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Quote of the Week – July 17

A positive attitude causes a chain reaction of positive, events and outcomes. It is a catalyst and it sparks extraordinarly results. ~ Wade Boggs. Original link
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No baby fever here


Ah, baby fever – the intense desire some women (and men) get to have a baby. Some people may never feel this. Some parents have one baby and know they are done. Others have two, three, four or more kids and can never seem to shake that desire to have one more. And that desire is often fueled by seeing other women with their newborns. I know quite a few moms that hold someone else’s newborn (or even just attend a baby shower) and get that wishful look on their face even if they know they are done having babies. Nope. Not me. For the longest time, I didn’t want to have children. I think the fear of childbirth was a major put off. But after we decided to have a baby and Jase came along, I knew ...
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Avoiding distractions to stay on task


Staying on task is hard. Really, it is. There are countless distractions whether you are at work or at home. There are ringing phones, text messages, social media, news, co-workers or kids. It can feel like you never get any uninterrupted time. (I felt that way today as I wrote this blog. Numerous times the kids came in to chat.) Often to feel like I am getting stuff crossed off my to do list (whether it be writing, PTA or home tasks), I try working on several things at once (usually 10 minutes of this, 10 minutes of that). And while it might feel like you are being productive since you are multi-tasking, it often is a false sense of accomplishment. You are busy with multiple tasks, but you ...
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Being a teen is hard enough…

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Today, I’m more than thrilled for my friend and fellow author, Vicki-Ann Bush! Her new book, “Alex McKenna and the Geranium Deaths”, is about to hit the shelves! I came to know Vicki-Ann at my prior publisher. She’s a great author! If you’ve ever read YA, or have one in your life, I recommend her work! “For Alex McKenna, high school is just a distraction from the love of his life, Margaret, with whom he can’t wait to spend more time once they get to college. In many respects, Alex is just an average seventeen-year-old boy…except for the fact he’s a transgender medium born from a long line of Strega witches, possessing the ability to communicate with ghosts.” This book is being released by Th...
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Quote of the Week – July 10

When you have a dream, you’ve got to grab it and never let go. ~ Carol Burnett Original link
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Fresh starts

Okay, folks, I did something big today. I asked for all the rights back to my books with Solstice Publishing. And I resigned my position as their COO. I’ve removed all links to my books for now. I’m seriously considering self-publishing at least a few titles by the end of the week. After that, it’s working to find a new publisher that will take previously published books. This wasn’t an easy choice for me. A lot went into the decision. My family, and my, well being must come first. I’ll be concentrating on finding a publisher who understands the fantasy genre. And job #2 has become job #1. That might help kick start my muse. Watch this space for updates. I may be adding a few short stories f...
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Summer break when you are PTA president


Volunteering at my kids’ school keeps me busy during the school year. With summer here, you think I would get a break from the PTA. And you would be wrong. As president of the PTA, the work doesn’t stop when the school year does. School ends at the beginning of June, and it is never too early to start planning for the next school year. In fact, I met with the school principal three weeks ago to plan out the beginning of the school year activities. But before I can really focus on next school year, I had to wrap up this year. That means for one PTA, I had to get files uploaded onto our Google Drive so committee chairs can access those files next year. I won’t be back to this PTA so most of my...
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Well, crap!

I hate things like this. I want readers to buy books because they want to read them. Because they sound interesting, and the first few pages hooks them. I don’t want to be sitting here, asking you to buy my books, simply because life happened. But it did. We’ve got a bug problem in our house. One that needs to be dealt with. Spent part of yesterday getting quotes. More coming today and next week. Exterminators are expensive. With 1 kid in college and another just a year away (he’s entering his senior year), finances are already tight. So, if you’ve ever thought about buying one or more of my books, I hope you’ll think about doing so today. Or tomorrow. Next week? Because, yeah, bugs. Ewwww. ...
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Quote of the Week – July 3

Remember your dreams and fight for them. You must know what you want from life. There is just one thing that makes your dream become impossible: the fear of failure. ~ Paulo Coelho Original link
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Recipe of the Month – Snickerdoodle Cheesecake Bars


Oh, yum! Two of my favorite things – Snickerdoodle and Cheesecake – together! I saw this recipe on Facebook and have been meaning to make it. It had great reviews. Maybe I’ll make this for the next staff appreciation luncheon at the school.       INGREDIENTS FOR THE CHEESECAKE LAYER 2 (8-oz.) blocks cream cheese, softened 1/2 c. granulated sugar 2 large eggs 1/2 tsp. pure vanilla extract pinch of kosher salt *** INGREDIENTS FOR THE SNICKERDOODLE LAYER 2 1/4 c. all-purpose flour 1/2 tsp. baking soda 1 1/2 tsp. ground cinnamon 1 tsp. kosher salt 3/4 c. (1 1/2 sticks) unsalted butter, melted 1 c. granulated sugar 1/2 c. packed brown sugar 2 large eggs 1 tsp. pure vanilla extract 1/4 c. cinnamon...
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Using the S.M.A.R.T. strategy to set your writing goals


Last week, I wrote about how long it takes to write a novel . (Short answer, it is different for everyone and for the different lengths of stories.) But something that helps many writers stay on task and get that novel written is to set goals. And not just any goal but realistic ones. Now before I start in on writing goals, just know that this isn’t for everyone. Some people write sporadically and goals – ones they are likely won’t be able to meet – are only going to lead to frustration. And sometimes goals and the pressure to make them can stifle your creativity when the words just aren’t flowing. But for others, setting writing goals helps keep you motivated and on track. For these goals t...
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Quote of the Week – June 26

Experience is simply the name we give our mistakes. ~ Oscar Wilde Original link
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Dealing with bugs and other critters in the house


When you have cats and a pet door, you can expect your cats to bring you “gifts.” Yes, thank you. I see you caught a gecko, but kindly take it back outside. I don’t want it in my house! (The cat rarely obliges.) Typically, I can deal with a lot of things they bring in. And no, I am not picking up any of these things with my hands! (More power to you if you can do that.) Live birds – Close the blinds, open the front (or back) door and using a broom to get them to fly and hope they go out the open door. This is sometimes hard when they get to the second story of the house and always gravitate to the window that doesn’t have blinds. Live Snakes – Usually not a problem as again, you open the doo...
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Looking at how long it takes to write a novel


Last week I wrote about the ups and downs of writing. Sometimes I am cranking out the words and other days I am struggling to find time to write. As I read about the experiences of other authors, I hear about authors who write thousands of words a day. And while it is good to have a writing goal and to be actually writing, is it worth it to write a lot of not so good words or should you strive to write quality writing? Do you want to cut a lot of what you write? Well, I guess that is right, but I do hate deleting a lot of what I write so my writing is slower as I strive for quality passages verses a high number of words. And of course, I do edit as I write so that takes longer to write. But ...
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Quote of the Week – June 19

No man ever steps in the same river twice, for it’s not the same river and he’s not the same man. ~ Heraclitus Original link
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Trying amniotic membrane for my chronic dry eyes


Last month, I wrote about being diagnosed with chronic dry eyes. I had not realized my eyes were dry or that dry patches had formed on my cornea. The doctor prescribed a steroid drop and lubricant to see if that would help my eyes. He also suggested using a special warm mask to help produce lipids (the oily substance that moistens the eye). While my eyesight returned to normal over the next week, a close look with the instruments still showed dry patches. For the next two weeks, I used Xiiadra, another prescription drop to help those with chronic dry eye. It is expensive since my health insurance doesn’t cover it, but I figured it would be worth it. Well due to a misunderstanding, I disconti...
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The ups and downs of writing


If you are a follower of my blog, you undoubtedly noticed that for most of May, I have not posted my weekly writing/publishing post. I really was just too busy. And for once, I wasn’t just busy with non-writing stuff (PTA, work, kids’ end of the school events – though I did have these things too), I was actually writing on my current work-in-progress, which I had been neglecting. But I don’t want to get away from writing on my blog so here I am. For today’s topic I thought I would talk about the ups and downs of writing. Now, I don’t know how it is for you, but I am not dedicated enough to be writing every day though I know some authors have that down. I find myself going through periods whe...
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Quote of the Week – June 12

“The bad news is time flies. The good news is you’re the pilot.” ~ Michael Altshuler Original link
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Trying to keep the kids busy for the summer


The last day of school was last Thursday. Lexie is now officially done with elementary school. In just 10 weeks, school will start back up. Until then, I have to find a way to keep the kids busy. Guess this means it is time to write my annual “What we are doing this summer” post. As the kids get older, it is harder to find things they want to do…much less do together. But I usually manage to come up with something. Water Park/Pool I love the free option of our neighborhood pool, and we plan to go there a few times a week. I prefer to go in the morning because we often have the place to ourselves, but if we go in the afternoon, we have a better chance of running into classmates or friends. Ei...
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Wanna hear something cool?

I’m super excited this morning! Not too long ago, I entered a Twitter short story contest. Mine was selected to have a video made, with a voice over actress reading it! Twitter Short Story: YOU CALLED, by KateMarie Collins Seriously…go check it out! I’m awake now, and it’s not the coffee’s doing. LOL BB Original link
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