Wednesday read


It took every bit of courage I had, but I read at critique tonight. It’s been months since I’ve done it and it wasn’t easy. It was my highly secretive new project. Now if my editor will love it as much as the people in the room tonight, it’s all good. :-)

I had dinner alone at a restaurant. Do you ever do that? It’s been a while. I usually eat in my car on the way to somewhere or on the way home, but I never go sit anywhere any more. It was weird, but good in a way. You always feel like everyone is watching you and wondering, “poor, lonely slob, she doesn’t have any friends.” But tonight I got to thinking, what if they are wondering… “Hmmm, she’s wearing a wedding ring, and she has papers with her. She must be someone important. She probably needed some alone time. Man, I wish I could have some alone time.” My ego likes the second scenario better.

Okay, so it’s late and I have to go… I hope you are all well.


About Candace Havens

Bestselling author Candace Havens has written six novels for Berkley including, Charmed & Dangerous, Charmed & Ready, Charmed & Deadly, Like A Charm, The Demon King and I and Dragons Prefer Blondes. Her new venture is writing for the Blaze line of Harlequin. Those books include Take Me If You Dare, She Who Dares, Wins, Truth and Dare, and The Model Marine. She is also in the anthology Spirited, and the proceeds go to help literacy. Her books have received nominations for the RITA's, Holt Medallion and Write Touch Reader Awards. She is the author of the biography Joss Whedon: The Genius Behind Buffy and a contributor to several anthologies. She is also one of the nation's leading entertainment journalists and has interviewed countless celebrities including Tom Hanks, Nicolas Cage, Tom Cruise, George Clooney and many more. Her entertainment columns can be read in more than 600 newspapers across the country. Candace also runs a free online writing workshop for more than 1800 writers, and teaches comprehensive writing class. She does film reviews with the Dorsey Gang on New Country 96.3, and is the President of the Television Critics Association.

3 responses »

  1. everyone here is alone

    Or in power meals. I found it funny as the local paper talked about coffee houses and certain restaurants where people went to telework and that these were great places to meet singles. they had a picture, with all working one laptop to a desk/table, heads down. I don’t think much socializing going on.

    dining alone is an art, and papers help.

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