Blog Schedule

I post on Monday with an occasional random blog thrown in for good measure. I do my best to answer all comments via email and visit around on the days I post.

Wednesday, September 2, 2015


Posting first Wednesday of every month YOU can sign up HERE to find out more about the purpose of the Insecure Writer's Support Group, the brainchild of Alex Cavanaugh.
Our co-hosts are:

Heather M. Gardner   
Dolorah at Book Lover 
Murees DupĂ©   

In an effort to keep these posts short and sweet, I'll be sharing an appropriate quote. 

Carlos Fuentes, Paris - Mar 2009 (7)I'm not familiar with anything Carlos Fuentes has written, but I love what he said.

This is for those of you who may struggle with figuring out what genre you want to write. For myself, I'm going to write whatever I feel like. I refuse to be labeled. 

Don't classify me, read me. I'm a writer, not a genre.

Don't classify yourself either. Well, you might classify yourself as a writer, but why limit yourself to a particular genre? If you want to write mysteries, when you've been writing, dystopian novels, then write mysteries. If a middle grade fantasy calls to you when you've been writing literary adult novels, then write a middle grade fantasy. If you write historical novels when suddenly feel the urge to write a piece of non-fiction, then DO IT. The point is, don't box yourself in. Don't fall into the trap of writing only kind of story, unless, of course, that's what YOU want to do! 

Happy Insecure Writer's Support Group Day! Do you write in a particular genre or in more than one kind? Do you have an idea for a completely different story than you're "known" for, but are afraid to break out of your own mold? If you are afraid, ask yourself why.

Monday, August 31, 2015

Off for a Few Days

I'm not here today and though I have a post for tomorrow, which is Insecure Writer's Support Group day, you might not see me around.

Why? Because we are having a new shingles put on our roof.  To avoid the noise and mayhem, I am escaping to a motel for the duration. I'm hoping I'll be able to take this time and work on revisions.

Being Thankful

Today I'm thankful that insurance is covering at least part of the cost for the new roof, which we badly need.

What are you thankful for?

Monday, August 24, 2015

Write-Edit-Publish August Challenge Spectacular Settings

From Write-Edit-Publish comes this nice blog hop.

For this challenge you will:
1.    Firstly share a paragraph from a novel, or an extract from a poem, or a photograph that stopped your heart with a spectacular setting etc. 

2.    Describe how your chosen 'setting' spoke to you. Why did you like it?

3.    Then you have the option to:

     a)     write your own 'setting' piece in any genre, or share a ‘setting’ from your WIP, or…
     b)     write your own poem which highlights 'setting', or 
     c)     share a photograph that blows you away every time you look at it and tell us why.
     d)     share an artwork that shows a 'setting' you love and tell us why you love it.
     e)     write a small playscript which highlights 'setting'.

I've chosen a photograph. This was a real sunset. I took the picture. Growing up in the Caribbean I've seen my fair share of beautiful and spectacular sunsets, but this one wins first place. Every time I see this picture I'm reminded of nature's incredible ability to create art and beauty. And always it is ever changing and ephemeral. Though I was able to capture this particular moment, it doesn't do it justice because we, the viewers, are unable to experience the expanse, the immensity, of sky and ocean. Here it has been framed, boxed in, limited. This picture is merely the essence of something that was much grander and ceased to exist long ago.
For my setting piece, here is an excerpt from a novel I've been working for far too long. It's one of those stories that's dear to my heart. To set the scene, picture eleven-year-old Sam and her best friend, Nick. Between them, their imaginations are inexhaustible. They are playing a game on a beach and have taken on the personas of the superheros, Mosquito Man and Tentacle Woman. 

The Squalsh are as big as hundred pound dogs and look like a cross between a sea cucumber and a spiny sea urchin. They can throw their spines like javelins and are altogether repulsive. The only thing in the superheroes favor is that the monsters are as slow-moving as sloths, which makes it easy to stab them - avoiding the spines of course - with their spears.

“Tentacle! Behind you!” Sam whirls around. Three of the pukey green-black things are squalching towards her. She extends her eight tentacle arms towards the slow moving slugs and stabs at them with her spears. It only takes one well-placed jab to kill them. 

The Squalsh fly around like popped balloons making a farting noise and expelling a stinking non-deadly gas. Tentacle and Mosquito dance around to avoid being smothered by the deflating stinking blobs of goo that are ejecting spines. It isn't long before the beach is littered with piles of oozing dead slugs. The monsters, realizing that today they cannot invade this beach, retreat into the sea. Mosquito zips around triumphant and Tentacle waves her arms in victory.

Hope you enjoyed today's Special Edition blog post. Are you taking part in this blog hop? 

Friday, August 21, 2015

Hot Pink in the City by Medeia Sharif

From one the writingest ladies around, here's ANOTHER release by our own Medeia Sharif.


HOT PINK IN THE CITY, Prizm Books/Torquere Press
Release Date: August 19, 2015
Purchase from PrizmAmazon (vendor links will be updated on the author's site)

Asma Bashir wants two things: a summer fling and her favorite '80s songs. During a trip to New York City to stay with relatives, she messes up in her pursuit of both. She loses track of the hunk she met on her airplane ride, and she does the most terrible thing she could possibly do to her strict uncle... ruin his most prized possession, a rare cassette tape.

A wild goose chase around Manhattan and Brooklyn to find a replacement tape yields many adventures -- blackmail, theft, a chance to be a TV star, and so much more. Amid all this turmoil, Asma just might be able to find her crush in the busiest, most exciting city in the world.

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Monday, August 17, 2015

Alternatives, Titles to Write By, One Stop for Writers Tip, Being Thankful

Alternatives is a recurring post in which I give synonyms for an over used word. Click on the tab above for a "complete" list of over used words.

Today's word is: - Get codes for Facebook, Hi5, MySpace and more

For those who write crime, it might be alleged that this word is over used. 

Depending on how you use it, this list may come in handy for finding another way to say the same thing.

affirmed, apparent, asserted, assumed, averred,


declared, described, designated, doubtful, dubious



presumed, presupposed, pretended, professed, purported, putative,


reputed, rumored

so-called, stated, supposed, suspect, suspicious


In which we play with a single word and turn it into, what else, titles! Afterwards the object is to pick one of them and write a little something.

It was Ray Bradbury, in his book ZEN IN THE ART OF WRITING, who taught me about making lists of words and turning them into titles. If you haven't read it I highly recommend it.

For no particular reason today's word is: 


Actually there is a reason why today's word is button, and it's not because I happen to like buttons and have written an article about them. No, it because the other day in a conversation with my hubby he blurted out a great title for a story. Which was: 

Death of a Former Button Pusher
Button, Button, I Know Who Has the Button
Button-Nose Bobby
The Button that Saved the World
Buttons: More Than Just Closures
Buttons in History
Belly Button Billy
I'll Be Your Button if You'll Be My Button Hole

Do any of these strike your fancy? The article I wrote was called Buttons in History. You'd be surprised at the roll they've played...

Since this post seems to be about words, here's a tip from Angela and Becca of Writers Helping Writers fame. They are getting ready to launch a new writerly tool at One Stop for Writes. Today's tips is, what else, a short list of OVER USED WORDS!

Being Thankful

Today I'm thankful for books. Cicero wrote: A room without books is like a body without a soul.

The to-be-read stack.

Part of my collection of fairy tales and myths.

Books on writing and words.

Part of my hubby's scifi collection.

General information.

Classics and poetry.
What are you thankful for? How many bookshelves do you have in your home? Do you collect a variety or a few particular kinds of books? Do you know about Angela and Becca? Care to share a button title in the comments?

Monday, August 10, 2015

Six Impossible Things, Monday Muse, One Stop for Writers, and Being Thankful

ImageChef.comIt was the White Queen, from Through the Looking Glass, who said to Alice: "When I was your age, I always did it for half-an-hour a day. Why, sometimes I've believed as many as six impossible things before breakfast." 

When life gets you down think of, or believe in, six impossible things before breakfast. Take a deep breath and close your eyes. If you are aren't smiling by the sixth thing, think of six more. Keep thinking of impossible things until you smile, or until you understand that life itself is impossible. Yet here we are.

Here, for your entertainment, are Six Impossible Things. You can believe them or not as you wish.

1. Being the world's best speller.
2. Riding on the back of butterfly.
3. Knowing what dogs dream.
4. China returning Tibet to the Tibetans. (One CAN hope!)
5. Writing the most beautiful symphony anyone has ever heard.
6. Having tea with Dorothy and Ozma of Oz.


Today's Monday Muse is a prompt brought to you by none other than Angela and Becca of The Emotion Thesaurus fame. They are embarking on a new enterprise, One Stop for Writers, where we writers will be able to find everything we might need in one place. You can also find them on Facebook and Twitter @onestop4writers. 

I told my parent I didn't know being a Buddhist would get the crowd so riled up. I thought they trusted me to tell the truth. I guess I'm naive to believe what was written centuries ago in our Freedom Documents, and what our elders teach us in school, what my parents preached at me almost every day that, "ALL are to be loved equally for ALL is made of Star Dust and there is NO difference between humans or any thing that IS within the UNIVERSE."

Yet here I am, tied to a stake, my parents ready with the lit torches. I bet the Hippies from the Long Back times are rolling in their graves.

Being Thankful

Today I am thankful for BEES
whose very existence is being threatened by pesticides from Monsanto.

Think of a world without honey.

Think of a world without:
apples, mangoes, kiwi, plums, peaches, guava, pears, strawberries, onions, cashews, apricots, avocados, allspice, kidney beans, green beans, cherries, walnuts, flax, lemons, limes, cotton.

Think of a world without: 
cucumbers, cantaloupes, broccoli, watermelon, papaya, chili peppers, bell peppers, raspberries, blackberries, tamarind, vanilla beans, cocoa, coffee, tomatoes, grapes... 
And this is just a small list.
Have an impossible thing to believe in? Please share. How about that prompt, has it inspired you with an idea for you next novel or short story? And what are you thankful for today? How about that cup of coffee or piece of chocolate the bees have unselfishly and without thought, given to you?

Wednesday, August 5, 2015

Insecure Writer's Support Group

Posting first Wednesday of every month YOU can sign up HERE to find out more about the purpose of the Insecure Writer's Support Group, the brainchild of Alex Cavanaugh.

In an effort to keep these posts short and sweet, I'll be sharing an appropriate quote. 
"NeilGaimanNov04". Licensed
under Public Domain via 
Wikimedia Commons.
Today's quote is from Neil Gaiman and it's for those of us who can't seem to get our thoughts down on paper.

"Write the ideas down. If they are going to be stories, try and tell the stories you would like to read. Finish the things you start to write. Do it a lot and you will be a writer. The only to way to do it is to do it."

Can it really be as simple as that? Yes.

Today I'm co-hosting IWSG, so I'd best be off to visit! Come follow me HERE and we can visit together. My awesome co-hosts for the August 5 posting of the IWSG will be Nancy Gideon, Bob R Milne, Doreen McGettigan, Chrys Fey, and Pat Garcia!