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January 17 - 24, 2022

January is National Mentoring Month

XX“Once you are ready for a mentor, the mentor will appear. But it’s going to take a while. As a beginner, you are supposed to be working on your writing practice, showing up daily for work. What’s the point of having a mentor if you aren’t writing, and getting comfortable good mental habits?
XXThe mentor isn’t going to write for you.
XXDon’t waste your mentor coupon.

~Heather Sellers, American author, teacher, and writing coach in Page after Page: Discover the Confidence & Passion You Need to Start Writing & Keep Writing

XX[P]ractice and coaching are the two means by which we learn just about everything we know. Firsthand knowledge and secondhand knowledge are the only two kinds of knowledge there are, and no matter what task we master—pooping, cooking, investing, bobsledding—that mastery is always a product of direct experience and/or of listening to those who have had direct experience.”
~Daniel Gilbert, American psychologist and Harvard professor in Stumbling on Happiness


What's New
October Celebrates a LOT of Things!


October celebrates a lot of national months: Breast Cancer Awareness, Domestic Violence Awareness, Family History, Hispanic Heritage, Italian American Heritage, LGBTQ+ History, Women's Small Business Month, and many, many more. There's even October recognition months for pickled peppers, apples, pork, cookies, pizza, popcorn, pasta, pretzels, biscuits, and more!

The "celebrations" that speak to me at the moment, however, are Emotional Wellness Month, Depression Awareness Month, and Positive Attitude Month. With all of the stress of the pandemic, politics, wars and withdrawals, the economy and unemployment, and ever so many deaths from gun violence, it's easy to feel depressed and a lot harder to maintain our emotional wellness. So I'm going to focus on these three Recognition Months and try to avoid depression, have a positive attitude, and foster emotional wellness in me and in others. Let me know if you need a pep talk!

Updated 10/3/21
New Glasses

Along with getting new glasses (now that my right eye is healing!), I have been cutting my hair all by myself since Covid hit, and I do believe I'm doing pretty well! The first time I accidently ran the clippers up the back of my head and balded myself! I tried to "even it out" and ruined the whole back of my noggin. Fortunately, my hair grows fast, but I was still forced to deal with wearing a cap for close to three weeks. By the third attempt, I had it down, and I do believe I will continue to do it even after the pandemic is over. That's $20-30 bucks I could be spending on books instead!

Updated 9/21/21
Labor Day Greetings!


Peter J. McGuire, a carpenter and labor union leader, was the person who came up with the idea for Labor Day. He thought American workers should be honored with their own day. He proposed his idea to New York's Central Labor Union early in 1882, and they thought the holiday was a good idea, too.

Updated 9/6/21
It's Independence Day ~ 4th of July!

A great big thank you to the service women and men who protect our country at risk to their own lives. And with praise and gratitude to those who remain faithful to the ideals of this "Great Experiment": to maintain allegiance to the Republic and to foster one nation, indivisible, with liberty and justice for ALL.

New Post at Women & Words


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Pandemic Puzzles

Updated 4/12/21
What I've Been Thinking about Lately

And I've also come to realize that I'm not doing a very good job carving out time for my writing. This week from today until Sunday the 28th, Jessie Chandler is here, and we're having a mini-writing retreat to move forward on our novels. Wish us luck!

New Post at Women & Words


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Suits Me To A Tee

Updated 3/8/21
New Post at WOMEN & WORDS

In the wake of the election, I wrote a post at Women & Words titled Together We Rise.
CLICK HERE to read about my delight that Kamala is representin' for us now and also a little bit of commentary about who helped push the dems over the top to victory.

If you missed last month's post, Life is Short ~ But the Days and Nights are Long, then

Updated 11/8/20
De-Stressing Ideas During the Coronavirus Pandemic

Updated 4/8/20
New Review of GUN SHY
Even after all these years, someone periodically reviews my novel, Gun Shy. The latest generous soul is the incomparable Ruth Hohnke writing at DIVA. CLICK HERE to read what she has to say!
Check out this Interview!

Jessie Chandler and I had some things to say when we were recently interviewed by Shawn Marie Bryan

CLICK HERE to listen!

One of my favorite people on the planet and a great mystery writer, Ellen Hart, with me at Once Upon a Crime Mystery Bookstore in Minneapolis

Lee Lynch talks with me in THE ADVOCATE on "Lesbian Mystery, Police Raids, and Fairy Godmothers"
I had the great honor of doing an Advocate conversation with award-winning GCLS Trailblazer Lee Lynch.

CLICK HERE to check it out!

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A.J. Llewellyn at Dark Diva's Blog did an extensive interview with me. CLICK HERE to find out all my deep dark secrets. The interview shows up on the March 4 entry.

VIDEO INTERVIEW - With Jody Seay, the amazing interviewer at Oregon PBS's "Back Page" program, who sat down and talked to me for her weekly TV program with Pacific NW writers

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CLICK HERE to read an interesting discussion in the "Spotlight Interview" section that the gals at Ylva have been doing

Earl Kemp's online 'zine, eI, has featured a memoir piece I wrote called "There is No Reason Not To Trust that the Act of Writing Will Be Enough."
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MYSTERICAL-E featured a long interview with me about writing, creativity, book themes, etc. There are several great stories featured in this issue as well as other podcasts and interviews by a variety of terrific authors.