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2017: whatever doesn’t kill you

2017: whatever doesn’t kill you

I’m not going to talk about how I didn’t post to this blog at all in 2017, lol! 2016 left me feeling battered and hopeless. I might have even thought of 2017 as being awful, if you asked for a first impression. Coming off the […]

2016, so long sucker!

2016, so long sucker!

Please do let the door hit you on the way out! But 2016 was not all bad. Here were my favorite memories and accomplishments from the WORST YEAR EVER. 32 inches and still coming down for a few more hours. At least nobody seems to […]

Trail Ridge Road, Colorado: Leila’s roadtrip and mine

Trail Ridge Road, Colorado: Leila’s roadtrip and mine

Most of the middle of our country is flatter than you can even believe. Like Leila, I grew up in Michigan and for the first 29 years of my life, hardly left it except one spring break trip to Florida. Even on that spring break […]

the quiet corners, an excerpt

the quiet corners, an excerpt

I have said that this book was “coming soon” for so long that I’m sure most of my readers have forgotten I was ever writing a book at all! But I mean it this time. It’s coming soon! 😀  I’m just tweaking a few final […]

I should post something here

I should post something here

Ohio does not believe it’s April yet. Virginia doesn’t, either, since we had snow just a couple of days ago. And I certainly can’t believe it’s April because I don’t know where the months went or how it’s four months into 2016 already, but I […]

book covers for all the sleeping stories

book covers for all the sleeping stories

I have begun a lot of stories in my time as a writer, and very few of them have ever come out the other side as finished, published books. Most of that is on me. As an indie author, I’m the only one stopping those […]

ChickLitLove #4: gal pals

For #ChickLitLove Valentine week, Thursday’s topic is about Galentine’s Day! “It’s what?” was about my first reaction. I thought it was a typo, lol! But maybe some of you guys don’t live under rocks like I do. In short, it’s the day before Valentine’s Day, […]

ChickLitLove #3: meet the leading men

For #ChickLitLove Valentine week, Wednesday’s topic is all about the guys.  (For the record: I think it becomes clear that just in writing these interviews, I’ll need to forfeit my literary fiction author’s club card, but you know what, it was fun, so I don’t […]

why I love NaNoWriMo (even though I always lose)

why I love NaNoWriMo (even though I always lose)

I sort of “fail” at NaNo every year. If you note my ticker, this year was like many past years. First week strong, second week loses steam. Third week it seems like half of the people around me have already “won” NaNoWriMo and the other […]

I quit! And it feels so good!!!

On a spur of whimsy, an offhand comment on twitter today, I made the decision to quit trying to market my books. And more importantly, to quit caring. It was directly linked to the impending release of Sims 4, and this makes perfect nerdy sense, […]