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  • writing life

    The End of the Beginning

    {Just a small bit of writing I did quite a while ago that I thought I’d share.} The end came very near the beginning. No one seemed to notice when it began, so the end still seemed rather far off. Perhaps that’s why everyone seemed to think it ended so quickly. By the time one realized it had begun, it was over. There aren’t many things that can slip by your consciousness like a stealthy beginning. And one rarely fails to notice an end. Of course, the beginning and the end are both rather arbitrary and it’s really the middle that plays the lead. No one talks about the middle…

  • writing life

    I love lists.

    I make a lot of lists. Beyond the usual grocery and to do, I have goal lists and house task specific lists and challenge lists and for several years I’ve had a 101 things in 1001 days list. I haven’t updated it since 2015, but my list is still there on the Day Zero website. That list randomly came to mind the other day, so I thought I’d take a trip down memory lane and see what I wanted to do back then. Naturally, there were a lot of book and reading related entries. write at least 100 words a day for 7 days successfully complete my novel complete a…

  • life

    None of this is okay.

    I have gone back and forth on whether to post so many times my brain thinks it’s watching a tennis match. In the end, I feel like I should say something about *waves like wacky inflatable arm guy* everything. I’m not qualified to talk about this in so many ways. It’s not my experience, and I’m certainly not educated enough on systemic racism, ingrained bias, black/POC American history (I just learned about Fred Hampton for shit’s sake), or the way politics work to be able to speak intelligently. I’ve done some personal work, but not nearly enough. I just want to be clear.  I see you. I support you. I…

  • writing life

    I’m indecisive.

    Everyone who knows me is nodding enthusiastically at that statement. So anyway, here’s another poll where I’d like your input. I’ve decided to create a readers group, but can’t decide on the name. So…

  • writing life

    Go on a blind date

    I so wanted to make the title of this post “Can I dance with your dates?” but I didn’t because I feel like not a lot of people will get that reference. Everything here is cancelled, which means I’m stuck in a house with three other people for at least nine days (but probably more like 21). I don’t do well without alone time. Did I check the supply of Drambuie the moment the text saying the schools were closed came through? Yes. Yes, I did. Along with day drinking and fending off small humans and a husband, I’m writing. Having all the aforementioned people in the house adds a…

  • book updates,  Ka'atari Warriors

    New release!

    This hunka hunka alien love is now available on Amazon (and in Kindle Unlimited)! Kiran was so much fun to write, I’m already working on another one. Here’s the blurb: Go to space, they said. It’ll be an adventure, they said. They had no idea. Cora’s boring job as a lab tech on board the space station Shangris is interrupted when two ships fall out of hyperspace and put Earth smack in the middle of an intergalactic war. She’s not sure which side she should be on, but the built-like-a-brick-house blue warrior who rescues her from the crumbling station could be more evil than Hannibal Lecter and she might not…

  • writing life

    Thank you, Ms. Lindsey

    The first news I saw when I woke up this morning announced the passing of Johanna Lindsey after a long battle with lung cancer. Like many romance writers of my generation, I was drawn into the genre by her stories. I fell in love with her characters, and point to Tender Rebel and Anthony as the reason I fell headlong into romance. My dream to become a writer crystalized with that book. She was my gateway drug. At one time I had paperback copies of every book she wrote. During our last move, I pared my collection drastically and only about fifteen remain. Over time I lost favor with her…

  • life

    A Tiny Present

    My tiny little present to you is a playlist of some of my favorite Christmas/holiday songs. Some are traditional favorites with a twist, others aren’t traditional at all. I hope you enjoy them!  

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    life

    Do you even turkey, bro?

    If you’re in the US, and you celebrate, happy Thanksgiving! I’m doing this a day early because tomorrow I’ll be sleeping in and then cooking one side dish for our small family get together. My brother is hosting, so most of the cooking is on him and my sister-in-law. If you’re heading to a get together that could get awkward, or even ugly, remember Captain Awkward has some great scripts so you can be prepared. I’ve linked to the family category, but all her stuff is amazing. Truly the no bullshit advice columnist we all need. Also, take care of you. If you aren’t in the US, you should totally…