• 2020: the year of falling down the stairs

    I took a fall down a flight of concrete stairs the last weekend of January. I didn’t think much of it in terms of a metaphor for 2020 until yesterday. It’s post election in the US. Things are by no means settled, emphasizing this feeling of free fall. Either outcome, the US has a lot of work to do collectively and individually. This made me think about how I tend to sweat the small stuff. There are some things that happen and you must figure out how to navigate that for yourself. I don’t know why I’m so obsessive about the small stuff, but I am. Can’t see the forest…

  • Funny Pre-Op Conversations

    So I love talking to people. I find them interesting. What some people love about me is that I’ll laugh at their corny jokes. I sometimes like corny jokes. I think what I like even more than corny jokes is the relentless nature in which some people go about them. It’s like a schtick. I’m easily entertained. I try to find the humor in a lot of things, otherwise we’d be doing a lot of crying, folks. For obvious reasons, a lot of questions that you’re asked pre-op are repetitive. They want to make sure they have everything correct. Chief was my ride home. I was asked a couple of…

  • 40 copies of The Reluctant Bandit on a kitchen island

    Print Version Available!

    Hello! Just a quick note to say that the print version of The Reluctant Bandit arrived on Monday. Yes, I’m late to posting. I was too wrapped up in trying to figure out some aesthetics. Things I had plenty of time to do while I was drumming my fingers waiting for the print copies to arrive. Live and learn, people. Live and learn. I wanted a nice way to thank you for your purchases as well as include an ask. I’d love for you take pics of yourselves wearing the purple bandanas included with your book either sending the pics to me so I can share on my social media…

  • I applied for one position, but was offered another…

    I had quit my job and decided to go to graduate school. It was hard because Chief was away for a rotation in Alaska and I was by myself. Ironically, that rotation fell over our first wedding anniversary. Between classes one day, I saw a sign for a hiring event by UPS. They were looking for loader/unloaders. I met the minimum requirements–something like must be able to lift 50 (60?) lbs by yourself and 120 lbs with a partner. Hell yes I could do that. I’m actually very strong. And Stubborn. And other things… I show up to the hiring date wearing a black pair of trousers and a white…

  • mail carrier from 1800s standing in front of mail carriage

    My web “tour” of the USPS

    There are certain sites that are really easy to navigate or you just get lucky and manage to find what you want fairly easily. I was on the USPS website looking for rates to ship my book out (I should receive my books on Monday, the 28th). I was all over the place and then I had a squirrel moment looking at stamps (totally getting the working dog stamps) and had to refocus. When I went to the calculate the price page…there’s a checkbox for shipping live animals 😖 I understand that animals need to be shipped, but it was still a little horrifying seeing it in print, so to…

  • Book Fidelity’s Review

    Review The following is a review from Book Fidelity! (You may have to scroll to August 18, 2020 to get to my review) She was one of the stops of the blog tour. ~*~ Hey there reader! I was excited to read The Reluctant Bandit because I am still new to cowboy tales and, as I was reading along, I got the inkling that I was going to get a little bit of romance – and I did! Now, do not get me wrong, I hesitate to call Bandit a romance book because it isn’t heavy in the subject and it would be dishonest to make you think this was a “bodice ripper”. It…

  • Tree branches surrounding a partially cloudy sky with the sun peeking out

    Interview at Celtic Lady’s Reviews

    On August 20th, I was “interviewed” on The Celtic Lady’s Reviews. I’ve included her questions and my responses below. I struggled with these because there isn’t a “one size fits all” answer to them, but there you have it. I wasn’t very good at multiple choice questions in school, either. What do you find most challenging about the writing process, and how do you deal with it? Negative self-talk coupled with old stories is usually my biggie. I had to confront and manage these stories, or I’d get stuck and wouldn’t make progress. Writing really poked at those tender places, and I wasn’t writing anything personal or even “close to…

  • Annie Oakley pointing a handgun in the air

    National Left-Handers Day, Horse Tales P. 3 (late post)

    At Tumbling River Ranch, there was the option to trap shoot–they taught you what you needed to know. I’ve never shot, before. I’m not sure I’ve ever really held a gun–not even my brother’s old BB gun. 🤔 Nope. Never held a gun (squirt and Nerf guns don’t count). I’ve heard about skeet shooting, but not trap. I had to look up the difference. I also personally experienced the serious nature of eye dominance. A couple of the guests were talking about eye dominance as we were loading into the van to go shooting (a different person each time). I’m talking six inch difference in my case (boy, I really…

  • A Funny Exchange and an Idea is Born

    Okay, some of you may know that I didn’t run right out and tell you that I made a website. I still chuckle to myself when I say that. I think of Tom Hanks in Castaway when he built the fire, beating his chest. Me: “Look at what I have created. I have made website.” 😁 Sweeps arm in front of computer then shakes fists above her head… It went live the beginning of June and I didn’t tell some people until August. It wasn’t because I didn’t want to, but I was embarrassed. I had my nose to the grindstone and barely talked to anyone for a hot minute.…

  • The Reluctant Bandit Book Blog Tour

    Blog Tour & Thank you!

    August 17th kicks off my blog tour. 🎉 I’m going to be featured on a different blog each day. On Thursday there’s an “interview.” I’ll put links to all of the “stops” on my events page, updating it each day until the end of the tour. Last week there was a series of cover reveals. I’ve listed the links on the events page as well. It’s been fun checking out how other people handle their websites and what types of books they’re promoting. I’m also reposting the banners from the blog stops on Instagram, so if you do the ‘gram check it out. Not connected but coinciding this week, is…

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