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Do you TikTok? 

Yes, it’s the latest craze in social media: lots of short dancing videos by buff men and women, grannies, kids, all kinds; plenty of funny cat and dog videos; and some positively shocking videos as well.  I go down the rabbit hole with #alongcameabby, an adorable little girl who says the more adorable things; and [...]

Looking ahead

Are you a New Year’s resolution maker?  Many of us see January 1 as a fresh start, a clean slate, a time to do better, try harder, lose that holiday weight or do whatever is on your priority list.  But what about being a resolution keeper? Gym memberships typically soar in January, but by February [...]

Back to our new normal?

I’m feeling hopeful for the first time in a year and a half. Hopeful that I feel protected now that I’ve had both shots of the vaccine and a booster. Hopeful that we’ll finally beat the pandemic soon. Hopeful that we can start meeting in person again soon. Hopeful that we can start traveling again [...]

Good company

Like most people around the world, I am staying home as much as possible during this global pandemic. Oh, I’ve ventured out to the grocery store, pharmacy, and a couple of larger brick and mortars, wearing my face mask and hand sanitizer. Who knew a trip to Target would be such a wonderful adventure! But [...]

Writing while distracted

My writing schedule ain’t what it used to be. For the past few years, I have been quite disciplined to write Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to about noon or 1 p.m. I am working on a manuscript for “Bleeder,” book #3 in my Lisa Powers series, complete with recently revised “Save the Cat” [...]

WFH

People often ask me how I get so many things done as a writer, fiber and clay artist, volunteer, etc. I usually respond, “Schedule, schedule, schedule!” With more people either working from home (WFH), having children who may be doing school online, or those having the extra time to get those “to-do” lists accomplished, here [...]

Rise after falling

We all go through pain and sorrow in our lives. Often it’s as we get older, but that’s certainly not always the case. How we get through it – and perhaps more importantly, how we rise up afterwards – is what often defines us. My dear husband, Geoffrey Hancock, my business partner and father of [...]

Writing conferences

For those who are regular attendees of writing conferences, you know they are a wealth of information and a great way to make new contacts. If you’ve never attended one, I highly encourage you to find one even on a local level in your home town. Photo at right was at AZMysteryCon 2016, Photo by Elena Thornton, [...]

Is anyone out there?

No, that's not a misquote from the X-Files "The truth is out there." Sometimes it feels like I’m writing in a bubble, out in the ether, all by my lonesome. “They” say it’s important to write a regular blog. “They” say a consistent blog is important for driving people to your website, promoting your brand, blah blah blah. [...]