Cecil Con 2019 is here!

I will be at Cecil Con tomorrow – with bells on!

Look for me in the artists’ alley – table 15.

Come on and get your Con on!



When Does Our Writing Become “Real”?

Is writing a real job, or just a hobby, bless my heart?

A fellow author wrote a fantastic post about this. Read it through to see a smidgen of what we go through.

Is Writing a Real Job?

Yes, we do all that.

And although she mentions it, she skims over the fact (as it’s not the point of the article) most of us have a “day job” and home lives, which usually take up a large portion of time and energy – not just physical but mental and emotional.

Also, her post focuses on us “indies” writing as a hobby, but a good and dear friend who is traditionally published recently managed to plow through and make her deadline and although I don’t know all the details of what is going on in her life at the moment, I think I can say with some accuracy that very few even in her family treat her writing as a real job, despite a contract and deadline.

So – when does our writing become “real” and not just a fanciful thing we do as a hobby in our spare time?




Want a book for $.99? Get it quick before Amazon fixes it!

My book, Deuces Wild: Beginners’ Luck, is supposed to be $3.99. For some reason, Amazon still has it at the sale price of $0.99 even though that sale was over long ago. No other seller has it for that price. So if you don’t have the book and think you’d be interested, grab it before they change it back!

Gangsters killed Slap’s family.

They blew up Tristan’s ship.

Now the cowboy and space pirate must work together to survive the gangsters after them both. Can two total opposites put their differences aside long enough to stay alive?

Get it now and find out!


I have my own “April Fools” – thankyouverymuch

I don’t need April Fool’s – I have a couple of them in the Sword’s Edge Chronicles. Anything can happen when Haladhon and Marcalan are around. Although no pranks are involved, to get a taste of their personalities and humor, here’s a short vignette:

Not Good


Hooks, POVs, Tenses, and Sunshine! – Teen Author Group

I think some folks decided to skip the Teen Author Group at the Kent County Public Library today because it was soooo nice outside, but you should have been there anyway. We met outside on the grass under a tree with a sassy red-winged blackbird. Some exercise was had when a big bug landed on one of the attendees, but it ended well, and no one did a Princess Bride Roll down the slope into the water!

We discussed and came up with ideas on how to create and improve hooks, and also discussed first vs third person, and past vs present tense.

Next month we’re not meeting because of various other events, such as the Sakura Mini Matsuri, however we will be meeting again on 18 May, and we will have a special guest, Irelynn Farrington, who published her book, The Perfect Unicorn, at age 11!

Put it on your calendar now: 18 May – don’t forget!



My bare-bones report on the Smyrna Opera House 2nd Annual Book Festival

The Smyrna Opera House 2nd Annual Book Festival yesterday was fantastic with so many talented local authors in attendance. I saw author buddies I knew, and met some new ones. I couldn’t find social media for them all, but I tried to find author links or other sources.

Alas, I didn’t get a chance to chat with them all, but I think I have managed to list all the attendees!

Nancy Schlott sat right next to me and we had a chance for a nice chat. I found out she was a ballet teacher for many years, as well as the author of Finding Art Through Letters.

Jill Marie Denton , author of Emmi’s Pride was there. Unfortunately, I didn’t get the chance to bore her with chatter (she’s sooo lucky!).

Dr. Clara Small, a retired professor and historian, has written four volumes on local African-American history (I could not find social media for Dr. Small, however she requested that anyone who wished for more information or to purchase her books go to Salt Water Media.)

Katie Robles’ Sex, Soup, and Two Fisted Eating is a hilarious look at life after childbirth! And book two is out as well!

I had a chat with the delightful 13-year-old Irelynn Farrington, author of The Perfect Unicorn. And she’s going to be our guest speaker at the Kent County Public Library’s Teen Writing Group on May 18!

Former teacher Judi Folmsbee, author of several children’s books was there, and so was Judith V.T. Wilson, author of Growing Smarter.

I saw Debbie Gill, author of Struck by Lightning: My Journey from the Shadow to the Light.

My “con buddy” Bobby Palmer was there, but other than hello as we came in, I didn’t get the chance to talk to her too much. She will, however, be at Galactic Con next week!

Also there, and I’m so sorry I didn’t get the chance to do more than smile at you from across the room:

Doris K. Taylor, author of the Vail Family Series
Lisa Heather Torbert
Charlotte Ward
Ingrid Wolfenden, author of children’s books
Lois Hoffman
Frank Hopkins
Clover S. Laurel

All in all, it was a fun day, with lots of readers wandering about and chatting (and even buying!). Thank you to the Smyrna Opera House for hosting such a wonderful, fun event!


Happy Birthday, Professor Tolkien!

I don’t know if it is because it’s the esteemed professor’s birthday, but this poem has been rattling around my head all day:

I sit beside the fire and think
Of all that I have seen
Of meadow flowers and butterflies
In summers that have been

Of yellow leaves and gossamer
In autumns that there were
With morning mist and silver sun
And wind upon my hair

I sit beside the fire and think
Of how the world will be
When winter comes without a spring
That I shall ever see

For still there are so many things
That I have never seen
In every wood in every spring
There is a different green

I sit beside the fire and think
Of people long ago
And people that will see a world
That I shall never know

But all the while I sit and think
Of times there were before
I listen for returning feet
And voices at the door.

– J.R.R. Tolkien

I love Middle-earth so deeply it goes beyond words. And I won’t deny he has influenced my writing; indeed, I’d be a fool to attempt it. My stories are science fiction, not mythology or fantasy, but the footprints of Professor Tolkien are there. Check it out, if you haven’t already:

Sword's Edge