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One Week Later (in the New Food World)

One Week Later (in the New Food World)

– For the “backstory” on what I’m writing about, please see this post – So I’m one week in on the new gluten/dairy (etc.) free diet. Since some of you have asked how I’m faring, here goes: After seven full days of ridiculously healthy food, I am relieved to find that I have no desire [Read more...]

A Little Help Needed Please….

A Little Help Needed Please….

 Looks like 2014 is definitely going to be one of change. Not to worry — I’m keeping the same husband, house, job and such like that. It’s the food that has to change because it’s slowly trying to kill me. It appears I have food intolerance issues (as compared to allergies like those folks for [Read more...]

2013 in Review (or) You Did What?!?

2013 in Review (or) You Did What?!?

2013 was an incredible year for me on so many levels. But as much fun as it was to meet my readers and journey all over this planet, I’ll be home more in 2014. I *need/crave* that downtime to write my stories, so I’ll be like a Hobbit and enjoy the comforts of home (and [Read more...]

What’s Next or You Heard It Here First

What’s Next or You Heard It Here First

The short version: My standalone YA novel,  BRIAR ROSE, has been contracted to my UK publisher, Macmillan Children’s Books in London!!! At present we’re looking at an early Spring 2014 release, though that might change down the line. The much longer version with all sorts of publishing backstory and deets: Now that FORETOLD (Book #4) [Read more...]

Of Cats & Quirks

Of Cats & Quirks

As you may know, we recently adopted a shelter cat, Dali, and I promised folks an update on how she’s adjusting. I have to say it’s not been dull. Dali has some unique traits about her. For one, when the shelter shaved her to determine if she was spayed, the hair never grew back so [Read more...]

Our Brother’s Keeper

Our Brother’s Keeper

I recently noted an article in our local paper and it was very appropriate for this national holiday. The article tells of a veteran’s journey to reconnect with his brother Jeff, who died in Vietnam, and ultimately to meet up with the man who killed him. The article is here. I had the honor of [Read more...]

The Newest Member of the House

The Newest Member of the House

It has been three years since our last cat shuffled off this mortal coil and we’d both said we weren’t going to have any more pets. We love them, but they tear us apart when they move on. Every. Single. Time. Fast forward to late last fall when I decided that there was something missing [Read more...]

Of Lithium and Electronics

Of Lithium and Electronics

Replacing a laptop battery should be a breeze. Instead it was more like an episode of Mission Impossible. Cue appropriate theme music. Battery #1: I ordered the wrong one. Bad author, no cookie. So I think I’ll just pop it back for credit. No biggie. Ever try to send one of these back? The local [Read more...]

It’s December Already?

It’s December Already?

December? What? When did that happen? Oy! My fall has been interesting. From Dragon*Con  (Labor Day) forward I’ve been living on a rollercoaster with occasional breaks for changes of clothes, food and sleep. But now I have reached the end of the ride and things will settle down. Since Labor Day I have: Been to [Read more...]

Of Work & Play & Life

Of Work & Play & Life

I’ve been so quiet I figured I should catch you folks up on what’s happening in my world. Nothing major going on, just the usual but there have been some interesting moments. Work: Right now I’ve completed the following for Book #2 (entitled SOUL THIEF in the US, FORBIDDEN in the UK): Revisions and Copy Edits [Read more...]