Rat Race

Ok, so I have SO much to talk about.

But NOT a lot of time. So... I have to keep this short and sweet. Zach is running his VERY FIRST race today. I am so proud of him.

In general people that run seriously irritate me. Like it's an issue I think I need to take up with a psychologist.

And my Facebook Feed is just FILLED with all these darn runners, sharing their running experiences, logging in their times, talking about their races and blah blah blah.

Here's the thing.

Yes, I'm jealous that they're in shape and I'm not. I'm pregnant with my fourth child and the last six years of my life I have spent either pregnant or nursing.

I would LOVE to be in shape. And able to run.

But no matter how skinny I get, here's the thing. I am NEVER going to be a runner. Ever.

And so all I see when people talk about their running accomplishments is a long line of small-boobed people that either are men, or can get away with a sports bra and NOT having your bubbies drag across the pavement.

I just think to myself, Congratulations on having small boobs. Why don't you just brag about it????

Am I bitter??

Uh, yeah, a little bit....

Don't get me wrong. I like what I got. I'm a total Jerry Springer Makeover Episode, when those women are screaming, "If you got it, flaunt it!!!"

But still... There is this former athlete side to me that would love to be mucho-active again. More than just safe walking or an elliptical machine.

But I have Connective Tissue to worry about folks. In a few months I will be nursing my fourth child. I have to give these puppies the best care I am capable of.

At least until my boob job.

But that's a different blog. (No, I don't have anything scheduled.... But ask me again when this brand new nugget moves to solid foods...)

Anyway... Why am I talking about my boobs????

What I mean to say is that normally I am irritated by runners. But now that Zach is all into it and is running his first race and is thinking about a half marathon for the fall, suddenly I find it VERY sexy.

Ok, not with everyone obviously... Like I'm not ogling my entire Facebook Feed.... I promise, it's just the hubs.

Plus, I'm so proud of him. And I keep telling him that.... And I really think it's weirding him out. But what can I do???

So I'm going to watch and cheer him on. Or at least enjoy some great quiet time while he runs his race and then there's this after party thing directly following.

Because it's so not a normal 7k. And I think this is the reason Zach wanted to run it in the first place, but it's sponsored by a brewery here in town and it's actually like a beer run.

Already you can tell it's different because it starts at 5PM instead of crazy early in the morning. And then in the middle of the race they have a Beer Break, where they actually stop to drink two beers.

Does this sound like a puke fest to everyone else??? Plus they're running ALL trails.... And then at the end there is a beer party and a band.

There is also a rumor that you have to drink two beers before you even start. But we'll see. That sounds like a recipe for disaster....

Anyway, it should be fun for Zach!! And have I said how proud I am of him lately????


Lest you think he's totally an inactive slob... He is SO not. But he comes from a family of ADHD Sprinters. Zach is a soccer player and could play a 90 minute game every day of his life. Long distance is just really not his thing.

He finds it boring.

Which I find hilarious.

His sister chose to do track instead of soccer and she complained about a 200m being too long!!! Those Higginsons just like to sprint in short little spurts and be done with it.

Granted they're usually faster than everybody else... but still. When halfway around the track gets boring for you we're suddenly speaking a language I don't understand. :)

NOW. To what I REALLY need to talk to you about!!!!

On Monday. As in two days from today... I am going to be joining a Live Facebook Author Chat with two very talented authors: Jackie Druga and Angela White. Angela White is hosting, and it should be super super fun.

Here is the press release:

Three bestselling Authors join up for an hour of Q&A with readers!

Jackie Druga, Rachel Higginson, and Angela White have taken the indie world by storm with their gritty fantasy novels. Outselling even giants like Random House and Simon & Schuster, these three writers will be live on FB for a Q & A session with readers.
-This chat is not sponsored by facebook and does not contain prizes or contests. There will be free book links provided.

Let’s meet the authors…

Jacqueline Druga is a native of Pittsburgh, Pa. She is a prolific writer and filmmaker. Her published works include genres of all types, but favors post-apocalypse and apocalypse writing. Currently she is in production of her third full-length feature film in which she has written and is producing. She is best known for her novels Dust, The Flu, and Sleepers and had more than three dozen works available.

Rachel Higginson: I was born and raised in Nebraska, but spent my college years traveling the world. I fell in love with Eastern Europe, Paris, Indian Food and the beautiful beaches of Sri Lanka. But I came back home to marry my high school sweetheart and now I spend my days raising our growing family. In those few spare moments I have, I am either reading or writing Young Adult Fiction, because I am Obsessed with it! – Rachel has 4 books currently available, all part of her Star-Crossed Series.

Angela White: Little pleases me more than to explore the fantasy, horror, sci fi, and romance stories that get stuck in my head. Knowing other people also like them is second only to the magic of this new career I've chosen. As a die-hard Cincinnatian, I much prefer writing to the stresses of being a city Taxicab dispatcher. – Angela has 11 books currently available, including the Life After War series.

And now for the readers… hey! That’s you!

To attend, simply ‘like’ the author’s page (Angela White)(Rachel Higginson)(Jackie Druga). As the chat starts, the feed will appear on your wall and you can question or comment at your convenience. Authors will only be live for one hour, from 8pm-9pm, CST time. After that, you will be asked to direct your comments to each individual author’s FB page. – Links will be provided.


*This chat will likely contain spoilers. You’ve been warned.
*Immediate ‘unfriending’ will occur for unruly posters.
*No spam allowed – more ‘unfriending’ for a first offense. 1 warning will be given –1 group warning counts.
*During the chat, links to books, free and otherwise, along with websites and other things will be posted by the authors. Just the authors, unless one of them ask for something from you specifically.
*Do not post your private information.
*Facebook is not responsible and neither are the Authors or anyone else for anything that may happen while you visit. Please be polite.
*Be sure to sort your wall to ‘most recent stories’ so you’ll get the feed when it comes up.
*All three authors love hearing from readers and encourage fan mail at the addresses they will provide. Please do not overload their FB message boxes.


So that is SUPER exciting, right??? And you can join in and ask me any questions you want to!!! Well... Not ANY questions, although close, I did just blog about my bubbies didn't I....??? But for sure I will be answering questions about the Star-Crossed Series, talking about my upcoming Starbright Series and getting to know you whilst you get to know me a little bit better!!!

Spoiler Alert: I'm even crazier than this blog lets on.... And that's the sad truth. :)

But you should definitely come by and chat!! I LOVE hearing from everyone and I have an uncanny ability to talk in circles without ever making sense.


So, get ready for Monday. It might be the only time in my life where I'm actually completely uninterrupted by children. I'm not promising coherent thoughts or finished sentences or anything.... but I AM promising you will have ALL of my attention.

What's left of it after the bun in the oven stole the majority.


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  1. You're so funny, Rachel! As someone who grew up with small ta-ta's and complained about them, then toted around comparatively "huge" ta-ta's during my first pregnancy and complained about them, and am again sporting tiny ta-ta's and now just making fun of them (how they can be small AND saggy I will never know)...I have decided that ta-ta's, in general, are simply overrated. In fact, in leiu of a tradition boob job, I think I'll opt for a having velcro surgically implanted on the back of them so they can be removed and left with my husband while I do laundry or go for a run. LOL! And, in defense of all of us who consider ourselves "runners," it's simply a masochistic form of addiction...we can't help it. Please forgive us, for we know not what we do. ;)

  2. Hi, this is my first time posting to your blog! How exciting for your Facebook chat! I wish I could go but I have to work, on the other hand, you did warn it contains spoilers & I have yet to read the fourth book (which is seriously stressing me out by the way). For some reason it's not available on the Nook, so I have to figure out alternative sources.

    I am really in awe of someone who can publish their own book (being someone who writes a little & aspires to do this one day) but really I am just here to gush a little. I'm not really in the YA demographic ... 32 year old mom, and I really loved your novels. I still have to stay away from spoilers so I can't read too much of your blog! I have to say I am a bit worried about how this all will end. That is the mark of a great writer. You made us CARE about the characters and how it will end. I am seriously stressing over it. Okay, sorry for gushing on you, but who does not want to hear appreciation for their work? I will give more feedback when I hunt down the last book...let you know if I approve of the ending..ha ha. But in all seriousness, thanks for writing such a great bunch of books. I'm recommending them to everyone.


    PS. If you ever need a beta-reader...I volunteer!

    1. You will LOVE the 4th book...it's the best one! :)

  3. Okay, so I came to your blog because I just finished Fearless Magic but I can't find Endless Magic for my Nook! I see that it's on amazon, but I'm not sure how to get an amazon book on my nook. So sad!
    Anyway, so funny to read your blog because I have felt the EXACT same way lately. It's good to know I'm not alone. I haven't even been on facebook lately because I am so tired of all the people who talk about running. My twins are 5 years old but my you know what's still can't handle running. lol
    Your stories are amazing and very well written, especially considering you are self published. I do however have a very keen eye for typos so if you ever need a proofreader let me know. That was really the only thing that kept me from fully enjoying your books.
    I hope I can get a hold of Endless Magic soon! Thanks!

    1. I did a lot of research and you can buy Endless Magic in ePub format & download it to your computer (which works on the Nook). Then you have to connect your Nook to your computer & Open up your folders & transfer the file from where it is on your computer to your Nook. You will need to put it in a folder called My Documents or Books under My Files. You may also need to download Adobe - Digital Editions (http://www.adobe.com/products/digitaleditions/#fp) to make it all work.

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