Monday, June 27, 2016

Summertime -

Best wishes for a happy 4th from Phoebe, Sara, and Liz!

Wednesday, May 25, 2016

June Newsletter

A friend lives in one of those lovely high rise apartments in Seattle, views out every window that she loves, gas fireplace in the living room that her little dog loves, heavenly set up except when her small and aging pet barks and wakes her in the middle of the night to demand a walk outside. Well, she’s had the doggie forever, worries about its creaky joints constantly, and does whatever she can to keep it comfortable.

So last week it woke her at 2 in the morning, woke her from a deep sleep. She stumbled around, managed to pull on her raincoat over her pajamas and stuff her feet into rain boots. Through half closed eyes she did find the leash, clicked it onto the dog’s collar, remembered to grab her keys, and then got them both onto the elevator. And then she leaned back against the elevator wall and got as near to sleep as one can while remaining standing.

And a friendly voice from overhead (God? mugger?) said, “Oh, is the little dog sick tonight?” She kept her eyes closed while she thought. She knew there was no one else on the elevator. It might be easier to pretend to herself she was still in bed asleep and having a bad dream.  And the voice said, “I hope everything is all right.”

At that point she realized the voice was the building’s security man who could see her on the safety monitors. And when the elevator reach the main floor, there he was at the front desk, watching for her and so concerned about her dog she couldn’t tell him that she had spent a couple minutes wondering if he was God or a mugger.

Have you ever had anything like that happen? Sometimes people tell me real events that I am not sure anyone would accept if I put them in a novel.

 My current WIP is the 8th Mudflat Magic novel. Last month it did not have a title. This month, with the help of another friend, I think it does.

Oh yes, the Turning Vampire novels have new covers. Check them out on the home page. Whatcha think?

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Tuesday, May 24, 2016

Friday, August 3, 2012

Questions from non-writers -

A blogger author recently discussed questions from non-writers and suggested giving serious answers. Lotsa luck there. My answers may not be serious but they are honest. Sort of.

My favorite question from non-writers is: Are you ever going to write another book?
(See my website for this year's latest. Oh right, you don't know how to use a computer.)

And then there's: When are you going to write a really serious novel?
(Sis, you've known me all my life and when was I ever serious?)

Or:  I gave you an idea. Why didn't you turn it into a novel?
(Sis, you have to give me more than three sentences.)

Or: Where do you get your ideas?
(Not from my many sisters, obviously.)

From the above you might guess that one of my sisters was my houseguest for the month of July and we had lots of fun and now she has gone home and swears she is going to buy a computer and learn to use it and write a novel. I believe the first part. She has a houseful of stuff she buys but never learns to use. That's why I love her. She makes me laugh.