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Pamela Fagan Hutchins | Hell is slick and icy.

After 10 months off, I got in the water today. And swam (poorly and for only 20 minutes). I also rode my bicycle (poorly and for only 45 minutes).

Eric and I each write every night in a fantastic “I Like” book given to us by my brother and his wife. Tonight, Eric wrote, “To see you in a swim suit.”

Please note he did not write, “How you look in a swim suit.” I am, ahem, closing in on 46 years old, and did I mention I haven’t swam in 10 months?

But my husband has Ironman training in his eyes, for both of us. It’s awfully hard to get us both to the finish line if I never swim again. So I did it. And now I am supposed to do it three times a week for the next 18 months.

78 weeks x 3 swims/week = 234 swims

1 down, 233 to go . . . hold me, please hold me . . .

(Look at the picture below if you dare — wet hair, the smell of chlorine, and a big smile on my face)

But I do love that man, and this does make him very happy, and I will be so proud of myself, and this does enable me to quadruple my food intake over time. So, for better or worse, 78 weeks started TODAY.

Because he is, in essence, making me do this (not literally, but you know what I mean), I shall pay him back by posting this picture of him, getting fitted for progressive lenses.

Love you, honey.


In other more newsy news, Saving Grace reached 1,000 paid Kindle downloads on Amazon for November earlier today. We are so proud of our baby girl. She has 49 reviews now with an average of nearly 4.9 stars out of 5.0. It’s fun to read all these reviews from readers all over the world, who are meeting Katie and me for the first time.

We have focused on marketing the Kindle because it is cheaper for our readers. However, I want to assure you that paperbacks are also available online at Amazon, Hastings, and Barnes & Noble, and at many fine bookstores. You can even get a signed version if you order it through IMHO, they make great gifts.

Don’t forget, if you downloaded during the free Amazon Kindle promo in October, you owe me an HONEST review (if you hate it, state it), here, and I’d appreciate it if you click the orange like button as well. I’ll be grateful beyond your imagination if you also copy and paste that review onto Goodreads, here.


The free Kindle download for Love Gone Viral ends at midnight tonight. It reached #1 in Marriage and #1 in Divorce, which is funny to me. We are re-titling it and re-releasing it as How to Screw Up Your Marriage (Do-Over Tips for First-Time Failures) and selling it and How to Screw Up Your Kids (Blended Families, Blendered Style) together. Stay tuned. We’re pretty excited about it.


Have you read Puppalicous and Beyond, my collection of essays about all the pets I’ve loved before? If so, I’m looking for you! I need three more HONEST reviews (if you hate it, state it) on Amazon, here, in order to qualify for free promotion for a free Kindle giveaway. I had 15, but Amazon has a nasty habit of pulling down reviews for no reason, and with no recourse for the author and/or publisher, so I lost some. All bow to the omnipotent Amazon (it’s a big love/hate thing for me).

Speaking of all the pets I’ve loved, that’s Petey the one-eyed wonder, above, surrounded by his guilty conscience. Look at his good eye gleam.

I need five more reviews, here, for Hot Flashes and Half Ironmans, too, for the same reason as for Puppa (thanks, Amazon). .

Help a starving artist out? Thanks, y’all.


Have a great week,


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18 Responses to Hell is slick and icy.

  1. Eric Hutchins says:

    Ouch, I owe you for that getting glasses picture.
    you LOOKED good in your bathing suit
    you swam really well
    you dont have to do this you know. you REALLY DONT.
    All of the other five are looking like they will have record months (factoring out signings).

    The little engine that is Pamela’s awesome writing, I think I can I think I can, is gaining MO!

  2. Vidya Sury says:

    But by the time you’re done with all this, it’ll be heaven, warm and fuzzy.

    Ah, I am cool, thinking of checking off my “Pamela – reviews – Done” in my priority to-do list. :-)

    I am sure all your books are going to hit No.1 – you’re so, so, so very awesome, Pamela!

    Hugs!to you and Eric, both! (notice how I stopped posting posts in the comments? ;-))

  3. Meghan says:

    I love the new title. Can’t believe we didn’t think of that earlier! Way to go on the workouts — writing’s a piece of cake (ha), but exercise is a monstrous freaking beast. You’re a goddess. (But that’s still not a smile.)

    • Pamela says:

      It seems obvious in retrospect, and we worked so hard to come up with something. Sometimes it just takes perspective. I know you and I both have a soft spot for that book too and I’d like for it to find its audience. Go little book go!
      And thanks :)
      But writing is way harder haha.

  4. Lizze Gorski says:

    If you had any reviews written by fellow authors that could be why they disappeared. Amazon is on a big kick deleting seemingly random reviews written by authors because they say “it is a conflict of interest” and authors basically are unable to write honest reviews because you are, in effect, seeking reviews for yourselves.

    Nice to know they think so highly of y’all isn’t it? :-\

    Sorry about the missing reviews at any rate.

    • Pamela says:

      They are coming up with a lot of exceptions lately. It’s really unfortunate. I have a lot of other authors in my genres that I love and have reviewed and would like to continue to review. Amazon is a bully lately about this. Interestingly though, none of my removed reviews were by authors. They were by bloggers without any published books. People I know about as well as I know you, Lizze.

  5. Eric Hutchins via Facebook says:

    You did GREAT.

  6. Thanks honey. That’s a gross exaggeration. But thank you.

  7. –I agree w/ Viday.

    You. R. Awesome.

    Xxx Kissssssssssssssss

  8. Inspires me to get moving again. I have fallen off the training wagon and need to get moving. You can do it!

  9. I wish I hadn’t already posted reviews – then I could go and do it again! I think you have worked so hard to get where you are and it is no surprise that you are doing so well. It is not just the hard work, though, but also because the books are so great! I’m not biased or anything, either. Honestly!! BTW I thought exercise was supposed to make you feel awesome, full of endorphins going wild?? You look a wee bit stressed (smile, really).

  10. Poppy says:

    You Inspire me. My bike still has the number on it from the sprint tri I did 2 years ago!!!! Mostly because I hate swimming. I’m going to do another baby one again. Love that you and your husband do them together. That would be really motivating. Good luck with day 232, I hear its the hardest :)

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