Author Takes on Alzheimer’s Disease in Debut Novel

I introduce to you Ellen Smith, debut author of Reluctant Cassandra. I had the opportunity for an advance read, and it is an intriguing story (and includes a cute dog!) that I thoroughly enjoyed. Ellen takes on big issues, drilling down to what they mean on a very personal level. Here’s more: What is Reluctant Cassandra… Continue reading Author Takes on Alzheimer’s Disease in Debut Novel

The Number One, Must-Have Survivalist Tool

I attended a Preparedness & Survival Expo in August.  One excellent speaker, Jay Blevins, who has been featured on National Geographic Channel’s “Doomsday Preppers,” talked about the 6 foundational aspects of prepping. At the top of the survival list? Having the proper mindset. This means having the will to survive, even when things get downright ugly, insecure and… Continue reading The Number One, Must-Have Survivalist Tool

Writerly Collaboration

I enjoy spending time with people, talking and sharing ideas, laughing, being outdoors, EATING, drinking wine or brew… but by nature, I’m more the lone wolf. My grandmother taught me as a little person how to entertain myself. I have enough reading materials to keep me busy a couple of lifetimes, and enough writing ideas…… Continue reading Writerly Collaboration

Reading Nook

Early Eclectic Reading Nook

Who knew a simple reading nook could be such a draw to a diverse range of ages and interests? I created a little reading nook for myself in my postage stamp-sized living room. It’s where my big TV used to sit, the focal point of the living room. When I canceled cable in hopes of… Continue reading Reading Nook

Writing: the Craft? Please.

There are a lot of writers who refer to writing as “the craft.” Crafts involve cute pairs of scissors, richly-colored markers and pencils, glittery paints and don’t-sniff-the-glue. But writing? I think of it more often than not as the proverbial blood, sweat and tears–BST. Playing with those letters, BST… sometimes you feel you’re at your… Continue reading Writing: the Craft? Please.