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Every Day is a New Day

I've been finding a lot of ways to avoid writing. Firstly, I challenged myself with a new-to-me method of knitting. Well, not entirely new to me as I had knitted "top-down" sweater patterns before, but those patterns always resulted in raglan sleeves ... you know, the ones with a diagonal seam from armpit to collar.… Continue reading Every Day is a New Day


To Submit or Not Submit, That is the Question #WhyWrite #WhyBotherWithSubmissions

January turned out to be a real bust when it came to writing. I had started the Smokelong Fitness Group in earnest but quickly lost my will to write. I submitted two pieces to my group for feedback, but I'm not sure if either is worth working on further. I even went through a period… Continue reading To Submit or Not Submit, That is the Question #WhyWrite #WhyBotherWithSubmissions


What’s Going On?

Not much and yet maybe too much. A couple of months ago I signed up for SmokeLong Fitness Community Workshop. It's all flash, all the time. I've since learned that I can write to prompts quite happily if I'm given an example of a response. My creative battery is apparently sparked by other people's creativity. We're… Continue reading What’s Going On?


What Day Is It? And Does It Matter?

I thought Wednesday was Saturday but I knew Thursday was Thursday and, so far, I'm confident that today is Friday (and my calendar says so too). Tomorrow should be Saturday and I just hope I don't think it's Wednesday because I have a couple of appointments and getting my days wrong would really screw things… Continue reading What Day Is It? And Does It Matter?


August’s freebie: Yesterday Road

Yesterday Road is my all-time favorite novel by Kevin Brennan. This week the Kindle version is free. Here’s a snippet of the review I wrote: “Yesterday Road is a humorous, poignant, action-filled, meditative literary novel. To describe it with these adjectives makes me feel like I’m contradicting myself, but I’m not. Brennan has managed to write a novel that is as much a page-turner as a thoughtful exposition on memory.” You can read the whole review at But I’d prefer it if you read the novel itself. Click here.


Time for another Summer Reading freebie, and this month it’s my second novel (and first indie), Yesterday Road.

I have a special place in my heart for this book because it brings together three of my favorite characters: Jack Peckham, the octogenarian who just wants to find his way home; Ida Pevely, the diner waitress with a heart of gold who’s called into service to help two wayward innocents; and Joe Easterday, a young man with Down syndrome on the adventure of his life. I really came to love all these guys in the writing of this one.

Here’s the blurb, in case you’ve forgotten:

In this “coming-of-old-age” tale, Jack Peckham finds himself on a journey into his distant past, helped along the way by Joe Easterday, a young man with Down syndrome, and Ida Pevely, a middle-aged waitress with her own mountain of regrets. Jack has…

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All the Words

Merril posted a random word list this morning. You can read it here: Merril's Random Word List When I saw the list of words, I started putting them together. Of course, adding in a few of my own. I believe I've managed to include all the words in the list. I don't know what you would… Continue reading All the Words


And I’m Back … More or Less

After nearly three years of no traveling, not even within the not-so-great state of Florida, we finally, FINALLY, took a trip. It wasn't the most exciting trip we could have taken, but it was the most important. We went to my old childhood stomping grounds and visited family. As many of you know, my mom… Continue reading And I’m Back … More or Less


Batter Up!: The Prospect by Kevin Brennan #BookReview

Hello, everyone, I'm taking a break from my never-ending, might-never-finish novel to share a review of Kevin Brennan's latest novel, The Prospect. First, I need to acknowledge that I did receive an advanced copy of this wonderful novel. But I also bought the Kindle version. Just sayin'. As you might guess from the title of… Continue reading Batter Up!: The Prospect by Kevin Brennan #BookReview


What a Long, Strange Month It’s Been

Today is the last day of April and that alone puts me in a good mood. I've spent most of this month working on my current work-in-progress, my novel Clemency. I'm happy to say that I exceeded my goal of reading and revising 100,000 words. But I am not done. More needs to be added,… Continue reading What a Long, Strange Month It’s Been