Fancy New Author Photo Number One

December 19, 2017 by - 12 Comments

I’ve been waiting for weeks to start sharing my new author photos with you! They arrived only today, so I wanted to post one right away. In the end, I chose four different ones. Each has a different mood, though not a single one is particularly serious or grim. This is Mischievous Laura. It’s the …Read More

Preparations and Pecan Sandies

December 18, 2017 by - 4 Comments

Happy Monday! This week before Christmas is one of my favorite times of the year. Our girl comes home today, and (nearly) all my work is done so I can decorate and bake and decide if I want to build a big LEGO project or do a puzzle over the holiday. Oh, and I have …Read More


December 17, 2017 by - 4 Comments

“As wave is driven by wave And each, pursued, pursues the wave ahead, So time flies on and follows, flies, and follows, Always, for ever and new. What was before Is left behind; what never was is now; And every passing moment is renewed.” ― Ovid, Metamorphoses      

I Am the Kind of Person Who…

December 14, 2017 by - 7 Comments

  Husband told me about a podcast he’d listened to about visualization. I’m a sucker for new ideas about how to change myself and the way I relate to the world. You’d think I believed in perfectibility or something. Visualization is what it sounds like it is: Imagine yourself as the kind of person you …Read More

Behinder and Behinder

December 13, 2017 by - 4 Comments

  Tuesday was a behind and behinder day. About 2 a.m. this morning I found myself drowsing over my computer in a strange, head-wavering, sleepy state. My mind was half-dreaming, and when I would rouse myself I had to carefully go over what I’d just written. Mostly I discovered rambling, unpunctuated sentences that had no …Read More

You Know I Have A Thing For Birds

December 12, 2017 by - 8 Comments

One of the pleasures of not having young children any longer is that I get to do crazy things like have a second Christmas tree in the house. Oh, sure. I know many of you overachievers out there started with two (or more!) Christmas trees from Day One, no matter how many children you had …Read More

Graffiti and Gift-Wrapping

December 11, 2017 by - 7 Comments

How was your weekend? Did you have unexpected/expected snow? Did you spend lots of time reading? On Friday I had a very exciting conversation with my Mulholland editor. I’ve got a couple weeks’ worth of fine-tuning to do on The Stranger Inside, but it’s not due until right after the holidays, so I have time to …Read More

Wanting and Hoping

December 10, 2017 by - 4 Comments

We humans are so adaptable. We’re like machines of want, with very short memories. Just let me publish one story and I’ll be happy; just let me have this car, and I’ll never want another. Endless wants. Endless needs. Sometimes we need to pause and breathe and remember. Do not spoil what you have by desiring what you have …Read More

Saturday Serendipity, 9 December 2017

December 9, 2017 by - 2 Comments
Every Saturday, Rain or Shine

      Snow in Houston, drunken Santas loose all over the country, Saturday holiday shopping…Hello, weekend! Bits and Bobs Some people can’t see pictures in their imagination. Fascinating. An unconscious man was brought into a Miami hospital. He had a do not resuscitate tattoo. It was complicated. Santa Con: Santa craziness arriving today in …Read More

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