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    Dreams of Running Released

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    My newest novel, Dreams of Running, is now available in paperback and e-book. I’m glad to see it finally on the shelves. It was a long time coming.

    It’s a good thing I completed all the editing and final bits before I discovered Masterpieces’s, Poldark, otherwise I might never have …

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    New Novel

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    Hi folks. I haven’t been up on my blogging this last year–grieving has taken so much of my energy that I’ve had little for art or creativity. But I have managed to finalize the novel I finished while we were in Costa Rica last year. Publication date should be mid-next …

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    Love from the Beyond

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    Every morning I get up, take the dog out to pee, then turn to my coffee maker. (Yes, I only drink decaf, but you know it does still have some caffeine, and the steaming cup, the bitter nuttiness–that’s what I’m addicted to.) When I lift the mini-blinds to get to …

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    Coping and Hope

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    I wrote something yesterday. Only 750 words or so, but it wasn’t an email message or a note to my sleeping teenage son saying I’d taken the dog for a walk so if he woke, get his own breakfast. It took me about twenty minutes to write the first sentence, …

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    Pre-Order…it’s finally here!

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    I know you all have been faunching at the bit, on pins and needles, waiting with baited breath and all that, for the release of The Weaver’s Light. Well trusty fans (all six of you), your desires are ready to be fulfilled–The Weaver’s Light is now available, in paperback or …

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    Living in the “after”

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    I am living in the days after my best-friend /companion /confidant/ lover/ soulmate/ husband left his wrecked body behind, and moved into the the afterlife, joining his father and others he loved who had gone on before him.

    Its an unbelievable, unreal place to be–living without his shining eyes, his …

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    Gratitude and Appreciation

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    Folks, I’ve traveled a fair amount in my life. At age 12, I went to Canada with my band class and stayed with a host family for several days–my first trip out of the country. You wouldn’t think the language would be a barrier, but I swear to god, the …

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    Diary Dilemma: Can’t write

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    I can’t write. Had a lot free time today. I wandered the house. I swept. I cleaned the toilets. I cooked a meal. But I couldn’t pick up the computer and write, though I did spend a lot of time on it…not writing. I picked it up to use iMessage, …

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    El Cajon Morning

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    Take Our Poll (function(d,c,j){if(!d.getElementById(j)){var pd=d.createElement(c),s;pd.id=j;pd.src='https://s1.wp.com/wp-content/mu-plugins/shortcodes/js/polldaddy-shortcode.js';s=d.getElementsByTagName(c)[0];s.parentNode.insertBefore(pd,s);} else if(typeof jQuery !=='undefined')jQuery(d.body).trigger('pd-script-load');}(document,'script','pd-polldaddy-loader'));

    Lucky me, I had all three! What was your morning like?

    Tagged: dog, living abroad

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    Small World

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    We’re in Guatemala. Guatemala City to be exact. Why? Because our visa was about to expire and our paperwork has not been processed yet to give me and the boys residency. We had to go somewhere, and this was the cheapest. Plus, Alex’s dad’s cousin lives here, and we had …

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    Surreal

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    No glib, superficial entry today. Sorry folks, this one is a little heavy.

    A couple of nights ago, we were driving up the mountain from town. It was dark, raining lightly, and a thin fog hung on the banana plants and spiked fences of our neighbors. The headlights flashed across …

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    Our Friend Otto

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    What did you to today? I outran a hurricane.

    O.K., not really “out run”, because we were driving, but you get what I mean. We’d PLANNED a trip to the Osa peninsula, but got an email from the hotel we were to stay in that the place was flooded. So, …

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    Oh man, it’s here…election day!

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    Heck, you’ve got to vote for a president today (if you’re in the U.S., that is). Why not throw down another vote on my super scientific poll?

    Take Our Poll (function(d,c,j){if(!d.getElementById(j)){var pd=d.createElement(c),s;pd.id=j;pd.src='https://s1.wp.com/wp-content/mu-plugins/shortcodes/js/polldaddy-shortcode.js';s=d.getElementsByTagName(c)[0];s.parentNode.insertBefore(pd,s);} else if(typeof jQuery !=='undefined')jQuery(d.body).trigger('pd-script-load');}(document,'script','pd-polldaddy-loader'));
    Tagged: election, president, voting

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    Diary Dilemmas: Caribbean Coast

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    Some of you might be able to find Costa Rica on the map, and some of you might think I’ve moved to that territory of the U.S. that’s off the coast of FL. (That would be Puerto Rico, btw). But what most of you might not know is that Ticos* …

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    Dairy Dilemmas

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    I knew our family would be making some major adjustments with this move to Costa Rica.We’d be dealing with improving our understanding and speaking of the language; we’d be driving where rules of the road don’t really apply; we’d be trying to find stores, doctors, parks, etc. in a country …

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    Expectation Adjustment

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    I wish I could be more like my dog. This morning, she wakes up, runs over to my bed and puts her wet nose on me, so happy and excited–“Hey, there’s my person-mommy! Right there beside me, and low enough I can KISS her! Hurray!” I crawl out of bed …

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    Tropical life

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      We wake at the butt-crack of dawn each day, as the manic rooster down the road believes that “morning” begins at 3:45 a.m. I will turn him into fricassee before the month is over. But, one advantage of rising with the dawn is that you see and hear things …

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    Pokemon STOP

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    Pligxok waved his key-fob. His craft beeped and then disappeared behind its cloaking device. He loved that feature—it had been worth the extra fifty thousand kritoks, regardless of what his wife said. He adjusted his facial-mirroring device, pulled on his brown gloves, and then tugged on his tunic until it …

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    Things are going south

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    My family has made a wild and wonderful decision for our immediate future: we are going to move to Costa Rica for at least a year. “What?” some of you gasp. “Why on earth would they do that?” Well people, it’s because when life gives you lemons, you make lemonade. …

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    Amazon Giveaway

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    I’m running an Amazon Giveaway for Matchmaker of Magics for the next 21 days. Here’s your chance to win a fabulous (if I do say so myself) young-adult, speculative fiction novel filled with adventure, unrequited and requited love, angst, dangerous creatures and people, and oh yes, magic!                 […]…

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    Ten Ways to Break Your Back

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    For you intrepid readers who saw my last blog entry, you might notice a theme of physical ailments and my whining complaints that accompanying them. My hope is you can have a giggle at my expense. Personal pain as inspiration for writing; not a new concept at all. Ten ways …

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    The Basilisk in Barnes and Noble

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    A short story of fun… “Song for the Basilisk,” Ted read, peering at the paperback in his hand. He glanced up at Amita. “What do you think this is about? Aren’t basilisks snakes? They don’t sing.” “It says ‘Song for the Basilisk, not ‘by the Basilisk’,” Amita said, raising her …

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    My wrist hurts

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    Too much mousing. That’s what’s done it–the hurting wrist. I’ve given my website a make-over, and that involved a whole lot of mouse use, and now I’m paying the price. But, the site looks pretty good. That’s a plus. Some might say that I’ve spent the last two days on …

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    Sick Sweetness

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    I attended a master writer’s workshop taught by Jacquelyn Mitchard last week. It was so fantastic–the group of other writers, Jackie, the copious amounts of tea I drank all day long, and the in depth analysis of the elements of a novel. Took me back to my days as an …

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    Amazing Customer Service

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    I don’t even need to make stuff up today. No fiction involved here. Just a cut and paste of the email exchange I had with an Alaska Airlines rep. Though I sort of wanted to rip him a new you-know-what, I also had to laugh really hard. He’s ballsy. Email …

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    It’s all the puppy’s fault

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    You’ve heard of kids blaming their dog for eating their homework, right? Well, I’m going to hop on the old bandwagon and say that my new puppy is the reason I’ve not hammered out more chapters in my latest novel, and why my floors are less clean than I like …

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    Editing Pains

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    You know, I’ve always thought of myself as a fairly good editor, both of my own work and others. In high school, friends would bring me their papers to read through and give them pointers. In college, I was a tutor for student-athletes at the University of Oregon, and did …

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