Monday, December 8, 2014
Wednesday, November 26, 2014
It's going on three years that my parents passed away and we forge ahead with new traditions and new memories. I can finally say that things do get easier with time after your loved ones pass away. The grief counselor was right about that one, although I've learned that there will always be a permanent hole in my heart that only my parents can fill. And that's just the way it is.
I hope you have a wonderful weekend with your families. To those in the US that celebrate, Happy Thanksgiving! And pass the mashed potatoes!
We can only be said to be alive in those moments when our hearts are conscious of our treasures. ~Thornton Wilder (American novelist, 1897-1975)
Monday, November 3, 2014
I'm always in awe of those that do participate, though, because (1) November is typically a month on steroids in the Busy-ness Department and (2) Writing 50K words in a single month is a pretty ambitious goal. That's a lotta words.
I've been busy writing short stories lately, trying to see if one of them puts their hooks in me hard enough that I'll want to turn it into a full-length novel. I'm even toying with a horror story idea, which is something I pretty much thought I'd never do a couple of years ago. But, it's funny how writers change over the years, isn't it? I kind of like pushing myself out of my writing comfort zones and horror is definitely out of my comfort zone. We'll see.
On top of reading, there's always a TON of reading happening here. If you want to see what I've loved lately and compare notes, check out my Goodreads thread. My selections were pretty much all over the map the past couple of months.
Are you NaNoWriMo-ing? If you are, here's hoping your coffee pot is working at full-strength.
Monday, October 6, 2014
Monday, September 29, 2014
How about checking out the Snap4Kids Cookbook that's on sale right now. Snap4Kids is a Special Needs Assistance Program for kids that's been around since 1993 and today they're announcing the arrival of their cookbook, For the Love of Cooking. This cookbook contains over 110 recipes from 90 authors, many USA Today and New York Time's bestsellers, from everything from appetizers to desserts. Each recipe comes with a personal story.
I shared one of my most favorite dessert recipes from my mother that she used to make when I was a kid. Yum. Yum.
To learn more, please visit Snap4kids.
Monday, September 22, 2014
Restaurants and coffee shops where cell phones and laptops are not allowed so that people can have old-fashioned conversations again, free from annoying ringtones and people yapping on their cell phones loud enough so that everyone within a mile radius can hear about mind-numbing minutiae.
In fact, I would even support public humiliation for anyone defying the "no technology zone" in such an establishment. Flogging? Check. Pelt with eggs? Double-check.
Leave the gadgets at the door or buy a round of coffees (and pastries) for everyone if your Lady Gaga ringtone goes off at a million decibels.
A girl can dream?
Monday, August 25, 2014
There will also be some fun happenings and giveaways in the not-too-distant future with some of my book colleagues from The Class of 2K13 in the next couple of months so please stay tuned.
Meanwhile, I've been (1) writing like it's 1999 and (2) in the midst of a home remodel. And, (3), as a result of (2), I've been watching way too much HGTV.
And now it's football season and time for pumpkin-spiced anything.
Life is good. Thankfully.
Go, Cardinals and Bears! (And the Fighting Illini)