Category Archives: Personal

My mess and welcome to it!

To Be Judged

After we worked our fingers to the bones and our bodies into a state of utter fatigue, we finally had the house ready to be scrutinized by all those strangers who’d eagerly set up appointments to see it. We had … Continue reading

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Take My Advice

Saturday morning, I finally got to sit down to take a break from an arduous cleaning spree. I decided to memorialize the moment with a shot of a reasonably clean house—and Ree Drummond. If you follow me on Facebook, you … Continue reading

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Another New Year, Another Set of Unknowns

Here we go again! God blessed us with a new start-over! Every year, I write out my not-resolutions resolutions with full knowledge that they’re not going to happen. Oh, I’ll start out like a good girl, bound and determined to … Continue reading

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Trouble Comes in Threes

By now, I reckon everyone knows I’ve been battling insurance companies and cancer this year. Basically, I’m good, now. I rang the bell signalling the last of my radiation treatments a couple of weeks ago. All that’s left is 12 … Continue reading

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Writing in Times of Adversity

I’ve seen dozens of posts about whether and  how to write during hard times. The answer to “whether” is always yes. Authors see it as an escape, a balm during times of trouble. I have friends who continued writing and … Continue reading

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A Different Type of Cover Reveal

2019 is not going as planned. This year, my sweet Billy was supposed to retire, then we were supposed to sell our house here in east Texas and move closer to home in central Texas. By now, we were supposed … Continue reading

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Books, BookBub, and Begging

With Thanksgiving weekend coming up, I have a divided mind. Divided three ways, in fact. Thanksgiving itself, including all the people and things I’m thankful for and all the rigamarole that goes along with planning, cooking, and traveling at this … Continue reading

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Blog Tour, Day 6: Another Two-Fer!

Today, I’m visiting with authors Sarah Ruut and Naomi Musch, both of whom conducted terrific interviews. Sarah asked what was the craziest thing I ever did—there are so many, I had a hard time choosing, so I kept it writing-related. … Continue reading

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Adventures at the 2018 Blueberry Festival

Something happened this year that really opened my eyes to the value of fans. For the past several years, my little “Canopy Bookstore” has had the same location at the festival, close to the heart of the main drag. This … Continue reading

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Off Topic: The Other Side of the Opioid Conflict

I’ve spent the past week or so with my mother, who has, among other ailments, degenerative osteo arthritis and ulcerative colitis, a hyper-active immune system disease similar to the Crohns that has plagued me over the years. I’ve watched her … Continue reading

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