Coastal Magic is a casual reader weekend, *usually* right on “the world’s most famous beach”. However, for 2021, we’re taking our bookish shenanigans to the interwebs!!
We’d love for you to join us for interesting discussion, fun “meet & greets”, and lots of ways to interact with fellow booklovers and storytellers — all from the comfort of your favorite reading spot!
Even though we won’t be together, we’re still planning to give everyone involved a weekend they’ll remember for years to come.
Can you believe that this virtual event is happening so soon?! Ack! The schedule for the panels I am moderating should be out soon, so you can come watch me be awkward and make weird faces (unintentionally!) on camera. It will be fantastic!
Today I have featured author Marie Long, talking about how she made it through 2020. Let me know if this sounds familiar at all to how 2020 was for you!
2020 has been one crazy year for all of us. But even amidst the pandemic, there’s been a silver lining, at least for artists, writers, musicians, and other creatives. With everyone being stuck at home, they are looking for more ways to find entertainment and escape from the crazy world. I feel as creatives, I feel it’s our job to give people a means of escape.
My day job had transitioned to a work-from-home situation during this pandemic, and it has been most beneficial for me. Getting up at 5AM to commute an hour to work every day was killer. My brain was not fully awake at such an early hour, and by the time I got home in the afternoon, I was exhausted and didn’t feel like writing most of the time. Now, however, I’m getting much more sleep, I’m less stressed, and I’m 10x more efficient with my day job. More importantly, I’ve had the energy and motivation to write!
I’ve gotten a taste of what it’s like to stay at home and write and not have to commute to a job, and I love it. I don’t dread Mondays like I used to. I feel much more positive that every day is a good day to be productive. Once I put my 8 hours in at the day job, I am excited to start working on my book. I hope that one day I will be able to do this writing gig full-time. Until then, I like this balance.
My way of coping with the pandemic has been different, compared to others. I always try to find a positive outlook in every grim situation. I’m a natural introvert, so being confined at home hasn’t bothered me. These days, I only venture out to exercise in the park, teach martial arts in the evening, visit family, and go grocery shopping. Everything else is usually done online. I don’t remember the last time I walked into a department store or restaurant (even before the pandemic began).
Ironically, I’ve been much healthier since the pandemic began. Going to work so early in the morning and sitting at a desk all day gave me stress and anxiety. As a result, I gained weight, despite all of the things I tried to do to stay active. Since this pandemic, I’ve had the energy to do home workouts, and I lost so much weight. I’m back down to my target weight and have stayed there ever since. I was even able to get my personal trainer certificate during this time! I’ve gotten so much done in these past 6+ months, that I probably would’ve not gotten done otherwise, because I wouldn’t have had the energy to do it.
I’ve gotten at least three books finished, the most I’ve ever done in a year, and I’m working on more. My positive mindset and my strive to do this full-time one day always keeps me motivated. I’m a late-night writer, and that’s the time my brain is in full swing. I put on my headphones and type away. I believe a positive mindset is key to anything in life, no matter how bad it gets. You can always find something positive out of every negative situation.
Not going to lie, I *wish* I was that productive and motivated! Alas, that is not the case. Oh well, to each their own, yes? Yes.
One Sweet Christmas by Marie Long
Published by Chikara Press on October 20, 2020
Genres: Romance, Contemporary, Fiction, Adult
Buy on Amazon, Buy on Bookshop
Deck the halls and string the garland, it’s time for a ho-ho-ho-holiday bake off!
Eager to elevate her business to a can’t miss tourist attraction in White Pine, Arianna Willis has her heart set on winning the town’s Christmas dessert contest. It really roasts her chestnuts to learn Mark, a chef there on vacation, is attempting to steal that coveted title from her.
Mark Ellison didn’t mean to be the lump of coal in Arianna’s stocking. Having visited her bakery, he knows her talents in the kitchen can’t be denied. Still, coerced into helping out another local business, his competitive streak won’t allow him to submit anything but his very best.
Yet from their rivalry a flurry of attraction begins to form. Will Mark honor his previous commitments, knowing it could hurt Arianna’s bakery? Or will a life with her, in that picturesque small town, become the greatest gift of all?
Fans of sweet, small town romances will fall in love with One Sweet Christmas by Marie Long!