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Hosting a Stress and Anxiety in Adolescence Seminar


Twice a year, our middle school parent-teacher association (PTA) hosts seminars to educate parents on student related issues. In October, we brought in several police officers to talk about drugs. In February, we decided to cover Stress and Anxiety in Adolescence.We lined up one of our counselors and the school district police sergeant who oversees our cluster of schools to do the lunch time presentation. Then the day before our seminar, a student at a nearby high school committed suicide on school property. Both the counselor and police officer were called away the next day to help the students deal with the tragedy.Luckily, our principal and another counselor pulled together information an...
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The Murder Hobos – Episode 47 – Falling

“Hold on,” Jinnaari instructed her. With a massive push, they rose from the ground.Thia closed her eyes. The chasm floor was at least five hundred feet below them. She wasn’t about to let go.She felt him stop, finally opening her eyes. They hovered at the side of the cavern. Helix and Pan were fighting the Beholder already.“Here,” she felt him drape a cloak around her back and secure it. “Now, put a hand against the wall.”Taking a deep breath, she did as he instructed. Her body didn’t move. “The cloak’s going to keep you safe over here. As long as you have a foot, hand, or something else touching the wall, you won’t fall.”She let go of the paladin, and he flew toward the fight.Shifting her p...
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Fundamental Differences

Hey everyone!I’ve got today off of work, and I’m mostly (like, 95%) recovered from my cold. I plan to get started on writing soon.For some reason, a memory of my mom floated into my head this morning. She used to play solitaire at the dining room table every morning before work. It was her way of getting ready for the day.One morning, I came out of my room and saw her shuffling through the different stacks and peeking at the cards. I said something along the lines of, “isn’t that cheating?”Her reply was, “No. I’m just making sure it’s possible to win. There’s no reason to play if I can’t win.”I realized this morning, 4 years after her death and decades since that moment, that the one memory ...
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The Murder Hobos – Episode 46 – Pan finds the bottom

Pan squeezed his way through the crevice, the alchemy jug held securely in his arms. Everyone else was looting the Driders and Drow they’d just killed. All he wanted to do was figure out how to empty the jug.Ever since they’d found the jug, he’d waited to try it out. It was one thing to hear about what it could do; it was another to actually experience it.“Beer,” he whispered.The sloshing inside changed tone. Uncorking one of the spouts, the aroma of hops wafted out. “Oh, my,” he said. Lifting the jug to his lips, he took a sip.And then started to gulp.Two hours later, with the jug empty at last, he put the stopper into the spout. The small room spun enough that he thought twice about standi...
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The unending optimism of an author

Good morning!Heading out the door for an early shift in a bit. Well, at least getting in the car and letting it defrost! One interesting part about the weather where I live is that, especially in late winter/early spring, we’ll have a 25 degree difference between the daytime high and nighttime lows!There’s something I’ve noticed every author I know has in common. We are optimistic to a fault. Yes, we agonize over our stories. Stress out like no one else over query letters. Take a dozen deep breaths when we get a reply before we even dare open the email. And we hear the word ‘no’. A lot.But we keep trying. We keep writing. We keep submitting. Why?Because we believe, deep down inside, that wha...
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Using Twitter to reach readers


Last week I wrote about setting up a Facebook page to connect with your readers. Twitter can also be a great way to reach readers.Twitter is a social networking site where users can send short (280 character) messages called Tweets. You can include a hashtag (#) to allow people who are interested in a topic to find those who share that same interest. But be warned – using too many of these looks like your message is spam.As with Facebook, you shouldn’t spend all your time posting about your book. I’m not saying you can’t post about it but it can’t be all you do. You can post announcements – a new review, a cover reveal, an author interview/guest post or a book giveaway, to name a few.But be ...
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Quote of the Week – Feb. 19

The way I see it, if you want the rainbow, you gotta put up with the rain. ~ Dolly Parton Original link
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Random thoughts post-ick

Hey!So, it’s early. Not quite 6 am for me. I’ve got to leave for the day job soon. At least I’m going in today. Yesterday was a ‘not unless you want the entire store, customers and co-workers, sick’ call out.Like most women I know, I tried to tough it out. I started feeling bad on Thursday last week. Have kept things low key, rested, made sure I had fluids, took cold meds. By Sunday, I knew that wasn’t enough.I think I slept more yesterday than not.I didn’t even try to get anything written. My goal was to get through the ick enough to where I could go to work today. Being a writer is great. It really is. I adore the job. It’s just not paying. Yet. So, day jobs have to happen. Car payments, m...
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Working from home finally pays off


Almost 15 years ago, I quit my job at a promotional product company to become a stay-at-home mom. While I have stayed home, I haven’t totally quit the work force. For the six months after my son was born, I did some freelance writing for the company I just left. And of course, there is my writing of novels.But neither of those bring in a steady paycheck. Luckily, I didn’t need a paycheck as my husband’s salary was enough for me to stay at home and raise our son – and soon after our daughter. Raising two small kids takes up a lot of time so I didn’t work on anything but that and my writing.When Jase started preschool, I helped with parties and would later become the room mom in charge of thos...
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The Murder Hobos – Episode 45 – A Matter of Trust

Thia looked at Jinnaari, “You’re kidding. Please tell me you’re kidding.”He shook his head, “I’m serious, Thia.”She pushed a hand through her blonde hair. “It’s just…. the last time I trusted Helix, he ended up being a doppelganger! I don’t know who this Tabaxi is. He’s pure chaos! Even if he’s the real Helix and not another changeling, I sense something evil about him. His time with the Hags changed him. How can I trust he’s not going to hand me over to Lolth if it’s advantageous for him?” She rested her elbows on her knees and dropped her head into her hands.“I don’t say this to you without reason, Thia. I understand what I’m asking you to do. But I have every reason to believe he won’t do...
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An #excerpt of SUMMONED by Susan Leigh Noble


Last month, I shared an excerpt of my short story The Search, which introduced Lina with her STAC Tosh. Now the real adventure begins in Summoned.Please enjoy the excerpt below and if you want to read the complete story, download the story from Amazon, Kobo Store, Barnes and Noble or Smashwords where it is available in all e-book formats.Summoned: Book One of The Elemental Lina was born with the power to start fires with a mere thought – a trait which died out long ago. She had no plans to leave her beloved homeland. Then gypsies kidnap her and take her to a foreign land. There a strong urge compels her to travel north.On her journey, she reluctantly uses her innate Elemental powers as she b...
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Setting up an Author Facebook Page

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Two weeks ago, I wrote about social media for authors. Let’s delve a little more into some of your choices.The biggest social media platform is Facebook with more than 2 billion users every month (with 95% of those accessing the app on their phones). There are more than 65 million businesses with a Facebook page.Facebook can be a great way to connect with your readers. The best way to do this is by setting up a Facebook page – a public page that anyone can see even if they don’t have a Facebook account. Those with a Facebook account can “like” the page, and then they will receive updates from your page in their News Feed.Creating a page really allows you maintain a professional presence and ...
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The Murder Hobos – Episode 44 – Divine Intervention

The tunnel kept going. The light from his sword kept Jinnaari from tripping as the group navigated the passage. They’d been walking for a few hours, without sight of another creature. That was fine with him. Everyone could use the chance to catch their breath, relax a little.A small alcove was to his left. The opening was narrow enough they’d have to go in single file, but it would be a good place to get off their feet for a short time and eat. “In here,” he said as he looked back at everyone. “We can rest for a while.”He waited at the opening, letting everyone else fill the room. Adam stopped, “What about you?”“I’ll stay in the opening, keep watch. Make sure Thia eats something, will you?”H...
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Short Stature/Late Bloomer Update


At just 5’ 2”, I’ve always considered myself short. And while for a woman being short has its disadvantages, it seems to have more of an impact on the lives of men who are short. This is why back in 2018 when my son’s pediatrician expressed concerns about his growth, my husband and I took her advice to have him examined by a pediatric endocrinologist.The purpose of going to this specialist was to see if Jase was simply a late bloomer or if there might be a reason he wasn’t growing as expected. Typically, doctors expect kids to grow 2 inches per year. Jase wasn’t doing this. When we went to the endocrinologist, he had just turned 13 and was 4’ 8 1/2” tall which put him in the 4% for his age.T...
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The Murder Hobos – Episode 43 – Cat Toys

“Jinnaari,” Thia said as he wiped his sword on the body of the demon. “We have a problem.”Moving toward where she stood, he asked, “What is it this time?”“That,” she said. Her arm pointed down into the fissure.Glancing down, he sighed. Descending down the rocky face, Moon was heading toward a large metal sphere. Stalagmites jutted from the wall, suspending it over the river of magma. “Bahamut give me strength,” he muttered.Spreading his wings, he descended toward the Tabaxi. “Moon,” he called out, “that’s not a good idea.”“It’s shiny!” she called back to him. “Did you see all those levers and knobs? I want to know what they do!” She moved closer.Bahamut, why did you have me pair up with some...
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Quote of the Week – February 5

Before God we are all equally wise – and equally foolish. ~ Albert Einstein Original link
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Recipe of the Month – Pecan Pie Cheesecake


I love cheesecake and pecans (not so much pecan pie), but this combination looks like a winner. I will admit I have not had a chance to try this recipe yet, but it certainly on my to-try list.  Ingredients2 cups graham cracker crumbs⅓ cup butter, melted16 oz cream cheese, at room temperature¾ cup sugar¼ cup milk½ cup sour cream2 tablespoons flour3 teaspoons bourbon whiskey (or Vanilla extract), divided2 eggs1 cup dark brown sugar¼ cup cornstarch½ teaspoon salt4 egg yolks⅔ cup maple syrup, or dark corn syrup½ cup cream, warm to the touch4 tablespoons butter, cold2 cups roasted pecan, choppedDirectionsPreheat oven to 325°F.In a bowl, combine the graham cracker crumbs and melted butter. Stir to...
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Selecting middle school and high school courses for next year

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I know it seems early, but it is that time of year. It is the time when the kids must pick their classes for next year. For the first time, we also had to look at high school courses. That was a whole new adventure.Middle School Lexie will be in 7th grade (her second year at the middle school). There are the required courses – Math, English, Reading, Social Studies (Texas History), Science and P.E. She will be doing advanced classes in math, reading and English. Then she had two electives to fill in.Lexie is an artist, so it makes sense for her to take Art II. Now that they have done the basics in Art I, she will get to work with printmaking, fibers, jewelry, ceramics and digital media.That ...
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The Murder Hobos – Episode 42 – Hidden Motives

“Cousin, you okay?” Pan askedThia nodded. “Yeah. They took out the duplicates before they got to me.”“Cool. That’s a great spell…you should use it more often.”She shrugged. “Magic’s not unlimited. You know that.” Looking past him, she said, “Hey, Adam! Don’t move.”Pan watched her go to help the warlock unhook his cloak from the rock. Out of the corner of his eye, he saw Jinnaari. The paladin was wiping blood off of his sword, but his focus wasn’t on the weapon. It was on Thia.Walking over, he leaned against the wall near the Dragonborn. “You missed a spot.”Jinnaari grunted, “No, I didn’t.”“Can I ask you a question?”“If I say no, will it matter?”Pan laughed. “No, I’ll still ask it.” He shifte...
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Social Media for Authors

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Your book is done and out there for the world to find, read, and love. Of course, no reader (beyond friends and family) will find it without some marketing. One of the best – and typically free – way to market your book is on social media. Maintaining a presence on social media these days is a must for any writer.Social Media OptionsFacebook is one of the largest social media platforms and is widely used across all demographics. Instead of adding friends to your personal page, your best bet is to create an Author page. You can also create or join an author group as a way of networking.Twitter is one of the most watched platforms. From presidential politics to celebrity gossip, Twitter is the...
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