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A Book By Any Other Name

A title. One simple fricken title. That’s all I’m looking for. I’m searching for a better title for the second book in the Penley Mystery Series. I want something to grab the reader’s attention and imagination. In the search for the name, I’ve staged my own mini-protest and all that’s missing is a #All Titles Matter […]

That Moment When You Realize 2016 Isn’t a Complete Dumpster Fire

The world, according to my social media timeline, is on the brink of The End of Days, politically, socially — hell, even the Girl Scouts announced a partnership with a cereal company to produce a thin mint flavored breakfast flakes. The Mayan’s were right, they just missed the date by a year or so. There […]

You Know You’re Old When…

The Universe is a mean little kid Every now and again, the Universe sticks its bony leg out to trip you. The trip and fall might be psychic, but the sting is real enough. And the devious little bastard thinks it’s just the funniest thing ever. The twit plays dirty and hides until you’re feeling […]

The Petting Zoo

The Petting Zoo is something that’s been around for almost one hundred years. (The first Children’s Zoo opened in London in 1938. Feel free to impress your friends and family with this fun fact). The city kids went to  the Petting Zoo at the local carnival and got to see what a cow, or sheep looked […]

5 Life Lessons From Walking the Dog

I had a bit of an epiphany during the morning dog walk. The act of walking is good for the dogs, good for me, but it represents much more. Like most things in life, if we rush through the walk to get it over with to cross off an item on the never-fricking-ending-to-do list, we’re missing […]

Decompression With A Fluffy

Sometimes you need a little fluffy to make everything all right. No, no, no a fluffy, not a Furry. One of these… I’ve mentioned Emma and Tanner the Corgis in a few previous posts. I write with them and they are both trained as Therapy Dogs. Today, Emma and Tanner joined with nearly a dozen other […]

A Survival Story

The Suburban Survivalist There are days when I should cover myself in bubble wrap and sit in the corner. My morning routine is just that, routine. I wake without the aid of an alarm clock because I have something more efficient than any flashy LED box. I have an Alarm Corgi. At daybreak, the Alarm […]

Precious, My Precious

I experienced an awkward moment this week. There was another blog post planned for this week, but, the more I thought about what happened, the more I felt the need to share it with you and purge the stain from my soul. It started innocently, I swear. I’ve mentioned on this blog that our Corgis, […]

Where is My Reset Button?

Ever have one of those weeks when the tiny little CPU inside your skull starts to vibrate from the overload? I swear I smell something burning.  While I uncoil a paperclip and jab the pointy end in my eyeball, let me explain how I got here. Everything demands attention, this very minute.  Do this!  Make that! […]

A Voice on Editing and Ego

Editing a manuscript is one thing you cannot shortcut.  The process is direct, personal and, if you’re not ready for it, editing will rip the flesh from your bones, leaving you and your story a quivering mass of gelatin. Like most things in life, I’ve learned this the hard way.  You’ve finished a draft of your […]