10 Rules for Writing Fiction (My Favorites)

Over the weekend Mick sent me a link to this article in the Guardian: Ten rules for writing fiction In it, several famous authors were asked what the "rules" were. Some were quite useful, some were funny, and some I… Continue Reading

Go to Book Signings, Get Inspired

On Saturday afternoon I went to a book launch at the Mystery Bookstore for Sue Ann Jaffarian's latest book in the Odelia Grey series, Corpse on the Cob. Before I left, I recorded my thoughts about book signings and why… Continue Reading

The Cheapside Hoard – 17th Century English Jewelry

In 1912, workmen discovered a box of jewelry hidden under the floorboards of a house in Cheapside. The jewelry has been dated to between 1600-1650, and it was the work of a jeweler who supplied jewelry to wealthy merchants and… Continue Reading

Stella Report

I just wanted to give a quick report on Stella. Refer to this post if you want the beginning of the story. Things are going splendidly. Somewhere around the beginning of January she really settled in and became a part… Continue Reading

How Do I Love Thee?

Mick and I met online in December 1996. We met in person on January 1, 1997. The first words I said to him were "Here, drink this quick." I handed him a plastic cup full of champagne. We've been inseparable… Continue Reading

Where to Start Your Novel

very story has a beginning, middle, and an end, right? That's the easy part. The problem starts when you try to answer the question "Where does my story begin?" Currently, my novel starts at the beginning of the story; that… Continue Reading

We Don’t Have Cable

I don't mean that the cable went out during a storm or something like that. Mick and I got rid of our cable service about eight months ago, and for the most part, we haven't looked back. On days like… Continue Reading

Mashed Cauliflower Recipe

I’ve made mashed cauliflower before and it was delicious. However, the recipe called for so much cream and butter it could hardly be called healthy. This week’s CSA box had cauliflower in it and as soon as I saw it… Continue Reading