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2021, Torchwood, and Horror

Photo from Canva.com I knew that 2021 was not magically going to be better just because the calendar turned over. Still, I hoped that we’d have a bit of a breather. A time where things didn’t get worse. Yeah. So much for that. The attack on the US Capitol building was a horrific start to the year. Plus, […]

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Happy New Year?

Despite it making no sense, the start of a new calendar year brings the hope for better times. I know that turning the calendar page doesn’t reset my luck or make me into the type of goal-setting, energetic author-entrepreneur that I long to be. But I couldn’t help but hope that this year, I’d finally […]

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Happy Holidays!

Happy Holidays everyone! Here are a few photos of trees along the local walking paths that have been decorated for the holidays. It’s always a delight to see these trees decked out. They make my walks more festive. I particularly like the waving snowman on the left.This is a new addition to the holiday treesBeing a horse […]

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Christmas Book Flood

I listened to an episode of the Scotland Outdoors podcast over the weekend where they had a segment on Jolabokaflod, the Christmas Book Flood in Iceland. This tradition, which started during World War II, includes the exchanging of books on Christmas Eve. The idea of people across the country curling up with a new book and […]

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Holiday Gifts for Book Lovers

It’s that time of year again. Here are a few suggestions for holiday gifts for the book lovers in your life.SIGNED OR SPECIAL EDITION HARDBACKS There’s something special about receiving a signed hardback. Particularly in a world where we’re spending so much time online. Check to see if your loved one’s favorite author offers signed hardbacks […]

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Birdhouse Row

These are photos of birdhouses in the trees along one of the paved trails near me. I have no idea who started this or why they did. But it keeps growing as people add new birdhouses. Very cool!Birdhouse rowA closer shot of some of the birdhouses.An even more zoomed-in photo.

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Buy Me a Coffee

It’s cliched, but I am truly powered by coffee. The above photo is of my favorite coffee cup. I bought it in the Atlanta airport years ago. The handle is in danger of coming off, and the glazing is cracked. But I love it. When this mug becomes too dangerous to use, I’ll try to get […]

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River of Leaves

Okay, technically, it’s a canal full of leaves, but that doesn’t sound as dramatic!Thanksgiving Day was super windy. So many leaves blew off the trees that they turned part of the local canal into a sheet of leaves.  If I hadn’t know better, I’d have thought I could walk across this. 😉

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No Power-Hungry Protagonists, Please

I recently stopped reading two different books because the only goal of the protagonist was to gain more and more power. The quest for power by itself has no interest for me. A character who wants people to hail them as a hero because their ego needs it? Nope. Not interested. Wanting power just so no […]

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Refilling the Creative Well

Image licensed from Depositphotos. Copyright: Tatyana YamshanovaThis morning I listened to a podcast about how writers can replenish their creative energy. This was in reference both to the creativity needed to come up with new story ideas and the creativity needed to run an author business. My usual way of refilling my creative well is reading […]

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