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March 3, 2015

Dear readers,

I just don’t have the energy to continue to pretend to have a gracious attitude. I made it 8 weeks, but I’m done. I failed the challenge. Better luck to the other participants, who I encourage you to follow.

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Published on March 03, 2015 07:18 • 73 views

February 24, 2015

I’m baaaack! Took last week off to celebrate Mardi Gras here on the Gulf Coast, but this week’s challenge is to express gratitude for a friend. Instead of focusing on one in particular, I’m going to sing the praises of them all.

As a writer and someone who is active in the community, I have a lot of acquaintances, and they’re awesome. I have a smaller circle of casual friends who know what I’m up to and what’s going on in my life, and they’re fantastic, too.

However, this past year has been the...

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Published on February 24, 2015 07:28 • 28 views

February 10, 2015

Good grief, if you know me at all you know I’ve written extensively about my adopted home along the Gulf Coast. After spending my first three decades along the shores of Lake Erie, moving to the Deep South was culture shock at its finest.

WANT and NEED (and the accompanying short story AFTERTASTE) are set in Mobile, Alabama, as is my upper-YA SHRAPNEL. Only SHELF LIFE is set somewhere else.

As far as gratitude is concerned, this city (region, really) has given me so much to be thankful for. It...

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Published on February 10, 2015 06:15 • 25 views

February 3, 2015

Although I’ve written extensively about the culture shock I endured after moving to the Deep South, there was one regional custom that I welcomed with open arms: Pearls.

They’re everywhere.

Worn with jeans, with workplace attire, with date night dresses and especially at formal functions. Hell, I know a woman who is mostly house-bound and wears comfortable sweatpants and shirts, but by god, she’s boasting pearl earrings.

I. Love. It.

See, I’ve always preferred classic stuff over trendy. I’m prett...

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Published on February 03, 2015 08:59 • 30 views

January 27, 2015

IMG_0776This week’s gratitude challenge is so ridiculously easy. It’s my son’s ninth birthday, so naturally he’s in the forefront of my mind, as well as the day he was born and all the challenges we’ve faced together.

See, I never saw myself as a mom. I was going to get my PhD and take on the world in some grand capacity. Halfway through graduate school, something kicked in and I began crying through baptisms and Johnson and Johnson commercials. I needed a baby. NOW.

My pregnancy was anything but the g...

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Published on January 27, 2015 06:22 • 57 views

January 20, 2015

What’s the first thing you picture when you hear the word, “family?”

Your parents, kids, your nuclear family or giant holiday get-togethers with fifty people? If you’re like me, it’s a combination of those things PLUS the friends who have become like family — the quirky perverts who text you dirty jokes to cheer you up; who pop over for dinner and play Legos with your kids; or who agree that yes, that guy over there is definitely checking you out (even if he isn’t).

All of us have ebbs and flow...

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Published on January 20, 2015 07:01 • 22 views

January 13, 2015

Sometimes, the universe is a bitch. Today, for instance, which calls for writing about gratitude in regards to a spouse/significant other.

See, I no longer have a spouse. (Hooray! Much gratitude!) Not sure on the significant other status. (Boo! Ambiguity sucks big ones.)

“That’s right, Ned. This is MY story! You stand there with your Miami Vice shirt partly unbuttoned and look pretty.”

That’s why I’m focusing on the significant others we find in books,aka BOOK BOYFRIENDS! It all started with Ned...

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Published on January 13, 2015 06:33 • 28 views

January 12, 2015

Happy Birthday to EVERNIGHT TEEN!

ETBirthdayBlogHop EVERNIGHT TEEN turns two this month and we’re having a huge party to celebrate! It may be EVERNIGHT TEEN’s birthday, but you get the presents. So, grab a piece of cake, hop from blog-to-blog and discover EVERNIGHT TEEN !

Be sure to visit every stop on the hop and answer each question. The more you blogs you hop, the more chances to win the GRAND PRIZE of an iPad Mini sponsored by EVERNIGHT TEEN (one entry per blog). Plus, hop each blog for a host of other fabulo...

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Published on January 12, 2015 07:25 • 31 views

January 7, 2015

Confession: I haven’t read a book in months. I’m a writer and I haven’t read for pleasure in I don’t even know how long. I don’t know the latest titles, emerging authors or which series is set to become the latest Summit Entertainment drawn-out movie franchise.

The question of whether or not the book business is oversaturated has been plaguing me for more than year now. It’s partly responsible for my hiatus after initially releasing SHELF LIFE in December 2013 (re-released October 2014).

Six or...

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Published on January 07, 2015 10:37 • 26 views

January 6, 2015

Okay, yes, this is an author blog and it should be focused on books. BUT! I can talk about gratitude AND books at the same time. (Writers are Swiss Army Knife ninjas like that.)

Fellow Inkspell author Brooke Mossaccepted and then issued this challenge, soI decided to jump on the bandwagon. Why?

Well, that’s the focus of Week 1: Why Start This Challenge?


gratitude2014 was really just shitty. I mean, the shittiest year of my entire life. Don’t worry, all that shitasticness will probably become fodd...
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Published on January 06, 2015 07:22 • 29 views