Karen: My special guest today is Rebecca J. Clark. When she's not whipping someone into shape, she's spinning romance tales for The Wild Rose Press. Let's give her a warm welcome. Please feel free to ask her questions or leave her a comment.
EVERYTHING BUT THE FROG by Rebecca J. Clark
In my new release, DELIVER THE MOON, my heroine, Louisa, is somewhat of a control freak. She likes everything just right, and heaven help her if something—or someone—comes along to upset the balance of her tidy little world. Like her ex-husband.
I’m not sure, but I bet Louisa is a fan of To Do lists. And unlike me, I bet she actually remembers to check her list throughout the day. And also unlike me, I bet she actually completes most every item on that list.
I am a To Do list whore. In fact, I’m list whore in general. In fact, I’m just a... Wait. I digress.
I make lists for everything. Grocery lists. Playlists for my iPod. Books I want to read. Movies I want to see. Destinations I want to visit. Recipes I want to try. Recipes I’ve already tried. My day job (personal trainer) consists of following lists each day (each client has a list of exercises we follow).
And, of course, the To Do list.
This is where everything goes very, very wrong for me. It’s not that I don’t make my To Do list. I do. Daily. Right when I get up. But then I forget to refer to it for the rest of the day. Every once in a while, I’ll get into a To Do list kick, and be really good every day about checking my list every couple of hours or so, or whenever I have a free moment. But that kick lasts about as long as my hardwood floors stay dog-hair-free.
I’ve read books about To Do lists. Chalene Johnson (of Beach Body Turbokick fame) has a fabulous new book called PUSH, that’s about changing your life in 30 days. All based on following a To Do list. It’s a great plan. If I followed it. She even has a free 30-day course on goal-setting (http://www.chalenejohnson.com/products-page/product-category/30-day-challenge/) – I watched it every day. Until about Day 17. Then I stopped. Guess I forgot to put it on Day 18’s To Do list.
I’ve read Brian Tracy’s Eat That Frog. Mark Twain suggested if you eat a live frog first thing every day, nothing worse will happen to you that day. I’m sure he’s right. Tracy coined the term “eat that frog” to mean doing the toughest thing on your To Do list first, then the rest of your day will likely fall into place.
I try to eat that frog every day. Really I do. Maybe if I added a bit of hot sauce, it would be more appealing...?
What about you? Are you a list maker? Do you actually DO what’s on your To Do list? Do you eat that frog?
DELIVER THE MOON is available now:
About the Author:
Rebecca J. Clark has wanted to write romance novels since she read her first Harlequin Romance at age 11. When she’s not writing, she works as a personal fitness trainer and group exercise instructor, where she teaches Pilates, Zumba® and yoga. She makes her home in the Pacific Northwest with her husband of 25 years, two kids, a German Shepherd beast who loves to chase her two cats who plot to kill the dog, two rats that come when they’re called, and a gecko. In her free time, Rebecca enjoys reading, watching Criminal Minds reruns on TV, and doing absolutely nothing.