2/11/19, Valentines Day: Love or Chocolate


Hi Everyone,


I hope all is well with you. I’ve been under lock down for the last week, working on a book, about a subject I found interesting. I’ve been working on the outline for the last four months, and finally took the leap into the pool to get started on it. So it’s been a hardworking and hard-driving week, laying out the story for a future book. It’s a long process from here on. Once I complete the first draft, then I re-write it anywhere from three to five times over the next two years—while working on other books at the same time. And of course the subject is a surprise (from everyone!!) until the book comes out!!!


My current new book, Turning Point, is still doing very well, so I’m happy about that.


And yesterday was my youngest son’s birthday, so I had lunch with him, and dinner with him, our family, and some of his friends. With 9 children, we have a lot of birthdays in our family and each one is a special event!!!


And of course this week will be Valentine’s Day, which gets mixed reviews. For anyone with a special person/romance in their life it’s a fabulous day, hopefully, and for those who are having an off-year, it’s not so great. I’ve had both kinds of Valentine’s days, and I hope it will be a special day for you this year.


Now that I’ve been working nonstop on a book, I’m trying to catch up on ‘real life’, things I need to do that I’ve put off while I’m writing. When I write, I can’t do anything else. I don’t go out, I don’t see friends, I don’t read other books or watch movies, it distracts me from the story and then I have trouble getting back into it. I took the time to celebrate my son’s birthday yesterday, but anything other than that, I don’t do if I’m in the middle of writing a book. Four of my kids were present at the birthday (the others live in other cities), so it was a fun chance for me to catch up with them.


I’m excited to watch Season 3 of “Victoria”, about the young Queen Victoria. I haven’t seen this season, so I thought I’d take a peek at that, since I reached a point in the book where I can take a little break, and will be back to work on it in about a week, after I let the book ‘breathe’ a little bit, and then go back to it with a fresh eye. (Kind of like an artist with a painting).


So I hope your Valentine’s Day will be fabulous, full of happy surprises and special moments, the love of your life, and a special day—-and if not, then a whole lot of chocolate!!! Seriously, I hope you have a lovely day.


Take care, and have a terrific week, love, Danielle


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5 Comments so far
  1. Bonnie February 12, 2019 1:26 pm

    Valentine Greetings!!! It is the perfect day for you to remember how much joy and hope you have given to your many many readers. We love you and are so very thankful that you use your incredible talent to bless us.

    You mentioned VICTORIA. I have sat through all of the episodes and reruns. To me it truly has been a MASTERPIECE ! Doesn`t the evil sister make you nervous?

    With love

  2. Camille February 12, 2019 6:42 pm

    Happy birthday to your youngest son!
    It is very interesting the way you design your brain to work when you write a book . It is pretty efficient -no friends , no movies , no distractions…etc – 100% FOCUS.
    You know now days where there a distraction every second , it is so hard to get focus like the way you do by eliminating any distraction and remain focus.GOOD JOB !
    That explains why you write really good chef d-oeuvres.

    Happy Valentine’s day!


  3. Rob Scott February 13, 2019 6:48 am

    Happy Valentines back at you, Danielle.

    I find your writing process fascinating. You have been given a wonderful gift. Thanks for sharing it with us. Love is reflected in Love.

    Rob Scott
    ABQ, NM

  4. Debbie Murphy February 14, 2019 1:27 pm

    Happy Valentines Day! I just wanted to say that I’ve recently read PAST PERFECT and wanted to let you know how much I LOVED LOVED LOVED the concept!! I know from your preface that it was a new thought process, and I think it worked perfectly! I am 1000% sure that I’m not the only person who would LOVE to see a sequel to this one. Please?!?!?! another new thought process….. please consider, I for one can’t WAIT to see what happens with the next generation of both families 🙂
    I have every one of your books (hardcover)in my bookcase and have been reading them since 1979, with the exception of one I loaned out once and never got back and can’t find it anywhere to buy again. Even named my daughter after you! Thank you for so many years of entertaining readings.

  5. Kerri February 19, 2019 6:58 am

    Not crazy about Valentine’s Day. But what caught my eye about this post is the mention of Victoria, season 3. I LOVE, LOVE Victoria!! Unlike most PBS shows, Victoria is fast-paced and every time I watch an episode of Victoria, I become so absorbed in the storyline that when the episode is finished, I wanted more, and the time really had flown.

    This season, I have decided to savor it by watching one episode at a time (I record it). With the 200th anniversary of Queen Victoria’s birth approaching (she was born on May 24, 1819), I have decided to pay my respects to her by learning about her accomplishments as queen as well as her family’s.

    Jenna Coleman is perfection as Victoria and Tom Hughes is great at bringing Prince Albert to life. Alas, I cannot say the same for Laurence Fox – his Lord Palmerston was actually 24 years older than being portrayed on the show. But that’s show business for you – taking liberties.