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Challenger Deep

Posted by on May 11, 2017 | Comments Off on Challenger Deep

Challenger Deep

I was looking at some historical speeches today and I happened to catch one I’d never heard before, but has quite a lot of childhood emotion wrapped up in it for me: Reagan’s speech following the explosion of the Challenger space shuttle. It’s striking to me, while I’m no fan of Reagan’s in particular, that his love for this country and its institutions is so obvious in every line. And I want to say something to the schoolchildren of America who were watching the live coverage of the shuttle’s takeoff. I know it is hard to understand, but sometimes painful...

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Oh, These Little Earthquakes

Posted by on Jun 3, 2016 | Comments Off on Oh, These Little Earthquakes

Oh, These Little Earthquakes

Every once in a while, a tiny, seemingly meaningless thing happens in the morning that sets the tone for the rest of the day. This morning, I was microwaving butter to put on my toast and I happened to flip over the little dish on my way to the sink with it. CHINA is the solitary word on the back. My traitorous brain fills in the rest on its own, “all the way to New York.” And that’s all it takes, I’m singing China by Tori Amos under my breath while buttering my toast and I know exactly what kind of day it’s going to be: a singing sad songs while crying at my...

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A Love Letter To The Killing

Posted by on Apr 9, 2016 | Comments Off on A Love Letter To The Killing

A Love Letter To The Killing

Dearest The Killing, I really didn’t think I needed yet another cop drama in my life. Honestly, I thought it was the last thing I needed. I’m sick to death of them. Every time I see an ad for a new one I groan. That all ended when I decided to try The Killing while looking for something to watch while crocheting. I picked you because I thought you wouldn’t demand too much attention. I was so, so wrong. You are sometimes difficult to watch. Actually, you’re almost always difficult to watch, but in the best way possible. Complicated, meaty characters who constantly...

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How I Defeated The Dreaded Internet Rabbithole

Posted by on Mar 20, 2016 | Comments Off on How I Defeated The Dreaded Internet Rabbithole

How I Defeated The Dreaded Internet Rabbithole

I have come to you today to tell you about how I have triumphed over the black hole that is the internet. <ahem> Okay, it may be a little early to celebrate, but I’m so excited about this change I’ve made and the fantastic results that I wanted to share it anyway. Last week I listened to a podcast by K. Tempest Bradford all about how to eliminate distractions so you can get your work done. I don’t know about you, but this is a problem I have. I’ll sit down to ‘work’ and then surface from some morass on the internet four hours later (or even more!)...

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Getting Under the Skin

Posted by on Jun 16, 2015 | Comments Off on Getting Under the Skin

Getting Under the Skin

I’m so very pleased to welcome the newest member of my fiction family: Skin Deep. This story is a Contemporary Erotic Romance with BDSM elements. The first in a series called Secrets at Midnight put out by Evernight Publishing, Skin Deep is about finding love in the aftermath of pain and loss. Here’s the blurb: Mirabel Soto disconnected herself from the many people and places that triggered memories of her husband following his death. She’s avoided everything that might remind her of him for three years and never looked back. Until the owner of Midnight, the BDSM club they...

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Just a Drabble a Day

Posted by on Apr 24, 2015 | Comments Off on Just a Drabble a Day

Just a Drabble a Day

As I’ve been flailing around trying to figure out how to properly motivate myself, I came upon HabitRPG which is a  cute way to gamify tasks and goals. I have no idea if this will work for me, it’s much too early to tell, but so far it’s a nice way to track writing goals and streaks. There is even a writing guild which offers writing challenges. One of those was a neat idea I thought I’d share. On DeviantArt there’s a 100 Theme Challenge that offers five lists of simple themes. The goal associated with this is to write a ‘drabble’ for each theme a...

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