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  • There I Go Again!

    22 April 2016

    I have accepted yet another opportunity to show up as a live Author (as opposed to a dead, but famous one...) at a book store this coming Sunday. I never refuse an invitation to present my published work to the public, no matter what the setting. I have...

  • Art uncovered!

    12 February 2016

    I got a message yesterday from an on-line author resource InD'talemagazine (InDtale.com) It appears the cover of "Wolf Master of Iron Mountain" Book I in my "Witch of Appalachia" Series, Has been recognized as a potential winner of an a unique contest...

  • Books Carry Germs!!!

    20 April 2016

    Even before I put my own juvenile ramblings on a page and called it poetry, I simply adored books! I loved a new book with its crisp, unblemished pages, but eventually came to see, that a well-worn book was a good indication of its content value. Sort...

  • Are You Looking For Me?

    26 April 2016

    It's possible you don't realize it; you may be totally unaware. So, here are the facts as I see them: 1) I am a published Author (Can you hear the trumpets blaring and the noise of the crowds swelling to a fever pitch?) 2) I do public Book Signings around...

  • When Writing Becomes Work

    04 June 2016

    From time to time, folks will ask me about being a writer and it's amazing how many have used phrases like, "sounds like fun" and "enjoyable pass-time" and the predictable "I've always wanted to do that.." I have a hard and fast truth to share with these...

  • The Sorcerer's Crucible Has Arrived

    11 October 2016

    " No one can deny the truth of it; there is a Sorcerer among us!" So spoke the old Minister. A wizened old man of indeterminate years, that the locals of the village put down as nearing a century. He had already out-lived all of their grandparents and...

  • Hats off to the "Day Tripper"

    29 February 2016 ( #Author's Mumble )

    I know that somewhere in my past, there was a song with the title "Day Tripper" or at least, the phrase was part of the lyrics. Because I would probably mark myself as some carbon dated fossil, I won't try to explore the origin further. Suffice it to...

  • What's up with that?! And other over used expressions!

    11 February 2016

    I am a published author...yeah for me, right? I am considered something of a wit,(or could be nitwit to some) not too shabby on the intelligence scale (the same used to rate chimps no doubt.) and above all else, I am a reformed optimist. I look forward...

  • "And don't forget to brush..."

    13 February 2016

    I don't know about you, but when I look back on my growing-up years... you know, those formative years when you were gloriously ignorant of sex, fashion, computers and everything political... well, I remember the last words that followed me up the stairs...

  • Are We There Yet

    15 February 2016

    This writing gig is like a road trip with the kids used to feel. Two hours of reading the map and another two wishing you were anywhere else! OK, maybe not that bad, but the pain of not knowing where you are or when you'll arrive at the destination is...

  • Valentine's Day is not what it's cracked up to be!

    15 February 2016

    OK...it does sound a bit harsh to write anything negative about a much beloved "Hallmark Moment" as Valentine's Day, but geesh...not everyone is conversant in the ways of romance! Getting a box of frozen candy for instance, does little to warm one's heart...

  • Are we there yet?

    15 February 2016

    This writing gig is like a road trip with the kids used to feel. Two hours of reading the map and another two wishing you were anywhere else! OK, maybe not that bad, but the pain of not knowing where you are or when you'll arrive at the destination is...

  • Book Signing Coming Up Soon! So What!?

    16 February 2016

    While a Book Signing may not be a big deal to you...it is to the Authors that are on hand at the events. They have to prepare for the day by prepping their tables; decorations, candy, bookmarks, free gifts, good pen, bottle of Jack Daniels (just making...

  • Writing For Your Life

    18 February 2016

    A friend of mine has admitted to a "writer's block". There is a wall between her and her creativity; the bridge is down that crossed the chasm from the mind to the solid story; the path to writing is interrupted by the toll booth of living; the...Oh well...you...

  • New Day, New Opportunity to Get It Right!

    19 February 2016

    Who cares if yesterday was a total screw-up; from the grounds in your first cup of coffee, to eating that cold sweet and sour chicken right before bed. It's all good now! You woke up didn't you? You got a cup of coffee that didn't need to be sifted through...

  • What's the Difference Between Understanding and Knowing?

    20 February 2016

    Now that most of you reading this are adults...or pretending to that status, let's begin with the premise that you do know the English language. That can be as far from understanding the tongue spoken by the majority of people residing in America, as...

  • Never Give a Writer a Bkank Sheet of Paper

    21 February 2016

    My dear husband brought me a small box of sheer evil today. Oh yeah, they looked harmless in their yellow plumpness, springy to the touch, begging to be squeezed. I put them aside and told myself I was saving the indulgence so I could savor the moment....

  • Don't Be the Last to Know...

    22 February 2016

    Saturday, February 27 from 1pm to 6pm, you have a chance to meet me and other Authors at: Books and Brews, 9402 Uptown Drive, Indy 46256. The food is great, the brews are outstanding (I have that brews part from a reliable source...) This is a special...

  • Just Because You Can...Don't

    25 February 2016

    There have been more than enough rants on the state of the country, the state of politics and the state of the world. We all have our pet peeves and solutions to the great ills of the planet. How about we fix just one little behavioral issue: my FaceBook...

  • Who can trump this play?

    04 March 2016

    So, there I was, thinking I had the perfect play in a card game called Euchre. It went around the table and slid by two players (one being my partner). I was getting ready to scoop up the cards as the winner of the "trick", when the second opponent slammed...

  • Just Another Kind of Crazy!

    07 March 2016

    When you were growing up (as if that process is complete, right?) did you ever tell yourself how unfair it was that some kids got whatever they wanted. You were deprived of all your dreams, desires, fun, but most of all, freedom. Being restricted as a...

  • Imagine You're A Gamer

    08 March 2016

    There's an entirely new lexicon thriving and indeed growing, in our society today. I've just about got it down to a few intelligible words, so that I don't step into the abyss that exists between my age of grace and their's of face...facetime that is!...

  • Undoing a Poet

    10 March 2016

    How very sad it is, to undo the poet at her very soul. Taking up the hammer of criticism, to bludgeon her whispering muse. Darkening the light that brought life to her thoughts. We have all encountered the paper-thin jingles that pass for profound poetic...

  • A Few Things To NEVER Tell A Writer

    12 March 2016

    So, there I was, talking to the smattering of folks coming to my table at a recent Book Signing. I'd spent the rainy night in something of a funk, reflecting the gloom of the evening as it passed in slow drips. Then it happened! A group of women, mostly...

  • Another Scoop On the Cone of Happiness!

    13 March 2016

    It is my humble and time-worn belief, that you can never have enough happiness. I say "humble" because so many others have better described their own assessments of what makes them happy; scaling mountains, trekking deep forests, running marathons; the...

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