Four Little Words that Make Magic

“… that willing suspension of disbelief for the moment, which constitutes poetic faith.” Samuel Coleridge. Everyone has their strengths. For my kid #4 it’s her ability to remember obscure details. I pay her five dollars an hour to listen to me read my stories. She somehow lays her six-foot body on the floor of my tiny office and stares at the ceiling. I keep checking to make sure she hasn’t fallen asleep. But she’s listening. At fourteen, five dollars an hour is meaningful pay. And for me, her plethora of factoids is worth every penny. I have a novella coming out November 4th called “Mine.” It is part of Unlucky Seven – a collection of seven small town murder mysteries that includes three Ne

Care Manual for Writers

Not everyone is born with the talent to write, but it has been said that anyone can become a writer if they are willing to put in the time and effort to skillfully learn the craft. We write because we must and because we have something to say. Writing, like any creative art, illuminates life. Our joy in writing comes through the process of writing itself, but writing is definitely hard work. In a culture where the norm is to receive a scheduled pay check as compensation and validation for their work, writing can be considered nothing more than a pastime; that writing is not a real job. I would challenge these critics to try their own hand at writing a book. Writers are not always motivated b

Pinterest for Writers

Pinterest is my big electronic scrapbook for thousands of great pictures. I have scrapbooked for years and collected idea files full of pictures. It’s nice to have a place to organize everything. I didn't get hooked on the site until I ruptured my Achilles tendon, and I was stuck on the couch for months. During my long recovery, I pinned hundreds of pictures. I have boards (the containers you create to group pictures) for crafts, DIY projects, funny memes, recipes, and places I've been or dreamt about. Writers can use this social media platform to highlight their books and provide visuals for their work. And many of the Lethal Ladies have quite a collection of pictures and videos. Here are s

The Gifts We Are Given

So close to Christmas you may wonder if I’m going to wax on about presents, or even about what those euphemistically named “white elephant” gifts we all have around the house that are destined to be re-gifted or donated. Yes, a blog post on that would be funny, and I laugh to recall the culmination of my women’s group’s Christmas party. Once our “Yankee Swap” concluded, Marilyn* ended up with the huge, three-wick pillar candle contributed by Judy*. This behemoth was easily larger than a bowling ball and would break most tables upon which it sat or feet upon which it fell! After hoots and knee-slaps, Marilyn rose to the occasion and decided the mammoth candle would be perfect when she bought

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