A New Chapter (Not the Book Kind)

This is the state of my office. If you're one of the sorry SOBs following me on Facebook, you know by my overshares that I've been going through some stuff. You also know I haven't written much in the past year. I lost all heart and momentum, thanks to several big,...

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April Fools’ Day

In my childhood home, there were four holidays worth celebrating: Christmas, Easter, Halloween, and April Fools’ Day. We looked forward to Christmas, Easter, and Halloween for obvious reasons. Presents and candy. Yippee! But, oh, April Fools’ Day. That was the most...

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When the Writing Mojo is a No Show

I photographed my flower bed today. That's a pumpkin. From Halloween. Did I mention today is January 14th? It may interest you to know that the Christmas wreaths are still on the upstairs windows, too. What can I say? It's been a rough couple of months filled with...

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Writing Through Stress

You may have noticed a lull in my blogging. Or, not. In April, two important things happened. First, Soul Mate Publishing released my second novel, SCATTERED SEEDS. Second, I moved with the clan chief to a grand, old house. Things were looking up. I had two books on...

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Making Soap – Hands On Research

I love making soap. Sure, it’s cheap to buy, but have you ever read the list of ingredients in store-bought soap? I know what’s in mine: lye, oils, essential oils. Period. Oh, lye, you think. That stuff is really harsh. Yes, lye is harsh. So harsh, in fact, we use it...

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Caroline Warfield’s The Renegade Wife

Caroline Warfield is celebrating her latest release, THE RENEGADE WIFE, with a giveaway! This one sounds so good. As you might guess, she had me at "isolated cabin." 😉 Enter HERE for a chance to win a kindle copy of this spectacular new book, a $25 Amazon gift...

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18th Century Fail

I'm not sure why I get excited about power outages. Actually, wait. Yes, I do. In 1972, Hurricane Agnes stalled over Pennsylvania and turned our normally verdant commonwealth into a bowl of squash soup. I was five years old at the time, and living with my parents and...

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Brotherly Advice from Scattered Seeds

It will soon be 261 years since my characters from SCATTERED SEEDS boarded The Charming Hannah in Derry, Ireland and set sail for Philadelphia. Here's the letter that started it all, written from one brother to another: Dearest Edward, Forgive the quality of writing,...

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