Gee…It’s been almost a month since I posted. Most of you already know why, but for the rest of you, my husband passed away. It’s been a very strange 20 days since I last posted. Days filled with hospital runs, meals eaten without tasting, fake hope, and desperate tears that felt like acid as they ran from our eyes. But each day, I have my memories to keep me going. I have new hope, fresh food, and thoughts about my future (which seems a little faint at the moment). I know you all are feeling bittersweet for me. It’s awful

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What I have learned about the darkness

What I have learned about the darkness

Facing our fear of the darkness Still reading a couple of good books. I always try to read in spurts and digest the consumed section. This is not news to anyone who reads non-fiction and how-to. You have to think about the writer’s words. Really ponder them. Eat those words, and experience them. Well, so, FEAR by Thich Nhat Hanh has such great things to share. He talks about how we are consumed with fear from the womb. We are safe within the confines of our watery cocoon. There is darkness, but we don’t mind. Once we are born, we

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Facing fear as a writer and if you should

Facing fear as a writer and if you should

I have begun reading a book by my favorite writer/speaker/teacher, Thich Nhat Hanh, called “Fear”. Get yours by clicking the image The first thing it addresses, right in the introduction, is how we give into fear. Even when we are surrounded by the people who give us the most joy, we still have this feeling peering over our shoulders like a curious onlooker. We cannot escape the things that give us chills. They are always with us, in the background, waiting to jump out at us when we turn a corner. This is especially true, I think, for creatives. We

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Teaser Tuesday, YA Romance

Teaser Tuesday, YA Romance

Teaser Tuesday, just for you guys! This is a story I am currently working on and I know you will love it. It’s ROMANCE and I have planned a late fall release of it for the Christmas season!  You can get another free teaser for signing up for my newsletter. Just click the link on the banner at the top of the page. Puppy Love, a YA romance teaser The December wind crept through the windows of the rattling school bus, and the frail heater located in front by the driver did nothing to dispel it.           Traci Cooper sighed.

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Life style reboot and wallpaper destruction

Life style reboot and wallpaper destruction

LIFESTYLE REBOOT — defined– “CHANGE” – and not just any old change either. It’s a big thing. It’s a life altering thing. It is the one thing that no one WANTS TO EVER DO. It’s the result of cataclysmic situations that you cannot control and have to make a change because of them. How do I know this is the time for a reboot? A doctor is making you do it or you will die. You will go homeless and hungry if you don’t. Yes, it is that drastic. And (insert maniacal laughter) I am on this path at the

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