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 novel has gone to hell in a handbasket…SO WILL YOU GUYS ALL JUST PLEASE STOP ALREADY???!!!

You know who you are 😡

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JK Rowling put out 3 – count ’em – three – new little books, after she and her cohorts had the audacity to distract me with The Cursed Child. I bought them. Of course. And read them, one right after the other. Of course.



And then…and then…I discovered a JK approved series, written by a guy named G. Norman Lippert, called – get this – The James Potter Series, based on the wonderful wizarding world of magic created by Ms. Rowling. Not only that, but to make matters worse, the ebooks are free!!

Are you freaking kidding me???

I downloaded the lot – all four books – last night.

Of course.

And have read one and a half already.

Of course.

AND he writes other good stuff, too. Of course. So…

…I bought two of his other books.

You got it……..Of course.

And then there’s Roger Moore (no, not the 007, “My name is Bond; James Bond” version; this one is a freaking awesome author and poet), whose work is inescapable for me, because it hits me where I live. So I spend a lot of time on his site.

And my Kindle.

And the umpteen book review blogs I follow.

And then follow up with all the relaxing blogs I follow, just to try to get back in touch with my muse.

Who seems to be on holiday.

Of course.

So at the risk of ree-duhhn-dense-ee…

Will all you guys please just stop, already – like, how about YOU all go on vacation for awhile and let me get some work done!!




Turning the Descriptive Phrase – or – “The Colour Thesaurus”


I know many writers and authors, myself included, love to turn the descriptive phrase when setting the scene around specific people, places and things. I think the grandest skill to be had is to make these subjects to come alive for the reader, not only visually, as an “objective observer”, but as a participant. Enter: the thesaurus.

Having suffered several mini-strokes upon the death of my parents years ago, it saddened and frustrated me as a writer, to find that I had “lost my words”, as it were. I was used to my brain being my own personal thesaurus…how disheartening to find that, that book would close itself against me, every time I needed it most: while writing.

When I began the process of preparing to publish for the first time, it seemed as though Fate itself took a hand in helping me to reach that goal.

I “discovered” a plethora of websites and blogs for all these wonderful, helpful, writer’s resources, and soon my Facebook page was filled with lists for alternate expressions and words; my cell phone gallery now has more screenshots of subject-specific thesaurus-es (thesaurii??!) than photos!

Today, I saw the following guest post/re-post, originally written by Ingrid Sundberg, on Karen Gray’s blog, “Thistley Roses”. Ms. Sunderberg takes the ‘descriptive phrase’ one step further, through her creation of the “Colour Thesaurus”.

If you are a writer, struggling to turn a descriptive phrase…or even if you’re not…I urge you to take a peek at this shared post, “The Amazing Colour Thesaurus”, and both of their blogs.

Many thanks to Karen and Ingrid for sharing this with the blogging world!