"We're always in the
midst of a chase.

Going after a dream...

Chasing a fantasy...

And making it a
reality.

This is what I write
about.

Life is about the chase."

~ Rachelle

Life

I’ve been in Matera, Italy for three days, participating in the Women’s Fiction Festival.

Sassi in Matera Italy

I’ve conducted two workshops on Making the Mundane Erotic - what a fantastic experience to have my words translated real-time to Italians and get such fabulous feedback!

I also participated an author’s panel, where agent Maria Paola Romeo interviewed Tiziana Merani, Mary Leo, and I, while the wonderful Teresa translated. It was exciting — and nerve-racking — to have residents of Matera attend this event.

Mary Leo, Rachelle Chase, Teresa

Rumor has it that I appeared on local television in the audience of the conference, as well as a participant at the Museo della Scultura Contemporanea (MUSMA), where a couple of us were blindfolded (including agent Deb Werksmann of SourceBooks and her hubby, Jeff) as we ran our hands along the sculptures and described what we were feeling.

MUSMA

Off to pitch my books to publishers looking to buy foreign rights. Wish me luck … Oh, and don’t forget to follow me on Twitter. Everyone who does will be entered in a drawing for a gift from Italy. Photo coming soon.

At the time I interviewed supermodel Beverly Johnson on my SingleMindedWomen.com talk show, I’d been seriously thinking about my fibroids. Which is why I was thrilled to appear live on The Morning Show with Mike and Juliet to discuss them on May 5, 2009.

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Since the day a few cherry-tomato-sized growths were discovered in my uterus 10 years ago, to the “innumerable” large tumors that fill it today, nearly every doctor has urged me to have a hysterectomy. And I have refused, since I have never had any symptoms – no pain, no heavy bleeding, no anemia, etc. Sure, there’s the bloated feeling and the tummy bulge, but the possibility of complications from hysterectomy, myomectomy, uterine embolization, drug clinical trials, etc. was not worth it to relieve such minor discomfort.

I had an epiphany after being on the show, though. It occurred to me that, most likely, no doctor is able to answer my question: “By not having surgery, what damage can I be doing to my body right now?” I think it’s likely that they can only predict – as they did 10 years ago – what might happen in the future, if/when major symptoms appear.

But, like Dr. Lisa Masterson of The Doctors told me, I do need to do something.

And I am. As I stated on the show, my MRI was a wake-up call — the sheer size and number of fibroids, coupled with the fact that they will continue to grow and multiply if I don’t do anything, has spurred me to action. To, once again, actively research options — from holistic approaches involving diet and cleansing to Insightecsnew non-invasive procedure that uses ultrasound to destroy the tumors — and more.

And, as I talk to women, I’m amazed by the number who have fibroids or have had surgery. Do you — or a woman you know — have fibroids? If so, what’s been your/her experience? I’d love to know.

Okay. That’s enough serious stuff — you know I’m rarely serious on my blog. :-) Stay tuned for Part II of my Morning Show debut, where I’ll share the exciting, light-hearted side of my trip.

Bored Woman with MenFor whatever reason, I frequently have bizarre dating experiences, interspersed with the occasional nice ones.

Oh my God. You should blog about this!” exclaimed Calista Fox, right after the guy at the bar told me he needed to clean my aura and handed me his business card. A quick glance showed he was a Demon Cleanser.

Oh my God! You should blog about this!” wrote Calista Fox, right after we had a pleasant, nonsexual , smalltalk-filled conversation with a guy at RT – after which, I got an email, stating, “The best part of the chase is the scent of passion and the taste of the passionate. Chasing you would certainly be yummy!”

Oh my God! You should blog about this!” wrote Calista Fox, right after I told her about the guy I’d met at a Ten Minute Dating event, only to discover later, he was also dating the friend I attended the event with.

 

So … maybe I should blog weekly about this – about my dating experiences…

  • On a Monday, I’ll post a date and you can tell me whether or not you think it really happened.
  • Then, on the following Monday, I’ll give you the correct answer and announce the prize winners (those of you who guessed correctly will be eligible for a prize).

So, that’s two chances to win every month – unless I run out of dating stories, which is highly unlikely!

(And, BTW – names and details will be changed to protect the innocent – or the guilty.)

But, before I expose my dating joys and humiliations, I want to know – are you even interested in this? Will you stop by and cast your vote? Do you like my idea for the contest – or do you have a better idea?

Bleeding Heart PhotoI’ve been thinking a lot about rejection lately. And, for once, it has nothing to do with agent or editor rejection letters. No, this one’s personal. It’s about dating.

Here’s the short version:

So, I recently met this guy that I really liked. And he was doing all the right things – which made me suspicious. Which, then made me guarded and finally culminated in a black moment worthy of my current work-in-progress, aptly titled RUNNING AWAY.

Now, since I write romance, you’re probably thinking that, like Sharice in SIN CLUB, I realized the error of my ways and did exactly the right thing, which lead to a happily-ever-after, right?

Uh … Um …

Well, I did realize the error of my ways, but … perhaps the text message, followed by the email message, both of which sounded more like Dear John memos than the sorry-and-hey-I-really-like-you notes they were meant to be … well, perhaps, that was not the right thing to say or do. Or, perhaps he didn’t care and was a guy straight out of Greg Behrendt and Liz Tuccillo’s, HE’S JUST NOT THAT INTO YOU.

But, regardless, this does have a happily-ever-after-ending. Because I realized that I need to work on this fear of rejection thing. I mean, I’ve got it down in my business and writing life, but not in my personal life.

So, in 2009, that’s going to be one of my New Year’s Resolutions. And, I came up with one way to work on this. It’s featured in Bonnie Albo’s article, Top New Year’s Resolutions for Singles at About.com. I hope you’ll check it out.

So, tell me … do you have any rejection issues, personal or business? Or, perhaps you’d just like to share one of your resolutions? I’d love to know.

Happy New Year!

Leigh and Rachelle at American Gothic HouseYep, that’s right. It’s time for my annual trip to Ottumwa, IA to visit Leigh Michaels. We’ll be working on a new, exciting project, plus putting the finishing touches on the “Chase the Dream” Contest for writers.

(The picture to the left is of us posing in front of the house Grant Wood used in his famous painting, American Gothic, in Eldon, IA).

Here are some fun highlights from last year’s trip…

After lunching at Highway Restaurant in Albia, IA, we discovered the parking lot full of tractors. We met a friendly group of guys on a tractor ride — same thing as guys going out on a motorcyle ride, except s-l-o-w-e-r.

Tractor Lineup in Albia
Tractor Lineup in Albia

Oh, darn. Just discovered I missed this year’s square-dancing tractor performance.

My mouth dropped open when I saw the sign below. $5.00? Know how many $45 parking tickets I’ve gotten in San Francisco?! Made me want to get one just to see if they were telling the truth.

Parking Sign in Burlington, IA
Parking Sign in Burlington, IA

And, being an erotic romance writer, I had a good chuckle at this one:

Kum N Go Station in Ottumwa, IA
Kum N Go Station in Ottumwa, IA

OMG, I just noticed those gas prices. Now, that’s enough to make me weep!

Well, off to get stuff done before my flight. Stay tuned for exciting photos from this year’s trip. :-)


 

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