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The Dad Update

Thursday, October 29th, 2015

Let me state right up front that I’m not writing this for sympathy or as a “poor me” pity party. I’m writing it because I feel the need to keep some sort of record of things as they happen. It’s easy to forget the details or confuse them later on, so I want to make sure I remember things that, for some reason, have been important to me during my father’s years dealing with Alzheimer’s. I’ve been comparing lately—in my head—many of the changes I’ve seen since this began.

Dr. Plagiarizer or: How I Learned To Stop Stealing Other People’s Work

Monday, October 26th, 2015

I was in a Creative Writing class back in college and had the displeasure to sit next to someone I wasn’t overly fond of. He was a bit on the obnoxious side of the fence, and eager to make a name for himself. We ended up getting paired together for an in-class project and I decided to try and make the best of it, a rarity for me at that time in my life. We met outside of class, discussed various writing projects we were working on, and I made the mistake of telling him the title of a book I was writing. He showed up to class two weeks later, leaned over and excitedly told me about a story he was writing…and he used the same title I had because he liked it. I could have killed him. Fortunately, the idea of prison didn’t turn me on, so he lived.

Being Delightfully Overwhelmed Can Numb the Senses

Thursday, October 22nd, 2015

I grew up thinking the little city where I lived was a big place. That’s probably because, when you’re a kid, wherever you’re allowed to go, you either walk there or take your bike. It was a different time then, a time when you could ride your bike a mile or two to the park or to a friend’s house without fearing for your life. But much beyond that distance? You needed a ride. So, as my world started to expand as I got older, I started to understand some places were larger than others…much like my friends. Some of my friends had things that were larger than other friends. But I digress.

The True Definition of Romance…Isn’t This

Monday, October 19th, 2015

I posted an update on Facebook this past week expressing something along the lines of thinking everybody deserved to have flowers sent to them at least once. Well, aside from their death and despite the fact I have a list of folks who I’m looking forward to sending flowers to for their funeral. That point aside, it was about receiving flowers because…well, it’s kinda romantic, isn’t it? Except at funerals. Then it can be a bit of a “ha ha, I’m still alive and you’re not!” middle finger. Gotta say I was surprised by several of the replies, though. It certainly helps me understand why so many people turn to romance novels.

A Naïve Opinion About Gun Control

Thursday, October 15th, 2015

I get it. I do. I may not understand it in its entirety, but I get it. People have the right to bear arms. And it’s a constitutional right. I’m not entirely sure why folks are so passionate about it, but they are. It seems every week lately, someone is screaming about the government wanting to take their gun(s) away and how they’d better not. You can’t turn the news on or read the paper without a story about how someone has been shot dead whether in a school, during a robbery, carjacking, a drive-by incident, or something seemingly random. What baffles me, though, is how some will steer the conversation and solution back to arming more people in order to deter those who would do harm. Seriously, I’m baffled.

8x Is The Halloween Charm

Tuesday, October 13th, 2015

The hubby’s mother and Grandmonster left last Thursday, which left me one day to clean before my little brother arrived from NYC for the weekend. Like my mother-in-law, Little Brother will actually watch horror movies with me. My husband and Undersexed-Brother-In-Law? Complete wussies when it comes to the horror genre. Epic failures in that respect, both of them. Anyway, since I think this was Little Brother’s eighth visit, I thought I’d plan something a little unique, especially since it’s getting close to Halloween.

An Only Existence

Thursday, October 8th, 2015

My parents set out to have one child…to start with. Naturally, if they didn’t get it right the first time, they were free to try again. I think it was very fortunate that I came out first because they had absolutely no need to continue on with that whole process. I figure I saved them time, money, and a great deal of discomfort. At least, that’s my story and I’m sticking to it. What brought this up is a story I read in the Detroit Free Press this week on only children. It wasn’t for or against only children, but it did attempt to explore perceptions and issues with them. With me. I’m one of them. And, as you’ll see, I don’t really have issues.

The Great Mooncake Theft

Monday, October 5th, 2015

So it’s been a month since I’ve written a blog post for my own site. I wrote 10 promotional posts during that time to celebrate the release of my novella, Falling Awake, and really didn’t want to take attention away from those. Consequently, I took a short break from my own material. It seemed prudent. Plus, okay…I was busy upgrading the home security system. Really, I don’t know why I bother since it’s more time-consuming than anything else and really never amounts to the kind of protection I need from the Grandmonster when she visits. Did I mention she’s been here for two weeks now?