Writing

#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 […]

June, Front Porches, and Missing Martians

“Gardening is the handiest excuse for being a philosopher.”–Ray Bradbury  (Dandelion Wine) I picked up a copy of Dandelion Wine the day I heard Ray Bradbury died.  How fitting he should leave us on a day early in June. I love Fahrenheit 451, and read it every ten or fifteen years to see how many…

Untitled Poem

I’ve been feeling, lately, like it’s been too long since I’ve written poetry. Yes, I’ve been great about writing 500 words a day on a novel I’m working on…but I haven’t been writing poetry. And I miss it. I also thought it was time I post another poem here on my blog. So I started […]

Dedicated to Master Gardeners & to All Who Aspire To Prune With Confidence

The past few days have presented us with marvelous weather in these parts. I’ve finally gotten outdoors and pruned my three blueberry bushes, the pear tree, the hydrangea, and trained the boysenberry bushes. The blueberries are of different varieties and seem a bit different in the way I should be pruning them. And even though I […]

Road Trip Snippets (A Year Late)

A year ago I was in the middle of my Earth Day book tour where I visited fifteen bookstores and two schools in the big state of Texas. Before that, my husband and I attended the wedding of our niece in Denver, Colorado. The whole trip lasted from April 9 to May 1 and took […]

FREE FOR FIVE DAYS ONLY

  Free is a great price! What do you get in Cat in Mouse? First, you get four short stories–short as in just a few pages, not 20+ pages. The stories all feature characters from the Seed Savers series. You don’t need to have read the novels to understand the stories. In fact, this is […]

Salem Public Library Author Event!

I will continue my series on the Heirloom Expo after this announcement for Authorama. I will be taking part in this tomorrow, Saturday, September 20, 2014. FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE September 3, 2014 FOR MORE INFORMATION, CONTACT: Ann Scheppke, Librarian 503-588-6124 ascheppke@cityofsalem.net Salem Public Library Presents Authorama Salem Public Library presents Authorama, the Library’s third annual […]

School Visits, Part 2

 A couple of weeks ago I wrote about my last author visit to a local school. I wrote about how much I enjoyed the experience and answered some of the questions students had asked in the little notes they sent afterwards. One young lady’s response warranted an entire post. This one’s for Lily. Not my […]

Posting Reviews for Your Indie Authors

You know that friend/author who’s always pleading harassing  asking you to leave them a book review on Amazon? The one whose book you read? Possibly you even got the book for free? Okay, so ME for some of you. This is just a little tutorial/explanation of why it is so important and how to do […]

June Haiku and Other Stuff

Roses shout at the passers-by; announcing that summer has arrived And now for the “other stuff.” First, in honor of summer’s imminent arrival here in the cool and cloudy Pacific Northwest: Yahoo!!!! Okay, enough of that. I need to get outside soon and lay some soaker hoses in the garden before everything grows too much.. […]