Category Archives: free week

Reading Challenge 2021, Part Two

This was mystery month for me! Two mysteries are continuations of series I’ve visited before, and one is new. For a little variety, I included an inspirational historical romance. Here are my Goodreads reviews: A Nose for Crime by Noel … Continue reading

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My Mind to Your Mind

Not really a Vulcan mind-meld, but it’s “Free” week and I will ask a question that I have been pondering: How much of the “WHY” of what a character does is important to a story? With all that I have … Continue reading

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Review: “Schifflebein’s Folly”

Happy New Year, Everyone! I hope and pray for a happy, healthy year for all. I’ll keep this short since it is New Year’s Day, not that I am insinuating that any of you might have over-indulged last night(!), but … Continue reading

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Rambling Reader Reviews, Part Eleven

Each year since 2012, I’ve set a reading goal in Goodreads, and since 2015 my goal has been set at 50 books read in the calendar year. Other than in 2012, I’ve managed to meet my stated goal each year, … Continue reading

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“No, But I’m a READER”

I was in a meeting in an office and the subject of names came up. I needed my legal name and all of the names that had been used by me. It is odd with me, because I have a … Continue reading

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Rambling Reader Reviews, Part Eight

It seems that the busier I get, the more I read. As I mentioned last week, this is the way I de-stress. So since this was an insanely crazy month with my daughter getting married, I actually read more than … Continue reading

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No Rhyme or Reason

We’ve spoken and spoken here of the writing, (and sometimes, reading), doldrums which is a result of the world situation right now. We not only have a pandemic, which should certainly be bad enough, but the repercussions of it and … Continue reading

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Rambling Reader Reviews 2020, Part Five

I did a LOT of reading this month. I’m not sure if it’s because I’m getting weary of the story I’m trying to write, or if I’m tired of all the sewing I’ve been doing. It’s also possible that I’m … Continue reading

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Subleties

I have always been aware of how a simple gift can lift a spirit, how a kind remark or compliment can make a day, or even be remembered for years by the recipient. I also know that a mean action … Continue reading

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New Normal Hasn’t Set In Yet

So here I am, in quarantine most of the time, but still busier than I expected, even though it is now just The Husband and me at home. Phone calls and texts; Son #2 in and out of the hospital, … Continue reading

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