12 Days of Office Depot Woes

Once Upon a Business, to Office Depot I did go . . . ONE executive chair I did purchase TWO hundred $$ did Office Depot over-charge THREE fraudulent Office Depot charges on my account FOUR bank rebuttals against Office Depot I did submit FIVE different Office Depot departments who promised resolution SIX Office Depot managers I did entreat — please return my funds SEVEN regrets for shopping with Office Depot EIGHT Office Depot customer service agents I did beg — please return my funds NINE (90) minutes of typing/faxing/submitting rebuttal letters to Office Depot TEN hours of listening to bad Office Depot hold music ELEVEN broken promises from OFFICE Depot — to date still no […]

Mom Fun

HELLO MOMS!! A number of years ago, a FaceBook friend shared this questionnaire with me. Both of us — that would be the friend and myself — are blessed with now-grown children so this was a fun trip down memory lane. It was fascinating that so many of the answers readily came to mind. Pregnancy and childbirth leave indelible memory marks. Take the trip with me and answer the questions about your FIRST born. Actually, I’m not picky . . . if one of your other pregnancies is more memorable, think of that one. Feel Free to steal the questionnaire and repost. 1. Did I have an epidural? Yep, I asked for those drugs. 2. […]

Marketing: 13 Tips for building TEXT TEASERS

TEXT TEASERS are a fabulous way to entice readers to purchase your newest release. Today’s author must write a great book . . . and then seduce the reader to opening the cover. I’ve highlighted Paint for the purpose of this blog, but other numerous options for image-compiling Text Teaser are available. However, the process is what is crucial. Discipline yourself through these steps, and then whatever program you employ will work more effectively. STEP 1 for building Text Teasers: Resize book cover to several different sizes. SAVE with actual pixel count in the title of each save. This pixel count is 392 X 460. The original size from my design team was 1600 X […]

To War – fighting back from Hurricane Harvey

Weather is a constant, and ‘whether’ it’s you, a family member, the dearest friend, or the most distant neighbor . . . All of us have experienced terrible storms and their aftermaths. Texan proud – I have lived in Texas all my life and like so many fellow Texans, I feel overwhelmed by the devastation that I see left behind from Hurricane Harvey, and I am completely humbled by the outpouring of day-to-day heroes. In a world where anger is so often the proclaimed answer; where violence seems to be the norm; and words slash with deadly accuracy —- I say, enough. Stop for a moment, look around you right now. There is something of […]

3-2-1 Book Launch

Book releases have changed over the past ten years or so. What was once the primary responsibility of the publisher’s marketing team has morphed into the author’s responsibility. What was once covered with editors/agents emails and flyers to brick-n-mortar shops is now vibrantly alive through social media. To keep myself on track, I’ve compiled a list of what-to-do’s for my upcoming book launch. Am I arrogant enough to think I’ve covered it all? Nope, not even close. Marketing gets to be fun . . . perhaps, not all the time. But as creative types, it makes sense to tap into those inherent skills. Visit with establish authors for last minute insight. Complete final editing & […]

Summer Memories

Special shout-out to my writing friend, Marsha R. West. She put on my thinking cap for summer end. What are you favorite/not so favorite summer time ends? Marsha mentioned her first summer job and memories flooded back. 1st summer a bit over 16 and I went to work for Leonard’s (now Dillards) in the cosmetic department. Three strong memories: 1) All women department – even in the men’s cologne. 2) Old-styled cash registers – counting change a requirement (loads of folks used cash for purchases. At least once a shift, I’d get some lady who dumped all her change on the glass counter-top and counted pennies/nickels/dimes until she made up the odd amount.) OLD fashioned […]

If Women Ruled the World or Something

A recent article brought this blog to mind: ‘If women ruled the world. . .’ All right, all right, I’m not insinuating that women can’t drive. Far from it. I tool around in a full-sized van, 6600 pounds, thank you very much and I can park the puppy in a rat hole. Do remember, I’m from Texas and things are bigger here than in other parts of the world — rat holes included. But gals are normally handling a number of things while trying to park and I think it’s only fair we should get a bigger parking spot. If women ruled the world, there would be a little ‘bill’ equality. If women ruled the […]

Why? Questions with no answers

Silly and sometimes serious questions to ponder, mull, and debate. Most importantly, a little something to make you smile. Why do we press harder on a remote control when we know the batteries are dying? Why do banks charge a fee on “insufficient funds” when they already know there is not enough money in the account? Why does someone believe you when you say there are four billion stars, but check when you say the paint is wet? Why doesn’t Tarzan have a beard? Why does Superman stop bullets with his chest, but ducks when a revolver is thrown at him? Why do Kamikaze pilots wear helmets? Whose idea was it to put an “S” […]

Don’t Slow That Pace

Slowing the pace or resolving a major character conflict at the end of the chapter or scene gives your reader an opportunity to: 1) put down your fabulous writing2) turn off the light3) and dream about some other author’s characters Not quite a Kiss Goodbye – but too close for any aspiring author who has designs on a 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? Use strong hooks. As writers, we WANT to finish the thought, to build to the end – always pushing the conflict up the next notch. BUT – and it’s a huge BUT, […]