Monday, February 9, 2015

BUBBLE LITE, er, LIGHT

by Kate Collins


This is a photo of my new foyer chandelier. I call it my bubble light for obvious reasons. If you enlarge it, you’ll see that it has crystals in the bottom of each bubble that make it sparkle like soap bubbles floating in the sunshine.  It really lights up my foyer, which tends to be dark. (If you're curious, I bought it at LampsPlus.com.) 

You will also notice that there is a porthole window in the wall and two paintings that have circles in them. I seem to have a theme going here.

The reason I’m telling you about my bubble chandelier is that I happened to glance at it this morning and a thought occurred to me. If I had to describe my personality in two words, it would probably be bubble lite.

Not that I’m a bubble brain. (Oh, I can just hear my brother and sister snorting now.) I’m just a bubbly person. I love to laugh and I love to make others laugh. I like writing mysteries that are light, not dark and gory. My stories have serious themes in them (A ROOT AWAKENING is a prime example) but they will still make you smile and possibly shed a few happy tears. (I hope you get a chance to read my latest mystery which came out last Tuesday, Feb 3.)

There was a time four years ago when I never thought I’d laugh or even smile again, but eventually my true nature bubbled to the surface and I found reasons to be happy. Sometimes it was just from a cup of hot tea, a riveting book, and a cozy chair on a cold winter afternoon.

I particularly love to see the funny memes on Facebook as I’m having my morning coffee. They’re a great way to start the day. To keep my positive feelings alive, I shun the news before bed now in favor of my favorite sitcom reruns followed by reading something that won’t give me nightmares just before I fall asleep.


I kind of like thinking of myself as a Bubble Lite. If you could describe yourself in two words, what would they be?

16 comments:

Diane LaBrie Leverson said...

Good Morning Kate, I too am a bubbly person. I do like some crime shows like NCIS but when nothing to my liking is on, I watch the reruns of sitcoms. I put them on when I get in bed and fall asleep to them. Sleep setting shuts the tv off. I think that is why I like cozy mysteries, No real violence. I like to make people smile, even people in the line at registers. Perhaps I am a Bubble Head. LOL

Kate Collins said...

Join my bubble club, Diane. My motto is to always leave a smile on someone's face when I leave the room/store/etc. I hope my books do that, too. I'm also a fan of the sleep setting. I rarely hear the end of the show.

Kim Niloff said...

I too am bubbly as you may remember from your book signing... (I am very memorable) lol I love the show Castle and it sometimes reminds me of your books. It has a great couple with a perfect balance of humor yet serious at times. The show is lighthearted and funny while watching a serious situation. I don't know if I could describe myself in one would but I'll start with witty..

Diane LaBrie Leverson said...

Yes your books do leave a smile on my face.

Kim Niloff said...

I just noticed it was two word so creatively witty. Not sure if that is spelled correct so maybe I should have gone with bad speller.. 😁

Mary Jane Maffini said...

I love this, Kate! Thanks for letting us see the light! Hugs, MJ/VA

Annette N said...

Kate, it has been a tough road I know, but you have come the distance. And yes, you share humor with us and I for one appreciate it. I no longer watch national news at all, and I try to stick with television shows and movies (and books) which have laughter. I thank you for your contribution to my happiness.

Kate Collins said...

Kim, you made me laugh! Yes, I do remember you. Maybe your two words could be witty/pretty.

Kate Collins said...

Happy to hear that, Diane!

Kate Collins said...

That's me, MJ. Always leading people toward the light. ;-)

Kate Collins said...

My pleasure, Annette. I do feel it's my path in life -- lighten peoples' lives a bit.

Kim Niloff said...

I DO love when people call me pretty😉

Kim Niloff said...

I have to tell you also. My daughter is in your friend Carla Miller's 3rd grade class and her and another classmate wher so excited to tell her I read your books and to tell me that you are her friend.. You already have an impact on children. My daughter was so happy to tell Mrs. Miller that she met a celebrity at Barnes and Nobles.

Candace said...

Two new acquaintances described me as “vivacious,” so I’ll go with that one word description of my personality. However, knowing you as a childhood best friend, Kate, you always had just the right words at just the right time. "Bubble-lite" it is, my friend. BTW, my husband asked me to order three of your books for a client and A ROOT AWAKENING was one of them. :-)

Kate Collins said...

Oh, how sweet. Thanks for letting me know!

Kate Collins said...

Candace, vivacious fits you perfectly, my friend. If anyone was bubbly when I was growing up, it was you! Is that contagious?
Tell the hubster thanks from me! Word of mouth is my best salesperson.