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Recipe of the Month – Snow Flake Cocoa

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A small bit of car drama

Hey everybody! I’ve been dealing with a little bit of car drama, and I felt you guys might find it a bit funny to hear about. First off, I know how to curse in Cave Troll thanks to an issue we had with my old minivan a few years back. Did you know that someone can try to slim jim your car open, not get in, but make the relays for your door locks go wonky to where they’ll periodically drain your battery overnight? Took me, our mechanic, and a trip to a dealership, several months before that came to light. When you’re trying to get out the door to take kids to school, finding out your battery’s deader than a slug with salt on it is not fun. Hence learning how to curse in Cave Troll. I don’t re...
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Giving a little thanks…

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Happy Thanksgiving everyone! Since today is Thanksgiving and I figure many people (at least those in the US) are gathered around the table giving thanks and eating good food, I thought I would take a moment as an author and blogger to give thanks too.   Thank you… to those who have read my stories…I hope you enjoyed them as much as I have loved writing them. Thank you… to those who follow or read my blog. I hope you have found some interesting or helpful information here. Thank you… to my family for their support as I try to balance writing and being a mom. It seems lately writing has taken a back seat to other life activites but hopefully I can change that this coming year. Now get back to ...
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A Year in Review

Happy Hump Day! Tomorrow’s Thanksgiving here in the U. S. Despite what certain politicians are saying, there’s no War on Thanksgiving here. Nobody’s telling others they can’t say the word, etc. For some reason, I’ve been in a reflective mood this morning. Maybe it’s because of the time of year. There were a lot of changes in my professional life in the last year. And, to keep things real, I’m pretty thankful that they all happened. Leaving my old publisher was a good thing. Not listening to someone who understood exactly nothing of what genre I write, or the readership I’m going for, was a good thing. Regaining my voice as an author was a good thing. Writing changed me in ways I’m proud of. ...
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Quote of the Week – Nov. 27

We must find time to stop and thank the people who make a difference in our lives. ~ John F. Kennedy Original link
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Counting down to Christmas with Advent calendars


As a child, it is hard to wait for Christmas. To help my kids countdown to the big day, I introduced them to Advent calendars. Now when I was a child, we had advent calendars but they were much simpler. We opened a small door to reveal a picture or maybe a piece of chocolate. My brother and I shared a calendar, each opening a door on alternating days. When I first started the kids on Advent calendars, I bought them ones filled with their favorite toys. They make one for those that like matchbox cars, Playdough, Legos (Friends, City or Star Wars), Barbie, Tsum Tsums and more. They also have ones with chocolate, nail polish, makeup, or even alcohol (for adult, obviously). Prizes range from $6 ...
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Using timelines to organize information for your novel


Timelines can help you keep track of your information as your write your novel. These can keep your story consistent. A timeline suggests a past, present, and future or in the case of a plot, a beginning, middle and end. we can see cause and effect. We see patterns and turning points. Characters The most common timeline author use is to keep track of their character’s past. Charting their backstory helps you understand the character’s current attitude/characteristics. Or it can simply help you keep track of their past events or even the lineage of the royal family. If you keep timelines of your main characters, you can make sure the events work with one another. Plot Timelines can help with ...
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Cleaning out the old

Hey! It’s Monday! A rather gray one here, but that’s fine. I have my coffee. I wish I could say I’ll be writing today, but that’s a big nope. When you have an 8 hour retail shift, plus pick the hubby up from the airport, it kills the day. I’ve been thinking of pulling my author page on FB for a while now. I’m going to be doing just that. Not my normal one, mind you. Just the author one I made when I first signed with my old publisher. I rarely post there. Okay, so this blog’s not updated regularly either. LOL. But that page was…well…not doing what I wanted it to do. I want to interact with my readers. Respond to comments. Hear a joke or how your day’s going. The author page on FB wasn’t lett...
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Quote of the Week – Nov. 13

International Stand Up to Bullying Day is Friday, November 15.  “Never be bullied into silence. Never allow yourself to be made a victim. Accept no one’s definition on your life; define yourself.” ~ Harvey Fierstein Original link
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Navigating makeup and my tween


Last Friday, my daughter attended her first middle school dance. This was just a casual dance, not a boy-ask-girl type thing. She was very excited to be meeting up with her friends and picked out a simple black dress. This is somewhat of a surprise because Lexie isn’t a girly-girl. She doesn’t wear dresses, fuss with her hair or care about fashion or typically her looks. But I know the day is coming when she might want to do some of these things. She is after all 11 years old. And we got just a hint of what is to come last Friday evening. She got dressed and fussed over her hair, combing, styling and worrying about fly away hairs. We got that under control, and then she mentioned makeup. She...
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Scenes of a Novel

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I’m currently busy writing my sixth book, so I decide now was a good time to do a review of some of my previous posts on writing a scene in your novel. I have covered everything from starting the scene, ending the scene, adjusting the pace, and even specialty scenes. Hopefully you will find something here to help you with your writing. Deciding how to begin a scene in your novel  The goal of the beginning of a scene is to draw the reader in. It must make the reader want to read more. A few months ago, I wrote about writing the opening scene of your novel. That crucial scene is often where readers decide if they like your book or not. (Read more here ) Writing the opening scene of your novel ...
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Weight Loss update & the upcoming holidays

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Back in August, I wrote about using Noom , a health app designed by behavioral psychologists to help you lose weight for the long run. By the end of August, I had lost 15 lbs and reached my goal weight. But at the time, my subscription was not up. Now, I would have liked the app to change your calorie count to help you go from cutting calories to your normal calorie intake. So, I was aiming for 1200 calories on the app (not taking into account any exercise done). This was 600 calories a day less than normal. It would have been nice to see what normal eating should be. I kept up with the app through the first week of September and then sent in my notice that I was cancelling my subscription w...
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#TBT – A Halloween Story

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It is Throw Back Thursday…and Halloween, so I am going with something I posted 6 years ago on Halloween. One October about 8 years ago, my my local newspaper issued a challenge to write a Halloween “story” on Twitter using only 128 characters. (Their designated hashtag took up the remaining 12 characters.) They published the top entries which included two of mine. Here is one of my entries expanded into a 500-word short story. The original tweet: His fangs lock on the zombie’s neck. Growling, he thrashes his head as he saves me. Never walk in a graveyard without your dog. The new short story: It was a dark night. The moon hung high in the air as I took my evening walk. I had been pouring ove...
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Quote of the Week – Oct. 30

Where there is no imagination, there is no horror. ~ Arthur Conan Doyle Original link
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Making Comic Con or Halloween costumes


If you have been following my blog, you know that typically we go to our local Comic Con and when we do, we dress up. And of course, the kids dress up at Halloween. Some of these times – for either occasion – we buy a costume online, but many times, we make our own. Sometimes that means finding all the different pieces and putting them together or it might mean just buying a costume and creating props. Now, I don’t sew and don’t really consider myself a crafty person. Luckily for my family, we have my husband who is much better at costume making. It started with making his own Jedi costume. Jedi Costume Store bought robe and boots and scrubs for the pants Made tunic belt and light saber     ...
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Foggy skies and clear heads

Good morning! I’m knee deep in trying to get my plate cleared before gaming today. Basically, I take the time to enjoy my first cup of coffee and get the laundry started. Once the mug’s empty, though, I’ve got a short list of stuff I need to get done. One thing I love about this time of year is the weather. It’s a gray, foggy morning here. The trees are almost bare of leaves. The naked branches stretch into the sky, and you can’t always distinguish between reality and your imagination. Are they branches? Or bones? Maybe it’s not a tree, but a creature from mythology who has finally awoken after a long slumber. I’m still writing. ‘Tiadar’ is with my beta readers. I’ve been working, slowly, on...
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Quote of the Week – Oct. 23

Volunteers do not necessarily have the TIME; they just have the HEART. ~ Elizabeth Andrew Original link
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Dropping one of my volunteering jobs


Time. It is the one thing I always wish I had more of. There never seems to be enough time to get everything – writing, work, volunteering, parenting, housekeeping – done. So, I finally decided to give up one of my volunteer jobs – Activities Committee Chair for our neighborhood. I am not sure how much time this will free up, and honestly, I am not dropping it because I don’t have time. I am dropping it as my children are getting older and I am tired of not having help with our 3 activities we do each year. I joined the Activities committee back in 2007 – I think. I am not totally sure how long I have been a member. I do know that I was on the newsletter committee from 2005 to 2015. That is ...
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Letting the kids pick their own Halloween Costumes


When the kids were babies and toddlers, we picked out their Halloween costumes for them. Of course, they couldn’t decide or even understand why they were dressing up. So parents get the opportunity to decide what cute or interesting costume they will dress their little one up in. But once kids reach about 3 years old, they start having their own ideas. And this was the time that we let them take the lead in deciding what they wanted to be (within reason, of course). Now I know that some parents like controlling their kids Halloween costume. Maybe it is to get them out of being the popular character of that year or maybe it is because they want to create costumes that fit a family theme. I’ve...
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Quote of the Week – Oct. 9

“When I say be kind to one another, I don’t mean only the people that think the same way that you do. I mean be kind to everyone.” ~ Ellen DeGeneres  Original link
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