777 Challenge and a New Title


The delightfully entertaining John Howell has nominated me for this challenge. Stop by his blog today and read about Charlotte and Bob, editor and writer. An ongoing story posted on Wednesdays that will have you rolling in the floor.

The rules of the 777 Writing Challenge are as follows:

The 777 challenge requires you go to Page 7 of your work-in-progress, scroll down to Line 7 and share the next 7 sentences in a blog post. Once you have done this, you can tag 7 other bloggers to do the same with their work-in-progress.

My contribution to this challenge comes from my new crime fiction psycho thriller, The Conduit. (Yes, I finally decided on a title.) It’s seven lines following a murder, so it’s more crime oriented than psycho thriller:

There was no hotel bar. A small dining area for continental breakfasts was packed with people the service workers were finding difficulty satisfying. He downed a fast cup of decaf and returned downstairs.

The M.E. and his team were near the back door with the body on a stretcher when Bill came around the corner. He figured he’d learn more from Gimp than he would from the crime scene that had been trampled on and bypassed the busy room where forensic photographers were having a field day. Gimp saw him coming and paused as his assistants wheeled the girl to the waiting ambulance. “What’s your interest in this case, Bill?” Gimp leaned against the wall to rest his bad leg.

Now I get the pleasure of tagging seven more. I’m not sure I know seven authors working on a project now, but I’ll try.

Mae Clair

Barb Taub

Sue Vincent

L.F. Young

Kevin Brennan

Sue Coletta

Crystin Goodwin

Looking forward to snooping in your files 🙂



2014 in review: I Would Be Sitting in a Corner Talking to Myself Without YOU!

The WordPress.com stats helper monkeys prepared a 2014 annual report for this blog.

Many thanks to all who visited, liked and commented on posts. You mean the world to me. It is a virtual world, but your company is very precious and real. Have the Happiest of New Years!!!

Here’s an excerpt:

The concert hall at the Sydney Opera House holds 2,700 people. This blog was viewed about 18,000 times in 2014. If it were a concert at Sydney Opera House, it would take about 7 sold-out performances for that many people to see it.

Click here to see the complete report.

A Wonderfully Simple Award


I just got awarded the WordPress Family’s Award by one of the greatest illustrators on wordpress! THANK-YOU VERY MUCH!!!! We love you Deanz Doodlez!

The rules are simple: Here are the rules and my 10 Nominees:

1 Display the award logo on your blog.

2 Link back to the person who nominated you.

3 Nominate 10 others you see as having an impact on your WordPress experience and family.

4 Let your 10 family members know you have awarded them.

5 That’s it, just please pick 10 people who have taken you as a friend, and spread the LOVE!

I tried not to choose the same friends and family as Dean, even though we share many mutually: MY 10 Nominees:

Marie, Patti, Julian, Marian, Helen Midgley, A different John, Helen Valentina, Briana Vedsted, Mark Paxon, Sarah Cradit

Sunshine Award


I said that I was not going to post anything this weekend as I am writing heavily, but the talented and sunny Briana Vedsted found at  http://whenibecameanauthor.wordpress.com nominated me for this sunshine award.  I do hope you will stop by and pay her a visit as she is one of the most delightful young ladies in the blogasphere that you can come to know.


Post a picture of the award on your blog
Link back to the person who nominated you
List ten random facts about yourself
Nominate ten (I’m doing 5) fellow bloggers who “positively and creatively inspire others in the blogosphere.”
Comment on their blogs to notify them of their nomination

  1.  My screened in back porch is my most favorite place in the world.
  2.  Weather permitting, I swim every day for an hour to an hour and a half.
  3.  I am trying to loose at least fifty pounds
  4.  My home has a beachy/jungle theme that is done in blues and greens that I find most relaxing. It is like an oasis in a big city.
  5.  I have been to Costa Rica, Canada, Mexico, the U. S. Virgin Islands, the Bahamas and France and would love to travel more in Europe, Asia, India and Australia. I also want to visit Ireland and Egypt.
  6.  There is not enough time in my day even though I only work part time on an as needed basis.
  7.  I am artistic and admire that quality in others, very much an appreciator of arts & crafts.
  8.  Swimming with dolphins and rays is one of the coolest things I have ever done.
  9.  My raspy lilting southern dialect is sexy. (MY husband told me to say that 🙂 )
  10.  There is no greater joy in my life than knowing there are people around me to love and be loved by. That includes blogger people 🙂 I am only nominating five people. If you are busy, already have this award or don’t do these awards, just know that I appreciate you.

Green Embers

Professor VJ Duke

Charles Yallowitz






I humbly accepted this award from John W.Howell, a man I admire and respect.  Stop by his blog and say hello.  He has some interesting stories, and is very supportive to other writers.

First rule is to declare in writing 11 unknown facts about me (the recipient) then answer 11 questions posed by John, then I choose 11 nominees and publish the 11 questions I pose to them.

11 Things unknown to the blogging world about me:

1)  I am cheating here.  Some people already know this but I can’t resist plugging them.  My family has owned and operated one of  the first nudist resorts, http://www.cypresscoveresort.com, in Florida since 1964.  I lived there for six years.

2 ) When I get writer’s block I have other hobbies that I use to mindlessly work my hands while my brain tries to work.  I do beading and make jewelry.  When I get a better looking model I might post some of it.  I keep a note pad handy for thoughts that enter my mind while I am working, as the thoughts tend to flow as I do the handicraft .

3)  I am an avid gardener, but sometimes I get lazy with maintenance.

4)  My doggies, Captain, a Pug, and Daisy, an Australian cattle dog, own me.  I don’t own them.

5)  I make better red velvet cake than my grandmother who gave me the cherished recipe.

6)  I spent my 18th birthday naked in Central Park.  You can read more about that when my autobiography comes out.  I have had an exciting and unusual life for a GA farm girl.

7)  I don’t like most country music.  I love all other music, but that is the one type of music I will not listen to on the radio.

8)  I have two grandchildren that I absolutely adore.

9)  I quit smoking and gained sixty pounds, then started smoking again and lost 30 pounds.  I am trying to quit again, but this time on a diet.  I NEVER have smoked in the house.

10)  I was single for 12 years and had convinced myself that I did not ever want to marry again UNTIL I met my husband Greg and now I couldn’t imagine life without him.

11)  I paint in watercolors and oils.  This is a painting that was done by David Winarchik.  The photograph was in front of a forest on his back porch, and he painted in the ocean.  It hangs in my den/office.  This was done in 1997, I think it is beautiful.  I call it uninhibited.


11 Questions from John:

1)  What gets you going in the morning?  Lately, my shoulder pain.  I have adhesive capsulitis, otherwise known as frozen shoulder.  Then I have coffee.

2)  Who had the most profound influence on who you are today?   My husband, Greg, because he is supportive and non-judgmental.  He lets me be me.

3)  Where do you find inspiration?  In art, all that is beautiful around me, because there is so very much beauty to be grateful for.  In writing, issues that I am very passionate about, and characters who develop from real people I have known.

4)  If you had time where would you go?  Well, If I had time AND money, I would go to Australia.  With just time and no money, I would go to the beach more often.

5)  What is your favorite movie of all time?  The Wizard of OZ, only because it brings back such good childhood memories of all of us kids gathered around the new color television to see the movie change from black and white to color.  I also love Casablanca.

6)  What teacher taught you the most and where was that?  Betty Capproni at Columbus State University.  She tossed out my care plan and made me do it over, but I had photocopied it and resubmitted it.  She gave me a perfect score only because I had stuck by my convictions that my patient’s real problem was anxiety (he had breathing issues), his doctor agreed with me.  The patient’s breathing problems abated when he got treated for anxiety, and he was able to come out of ICU and off of other meds.  She taught me to believe in myself.  Lots of teachers encouraged my writing in High School.  I moved around a lot in elementary School and Junior High, so I don’t recall many well.

7)  When do you feel best in the day?  Early morning after my shoulder stops hurting.  I work best in early mornings when I am home by myself.

8)  Who do you think did the most to help your career?  Probably Betty Capproni.

9)  What is your favorite meal?   Homemade collard greens cooked with ham hocks or homemade vegetable beef soup served with cornbread cooked in a cast iron skillet.  I can eat bowls and bowls for days and days.

10)  Do you respond to customer surveys and do you ever flame the company?  I do when they are short enough and I am always honest with them, but in as nice of a way as I can be.  Like giving a book review.

11)  How far have you ever walked and why? Sixteen miles pulling a wagon and my son, because he needed milk and diapers and I had no car.  My husband was at work and there was nobody available to take me.  I lived 8 miles from town.

Questions for my nominees:

1)  How many hours do you sleep each night?

2) Who was the first person who encouraged you to write?

3)  Do you have any pets?

4)  Have you ever hidden something you wrote so no one could find it but you couldn’t throw it away?

5)  Who is your favorite celebrity and why?

6)  Would you say black and white or shades of gray?

7) How much time do you spend on the computer every day?

8)  If money were no object, what is the first thing you would do?

9)  Do you have children?  Grandchildren?

10)  What is your favorite candy?

11)  If interplanetary space travel were possible would you be brave enough to leave earth?

My nominees:


Drops of Ink

Violet’s Veg*n e-comics

Toni Slate


Kevin Brennan



Professor VJ Duke

Another Award


I feel so very honored.  I haven’t been nominated for anything in thirty years…at least not that I can remember.  Thanks Eva Van beck for thinking of me.  I like the word versatile…it’s sort of like a nice way of saying, “Anything goes!”

The rules of this award are simple:  Name your nominee and provide a link to that person’s blog.  Share seven personal things about yourself.

Nominate 10 other bloggers, and leave them each a note about their nomination.

Things you may not know:

  1. My family started the first nudist resort in Florida in 1964.  It is still owned and operated by my cousins.
  2. I have two house doggies who are like my babies, a pug and an Australian cattle dog.
  3. We have a black cat named Boozer.
  4. My husband is a recovering alcoholic, but not anonymous.  He is humble but proud.  I participate in his program of spirituality and attend the open speaker meetings and have learned so very much about life experiences from this group in A.A.  I drink lightly and socially and it doesn’t bother him at all.  Gratitude is the thing I have learned most about.  I pray everyday to thank my higher power for my many blessings and ask for guidance.
  5. I hate road rage and unnecessary noise.
  6. Tranquility and serenity are two of my favorite things.  I dislike conflict and drama, but it is often what I write best about.
  7. Growing old is a bitch.  I missed my exit because I could not read the signs at night on a rural interstate and had to drive forty miles out of the way just to get turned around.  Now I wear glasses to drive.  I am also technologically challenged, which I blame on my age.

Nominate other bloggers: