Sunday Muses . . .

On board with TWITTER. I needed to join in order to keep up with the kiddo at Texas A & M. Not specifically her, but the campus as a whole. After the Virginia Tech incident, A & M launched their Code Maroon alert program. Students, staff, employees and parents, who had emails on file, were notified of any emergency situation through text and email messages. This year A & M changed to TWITTER. Students still gets the emergency text, but parents must follow TWITTER. So as I’m on TWITTER, if you want to follow me, just search my name, and then send a TWITTER alert to me. If you’re already Tweeting, then watch for LoneStarMeander […]

Moving to the end . . .

Over the top and goofy excited because I’ve actually finished a workable ending to Trickle of Lies. I’ve written several endings, but none have rang true . . . or more importantly, tied up every loose thread with a bow. I’ve invested too much time and effort at this point to not be totally in love with the end. I’ve read, and I know you have as well, far too many books where it seemed the author just threw an ending on page. Okay, so it answered all the plot questions, but it was far from satisfying. How many of us started because we read a story, fell in love with the characters, and then […]

Monday Madness . . .

Another Grammar article — Dealing with the Comma — picked up by EzineArticles.com. Wahoo, for me. My written word floating around the web is always a good thing. Besides, I’m a little partial to getting the use of the comma corrected. Too many extraneous commas — missing ones for that matter — in basic writing today. A good grammar book should be a must for all. Not, just writers! I can think of few careers into today’s job market where a certain amount of writing is not required. Yet, folks by the hordes throw words at a page and assume they’ll stick in the proper, punctuated order. Not hardly. So, writing grammar tips on the […]

Monday Madness . . .

I’m well aware that Mondays are insane, especially if you’re in the MOM,-I-CAN’T-FIND-MY-SHOES-MY-BACKPACK-MY-LUNCHBOX-MY-HEAD-BEFORE-I’M-LATE-FOR-SCHOOL group . . . however, if you can spare a little over seven minutes, I promise to make you smile. As I’ve never met a mom who couldn’t use more laughter in her life — no, I’m not talking about the hysterical, I’ve reached the edge kinda laughter, but the real deal, hold your sides kinda laughter. That’s what this clip on ‘truism’ will provide. Happy Monday! Drop by the porch again,Until then,~Sandra

Procrastination is an art form . . .

How do I know? Watch a kid. They’re professional stallers. As a mom, an older mom whose kids show know better (there’s the disclaimer), I’ve decided I shouldn’t be required to answer stupid questions. After all, I got them to this age, successfully — which means they still have all their appendages, can talk in full sentences, read full sentences, fuss with their siblings, and are intelligent enough to want a job that requires saying more than, ‘Paper or plastic?’. Stop! Don’t send me hate email about how many of you worked in a supermarket. Face it. That’s not a job any of US would want to repeat, nor would we want our kids stuck […]

School daze

And so the learning begins . . . again! Time to tuck the kids back in school and move forward with the intent and determination to finish Trickle of Lies. I might love these characters, but at this point I hate the book — just hung around too long and now it’s time to cut it loose. All that said, there was NO writing work this weekend as the fam and I spent a frantic time getting the oldest moved back to her university, up to the fourth floor and stuffed way too much stuff into way too tiny of a room. Okay, maybe not that far up, but when I was carrying the 20th […]

Rosemary Clements-Moore

Here’s to Absolutely Thrilling News! Last week, Rosemary Clements-Moore won the most prestigious award, a RITA, given by romance writers from around the world. Romanace Writers of America (RWA to those who belong) selected HELL WEEK as a top finalist for the Young Adult category. This contest is judged by fellow romance writers and authors, a tough group to impress. Rosemary carried home the gold statue in honor of the accolades for her book, HELL WEEK. This is Rosemary’s 2nd book in the series. Truly top honors for a great author. Icing on the cake is that Rosemary’s 3rd book, when released, wasn’t even shelved by the big B & N. Yep, that’s right. They, […]

What you know and how to write it in an article . . .

Article writing 101 . . . actually, it’s more like pre-101, however, it’s been tremendous fun sharing a number of the writing lessons I’ve learned. Good writing is important for everyone — a point I’m constantly making to my kids. Whatever the career, whatever the emphasis, everyone needs to know how to communicate, and communicating through written word is crucial. Apparently, EZine magazine thinks it’s important, too, because they’ve accepted several of my articles regarding writing. They sent this link: ezinearticles for my Clear and Concise Writing. For those of you who don’t think you could write an article, consider all the things that you know how to do — there will be a lot! […]

Friends . . .

Many of you are working fast and furious for the upcoming RWA convention — to all of you, I say ‘Hats off and may this be a wonderfully successful conference.’ To my lovely critique partner, L.A. Mitchell, who is up for her second Golden Heart, may this year be truly golden and you walk away with the trophy (and more importantly, a publishing contract). To critique partners Sherry A. Davis, (RWA National PRO Liaison and author of romantic comedy), Here Comes The Bribe, and Mary Karlik, fantasy and YA writer, may the publishing doors swing wide open for you at this conference. Fellow critique partner, Delores, and I will be sitting this one out. However, […]