Itching away

August 14, 2011

Ralph, a homeless man who lives in my novel, The Courier, has head lice. At one point, he explains how lice can sometimes be advantageous. That doesn’t stop him from using an unconventional method to rid himself of them. I won’t tell you what Ralph feels the upside is, you’ll have to read the book […]

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Busy signal

August 11, 2011

The days are busy. So are the nights. You work. You write. It’s what you do. You walk around with a notepad and pen all the time, a blue tooth attached to your ear, and a cell phone in your pocket. Your phone is almost always on. If you’re not in the car, you’re, most […]

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Knowing your characters

August 8, 2011

Some of my writer friends listen to music while they write. Not me. The tune, the words, the meaning, the associated emotions–too much of a distraction. See, to me, each song is a story in itself. That story pulls me away from the one I’m working on. But . . . on occasion, I’ll hear […]

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Sisterdog Sadie

August 4, 2011

I just found out my new puppy is coming tomorrow. I’m thrilled. But I’m also nervous. I’ve had Creo since she was a eight weeks old–three years now.                   She’s Dachshund, Corgi, and Cairn Terrier.             Earlier this month, one of the […]

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Would you like some dignity with that?

August 2, 2011

The daytime temperatures had been in the 90s. At 9:45 pm, I was still too hot. I needed something really cold. An ice cream cone. Vanilla. Yum. With a bedroll on his back, Traveler entered the fast food restaurant from another door, arriving at the counter just ahead of me. He was wearing a quilted […]

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Dreaming of Cyrus

July 30, 2011

When I sat down to write The Courier, I knew who I wanted Cyrus Driskoll to be at the beginning of the the book. I knew who I wanted him to be at the end. I had a rough idea of how I might get him from A to Z.   To me, the most important […]

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Don’t let me look

July 28, 2011

My cousin, Ken, has a favorite story about our Granny. He says when he was little, he used to sneak up on her to scare her. One day, my aunt caught him. “Don’t scare your Granny like that!” she scolded. Now, you and I both know that my aunt was afraid Granny’s old heart couldn’t […]

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July 26, 2011

When I was younger, I was reluctant to share my writing. It was so . . . personal. When I was in my twenties, my husband, kids, and I moved west. My parents lived in the east. So Mama and I didn’t get much of a chance to hang out. When my parents visited, Mama […]

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Cyrus Driskoll – Part 1

July 23, 2011

Cyrus Driskoll had evolved. You may have met him at one time or another. He lived up the street or around the corner or even next door. He charmed the girls, shared his best toys with the boys and primarily did what his parents and teachers told him to. Cyrus wasn’t perfect. He was just […]

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July 22, 2011

Is it just me? Sometimes, the moon looks like a giant light in a dark sky. Other times, I swear, it’s a round keyhole into a brighter world. Now, maybe that keyhole moon has everything to do with how my eyes are focused and nothing to do with my imagination. But, I don’t believe that. […]

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Riding Shotgun

July 20, 2011

In March, I drove north to visit my daughter. The night before I left, I called her. “What’s your address again, sweetie?” She sighed. The last two times, she had to come find me so I could follow her home. Embarassing! “I’m going to run it through Mapquest this time,” I said. “That way, I […]

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In my dreams

July 19, 2011

I awoke from a dream before 5 am, heart pounding. There were no zombies, no shadows chasing me across dark parking lots, no threat of my untimely demise–just a room full of strangers. I was supposed to be speaking at some sort of conference, but no one would acknowledge my presence. They just kept talking […]

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Beneath the surface

July 12, 2011

It was an older home and yet the yard looked as though it had never been landscaped. The front “lawn” was a lumpy, flattish, foxtail garden that dropped off toward the street. Half the bank was covered with lavender vinka. The other half sloped at a different angle, as if the previous owners used it […]

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What makes a bully?

July 10, 2011

For Audio I used to live near this woman named Melanie. Melanie’s girls were 3, 5, 8, and 10. For a while, every time my niece, Nicole, came to my house, she’d play with the 8 year old. Well, one morning, Nicole went over, hoping for some fun. She was back a minute later. She […]

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Brand new day

July 5, 2011

I was an overweight kid until tenth grade. I wish I could say I shrank in size then, but I didn’t. That was the year Ms. Gandy – my Lit teacher- made each of her students read three works by fifteen authors of our choosing. Aldous Huxley was one of the writers I picked and, […]

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Burr in the butt of technology

July 2, 2011

I was at work. My cell phone vibrated. I glanced to see who it was. My friend, Lilly,  was calling. She and her long-time mate had recently split and she was struggling. I was concerned. I picked up the phone and walked outside for privacy. After fifteen tear-filled minutes, I said, “Goodbye,”  promising to call […]

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Riding Backwards

June 27, 2011

I heard a song the other night. At first it was annoying. The second time, strangely funny. Then I realized I’d heard that song before in conjunction with a short film. Third play through, I listened to the words as I found the YouTube video by Parry Gripp. Backwards on a pig from YouTube “The […]

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It’s All Material

June 24, 2011

Last Saturday was crazy. I was so busy I didn’t make it to the grocery store until late. Didn’t finish shopping until almost midnight. As I loaded my groceries into the car, two women one parking row over were yelling at each other. Had it been daylight, I would probably have gotten in my car, […]

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Making Time

June 22, 2011

Hold your hand up if you’re a writer. Now, those of you who don’t work at a full-time job (in addition to writing), put your hand down. If you have kids at home or provide care for someone in your home, put your hand back up. That’s a full time job. I’m not playing Simon […]

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Something To Say

June 18, 2011

Hey, y’all. For months, Cynthia’s been after me to write somethin’ for her website. Now, I don’t think I’ve really got much to say. Well, nothing that hasn’t been said before in one way or another. But she says I’m wrong about that. That I need to step right up to the microphone, so to […]

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