So yesterday, I just happened to be walking past the restaurant which was the last place I had my camera. I’d already called them twice, and each time they hadn’t found it, but I thought, “Okay. One more time.” I went in, asked the hostess and….she reached behind the register and THERE IT WAS! Oh, my God! I mean, how often does THAT happen?

Of course, I had gone out on Monday and bought a new one. Which I now have to return. But as someone pointed on on Twitter, when I excitedly reported this news as it was breaking (snort), it probably WOULDN’T have been found if I hadn’t gotten a new one. That’s just how the world works. And now I have my little red one back! So sometimes, you do find a happy ending. You just have to keep trying, be persistent, and not give up hope. Which is good advice about a lot of things, actually. Like, um, writing. Hmm…

Meanwhile, I sort of started this whole kerfuffle that I’m kind of feeling weird about. I got a message from a reader who had stumbled upon a story on a Jonas Brothers Fan Fiction site that was very similar to Along for the Ride. I was intrigued—I didn’t even know there WAS such a thing as Jonas Brother Fan Fiction—-so I went to check it out and was kind of unnerved to see that some of my lines were quoted verbatim. Also, some of the characters had the same names and the storyline was really similar. I put up on my Twitter that I wasn’t sure whether to be flattered or bothered by this, and I’m still not sure. I mean, plagiarism is plagiarism, even if—-like the author of this piece—you say it is “loosely based” on someone else’s work and that you really admire said work. It’s still not okay to take entire sentences, dialogue, etc. Right? And I know, it’s fan fiction, not published somewhere, but….I mean, I worked hard on my book. I’m proud of it. And to see someone take it and just kind of use it and put their name on it….it was bothersome. Luckily, though, JUST based on my Twitter—and I didn’t link to the piece or anything—the moderators of the site took the piece down. So if you wanted to read a version of Along for the Ride with Joe Jonas as Eli, you are out of luck. Sorry!

I know I’m a day late on this, but I just have to say how sad I was to hear about Patrick Swayze’s passing. It got me thinking about ALL the movies he was in that I loved, not just Dirty Dancing but also Ghost and Roadhouse (yes, I loved Roadhouse, what’s your point?) as well as one of my favorite SNL sketches of all time, the one where he is a Chippendale dancer with Chris Farley. You hate to see someone go so young, especially when they fought such a hard battle against a terrible disease. But somewhere in heaven, Chris Farley and Patrick Swayze are having a serious dance party right now. At least, I hope so.

Finally a question. Is anyone even really writing blogs anymore? I wonder, because many of the writers of blogs I used to read have switched over mostly to Twitter and Facebook…..shorter updates, but more often. And while I love this blog, some days I do feel like I am writing absolutely nothing anyone wants to read. But at the same time, I don’t really want to give it up. So I am asking you, my reader (readers? God, I hope so) what you think. Are blogs done? By continuing to write this, is it like I’m wearing my bootcuts long after everyone else has moved onto skinny jeans? (FYI, I am still wearing my bootcuts, as skinny jeans do NOT flatter me. I think you have to be, you know, skinny. But I digress.) I’m not planning to do anything about this issue right away, just kind of mulling it over. So let me know what you think…..

Have a great day, everyone!

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