Reader’s Corner

Today I’m starting a new series, Reader’s Corner, that I hope will be entertaining and informative. I’ve created a questionnaire for readers to complete and will post the results here. Which readers? Anyone who enjoys reading. Doesn’t matter whether you read, fiction, nonfiction, comics, or graphic novels–it all qualifies. If you read, I’d love for you to participate. See the downloadable form and instructions below. I’m pleased to introduce . . . Myself. You’ll find my bio here and my debut novel blurb here. Welcome to my website, my blog, and my first reader interview. Reader Interview (with a tip of the hat to Inside the Actor’s Studio) First Name: Lynette Gender: Wonder Woman Age Range: Not dead yet Occupation: Writer and about to be retired pediatric nurse What occupation (other than yours) would you like to try? Singer (if I could get over the stage fright) What sound or noise do you love? A child’s bubbly laughter that you hear and cannot help but smile What sound or noise do you hate? Whining What is your favorite word? Starts with f and rhymes with duck—well, it’s not really a favorite, but it’s one I use way too often! Fiction […]

August in Review

August wasn’t like any other August I’ve experienced. We’ve had mild and wet weather in Kansas. There was the spectacular solar eclipse, a visiting writer, a wet basement—twice, and a family crisis. Goals were met and goals were . . . not met. Writing Goals Get at least half-way through Act 3. NOT MET *Sigh* I wrote 3 of 5 chapters. I fixed a big timeline issue which took a ridiculous amount of time. Write 4 new blog posts. MET Send out reader questionnaires for a new blog series I’d like to do. MET though I would love to get more completed questionnaires. House Goals Finish the exercise room. NOT MET Get estimates for repairs to the house. MET Finish the bathroom project. NOT MET Day Job Keep the number of times I must use a day off to complete those hours to just two days. MET Other Goals Research, Learning, Reading – ONGOING Continue researching book promotion. MET Continue listening to podcasts when I’m able. MET Choose a new fiction book and begin reading. READING View the solar eclipse, Monday, August 21. AWESOME EXPERIENCE – MET Attend the Seven Deadly First-Page Sins by Tex Thompson on August 21. ENTERTAINING […]

I Surrender!

Some days I just don’t give a damn. I’m tired. I’ve battled the demons of the day job, the emotional toll of being a caregiver, the chores of home ownership, and I’ve wrangled words on paper and by the end of the week, I’m done. I surrender. Today is one of those days. I’m pissed off that last night’s storm knocked more deadfall to the ground. I just can’t face the puddles of rainwater in my basement. I don’t care if mold will grow in the corners. And don’t get me started on the piles of laundry and dishes and dust and. . .. Do your lists of things to do grow at an alarming rate? Mine do. And it is exhausting. So what do you do? I don’t know about you but there are days when I give up. I surrender to the weight of ALL THE THINGS and I throw myself down on the floor, kicking and screaming “I don’t wanna!” (Okay, not literally, but it’s how I feel.) IT’S NOT LAZINESS I’d berate myself when I did this. I was lazy, a cry-baby. I was inadequate for the job of adulting. What a load of $#!%. Life […]