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Evil Parents and Rotten Kids


E is for Evil Parents and Rotten Kids

I present you Jimmy Kimmel's annual "I Told My Kids I Ate All Their Halloween Candy" video montage. It's an artful mixture of cruelty, humor, and ghastly awe. My favorite is Drawer Boy. 
Now there's an ax murderer in the making.

Which is your favorite?


Do Overs

D is for Do Overs

Sometimes do overs are in order—as in the case of Wounded Spirits, my debut novel. The rights to Wounded and Warring Spirits reverted to me quite a while ago, but I’ve done nothing with the books since. The final installment in the series just never happened. I know, I know. I’m a meany.

About the time I was supposed to begin writing it, I decided to switch tracks and try for a large publishing house. I've been on that track for several years. The Lord supplied an agent and there has been a lot of interest in my work, but up to this point, no contracts have been sign. This industry is tough, y'all.

But a few weeks ago, I pulled Wounded out of my files and began the process of dusting it off. Boy, does it need it! Five years of writing experience later, I cringe at every page turn.

But this is what do overs are for. They’re for trimming fatty narrative and weeding unnecessary tags, restructuring faulty micro-timelines and inserting new scenes, adding color to flat characters and deleting gratuitous commas.

And my, oh my, is it fun.

So far, I've written a brand new Chapter 1 that brings immediate action to a slow start, and there's at least one more additional scene is on the docket. Can't wait to dig into it! For all you romance fans, I'm beefing that up on this go-round too.

The new editions will release simultaneously with the last installment in the series next fall.

In other publishing news, I got nothin’. :-)

My manuscript, "Blinded by Sight," is out with several large houses, and so far, nada. But it worries me not. God’s got this one. In the meantime, I’m taking my career into my own hands by working toward a copyediting certification with UC San Diego and trying my hand at the indie approach.

It feels amazing! No more waiting around for someone else to decide which direction my career will take and when. I'm doing this thing!

What do overs would you like to tackle? Which have you already accomplished, and how did it feel when you were done? Do share!


Chicken and Waffles

It’s been such a crazy-busy, crazy-fun week that I almost missed a week of A-Z! But never fear, the letter C is here.
C as in chicken and waffles

My daughter turned eleven this week, and to celebrate we spent a couple days in Atlanta with her Mamaw doing girlie stuff, like eating yummy food (because only girls can do that, wink) and going to the opera. (We love you, Phantom!)

Gladys' chicken and waffles gets six thumbs up from us and a cherry on top for the free birthday peach cobbler and the super cool birthday song (Sung by Gladys herself! Okay, it was a recording.). We rolled out of there, wishing we’d shared a plate instead of stuffing our faces. But oh, was it delish! 

Whoever thought of putting chicken and waffles together and smothering them with maple syrup is my foodie hero. But then, I'm a big fan of sweet and salty combos, popcorn and peanut M&M's being my all-time favorite.

What's your favorite food combination? Have you ever eaten two seemingly unmatched foods and been pleasantly surprised?

This is a blog hop, so check out some of the other A-Z bloggers listed below!


Bricks of Savannah

B is for Bricks of Savannah

A to Z blog hop at Patterings.
Savannah is a short 2.5-hour drive from home, but it took us five years to make it there. Five years! Unthinkable. 

The bricks.
Savannah has been around since 1773, making it the oldest city in Georgia. History oozes from its varied buildings and twenty-four squares--most of them constructed with bricks and dusted with centuries of smut.

In 1820, after a major fire destroyed five hundred buildings, the city passed a law requiring all buildings be constructed out of brick. Today, that brick is what adds so much character to the historic district, especially River Street. Come to find out, there is a particular kind of brick—Savannah Gray—that was key in rebuilding the city and is now rare and quite valuable.

After a while, residents grew weary of the brick upkeep, so they covered them with stucco and painted it. There is restoration in progress to chip away the stucco and return the brick to its original state. Personally, I appreciate the decrepit look of the crumbling stucco.

On our walk through the city, I became fascinated with the variety of bricks and their endless uses, and I couldn’t stop snapping pictures of them!

Factor's Walk--Home to the original Cotton Exchange,
where cotton factors (brokers) once set prices worldwide.

This River Street building is a fine example of the bricks peeking their
 heads out from beneath the dirty stucco

These fish-shaped downspouts are found all over the city
and are reported to cost $5,000 each.

River Street. Makes you wonder about the characters--the stories!--that have crossed these cobblestones over the centuries.

Fort Pulaski. These brick walls are 7.5 ft. thick and were considered unbreachable. That was proven quite wrong when the Union Army applied its newfangled rifled cannon, which forced the fort's surrender only 30 hours after bombardment began.

I've decided that, because of its Old World flavor, 
Savannah is my favorite U.S. city. 

What's yours? 


Ain't Nobody Got Time for That!

A to Z blog hop at Patterings.
Welcome to Week One of A to Z!

I've joined the A-Z Blog Hop, 
where bloggers get to scribble about anything that starts with that week's letter.
We'll see how many of the postings I can actually manage. 
Life tends to get in the way, but so far I'm 1 for 1.

This week's letter is A.

A is for Ain't Nobody Got Time for That!


Have you met Sweet Brown of "Ain't Nobody Got Time for That" fame? You probably have since as of a couple weeks ago, I was--according to Hubby--the only human on the planet who hadn't watched this hilarious newscast.

He introduced me to her--right after I crawled out from under my rock--and we've been quoting her ever since.

"Well I woke up to get me a cold pop, and then I thought somebody was barbecuing. I said 'Oh, Lord Jesus, it’s a fire! Then I ran out. I didn’t grab no shoes or nothin’. Lord Jesus, I ran for my life. And then the smoke gagged me. I got bronchitis! Ain’t nobody got time for that!"

The remix is pretty funny too, but out of respect for "Lord Jesus," I won't post it here.

Ms. Brown ain't got no time for bronchitis (who does??). What do you not have time for?


  • I ain't got no time for the kids to start looking for their shoes while I'm walking about the door for an appointment.
  • When I'm on a deadline, I ain't got no time for the Mac to endlessly spin its annoying little rainbow wheel.
  • And these days, I ain't got near enough time to read for pleasure!

But one thing none of us have time for is putting off addressing our eternity. Ms. Brown called out for Jesus and successfully ran from the smoke and fire, but the Bible tells us that one day there will be no more running--no matter how loud we cry out for Jesus.

Judgment Day is coming.

"Judgment Day is the climax of the ages. It is a day that the whole of Creation eagerly awaits, an event for which the very ground cries out. It has done so from the blood of Abel and will continue to the last injustice of this age. God loves justice--and He will have it." --Ray Comfort*

Let the heavens be glad and the earth rejoice;
let the sea and all that fills it resound.
Let the fields and everything in them exult.
Then all the trees of the forest will shout for joy
before the Lord, for He is coming—
for He is coming to judge the earth.
He will judge the world with righteousness
and the peoples with His faithfulness.
(Psalm 96:11-13. HCSB)

For now, evil and chaos reign. And boy do they. But the gavel of the righteous and just Judge is hovering above the striking plate.

When it comes crashing down, will you ready?

"This is the message of faith that we proclaim: If you confess with your mouth, “Jesus is Lord,” and believe in your heart that God raised Him from the dead, you will be saved. One believes with the heart, resulting in righteousness, and one confesses with the mouth, resulting in salvation." (Romans 10:8b-10. HCSB)

> *excerpt taken from The School of Biblical Evangelism by Ray Comfort


Ten Things I Never Knew

The human brain is capable of storing a million gigabytes of information, or so I've been told. My brain is clearly the exception to the rule, since it appears to hold less information with each passing day.

But whether my brain chooses to store information or not, I'm continuously learning new things. Isn’t it mind-boggling that even in our info-saturated world, we can continue to “learn something new every day”? For me, absorbing interesting facts, acquiring new skills, and reaching for and attaining goals are all great motivators. Outside of my Hope and my family, these are the things that pop me out of bed every morning excited to begin a new day. What will I learn today? I ask. How far will I get in reaching Goal XYZ?

Recently, I began compiling a list of all the cool-I-never-knew-that tidbits of information I collect throughout the day. When I reached ten, I decided to share them with you. They might be things you already know, or maybe I can be part of your growth process today. Yay!

In no particular order, here they are...

1. Over the course of his evil regime, Hitler stole 5 million pieces of art. I learned this while watching The Monuments Men. I knew he'd stolen a great number, but 5 million?? Whoa. He was a really bad dude. As if that was every in doubt.
    Side note--
    a. The Monuments Men is a sub-par movie. That's saying a lot coming from a lover of all things history!
    b. George Clooney looks dorky in a mustache.

2. The present form of a verb is also called "first principal part." The past form is also called "second principal part." And the past participle is also called "third principle part." Confused yet? LOL I learned by reading my son's seventh grade grammar book the week after I completed a college grammar course. There's no end to learning!
     First principal part--rise.
     Second principal part--rose.
     Third principal part—has/have/had risen.

3. Some people think the chance to win a banana costume is incentive to buy bananas. 
      a. I am not one of them.
      b. If you are, you might want to get your head examined.

4. You've heard of a dangling modifier and a misplaced modifier, but have you heard of a squinting modifier? I hadn’t! The squinting variety is an adverb that can be interpreted as modifying two completely different things.
    "Alice almost spent $150 on a new outfit." Did she almost spend, or did she almost spend $150
    "The band only plays on Tuesdays." Does the band only play, or do they play only on Tuesdays?

5. The definition of hubris. My twelve-year-old taught me this one. I love it when my kiddos teach me things!
    Merriam-Webster: noun a great or foolish amount of pride or confidence
“His failure was brought on by his hubris.”

6. KinderEggs are sold in an astounding number of countries with an astounding array of alphabets! How many of these languages can you read? 

(Hubby found Kinder Eggs in a German store while TDY in New Jersey. Made us long for our Germany day!)

7. Samuel L. Clemens took his pen name from the river term for "two fathoms deep": Mark Twain.

8. Key limes are yellow at full maturity but are yucky unless eaten green. We discovered this while researching when to harvest our adorable limes. Aren't they beautiful? Our first harvest produced exactly 1/3 cup of juice—just shy of a key lime pie. Boo! Kroger saved the day.

9. Mongol women were not allowed to wash their dishes or clothes. If one was found washing her clothes, the other women would beat her.  No laundry? Woo hoo! What ever happened to the good ole days? :)

And last, but not least…

10. One of my critique partners has the gift of applying God’s Word to any situation. That combined with her generosity of time are a tremendous gift to me. I’m blessed beyond measure to have such talented partners working alongside me to mold my stories into the work God intends them to be. Contrary to what many believe, this writing thing isn’t a solitary endeavor.

I find it amusing that these ten items so clearly reveal where my interests lie. :-)

Which of these were new to you? What interesting bit of trivia have you learned lately? 


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