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January 17, 2014

OutToLunchFor the last three months I’ve been changing my priorities. The most important goal I’ve given myself is to spend 2014 for myself and my writing. My number one priority is to write and edit the novels I’ve neglected for the last 4 years while I learned publishing and improved my editing skills. Until further notice, I won’t be posting to my blog. My thought is to return after I’ve published the first two books in The Courier Series. That could be six months from now or in 2015. TTYL…

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Published on January 17, 2014 07:02 • 21 views

January 13, 2014

Weighing-Scales-1If only I weighed what this scale reads.


Week one with no sugar sucked and it’s only getting worse. Every day around 2:00 P.M. my nerves are on edge, and I could kill someone for a Jolly Rancher. What do I do to curb the cravings? I eat a tablespoon of raisins and half a handful of nuts.


Anyway, last week I decided to set 2 goals to get me started, lose one pound a week and quit the sugar during the first quarter of 2014. I’m kinda cheating though. Going cold turkey on the sugar alone equals...

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Published on January 13, 2014 05:00 • 10 views

January 10, 2014

Every Friday we post a discussion about a book on the New York Public Library’s best 100 kids books published during the past 100 years. You drop by and tell us if you love the book or hate it and why. Check our calendar for future books so you can read or reread the book and prepare for the coming book discussions.


This week’s selection is Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day by Judith Viorst.


Alexander knew it was going to be a terrible day when he woke up with gum in...

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Published on January 10, 2014 05:00 • 4 views

January 9, 2014

This is my first week doing the Trifecta, a weekly word challenge I’m adding to the Thursday blog agenda. Each week I’ll do a different challenge to change things up. Here’s my first try:


“I have time to kill,” Bob said. “Let’s spend some more time editing your manuscript.”


“Why?” Tammy replied to her husband. He was so annoying, thinking that thirty years as an English professor made him an expert in everything. “I mean, how many drafts do we have to go through? My novel is fine. My mom even s...

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Published on January 09, 2014 05:00 • 6 views

January 8, 2014


Illus. in full color. A wordless story. The pictures have “the hazy softness of air in snow. A little boy rushes out into the wintry day to build a snowman, which comes alive in his dreams that night. The experience is one that neither he nor young ‘readers’ will ever regret or forget.”–(starred) Booklist.


This book is like a comic book with no words. What I like about the format is that you can look at the pictures and talk about the visual story. Beautifully illustrated, I’d like to have th...

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Published on January 08, 2014 05:00 • 2 views

January 7, 2014

Abraham_Lincoln_vs._ZombiesHOLY CRAP! What an awesome zombie movie! Here’s what it’s about:


Not to be confused with the big-screen, vampire hunting mashup, this direct-to-video horror flick has the Great Emancipator battling to save the Union from an attacking horde of Confederate zombies.


I LOVED IT! And I can say you won’t confuse this one with Abraham Lincoln Vampire Hunter because this movie is so much better…if you like B movies. Then again, I fell asleep during the vampire hunter version. You wouldn’t like to read...

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Published on January 07, 2014 05:00 • 4 views

January 6, 2014

calvin-hobbes-new-years-resolutionsYeah, I’m going there. I have two resolutions this year, both pretty typical: quit eating refined sugar and lose 30 pounds. I don’t really have a choice with the sugar. I’m addicted to it like it’s heroine. No joke. If I go a few days without sugar, I go looking for a fix like a junkie. I not only eat it, I binge on it. For me, it’s been worse than trying to quit smoking cigarettes. It’s affecting my health and I’ve had enough, so it’s gotta go. As far as the extra 30 pounds, it’s been on me...

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Published on January 06, 2014 05:00 • 20 views

January 3, 2014

2014A few days late, but here’s my happy new year wishes to all. I’m sitting back today, glad this holiday season is officially over. On top of all the usual festivities, our family had a new baby born and a wedding. My biggest wish for the start of the new year is a few weeks of piece and quiet. Of course, the chances of that happening…


Off to take down the decorations.


HAPPY NEW YEAR!

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Published on January 03, 2014 06:46 • 13 views

December 31, 2013

Best Bad Zombie Movies Beneath the Surface Days of Darkness Dead and Deader Dead Heist Johnny Sunshine Nazis at the Center of the Earth Raiders of the Damned Return in Red The Vineyard Virus Undead Zombie Ass: Toilet of the Dead Zombie Town Zombies! Zombies! Zombies! Please leave bad zombie … Continue reading →
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December 30, 2013

I want to quickly mention a book series by Mary Kay Andrews I’ve fallen in love with this holiday season. I happened upon this series while searching for positive and uplifting holiday reads. I read Blue Christmas first and enjoyed it so much I had to get Christmas Bliss, which … Continue reading →
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Published on December 30, 2013 05:00 • 15 views