The very sound of the word is enough to leave people shaking in dread. We’ve all seen the cartoons, heard the jokes, laughed at the posters. Dominic and I have a different outlook though.
You see, every morning is like getting a “do-over”, a chance to improve on yesterday, achieve more, dream bigger and Monday is no different. Yes, it spells the end of the weekend, the end of the freedom we’ve enjoyed for two days, but it is the start of something that has so much potential. You can take the new week on with a smile on your face. Stare it down. Triumph.
Here is my suggestion for coping with Monday – not necessarily fail proof, but it certainly works for me
The campaign for a better Monday starts Sunday evening. I try to make sure that I’ve done any work or deadline related stuff as early in the afternoon as possible. Definitely long before the sun sets. If Dominic and I have no-one around, then I like to go and have a nice long soak in the tub. Read, relax, soak. I put on my squishiest, comfiest pyjama’s and curl up on the sofa with a simple meal. Usually pasta or – my sinful treat – a plate of crispy bacon with some maple flapjacks. Breakfast for dinner rocks! I watch a movie or listen to music. The next key thing is to get an early night.
Thank heaven’s Dominic’s on the other side of the house. His Sunday night ritual is very different. He likes to jog, then a quick shower and dinner. After that, he prefers to listen to loud, pumping music and go through his schedule for the week ahead. I’ve bought him several, high tech sets of headphones, but he says they “cramp his style”. Several rooms between us, some thick curtains lining my walls and some white noise all help to keep me sane! He says that it helps him to feel mentally prepared for the week ahead if he’s already got a grip on what lies ahead and since it seems to work for him, who am I to argue?
Either way, the common element here is that we both take the time to think positively about the week ahead. After all, how you approach things can have a big impact on how you react to them.
So here’s to Mondays.
How do you spend your Sunday? Do you have a favourite tradition?
In our home, there are no alarms on a Sunday morning. The idea is to sleep until you wake naturally, hopefully well rested. Domino generally sleeps later than I do. Maybe it’s because she’s older? I know she’ll nail me for that comment later, but I couldn’t resist!
Anyway, I like do some work early in the morning (hence my post now) and then get out and spend some time in the fresh air, so I generally go for a walk. There’s a small bakery a few blocks away that opens at about 6am and on my way back I normally pick up fresh croissants (chocolate for Domino, plain for me) and some hot coffee (something foamy for her, strong and black for me).
By the time I get home, Domino is usually awake and if not, I simply clatter about in the kitchen until she is. Then she curls up at the diningroom table, nibbling on breakfast while paging through the Sunday paper. I sit opposite her and we trade sections in companionable silence until everything is consumed and the paper has been read. Sometimes, instead of reading the paper, we discuss books we’ve read or interviews we’ve conducted in the week. Sometimes we cook lunch together or meet friends, but no matter what, the days is relaxed and unstructured.
Today is no exception. Although – after her disasterous date on Friday, I’m not sure Domino is going to be in the mood to chat. What is it with women and expectations? At any rate, I finished reading Coming Home last night, so instead of getting her up, I’m going to take her breakfast and a book in bed. Hopefully it will be enough to make up for laughing at her distress on Friday.
Next week is going to be busy… there are parties and interviews and more new books. So for now, I’m off to get pastries.
I’ll warn you right off the bat that I’m going to have a bit of a rant! What is it with weak endings to promising dates? Perhaps I’m jaded by all the happy endings that I read about, or even the ones I see around me, but is it really too much to hope for one great evening?
So here’s the deal. I’m not the kind of girl to invest my spare time on just anyone, but when I’m assured by friends that this one is worth it I tend to take them at their word. After all, they know me pretty well. So here’s the deal. I’m to meet Mr X at a local bistro restaurant at 7pm. Nothing as cliche as a rose, I’m told that he’ll have my favourite book on the table. I’m already intrigued. My favourite book is “Pride and Predjudice” – hardly the reading material of the average man.
The appointed hour arrives and I’m even 5 min early (something which is making the peanut gallery chuckle behind me). There he is – alone at a table with the book and a beer. Hmm. Not bad looking. Nicely dressed (white shirt, grey slacks, dark grey sweater), dark blonde hair, slightly shaggy – in a good way. Twinkling green eyes. Good build. So far, so promising. How wrong I was.
The man had the emotional depth of a petri dish. He mainlined his beers, barely finishing one before gesturing wildly for another and when it came to the meal, his order showed that he lacked any sign of a sophisticated palate. I could’ve overlooked all this had he had any conversational skills at all. Alas. It was not to be! It very soon became obvious to me that my friends must have picked him solely for his physique… and really, there are appliances with more going for them than he did!
Needless to say, I made my excuses as early as possible and left. The evening was a waste of a new pair of ivory lace stockings, one of which sadly got snagged on the edge of the seat as I stood. The worst of it was that he had the absolute audacity to suggest that we were going to end the evening “doing the horizonal mambo”. No. Not in this lifetime.
I think my friends need a strongly worded email with a list of criteria… For now though, I’m off to finish reading Saving Holiday.
Until next time
Do we have your attention? Undivided? Excellent. Dominic… How about we explain to our new friends what we mean? Dominic!
Sheesh. Has anyone ever told you that you’re bossy dear sister? Ok. You see, it’s like this. Friday is when Breathless Press releases their new titles. They’re not the only publisher to do this by any stretch of the imagination, but over the past few months, we’ve made it a habit to be first in line to download the new titles of the week. So far so good, right?
Well – we may have a our own eReaders, but the trouble is that in an effort to curb our out of control spending, we agreed not to buy duplicates of books. It seemed like a great idea at the time, but the trouble is that now we need to come up with ever more inventive ways to decide who gets to read the books first. We’ve rolled a dice, played a game of poker, even tried holding our breath to see who would win. I suggested arm wrestling, but naturally Domino knows I’d win hands … um… down.
Needless to say, the desire get our hands on new books never fails to cause some issues and friction between us. And if I have to hear how she’s “four and a half minutes older” one more time this week, I may have to chain her up. Pity is – she’d like it too much! I have to say though… perhaps we’ve been secretly enjoying the battle a bit much and that has made us a little blind to the obvious answer. Thanks to one of our new Breathless family, we finally have a compromise we can both live with… I’ll buy one title and Domino the other (www.breathlesspress.com) and then we’ll simply swap.
Don’t know why we never thought of this before! Problem solved…
PS – Dominic thinks he’s been so clever, but there’s no way I can let him off so easily. Now we’ll need to figure out which title each of us will download each week. I’m sure he’ll see it my way… I am older after all xx Dominic
Wow. Our first real blog post here at the Breathless Blog. This is so exciting for us and we’d like to thank Breathless Press for handing over the reins to us. I promise we’ll behave… for the most part! Since we’re both DL and our nicknames are both Dom, we decided to make life a bit easier for you. I’m Domino and I’ll sign my posts as “Domino” or “Dom”. Dominic (hi), will sign his posts from either “Dominic” or “DL”. Of course, we’ll probably forget along the way and end up confusing everyone, but that’s the plan for now.
So – what can you expect from us? Truth be told, it’s all so new and exciting that we’re not 100% sure yet. All I know for sure is that we’d like to share our love of Romance and Erotica with you. Share insights behind the scenes of editing, the uphill battles of fellow authors as they work on novels and go through the process of submitting. We’ll be interviewing authors and characters and also hunting out information that could be inspiring or informative. Of course, there will also be posts about calls for submission, critique sessions, competitions and unique opportunities. A full service blog!
We’d like you to come and spend a little time with us every day. And of course… if you have any questions, it would be our pleasure to try to answer them.
Until next time…
Blogging can be something fun to do when you have some spare time or simply feel like you have something you want to say, but here at Breathless Press, we’ve realised that we need to be more serious about our blog and so, in an effort to bring you – the reader – something special, we’ve enlisted the services of Domino and Dominic Lane. This dynamic due will be sharing insights, humour, pet peeves, advice from our editors, frustrations and triumphs from our authors and, well, just about anything they feel inclined to blog about really.
Our new blogging team are twins, although Domino likes to point out that she’s four and a half minutes older than Dominic, he insists that it’s insignificant. Domino prefers to keep her dangerous curves mostly under wraps and can be found most days peeking over shoulders wrapped up in her camel trench coat with a soft floppy hat and shades. Her aim is to bring you the hottest news, freshest interviews and most helpful tips or simply touch base during a busy day. She abhors pantyhose and insists on real stockings with a garter belt.
Dominic is far from a gym nut, in fact, his impressive physique is due largely to the fact that he regularly has to help his sister rearrange and move their extensive book collection. He likes to read many genres and although Domino likes to pretend she’s the expert on erotica and romance, Dominic has shown time and again that he’s got hidden depths. He refuses to answer the “boxers or briefs” question, smiling enigmatically whenever we ask him.
They share a wicked sense of humour and despite all their quirks, they have a genuine love of romance.
I, for one, am really looking forward to hearing more from them and I’m sure you’ll all join me in making them feel welcome!