Advanced Chemistry

I published my first book. It is a "cozy mystery" that is very loosely based on my life.  Don't worry, old friends.  I made up most of the juicy stuff. Most of it. Not all of it! Someone had to die and I didn't have the heart to kill any of my real friends so... Continue Reading →

Split Personality

I almost changed the name of my blog today. I read recently that if you are going to be a writer- you have to take yourself seriously and treat yourself like a writer. Huh? The idea being, that if you are going to take the time to write a story, you should have the balls... Continue Reading →

Just write the book.

Last year I attended my first writers workshop. I went to the Writers Police Academy in Green Bay, WI. I went for a number of reasons.  Initially, I signed up because I wanted to see Craig Johnson (author of the Longmire series) in person and listen to his keynote speech.  Then I decided to attend... Continue Reading →

Wabi-Sabi Christmas

It’s that time again. Christmas. I have always had a hard time at Christmas. When I was a kid I would always think that this would be the year where we would all get along and there would be a pile of Christmas gifts from Santa waiting for me under the tree. In my fantasy,... Continue Reading →

Flying Too Close To The Sun

I had a farm in Africa... No, not really but lately I have been receiving some cosmic mojo from Isak Dinesen’s book Out of Africa. You know, the one that was made into a fab movie starring Meryl Streep and Robert Redford. She played Karen Blixen, a gutsy Scandinavian who married a Barron to get... Continue Reading →

NaNoWriMo

There comes a time when being an avid reader and wanting to write a novel doesn't quite add up.  Year after year... wanting to be a writer and having a desk full of messy starts and stops to the great story you have written in your head serving as a reminder that you did not... Continue Reading →

Beef Stew

The forecast was for rain all weekend.  I did not really mind.  It has been a busy summer and I needed a good excuse to be a bum. I have been eating out a lot and been on the go. All I wanted for the weekend was to go to yoga, read my book and... Continue Reading →

Closer To Fine

How the hell did my life get to this?  I asked myself while lying in bed (alone) last night. It’s been over three months since I have written any kind of story and I have been working like a dog. This has led me to that nasty place where I start to play the movie... Continue Reading →

Old Boots And A New Attitude

Another New Year’s Eve and another New Year’s Day is in the books. How did it work out for you? This is my take on it. New Year’s Eve: Otherwise known as amateur night. Enough said. New Year’s Day: Ground zero for the rest of the year. The burden of last year is shed, the... Continue Reading →

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