“It ain’t real until I can crush it,”

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as the guy told his co-worker dreaming about the can of Coors he was going to have after work. Ebooks are well and good, and have their place, but until I can feel, smell, and yes, crush it, it ain’t real. Today, thanks to the USPO and all the good folks at Bywater Books, Hold of the Bone is REAL.!!

By Lowly Listening

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I could have gone to work today, but wisely and sanely, did not. Instead, another day in bed, surrounded by books, dogs, and cats. I sit, as Emerson would say, “lowly listening”. I found that quote in Phyllis Theroux’s charming The Journal Keeper. “There is guidance for each of us, and by lowly listening we shall hear the right word.” That, followed …

Tuesday, April 7th

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I haven’t blogged in forever. A friend of mine said the other day that people want to know what’s going on in my life and I should fill them in more often. Really? Do you want to know I’m sick in bed this morning, folded in between two dogs and two cats? And that I’ve had a clawed throat and …

Support the Writers You Love

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For those faithful following me, you know I’m an infrequent blogger at best. I’m terribly private so my diseases, heartaches, and daily dramas/triumphs never get recorded. And aren’t you glad for that! What I would like to start doing more of though, is posting other bloggers. I read at least half a dozen blogs a day, and many, such as …

Women Writers, Come on Down!

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Or up, if you live south of Santa Barbara. Still time to get in on the Santa Barbara Women’s Literary Festival  this Saturday, May 3rd, 0830 – 1530, at the Fess Parker Doubletree. See you there! “The Mission of the Women’s Literary Festival Santa Barbara is to present the work of contemporary female authors from a variety of backgrounds and life experiences …

“And the Winner is….”

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Lucky me!! I entered the Santa Barbara Writers Conference “Best First Line” Contest and won with the opening to Cry Havoc: Lieutenant L.A. Franco glanced at her Timex. Eight fifteen and already ninety in the shade. She watched her rookie detective prowl the scene. The kid’s first homicide, and wouldn’t it have to be a dead man sitting naked in …