Multiple Personalities are fun for Hollywood and writers. They can be used to educate (Sybil), terrorize (Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde) and make us laugh (Overboard).
In Mind of her Own Louisa Copeland has a different personality though not due to the Multiple Personality Disorder (MPD). Her issue stems from retrograde amnesia. The bump on her head has her returning to an age when something stressful happened to her. The teen years. With 3 children under her care sometimes the teenage impulsivity works to her advantage but not always. Her children and husband are confused and conflicted by this new side of their mom.
Even though MPD isn’t something most of us deal with there are moments when one wonders about the state of some of our friends and families. Even ourselves if we are honest.
A switch is flipped and we act differently than what is expected. It could be triggered by something as small as getting the wrong coffee. The caramel smell and flavor has you floating as you remember your first kiss—he had been eating caramel. Your day changes, you smile at everyone, your step is lighter, and then your husband calls. Oops, back to real life you go and you’re thankful to be married to the right person—not the one who eats caramel. But for a short time you are that other person, the one who hasn’t entered the work force, marriage or answering to mom.
Today is Multiple Personality Day—embrace it as fun. Be the person you’ve always wanted to be even if for only five minutes and it won’t cause you or someone you love harm.
Me? I’m putting glitter on my nails and tiara on my head. I’ve always wanted to be queen.
Christy Barrit is visiting to day, answering the Valentine’s Day question.
So Christiy tell us,, what would your characters do?
Looking for ideas for what to do on Valentine’s? I was thinking about the characters from some of my books, wondering what they would do for this day of love. I thought maybe their ideas would give you some ideas!
Elle and Denton (Key Witness): Senator’s daughter Elle Philips and former Navy SEAL Mark Denton would go skiing for the weekend but wouldn’t spend all of their time on the slopes. Instead, they’d drink lots of hot chocolate and warm up by the fire in the lodge. Denton will suggest that they crash craft time, where there will be lots of laughs by all as they make a macramé owl.
Jack and Rachel (The Last Target): Since Jack runs a paramilitary contracting firm and Rachel runs a nonprofit to help the military overseas, their schedules are busy. They enjoy a slower pace when they have time alone. With Rachel’s son Aidan at a friend’s house, they’d order take out, play Scrabble, and relax with Rachel’s favorite movie (The Princess Bride, of course!).
Nick and Molly (Ricochet): This outdoorsy couple who run a Christian camp would roast marshmallows around the campfire. But they would—I repeat, would NOT—tell any scary campfire stories! Too many bad memories!
Gabby and Riley (The Squeaky Clean series, including Hazardous Duty, Suspicious Minds, and Organized Grime): It doesn’t matter what they do to start the evening—dinner, a movie, a stroll through downtown Norfolk, VA—it will most definitely end with crime-scene cleaner Gabby St. Claire sticking her nose where it doesn’t belong and somehow getting caught up in a murder investigation. That’s just the way she rolls. Thankfully Riley is there to reel her in.
Kylie and Nate (Keeping Guard): Chef Kylie and former Coastie Nate would cook together, with Kylie trying a new recipe that they might possibly try at their restaurant, The Revolutionary Grill, one day!
Brody and Madison (Race Against Time): Madison Jacobs decides she wants to search for heart-shaped objects (such as tree limbs that curve together to form the shape) for a new photo collection she’s putting together. Former New York City Detective Brody Philips tags along for the trip along the shores of the Chesapeake Bay. They stop by their favorite seafood restaurant while they’re out.
Tara and Cooper (The Good Girl) (releasing in March): These two would be busy hosting a Valentine’s Banquet for the Homeless at their church. Afterward, they’d get coffee, where their friend Candy would spontaneously show up to crash their date.
Christy Barritt is an author, freelance writer and speaker who lives in Virginia. She’s married to her Prince Charming, a man who thinks she’s hilarious—but only when she’s not trying to be. Christy’s a self-proclaimed klutz, an avid music lover who’s known for spontaneously bursting into song, and a road trip aficionado. She’s only won one contest in her life—and her prize was kissing a pig (okay, okay… actually she did win the Daphne du Maurier Award for Excellence in Suspense and Mystery for her book Suspicious Minds also). Her current claim to fame is showing off her mother, who looks just like former First Lady Barbara Bush.
When she’s not working or spending time with her family, she enjoys singing, playing the guitar, and exploring small, unsuspecting towns where people have no idea how accident prone she is.
Telemarketing gone wrong has become my new pet peeve. It used to be that a person would call and I would feel bad about not being polite enough when I said no for the tenth time.
Now I get robot calls, the latest one from the Government loan program sends me up high as the Denver treeline. Sallie Mae gets the brainless telemarketing collection system award.
The robot gives me a long speech about needing to reach my son. It goes like this:
This is (pick a name) calling for _______. If this is not you, please put the phone down and go get him.”
Seriously, that’s what they say! I’ve punched buttons and they want his SSN. I don’t know it. So I punch more buttons hoping to get a human. No, they hang up. I call them back at the number they give, the robot answers.
“Please enter your social security number.”
I’ve tried to get a human to talk to hoping to give them his phone number, never mind that he’s only given it to them every month and he hasn’t lived here in almost ten years. He also isn’t late on his payment. He consolidated his loans and for some reason they can’t figure that out. Then they get paid (from the consolidation group) and they stop calling.
Last night’s episode of Parenthood highlighted adoption. It was touching to see how the entire Braverman family surrounded Victor showing him the power of family love.
Most of you know I have a blended family. Our circumstances are different from the Braverman’s. My husband and I were both widowed when we married and each of us brought children to the marriage.
Because there were no other spouses involved we didn’t have to adopt each other’s children. But we did. We felt it important enough to spend money in court and to stand in front of a judge and say, “Yes, these boys are ours and we will treat each of them as natural-born children.”
We didn’t make the day as big of a deal as the Braverman clan. We did make the boys dress nice –not an easy thing to do when they were 9 and 4! Our celebration dinner probably included pizza. I can’t remember.
What I do remember is the feeling of gratitude when Andy said yes, he would accept me as his mother. It’s one thing to have natural-born children. It’s exciting and fun but those kids don’t have a choice—they know you are their mom. To have a child not born of you say he wants you for a mom is a feeling I can’t describe. Please note that Andy had a good mom so he wasn’t trading his memories and love for her in hopes of getting something better. He was saying that in the circumstances in which we were put together he loved me enough to call me mom.
Even now writing about that day brings tears to my eyes. I have been so blessed to have Andy as my son. And in case you are reading this Ben and Josh –I’m blessed to have had you born to me!
Have you had any experience with adoptions?
If you have a minute could you go to The Book Club Network and vote for We’re Not Blended We’re Pureed a Survivor’s Guide? You’ll find it listed on the right hand side of the page in the nonfiction list. Thank you!
How do you overcome the huge obstacle of promoting your book if you are dead?
This month is National Cervical Cancer awareness month and today’s post is because of this woman who battled to overcome cervical cancer. She lost.
Her name is Julie.
She wrote a book in 2009 — an inspirational, brave, honest memoir called the Cell War Notebooks, compilation of Julie’s blog posts from the last seven months of her life as she battled cervical cancer with hope, bravery, and a great sense of humor.Julie’s mom is doing what she can to promote the book but she’s asked for help. Having lost a husband to cancer I wanted to do that for Julie’s daughter, Luka.
I accepted the challenge to mention Julie in this post along with her book Cell War Notebooks because the proceeds from her book will help her daughter.
the challenge is to share about a obstacle I overcame.
Anyone who personally knows me will tell you that needles, blood, anything medical-makes me turn green or pass out. I’m not the one to call in an emergency. My youngest will be happy to tell you about the trip to the ER when I got lost because I was so freaked out. Or my oldest will explain how when he called about the accident he was in I didn’t handle it well.
But there was one time I did get over the medical obstacle. My first husband, John had a brain tumor. They tried to remove it but it wasn’t possible to get all of it out. That’s bad enough news and I didn’t think it could get any worse.
Before he was released from the hospital I was told I would be cleaning the head wound and re-bandaging it. I was so scared. There was no way I would be able to look at stitches and staple in my husbands scalp and be able to stand up.
There wasn’t a choice. We didn’t live close to family, our son was only 1. It was me or the risk of infection. I’m not going to give you details –to disturbing to write or read! The first time I did it was extremely difficult. But I made it. I didn’t cause him more pain–at least he was kind enough to say that I didn’t. That obstacle was one of the biggest I’ve ever faced, not just the surgery but his death later. I belive the reason I could do the things required of me is because God gave me the strength.
If you can would you please tell others about Julie’s book? Here is a direct link to purchase it. It is not an affiliate link, all money will go to Luka.
What obstacle have you overcome? Please share big or small!
*if you would like to find out more and how you can help read this post.
The words Anxiety of Public Speaking doesn’t sound as scary as it is. The video is more accurate of how anxiety really feels.
When I stand up to speak this is me. I have an urge to run screaming as far from the danger zone.
You know the zone? The place where a person stands and 80+ eyes look at you in anticipation of learning or being entertained?
I have an event I’ll be speaking at Ministry for Kids workshop in January. Thankfully God –in His humorous way– made my co-author and co-speaker a therapist. I’m hoping she can talk me down from the ceiling as the chairs fill with people.
This should be easy for me. I’ve had training to speak in front of people. I taught school (but they were little ones!) and lead Bible studies.
I’ve been on the radio and videoed, but it doesn’t get easier for me.
I spend a lot of time in fear before the event. The bonus is that I should lose a few pounds, or yikes it could swing the other way and I’ll buy boxes of Pamela’s Gluten Free Cookies!!!
Any tips you all can share with me? I’d be grateful to learn away around, over or through this fear.