Birthdays

Having a birthday on a holiday is pretty rough for kids. One family member has a birthday in early January, two others are on December 26 and 28. They would get one large present for both birthday and Christmas. One had never had a birthday party until his wife threw one for him. People are busy enough around that time without the intrusion of another gift-buying occasion. Continue reading “Birthdays”

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Romance Writers of America Family

Hey, what would you say is the one thing you share with your family? Do you play chess with Dad? Go hunting with Grandma? Do you cruise the bars with Mom? Go on shopping sprees with Sissy? Maybe you beat your brother at darts every Saturday. Well, in the local chapter of Romance Writers of America, we have members of the same family who write Romances. We have a few mother-daughter writers, a smattering of sisters, and the occasional husband-wife team who cheer each other on. And, yes, we do like to have men join the club. No initiation rites or anything. Continue reading “Romance Writers of America Family”

My Writing Day

So many writers in the world have a lot going against them, yet they continue to write and to put out novels that entertain while making us think. I’m never going to write a book that requires deep thought since I don’t live in a war-torn country or suffer from disabilities or work a full-time job or even have small children to care for. I was a coward and gave up writing when my kids were younger. IT seemed the thing to do at the time. Continue reading “My Writing Day”

Transportation Highlights

I remember the day my husband and I bought our first minivan. I loved that vehicle. For the first time, the kids each had their own seat. Less bickering, less need for over the front seat smacking, or even threats to do so. I’m still sad that we ended up with a cracked head in the engine and a bad flat tire. We went to Toyota Matrix hatchbacks after that, and now the kids are grown and out of the house. So we got an even bigger van! Go figure. Continue reading “Transportation Highlights”

My Parents Thesis

Are you laughing? Okay, good. Because talking about parents can be a very touchy subject. People I have known were given up at birth for adoption. Many lost their parents due to suicide. Another category watched one or both parents suffer from a disease that we should have found a cure for by now. Accidents, estrangements, other medical issues, all have claimed the lives of other parents. I lost my mother to complications of diabetes twenty some years ago. My father passed away from being old last year. Since then, I have had to think about my characters and their parents. Continue reading “My Parents Thesis”

Remembering

This month I am putting off the Word of the Month until Sunday. Because February 1st is a day that is etched in my heart. I can’t believe it’s already been a year. I can’t believe it’s only been a year. February 1st, 2017, is the day my best friend left this world. She left her children, her grandchild, her pets, her new love, her aged parents, her family spread all over, and her friends. Continue reading “Remembering”