CARE AND FEEDING OF WRITERS, Holiday Musings, Writer's Tool Box

‘Tis the Season to Stuff Your Stocking!

Season's Greetings, Peeps. Ann here, the helpful elf. Christmas is fast approaching. Faster if you haven't finished your shopping or begun. (Don't want to make anyone cringe. Check out these book bundles and smile for a while! Being an Amazon Affiliate is making me smile. So, have mercy and click the pics and links. Empty-nesting… Continue reading ‘Tis the Season to Stuff Your Stocking!

Author Interview, Author Recommendation, CARE AND FEEDING OF WRITERS, Holiday Musings

Ash Keller–Fresh, FUNNY, and Wickedly Talented. A Must Read for Romantic Comedy!

Life is ripe with choices, spilled out like a Horn of Plenty. Cornucopias if you're putting on airs. And why not? Accents and attitudes are fun. Entertaining, absolutely, but often necessary. Who hasn't changed their tone for that critical interview? The BE-THERE party or that dreaded public speaking encounter? (Raise a hand for keeping it… Continue reading Ash Keller–Fresh, FUNNY, and Wickedly Talented. A Must Read for Romantic Comedy!

Author Interview, Author Recommendation, CARE AND FEEDING OF WRITERS, Writing TIPS

Sit-down with Rene Penn; dear friend, soul sister, and a hilariously good writer!

Okay. Rene and I don't write exactly the same genre. She's sassy comic romance where I'm trying to be strictly sweet. Trying. She's flirty with the lines--steamy in places--where I'm firmly drawing some. For a change. Bedroom doors weren't always shut in my earlier writing ventures, but life brings many changes. Although I could be… Continue reading Sit-down with Rene Penn; dear friend, soul sister, and a hilariously good writer!

Author Recommendation, CARE AND FEEDING OF WRITERS, Holiday Musings

Merry Christmas~and the very best of the season’s greetings to ALL!

Let me start by saying THANK YOU for the well wishes, prayer, and positive thoughts offered for a happy family reunion. Las Vegas was the bomb. A complete success and an entree to more of the same--warm family gatherings where "being there" for each other is the top priority. In between Black Jack successes --… Continue reading Merry Christmas~and the very best of the season’s greetings to ALL!

Author Interview, Author Recommendation, CARE AND FEEDING OF WRITERS

Sydney Winthrop, boxed-set sister #3, discusses the slings and arrows of “supportive” family! Special guest star: Last Light Falling’s Jay Plemons!

All right, guys, the countdown to Christmas is ticking. LOUDLY. It seems that way with deadlines, real or self-imposed, going blizzard in the confines of an otherwise calm headspace. https://youtu.be/Mse17xZYoZc Imagine this scrolling in your mind when you're supposed to be sleeping. Pretty menacing, no? But I'm the nervous type who often imagines things being… Continue reading Sydney Winthrop, boxed-set sister #3, discusses the slings and arrows of “supportive” family! Special guest star: Last Light Falling’s Jay Plemons!

CARE AND FEEDING OF WRITERS, Writer's Tool Box

Audio STAY-Cation. The best little getaway that takes you where you SHOULD go!

Snoopy is a TOTAL bonus! Okay. This great pic of Neil Diamond--the soulful enchanter who can still capture the masses--is floating around on Facebook. Best thing? I'm now listening to "Sweet Caroline," and feeling darned sweet. Hallelujah. Yes, there are personal issues that could translate into a crown-of-thorns, but thoughts matter. Where do you want… Continue reading Audio STAY-Cation. The best little getaway that takes you where you SHOULD go!

CARE AND FEEDING OF WRITERS

To Burn or not to Burn!

Wegmans where are you??? That’s my question. It all began – well, recently anyway – with a Friday fish quest. Youngest kiddo and I – that’s Nick aged 20 – set out early to Wegmans. A great place for food if you don’t get lost and hungry on the way. Needless to say, yours truly,… Continue reading To Burn or not to Burn!

Writer's Tool Box, Writing TIPS

Overcoming Summer Stall: A writer’s guide to get going.

It's supposed to be FUN! Summer is here and I’m so glad. The gentle breezes, the abundance of birds and squirrels, the SUN. I never believed I was dependent on the latter. Having grown up in San Jose, California, I took sunshine for granted. Truth is I longed as a child to move somewhere I… Continue reading Overcoming Summer Stall: A writer’s guide to get going.

Holiday Musings, Writer's Tool Box

First They Came for My Mattress: Out with the old!

The Grinch is at it again, not skulking back to his hidey-hole on Mt. Crumpet as is proper come New Years.  The furred menace is targeting my desk this time. My trusty chair, too. But, if I’m honest, the set isn’t mine. Oh, the glory of goldenrod and olive green The spindly number—where I often… Continue reading First They Came for My Mattress: Out with the old!

Holiday Musings

The Grinch Who Stole My Mattress

The resemblance is uncanny, but this is not my husband No, my husband is not Jim Carrey. He doesn’t have a shaggy, lime-green Grinch suit, but his insistence on taking away my Christmas comforts—all year comfort—has me cranky. Grinchy. In the mood to grouse, gripe, suspect everything, inspect and find shortcomings where none exist. Why?… Continue reading The Grinch Who Stole My Mattress