Who’s Your Poodle?

I have a dog, a bunch of birds, and a couple feral cats. I walk with another dog owner. I meet with bird lovers every month. My Goddaughter has a sweet cat. I check out cat pictures on the internet. And I have friends who have horses, goats, aquarium fish, tortoises, snakes, and lizards. I know very few people who do not have pets of some kind. So if all my characters do not have pets, they seem less human, somehow. I mean, how many times have you seen something mentioned in the last two years about the only president to not have a dog? Continue reading “Who’s Your Poodle?”

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November Word of the Month

Happy National Novel Writing Month! I’m doing MyNoReMo, or My Novel Rewriting Month. As long as I jump in and keep turning out the words, I think I will be okay. Which made me think of an excellent word for this month. Continue reading “November Word of the Month”

The Swamp of Inspiration

I happened to be swimming alone the other day. Actually, there were other people in the pool, but none of them were my close friends so I kept doing my “laps” and thinking about all kinds of stuff. One lady said something about a woman who kicked her husband out for reasons. My mind jumped into story mode. What if a man found out his wife had kicked him out due to gossip going around town? He goes to work in the morning, and a coworker gives him condolences. Continue reading “The Swamp of Inspiration”

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”

October Word of the Month

Look at that pumpkin! Must be fall for some of us. My north hemisphere bias shows when I talk about the seasons, but the fact is, everywhere around me is busting out in orange things and spooky dolls that talk when you move past them and the occasional pumpkin spice ALL THE THINGS. What better time to look at the term Jack o’Lantern. Continue reading “October Word of the Month”

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”