Monthly Archives: November 2017

Oh, the weather outside is frightful. But you should see the barometer inside . . .

I DON’T KNOW if there’s anything more awesome, more aggravating, more loving, than a family get-together. Correct me if I’m wrong, but it just isn’t Christmas ’til your cousin chases your little sister into the house with a full-on garden … Continue reading

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Christmas: All you need is love. And some bourbon and Diet Coke

THIS CHRISTMAS IS going to be tough. I know that going into it. A lot of really crappy things have happened since last Christmas, and the season always gets me all melancholy and weepy eyed anyway. So this year, I’m … Continue reading

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Knock You Naked Pecan Pie! *Nudity not included

I’VE BEEN MAKIN’ pecan pie since I was standin’ in the kitchen next to Granna Lucie. The woman couldn’t cook (that, of she just didn’t) but that woman could bake. One of my favorite memories was getting up with her … Continue reading

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When life throws you lemons, get out of the produce aisle

WHEN LIFE HANDS you lemons, screw the lemonade. Trade those suckers for limes and make yourself some Knock You Naked Margaritas. And when you’re getting pelted with lemons, probably best to remove yourself from the produce aisle. Part of writing … Continue reading

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Ever Pull Tinsel out of a Cat’s Butt? Merry Pre-Christmas Eve.

WELL. HERE WE go. Every year it seems retailers get to Christmas earlier and earlier– this year, the cheerful snowman wrapping paper started rolling out in the beginning of September. And yes, I love Christmas. I love the Reason for … Continue reading

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Thanksgiving: The conversations we wish we’d had . . .

IF YOU’VE MISSED out on NPR’s StoryCorps, the simple, poignant, often funny and revealing, conversations of every-day people with one of their loved ones, here’s your chance. One of my favorite times with my family were getting out the 13-million … Continue reading

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A Conversation with Anxiety. You know. ‘Cause that’s not crazy . . .

I DECIDED LAST night that if anxiety is going to hang around, I ought to try to make friends with it. You know, just to see what happens. 10 p.m. BRAIN: Oh, hey there. Whatcha doin’? ME: Um, trying to … Continue reading

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Kittens, puppies and window-licking foxen. You’re welcome.

SO TODAY WE got some great news this morning, and my current bout of anxiety is slightly less, so we’re gonna talk about good things! So visit me on my Facebook and give me a happy gif, a good joke … Continue reading

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Birth of a Book: The answer to “Where do you get your ideas?”

“WHERE DO YOU get your ideas?”–the question that often causes a lot of author eye-rolling. I used to be a smart ass about the question. Until I realized it’s a valid question. The answer is kind of two-fold. The first … Continue reading

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Novel Premise: How to write murder without going on a state-wide killing spree

YES, YOU NEED a premise if you want to write a whiz bang story. Theme (which we’ll talk about later) sometimes happens while writing your book, if not after, when you can go back and punch it up, but the … Continue reading

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