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Trying to stay on task…again


You would think with the COVID-19 pandemic run rampant in San Antonio, Texas that I would have all the time in the world to write, to finish my first draft of my latest book. We are after all supposed to be staying home…again. Yet, here it is that time is slipping by and I am not getting as much done as I would like on the writing front. Sigh. This is a typical problem for me. And I am sure it is a problem for many Independent Authors who do not write full-time. It is my other life that is encroaching on my time. As I have said before on this blog, I have a problem saying no when it comes to volunteering. I am involved in four different school related boards – 2 local Parent-Teacher Associat...
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Vacationing during the pandemic


Well, if you have watched the news lately, you know that COVID-19 cases are skyrocketing here in Texas. In fact, San Antonio is in the top 10 COVID hot spots in the U.S. This is not the list you want to be on. Originally, before this whole mess came about – way before 2020 started my parents, brother and I planned a June trip to New Orleans. That went out the window when New Orleans was listed as a hot bed for COVID 19 cases in April. In May, as things were going well in San Antonio, we planned to replace the New Orleans trip with one to South Padre Island so the kids could enjoy the beach, which had recently opened. We had no clue when we booked the trip what restaurants would be open. All ...
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The Murder Hobos – Shore Leave – Episode 5 – Christos

Nessa stood with the crowd, waiting. She’d never seen a bar fight before, let alone an organized one, so it would be fun. It’s not like anyone would be hurt, not really. There had to be clerics around, too. Seriously, why would they want anyone to die doing this? It’d make it impossible to get anyone to sign up. The sound of a mandolin drifted on the light breeze, followed by a deep baritone voice singing:   “You have never heard a drinking song, Until you heard a drinking song. A drinking song to all your friends Until they get their fill.   “A good ale to start the tale With a little hint of mystery Three cups in, will guarantee a sale Right into her heart of plenty   “You have never heard...
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Recipe of the Month – Vanilla Slice-and-Bake Cookies

This is an easy cookie recipe. Typically when I make these they are eaten in the first 24 hours. I choose this picture of the cookies as their layout makes the shape of Mickey Mouse. (Disney fans will understand this.) Ingredients 1/2 cup butter or margarine, softened 1 cup sugar 1 egg 2 t. vanilla extract 1 3/4 cups flour 1/2 t. baking soda 1/4 t. salt 1/2 cup chopped pecans Directions Cream butter, gradually add sugar, beating well at medium speed of an electric mixer. Add egg and vanilla, beat well. Combine flour, soda and salt; add to creamed mixture, beating well. Stir in pecans. Shape dough into 2 rolls (about 10 inches long). Wrap in wax paper and chill for at least 2 hours. Unwrap ro...
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Quote of the Week – July 1

For every minute you are angry, you lose sixty seconds of happiness ~ Ralph Waldo Emerson Original link
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Facemasks, freedom, and morality

Morning everyone. I live in Washington state. In the same county where the first COVID-19 case was discovered officially. I’m back to work now after three months of being furloughed. I’ve had to change a majority of my life because of the virus, even though I don’t personally know anyone who has had it. Thank the Goddess none of the people I care about have been infected. Our D&D group went online. I started doing grocery store curbside pick up. Movies are watched at home. We’ve bought more online in the last 3 months than we had the previous 7-10. I spent 2 frantic days making over 50 masks for us, friends, and my hubby’s workplace. Our son graduated high school during this. Our daughter’s ...
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Quote of the Week – June 24

The road to success and the road to failure are almost exactly the same ~ Colin R. Davis Original link
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The Murder Hobos – Shore Leave – Episode 4 – Serena

Nessa lay down on the grassy hillside, letting the sound of the waves below her echo in her ears. She liked Saltmarsh so far. The people were so friendly! Her room at The Wicker Goat wasn’t big, but it was clean. She made sure to make the bed every morning, too. Not that sleeping outside, in the crook of a tree, was a bad thing. The temple bed had been hard, and the one at the wizarding school was way too narrow. There was even a small window in her room here, that she could open and let the night air come inside. She’d delivered the bread and her boss gave her the rest of the day off. She went to the market, picking up a couple of pretty hair pins and a new pouch, then got a meat pie from L...
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The Murder Hobos – Shore Leave – Episode 3 – Varas

Nessa skipped down the road, an empty basket in hand. She’d found a job yesterday, running errands for Councilman Gellan. He was a kind man, older than her own grandsire, and certainly didn’t object to paying her well to do small things. This morning, it was a trip to the baker. Gellan was hosting several guests for dinner and needed more bread than what his own cook could produce in time. Nestled in with the cloths to keep the bugs off the bread was a pouch full of real gold. He’d told her to buy as much as the baker could sell, without running short for his normal orders, and she could keep the rest! The heady smell wafted on the morning breeze, chasing away the fishy smell and making her ...
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The Murder Hobos – Shore Leave – Episode 2 – Nessa

She sniffed the air, pausing. That was strange. It didn’t smell right. It was salty, and sorta like fish. And not good fish like you’d get for dinner. This was raw, or rotten, or both. It was also new, different. Nessa adjusted the pack on her back, smiling at the birds that flew overhead. They were heading north, back toward the wood where she lived. That meant spring was here, and summer would be coming soon. All the plants would bloom and the air would smell sweeter. Wandering aimlessly, she let her feet find the path through the trees. She hummed tunelessly as she walked. The forest ended and the bright afternoon sun made her blink. Raising one hand to shield her eyes, her jaw dropped. B...
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The Murder Hobos – Shore Leave – Episode 1 – Manak

Our new game won’t start until June 27th, but I wanted to start introducing the cast to you all!  A hand slapped the side of the wagon, jolting Manak awake. “We’re here,” the driver growled. “Get out.” Carefully, he scooted toward the end of the cart. He’d broken a crate climbing in, and he’d depleted his coin stash paying for the damages. “Where’s here?” “Saltmarsh,” the man replied. “Where?” “Look,” he stared at Manak, exasperated, “You handed me coin and asked me to take you as far from Baldur’s Gate as that would get you. No questions asked. This is it.” He stared at him. Manak slid out of the back of the wagon, one massive hand gripping his pack. The unmistakable odor of salt water perm...
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Quote of the Week – June 17

Happiness is not a goal; it is a by-product ~ Eleanor Roosevelt Original link
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“Alterni” Audiobook

The audiobook for “Alterni: The Alt-World Chronicles Book 1” is now available! Sommer Hines (yes, Sunshine and Sommer work together – lol) does an excellent job narrating the story, and I can tell you from listening to book 2 that she manages some pretty fantastic tricks with the ancient vampire voices. You won’t have to... Continue Reading →Original link
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Is there a thing as too much volunteering?


I have a problem. That is the first step – admitting it. I definitely have a problem. And it isn’t that I can’t say no. It is that I love being involved. I love being involved in my kids’ schools and knowing what is happening. It is this love for volunteering and being involved that has led me to my current predicament. I now have 4 volunteer positions. Yep, you read that right. In addition to working part-time and writing a novel, I will fill the rest of my time with lots of volunteering. Middle School PTA This past school year, I was PTA President for the middle school. It has been a crazy year with the last fourth of it being done from home. That didn’t stop my volunteering, there was sti...
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Review of “Trampled Crown” by Kirby Kellogg

This one feels like it could easily be a movie. Set in a high school, centered around an upcoming dance, the story could be predictable and all-too familiar, but the interesting part for me was that this was from the perspective of a teacher. That certainly kept it from feeling like just another teen horror/suspense... Continue Reading →Original link
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To remain silent is to be complicit

Let’s get something straight. Black lives matter. My life hasn’t always been great. I can tell stories that’ll make many of you cringe. But I am white. I grew up related to half a county sheriff’s department (through blood, friendship, or marriage). I have privilege that thousands in this country do not. Simply because the color of their skin. And that’s wrong. Cops should not be armed like soldiers. They should not be targeting someone based on their race. They damn well should NOT be killing them for that reason alone.     Original link
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Quote of the Week – June 10

Today my husband and I celebrate our 25th wedding anniversary. One is loved because one is loved. No reason is needed for loving ~ Paulo Coelho Original link
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Keeping the kids busy this summer


School has technically been out for the past week and a half though the kids finished their distance learning the week before that. And now that we are officially into summer, it is time for my annual “What we are doing this summer” post. This year is a little different since we are still in the midst of our state reopening businesses. Pool/Water Park I love the free option of our neighborhood pool. It just opened at the end of May with a limit of 20 people to keep with the social distancing. It is usually empty in the mornings so that is when we will go. We also have a season pass to Six Flags. We bought them so we could use their water park. But as I write this, Six Flags has not reopened ...
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The Murder Hobos – Episode 89 – Forever Family

The music followed Thia out to the balcony. It wasn’t that she didn’t want to celebrate Pan’s wedding to Eli. For now, though, everything overwhelmed her. All she wanted to do was breathe some of the cool night air and calm her mind. “So, Thia,” Jinnaari said from behind her, “how are things with you?” She laughed as she turned around. “Still up to your paladin mind tricks?” He shrugged, “What makes you think I ever stopped?” Moving closer, he sat down on one end of a stone bench. “We’re family, Thia. I know that face. Talk to me.” She sat down, facing the party. Pan danced with his husband in the center of the revelry. They looked beyond happy. “It’s over, isn’t it?” Her voice cracked a lit...
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Writing out of order

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As I have been writing this blog for nearly 8 years now, finding writing topics has become harder and harder. I feel like I have covered so many topics multiple times. Sometimes I try to look at what I am currently writing for inspiration. I am still working on my first draft of the first book in a follow up trilogy to my The Elemental trilogy. Now I am not a planner. I do not outline my books before I write. I do have a loose outline and typically plan out a few chapters at a time. And often I do have the end of the book in mind when I begin writing. But since I only have a loose outline, I am free to let my characters dictate how the story goes. This method works for me – usually. I and ma...
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