That Time I Said No to the Man on the Phone

February 2, 2017 by -

    We had a security alarm incident at our house last weekend. Thank goodness we were home, because one of the fire/heat sensors fell off the ceiling and set off the alarm. It also set off all the smoke alarms and the security panel announced FIRE! FIRE! FIRE! and flashed that the fire department was …Read More

Making Home

January 30, 2017 by - 7 Comments

    I am a homebody. No two ways about it. Thank goodness I have a job that is means I get to spend lots of time in the place where I love. Okay. That was totally a Freudian typo. I meant to type “the place where I live,” but see how it came out? …Read More

Sunday, 29 January 2017

January 29, 2017 by - 2 Comments

      January 28th Words Journal: 340  words Long fiction: 2026 words Short fiction: 0 Non-fiction: 0 words Blogging: 33 words Exercise: A smoke alarm fell off the ceiling, setting off the house alarm, an event that lasted for ten agonizing minutes during which I sprinted frequently from one end of the house to …Read More

Saturday Serendipity 1/28/17

January 28, 2017 by - 2 Comments
Every Saturday, Rain or Shine

  What a strange week it’s been. After last weekend’s writing retreat, I came home pretty tired, anxious to get the last 20K words done on the novel. I didn’t get as many words done as I hoped, but I’m on track to write the epilogue over the next few days. The other thing I …Read More

What I’m Reading This Week, 1/25/17

January 25, 2017 by - 5 Comments

One of my writing role models is Margaret Atwood. Did I say “writing role model?” That seems such a trivial phrase compared to the actual influence she’s had on my life and writing. From poems to essays to short stories to novels and children’s books. She’s done it all. And that’s where she’s had her …Read More

After the Storm #2

January 24, 2017 by - 4 Comments

I had a bit of a writing hangover this morning after my big weekend, so I wasn’t sure if I was going to be able to make words today. But after some journaling, breakfast, and a bit of yoga, I revived. Lots of business things to catch up on during the daylight hours, but after …Read More

Sunday, 22 January 2017

January 22, 2017 by - 3 Comments

  Remember to breathe.     “Worrying does not take away tomorrow’s troubles, but takes away today’s peace.” — Anonymous (Though Miss Nina is happy to claim that she is actually Anonymous. She can’t think of anyone who might be better at it.)   January  21st Words Journal:  110 words Long fiction: 9011 words Short …Read More

Saturday Serendipity, 21 January 2017

January 21, 2017 by - 2 Comments
Every Saturday, Rain or Shine

  A quick post because I’m at a top-secret writing retreat for the weekend. (Okay, I’m in St. Louis. It’s not such a big secret.) This was an exciting week for me, with my first Edgar nomination. Also, I unveiled a new website design. I’m so delighted with the new look. Let me know what …Read More

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