I’ve been volunteering at a local shelter facility. Shelter doesn’t really do it justice because they incorporate all aide – shelter, food hall, food distribution, stores, career, health. Anyway, I haven’t been able to go for the past couple weeks due to work conflicts. I tried to sign up for this week thinking ‘well they’llContinue reading “Giving”
Isn’t the word, word such a weird word? I have to start with that because I keep thinking that word as I think about what to write about wordcount. Word is a weird word. Right, now, my story is at 103,000 words. It’s too long and I’m too tired of it to try to cutContinue reading “The Writing Series: Words”
Black Magic by Sonia Sanchez magic my man is you turning my body into a thousand smiles. black magic is your touch making me breathe. May or may not have worn a groove on the record with this one.
I’ll be honest I thought by now I’d have caught up. Should have done the math. I think this will take me through to the new year which is good because time is short right now. It will be a good way to start the year by writing some new one. Until then, I repurpose.Continue reading “Yes, There’s More”
This is hands down my favorite drink. It’s simple and classic. Gin or vodka – the recipe is the same. And shaken, not stirred. 2 oz vodka (or gin) 1 oz Vermouth (dry) 1/2 oz dirty martini mix Aromatic or chocolate bitters if you have them Olives (stuffed or not) I didn’t have dirty mixContinue reading “Filthy Dirty”
I read an article today that the Biden administration is very seriously considering removing Dr Birx from the Covid Task Force. With no irony at all, the question of whether Dr Fauci’s job is in similar peril is moot and laughable. There really is no mercy for a woman in a position of authority and/orContinue reading “What’s Up Doc?”
My oldest has a real candy problem. Always has. I’m not the kind of house to only keep oatmilk and kelp chips on hand for snacking and eating. We have treats in this house. We also try to teach self control, everything in moderation. This lesson has resonated with my kids except for candy andContinue reading “Candy-aholic”
I’ve always used Smashwords to publish. I know they have a reputation as being the ‘randy’ publisher. I write some randy stories so that never bothered me. What I love most about them is they reach everyone…except Amazon. I tried to use Amazon at first, way back when, but between my content and their AppleContinue reading “The Writing Series: Amazon”
Well I’ve read and re-read this story. My professional editing reality didn’t work out as well as I hoped and I’m not going to spend any more money on this WIP. It’s time. But for the life of me I’m so insecure about sending it out into the world. I keep pushing it off. IContinue reading “The Writing Series: Like a Band-Aid”
I’m decreeing Sunday posts my love day posts. I’ll try to speak on the theme of love or find those who speak on that theme much more eloquently than I do. So today I offer this gem: Dulzura by Sandra Cisneros Make love to me in Spanish.Not with that other tongue.I want you juntito a mi,tenderContinue reading “Love Day”
6/15/20 Today the walls on either side of my office #carrel consist of dense blooming trees hiding patches of wildflowers and slippery moss. An open view lays in front of me to the azure heavens. Shall I tell you a secret? I may never go back. #vss365 6/14/20 I gave you my life My love,Continue reading “V.S.S.”
Changing it up here. Food today. It’s soup season. I love soup like all year round even in the jungle heat of summer. This week I made my not quite homemade chicken soup. So here ya go… 1 rotisserie chicken from your grocer, deboned 1 can diced tomatoes, drained (reserve the liquid) 3/4-1 cup ofContinue reading “Fake-o-la”
Thank god that election is over. It was the worst of us, the very worst of us. I’m a libertarian somewhat conservatively bent on certain issues, liberal on others and down right anarchistic on no few. Trump doesn’t fall into any of these categories. He proved to be a disturbing tyrant who clearly lost touchContinue reading “#Loser”
I have this past client of mine. She has never forgotten about me even when I did a hard 180 from trying my hand at a more artistic career (personal chef) and going back to my old finance/consulting life. She’s always asking when I’m going to start cooking again. And she always, always, remembers toContinue reading “Good Egg”
My first romance novels were Kathleen Woodiwiss. I found them in my mom’s bedroom and stealth read them when she wasn’t around. I still love them but there’s a hard truth to her writing that quite a few of her romances started with a rape scene. They’re also pretty damn racist but hey if you’reContinue reading “The Writing Series: On a Serious Sex Note”
So I’m trying to plot something. I’ve never done this before and it’s not going well. I started with a flowchart and that didn’t work. Then switched to paper. It’s better but confusing. I’m watching Judy Blume’s Master Class right now. She uses notebooks. I feel like I need something more visual than a bunchContinue reading “The Writing Series: Plotting Part Deux”
The lost art of letter writing and the slow build of epic, soul changing love. The moon slips into the mountains like a lost penny and the fields are black and pungent and I want you near so that I could touch you in the autumn stillness even a little bit like the last echoContinue reading “Love Letters”
6/9/20 There it was rising, blooming, bubbling, gurgling, popping, churning, fizzing, thunderstriking, unflinching, overwhelming, exhilarating, demanding, possessing, expecting, intoxicating, knowing, gentling, uncompromising, breathtaking, notwithstanding #effervescent joy #vss365 6/8/20 And there was a #languor about the drooping branches, a giggling brook in the shadows. Voices whispered this way, this way before it’s too late, leaving speckledContinue reading “Once Upon a Vss”
This recipe makes 2 drinks. I accidentally read it as one. Yeah, I was looped after drinking it. Now you know the rest of the story. Thyme Rosemary Gimlet 4oz Gin 2oz lemon juice (it called for Meyers but all I had was regular) 2oz thyme/rosemary simple syrup. Thyme/Rosemary Simple Syrup: 1c sugar 1/2c waterContinue reading “The Gimlet”
I’ve been on the hunt for a new marketing coordinator. My other person has decided to pursue something more in line with their interests. I always think that’s great when I see people do that. I wish I had been more proactive toward my career happiness. I know I still can be but insecurities andContinue reading “Skills”
It happened. My oldest is suffering their first heartbreak. The fledgling relationship they were in came to an end a few weeks ago. All the sad signs have ensued. They’ve slipped up in school, spending all their time in their rooms listening to music, mooning around and lashing out at us. They finally admitted theContinue reading “Broken Up”
This process of election affords a moral certainty that the office of President will seldom fall to the lot of any man who is not in an eminent degree endowed with the requisite qualifications. Alexander Hamilton That’s it. Get out there and do it!
There are those writers who map out to the paragraph how the book will play out. They plot and outline and carve chapters. I’m not one of them. As I’ve said, most of my books have been fly by the seat of my pants. That cavalier attitude has worked out sometimes and not so muchContinue reading “Writing Series: Chapter 1”
So began my mother’s endless stream of bathroom pals. They start with Halloween and end with Easter. Yes, she has an Easter Bunny one. I’ll be sure to film them all when we’re over there for Sunday dinners so you too can be entertained…in a much less invasive fashion. Happy Sunday! See you tomorrow.
Be careful in da streets tonight. Well I made a video but WordPress is not my friend right now and won’t let me upload it. So here’s a picture for now. I’ll try to put the video here later. I started with some BB cream on to project my skin. These are the photos IContinue reading “Happy Halloween”
I have to say cocktail Friday’s has very quickly become a favorite past time. I like how pretty this one is. So thumbs up on this one. It’s yum! The Aviation 2 part Gin 1 part Lemon juice Dash Maraschino juice 1 part Creme de Violette 1/2 part Simple Syrup (just plain simple not theContinue reading “The Aviation”
You may remember my youngest is a crazy Pokemon fan. Like crazy. I’ve been subject to a number of Pokemon lectures, impromptu quizzes and shamings for my lack of knowledge. So for Halloween this child wanted to go as Mimikyu. Like many Pokemon this one is not just one gender. The only costume we couldContinue reading “Identity”
I’m rounding the corner on my Social Media (SM) detox. I started a few weeks ago and 30 days comes next week. I’m struggling with when or if I come back. It wasn’t hard giving up FB. I rarely go on there. Twitter was harder because it’s my news feed. But Writer Twitter had becomeContinue reading “Sharing Is Caring”
We’ve all been there. Reading a book and in your novice, unrecognized, author genius you’re thinking – ‘this was edited?’. More so ‘this got published?’. It’s particularly egregious in my home genre of Romance. I’ve read plenty romance novels thinking WTH?! I know it’s romance and the bar is low but good god, we canContinue reading “The Writing Series: This Was Edited?”
I learned how to write cockney for this book. I was pretty proud of myself. I don’t know why. This is how I waste time sometimes, teaching myself a new dialect. I say it was a waste of time because one of the first things my editor said was get rid of it. Well, getContinue reading “The Writing Series: En Inglés Por Favor”
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