Category Archives: decisions

Family, Friends, Fiction

This week we were asked if we wrote any characters based on real people. I know we have touched on this at one time in the past, but as I was running through my head about characters that I had … Continue reading

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Finding Room to Find Things

The Monday Fox asked: “What’s first on your to-do list for 2023?” Lists are good for me, especially with all that goes on in my life. I used to have a phenomenal memory and never made a grocery list, copy … Continue reading

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Where Shall I Start?

This week’s topic is one I suggested: “What’s first on your to-do list for 2023?” I guess it’s the list-maker in me that made me think of this. Each evening, I make a to-list for the following day. When I … Continue reading

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The Dickens, I Say!

This is not a ‘review’ week, but this one won’t wait. It’s about a story that all of you know, one that I thought that I did in its entirety. I also thought that I had read the complete story, … Continue reading

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Christmas, Once Again

“How does/did your family countdown to Christmas? Did/do you have any special family traditions?” Ch-ch-ch-changes! My mother decorated early. We always got a huge Christmas tree, one carefully selected and as close to prefect as possible. Seriously, my generally tight-fisted, … Continue reading

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We Need a Little Christmas, Right This Very Minute

(I may have said all of this before, but for once, I am not taking time to check. Bear with me.) I was always opposed to Christmas decorations and Christmas music before Thanksgiving or on Thanksgiving, but in the last … Continue reading

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Another Agatha

When most of us hear “Agatha” in conjunction with mysteries, we think “Christie”, which is why many more recent writers harken back to that name in their own mystery works. Once again, I started a series of M.C. Beaton stories, … Continue reading

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Line in the Sand, or Footprints?

“What is the bravest/scariest thing you have ever done?” This is a hard one, as I thought of myself as a coward most of my life. However, I have come to realize that there are a few things that I … Continue reading

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Sleepless in Michigan

Our resident hound asked, “What’s the bravest / scariest thing you’ve ever done?” I had to really puzzle over this one. I’m not a person who likes to take chances, and I avoid things that don’t make me feel safe … Continue reading

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Guest Author: Michele Pollock Dalton and the “Already Home” Series

I’ve mentioned before how one great benefit of participating in author events on social media is the opportunity to meet other authors, especially those who write in my genre. One author I met at an event this past spring is … Continue reading

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