• 1878 Hinton Handbook map of Arizona mines, telegraphs

    Scene idea, abandoned towns, and the telegraph

    In The Reluctant Bandit, Wanted posters aren’t giving Sheriff O’Donnell the answers he’s looking for or needs. He has to find a different way to procure information that’s quick. Enter the telegraph. It may seem odd or somewhat implausible that the telegraph would make its way into a vast and sparsely populated expanse such as the Arizona territory, but it did. It was a boon for both the military as well as for the territory’s growing economy. Mail could take months to arrive but with the telegraph there were instant or nearly instant responses. The news could change by the time a piece of mail arrived. In many cases it…

  • Pirate Saga, continued…

    I went back for a checkup and K said to me, “Oh, I have something from L for you.” She handed me a piece of paper, which is the image above. Lol. Unfortunately, K said I was “too quick” walking from my car to the office that she didn’t have time to put on an eye patch (see parts I and II for the full story/explanations). I have to go back next week to take Chia for an eyeglass adjustment. Guess who’s getting little packets of Pirate’s Booty? Yup. The whole office. I feel like Rip Taylor bringing in snack bags of Pirate’s Booty. Arrggh, a bag for you and…

  • invite for a pop-up lead by Sage Adderly-Knox and invited guests Lynn M. Stout and Ami Hicken King. Dark blue background with light blue text and white text. Saturday, March 13, 2021 at 11:00 am PST. Dot, Line, Heart, Line, Dot gold logo and an outline of a piece of paper in gold.

    You’re Invited! Sage’s Pop-up for Writers

    Sage Adderly-Knox and Lynn M. Stout are two women I thank in my Gratitude section of The Reluctant Bandit. They, among other people and situations, are the reason I was able to get this book done. Friendly support and being seen and heard are huge. People often think that craft is the only thing they have to worry about when writing a book, but they focus on that to the detriment of the inner journey and conflict a writer goes through. If you can’t get past the stuck-ness inside you can’t write, no matter how many ideas you come up with and no matter how great the ideas are. I…

  • fluffy white blouse light up from the bottom left corner with yellow rays. The upper right corner has a faded blue sky

    Monogamy, The Novel

    I resisted downloading this book multiple times. I kept receiving emails about it and in a weak moment, I downloaded it. I somehow knew that these characters were going to have a personal reckoning that would be a painful process. In these past months isn’t that what many of us have been doing? We’ve been reassessing and re-evaluating our lives, and for many death has been a part of this. Aloneness. The reality of who we thought we were clashing with who we really are. I also resisted because “secrets” (cheating) causes physical pain in my heart. It’s a sad thing all around, isn’t it? The interesting thing about this…

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