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Thursday, August 16, 2007

I'm a writer. I talk about writing, look at what other writers are doing, pay attention to the market. And I've come to the conclusion that's it's all about the hype and not necessarily the reality of anything. It was brought home to me this week when someone else claimed to have invented "boomer lit." Excuse me? Diann Hunt was writing boomer lit for women (and calling it that!) long before anyone else in CBA ever thought about it. Her book HOT FLASHES AND COLD CREAM came out in 2005, a good year before any other humorous books for women in that age. And she's still the best. But she doesn't have the flashiest website, the biggest speaking platform (for which she's very thankful!) and she doesn't toot her own horn. But she should. She's the best. Read BE SWEET and you'll see what I mean. She just keeps getting better with every book.

We see it with other things too. Diets, a subject near and dear to my heart. It's all about the one who screams the loudest at the moment. And I'm just as much a sucker as anyone. I'm always looking for that new "magic bullet" that will make the pounds magically melt off. I still haven't found it, have you? LOL It usually takes a word I particularly hate--exercise. Or skin care. There's always something new and exciting claiming to reverse every beauty problem you have.

We're so gullible. We never make up our own minds. We just follow the advertising like sheep. I'm one of the worst so I know. I've been attending a class at church called The Best Question Ever. And that best question is What's the Wise Thing to Do? Well the wise thing is to get my butt out of the chair and exercise. It's to have only ONE small serving of foods I love. It's to cut out sugar altogether.

Why is it so hard to be wise? LOL It's really not all about the hype--it should be about making up our own minds. I'm such a sucker. LOL How about you? You have any weaknesses you'd like to share?
Colleen Coble  
posted at 7:35 AM  
  Comments (18)
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At 8:21 AM, Blogger Jaime said...

It screams to me from every corner deli. Seriously. Oprah says if you overeat you have deep emotional issues you're trying to hide. When did it become that and not just plain ol' THIS TASTES AWESOME I must eat more of it! :)

My husband says coffee is my weakness. I don't see it the same way. And, Randy Alcorn's book "Heaven" has a paragraph stating coffee WILL be in Heaven, so how can that be a weakness? :)

At 8:22 AM, Blogger Colleen Coble said...

Alas, coffee is also my weakness. And DeBrand mocha truffles. LOL

Now Di would say Casa's chocolate cake. And we're going to indulge her today when we brainstorm. LOL

At 8:36 AM, Blogger Jaime said...

YUM! That sounds like the perfect indulgence.
I have to find DeBrand chocolate. Can you believe I've never had one?!

At 8:38 AM, Blogger Colleen Coble said...

Where you are, you'd have to order it by internet. the only stores are in Indiana. But it's to DIE for!

At 9:50 AM, Blogger Kristy Dykes said...

Sweets are my weakness. And when you pastor a church that loves eating meetings and parties and fellowships, boy, is it hard to be disciplined. Besides normal church events and eating meetings, the next three Saturdays will find us at a 50th anniversary celebration dinner, an 80th birthday party dinner, and a 70th birthday party dinner. Good, good eating.

But August 6, Milton led us on the Daniel fast for 21 days, where we're giving up foods Daniel gave up--foods of pleasure, meats, etc. We're only eating fruits, veggies, whole grains, and fruit juices. The Bible said Daniel increased in knowledge, skill, wisdom, and understanding. That's what we're praying for. Besides those things, we're dropping a few pounds. It feels so wonderful for my slacks to be loose. The worst thing about it is giving up my morning coffee. How I long for a cup of coffee!

At 10:54 AM, Blogger Kay said...

Hype usually turns me off. As soon as something becomes the "in" thing, I'm out of there! LOL

Not to say I never give in. But generally I don't.

I've always been that way. Watching the bandwagon go on by, doing my own thing.

At 11:58 AM, Blogger Julie Carobini said...

I'm putting Be Sweet on my next (soon!) cbd order. How could I resist a title like that?

At 12:52 PM, Blogger celestemc said...

How about chocolate cake (fluffy white frosting of course!), truffles AND coffee???

But what I really have the hardest time using self control with is Mexican food. YUM! I can eat it breakfast, lunch and dinner!

I'm finally learing to be a little more discerning with all the hype. Recently things in my life have proved that even the most knowledgable of doctors don't always know what their talking about... or sometimes even seldom do for that matter.

But God is good, and years ago I did the Gwen Shamblin program - Weigh Down workshop I think it was called - and when I pay attention I can hear that still, small voice say, "Okay, that's enough. You're done." Then it's just a matter of whether I obey.

From the size of my pants, that's a given!

At 1:20 PM, Blogger Kristin said...

Hype doesn't usually do anything for me, but when I continually hear people say something about a book, I do usually finally break down and buy it. "Marley & Me" was like that. I'm not a dog person, but wow, that's a great book!

Like Di, I have a very hard time speaking or pushing myself as an author. I thought I was brave to say preorder the next one last post.

I LOVE Di's new book, the cover is fabulous, and she is so funny. But it's really hard when you're taught early on not to "act big" to make that coincide with being a writer.

There are a LOT of authors who seem to have no difficulty with it, but I generally don't buy those authors because I feel like, you know, I'm really not much into you, so I doubt I'll like your heroine. LOL KB

At 1:33 PM, Blogger celestemc said...

Whoops, my last comment sounded pretty harsh on doctors. That I didn't intend. What I meant was that (in our case) they were continually changing things up and figuring out as they went along -

Sorry for my carelessness. I am very thankful for them, even as imperfect and human as they are!

At 2:32 PM, Blogger Katy McKenna said...

I just got Di's book this morning! (What took me so long? I have no idea....) Hype sometimes affects me, but where books are concerned, it's usually the non-fiction hyped titles that grab me and won't let go. I almost always read fiction based on recs from people I trust--not on hype.

At 2:45 PM, Blogger Kristin said...

Celeste, we're not big fans of the medical industry here. You didn't begin to offend. Sorry Crystal. We love your hubby. LOL

At 4:07 PM, Blogger Colleen Coble said...

Di is yelling at me, girls. She thinks I'm over the top with the praise of her. But we all know I"m right. LOL

Celeste, I a CRAZY about Mexican food! I could eat it every meal. Seriously!

And don't worry about the doctor comment. We're right there with you--especially after the summer Di has had!

At 5:10 PM, Blogger Deena said...

Books. I can have 25 to be read books on my shelf, know a new one by Diann, Colleen, Kristen or Denise is coming out, and it will Drive. Me. Crazy. until I can get my hands on it and flip to the first page:-)

That, and Diet Vanilla Pepsi.

Now, y'all don't even THINK of helping me break my book addiction...just keep feeding it, and no one will get hurt:-)

At 9:58 PM, Blogger Ane Mulligan said...

AMEN and AMEN, Colleen!!! Diann is the best. Nobody writes like she does. And she DID invent Boomer lit. Before Di, they called it Hen lit. Excuse me? I may be a boomer, but I ain't no hen!!! A chicken, maybe - but NO HEN!!


At 8:27 AM, Blogger Colleen Coble said...

Deena, don't get me started about artificial sweetener. . . You're treading a dangerous road. LOL

I couldn't agree more, Ane!

At 1:13 AM, Blogger Pam S. said...

Weaknesses? Coffee, books, potato chips, and chocolate--in that order.

Imagine...I could be stranded on a deserted island with just those four things (and some water to take a shower) and be perfectly content. (I think.) A nice chair to sit in would be ok, too.

At 1:42 PM, Blogger Betsy Ann said...

I've been trying to cut back on Diet Coke! It's my one vice but with all these reports on the dangers of aspartama, etc. I've been ready to jump off that bandwagon. I've cut down to one Diet Coke again, and you'd think I was trying to give up smoking or something actually difficult. I actually dreamed about Diet Cokes. I think the more I obsessed over I CAN ONLY HAVE ONE A DAY the more I wanted more than one a day - make sense? So I've revised my rule to "cut back on Diet Coke". If I have two in a one day (which is still better than the 3-5 I was consuming regularly!) then I don't have to feel guilty, and actually, this bit of psyching myself out has worked. Knowing its okay to have two actually makes me just want the one. Weird, I know. But whatever works! =)


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Kristin Billerbeck
Kristin Billerbeck is a proud Californian, wife, mother of four, and connoisseur of the irrelevant. She writes Christian Chick Lit; where she finds need for most of the useless facts lulling about in her head.

Colleen Coble

Colleen Coble writes romantic suspense with a strong atmospheric element. A lovable animal of some kind--usually a dog--always populates her novels. She can be bribed with DeBrand mocha truffles.

Denise Hunter

Denise Hunter writes women's fiction and love stories with a strong emotional element. Her husband says he provides her with all her romantic material, but Denise insists a good imagination helps too.

Diann Hunt

Diann Hunt writes romantic comedy and humorous women's fiction. She has been happily married forever, loves her family, chocolate, her friends, chocolate, her dog, and well, chocolate.

Hannah Alexander

Cheryl Hodde writes romantic medical suspense under the pen name of Hannah Alexander, using all the input she can get from her husband, Mel, for the medical expertise. For fun she hikes and reads. Out of guilt, she rescues discarded cats. She and Mel are presently taking orders from four pampered strays.

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