The State of My Blogs…Again

Heavy sigh…  So I’m on my blog soapbox again…and I’ve had wine.  Uh oh! Drinking Rutherford Ranch’s 2007 Sauvignon Blanc.  It’s ok for a white from California.  Still haven’t looked up the reason, but they’ve been producing some really bad whites for the last few years. Back to blogging.  Besides writing about NaNoWriMo over on The Courier novel’s blog, I’ve been publishing more of the story for the past week or so, and I’m SOOOOO … Read more

3-Day Novel Contest Entry Received

Just wanted to mention that I received notification today that the 3-Day Novel Contest has Warrant for Damnation.  Got email notification five minutes after I made a mental inquiry, wondering if they’d received it yet.  Does that make me psychic?  Anyways, they sent me the badge to the left that I survived.  Now they spend the next two months reading the entries. Still don’t expect to place in the contest, but I’ll let you know … Read more

Manuscript Mailed…Bottle of Wine Opened

YAY!!  I just got back from the post office about 30 minutes ago.  My manuscript is off to Canada, and I’m breathing a few sighs of relief. I underestimated how long it would take me to type in the hand written stuff, so I finished typing up the longhand around 1:30 P.M. today.  Won’t be doing that again.  Now I wait for confirmation the 3-day Novel Contest has received the manuscript and a certificate I … Read more


I finished Warrant for Damnation in the 3-Day Monday night with one hour to spare.  WHOO HOO!  If I had the energy yet, it’d be time to celebrate.  I still have to mail off the manuscript, so maybe then. I was going to write this blog post yesterday, but I was in a vegetative state.  Have to say that today is like waking up from a comma.   But other than that, as the title states, … Read more

Top 10 Lessons Learned Day 1 of 3-Day

As a first time writer in the 3-Day Novel contest, I had a few challenges today I thought I’d share with you all.  Here are the top 10 lessons I’ve learned on my first day: 1.  Make the brownies the day before even though you’re sure you can stay disciplined and eat right.  I ended up making them half way through the day anyways. 2.  Name as many of your characters as you can ahead … Read more

Countdown to the 3-Day Novel Contest

This is a repost from The Courier’s website. Just wanted to quickly note that I’ve officially entered the 3-Day Novel Contest and am finalizing the outline today and tomorrow for the second book in The Courier Series.   I’ve been thinking about posting how the contest is going on The Courier’s website once or twice a day, but haven’t made up my mind.  If I need to vent, I figure posting there is as good as … Read more

Weekly Whine: Where’s Your Phone

I’ve gotten in a bad habit of leaving my phone in the car or letting the batter run out for days.  Has gotten me in some trouble with family.  I’ve never actually been one to talk on the phone, so it’s more of a life long habit.  After all, I’m a writer, not a speaker.  Okay, lame excuse.   So this week is more about people being pissed off at me.  Uh oh! Other than that, … Read more

The Courier is a Co-WINNNER

WHOO HOO!!! The Courier is a co-winner in the Textnovel Online Fiction Contest with Catherine Mambretti, author of Chalk Ghost, about “a ghost trying to unravel the mystery of her own death, which also turns out to be the only way she can save a young, deaf Chippewa mother named Lily Whitehorse and her infant son who now occupy the same apartment where the ghost died.” Congratulations to Takatsu as well for winning Readers’ Choice … Read more