In the Swim

I take one Sunday every month to discuss health topic for writers. I thought I had found the best possible diet when I stopped eating beef and pork. It did work for a while, but I still need to get a handle on carbs. I thought I was keeping myself in good shape by walking every day. Sure, it helps, but it’s not gonna let me drop the pounds I need to shed. Continue reading “In the Swim”

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Writing Therapy

I look at the pile of “would haves” and “should haves” that was my younger life and realize that I turned to writing as a way to ease the pain and the wrong turns I took. In a sense, my writing has been my therapy. It’s a much better therapy than talking to people who earn a living from that task. I find myself making stuff up when I didn’t want to talk about the things they wanted to ask me about. Which is why I can put the MSU after my name. Continue reading “Writing Therapy”

Suffering Characters

I can’t find and don’t remember who said something to the effect of get your characters up to their eyeballs in alligators and then throw stones at them. It’s good advice and looking back at my favorite books and movies, there is a common theme of how close to losing it all the characters came. By the bye, being up to any body part in alligators is a uniquely American phrase. Perhaps in Ancient Egypt, they were up to their asses in asps, but no record has survived. Continue reading “Suffering Characters”

Is There Life After Loss of a Pet?

Today is two weeks since my husband and I said a final farewell to Tilda, the best dog we could have wished for. Her ashes came back with a beautiful paw print in ceramic and a card that comforts and celebrates her life. The crying isn’t over yet, but I found a few things that are lovingly supportive of the process. Losing a dog or a cat or any pet can be more traumatic than losing a relative. I believe only losing a child can be more devastating and there is much less community empathy for pet loss. Continue reading “Is There Life After Loss of a Pet?”

The End of an Error

In the midst of one of the worst financial situations in my life, I had advice from a friend to just self-publish as many books as I could and that the money would follow. It’s that whole “do what you love” thing. I started that with my Regency romances but I also decided to follow another path. I had an amazing idea (I thought) for a paranormal anthology. And it would be one that could keep going forever. I created my world around a pub called The Bowman’s Inn and opened the doors to writers who were interested. Continue reading “The End of an Error”