. I float away from my writing chair each day and mentally time travel to another place and time. And the writing isn’t confined to time spent before my computer. My DH says sometimes my eyes sort of glaze over and he knows he could tell me anything and I won’t really hear him. I’m writing, you see. I get to live in a world of my own creation where the heroes are always conflicted and fascinating, (not to mention the fact that if you put them in a speedo, they’d put Raoul the cabana boy to shame!)

When I was a young girl, I had a little book called THE CHEERFUL CHERUB by Rebecca McCann. One of the delightful little verses in there confused me as a child, but makes perfect sense now.

If your job is work to you,
Quit it, I’m here to say.
Find the work you’re meant to do
And it won’t be work, but play.

So thank you, readers, for making it possible for us writers to enjoy our playtime each day. Since I’d love to hear from YOU, here’s a question to start our conversation:

What job would you consider play?

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Brian and me

Mia Marlowe's work has been featured in PEOPLE magazine. One of her books is on display at the Museum of London Docklands next to Johnny Depp memorabilia. Her TOUCH OF A ROGUE was named one of Publishers' Weekly's Top Ten Romances for Spring, but the accolades Mia really loves comes from her readers. Connect with her at her website.

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Today’s guest blogger is Mia’s DH, which she assures him means Dear Husband!

…The research is killing me!

Brian and meYeah, I’ve seen that T-shirt. Even threatened to wear one at one of the many writers’ conferences I’ve attended with my wife, historical romance author Mia Marlowe (AKA sweet contemporary writer Lexi Eddings). With so many names to keep track of, you’d think I’d get confused. But as long as I carry the boxes of books and limit my responses to “Yes, dear,” everything goes great! 

Being married to a writer is a little different. For example:

  • When my wife is writing, she’s in her “book head.” The real world around her fades a bit. If I need to tell her something, I have to make sure she stops typing, looks at me and repeats what I’ve said. Otherwise, she may nod and even mumble “OK” and still be lost in one of her fictional worlds.
  • Readers tend to think I’m the inspiration for her heroes. At one of those writers conferences, a lady stopped me and said, “I’ve read your wife’s books and I gotta tell you, you must really be something.” What’s a guy to do? I smiled and answered, “Thank you, ma’am. I am.”
  • It’s hard to watch a movie with my wife. She has a sixth sense about what’s going to happen and unfortunately, she needs to share. She says it’s because stories have a certain number of plot points that need to be hit. If the screen writer misses one, I get to hear about that too.

But there are plenty of good things about being married to a writer. I don’t have to wonder what she’s thinking. I can read all about it! She’s on board with just about anything I want to try–like when I earned my private pilot’s license. She figures any new experience equals “research” and she’ll be able to borrow from me to give to her hero sometime. 

I don’t mind that. Though when someone asked if I got tired of posing for her bare-chested covers, I had to admit the waxing was a bear! 😉

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Charlie and Dad

Mia Marlowe's work has been featured in PEOPLE magazine. One of her books is on display at the Museum of London Docklands next to Johnny Depp memorabilia. Her TOUCH OF A ROGUE was named one of Publishers' Weekly's Top Ten Romances for Spring, but the accolades Mia really loves comes from her readers. Connect with her at her website.

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Charlie and DadI can’t celebrate Independence Day without thinking about my dad. It happens to be his birthday and he’ll be 81 this year. I’m blessed to have him & my mom in my life. When I was a kid, they took me & my sisters camping all over the western United States. Now the tables are turned a bit & I’ve been lucky enough to take them places. In 2012, we were off to Hawaii.

We met up with Kim Adams from SOS Aloha Blog at Pearl Harbor. Dad was 6 when the attack happened and remembers hearing President Roosevelt’s speech on the radio, so this part of the trip was especially meaningful to him.

Kim delighted us with a “behind the scenes” tour. Her knowledge of the history was so detailed and fascinating, she really made Dec. 7, 1941 come to life in my imagination. The horrifying 90 minutes when 2238 Americans died changed history and roused a nation to commit to total war.

This is a little patch of oil seeping from the submerged USS Arizona, the watery grave for over 1100 sailors. After all these years, the wreck still weeps oil into the blue water of Pearl Harbor. Not all the crewmen assigned to the Arizona died that day, but when they pass they have the option to be interred with their shipmates. Legend says the ship will stop leaking oil when the last crewman comes home.

Kim also took us to see the USS Utah, the forgotten memorial. It was a training ship where 50 some lives were lost, including author Pamela Clare‘s “Uncle Joe.” This was my second trip to Pearl Harbor, but I hadn’t known about the second memorial.

Kim did a terrific job explaining how frantic and disorganized the Americans were when the Japanese attack surprised them. She showed us the place where the commander of the Nevada beached his ship rather than clog the harbor mouth when it became clear they couldn’t make it to open sea.

There was no place of safety on that dark day.

Only a little distance from the Arizona memorial, the USS Missouri (The Might MO) rides at anchor. It was the site of the Japanese surrender. The two sites, one the start & the other the end of that terrible war, book-ended our visit to Pearl Harbor. My dad loved every minute of our tour.

Besides being able to share this adventure with my parents, one of the biggest highlights of our Hawaiian visit for me was getting to know Kim better. Since I’ve been published, I’ve been blessed to make a number of “virtual” friends. When we finally meet in real life, we click together like magnets. Meeting up with Kim in Hawaii was no exception. The generous gift of her time and knowledge demonstrated the best of what they call the “spirit of Aloha.”

But that was 2012. This year, we’re taking my mom & dad camping! Later this week, we’re off to Branson, MO–home to countless theaters and attractions and (much to this Anti-Shopper’s horror) tons of outlet shopping! But as always, travel is just an excuse to spend some quality time with the ones we love.

Happy Birthday, Dad. And happy birthday, America. To all our service men & women, and the families who wait for them, I wish you a special day of pride in your service. We owe you so much. Thank you is not enough.

What are your plans for the 4th?

Mia Marlowe

Brian & the BigRig

Mia Marlowe's work has been featured in PEOPLE magazine. One of her books is on display at the Museum of London Docklands next to Johnny Depp memorabilia. Her TOUCH OF A ROGUE was named one of Publishers' Weekly's Top Ten Romances for Spring, but the accolades Mia really loves comes from her readers. Connect with her at her website.

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I’ve been sort of addicted to HGTV’s Tiny House shows for a while now. It’s weirdly fascinating to me that someone could actually want to live in under 200 square feet. That space wouldn’t begin to hold my books. Then there’s the fact that every time my DH and I are both in our cramped laundry trying to switch a load or hang delicates, I’m forcefully reminded of why we need more room. Life in a hallway just doesn’t seem practical. I mean, how many times a day can you say, “Excuse me,” “Pardon me,” “Comin’ through” or my personal favorite, “Make a hole.”

So you can see why I’m a little surprised to find that I now own a tiny house. Well, to be fair, it’s a travel trailer. My DH just calls it (and the truck that pulls it) “the best Father’s Day present ever!”

Brian & the BigRig

We have no plans to ditch our regular home for full-time RV-ing, but we will be doing a lot more wandering throughout the year. In fact, as you read this, we are on our way northward to Minnesota. It’s time for another visit with my pulmonologist at the Mayo Clinic–something I’m not dreading because I’m feeling pretty good right now. But doctors just love to run tests, don’t they? Anyway, if you want to know more about life with a lung condition, please visit my Second Wind blog.

Pulling our “tiny house” along behind us will make the trip so much more enjoyable. We only have to pack once instead of every time we change hotels on the way. We can sleep on our own pillows and sheets. We can fix our own meals instead of binging on fast food. And despite the small size (only about 180 square feet), we’ll have everything we need all along the way.

My family used to go camping when I was a kid. My dad pulled a second-hand pop-up camper behind an old station wagon that couldn’t make it across a southwestern desert with the AC on. (Or so he said!) But we had a great time exploring national parks and forests and splurging on the occasional KOA where we could be sure of a pool & a hot shower.

Now the DH & I will be “glamping” (glamor camping). My friend Marcy tells me if you don’t have a dishwasher or in-unit laundry (which we don’t), it’s not “glamping.” But compared to a leaky pop-up and sharing the back of a station wagon with one of my claustrophobic sisters, believer me, our new rig is “glamping” to me.

So how about you and your fam? Do you camp? Have you got any trips planned for this summer? Or are you one of those brave souls who actually lives in a tiny house 365 days a year?

 

 

 

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