I Was Illiterate

  • April 22, 2018
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“Your child will never learn to read.”

That’s what my first-grade teacher told my mother on open school night. With one sentence, she consigned me to a lifetime of illiteracy.

Librarians: My Superheroes

  • April 15, 2018
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When I was a kid, I read a book of short stories that haunted me for years. The stories ranged from fantasy to horror, and while I remembered the basic plots of two of the stories, I couldn’t remember the titles or the authors. I tried my best but finally realized that the chances of finding the book were slim to none.

Eclectic Reading or Who I Really Am

  • April 09, 2018
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I’m a reader as well as a writer. How else could I know the magic of books? Here’s my current reading list, which covers urban fantasy, thrillers, and crafting.

What’s on your reading list?

 

 

Happy Holidays

  • April 02, 2018
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Road Trip

  • March 25, 2018
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Headed up toward the Catskill Mountains this weekend. No matter what the calendar says, spring isn’t quite here yet. But the views were still amazing. My friend Noreen captured the scene above as I sped along.

The prettiest she shed:

And of course, eating. I was very happy with the sizzling soy (yes, soy) platter:

For anyone wanting to try their cuisine, they can be found here:

It was a good day.

 

 

And It’s Done!

  • March 19, 2018
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I finally finished my short story for the anthology Elements: Tales From The Substratum, and it’s now being reviewed by my editors. And what does one do in the meantime?

 

Why There’s No Picture of Me

  • March 11, 2018
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So far, my views have remained the same:

To Be or Not To Be…Seen

 

 

*Image courtesy of scottchan at FreeDigitalPhotos.net

Spring is Coming–Writers, Are You Ready?

  • March 05, 2018
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In preparation, I’m reposting a couple of blog entries to get us all in the mood.

Spring Cleaning for Writers

 

A Writer Battles the Paper Monster

*Image courtesy of vectorolie at FreeDigitalPhotos.net

 

 

 

Bookmarks and Magnets

  • February 26, 2018
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A couple of weeks ago I read Victoria Griffin’s blog “12 Bookmarks You Need In Your Life” and it made me think about the bookmarks I consider essential. (By the way, if you’re a writer and not reading her blog, check it out, it’s pretty cool.)

My number one bookmark is the one above. I can’t tell you how happy I was to find it because I’m not a coffee drinker and this one was meant for me.

This one is fairly new and speaks for itself. One morning I sat slumped in the kitchen chair and when my mom walked in, I said, “I don’t think I can go to school today.” She looked at me and asked, a little alarmed, “Are you sick?” Alarm turned to annoyance when I confessed I was reading all night and within the hour I was out the door and on the way to the bus stop.

I have a few others but these are the two bookmarks on my radar right now.

Then there are magnets. I don’t like magnets that look like cookies or pieces of chocolate because they just make me reach for the real thing. But I love quotes and art, so here are a few of mine:

What are your favorites? Bookmarks? Magnets? Want to share?

 

 

ASL, My Novel, and Being a Little Evil

  • February 19, 2018
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In a prior blog I wrote how hard it is to describe the genre urban fantasy. Now I need to explain it in a different language. (Talk about ambitious. Heh.)

Learning ASL (American Sign Language) is not the same as learning English. The grammar of each is completely different from the other’s.

But signs are only half the language. Imagine talking in a monotone and saying “I’m happy.” No one would know how you meant it.

In ASL, facial expressions are the equivalent to tone of voice in English. It makes a difference if your eyebrows are drawn together or your mouth is puckered. Each nuance changes the meaning.

When my ASL teacher told us to make a video on any topic we wanted for fun, I wasn’t thrilled. I’m not comfortable in front of the camera (although I’m getting better at it). My teacher’s idea of “fun” vastly differs from mine. Then an evil thought crossed my mind.

My teacher doesn’t like reading books in my genre.

So I’m going to make a video in ASL, talking about my book Magical Ties. (Cue cackling laughter in the background.)

Considering my sparse vocabulary, talking about a book that includes demons, murder, and relationships is going to be a challenge.

But it’s good practice, a unique way of thinking about my story and how to make it appeal to someone who might be open to trying something outside their usual preference. (For the record, I don’t expect to change my teacher’s mind. We like what we like and that’s it. But it’s the closest I can have to “fun” in this situation.)

One final note: I’m not going to post the video. It’s going to be an amateur effort in a beginner’s class and there’s a steep learning curve. Maybe another video some day!

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