Wednesday, September 30, 2015


I got a call today from It's a self publishing company that can get very expensive. As she was talking to me, she said if you get great reviews, they are linked to agents that will want to get a contract with you (the author) to go more abroad. So I have self published with Create Space and have done lots of work to get my book out with signings, etc. You'd have to do the same thing with this company and others like it. But your spending more money, they have full or most full rights on your book and a lot of other things. The big question is depending of the author, to self publish still, go with one of these companies, or work your butt of on query letters. (which is the longest way to go but the better over all for most.) I do know self publishing authors that do very well. What's your take? Thanks and sorry for the long chant. I'm in a rut and not sure what to do on all the above.

Thursday, September 17, 2015

642 Tiny Things to Write About

I met with a friend at a coffee place called Flying M. It's in a restored auto repair place.  It's a great place to relax, drink some hot chocolate and have a bagel.

They also have items for sale and ran into this little book called  642 Tiny Things to Write About by The San Francisco Writers' Grotto. There are times I get a blank brain to write so I thought this book would help. So, I want to ask you some questions it has and give an answer.  There are some funny ones.  I'm going to open the book and randomly pick a question.  Let's here your answers....


A boy snooping through his mother's closet finds a box on a high shelf. Inside, he uncovers......................

Name four possibilities and the different outcomes.  (or in my thought, just name the four possibilities)  I'll post mine soon.

Wednesday, September 9, 2015

More stuff

Sorry, I've gone weeks with nothing and now I'm posting tuns in a couple days.  So, here is what I have from suggestions to the sentence I asked help for.  This is page one for my new book.  Comments, feedback, good, bad, trash, etc. and thanks.

The school bus honked. Fourteen year old Melissa Mack flung a backpack over her shoulder, snatched two strawberry Pop-Tarts from the toaster, and ran out the front door. The bus driver who everyone called J. H. (Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde) caused the unoiled screeching door to open with a shrill as metal banged on metal nearly breaking the sound barrier. “You need to hurry faster, young lady.” His tone was eerie.
Rules rules rules. Missy thought. Try’s to scare us for being late on the bus, or else. She shrugged and looked for an empty seat.
“Back here,” Maura, one of her so-called friends waved her arms.
As the bus moved a couple of threatening inches, Missy lost her balance, and was thrown into the nearest seat-unfortunately already occupied. Her hands scrunched on a guy’s chest she didn’t recognize. Worse, he sat by Kaleb who had a mouth with an attitude.
“Starting your klutziness early today, Missy?
Giving Kaleb a dirty look, she pushed her body up before full contact.  “Oh crap, sorry.” Missy made a disgusted look at the red jam and crumbs smeared on the guy’s shirt.
“No prob,” he said with a smile and brushed off what he could. Missy gave a sorry smile in return, and walked back to sit by Maura with the echo of Kaleb’s smirks.  J. H. permitted himself a small snicker as he closed the bus’s door with ease.
“That’s a great way to meet the new guy.” Maura said.
“New guy?”
“You’ll find out in time.” Maura scooted over on the bench.

Tuesday, September 8, 2015

Sheila Deeth Blog: Is it a strange tale or a mystery?

Sheila Deeth Blog: Is it a strange tale or a mystery?: We're working on our next Writers' Mill Journal - volume 4, 2015 coming soon! But click on the image to learn aboutVolume 3. It'...

I like what I've read. Keep up the great work. :)

Question please and thank you.

How would you describe the sound of a school bus door opening with force (you are on the outside of the bus and the driver has an attitude) Thanks.

Sunday, September 6, 2015

Changes again...

Okay, I've done this before and I'm doing it again. If you have any likes or ideas for a catchy title for my book, please comment. Still not sure what I like.
It was Dreams, Ghosts, & Tractors then changed it to Sleepless nights, then thought of Not My Type of Life.

Any ideas or do you like one of the original? Thanks.

Here is the summary....

Fifteen year old Melissa Mack is laid back and never gets in trouble until her Parent's past resurface and drags Melissa into danger.

When in doubt...

Thanks to my original editor/coach/teacher Leslie Silton. She helped me work out some needs and deletes on my first page. I believe it is done for good finally.