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Does Mama get her #Prada?

So I have a son graduating from college next Spring. I've tried to make it into a competition between my three boys, who will buy mom her Prada? As you can imagine, they are not in a hurry to win this competition. So I tell my son who is graduating next year in engineering, "Oh my goodness, you'll be able to buy me my Prada?"

He looks at me in all seriousness and shakes his head and says, "Tory Burch. I'll go Tory Burch and that's where I draw the line."

Whatever. I'm buying my own Prada in Milan next year. Because I will be saving thousands with someone out of college! Ungrateful little monsters. : )


I'm green y' thoughts on hybrids...

This was a Thanksgiving week of firsts. I drove in a Prius. AND a Leaf. I'm actually a little stunned to admit how nice they were inside. How nice they drove. I mean, I'm still not giving up my BMW, but I sort of get it. They're nice cars -- very comfortable, smooth ride. I just don't want to plug my car in at night. I have a hard enough time remembering to charge my phone and my Apple watch.


As we were leaving Old Town Grass Valley after dinner, my son was driving and he goes, "Wow, there's a really pretty girl in the window there, but I'm afraid to get her attention because she'll see me driving a Prius."

LOL . He got smacked by the Prius owner. Still, I approve. And if I were the kind of practical person who thought a car was to get you from point A to point B, I would totally drive one.

Living in the Bay Area, EVERYONE here drives a Prius, a Leaf or a Tesla. I wouldn't do it just because I'm not a crowd person. I want to be different, but I do appreciate them saving the earth for me. My BMW has a setting that turns it off at stop signs and it drives me insane. But you go green people, I get it.

Italy Calls...

I'm basically an American mutt when it comes to ancestry, but I identify strongly with my Italian roots. I mean, they're into espresso, fine leather goods (Prada) and fashion. That's not even mentioning the food! So last Friday, I'm sitting here writing, minding my own business, sucking down some Starbucks concoction and my father calls me. My father is Italian, he never calls me. He usually speaks through my mother. He has this excuse that he can't hear my voice, it's too soft.




Anyway, he calls me on Friday and asks...wait for it...if I want to go to Italy with him. What? Well, I offer to stay home with my brother so my mom can go. She doesn't WANT to go. She says if I don't go, my dad probably won't either. Well, okay, if I HAVE to take one for the team, I volunteer as tribute.

The next day, we find out one of my dad's Italian friends -- who goes every year and speaks Italian -- already has a trip planned. Do we want to add two? Do we? I should mention his friend was an Italian restauranteur for years and we are eating and staying in the finest places. I can get my espresso-sent-to-my-room, kind of places.

I've already looked it up. There is a Prada outlet outside of Florence. But I'm also going to Milan. THE MOTHERSHIP PEOPLE, THE MOTHERSHIP!!!


I'm just slightly excited. My dad travels the way I like to -- in style -- and the only thing I'm slightly worried about is that we're staying in a very haunted hotel in Rome. I said, I might not need my own room there. I might be sleeping at the end of someone's bed. LOL Anyway, obviously I'm going to need to set a book there and because two of my heroines in "The Wentworth Heiresses" are Italian, I think I'll tell one of their stories from the old country. She's a museum curator, so it makes sense for her character anyway. Love when life works out like that. So I'm going to Italy. I can hardly believe it still, but I've bought a map and I've worked out our whole route in my mind. I cannot wait to see the art and the history!

#90DayFiance Creator & how much do we miss because networks/publishers just don't get it? #Passion

This morning on my walk, I heard the creator of "90 Day Fiance" on a podcast with Kate Casey. Okay, first off Matt Sharp, thank you for being the genius that came up with "90 Day Fiance" and all its offshoots. It is the gift that keeps on giving on television. Listening to him speak about how difficult it was to find a network to invest in the show, I found myself getting really angry. It's so hard sometimes to get the powers that be invested in your idea. But I'll tell you what, I'll take a passionate producer/writer and their project over a "brilliant" idea any day of the week.


How many wonderful ideas are sold on television or to book publishers and nothing happens. Because publishers and networks want what sells. So they always look to what IS/WAS selling and that's why we have fourteen billion movies about super heroes and very few gems. The powers that be are without creativity so they can't imagine that something different can be successful because they haven't seen it done before.



When I was trying to sell "What a Girl Wants" to the Christian market back in 2004, no one got it. No one knew what Chick Lit was and they certainly didn't see how a self-possessed lawyer into fashion would resonate with their market. Christians are sweet girls. They're not into fashion. They're kind and gentle and they would NEVER judge another person. Okay, that is a complete fairy tale. Christians are like everyone else in the world. Maybe we should be sweeter, but you're going to tell me no Christian woman ever cared if she had a new dress? A new handbag? I just needed ONE person to believe in the concept.

First, it was an older Jewish man (my agent at the time, Frank Weimann.) He said he laughed so hard that if HE could laugh at a single Christian girl's antics, he knew anyone would. Thank goodness, Ami McConnell at Thomas Nelson got on board and really championed that book. Its sales have been amazing, and I'm so grateful that ONE person believed in it, then another, then another... But again, it was because the passion I had for Christian women in singles' groups that the book resonated.

I feel strongly about this subject as I watch so much of the same thing be produced and passion fall by the wayside. Right now, I'm working on a few ideas, but one that I'll probably never find a market for (and will probably self-publish) is called "The Wentworth Heiresses" series. It's about five sisters from a broken family (one dad, three moms) who inherit billions, but must put their family back to rights. I'm passionate about the story because money doesn't fix problems. We're under this delusion in America that if we were rich, all our troubles would go away. Because I live around people with nothing but money to spend, I can tell you that just isn't true. People are probably more messed up here than in the rest of America.

Anyway, I'm thankful that someone asked Matt Sharp what he was passionate about. Passion trumps the same ol' crap every single time.