The Month That Was

September has arrived, leaving August a mere memory. And what a month it was—some good, some bad. August began with promise. My husband and I had just come off a week’s vacation. Although I’m a “mountain” person, we decided to go to the Texas coast this year. We spent two nights in Corpus Christi in … Continue reading The Month That Was

2015 in Review

A few photos from 2015. The cover for The Stranger, the stage at the Ringo Starr concert, the Space Shuttle Discovery, and a civil-war cannonball, lodged in the wall of a mansion at Vicksburg, Mississippi. Once again the time has come for us to bid farewell to another year. Wasn’t it only yesterday we welcomed … Continue reading 2015 in Review

Independence Day

This Saturday, America will celebrate Independence Day. It's a time for trips to the lake, backyard cookouts, and fireworks. Sadly, many participate in these activities without stopping to consider the reason for celebration. On June 7, 1776, the Continental Congress met in Philadelphia in what is now known as Independence Hall. On that day, Richard … Continue reading Independence Day

February ~ Short, But Sweet

Today, I continue my series of some fun and interesting facts about each month of the year. January is now a memory and already we find ourselves in the shortest month of the year—February. In spite of its short length, celebrations and events fill the February calendar. February, along with January, was not part of … Continue reading February ~ Short, But Sweet

Connected or Disconnected?

A few days ago, I was brainstorming a scene for my upcoming novel. It involved a character who disappeared after returning from a business trip. The character’s last known location was at a convenience store where he purchased gas for his car. That’s the last time anyone sees him. Okay, nothing unusual about this (except … Continue reading Connected or Disconnected?

Can A Cat Teach Us Something About Writing?

I was full of enthusiasm when I began the 500-word challenge on January 1. The first few days, words flowed from my head onto the keyboard. I thought anyone could write 500 unedited words in thirty minutes or less. Yesterday, I didn’t feel like writing. In fact, three of the last four days, I’ve struggled … Continue reading Can A Cat Teach Us Something About Writing?