About Lynn Crain

Award winning author Lynn Crain has done it all in her life. From nursing to geology, her life experiences have added to her detail rich stories. She loves writing full time as she weaves contemporary, fantasy, futuristic and paranormal tales, tame to erotic, for various publishers. Her home is in the desert southwest and she’s just returned from her latest adventure of living in Vienna, Austria while her husband worked his dream job. You can find her hanging out online at www.lynncrain.blogspot.com, https://www.facebook.com/LynnCrainAuthor, and on Twitter, @oddlynn3. She loves hearing from her readers at lynncrain@cox.net.

When The Elevator’s Broke

When I woke up this morning, I hadn’t a clue what I was going to write about. Spring is in full bloom here in Austria and though it’s beautiful, my allergies are also in full bloom. This is the first year it has happened and I was somewhat surprised by them. So, taking them in stride, and with my husband gone again on travel, I got Pup Harry ready to go for his morning walk.Tulips-in-Spring

I jaunt down the single flight of stairs determined to ignore the pounding in my head and press the button to the elevator. Nothing happens. I press it again. Still nothing. I press it one final time and realize that it is broke. Again. Suddenly, my beautiful 5th floor flat with elevator has become a 5th floor walk-up. This may be a devastating blow because the dog does need to be walked a minimum of two times a day. With allergies, this may be downright horrid as it might impede me breathing. Suddenly, the day isn’t so nice.

I head down the stairs and before I notice, Pup Harry’s whole flexi-leash is extended. He’s not budging as he wants to ride in the elevator. I walk back up the stairs and lock the leash in so I can pull him down. When we’re home alone, he gets all sorts of luxuries that he normally doesn’t get. Things like extra treats when he gets his leash on for walks, extra treats when I have to leave him to go shopping and more train rides than normal as I try to take him to parks that are quite a distance from our flat. He’s discovered that the elevator is his friend and doesn’t understand why it won’t go. I don’t either but that’s another story.

This elevator thing was impeding our style. Then I started to think about some of my characters that I’ve been writing recently. I make sure I give them a rough ride as things don’t always go the way they want them to go. Heck, they don’t always go the way I want them to go in my books. But when looking at my PC friend, Marin’s post, I realize I am just like what George R.R. Martin said. There is only so much architecture that I can do on a story before I just have to let it come to fruition like the flowers in a garden.

Pup-Harry-RestingCharacters have a way of letting you know if you’re doing it right. Or wrong. They scream, curse, whine and just downright won’t budge when things won’t go their way. Just like Pup Harry. If I can survive that, I can survive three days of the elevator being out.

And such is life. There are so many, many things that we don’t plan for most of the time that happen. Some we can control, some we can’t…like the elevator…I mean, I’m sure the machine went out of its way to make my life miserable today. After all, it does have a stake in what I’m doing and how I act.

Wrong. So wrong. I am the one who takes action. I am the one who has a stake in how I look at the world and how I act in it. I am the one that is the master of my own fate and only I can decide the course. We as writers sometimes get so caught up in our characters that we forget the little things. The things that make life new and interesting and oh so not boring.  Like taking a class or walking in a botanical garden.

Like elevator’s who break, making me a little heathier with each flight of stairs I climb. And those eleven flights can be hard or they can be easy. It’s all in the perspective.

About Lynn Crain

Award winning author Lynn Crain has done it all in her life. From nursing to geology, her life experiences have added to her detail rich stories. She loves writing full time as she weaves contemporary, fantasy, futuristic and paranormal tales, tame to erotic, for various publishers. Her home is in the desert southwest and she’s just returned from her latest adventure of living in Vienna, Austria while her husband worked his dream job. You can find her hanging out online at www.lynncrain.blogspot.com, https://www.facebook.com/LynnCrainAuthor, and on Twitter, @oddlynn3. She loves hearing from her readers at lynncrain@cox.net.

Reviving The Old

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Spring is the time for renewal and while most springs don’t give me that sense overall, this year it’s come on like gang busters. Maybe that’s because we’ve had a mild winter here in Austria, maybe it’s just my attitude this time around. I know this year, I feel more alive than ever before.

Along with this renewal comes a need to change up the website, the blog and start some awesome stories. I’m taking classes, deciding what stays or goes with the old things and how I can make it all work. And this is exactly what spring is all about or at least to me.

During the season of spring, the Earth is beginning its tilt relative to the sun, which results in the rapid increase of daylight in the Northern Hemisphere, whereas in the Southern Hemisphere life is moving toward fall. As the land begins to warm, new plant growth can be seen thus the term ‘spring forward.’ Also, during this time, snow begins to melt, streams swell with the run-off and flooding can occur. In our hemisphere, spring is heralded by the blooms of some deciduous trees such as magnolias, cherries or quince. Still, spring can be a volatile season with many storms caused by cold/warm air currents.03212015-Easter-Market-#2

Some have told me I’m taking on too much this time around. Still, I’m writing more than ever yet changing it up in different ways. For example, one of my works-in-progress has taken a life of its own. It started as a little paranormal story with quirky characters and a few murders. It’s blossomed into the heroine’s journals, a series of short stories and flash fiction, and more book ideas than I could have ever imagined. Not bad for renewal if I say so myself.

There’s one last thing I love about spring and that’s the Easter holiday. Easter is very important for a religious country like Austria. While I don’t celebrate it so much any more, I can appreciate the wonder and splendor of it all. The pictures this time are from one of the fabulous Easter markets they have strewn around the city. I’m an egg lover myself and used to decorate them in a variety of ways. However, what I did can’t hold a candle to what they do here.

However, this year, besides loading up on a variety of wonderfully decorated eggs, I purchased an undecorated ostrich egg. My husband was skeptical as to what I’d do with it and I quipped that I might just decorate it. Then again, I might just leave it for another time.

Hope you all are having a fantastic spring season with all the hope and joy that renewal should bring. Until next month…

About Lynn Crain

Award winning author Lynn Crain has done it all in her life. From nursing to geology, her life experiences have added to her detail rich stories. She loves writing full time as she weaves contemporary, fantasy, futuristic and paranormal tales, tame to erotic, for various publishers. Her home is in the desert southwest and she’s just returned from her latest adventure of living in Vienna, Austria while her husband worked his dream job. You can find her hanging out online at www.lynncrain.blogspot.com, https://www.facebook.com/LynnCrainAuthor, and on Twitter, @oddlynn3. She loves hearing from her readers at lynncrain@cox.net.

The Season of Love ~ @oddlynn3 #PCers #LynnCrain

c455524_m February is commonly known as the season of love but there are some hidden gems when researching the actual day. Here are five facts about this very special day:

  • An estimated 1 billion Valentine’s Day cards are exchanged annually, making it the second most popular card-sending holiday after Christmas.
  • The Catholic Church recognizes at least 3 different saints with the name Valentine.
  • Valentine’s Day originated as a Pagan Festival. Many believe that this day originated with the pagan celebration of Lupercalia, a fertility festival dedicated to the Roman god of agriculture, Faunus.
  • At the end of the 5th century, Pope Gelasius declared February 14 to be St. Valentine’s Day to honor the Valentine that died or was buried in the middle of February A.D. 270. However, it wasn’t until the Middle Ages it became associated with love because of the commonly held belief in France and England that February 14 marked the state of the bird-mating season. And this just added to their notion of romance.
  • Valentine’s greetings have been popular since the Middle Ages, though the paper ones didn’t gain popularity until after 1400.

Valentine’s is really only celebrated in the US, Canada, Mexico, the UK, France and Australia. The rest of the world is slowly following suit. People in the US started exchanging handmade cards in the 1700s. In the 1840s, the first mass-produced cards were made by Esther A. Howland, who became known as the “Mother of the Valentine.”

As a romance writer, I tend to look at c156651_mall the nuances of the day. Even with all these facts, it is certainly a holiday filled with love. If you’d like to read even more, here’s a couple of websites to help you on your search.

http://www.history.com/topics/valentines-day/history-of-valentines-day

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Valentine’s_Day

About Lynn Crain

Award winning author Lynn Crain has done it all in her life. From nursing to geology, her life experiences have added to her detail rich stories. She loves writing full time as she weaves contemporary, fantasy, futuristic and paranormal tales, tame to erotic, for various publishers. Her home is in the desert southwest and she’s just returned from her latest adventure of living in Vienna, Austria while her husband worked his dream job. You can find her hanging out online at www.lynncrain.blogspot.com, https://www.facebook.com/LynnCrainAuthor, and on Twitter, @oddlynn3. She loves hearing from her readers at lynncrain@cox.net.

Ringing in the New ~ @oddlynn3 #LynnCrain #PCers

Wow! Can you believe January is almost over?!? Starting a new year often brings with it resolutions and promises to do things one normally wants to do but can’t for whatever reason. It’s no secret that a person can be their own worst enemy. This year, I’ve tried to be realistic about writing and personal goals.Resized-Resolutions

I have writing goals ~ thing like write a book a month or write 5000 words a day. Those type of things. But this year, I added an extra item and this goes for all areas of my life: Learn something new. I feel that no matter what you promise yourself, if you can’t learn something new every day to help you attain those goals, then they probably won’t happen.

I understand you think that’s rather harsh but statistics say that over 60% of our resolutions don’t make it past the promise stage. In another report, I read that only 8% of us ever keep our resolutions, which means 92% of us either never make them or make them then promptly ignore them.  In the process of putting down my 2015 goals on paper, I learned the rate of failure and I also learned the two top things to make them happen. And they are two things I know I can make happen.

The first one is simple: Be realistic. All goals are based in realism or should be. When doing my goals, I look to make them an average of the best I can do and the worst I can do, which for me is nothing. I can sit around like a lump, watching TV or reading or something that isn’t propelling me forward. Or I can choose to be what I want to be.

The second one, while simple, can be daunting for someone like me: Start small. I tend to do things on a grand scale. I love to do series with lots of books, I love to write huge books, I love to redecorate a whole room, lose 20 pounds in the shortest time possible and on and on. However, I am constantly reminded that every journey starts with just one step. Just one tiny thing to get us going. There’s no problem in taking bigger steps at some point but to get the steps started, do the small things. Like planning just one book, just one room item, just one pound. Once you accomplish that one tiny task, start working up to the bigger things.

Goals, and resolutions for that fact, aren’t meant to make you unhappy. They are meant to be a guideline for the journey you’re taking. And guidelines are just that, nothing more. They are meant to guide you toward your goals. Not drag you kicking and screaming because then you have to look at the fact that maybe you really don’t want that goal.

So, what were your goals for the New Year?

Here’s wishing you all the best in 2015! See you next month!

About Lynn Crain

Award winning author Lynn Crain has done it all in her life. From nursing to geology, her life experiences have added to her detail rich stories. She loves writing full time as she weaves contemporary, fantasy, futuristic and paranormal tales, tame to erotic, for various publishers. Her home is in the desert southwest and she’s just returned from her latest adventure of living in Vienna, Austria while her husband worked his dream job. You can find her hanging out online at www.lynncrain.blogspot.com, https://www.facebook.com/LynnCrainAuthor, and on Twitter, @oddlynn3. She loves hearing from her readers at lynncrain@cox.net.

Happy Holidays

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I’m late but I’ll be honest…I started this three times…and three times I failed. This is a very tough holiday season for me. This past year, my father passed away and I realized just how fragile life is. I also realized, sometimes the so-called dream life isn’t for everyone despite what others said.

Sure, I’ve been enjoying life in Austria but it took me so very far from home and my family. Over here, there is just me and the husband. Then there was the stint where even he was gone for five weeks and I knew just how hard it would be to be totally alone.

Don’t get me wrong, I like being alone. I like knowing I can run through the house naked and no one but the dog will ever see me. But the whole situation made me cherish what I had even though we’re like the poster kids for a dysfunctional family from time to time. Now I know that all families have their moments, I just wanted to be a little closer to mine.

Sometime this year, we’ll be starting the process of moving back to the States. It all depends upon how fast the dear husband can secure another job. Now he’s got even more great stuff on his resume to strut around with, so I’m looking forward to seeing what happens.

That leads me back to the holidays and you, the reader of our books. We realize that you come in all different shapes and sizes. You maybe religious or not. You may believe in Christmas or Hanukkah. You may have purple hair for all I know…but…the simple fact remains that we appreciate each and every one of you. Always have, always will.

My holiday greeting is simple: we want you to be happy, healthy and enjoy life in whatever way you celebrate the season. If you’re so inclined toward author giveaways, I’ve extended my Christmas giveaway at my A Writer in Vienna Blog. Drop by and see what I have to offer from the world of Austria.

See you next month!

 

About Lynn Crain

Award winning author Lynn Crain has done it all in her life. From nursing to geology, her life experiences have added to her detail rich stories. She loves writing full time as she weaves contemporary, fantasy, futuristic and paranormal tales, tame to erotic, for various publishers. Her home is in the desert southwest and she’s just returned from her latest adventure of living in Vienna, Austria while her husband worked his dream job. You can find her hanging out online at www.lynncrain.blogspot.com, https://www.facebook.com/LynnCrainAuthor, and on Twitter, @oddlynn3. She loves hearing from her readers at lynncrain@cox.net.

Some Favorite Winter Things

 

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For many, the winter season can bring the doldrums from the gray skies to the snow clouds gathering above. I am probably one of the few people you’ll ever meet who absolutely loves winter and all that it can bring. So here is my top ten list of favorite winter things.

  1. Winter Sports ~ When I was much, much younger I used to love to ski and sled and play in the snow. That’s actually how I met my husband. The poor man volunteered to teach me and one of the very first things I do is to plow into him. The only thing I could never get into was skating and that’s because I have weak ankles. With skiing, the boots are stiff and can hold me up. And I know that there are tons more winter sports out there, I’ve just never tried them. These are my favorites.
  2. Mulled Wine ~ Over here in Austria it’s called ghulwien and it’s incredibly delicious.
  3. Hot Chocolate with Peppermint Schnapps ~ It goes along with skiing.
  4. Snow ~ This is my number two favorite thing of the season. I love snow. I love how it tastes, how it feels and how much you can actually do with it. You do remember Eskimo igloos…right?
  5. Cloudy Skies ~ I love cloudy skies in general but I love the ones that I know will bring the snow. iStock_000000457633Medium~R
  6. Sitting in Front of the Fire ~ This one ranks right up there. Our flat here in Austria does not have a fireplace and I’m so missing the one I had at home. I could just curl up in front of it with a good book and a warm blanket.
  7. Cabins ~ My in-laws have a cabin-like condo at Lake Tahoe that we used to go to a lot. It was the very last one in the complex and is but against Forest Service land, so nothing is behind it. During the winters it would get so calm and quiet and oh so, wonderful when you’re tucked snug inside. I have visited a few cabins that have made me feel the same way in my life time. It’s my hope that one day, I will have a cabin in a snow covered world.
  8. Christkindlemarkts ~ Here in Vienna, Austria, they have these wonderful Christmas markets that start mid-November. The first year, it was odd because I was so used to celebrating Thanksgiving. Austrian’s equivalent to Thanksgiving is usually in October and therefore isn’t really significant to the Christmas season like it is in the US. These markets have made me see the holiday in a whole new way. I love the tradition it has given me and I will sorely miss it when I am back living in the US.
  9. The Holiday Season ~ I love the holiday season. I probably start it a little too soon as I decorate my home for Halloween though Christmas decorations can’t go up until after Thanksgiving. While I don’t do all the things here in Austria that I normally do in the US, we have started one tradition that I think I’ll keep going. We don’t set up the tree until December 15th or later. This allows family to come to visit and help us do that wonderful task of putting up the lights and the ornaments on the tree. When I get home, I definitely plan to have a weekend set aside where the whole family comes and we decorate our very special tree.
  10. Family ~ This is my very favorite thing of the whole season. As kids grow older, they go off to do their own thing. But rest assured, they come home for Christmas when they can and the get-togethers are awesome. For me, the holiday season and everything that comes from it revolves around family time.

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I am sure that each of you has your own top ten list for the winter season. I’d love to hear what yours are and I plan to reward one commenter with a $10 Amazon gift certificate just for letting me know. Don’t forget to leave me your email address so I can get hold of you if you’re the winner.

See you next month!

 

About Lynn Crain

Award winning author Lynn Crain has done it all in her life. From nursing to geology, her life experiences have added to her detail rich stories. She loves writing full time as she weaves contemporary, fantasy, futuristic and paranormal tales, tame to erotic, for various publishers. Her home is in the desert southwest and she’s just returned from her latest adventure of living in Vienna, Austria while her husband worked his dream job. You can find her hanging out online at www.lynncrain.blogspot.com, https://www.facebook.com/LynnCrainAuthor, and on Twitter, @oddlynn3. She loves hearing from her readers at lynncrain@cox.net.

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