February 20, 2011 at 8:04 am
I do love the way your brain works. Keep going for my amusement, if nothing else. 🙂
Nan Sampson said:
February 20, 2011 at 4:09 pm
Thanks, Jules. Nice to know I’m entertaining someone! 🙂
julie brandon said:
February 25, 2011 at 4:20 pm
Hmm. Perhaps I should work on that book that has been collecting dust for lo these many months. If you can do it, so can I! Then, off to the island.
February 25, 2011 at 4:26 pm
500 words. I laugh at 500 words. I double dog dare you to write 500 words a day. Or 250. Or whatever you set as your goal. The important thing is to set the goal, use some good old fashioned butt glue, and make it happen.
(See how good I am at giving good advice? Pity I don’t listen to myself more.)
April 28, 2011 at 12:00 pm
I’m so glad that you’re writing again. Don’t want to have to pay up, huh?
April 28, 2011 at 12:05 pm
You bet your sweet bippy! Which brings me to the $100k question… when are YOU going to start writing? Come on, now. Right after the Bat Mitzvah. Set yourself a goal. 50 words a day. You can write 50 words a day standing on your head in the middle of Lower Wacker Drive in the snow with an El train rumbling over head and a religious zealot preaching on the corner. Promise me you’ll get poor Lucy off that damn boat…
Samantha Warren said:
May 4, 2011 at 12:39 pm
I absolutely love this post. First, the imagery of the muse is simply wonderful. Second, you are so right. I’m going to print this out and stick it on my wall so I can remind myself that in order to get over the hump, you need to keep writing. Thank you!
May 4, 2011 at 1:35 pm
Glad to be of assistance!
January 21, 2014 at 10:58 am
YAAY! Sounds as if you had a wonderful time. Very good way to honor The Muse and her sisters!
January 21, 2014 at 4:29 pm
Amen, Wolfmama! Can’t wait to see you for lunch!
January 25, 2014 at 4:51 pm
May 9, 2014 at 1:01 pm
Carol Hornung said:
May 12, 2014 at 12:31 pm
So very well said! What inspired you out of the doldrums? I’m in a similar situation in that I’m at a significant crossroads and there are many different possible options – but which one to choose? Best of luck with your writing, and don’t mow over any geese!
May 12, 2014 at 1:15 pm
It was a bunch of things, but the final catalyst was something a dear friend of mine said. The gist was, basically, “What are you waiting for? There’s no one stopping you now but you!” Good luck with your decisions as well. And remember that any decision is better than not deciding anything at all!
May 23, 2014 at 5:14 pm
OMG, I knew there was a reason you and I hit it off so well – “American Dreamer” is one of my all-time favorite movies! (I have a crappy old VHS copy – have never found it on DVD). Talk about a woman who needed to shake up her routine – and she knew it, too! I think the key for us is taking time to dream – to be a pirate or a female action hero or to just watch the world go by and admire what we see. Happy writing.
May 25, 2014 at 11:30 am
You are the only other person I know who loves that movie too! I’m so glad we found each other! Happy writing to you as well. I am anxiously awaiting your current WIP!
May 25, 2014 at 11:33 am
And I believe I can get it for you on DVD thru work. I know we carry it on our website, but our summer sale is starting on the 30th, so it might very well be even cheaper than it is now. As a man dressed in black once said, “Leave that to me.” 🙂
June 4, 2014 at 11:44 am
things to pick me up? I like doing silly stuff that I’m not supposed to do like trolley boarding in the supermarket (dunno what the term is, really, you get a quiet aisle, run with the trolley and lift your feet off) mildly exhilarating, embarrasses your teenage kids & if you’re lucky you get told off, which makes me feel very young.
June 4, 2014 at 1:16 pm
I love it! I used to do that with the carts out in the parking lot and embarrass my mother (think Donna Reed) to death. I think there’s a certain symmetry to it, if I can embarrass my 12 year old now! Thanks!
June 4, 2014 at 1:41 pm
June 4, 2014 at 6:07 pm
What a wonderful way to spend a week (I gotta do that myself one of these days!)… looking forward to reading your book!
June 7, 2014 at 5:23 pm
Burn the Rum and tie him to the mast with a gag!
June 7, 2014 at 8:26 pm
Oh, dear sweet Comet, you can’t fool me. You’re just angry because the Admiral cut you off from the catnip. 🙂
June 9, 2014 at 10:32 am
At least Oakley has a lovely tenor bark and howl. 😮
Kit Dunsmore said:
June 9, 2014 at 11:02 pm
You didn’t tell me the Admiral is a mini poodle! How cool! I love his color. And I agree: for little dogs they have a rather intense bark. Hope you didn’t spend too much time in the brig…
June 10, 2014 at 1:26 pm
Thanks. He was a much darker red when we brought him home, but the sun and time have faded him a bit (he’s three now). And no, not too much time in the clink, but I did have to swab the decks, er, I mean scrub the floors. They needed it anyway, and the bo’sun (my 12 year old daughter) is remarkable in her ability to find other places to be when it comes time to do that “hard stuff”. 🙂
June 17, 2014 at 11:55 am
It is a problem with getting older…we had some of the same heroes, and yes, little by little they have passed away, and I have failed to find new ones. SO, Neil is awesome, and I have paid attention to him for years now. Hmmm, Ellen DeGeneres is one of mine. A female comic, who is being just who she is AND running a clean show which is hard to find with comedians these days. She doesn’t put others down, she works hard to make folks smile and be happy. Morgan Freeman is another. The range of projects he is involved in, especially is scientific and thoughtful programs, are wonderful ways to show people that anyone can research and explore the scientific and questions of Life we all have. Sort of like Neil. 🙂 So not many scientists, but mine were all the astronauts and astrophysicists involved in the space program, and these days unless you are “tuned in” to their corner of the world, the average person never hears about them…Interesting question and problem, thank you! I shall strive this week to discover just who is out there doing things that will inspire me!
June 17, 2014 at 1:50 pm
Thanks, Comet. Yes, I do indeed like Morgan Freeman, I had momentarily forgotten about him. And I hadn’t considered Ellen, but what you say is spot on. Thanks for the great comment! Good food for thought.
June 18, 2014 at 12:56 pm
Reblogged this on jkmhoffman.
June 18, 2014 at 1:28 pm
Thanks for the reblog!
June 18, 2014 at 2:52 pm
Carl Jung for illuminating the spirit in all; Clarissa Pinkola Estes for reviving his work; Rachel Carson for calling out pesticide manufactures; Roseanne Barr for being open about women’s issues and making everyone laugh; and Gloria Steinem for calling out the patriarchy.
June 18, 2014 at 3:48 pm
The voice of the feminist power grid speaks! Thanks for these, Wolfmama! You rock, as always.
June 24, 2014 at 3:03 pm
Off the top of my head; my heroes are Mary Beard (Professor of Classics at the University of Cambridge and something of a feminist icon), Mary Angelou, Orla Guerin (BBC news reporter) Eddie Izzard who is not only the funniest comedian I know, but ran 43 marathons in 51 days, and Sally Wainright, TV screenwriter (check out Last Tango in Halifax from the BBC). Better go, before my list starts curling off the page…!
June 24, 2014 at 3:32 pm
I find more and more reasons every day to really like you! I love Eddie Izzard (but had no idea about the 43 marathons. Holy samoleans, Batman!) And I agree that Maya Angelou is completely inspiring. And I’ve actually seen Last Tango in Halifax – what a wonderful show! I adore Derek Jacobi in everything. I’m begging my company’s reps to snag me a copy of the DVD for Vicious, which looks to be hysterical. I will now have to seek out Mary Beard and Orla Guerin. Thanks for posting these folks!
June 25, 2014 at 2:53 pm
Aww… I’m afraid that’s a pitfall of having a teenage girl. Teenage boys don’t care – they are too busy farting and belching on demand … though my crew know that Wolverine and Thor aside – the one I really like is Loki… 🙂
Deborah Makarios said:
June 25, 2014 at 6:05 pm
Heh heh. I remember one lady explaining to a shocked teen that she was “married, not blind”!
June 25, 2014 at 7:59 pm
Got that right!! 🙂
June 25, 2014 at 6:07 pm
I think Daughter number 1 has to learn how to deal with the awkwardness of her Mom thinking Wolverine is hot. She has been misinformed about what is cool and what is not cool for Moms. Where did she get that bizarre concept of what a fangirl is? Fan girls have no age requirement or limits. She needs to get over it or she will face a harsh reality out there in the world of fandom when she goes to conventions and sees “old” people in costume and having fun. She should be embarrassed for not letting you be yourself. For revenge, tell her loudly that I think Wolverine is still way hotter than Thor or Loki. But the brothers on Supernatural are hotter than Wolverine….
El Guapo said:
June 26, 2014 at 3:09 pm
Your list, plus Ray Bradbury, Harry Harrison and Malcolm Forbes
And nice to meet you!
June 26, 2014 at 3:32 pm
Ah, yes, loved Bradbury AND Harry Harrison. Glad to meet another Stainless Steel Rat fan! I don’t know much about Malcolm Forbes so thanks for that – I’ll have to learn more!
June 26, 2014 at 3:35 pm
I don’t know much about Forbes either, but my mother said something about him when he died that stuck in my head, so…
June 26, 2014 at 3:42 pm
Way to leave me hanging! What did she say?
June 26, 2014 at 8:27 pm
I said something flippant when his passing was a cover story on some magazine. My mother asked why I wasn’t at all impressed at how he had raised himself from nothing to live the life he dreamed about.
that comment made a lasting mpression on me.
June 26, 2014 at 10:40 pm
I love it. Yeah, moms are like that. I lost mine a number of years ago and it has been a hard thing. It’s good you have this bit of wisdom from her. I’ll add this to my list of biographies to get to! Thanks!
June 27, 2014 at 10:29 am
Maybe if we show her pics of Randy Mantooth back in the day and now, she’ll get it…
June 27, 2014 at 2:18 pm
I tried showing her Tom Selleck as he is now (as she watches Magnum PI with me) and she refused to believe it was the same actor. She said: No way. Magnum is hot. That guy is just old. LOL! Yes, Magnum is hot. And Tom Selleck is, well, older. But he’s STILL hot in my book. And so is Randy Mantooth!
June 27, 2014 at 4:39 pm
I’d just like to be able to fly. Wouldn’t like wings, though. Bloody awkward to get a cardy on over them.
June 27, 2014 at 4:51 pm
So true! And trying to keep them under an umbrella? Forget about it!
June 29, 2014 at 4:05 pm
Actually, mine are really just using actually, just and really, all the bloody time. Oh, and messing up my word order, and repeating stuff. And….actually, I just think I’ll stop there…..
June 29, 2014 at 6:13 pm
Really, Elaine, I actually just can’t believe that! As my gran would have said, Oh, dearie my! Heaven help us! 🙂
June 29, 2014 at 4:12 pm
Oh, I have plenty of bad habits… my first post-college writing class was a professor who drilled the traveling eyes concept out of us – his eyes went to the wall, his eyes drifted toward the ceiling – clearly it was one of this prof’s pet peeves. I try to avoid “looked,” “felt,” “glanced,” “glared,” “just,” “only,” suddenly,” and “then.” All of these words are fine words to use now and then, but perhaps only once per page…
June 29, 2014 at 6:15 pm
I will be on Jury Duty tomorrow, so I’ll have ALL the live long day to comb thru the ms. to find them. Oy. And yeah, I remember you talking about the eye thing and actually got myself a couple of times when I was writing. Thanks!!
June 29, 2014 at 8:33 pm
I’m terrible at using dashes and brackets. Can’t resist the urge of those extra clauses!
June 29, 2014 at 9:58 pm
I hear you. Some of my sentences have so many clauses, even James Joyce would have trouble following them. Guess I better go through and look for those too! Thanks, Deborah!
June 29, 2014 at 10:39 pm
Somewhere (Scrivener? PageFour?) I have seen a feature that finds words and phrases that get repeated to help with spotting those things that I do over and over and over again. (Haven’t had to edit in a while so I can’t remember where this useful gadget is.)
I also love to start a sentence with a conjunction. And I’m often lazy when writing my draft, so it’s full of trite descriptions and cliches and Hollywood dialog. So I have to think harder about what’s happening on later passes and improve things the best I can. (Note: See? Conjunctions everywhere! LOL)
I too would appreciate anyone who pointed out annoying repetitions in my work. It can really bug me as a reader so I don’t want to do it as a writer!
June 30, 2014 at 3:56 pm
Oh, I have Scrivener, I’ll have to look for that. Thanks, Kit!
June 30, 2014 at 4:54 pm
I tried looking for it this morning and couldn’t find it. Now I’m wondering if I hallucinated it (but I don’t think I did). I’ll let you know if I remember which software does it.
June 30, 2014 at 7:06 pm
I just found it in PageFour. It’s called Smart-Edit and it gives you frequency counts on the open document. I’m thinking Scrivener should have something like it… But I don’t know if they do.
July 3, 2014 at 2:06 pm
I’m not familiar with PageFour, but I’ll certainly get acquainted. Thanks, Kit.
July 11, 2014 at 6:02 pm
Congratulations! Dance of Joy fully justified 🙂
Is being syrupped-and-feathered more or less painful than being tarred-and-feathered, do you think? Perhaps it depends on whether it’s hot syrup or not…
July 11, 2014 at 6:32 pm
I always heat my syrup ahead of time… so my vote would be for more. 🙂 Thanks, Deborah!
July 13, 2014 at 8:43 pm
Further proof you are a real writer! Besides, all that pre-publication stuff: formatting, proofing, publicity – that’s not fun writing. Your brain has had enough of that and wants to get back to the good stuff! We have got to organize another writers weekend one of these weekends, if only summer weren’t so booked up!!!
July 13, 2014 at 8:57 pm
No worries, fall is just a heartbeat away. As I am pretty open, you and Sue need to sync your schedules. But sooner than later. I want to read your new book!
July 13, 2014 at 10:45 pm
I’m a little too good at doing non-writing things: reading, watching DVDs, reading, sleeping in… But sooner or later you realise you can’t stop yourself being writerly – it’s not just what you do, it’s how you think.
July 14, 2014 at 10:34 am
Very true. And in the past, I have been very good at those same things. I think since I’ve been so incredibly focused since January, I need some decompression time to figure out how to relax. Then again, I’ve got so many ideas, I’m not sure I want to relax! 🙂
July 14, 2014 at 10:26 am
Because writing is a hedge fund against reality.
As well you should! You go, Nan! You have earned it!
July 17, 2014 at 12:11 pm
Look on the bright side: thinking about writing when you’re cleaning cupboards is much better than thinking about cupboards when you’re supposed to be writing
July 17, 2014 at 1:00 pm
So very true, Elaine!
July 17, 2014 at 5:15 pm
Fountain pens! Droooool…..
Patsy I said:
July 17, 2014 at 6:20 pm
I had so forgotten about you and your pens! Thanks for the smile! Just bought my copy of your book – can’t wait to dig in!
July 17, 2014 at 7:43 pm
Aw! Thanks, Patsy! Hope you enjoy it. Drop me a line, let me know how you’re doing!
July 18, 2014 at 5:11 pm
Great interview. I too love Dorothy Sayers and Conan Doyle. They are my go-to comfort books. Good luck with yours. I’ll go and check it out on Amazon.
July 18, 2014 at 5:23 pm
Don’t think I’m quite up to the benchmark Sayers set… but if you choose to pick it up, I hope you enjoy it nevertheless!
August 24, 2014 at 12:11 pm
I think about my ideas all the time, but often procrastinate when it comes to the actual writing. The weird thing is, I always feel elated after writing…so why is it so hard to make myself do it sometimes?
August 25, 2014 at 1:33 pm
I fight the exact same battle. And not just with writing. It’s the same with exercise, or eating well. I think for me part of it is simply inertia. It’s easier not to do anything that involves real effort than it is to take that first step. If you ever need a cheer leader (or Marine Drill Sargeant :)), just let me know. We writers need to support one another in any way we can!
August 25, 2014 at 3:57 pm
Ty! I totally agree that writers should support each other. I find that the more I talk to creative people online and in person, the more motivated I am to create! 🙂
August 27, 2014 at 10:05 pm
Ah, you capture it oh so well! If Geekkon were a Venn diagram it would be a dozen geek circles from Monty Python to Steampunk, anime, video and table top games, Gozilla fan and so many more, ALL overlapping in the center of Fandom: Friendly Acceptance To All Who Know (or are willing to learn) the Geek Code. Keep Calm and Geek on! Can’t wait ’til next year!
August 28, 2014 at 10:30 am
Can’t wait til next year as well. Also looking forward to seeing you at the next Wild Women Writing Weekend. Take care of that arm!
August 28, 2014 at 10:26 am
I hear you loud and clear about finding one’s tribe….this coming Wednesday I’m returning to the meditation group where many of the other ladies who participated in the Bazaar that I did earlier this summer hang out…
August 28, 2014 at 10:28 am
Good for you, WolfMama! It’s important to find our place – good soul-healing stuff.
August 28, 2014 at 10:29 am
August 28, 2014 at 8:05 pm
Oh my gosh, I love all kinds of Cons! Comic-Con, G33K3-Con, etc… I’m going to Supernatural Con here in Dallas in Sept. Can’t wait! Oh and most of the people at my work thing I’m weird too! 🙂
August 28, 2014 at 8:12 pm
Maybe one day we’ll see each other at a Con! have fun at Supernatural Con – and post lots of pics so I can enjoy it vicariously. 🙂
August 28, 2014 at 8:14 pm
I will definitely post pics! 🙂
September 5, 2014 at 4:32 pm
I knew how this story was going to end before I got there! As our kids get older and face challenges they step forward and solve them themselves! Of course, another solution would have been to ask someone else yourself (I suspect I know someone who might have been able to step in.) After wracking up my arm, I’ve been forced to let a lot of things go that I had to do – and have actually been brought to tears when someone else has stepped in to help! We need each other – you are not a bad mom (and you’re raising a resourceful girl)!
September 5, 2014 at 9:41 pm
Thanks, Carol. And it did dawn on me, briefly, to ask that person for help, but asking for help has never been my strong suit and that little voice inside my head kept saying, I’m sure she has better things to do. Stupid little voice! But I’m learning! Hope you’re poor arm is mending well!
September 5, 2014 at 6:35 pm
Your Christmas cards are from last year? My most recent attempt a Christmas letter is dated 2010 and it never went out. 🙂 And I can’t blame it on my day job or my kids because I have neither.
When I fall down on this sort of stuff, I feel like I’m the worst, too. This spring, I dIdn’t realize it was my parents’ 50th wedding anniversary until the day of, and then I was scrambling to figure out what I could do to honor them. Worst Daughter Ever. But these imperfections are just part of living a busy life. We do the best we can, and everyone moves on.
I love that your daughter solved the problem herself, and so efficiently. It shows what a great mom you actually are; only a kid with a healthy sense of responsibility bothers to solve their own life problems. So give yourself credit for the things you are doing right, and get back to work on that novel! 🙂
September 5, 2014 at 9:36 pm
Aww! Thanks, Kit, that means a lot. Yeah, I was pretty proud of her. Thanks for the kind words. I’m giving myself tomorrow to get over the nasty cold, then I’m going to start back to work on the book. All things in good time, right?
September 7, 2014 at 11:00 am
Rachel broke her foot? When did that happen?
Feel better with the cold and let the guilt go. This was a lesson for her to ask for what she needed.
September 7, 2014 at 3:07 pm
Couple of weeks ago. Just before school started. Tripped down the stairs. It’s healing and she’s happy because she gets excused from gym!
September 9, 2014 at 10:58 am
Sympathy…I injured my ankle just before the start of 8th grade and was weird about it until I realized the getting out of gym part.
September 11, 2014 at 6:25 pm
I’m thinking of buying a cigarette lighter for my desk even though I don’t smoke. Every time a pesky little doubt or second-guess comes fretchetting round me, I’m going to flame the sucker!
September 11, 2014 at 6:27 pm
Oo, I think there should be an app for that! A little negative thought bubble that gets engulfed in flame.
September 11, 2014 at 7:25 pm
Love that idea, Deborah! And yes, Carol, you are right, there should be an app for that! Know any software designers?
September 18, 2014 at 10:54 am
I agree with Kit, you must be good, for all the reasons she gave. If you ever find a way of vanquishing guilt, you’ll let me know, won’t you?
September 18, 2014 at 10:59 am
Susan Wachowski said:
May 21, 2015 at 7:12 pm
Cannot wait to read the full interview and all! This is an awesome idea, and from what I have read, it will be fun for the authors, the interviewer, AND the reader!
May 25, 2015 at 6:43 am
Hey Nan! Welcome back…Good to see you again.
May 25, 2015 at 6:57 pm
Been a crazy year at the day job but yes I’m finally back. Thanks!
June 19, 2015 at 12:58 am
“if you wanted to be Don Diego de la Vega as a child” – dangit, how did you know? That, or of course, a member of the League of the Scarlet Pimpernel!
As a child. Yes. Cough.
June 19, 2015 at 8:28 am
Oh the League of the Scarlet Pimpernel! Yes! I actually broke my ankle in high school recreating the sword fight on the turret stairs between Robin Hood and Sir Guy of Gisborne (Errol Flynn and Basil Rathbone, of course). But I’d NEVER do anything like that now… 🙂
June 19, 2015 at 7:37 pm
A wound nobly won 🙂 Speaking of Basil Rathbone, have you seen The Court Jester? If not, I highly recommend it.
June 19, 2015 at 9:32 pm
Ooo! I don’t think I’ve seen that. I’ll have to look it up. Thanks, Deborah! Loved that man. Still think Jeremy Brett was a better Holmes, but Mr. Rathbone was a brilliant actor in his own right
EJ McFall said:
August 1, 2015 at 5:49 pm
Very powerful passage! I’m looking forward to reading your latest. Hope it’ll be available soon!!!
August 1, 2015 at 6:44 pm
Thanks, EJ! Should be out by Halloween – providing my editor doesn’t hate it!
August 13, 2015 at 1:40 pm
Thank you for sharing this Nan! I just followed the other blog too! Love your writing! 😊
August 13, 2015 at 9:22 pm
Awww! Thanks, Alexandra! That means a lot! Back at ya!
August 20, 2015 at 6:35 pm
Thank you! Although, I need to follow your example and actually start writing again…
August 25, 2015 at 3:11 pm
Why yes! Yes you do! Let me know if I can help get you going.
November 1, 2015 at 4:15 pm
Wow! I’m way behind on blogging! I’ve decided to try NaNoWriMo2015. Are you participating?
October 23, 2015 at 4:10 pm
If you go for extra-dark chocolate, you can actually find dairy-free versions: Whittaker’s Dark Ghana, for example. Chocolate for everyone!
October 24, 2015 at 10:19 am
All hail the glorious Deborah Makarios! You are a life saver. Thanks!
October 24, 2015 at 11:56 pm
Freely I have received; freely I give 🙂
November 1, 2015 at 8:31 pm
Yep, I do Nano most years. Working on a steampunk mystery this year. You can find me on the Nano site under panstygia. Connect to me as a writig buddy and maybe we can help motivate each other!
November 5, 2015 at 4:49 pm
Okay I think I found you on the Nano site. Are you writing a book called Blind Justice? I would like to be writing buddies! I’m already behind though bc this is my long work week and I’m working all weekend 10 hour shifts. I’m going to play catch up next week bc I have 5 off days out of 7. My user name is Alexandra Starbuck. I didn’t add you as buddy yet, because I’m not 100% sure that it’s you. Let me know. Also, is it an honor system on the Nano site as to how many words you’ve written? I only see a spot to type a synopsis and excerpt.
November 5, 2015 at 7:46 pm
You clever little detective! Yes, that’s me! I’ll request you as a buddy. As for the Nano site, yes, until you are able to “validate” your word count (around the 20th of the month), it is on the honor system. You simply type in your word count. When it comes time to “validate”, you will be able to cut and paste your entire document into the word counter (don’t worry it doesn’t save your file or anything, so no chance of anyone stealing it or anything). Now, of course, if you really wanted to cheat, you could just type one word 50,000 times. I suppose there are probably people who have done that. LOL! Good luck with catch up next week. I’m normally much farther along, but it has been a really rough week at work for me too!
November 5, 2015 at 9:43 pm
Yay you’re my first writing buddy! 🙂
March 20, 2016 at 1:54 pm
What a beautiful post … being there yesterday I can relate to many of the same things you said – I was in awe of the people who came together, and I was utterly surprised, in many, ways, to be a part of it. I felt that sense of honor and welcome, too – I was accepted. Even though I know my biological family, I am not accepted by them for various reasons … yesterday’s celebration was truly a beautiful thing to witness.
March 20, 2016 at 2:33 pm
March 20, 2016 at 6:00 pm
It’s what this family does – we “adopt” folks, at least that’s how we usually say it. That’s Kovacses and Wachowskis. I never thought upon the word used though – that those actually adopted might still feel a separateness. So what we do should be termed “gather”. We gather those around us that we like, we enjoy, that truly fit in our motley crew and idea of family. We simply extend that umbrella of close relation to them, because family is a stretchable concept and infinitely encompassing. So create your family, Nan, and always look for more to add, because there is no limit on how many or who can be in your family. This is your clan, your village, your community, always there to back you up, help you grow, and laud your accomplishments. It surrounds you, it gives you space, and ultimately, it’s about making each person knows they are accepted and loved for who they are. Huge hugs to you and yours, because you were there and accepted my family in return – both sides of them. Love you, Nan, and that was beautifully written, thank you so much for your words and being a part of my own family.
March 20, 2016 at 6:29 pm
Oh jeez. Now you made ME cry! Thanks!
Karen DiGioia said:
March 24, 2016 at 10:17 am
Is it wrong that I thought this was headed in a Children of the Corn kind of direction?
Instead I will take this snippet & keep it with me always, thank you Pollyanna 🙂 <3
"Maybe the sun isn’t the one in the sky but the one in your heart. The one that can ALWAYS shine brightly."
March 24, 2016 at 10:21 am
Children of the Corn. Hah! Can’t blame you there. It is ME we’re talking about. 🙂
March 24, 2016 at 2:08 pm
I thought “Children of the Corn” as well. 🙂
March 24, 2016 at 2:17 pm
Seconding what Susan said. Just because you have blood relatives doesn’t mean that you have a sense of connection with them. I don’t remember who said it, but it was a wise person who said “Friends [and dogs] are the Universe’s way of apologizing for you family.” Your presence in my life has more than compensated me for issues with mine. <3
March 30, 2016 at 6:19 pm
I am still singing – just saying.
March 30, 2016 at 9:19 pm
Hah! The eternal ear worm!
May 28, 2016 at 6:01 pm
Great cover! Can’t wait to get a copy of the revised book!
May 28, 2016 at 6:41 pm
Thanks, EJ! She’s working on Book 2 next. I am so stoked to see it!
May 30, 2016 at 8:35 am
As I said yesterday…SQUEEP!
Beth smiblet said:
January 23, 2017 at 8:14 am
January 23, 2017 at 9:47 am
Aw, thanks Beth!
January 23, 2017 at 3:46 pm
I don’t think it was Walt’s fault, actually – he pinched most of his stories from European folk tales, which came into being around the time when life was (to quote Thos. Hobbes) “poor, nasty, brutish and short.” Except Bambi – that’s from a European novel, much more recent!
That said, I reckon one of the big reasons why so many heroes/heroines have lost their parents is that there’s no use putting them into a bad situation if they can just run to Mummy and Mummy will make it all better. Mummy’s got to go…
I have taken this to something of an extreme with my current heroine – her parents die when she’s a child, her aunt who raises her falls victim to an enchantment, the wizard who knows what’s going on has run his power down and collapses, and her two remaining protectors are then bailed up in a castle under siege. Let the good times roll 🙂
January 23, 2017 at 8:55 pm
See? Pathos. Glad you’re in my boat too!
January 23, 2017 at 10:29 pm
I haven’t actually eviscerated anyone on the stairs, mind you! Yet…
January 30, 2017 at 4:23 pm
Congrats! Waiting for the Print on Demand! 🙂
January 30, 2017 at 4:30 pm
Probably Wednesday. Hopefully Wednesday. If not, I will NOT be sending the folks at CreateSpace either Johnny Depp OR chocolate. 🙂
January 31, 2017 at 8:45 pm
It’s available now!
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Diane Holcomb said:
February 5, 2017 at 3:12 pm
What a great idea, interviewing your characters and sharing it on your blog. I’ve interviewed my characters to get to know them better, but never thought of sharing what I wrote. Makes a nice addition to your platform!
Charlie is an intriguing fellow. I enjoyed this little chat over cookies.
February 5, 2017 at 3:16 pm
So glad you enjoyed it!! It was an absolute blast. In fact, Kelly Blanchard, author and all around extraordinary person, did the interviewing. It’s a service she provides to other writers. I’ve done about half a dozen character interviews with her and they are amazing experiences. I ALWAYS learn something new about a character and they are OODLES of fun! Thanks so much for commenting! And as an aside, I really enjoy your blog as well. Always a fun read.
February 26, 2017 at 10:59 pm
He sorta looks like David Cassidy in that photo.
I remember Rick Springfield on General Hospital. I don’t think I heard him sing beyond that show. Thanks for the trip down memory lane!
February 26, 2017 at 11:51 pm
Yeah… I’ve been a huge fan since the early 70s. Seen him five times live. Super showman, really sweet to his fans. Great musician too. Not to mention, easy on the eyes! 🙂
April 8, 2017 at 3:43 pm
Now THAT is a song! 🙂
May 26, 2017 at 10:59 am
Robin Zander is my soul mate.
May 26, 2017 at 5:14 pm
And Tom Petersson is mine! Double date?
July 12, 2017 at 10:15 pm
Congratulations! Having a chance to meet your fans — and maybe find a few new ones too — is always a treat. Good luck!
July 12, 2017 at 11:25 pm
Thanks, Bill! Wish you could join us!
July 18, 2017 at 7:33 pm
Good luck! I hope you don’t get heatstroke 🙂
August 9, 2017 at 3:11 pm
I enjoy reading about your passion for coffee! Despite NOT being a coffee drinker at all, I used to be a barista. I was kinda proud of my foaming skills. Of course, that was many years ago now; those skills are not what they once were…
August 9, 2017 at 3:46 pm
Oh, I bet it’s like riding a bike, Bill, you’d probably be foaming at a professional level in minutes! Thanks for reading!
Beth smible said:
August 23, 2017 at 8:10 am
Loved this and love restless natives !!! Can’t wait to read the whole series!!!
August 23, 2017 at 8:54 am
Aww! Thanks so much! I’m tickled you’re enjoying it!
October 27, 2017 at 10:43 am
Yes, indeed…..:) Or how to major in history without even trying! 🙂
October 27, 2017 at 10:54 am
Yup!! And cartography and linguistics and comparative religions! LOL
November 3, 2017 at 8:22 am
November 3, 2017 at 8:53 am
Glad you enjoyed it!
January 21, 2018 at 3:37 pm
Moving in high circles!
By the by, I sent you an email lately but I think your email provider might have taken exception to my address – perhaps it’s in your junk folder?
All the best for the signing! Hopefully you won’t need to cool your aching hands in buckets of ice a la Terry Pratchett – but hey, that’s a good problem to have, right?
January 28, 2018 at 3:36 pm
You killed an author? (How did it feel?)
January 30, 2018 at 3:58 pm
It was surprisingly fun. *snicker* She was such a naughty writer! 🙂
February 4, 2018 at 3:44 pm
Now I’m thinking about how it would play out if the zombie apocalypse hit during a writer’s retreat…
February 5, 2018 at 9:12 pm
We would so totally be prepared. A bunch of writers with all kinds of strange knowledge sets, plus we’re all moms. We got this!! 🙂
February 18, 2018 at 10:32 am
May I add bittersweet chocolate for memoir writers?
February 18, 2018 at 12:15 pm
Absolutley, my dear!
February 18, 2018 at 4:10 pm
Mmm – wine and cheese! (Agatha Christie worked off apples, I hear.)
I would suggest delicate oatcakes for fantasy authors, possibly paired with a range of richly-hued dips.
I don’t really snack as I work, myself; I just drink vast quantities of tea.