Paperback Writer….

March 2018
So now I apologize to the Beatles.  I hope I am a better writer than the one they sang about. Both 'Laurel' and 'Dream Warrior' have paperback copies available at Amazon.  There are still the ebook versions also. 'Laurel' is a light romance set in 1830, London.  Nothing too deep and a happy ending. 'Dream Warrior' is fantasy set on a planet that I will refer to as Tienna's World which future books will explain. I did tell you in an earlier post that "I've got a million of them."  Well not a million, but one book seemed to lead to another and some books seem to come earlier than the first books and some later.  Kind of like the real world, in Tienna's World events are not quite as…
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Well, it’s not time to break out the champagne yet.

March 2018
March 7 question - How do you celebrate when you achieve a writing goal/ finish a story?  When I finish a story (after lots of edits) I think I want to 'tell' the world all about it.  I mentioned in an earlier post that my mother had a cartoon next to her computer showing two people and one of them is saying, "Enough about me.  Let's talk about my story!" If I'm feeling very satisfied with what I've written it becomes a part of my life and has a reality all of its own.  It seems to suffuse into what I'm doing and thinking so it becomes hard to separate that it is not part of my real world.  Bringing it to a conclusion is almost a relief.  I can…
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Apologies to Will Rogers this time

March 2018
It is SPRING!  And I have proof.Please tilt your head.  I'm still working on formatting, obviously.  They were 'upright' in the original file, so I don't know why the program wanted them on their sides.  Tete Tete daffodils,  Stella Magnolia and Cotton Candy Hellebore all signs of spring.  The hellebore is the most recent addition to the backyard.  The magnolia is now in its 3rd spring and pretty loaded with flowers for such a recent addition.I should have tried to get pictures of the robins also.  They are starting to mass for the journey north.  I have a holly outside the front door that is still loaded with berries, so maybe the robins aren't quite ready to move on.  Usually they denude the holly of its berries as they get…
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Review of Laurel

February 2018
Being new to the 'getting published' part of getting published, it is gratifying if others find your story worth reading.  So my thanks to Jeyran Main for reviewing Laurel.   I feel she did a good job of describing what I was trying to write to in this book.  I did not start out to pen a 'saga' of the difficulties of single women in the 1820-1830's, but when I wanted my character to try and escape her situation, that kind of happened.  Ms. Main mentions, it is "so historically exact to its time that the reader faces slangs from that time as well."  I'm happy she feels it is historically exact.   I worked on the research in hopes of not making any terrible errors. Wonder if I should…
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I’ve got a million of them….

February 2018
Apologies to Jimmy Durante. My second book is now available in Kindle form from Amazon.  Where "Laurel" is a romance, "Dream Warrior" is fantasy. Meet Teryn, and friends and foes, in the first of a series of books taking place on Tienna's World (a planet that in future books will be given its name and backstory). Teryn knows what the enemy is going to do before they do it.  Okay, sometimes is it only minutes before, but usually, there is enough time to pick a path to victory.  Until Rabisle.  Now, Teryn is on the run with Tasmine, the country’s heir, trying to find a place of safety until they can get back to Tasmine’s mother, the queen, but at each turn, Rabisle seems to be about one step ahead…
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If I am a ‘Guest Author’ then I’m legit?

February 2018
I have been invited as the guest author on Rita Lee Chapman's blog.  If you were looking to know a little more about me, you may read the interview here; .Rita Lee Chapman I'm never quite sure what kind of answer a person wants?   What kind of answer do I want to give?  And given the interview is over the electronic waves, it can be a little awkward to read too little or too much into the questions. I always read the 'blurbs' about the author on the back covers or fly pages of books.  You would think after the many years of reading I would have developed an idea of what kind of biography I would want to give.  On the whole I think I'm kind of an…
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No more prayers, they ain’t working.

February 2018, January 2018
It is the best of times; it is the worst of times.  Sorry Dickens. Thank you, Olympics, for showing us what humans can aspire to; we need this. 18 gun incidents already in 2018!  WTF! This is not a racial, sexual, religious, income, or immigration problem, except that the shooter was a white American male.  This is a problem that needs some 'grown-up' laws applied to it. First and foremost, who needs an automatic, assault type weapon?  The name says it all...assault. I'm not totally anti-gun.  I come from a gun owning family.  My dad always took a gun with him into the woods in Northern Wisconsin for two reasons, there were black bears and two if he ran into a problem (broken leg/heart attack) he had someway of letting…
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Searching for Gertrude

February 2018
An interesting romance set in Istanbul of the 1930- early 1940's. The characters are an American Jewish girl, a British diplomat/spy and a German bureaucrat who hates working for the Nazis, but it is his only way to find his lost love, Gertrude. How they all get tangled together is interesting. How the author resolves it is equally interesting. There is a tension in each of the characters due to the times and situations. Who can you really trust? Are you falling in love? And can this end well? I was asked to read this and comment/review.  All opinions are my own.
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Strictly Gershwin

February 2018
'S wonderful and D'lightful,  We went to the Tulsa Ballet's performance of "Strictly Gershwin" last night.  It was fabulous!  The orchestra, soloists (vocal, piano, and dance), many specialty dancers (I'm looking at you tap), music, lighting, costumes, and choreography, all were topped off with the fantastic dancers of the Tulsa Ballet.  Everything was fabulous.  Gershwin's music is always magical with his unusual rhythms and lyrics.  But the dancers were heavenly.    And just so they didn't take themselves too seriously, bicycles on stage?  Rollerskaters?  Dancing conductor?  Did I like it?   You can't tell from this? WONDERFUL dancing.  Kudos, Tulsa Ballet!  
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The Modern Thesaurus

February 2018
I have, thanks Mom, a pretty extensive vocabulary.  I remember one summer where I was able to work at Livermore National Laboratory with about 20 other teachers.  We would gather for lunch.  One of the teachers was preparing for the Graduate Record Exam and was working on his vocabulary.  He would call out a word and see if any of us knew the meaning.  Better than 95% of the time I knew the word.  He was kind of amazed and asked me about it.  I admitted to loving to read, but also my mother used unique words all the time.  She used 'wonky' as in off kilter before I ever heard it used elsewhere. I know in high school a Thesaurus was recommended for writing, not that I ever owned…
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