Monday, December 25, 2017


Some of you may have seen this Christmas tree before, but I love its uniqueness. Of course, here in Texas we have tumbleweeds. Do you in your state. Anyhow, sending love to all of you dear friends and patient readers. This beautiful tree is Chandler, Arizona's tumbleweed Christmas tree. 


Friday, December 15, 2017

I'll Be Back, I Hope!

Long story. Boring. Briefly, both my computers decided to take a holiday at the same time. I called a few places for repairs, but then decided why spend money when most of the people I talked with did not sound very encouraging. So, I went and bought a cheap computer. Figure it will last as long as the others. Now, I'm a slow learner. Haven't figured this one out yet, but working on it. Back sometimes this year. :) Trying to get my mail set up. Sigh.

Monday, December 11, 2017


Ahoy there, mateys. Are you in the mood for an adventure? You are? Great! Here's one you might enjoy. And be sure to add it to your Christmas list for the tween readers you know.

The cover sure makes me wonder what the boy is looking at. And the ship in the distance is perfect.
Lovely, colorful, and intriguing, especially the treasure chest.

Here are my thoughts!


By Katie L. Carroll

A legend, buried treasure, and danger. The perfect adventure for two daring 13-year-old boys. Right? And so, the middle grade/tween novel PIRATE ISLAND, by Katie L. Carroll, begins with William Bonny, 13, who is possessed (meaning the pirate takes control of his body at times) by the pirate Captain William Kidd, thinking about how he came to be on the beach, looking at Pirate Island, and dreaming of finding Captain William Kidd’s buried treasure. Then he goes on to tell his story.

Katie L. Carroll got it just right. William Bonny and his sometimes friend, Andy, talk like and act like kids you probably know. They have their disagreements. Who doesn’t? William also has trouble understanding his teenage sister, Kristina, and her boyfriend. Give him a few more years and he will.

When William, Kristina, her boyfriend, and Andy finally set out to see if the treasure really exists, William discovers more than just the truth about the treasure. He also discovers the truth about himself.

PIRATE ISLAND is a sweet, fun, story about dreams and truth and what really counts in life. Recommended for middle school libraries and classrooms, and public libraries. Would make great gifts for the tween readers you know.

Available at AMAZON and other places where books are sold.

Congratulations, Katie L. Carroll. 

Happy Reading!

Wednesday, December 6, 2017


It's INSECURE WRITER'S SUPPORT GROUP time again, the last one in 2017.

Purpose: To share and encourage. Writers can express doubts and concerns without fear of appearing foolish or weak. Those who have been through the fire can offer assistance and guidance. It’s a safe haven for insecure writers of all kinds!

Posting: The first Wednesday of every month is officially Insecure Writer’s Support Group day. Post your thoughts on your own blog. Talk about your doubts and the fears you have conquered. Discuss your struggles and triumphs. Offer a word of encouragement for others who are struggling. Visit others in the group and connect with your fellow writer - aim for a dozen new people each time.

Be sure to link to this page and display the badge in your post.

Awesome Ninja Alex J. Cavanaugh is the founder of IWSG.

His awesome co-hosts for the December 6 posting of the IWSG are Julie Flanders,Shannon Lawrence, Fundy Blue, and Heather Gardner!
Let’s rock the neurotic writing world!

Our Twitter is @TheIWSG and hashtag #IWSG

Every month, we announce a question that members can answer in their IWSG Day post. These questions may prompt you to share advice, insight, a personal experience or story. Include your answer to the question in your IWSG post or let it inspire your post if you are struggling with something to say. Remember, the question is optional!!!

The question for December 6 is "As you look back on 2017, with all its successes/failures, if you could backtrack, what would you do differently?"

Good question. If I could backtrack, I think I'd stay with the story I was writing instead of putting it away when I couldn't get it right and going to another story. But I had this new idea in my head and instead of working my problems out, I switched.

I worked on the new idea for awhile, then had a brainstorm about the other story so I went back to it. Are you confused yet? I am.

The result of my bouncing back and forth is that 2017 is almost over and I do not have a finished manuscript. Working to remedy that by the  end of December. I'm almost there so maybe there's hope. And for the other story, I'll work on it when this one is finished.

I'm not mentioning the two MG stories that my fingers are itching to write. They have to wait their turn.

Patches says "Just let me sleep."

Pleasant dreams, sweet girl.

Happy Reading!

Monday, December 4, 2017


It's that time again: a new month,  new #InkRipples, the last one for 2017. #InkRipples is a monthly meme created by Kai Strand, Mary Waibel, and Katie L. Carroll. The idea of #IkRipples is to toss a word, idea, image, whatever into the Inkwell and see what kind of ripples it makes. I joined them, and it's really fun. You can spread your own ripples by blogging about the topic any day of the month that fits your schedule, just be sure to link back to Kai, Mary, and Katie. Or you can share your thoughts on social media using the hashtag #InkRipples.

And now, the topic for December is GOALS. I think they must have read my mind when they chose this topic. For the past few weeks I've been floundering between which stories I want to work on. I want to write them all at the same time, but that's impossible. So, I'm going to follow today's #InkRipples and set my goals for 2018. And I'm going to stick with them. Yes, I am. Goals are no good if you ignore them, right? So, here goes.

First goal: I will finish this revision of my YA contemporary novel, WHEN THE MUSIC STOPPED, title subject to change, by the end of December.  Read again in Jan. or Feb., and maybe submit in March or April, depending on changes, corrections, that are needed.

Second goal: Finish rough draft of another YA contemporary/fantasy novel. (Is an angel considered fantasy?) I'm doing a lot of research on this one because it involves bullying and a boy with dyslexia. Hope to finish by summer and submit.

Third goal: Typing and revising a couple of YA stories that I have my rights back to. Not sure what I'll do with them or when.

Fourth goal: Tagline, Logline, Blurb, Characters of a MG story idea. I'll be researching tadpoles. Does that sound interesting? Goal is springtime.

Fifth goal: Look at a couple of stories I started a long time ago, one a YA historical, the other a MG ghost story, and just put them aside. I may resurrect them, or not.

As you can see, I've wasted a lot of this year being undecided. My goals for 2018 are to finish at least two of these, and maybe three.

But first, I think I'll follow Patches' example. Naps are soooo good.

Have you set goals for the new year?  That's just the first step. The hardest part, at least for me, is keeping those goals. I'm going to write the results in a notebook and see how I do.

Happy Reading.