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The ups and downs of writing


If you are a follower of my blog, you undoubtedly noticed that for most of May, I have not posted my weekly writing/publishing post. I really was just too busy. And for once, I wasn’t just busy with non-writing stuff (PTA, work, kids’ end of the school events – though I did have these things too), I was actually writing on my current work-in-progress, which I had been neglecting. But I don’t want to get away from writing on my blog so here I am. For today’s topic I thought I would talk about the ups and downs of writing. Now, I don’t know how it is for you, but I am not dedicated enough to be writing every day though I know some authors have that down. I find myself going through periods whe...
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Quote of the Week – June 12

“The bad news is time flies. The good news is you’re the pilot.” ~ Michael Altshuler Original link
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Trying to keep the kids busy for the summer


The last day of school was last Thursday. Lexie is now officially done with elementary school. In just 10 weeks, school will start back up. Until then, I have to find a way to keep the kids busy. Guess this means it is time to write my annual “What we are doing this summer” post. As the kids get older, it is harder to find things they want to do…much less do together. But I usually manage to come up with something. Water Park/Pool I love the free option of our neighborhood pool, and we plan to go there a few times a week. I prefer to go in the morning because we often have the place to ourselves, but if we go in the afternoon, we have a better chance of running into classmates or friends. Ei...
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Wanna hear something cool?

I’m super excited this morning! Not too long ago, I entered a Twitter short story contest. Mine was selected to have a video made, with a voice over actress reading it! Twitter Short Story: YOU CALLED, by KateMarie Collins Seriously…go check it out! I’m awake now, and it’s not the coffee’s doing. LOL BB Original link
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Recipe of the Month – Ranch Cheddar Chicken


This is a simple chicken recipe but it is oh, so good. Now both my kids don’t like this but hey, one out of two is better than nothing.     Ingredients 1 cup ranch dressing 1/4 cup grated Parmesan cheese 1/4 cup shredded sharp Cheddar cheese 1 cup seasoned panko bread crubs 4 boneless, skinless chicken breasts Directions Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Pour ranch dressing in a large bowl. Add chicken to the bowl until chicken is evenly coated. In a separate bowl, mix breadcrumbs, Cheddar cheese and Parmesan cheese. Dredge each chicken breast in the bread and cheese mixture. Arrange chicken on a parchment-lined baking sheet. Bake the chicken for 20 to 25 minutes until chicken is crisp and an int...
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Quote of the Week – June 5

“Don’t wait. The time will never be right.” ~ Napoleon Hill  Original link
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Using my Cricut to decorate cups and shirts


Almost two years ago, I wrote about getting a Cricut die-cutting machine for Mother’s Day. After owning it for a few months, I finally cranked out four projects over two days (a dragon for my cellphone cover, 2 shirts and a toiletry bag). Well, in the past two years, I have done a few other projects, and learned a lot. Here are a few of the other projects that I have done. Cosplay Helmet If you follow this blog, you know that every year, my family dresses up for ComicCon. This past year, my son was a tie fighter pilot (from Star Wars). He needed the imperial symbols on his helmet which I cut out of white vinyl. Campaign shirts My mom ran for City Council. Originally, I just made her 2 shirts...
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Let’s get real

It’s Saturday. The house is quiet. I should be writing. And by that I mean more than just this blog post. LOL There’s a sense of celebrity that comes with being able to tell people you’re a published author. I can see it in their faces. You’ve done something that they think is special. With that, comes the glamour they believe is part of the job. This job is anything but glamorous most days. Most readers…heck, most of my family members…don’t have a clue about the day to day struggles that go with the job. I had someone comment about my “little writing thing” once. They think all I do is sit here, sip coffee, and type. They don’t see the promotion battle. The days when the words just won’t co...
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Quote of the Week – May 29

“Everyone who remembers his own education remembers teachers, not methods and techniques. The teacher is the heart of the educational system.” ~ Sidney Hook  Original link
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Finishing out the school year


It is Memorial Day here in the United States. This typically signals the end of school and the start of summer. As it is, the kids just have 8 more days of school – and they are busy as usual. This week, Lexie has field day on Tuesday. This is 3 hours of outdoor (and a few indoor) activities to promote health and teamwork. On Wednesday, the school is doing a panoramic picture of the whole fifth grade (about 100 students). When I was in elementary school, they didn’t do this. It was saved for graduating seniors of the high school. We will go ahead an order one even though the one we bought her brother is still in the cardboard roll it came in. The day all fifth graders here wait for is Friday...
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Quote of the Week – May 22

Words are, of course, the most powerful drug used by mankind. ~ Rudyard Kipling Original link
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Dealing with chronic dry eyes


I’ve been wearing contacts or glasses for over 30 years. At each yearly checkup, there is little change to my prescription. But I am getting older, and last year finally started needing reading glasses in addition to using my contacts to sharpen things in the distance. When I went to my last eye appointment in October, the doctor suggested trying progressive lenses for my glasses and trying monovision for my contacts so that I would not need the reading glasses. Monovision is where they correct one eye for distance and the other eye for reading. As strange as it sounds, it does work though the viewing of things in a distance is not as perfectly clear as it would be with regular contacts. I a...
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New beginnings, temporary goodbyes


It’s Thursday. Outside, it’s raining. Which isn’t anything new for this part of the world, but we were dry (and warm) for a time. It’s been a crazy few weeks since my last post. I haven’t gotten far on either of my wips, which I need to change. I need to stop putting the writing on the back burner. It’s hard, though, when so many other things seem more important. We said a temporary good bye to one of our gaming buds. Ed’s job changed shifts on him, and he wasn’t going to make it to the table on Saturdays because of it. Work does take precedence. Gaming’s great, but it doesn’t pay the bills. So, head over to my page for D&D stories and read up on what Jinnaari’s up to while Ed’s on hiatus. H...
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Quote of the Week – May 15

“Suicide is a permanent solution to a temporary problem.” ~ Phil Donahue Original link
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Unexpected events: Suicide and suicidal thoughts


Saturday afternoon, I found myself sitting in a church in downtown San Antonio. My husband and I were attending a memorial service for Mike – a fellow attorney my husband had known for the past fifteen years. As I sat on the pew, I was surprised that the family had the minister address the circumstances around his death. Last Tuesday, Mike committed suicide. My husband who talked to Mike usually weekly was shocked. He knew Mike has been diagnosed with stage four prostate cancer last year but had no idea that he had recently gone off his medication. What no one knew was Mike – who was a 75-year-old grandfather – was also fighting depression. On the days before he committed suicide, he was pla...
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May is Short Story Month – #excerpt of THE SEARCH


It is a rainy May here in Texas. May is also Short Story Month so if you have to stay inside, check out some short stories this month. Short story month began back in 2007 to showcase books that could be read in one sitting. Now there isn’t an official number of words that constitutes a short story but the general consensus online is that a short story is between 1000 and 7,500 words. Hmmm…that makes my “short” story, The Search, which is a prequel to my The Elemental trilogy, not technically a “short” story. However, I call it a short story because 12,000 words is much less than my full length novels that have 80,000+ words. So in honor of Short Story Month, let me share with you an excerpt...
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Yep – I am still crazy…Becoming PTA president at the Middle School


As any of you who follow my blog know, I have been on the PTA executive board at my kids’ elementary school for the past 8 year (the past 5 as an Officer). This past year, I was PTA president at the elementary while being treasurer on the middle school PTA board. Whoa. That was a lot of work. As the school year wrapped up, I began looking forward to being on just one PTA board as both kids will be at the middle school next year. And since I want to spend more time on my writing, I thought it was the perfect time to step back from big roles and decided I would be the secretary for the middle school PTA. This was the one officer role that I thought would be the easiest and take up the least am...
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#AtoZChallenge 2019 recap


This April, I participated in the A to Z challenge where each day (except Sundays) you post on a new topic following the letters of the alphabet. So April 1 the topic started with A, on April 2 the topic began with B and so on. This was my sixth year doing the challenge. The organizers of the challenge suggest you pick a theme for your writing. The first year I didn’t do a theme. The next year it was TV shows, followed by characters, antagonists and then songs about magic. This year I chose Character Flaws as my theme. Part of the challenge is also to visit other blogs. You never know when you will find a new favorite blogger. In past years, I have done better at this but this really has bee...
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Recipe of the Month – Avocado Egg Rolls


I love egg rolls. I love the traditional style or Southwestern or even these which are a version of the ones served at the Cheesecake Factory. Actually this recipe is a combination of two things I love – avocados and egg rolls. Yum. And these are pretty easy to make – only taking 20 minutes. Ingredients 1 cup vegetable oil 3 avocados, halved, peeled and seeded 1 Roma tomato, diced 1/4 cup diced red onion 2 tablespoons chopped fresh cilantro leaves Juice of 1 lime Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper, to taste 8 egg roll wrappers Cilantro Dipping Sauce 3/4 cup fresh cilantro leaves, loosely packed 1/3 cup sour cream 1 jalapeno, seeded 2 tablespoons mayonnaise 1 clove garlic Juice of 1 ...
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Quote of the Week – May 1

“Don’t let fear or insecurity stop you from trying new things. Believe in yourself. Do what you love. And most importantly, be kind to others, even if you don’t like them.” ~ Stacy London Original link
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