Smoky Zeidel's Blog
December 3, 2015
I am delighted to announce the re-release of my novel,The Cabin,from Thomas-Jacob Publishing.
The Cabinis available in both Kindle and print editions from Amazon.
October 4, 2015
A cold front moved into Southern California overnight, bringing cool temperatures and much appreciated, heavenly smelling, life-giving rain. I actually woke up cold. So before heading downstairs to fix my coffee and feed the dog and cats, I rustled around in my closet until I found it.
It took only a few moments. I knew I’d found it by the feel: soft, tatter-worn fabric, fraying neckline and cuffs. Yes, this was it.
My old blue sweatshirt.
I first wrote about my old blue sweatshirt on October...
September 29, 2015
It’s Banned Book Week, that week when readers get to scratch the head and ask, “What the heck?” over the American Library Association’s list of the books most challenged by outraged readers who want to dictate what the rest of us read. Sex scenes, violence, anti-Christian sentiment, homosexuality, witchcraft, and single parenthood have all been reasons books have made the list.
I had my own banned book, once. My first novel, as a matter of fact, Redeeming Grace. And while the book is out of p...
September 20, 2015
When it comes to creating my art, be it a poem, a short story, or a novel, I am not a speed demon. I never gave that much thought until this last week, when I read several pieces about writers who pump out four books or more a year, and whether they can possibly be any good when written so quickly. People seem to have strong opinions, one way or another.
No one will ever question if I rushed my work. I take my time. And, I have discovered I am in great company.
One of my favorite...
August 31, 2015
Like many fiction writers and poets, I keep a notebook of snippets, random notes that pop into my head, ideas, things I see. I located one of these little notebooks this morning as I was digging through my purse looking for I don’t remember what. Flipping through it, I decided that, if I were in an accident and the cops or emergency room staff went through my purse seeking my identity and/or next of kin and found my notebook, they would conclude I was some addled old woman incapable of comple...
August 26, 2015
Today is a cleaning day. Not your typical dust-the-furniture, sweep-the-floors type of cleaning. File cleaning. As a writer, I have more snippets and bits in files on my computer than I do finished works. I get an idea; I jot it down. Sometimes, they ripen into full-blown stories or poems. Other times, they die on the vine.
I found a piece this morning I had completely forgotten about. When I first came up with the idea for The Storyteller’s Bracelet, I was going to write it from the viewpoin...
July 20, 2015
I’m sharing a link to the community The Books Machine, a website where you can find good books to read from the comfort of your electronic devices. Membership for readers is free and will give you access to free Kindle books and quality deals, specially selected for you. This link will take you to the page:http://www.thebooksmachine.com.
This is a great place to advertise your eBooks (if you’re a writer) and to seek out new authors and titles at discount prices (if you’re a reader). If you’re...
July 19, 2015
Unless you’ve been hiding under a rock, you know California is in the midst of a catastrophic drought. But yesterday, we had drenching rains and thunderstorms, the remnant of a Pacific hurricane.
It was wet. It was noisy. It was glorious. And, it was painful.
I have a condition called peripheral neuropathy that causes chronic pain in my hands and legs, a gift from being struck by lightning 26 years ago. The pain is always there, but wet weather exacerbates it.
But you know what? After 26 year...
July 16, 2015
Like many bibliophiles, I cracked the cover of Harper Lee’s Go Set A Watchman with trepidation. I read the pre-release reviews. Generally, they were bad. One NPR reviewer went so far as to declare, “… a mess that makes us reconsider a masterpiece.” Before the book was even released, readers were arguing it couldn’t possibly stand up to To Kill A Mockingbird, and that to even consider reading it was to buy into the belief that sequels are nearly always not only a disappointment, but just a plo...
July 11, 2015
Today marks the twenty-sixth anniversary of the day I was struck by lightning. I was nearly killed; I don’t know if it is still true, but back then I was told I was the most seriously injured person anywhere in the world to survive being struck.
In honor of this day, here is my story,In A Flash:
IN A FLASH
There was nothing extraordinary about the day I died. The sky was overcast and smelled like rain, signaling an approaching summer storm. Just our luck, I thought gloomily, as my then-husban...