Maria Semple's "Where'd You Go, Bernadette?" & Wild Mushroom Risotto

What does it mean to go missing? That is the question at the heart of Maria Semple’s entertaining 2012 novel, Where’d You Go, Bernadette? Over the course of some 350 pages, a series of paper and electronic means of correspondence chronicle the events that lead to and result from Bernadette Fox’s sudden and unexpected disappearance from her home in Seattle....more

A LABOR OF LOVE, a project comes to fruition

It's been a labor of love and a long time coming. One of my goals has been to bring things "off the backburner"  and to work on those projects that are near and dear to my heart, allowing me to create and inspire!So here it is, a children's Christmas book that I wrote in 2007!...more

Novel Writer in One Night

I am not sure what today's prompt is, so I am going to wing it.  Last night, I felt compeled to write more creatively.  I started a novel and found the National Novel Writing Month website.  The requirement is 50,000 words. It will stretch my mind and writing skills more.  I really have the time and ideas to write more, so why not make it a full length novel and try to publish?  I am rather excited and nervous about this.  November will be a long month.  December 1 is my 45th birthday, so it would be very timely to reach such an ambitious goal....more
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Mama Bear Musings

This is my first time participating in NaBloPoMo.  I write mostly short stories and love to tell tales of my granchildren.  I also struggle to keep balance in my life, but you will read more on that later.I look forward to writing more and learning from all of you....more

Planting Seeds

I open my eyes and stare at the glowing green numbers on my clock.   Am I too late or too early?  I never feel I can wake up at the right time.  I am always planning my next moment and often getting distracted.  I want to scream, "Wake Up!" but no one listens, so why bother?  I look out my bedroom window and see the hazy sun peeking out from the lush green trees.  I love a crisp autumn day.  Why haven't the leaves changed colors?  I have to Google that....more

Book Review: Flat Water Tuesday by Ron Irwing

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Alissa Nutting's TAMPA & Breakfast Tomato Tartine

Tampa is a book that will prompt questions from strangers. As I read on a bus to work, a fellow commuter leaned over: “Did you know what the book was about before you bought it?” When I forgot my copy in the seat pocket of a plane — an error I make with troubling frequency — and had to buy another, the bookstore employee raised an eyebrow at me: “Oh, I’ve heard all about this one.”...more

Star Power

This is day five of BlogShorts, a short-story writing challenge. Ten days, ten short stories, 110 words.  This year, we're writing to the theme: The Dog Days of Summer. The fur is flying now. -BDStar Powerby blogdramedyThe small print was explicit:- artisan well water from the hinterland of the Faroe Islands...more

Why the one in the middle always gets the finger

This is day four of BlogShorts, a short-story writing challenge. Ten days, ten short stories, 110 words.  This year, we're writing to the theme: The Dog Days of Summer. Flea collars are optional. -BDWhy the one in the middle always gets the fingerby blogdramedy“Light. Out. NOW. I’m sleeping!” TwoFluffy jerked the Garfield comforter up in frustration....more