Rambling

Order Your Banned Book Today

I woke up this morning reflecting on the PBS special last night,  The Great American Read. I was surprised at some of the books on the “banned books” list. Most notably, I was surprised about The Giver by Lois Lowry. I’ll admit, I did not read The Giver as a child; I was well into adulthood […]

A Story of Tomatoes

I live in town. My garden consists of a six-foot strip of soil along the fence that separates us from our neighbors. Which is to say that I cannot plant whatever my little heart desires. I have to make hard choices. For some reason I also delight in trying new varieties of tomatoes. Now it […]

Not Feeling the #MondayMotivation

It’s been three weeks since I posted on the blog and I’m feeling the pressure from my boss…yes, me. I’m not particularly inspired. Normally by this time I could throw up some photos of my beautiful garden. Sigh. We’ve had cold, rainy weather and my garden is just starting to appear… My birthday came and […]

Expect the Unexpected

This weekend my hubby and I took the train up to spend time with family for Easter. After the weekend I’m taking a few days off to get back to my writing. Which means I shouldn’t be thinking about social media now, just writing the book. But I had the most extraordinary experience on the […]

IBPA Publishing University: A Great Conference Experience

The 2017 IBPA Publishing University (PubU) just concluded and I’m already looking forward to next year! For those of you who don’t know what I’m talking about, I’ll do my best to explain. (A couple of months ago I didn’t know anything about it, either.) IBPA stands for the Independent Book Publishers Association. Although I’ve […]

#PoweredByIndie

Amazon has deemed October the month to celebrate Indie writers/publishers. Libraries across the country will be celebrating the FIRST ANNUAL Indie Author Day on October 8. So never mind that Wikipedia doesn’t have a page for Indie Author or Indie Publishing. Or maybe I should say “not yet.” All month, Indies are invited to share […]

In Praise of the Scarlet Runner Bean

I wanted to write an ode to the Scarlet Runner Bean, but instead I’ll settle for an essay. For now, at least. The first time I heard someone talk about a Scarlet Runner Bean they did it with a beatific smile on their face. It was said almost reverently: Scarlet Runner Bean. Ah, yes. I […]