Monthly Archives: December 2016

Resolving Not to Resolve #MFRWAuthor

My personal take on this whole holiday season is…really? What should be a time of joy and


no reason, just pretty bushes

sharing becomes a high stress marathon of parties and gift giving and non stop bonhomie. Merry Christmas, we push at each other, perhaps Happy Holidays. Once in a while Greetings of the Season…whatever works for each one of us. Then before the tree is taken down we gather again to welcome the changing of the year, which means several months worth of correcting the date on our checks (for anyone who still writes checks???)

Along with that welcome comes the dreaded NEW YEAR’S RESOLUTIONS whereby we solemnly swear to eat less exercise more work harder or whatever variation of this-is-what-I-should-do we might come up with. I think most of us cross our fingers behind our backs because deep down inside we knew by February 1 those resolutions will be long ago and far away.

Yeah, I used to make all sorts of resolutions, and rarely follow up on them. Thereby setting myself up for major failure. Gloom, despair, and so on. Then I realized, the same as


again, just because it’s pretty

sharing glad tidings of comfort and joy year ’round, and not just dragging out our smiles for Christmas, if we want to make some sort of resolution we should make it NOW. This moment. Whether we want to eat better, sleep more, stop finishing that coconut cream pie (and claim we must have been sleep walking) there is no time better than now. Today. Not next week, next month, next year. Now.

And make it something attainable. I set aside the idea of 5,000 words written in a day, or maybe two hours at the computer actually writing, not researching (like I have any books planned around deep sea explorations, although…) or playing games to ‘limber up my mind.’ Nor will I promise to train for a marathon. Yeah, right. But I can easily write, say, fifteen minutes a day. And I can, with the urging of my FitBit, get up and walk 250 steps every hour. Plus set up challenges for myself to add a few more steps and make it to the next major distance.

The important thing was doing it NOW. The goal is to walk those steps every hour, often followed by fifteen minutes of writing. This is how I planned to finish the next Stormhaven. After, that is, I finish this novella that snuck in when I wasn’t paying Front Cover - My Killer My Love-first tryattention…maybe I was walking an extra five loops in the living room? It’s in the world of the Atrahasis, same as  My Killer My Love featuring two mature protagonists finding each other after decades apart.

I’m bringing in the new year with friends, taking along some low carb comfort food such as loaded cauliflower and this pecan shortbread recipe I’ve been playing with. If it passes the taste test I’ll be sharing.

Looks like I’ll be sharing some recipes tomorrow. Best of everything to everybody, now and in our futures.


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It’s All About the Light #MFRWAuthor

You know about lighting a candle instead of cursing the dark, right? Let the sunshine in…let the sun shine in. Oh yeah, Let the Sunshine In. What the heck happened to our age of Aquarius? I suppose…yes, I was or I am a child of the sixties. Conflicted by everything we had thrown at us, learning to question, always question.

Huh, this was supposed to be a quick light blog about…light. Sorry for the digression, that happens when one of the olders starts sharing.

Light, as in the effect of light on anything. Sunrise, sunset, any time there’s enough light to see. Living as I do without much to block the light, the pictures can be awe inspiring.


Morning light on South Mountain


Sunset in the van window



Sunset through the clouds, and then a last blaze of glory


Sharing some light and beauty against dark days.


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Challenge…Accepted! #MFRWAuthor #AMWriting


Yup, winter’s coming. Have to really push myself to keep moving

I’ve mentioned my Fitbit before, that cute little step tracker I bought myself a while back. Works pretty well as long as I remember to attach it to myself when I move around. Which was about 95% of the time.


I was happy enough with this small piece of technology, until a friend told me I really really needed to upgrade. Mind you, I still have the truck we bought (new) in 1994, and the 1996 motor home we bought (used) in 2005. They still work. Why replace them. Right?

Right. Except…this one has some pretty cool features. Like tracking how we sleep. And reminding us to get up out of our chair every hour. Tells us how many steps we take and what kind of activities we indulge in. I know these things because my friend decided I NEEDED this health prompter. Sure enough, it showed up in my box a few days later.

It took me a few days to set it up, and load the program on my phone. Hey, writer here, not a techie sort. But there is enough of a geek gene in me to appreciate programming, no matter where I find it. Like the screens on my cell phone. Seriously, how cool is it, that I can swipe my finger across the phone and access an entirely new set of programs. Standard to most of us since we’ve been around touch screens for a while now. Even so, it’s pretty much awesome, I’m thinking.

Speaking of awesome, my new FitBit…Charge 2 …gives me a bit of a buzz once an hour to GET UP AND MOVE AROUND. Wow, kinda bossy there, don’t we think? And yeah, I respond, as usual, to the challenge…heck, it’s 250 steps. Anyone can do 250 steps, right? Or so I tell myself as I stride around the room. It’s ten times around my main room, you see. And it’s a lot more steps than before. Leading to feeling just a bit MORE. More alert, more in tune.

More…well, more motivated. And since I went to the LERA Christmas party, surrounding myself with a plethora of successful, talented writers (multi published and on so many top selling lists!) I found myself opening up that WIP one more time today, to push out MORE words. Five hundred to be exact. Yeah, I realize 500 words isn’t a bunch but it’s 500 more than I had this morning. Same as 250 steps might not be a lot but 250 steps every hour does get the blood moving!

So, whaddya think? Join me in a simple challenge? More steps, more words. One hundred steps and twenty five words might not be much but it is…(sorry)…a step in the right direction!

front cover finalA Question of Faith is also another step, another installment in the Stormhaven Romance series. Rosalind was fun to write even though she (doggone her) doesn’t have to worry about pushing herself hard to exercise. But she has a smart mouth and a big heart. She’s exactly what Ty needs.



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