On a Break

For the last three months I’ve been changing my priorities. The most important goal I’ve given myself is to spend 2014 for myself and my writing. My number one priority is to write and edit the novels I’ve neglected for the last 4 years while I learned publishing and improved my editing skills. Until further notice, I won’t be posting to my blog. My thought is to return after I’ve…

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Two Things at a Time

If only I weighed what this scale reads. Week one with no sugar sucked and it’s only getting worse. Every day around 2:00 P.M. my nerves are on edge, and I could kill someone for a Jolly Rancher. What do I do to curb the cravings? I eat a tablespoon of raisins and half a handful of nuts. Anyway, last week I decided to set 2 goals to get me…

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Whatever, It’s Ready

This is my first week doing the Trifecta, a weekly word challenge I’m adding to the Thursday blog agenda. Each week I’ll do a different challenge to change things up. Here’s my first try: “I have time to kill,” Bob said. “Let’s spend some more time editing your manuscript.” “Why?” Tammy replied to her husband. He was so annoying, thinking that thirty years as an English professor made him an…

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Book Review: The Snowman by Raymond Briggs

Illus. in full color. A wordless story. The pictures have “the hazy softness of air in snow. A little boy rushes out into the wintry day to build a snowman, which comes alive in his dreams that night. The experience is one that neither he nor young ‘readers’ will ever regret or forget.”–(starred) Booklist. This book is like a comic book with no words. What I like about the format…

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Movie Review: Abraham Lincoln vs. Zombies

HOLY CRAP! What an awesome zombie movie! Here’s what it’s about: Not to be confused with the big-screen, vampire hunting mashup, this direct-to-video horror flick has the Great Emancipator battling to save the Union from an attacking horde of Confederate zombies. I LOVED IT! And I can say you won’t confuse this one with Abraham Lincoln Vampire Hunter because this movie is so much better…if you like B movies. Then…

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New Years Resolutions

Yeah, I’m going there. I have two resolutions this year, both pretty typical: quit eating refined sugar and lose 30 pounds. I don’t really have a choice with the sugar. I’m addicted to it like it’s heroine. No joke. If I go a few days without sugar, I go looking for a fix like a junkie. I not only eat it, I binge on it. For me, it’s been worse…

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Happy New Year!

A few days late, but here’s my happy new year wishes to all. I’m sitting back today, glad this holiday season is officially over. On top of all the usual festivities, our family had a new baby born and a wedding. My biggest wish for the start of the new year is a few weeks of piece and quiet. Of course, the chances of that happening… Off to take down…

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Book Review: New Year at the Pier: A Rosh Hashanah Story by April Halprin Wayland

This week’s book review is New Year at the Pier by April Halprin Wayland. Here’s what it’s about: Izzy’s favorite part of Rosh Hashanah is Tashlich, a joyous ceremony in which people apologize for the mistakes they made in the previous year and thus clean the slate as the new year begins. But there is one mistake on Izzy’s “I’m sorry” list that he’s finding especially hard to say out…

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Book Review: Fancy Nancy Splendiferous Christmas by Jane O’Connor

Today’s holiday book review is Fancy Nancy Splendiferous Christmas by Jane O’Connor. Here’s what it’s about: Presents with elegant wrapping paper, festive decorations, Christmas cookies with sprinkles—and who could forget the tree? After all, there is no such thing as too much tinsel. Ooh la la! This year, Nancy is especially excited about decorating the Christmas tree. She bought a brand-new sparkly tree topper with her own money and has…

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