I’m Still a Writer, Damnit! (some grumble from the pity jungle)

I’m Still a Writer, Damnit! (some grumble from the pity jungle)

It’s been one of those days where you find you’ve taken two steps forward and three steps back – then fell backasswards off of a cliff. Want to come to my Pity Party, anyone? I’ve had a stroke. Can’t remember squat, like: *how to type *how to use a pencil *how to spell *how to … Continue reading

TRUE Writer’s Block: What to Do Now, After Your Muse Has Really Left (Six Months and Counting)

TRUE Writer’s Block: What to Do Now, After Your Muse Has Really Left (Six Months and Counting)

Folded Dreams, a follow-up novel to my venture into the world of self-publishing, managed to get to about 45% edit-worthy completion. I wasn’t completely satisfied with my work at that point, but I was proud to have at least made it that far! And then, as often happens of course, I hit an annoying bout … Continue reading

The Definition of “Useless”

The Definition of “Useless”

It’s not a word which requires a definition. And nor does it usually call for an example for explanation, being sufficiently self-explanatory, ya’ know? Still, if you think about it, could you actually define ‘useless’, without looking it up in your Funk & Wagnell’s? See that picture up there? That’s pretty much what I feel like at this … Continue reading

Because it’s still hard to type…”CVA vs TIA”

Because it’s still hard to type…”CVA vs TIA”

…because it’s still hard to type, thought I’d share an article I wrote a few years ago. Somehow, an article about Strokes seems an appropriate subject… CVA vs TIA: WHEN THE WORD ‘STROKE’ IS NOT A VERB Introduction: At work last week, a co-worker stopped in the middle of our day and looked at his … Continue reading

The Velcro Toss

The Velcro Toss

I had an idea many years ago on how to deal with my progeny when they hit my last nerve. The “Velcro Toss”. Picture one large blank wall, covered in one half of velcro…the sticking part. Now picture a kid’s jumper (overalls to our followers who actually speak the Queen’s English!) made out of the … Continue reading

Sad destruction: Great Smoky Mountains

Sad destruction: Great Smoky Mountains

Such sad destruction recently. This past week, my beautiful Smoky Mountains are being consumed by fire. Who knows how they started – spontaneous combustion from drought conditions, lightning or even arson (two people have been arrested so far for just that) or a combination of circumstances and choices. Either way, the destruction is heart breaking. … Continue reading

A Midsummer Night’s Dream, in autumn

A Midsummer Night’s Dream, in autumn

I dreamed a dream this autumn morn and woke with this in my mind – ’twas a scene from Shakespeare’s “A Midsummer Night’s Dream” (which portion, below, I consign!) “I know a bank where the wild thyme blows, Where oxlips and the nodding violet grows, Quite over-canopied with luscious woodbine, With sweet musk-roses and with eglantine: … Continue reading

“The scholar and his cat, Pangur Bán” by Robin Flower (or: “Pearl and Rain”)

“The scholar and his cat, Pangur Bán” by Robin Flower (or: “Pearl and Rain”)

The scholar and his cat, Pangur Bán (from the Irish by Robin Flower) I and Pangur Bán my cat, ‘Tis a like task we are at: Hunting mice is his delight, Hunting words I sit all night. Better far than praise of men ‘Tis to sit with book and pen; Pangur bears me no ill-will, … Continue reading

“1920 London” – horror movie for Hallowe’en

“1920 London” – horror movie for Hallowe’en

I was checking out the “Suggested for You” listing on Netflix this morning and took a chance on a movie I’d never heard of before: “1920 London”. I figured, horror movie – gettin’ close to Hallowe’en – haven’t bought a new dvd in ages – – -what the heck. I clicked ‘Play’ and discovered it was … Continue reading

From Magnolia Trees to Things That Go ‘Bump’ in the Night

From Magnolia Trees to Things That Go ‘Bump’ in the Night

Research for Folded Dreams – it’s not all about things that go bump in the night! As I was reading over my manuscript for the novel, I noticed that there might be a discrepancy between the season portrayed – autumn – and the presence of ‘massive flower buds’ on the character’s magnolia tree. Being a … Continue reading

“To the Virgins, to Make Much of Time” by Robert Herrick – or – “Gather ye’ rosebuds”

“To the Virgins, to Make Much of Time” by Robert Herrick – or – “Gather ye’ rosebuds”

Even in poetry, do I find inspiration. Case in point: the poem, To the Virgins, to Make Much of Time, was a 17th century work by English poet Robert Herrick which has had the power to gently urge me to write now, before my own words fade. From this poem we understand Herrick’s belief that life is very short, that … Continue reading

“Carpe Diem – Seize the Day!” (RE: Robin Williams – Dead Poet Society)

“Carpe Diem – Seize the Day!” (RE: Robin Williams – Dead Poet Society)

“Carpe diem – Seize the day! Gather ye rosebuds while ye may; strive to find your own voice…Seize the day!” Robin Williams was an amazing entertainer. I have loved all of his movies – I was even crazy about him in his silliest television role as Mork from Ork (“Mork & Mindy”)! But I really … Continue reading

Another great Goodreads Giveaway is at an end!

Another great Goodreads Giveaway is at an end!

All done, folks! Another great Goodreads Giveaway has come to an end! 1193 entries! No complaints😁 Many, many thanks to everyone who entered and/or helped spread the word through their own social media. I have great hopes that I will see at least 10 more reviews for Folded Dreams – the Beginning! I always have such … Continue reading

ONE HOUR LEFT!! Enter to win “Folded Dreams- the Beginning” by Pearl Kirkby

ONE HOUR LEFT!! Enter to win “Folded Dreams- the Beginning” by Pearl Kirkby

   ONE HOUR LEFT TO ENTER! Last chance to win 1 of 10 print copies of “Folded Dreams – the Beginning” by Pearl Kirkby!   Click here and enter to win NOW!! (you know you wanna!! 😀 )

Over in [3]-2-1: Enter to win “Folded Dreams- the Beginning” by Pearl Kirkby

Over in [3]-2-1: Enter to win “Folded Dreams- the Beginning” by Pearl Kirkby

There are only [3] – 2 – 1 days left to enter the Goodreads Giveaway to win 1 of 10 print copies of “Folded Dreams – the Beginning” by Pearl Kirkby! Click here and enter to win today!! (C’mon now – take a chance!! 😀 )

Avoiding Plagiarism – or – “Reading off-genré while writing”

Avoiding Plagiarism – or – “Reading off-genré while writing”

When you’re a writer, there’s always the chance that you’re going to be accused of plagiarism, no matter how hard you try to avoid it. The problem is that plagiarism isn’t only taking someone’s work and passing if off as your own, but is also defined as taking someone else’s ideas and doing the same. … Continue reading

SIX DAYS LEFT! Enter to Win “Folded Dreams- the Beginning” by Pearl Kirkby

SIX DAYS LEFT! Enter to Win “Folded Dreams- the Beginning” by Pearl Kirkby

There are only 6 days left for the chance to enter the Goodreads Giveaway to win 1 of 10 print copies of “Folded Dreams – the Beginning” by Pearl Kirkby! Click the pic or here and enter to win today!! (you know you wanna!! 😀 )

13 days left to Enter to win “Folded Dreams- the Beginning” by Pearl Kirkby

13 days left to Enter to win “Folded Dreams- the Beginning” by Pearl Kirkby

There are only 13 days left for the chance to enter the Goodreads Giveaway to win 1 of 10 print copies of “Folded Dreams – the Beginning” by Pearl Kirkby! Click the pic or here and enter to win today!! (you know you wanna!! 😀 )

Collection: Roger Moore – Poet

To quote the filler text on WordPress, “This is an example of a short post”, which is to say, I have a collection of books by the poet, Roger Moore and in the next few days I will be making a fairly long overview of these books. This is not that post. 😏 Be that … Continue reading

“Where do you go for research?”

“Where do you go for research?”

While I may be only beginning my book publishing journey, I’ve been publishing posts and articles on other blogs and websites since 1996. I retired as a content writer for my last employer’s company and his main concern was summed up thus: “Where do you go for research?” My final employment was with a telemedical … Continue reading

“MS Relapse”. Food for thought and a kick in the – – writer’s block

“MS Relapse”. Food for thought and a kick in the – – writer’s block

I learned a new term  today, from Angie at Reflections On Life 281: “MS Relapse” Now, this refers to the medical condition, MS (Multiple Sclerosis), but what you may not know is that “ms” is also an abbreviation for the word, “manuscript”. Before I go any further, let me iterate that I know how debilitating … Continue reading

It’s ‘frost on the pumpkin’ season! Time to prepare…

It’s ‘frost on the pumpkin’ season! Time to prepare…

Many, many years ago, my very best friend in the world took my children and me camping at a place called ‘Jellystone Park’, in Massachusettes. She had a little, tiny travel trailer, complete with miniature propane stove and heater, which slept six, if you included the available floor space! It was only a week past … Continue reading

A Folded Dreams Primer (Part 2)

A Folded Dreams Primer (Part 2)

In my previous post, Folded Dreams: A Primer – Part I (renamed “A Folded Dreams Primer”) I hinted at part of the basis for the novel’s main character, Ginevra’s, uncommon abilities of comprehension as though she was a ‘savant-in-the-making’…which she is, although not because of any bio-neurological anomaly. Her story touches on a number of sciences (always … Continue reading

Folded Dreams: A Primer (Part 1)

Folded Dreams: A Primer (Part 1)

It has been pointed out to me that the nature of the mind of the protagonist in Folded Dreams (as pertaining to the novel), is at best the definition of improbability and, at worst, a ridiculous notion that isn’t even worthy of contemplation. In my own experiences of life – and that of an awful lot … Continue reading

Don’t have a Kindle? Want one? Just sayin’.

Don’t have a Kindle? Want one? Just sayin’.

It took me ages before I could read any ebooks until I realized that my phone had the built-in capability through Google PlayStore. It was nice to have access to all the classics that were free, and to find that I could even download some newer books, thanks to the credits I earned on Google … Continue reading

Will you guys PLEASE just STOP, already???!!!

Will you guys PLEASE just STOP, already???!!!

Okay, enough is enough! I’ve not written a word in the past week and a half and it’s all your faults! I mean, what with the poetry, the prose, the short stories…THE NOVELS (like my most most recent full read, “A Smile in One Eye…” by Ralph Webster)…and the book reviews, my poor little Folded Dreams … Continue reading

To smile, to cry, to say goodbye… ‘a smile in one eye, a tear in the other’

To smile, to cry, to say goodbye… ‘a smile in one eye, a tear in the other’

I read a book last week, perhaps you saw the post. The title quoted the author’s wife, who observed: “…a smile in one eye, a tear in the other.” – Ralph and Ginger Webster I understand the concept. Life has a way of coming at you so quickly that you haven’t the time to make … Continue reading

The Old Fossil’s Library now has a page of its own!!

The Old Fossil’s Library now has a page of its own!!

After about 11 hours, I finally figured out what to do about adding a library to The Old Fossil Writes as a separate entity. I debated on whether or not just to categorize each review and be done with it, but instead, I’ve given it a page of its own – an external page! Well, … Continue reading

Bookshelf – or – #AmReading, when #AmWriting not!!

Bookshelf – or – #AmReading, when #AmWriting not!!

Tonight I will begin my Bookshelf list of those times when my #AmWriting has switched to #AmReading (didja see my little nod to Yoda, there in the title? – – – well, I thought it was cutesy anyway 😭😝) I’ll probably start with the books I’ve reviewed on the Amazons, which should fill at least a 3/bpw … Continue reading

Have Credit Card, Will Travel! or “My Kindle is KILLING Me!”

Have Credit Card, Will Travel! or “My Kindle is KILLING Me!”

Let’s face it: I love books. I just have a passion for the written word, whether it’s between the covers of a paper-back, hard-back or the keyboard and lid of my laptop. I also have a credit card. And the internet. And an Amazon account. And a Kindle Reader. And that’s what I mean when … Continue reading

“Just a reminder!”

“Just a reminder!”

For those who may not have seen this on a previous post, I thought I’d just leave a little reminder – We’re about a week and a half into the Goodreads Giveaway, where you can win a copy of my book, Folded Dreams – the Beginning – and I’m pleased to report that there are already nearly … Continue reading

I love you guys to the moon!!

I love you guys to the moon!!

My progress this week is overwhelming! Just since Friday, I’ve organized my notes, collected about half my scattered post-its and transcribed them into the proper notebooks, nearly caught up on my emails, caught up on social media (except Facebook, which I’m still locked out of) and completed 3 chapters of my novel (it would prob’ly … Continue reading

Oh no! Mold! MOLD in my house! Enter: Hammacher Schlemmer.

Oh no! Mold! MOLD in my house! Enter: Hammacher Schlemmer.

I have a horrid  sinus condition that keeps giving me headaches and sneezies up the wazoo. I was at my wit’s end last night, after a 13 sneeze  event, until I happened to spy, with my little eye, a black fuzzy on my living room wall, near the floor. Placing my reading glasses on the … Continue reading

One day only on Amazon: Free eBook “Folded Dreams-the Beginning”

Today would have been Mama’s 85th birthday. If she was still with us, I would have created a hard cover, one-of-a-kind, 24K gold embossed, special edition of my very first book, Folded Dreams-the Beginning just for her. But she isn’t here, except in spirit, so I thought it would be nice to give the Kindle version of that … Continue reading

Goodreads Giveaway, Aug. 27-Oct. 20 – – – (Happy Birthday, Mama!)

Goodreads Giveaway, Aug. 27-Oct. 20 – – – (Happy Birthday, Mama!)

A Goodreads Giveaway in honor of Mama’s Birthday! Goodreads Book Giveaway Folded Dreams by Pearl Kirkby Giveaway ends October 20, 2016. See the giveaway details at Goodreads. Enter Giveaway https://www.goodreads.com/giveaway/widget/200767

CORRECTION RE: FREE BOOK PROMO ON AMAZON

CORRECTION RE: FREE BOOK PROMO ON AMAZON

Mama’s birthday, as you know, would have been 27 August. She would have been 85. It was important to me to do something to commemorate her day, so I planned the Amazon and Goodreads giveaways, right? Well, the Goodreads Giveaway is ready to start on the 27th, this Saturday, and will run all the way through … Continue reading

Kitty Lips & OCD: Obsessive Coffee Disorder & other Coffee Quotes!

Kitty Lips & OCD: Obsessive Coffee Disorder & other Coffee Quotes!

It was a hot, oppressively humid day. The air conditioning, which normally functions well, was simply unable to keep the livingroom cool, even with the added fan tower oscillating on low to scatter the cooled air. “Asking me if I like coffee is like asking me if I like breathing.” I’d had no breakfast and … Continue reading

Mama always said, ” ‘Tis better to give than to receive.” (Amazon & Goodreads Giveaways!)

Mama always said, ” ‘Tis better to give than to receive.” (Amazon & Goodreads Giveaways!)

People will often hear me say, “Mama always said, […enter her wise quotable here…].” That’s because my mama, probably just like yours, was wise…like her mama before her and hers before her, etc., (x) infinity. My kids have heard me say this all their lives, especially when I couldn’t think of an original thought to … Continue reading