Fantasy and Legends

Danger lurks…at least in my mind

(This blog originally appeared on the Roses of Prose on Oct. 22, 2014.) I live a pretty ho-hum life. I get up early, working on my writing for a bit (or that’s the theory), head into the my job at the newspaper where I busy myself for the next nine or so hours, then head home to have dinner with hubby, after which collapse into a coma-like state on the couch until he rouses me…

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Puppy-dog tales

(This blog originally appeared at Roses of Prose, September 2014.) Recently my writing life has taken a definite fall to the wayside. My son has been house/dog-sitting for the past few weeks at a friend’s home at the Chesapeake Bay. I should clarify. Her home is ON THE BEACH. For a transplanted Jersey (Shore) girl, the word “beach” is a homing beacon. I’m at peace at the beach. I can think at the beach. More,…

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OH in the newsroom: “What’s a foreclosure sale?”

(This blog was originally posted on Tea & Stumpets group blog site.) I work at a news organization that considers shining the light on the actions of local governmental one of its prime responsibilities. So every day in the paper we publish different “Your Right to Know” briefs–things like what budget dollars are allocated for a specific thing. We also publish a count of the number of foreclosure sales listed in the day’s paper. One…

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9/11: I’m sorry, I still can’t forget

In my fiction, I write a lot about bad guys. It’s fun for me to channel for a few dark moments what it might be like to have hatred in my soul. But then something reminds me that the real world holds real horrors for real people. And that’s not fun. Today is Sept. 11. I don’t mean to be a downer, but I can’t let today pass without remembering the thousands who lost their…

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OH in the newsroom: Leah’s a food snob

Originally posted on the site of my blogging buddies, Tea N Strumpets, August 25, 2014: It hurt a little to hear one of my colleagues say that about me. Because I am NOT a food snob. I’m not! I’ll eat packaged, repurposed, fresh, stale, food that’s  been left out overnight – you name it. Except for seafood. I don’t like seafood in any shape or form. Or anything that looks icky. Like calamari. Uggggggh. So…

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Train ride from … ?

This blog originally appeared at The Roses of Prose where we’ve been exploring movie themes. To check out what my friends are writing, go here. This is a true story. I will use it in fiction some day. Until then, I couldn’t think of a better story to share for this month’s topic. It happened about 20-something years ago when I was a young mother and my sons were ages 8 and 4. My best,…

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You owe me a hug, son

My older son turned 30 today. I looked in the mirror this morning and saw skin crisscrossed with lines that weren’t there yesterday, sections of my face and neck dragging and drooping that, I swear, just yesterday were smooth and, if not firm, at least firmER. I feel ancient, as if his turning this magical age (the age beyond which my generation couldn’t trust another) propelled me into the phase of  old croney-hood. The truth…

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My Writing Process ~ The Blog Tour

I’d first like to thank fantasy/paranormal romance author Denise Golinowski  for asking me to participate in this blog tour. She had some cool things to say about writing the her shape-shifting characters on her blog last week, so stop by if you get a chance. What am I working on? I’m currently working on the sequel to my first book, Surrender to Sanctuary. That’s a story about two FBI agents (Anna Parker and David Owens)…

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Lessons of a novice author panelist

A couple Sundays ago I had the privilege of participating in the Fall for the Book event in Fairfax, Virginia. I was wearing two hats for the day:  the first as organizer for the two romance panels (historical and suspense), and second as a first-time panelist on the suspense panel (Ticking Clocks: How to create pressure-cooker moments in fiction). As far as events go, I’ve been organizing these types of things in my day job for…

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The Grill Part II – or How NOT to surprise your husband on Father’s Day

If you read my blog last week, you’ll know of my trials and tribulations attempting to have a fully assembled grill delivered to my home as a Father’s Day gift for my husband. (To recap, you apparently cannot order a fully assembled grill online and have it delivered to your home. You can have it delivered to your local store for assembly, or you can have it shipped, in parts, to your home. I inadvertently…

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