• Pareidolia

    pareidolia: the tendency to perceive a specific, often meaningful image in a random or ambiguous visual pattern. I loved this word so much that I decide to make a separate place for it to live. I encountered it on Instagram of all places. Unfortunately, I couldn’t find the post to link to–I don’t think it’s one of the word of the day posts, either. I’ll update this when I come across it. Here’s a link to hilarious examples of pareidolia, enjoy! I bet you thought I was going to post images in toast 😉

  • When Nail Stamping, Chaos, and Perspective collide

    My regular readers know that I love, love, love emojis. There’s something happy and funny about them. But I happened to miss National Emoji Day this year–I’m not really sure I knew it was even a thing but isn’t everything a “thing” these days? Missing it just didn’t sit well with me because I’ve been moderately “checked out,” but come to find out that feeling ran deeper than not sitting well with me. I come across these odd “Days” or celebrations, such as National Talk Like a Pirate Day–Chief found that when the boys were in middle school and we were having a pirate conversation. Others I find by association:…

  • My WIP feels like Bessie the mule

    I had this novel written in my head for months. I had a good idea of what I wanted to happen and where I wanted it to go. Then I had some personal setbacks that slowed my progress. When I tried to return to the MS, the characters told me they had other plans. As did my Ego. My Ego kept telling me that I was doing it all wrong because this wasn’t the same process as Charlie and Annabelle’s story. It was also taking much longer. Irony: no one but me really knows how long it took the write The Reluctant Bandit, yet I still run that comparison. As…

  • Pinkerton

    I love that today’s word of the day is Pinkerton! I’m currently plotting out my third book in the Lawlessness & the Law series featuring Travis, the U.S. Marshall. His heroine is a Pinkerton agent and isn’t what Travis expects her to be or judges her as. She’s also a strong woman, not to be controlled. Travis is her complete opposite–he was the controlled and exacting character introduced in The Reluctant Bandit, Book 1 Lawlessness & the Law. He’s instrumental in helping Charlie and Annabelle in Book 1 as well as Charlie’s brother, Jimmy, in Book 2. Soon to be released. Book 3 of the series has an enemies to…

  • 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…

  • hello-bodied parrot toy sitting outside on a dark green bench in the sun. gravel below the bench with a large succulent planter behind it and pave driveway in the background.

    So a woman walks in with a parrot in her bag…

    Two things: First of all, I’ve been excited to prank L since I left the doctor’s office two weeks ago. You can read about that here. Second, I realized that I had an earlier appointment than I did last appointment and that L comes in later…I couldn’t roll in dirty with a parrot on my shoulder, wearing an eye patch to prank her because she wouldn’t be there! To be honest, I nixed the eye patch because if someone else did happen to come at the same time (Central Phoenix Eye Care has been awesome about social distancing and spreading out appointments and adjustments) I didn’t really want to scare…

  • It’s worth the price of a parrot

    In my last post, I mentioned being in the hospital for surgery. That was in December. I feel good but I’m still recovering from it. I had a tumor removed (it was hiding under a facial nerve in the large saliva gland). Long story short, half my face isn’t functioning at full capacity. At first, it looked like I had a stroke. Then it looked like someone had used a mismatched Mr. Potato Head set to assemble my face. My ears were two different sizes–his and hers. One eye didn’t blink for a while and looked larger than the other. The facial nerve that suffered most was the mandible and…

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