Tuesday, September 30, 2014

NEED, not want!

Seriously.  I NEED this!!! I know you're thinking I mean I want this, yeah that too but honestly, I NEED this. NOW!!!  Bring it, quick, then back away slowly.  It could keep me from hurting people.  And oh yeah, while you're at it, don't forget the organic milk.  Can you tell what sort of day it was?

Unwrap, grate, mix

Equals this!  Which I NEED!!!

Sunday, September 28, 2014

Look What I Did!

My very first sock!  I know, I know.  Far from perfect but come one.  It's the FIRST sock ever!  I need lots of practice making the toe seem but all in all, I'm rather pleased with myself.  So much so that I'm going to actually knit the other one so I have a pair of toasty warm, cozy socks.  Ha!

Saturday, September 27, 2014

Please Don't Misunderstand...

I’m all for supporting a good cause.  And I do.  Animal-related ones especially.  No, that does not mean you should solicit funds from me for your animal causes.  You support those and good for you.  I have already chosen the ones I willingly donate to on an ongoing basis. Good for me.


That said, I have no objection to groups milling around, attempting to get funds from those who contribute impulsively.  I’m not one of them so don’t bother but I know many people are.  Have at it.  I appreciate the collectors who are polite once I indicate I’m not interested.


What I do mind is the pattern that has developed in my neighborhood.  It is now a weekly occurrence that has people standing on the street corners of the busiest intersection around, holding out buckets for whatever the cause of the day is. 


Again, I don’t mind others attempting to raise money for a legitimate cause and, for the most part, I have heard of the ones displayed either on their Tee-shirts or on their placards.  Today it was vests for police dogs.  Excellent and very worthy.  My problem stems from the fact that they have become a traffic hazard.  Yes, there are stoplights and yes, for the most part, those soliciting are mindful of them.


But not always.  Busiest intersection around, remember?  Lights change.  People are sometimes in a rush to beat the light and may not necessarily be paying as much attention to traffic patterns as they should.  When the car in front of them stops to donate they sometimes get run in to.  I know, mostly the fault of the individual not watching but also the fault of those who stop as there really isn’t room to pull over and the fault of those collecting.


I haven’t heard of anyone being run over attempting to do this good deed.  Yet.  It’s bound to happen sooner or later.  Perhaps it’s time to rethink this whole street corner thing.

Happy weekend, all.

Wednesday, September 24, 2014


At what my awesome friend Lois Kasznia just did!  Not Just an Act, now available.  If you haven't read her books
yet, you really should!

Blurb -
Deanna Titone, New Jersey native, has just inherited Hideaway Villa—an upscale B & B right outside Branson, Missouri—from her cousin. This stroke of good luck allows her to quit her stressful job and start her life over. Running this business should be easy, right?

No one warned Deanna about the bizarre demands guests could make while booking reservations, or staying overnight, nor about the quirky staff—including the handsome handyman, Gus Swenson, who mysteriously showed up on her first day. After a couple of trying days, Deanna is ready to give up.

Chet Lancaster is one of Hollywood's famous actors. Recently, Chet has watched his career, and his life, tailspin into tabloid fodder. Reluctantly, he accepts the role of an ex-con turned handyman for his next movie in the hopes of reviving his career. In order to research his upcoming role, his agent sends him undercover to Hideaway Villa as Gus Swenson. The catch—no one can know his true identity.

Keeping the truth from Deanna is harder than Chet could have imagined, especially after the sparks fly between them. Can he convince her that his love is true, and not just an act?

Monday, September 22, 2014


The equinox.  Go stand up your eggs!

Tuesday, September 16, 2014


Busy girl this week.  I'll be back.  In the meantime, go here and read something you haven't yet.  Or perhaps here for more choices.

Monday, September 8, 2014

Thought for the Day

Very true!

Wednesday, September 3, 2014


It's like that today.  Whole bunch of characters, none relating to each other, mixed up mess of stories.  I have all sorts of new first lines with nothing behind them.  So I will "write" like the poster until they are feeling more cooperative toward me.

Thursday, August 28, 2014

I Write

Yes, you know that.  After all, that’s the whole point of having this blog, isn’t it?  But I don’t talk exclusively about writing.  That would become boring for all of us, me included. 

Today however, I think I’d like to ramble a bit about the process of starting a new story.  I recently submitted the book I’d been working on to my publisher and am now faced with choosing a next project. 

There are several options.

1.  Attempt to find an agent for my horror novel, Indiscriminate Slaughter.  This is something I poke at occasionally.  Not at all fun.

2.  Revise something that is already written.  Polishing rough drafts is something I do when all my not-yet-revealed characters dessert me and go on vacation without me.  Sometimes fun, sometimes not.  I’ve already spent time discovering those stories.  There are times when revisiting the characters works but also times when it doesn’t.

3.  Beg Beau to continue on with the numerous stories he and I have started.  I’ve learned in the past year that he has even more mind bounce than I do so sometimes going there is not a good thing.

4.   Start something brand new.  Okay but what story?  In general when doing this, I let my subconscious choose.  I go about my daily life while listening to conversations going on within my head. Usually the loudest is the one I will work on next.  There are times when that works and they reveal the entire story to me as I hope every time I start one. 

However there are also times when a different set of characters barges in and demands instant attention.  Shane and Alyssa from Chaos did that.  Boy, did we have a blast!  Conversely there have been characters who lurk in the background of the story I’m working on, whispering just loud enough for me to catch snippets of what they’re saying.  Eventually this becomes highly distracting, so much so I have to put aside what I intended to write and ask the lurkers what is going on.  Then there are the characters that play hide-and-seek with me.  They pop into someone else’s story, boldly interrupting the flow only to vanish just as quickly as if daring me to come find them.

So.  Nope, not a clue what’s up next. 

I have wondered at times if the conversations within my head are being had by real people and I’ve somehow managed to tap into them, eavesdropping on their personal lives.  Hmm, there’s a thought for you. Next time you’re talking to someone and get that prickly sensation of being watched even though there is no one around it might just be my, spying on you from inside your own mind.

Sunday, August 24, 2014

Baby Pics!

I was surfing some old files and found some of Beau when he was just a wee lil thing.  So here's your cuteness for the week.