Monday, October 5, 2015
The month of October is one of my favorites. One son has a birthday and two granddaughters have birthdays. The weather begins to cool off. The monarchs fly south, as do some of the birds.
October is Adopt a Shelter Dog Month
There's Columbus Day
Plus a bunch of holidays that sound like fun.
And we must not forget the World Series Baseball Games. They start next week. Go, Rangers!
What is your favorite thing about October?
Friday, October 2, 2015
Wednesday, September 30, 2015
Monday, September 28, 2015
It's the most wonderful time of year...or is it?
Christmas Eve is a night of mystery and magic, but not always in ways we expect. Things lurk in the shadows and they're not the least bit jolly or merry. Let's just say some presents are better left unopened.
‘Tis the season to be screaming along with our thirteen tales of holiday horrors. Ghosts. Monsters. Demons. And more!
This Christmas, be careful what you wish for...
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Friday, September 25, 2015
I have a new contract. This story I've worked on for years. My poor crit partners gave me great advice. I rewrote lots of it. Had more suggestions. Then I sent it to an editor who probably thought I should choose another profession but was too kind to say so. She had a lot of advice, all of it very helpful.
When I started making changes, well, a lot changed. The characters were the same, but they were better developed. Each major character even had an ARC, gasp, imagine that. The title also changed.
So in the spring of 2016, after edits and all the other good stuff that goes with publishing a book, my YA contemporary novel, UNDER A PURPLE MOON, will be released. I can't believe it. I'm so excited.
Now the yucky part, which could have been yuckier.
I went to my van, ready to go to my dentist appointment, put the key in the ignition and turned it. Simple so far, right?
Instead of the engine starting, all of these lights lit up the dashboard. Now they do come on for a second when the van is started, but then they go out. These kept blinking at me. All but two finally went out. Those just glared at me, telling me they weren't going to let the van start, so there. Whoa! What did I do wrong. I turned the key off and tried again. Same thing happened.
Okay, time was wasting. I'd be late for my appointment so I'd better figure this out in a hurry. I got that huge owner's manual out of the glove compartment, found pictures of the two lights that stayed on. The oil light and the battery light. Decided I'd better call for help.
So I went inside the house, called the dealer where we bought the van and gave him my story. He said to have it towed over and they'd take a look. I called the roadside service, and a couple hours later a nice young man pushed the van up on this huge truck and drove away. I hoped I'd see the van again.
The story does have a happy ending, (if you've read this far). The next day the man at the dealership called. The van was fixed. I could pick it up. Yay! My son drove me over on his way to work. The van is now safely at home, with a new battery.
I love happy endings.
How has your week been?
Wednesday, September 23, 2015
Star light, star bright, wish I may, wish I might, have the wish I wish tonight.
I have no idea who wrote this, it just popped into my head, and I remembered saying it when I was a kid. And it goes along with today's story by Author Sherrie Peterson about a boy that made a wish and wished he hadn't.
Monday, September 21, 2015
I'm still working on the review I'd planned for today. I'm slow, but like the tortoise, I will get there.
Did you know that September 27th - October 3rd is banned book week? See what one librarian is doing to prepare for the event at School Library Journal. There you'll also find other interesting links.
Looking at the list just makes me want to read the books more. Some I have read; others not yet.
Have any of your books been banned?