Category Archives: Life

Thou Shalt Not…

“If you could have been the original author of any book, what would it have been and why?” I wracked my brain for a while on this one. I am without any question a bona fide bibliophile. I literally own … Continue reading

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Prepared for Any Office Emergency

Our Friday Fox asked,  “What is in your desk drawers?” Here’s a clue to my desk organization: I once had a poster on the wall in the music office that said “A clean desk is a sign of an empty … Continue reading

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English: British to American

Last week while we were discussing the possibility of our works being translated into other languages, I said that  I would like to bring up translating English to English, that is to say, “British” to “American”. I have read books … Continue reading

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Words and Stories, Foreign and Domestic

“How do you feel about having one of your novels translated into another language?” Flattered, to begin with. However, I think that I would like to have an independent reader translate back to me what my work ended up saying … Continue reading

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Guest: Author Bishop O’Connell

I met Bishop O’Connell when we both commented on another author’s Facebook page. I had to ask him about his name since my husband graduated from Bishop O’Connell High School in Northern Virginia. It was not far from where I … Continue reading

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Guest: Author CeeCee James

Here is another mutual FB Friend that I asked for an interview, and only then found just how very popular and prolific a writer she is. CeeCee James is the author of a heartbreaking memoir, several stand-alone novels, plus romance … 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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Four-By-Four

This week: “The best four words that describe you”. YIKES. (That one could be a choice!) Since I will have to make a stab and do some spoul-searching, let’s go with 1) HONEST Yes, I am honest. I hate lying. … Continue reading

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Looking in the Mirror

Our Wednesday Fox asked, “What four words best describe you?” I took some time to mull this over. Ten months ago, I might have chosen different words. These days, I’m learning to stay at home more and making do with … Continue reading

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Guest: Author Iris Chacon

I knew that I had to ask Iris Chacon in as a guest as soon as I read her “Schifflebein’s Folly”. It was one of the nicest experiences I have had all year; a charming story so amusingly well-told that … Continue reading

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