Memories . . . storms

Watching the radar is a frightening pasttime right now. Storms seem larger, more fierce than before, but perhaps that’s only my older eyes watching that swirl and determined path of the present hurricane. When I was a child, my family lived in Houston. During the summer of 1964, Tropical Storm Abby hit the area. Tropical storms pack sustained winds from 39 to 73 miles per hour. That is the ‘constant’ range; gusts can exceed these numbers. The power behind these storms can sweep a person from their feet and certainly awe or terrify a child. Even young, these memories have stuck through the years as though attached with the permanence of superglue. Our small three-bedroom, […]

Two days deep into school and what’s happened?

My three not-so-munchkin-sized kids started to school this week. Everyone hit the academic buildings on Monday morning — okay, the college student doesn’t start until noon on Mondays. That seems so wrong in the real world, but makes perfect sense in the college environment. So this year it was two high schoolers and one collegiate preppy. What changes when the kids hit that higher level of learning? Did I buy fewer supplies? The requirement is for fewer boxes of crayons, but more map pencils. The glue in the bottle stage has passed, as it’s on to the all important glue stick mania. School note: there is no such thing as too many glue sticks in […]

Monday morning and you survived the summer with your kids!

Okay, it’s treat time. Take yourself to lunch. Eat an ice cream cone you don’t have to share, or simply sit in the quiet and enjoy the nothingness. However, if you’re feeling a little sad and blue because your play buddies have disappeared for several hours each day, enjoy these laughs. They aren’t mine. I’ve heisted them from Reader’s Digest, September ’08 edition. Okay, with due credit offered, here are the ones that made me laugh. FAMILY:My 50-something friend Nancy and I decided to introduce her mother to the magic of the Internet. Our first move was to access the popular ‘Ask Jeeves’ site, and we told her it would answer any question she had. […]

Update on Cell phone tips!

Go to SNOPES at Not all of the techniques from my previous post work. Sorry, friends. I should have checked this closer before I posted. Thanks, Juliet for finding this link for me. However, the FREE 411 will work. Also, I know that there is an additional Free 411 service, check the comments section in the earlier post. The PIN access will work on Samsung, AT & T, and Motorla phones. Whether the phone company will shut down your phone or not depends on your service provider. So check with them. Also, if you’re in Texas and check the back of your DL, there is a 1-800 phone number that will provide road-side assistance, […]

5 Cool cell phone tips . . .

Here are some handy cell phone tips. Nope, they are not mine, just one of the cool things someone sent to me. Great tips to print and put in the glove box of your car. These are a few things that can be done in times of grave emergencies. FIRST ~ Emergency The Emergency Number worldwide for Mobile is 112. If you find yourself out of the coverage area of your mobile; network and there is an emergency, dial 112 and the mobile will search any existing network to establish the emergency number for you, and interestingly this number 112 can be dialed even if the keypad is locked. Try it out. SECOND ~ Have […]

MY CPs new book

I posted about HERE COMES THE BRIBE, a great romatic comedy release by The Wild Rose Press from my CP, Sherry A. Davis. The cover art is fabulous: And the book blurb certainly gets it done: A single administrative assistant accepts her temporary boss’s offer to masquerade as his fiancée to keep his matchmaking grandmother out of his personal life and out of the way while he negotiates a high-profile merger for his family-owned company. In exchange, she’ll get the down payment for the loan she needs to keep her ex from selling her condo out from under her. But neither of them counted on the lines blurring between real and pretend–or for the temporary […]

Hooking the reader . . .

Slowing the pace or resolving the conflict – any conflict, even a little one – at the end of the chapter or scene gives your reader an opportunity to put your book down and turn off the light. Bad news for any author aspiring who has designs on the New York Times Best Seller list. Make your readers hang around and hang on, forcing them to read through what would be a natural place to break. How to? Use strong hooks. As writers, we want to finish the thought and build to the end always pushing the conflict up the next notch. So resolution is the last thing that needs to happen at the end […]

Character analysis . . . how do you do that?

I finished watching The Count Of Monte Cristo with my collegiate and extraordinarily literary daughter. She mentioned how the book had been more than a bit boring, but the character development and analysis was awesome. From a writing perspective, authors have a certain . . . I hesitate to use the word, but we do have a formula that helps develop characters. Buzz words are goal, conflict, motivation, mentors, allies, enemies, accepting the quest and the list goes on. However, I wondered from a purely literary viewpoint (my daughter is an English Lit major) what did she look for? My first surprise was that it strongly depended on whether the book was a single title […]

Survivng Texas Heat . . .

CAN YOU SAY SWELTERING? HERE IN TEXAS WE CAN! WHAT DO WE DO WHEN TEMPERATURES SOAR OVER 100 FOR TWENTY STRAIGHT DAYS? CALL EVERY FRIEND — AND SLIGHT FRIEND THAT WE KNOW THEN OFFER BEER AND BAR-B-QUE UNTIL SOME ONE’S WILLING TO TOTE THE NOTE TO PUT GAS IN THE BOAT AND HEAD FOR THE LAKE. Oh, and boat size doesn’t matter — as long as it runs under its own power (no rowing allowed) then the boat is fine for a day on the lake. Of course, it is way better if the person we’ve swindled into toting us to the lake happens to own a ski boat because to survive Texas sun, large […]