Being At The Right Place At The Right Time

  It all comes down to luck, right?  You always hear about models who were discovered while standing in line at the bank, or while walking the mall.  Musicians share a cab with a stranger who magically turns out to be A Big Name.  Spec Fiction writers happen to strike up conversations with editors of spec fic anthologies.  The stars … Read More

The Time Has Come, The Walrus Said…

  So it’s official. I’m on bedrest.  My doctor called me out in a spectacular way, saying that if I didn’t slow down I’d spend the rest of my pregnancy in the ER.  Ever the “Don’t tell me what to do” type, I eyed him. “Slow down how much?” I asked. “Full stop.” “Impossible.  How about if I lay down … Read More

The SHOES HAIR NAILS Winner is Announced!

The hardest part of this whole contest?  Was not commenting on your awesome, sweet, and sometimes hilarious secrets. I didn’t want to screw the numbers up by telling you how much I dug what you had to say.  You guys are incredible, and any mother would be lucky to have you.  Rock on. So! Onto the winners!  I used www.random.org … Read More

I Participate In Anne Riley’s Character Invasion

Anne Riley is one of those driven-yet-friendly girls that I always want to sidle up to because she’s just enjoyable.  She’s creative, intelligent, and friendly, and I so dig women that are friendly! So when I saw that she was doing something called “The Character Invasion”, I was intrigued.  What a great opportunity to do a writing exercise that totally rocked … Read More

The Bear In A Muddy Tutu by Cole Alpaugh. And a Contest!

  You can’t read the first sentence in this book and not know that you’re in for a trip.  The opening character, Billy Wayne Hooduk, leaves his morbidly obese mother and his timid life behind as he sets out to be God and start a happy cult of his own.  After a traveling circus act goes horrifyingly wrong, Billy Wayne shoots a … Read More

Five No-Fee Writing Contests

I love a good contest.  Even more than a good contest, I love a good contest without a reading fee.  Back when I was in college, one of my teachers advised us to stay away from fee-based contests.  “You’re writers,” he pointed out.  (He also pointed out that we were college students, which was painfully obvious by our ratty sweatshirts and … Read More

My New Love Wears Silver Studs

Shopping for shoes online.  I think these might be the new love of my life. Wouldn’t they hurt like hellfire if I used them to kick someone in the eye?

Guide Me, Kenny Rogers!

I did the craziest thing.  I thought back to when I was a kid out in the country, and we’d run around singing Kenny Roger’s “The Gambler”.  (Don’t you judge me!)  To this day I think of the words, “Know when to hold ’em, know when to fold ’em, know when to walk away, know when to run.” Ladies and … Read More