Archive | April 2012

Wanting To Raise Awareness

I’m falling behind on my challenge by a couple of days.

I wasn’t sure what I was going to do for W until I came across a story about Avery, a five month old baby recently diagnosed with spinal muscular atrophy, a rare genetic, incurable disorder. Since her parents know they only have a short time (the doctors give little Avery only 18 months), they’ve created a blog, Avery’s Bucket List, to raise awareness for the disorder and also to chronicle each milestone Avery achieves, such as sitting up, first tooth, etc. Here is their story: Parents’ Bucket List

I want to help raise awareness for Avery and others with her condition. So, if you don’t mind, please pass along the site or simply visit it and comment. I couldn’t imagine my grandson who is also 5 months being sick in any way. Thank you.



Well, it’s a part of a victory. Secrets of Jenkins Bridge is officially completed. No more edits. My editor and I went back and forth on this one for the last four months. And I wanted to rip my hair out at times (as I’m sure she did too, lol), but I’m very happy with the finished story. It was well worth it all.

Now, I’m waiting on a release date. I’m wicked excited about this one.

For anyone out there getting discouraged in their editing process: you will finish. It never seems like you will, but it’ll happen and you’ll be thankful for being put through it all. I’ve learned a lot about myself and my writing, including my weaknesses.

This toast is to me and my editor Dawn!! To us!!



I thought I would do a simple one today.

I’ve posted up Nat King Cole and Natalie Cole’s Unforgettable. The song is a classic. I love this rendition how they incorporated father and daughter together.

Enjoy 🙂



One of my very best books. And I’m sure most other writers’ as well. We can transform simple words into robust actions or description words to bring our scene to life.

For example, let’s take mad.

I could mean as in someone is insane or foolish. Both of these are different from one another.
I could mean angry. But I could also use irate, furious, livid, fuming. Or how about beside oneself?
Or I could mean absurd, ridiculous, or ludicrous.

That’s what I love about the thesaurus. There are so many different words to ‘dress up’ my writing.

Anyone have that favorite colorful word??

R=Reading and S=She Thinks My Tractor’s Sexy

I missed yesterday, so I’m combining R and S together.

R is for Reading. I love to read as much as I love to write. The story really has to grab my attention and keep me throughout the entire story. My current read, Locked On by Tom Clancy which is well over 800 pages has kept me riveted from the get go. I’m almost done with it. I think I have 6 pages to go. And I tried to stay up last night but my eyes were closing at midnight. I couldn’t do it.

S is for one of my fave songs from one of my hunky favorite country boys: She Thinks My Tractor’s Sexy. Here is the video 🙂


She Thinks My Tractor’s Sexy


Have a great weekend!!!!!!!!!!!

Quotes on Writing

Today’s a simple one. Quotes from authors, journalists, etc

The work never matches the dream of perfection the artist has to start with.
William Faulkner
Quantity produces quality. If you only write a few things, you’re doomed.
Ray Bradbury
To be a writer is to sit down at one’s desk in the chill portion of every day, and to write; not waiting for the little jet of the blue flame of genius to start from the breastbone – just plain going at it, in pain and delight. To be a writer is to throw away a great deal, not to be satisfied, to type again, and then again, and once more, and over and over….
John Hersey
 Sometimes you have to go on when you don’t feel like it, and sometimes you’re doing good work when it feels like all you’re managing is to shovel shit from a sitting position.
Stephen King
When once the itch of literature comes over a man, nothing can cure it but the scratching of a pen.
Samuel Lover
Detail makes the difference between boring and terrific writing. It’s the difference between a pencil sketch and a lush oil painting. As a writer, words are your paint. Use all the colors.
Rhys Alexander