• » Mom!

    As I sat in my comfortable chair this morning, sipping my chai latte and reading a Nora Roberts’ novel The Obsession, it occurred to me how much my mother has influenced my life. Many of my favorite¬†authors now, were her favorite authors too. Nora Roberts, Tony Hillerman, and of course-J. K. Rowling! Mom was a … Continue reading Mom!

  • » The Color of Life

    We recently went to Stanley, Idaho for the weekend. What beauty! The weather was great, the sky was blue and color was everywhere. Autumn is my most favorite time of the year, and I think it’s greatly because of the color of the season. The leaves turning to crimson and gold and falling in huge … Continue reading The Color of Life

  • » The Power of Anticipation

    Alfred Hitchcock, the undisputed master of suspense, once said, “There is no terror in a bang, only in the anticipation of it.” Set up a character goal Have a character talk about the future Set up a secret plan Have a character be warned Establish dramatic irony, a.k.a. ‘reader superior position’ As a writer, we … Continue reading The Power of Anticipation

  • » Follow Your Heart

    But take your brain with you. I watched my cat chase a squirrel up to the top of a tree once. The squirrel was much faster that my fat cat, and got away. Then my cat found himself way up in the tree, squirrel-less, and higher than he felt comfortable with. He started meowing for … Continue reading Follow Your Heart

  • » Change is good…but dollars are better!

    My Grandma Rutledge used to always tell me, “change is good”. I can’t truly say if it’s good or bad, or simply change. ¬†I’ve had so much change in my life in every area, I wouldn’t know what to do if suddenly nothing changed. So maybe change is good. But recently I uttered those words, … Continue reading Change is good…but dollars are better!

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