Wednesday, November 01, 2017

November IWSG and Of Course Being Thankful


Since it is now November, I want to write about being thankful. I don’t want to wallow in what is not right in my writing life, instead I want to think of all I have in my whole life to be thankful for.

Health, Family, helping others, ability, the man who shares my life with me. Being in North Carolina in the fall. Rain. Sun. Cooler weather. Smiles on student faces who have yet to know what life might give them. Kiwis, food period! Wonderful friends. And then writing. Stories that speak to me of life and what it can and cannot give.

I just saw a Norwegian film called “The Lion Woman”, made from a book by author Erik Fosnes Hansen, that I now want to read (if it ever comes out in English!). The girl is born with hair covering her body and face. I won’t do a review here, but when I woke up the morning  after seeing the movie (way before the alarm was set to go off) and my head started to fixate, once again, on the “issues” I am dealing with in my work, I started to think of Eva, the girl/woman in the movie and what her life was like. Believe me, I have nothing to complain about when I put my life in the light of hers. And that led me to thinking of what I have in my life to be thankful for. If you get a chance to see this movie (with subtitles) on Netflix, it is well worth a viewing. I don’t know if it will have the same effect on you as it did on me, but I hope it does. That is what I love about stories...Life experiences can drag you down, but they don’t have to. They can also make you appreciate what your life is, and that you even have it in the first place.

 November 1st question: Win or not, do you usually finish your NaNo project? Have any of them gone on to be published?

I have done NaNo four times. Once I didn't finish. Three times I did. One of them is in revisons and will one day see the light...


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Monday, October 30, 2017

FULL DARK: An Anthology Releasing Today!

 Just in time for Halloween...
Full Dark is a collection of eleven short works with impressive depth and range. Twisted tales of ghosts, villains, and the paranormal await you; mystery, heinous fantasy, and pure suspense. Acclaimed and award-winning authors as well as a few talented newcomers have joined forces to be your guides. Venture into the dark, if you dare...

 Just A Matter Of Time by Loni Townsend
Forerunner by David Powers King
Taking Care Of You by Carrie Butler
The Apartment by Lisa Buie-Collard
The Caricature by Nick Wilford
Shifting Sands by Elizabeth Seckman
Shadows Falling On Rainbows by Celeste Holloway
Meringue, Murder or Marzipan by Tonja Drecker  
Haunted Lake by Michelle Athy
Soul Coin by Laura Rich
Retribution by Melissa Maygrove

FULL DARK is a benefit anthology. 100% of the proceeds will be donated to the Gary Sinise Foundation, an organization that wonderful things for our country's active military, its veterans, and the countless first responders who sacrifice so much to keep us safe.

Paperback ISBN: 978-0-9960397-4-1 (198 pages)  
Kindle ASIN: B076P2BFGF

Cover designed & donated by Dark City Designs.

Publisher: Obsidian Books

Wednesday, October 04, 2017

IWSG October and Freedom


Welcome to October and the winds of change...

First off, we have finally, after 16 months of it on the market, sold our house! And there was much rejoicing! We are now the proud owners of… no house! We are technically homeless, and if I must be homeless, I prefer to do it this way, since my parents are being so very generous in allowing us to stay with them until we get our feet back under us. I love my parents! It still hasn’t quite sunk in all the way that the house now belongs to someone else and we are free but I'm sure it will hit soon…
I must share, that though I must still work full time for now, and since our situation is so up in the air, I found it wonderfully comforting last night, that a day after the papers were signed, the first thing I thought of while readying for sleep was how I want to fit writing time into my overloaded schedule. Having the burden of an unsold house lifted from my/our shoulders, knowing that we are now free to move on, put writing right up to number one on my list of things I must have back. 

I don’t yet know how I will make this work, but now that I am released and ready to move in a new direction, I’m eager to see where writing will take me. I'm tired of that "block on my desk". I am ready to feel whole again…

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