I’ve added about a gazillion more photos to my FineArt site since this post first appeared, and would love to have you visit for a bit of diversion during these trying times!
It occurs to me on this Memorial Day, 2020:
We honor as heroes those who go to war to fight and
kill our enemies (soldiers)…instead of those heroes
(scientists, physicians and nurses) who go to work to
heal and save our friends and families.
Humans: Check your priorities, please.
I am staying safe at home, because I am lucky enough to have one.
In order to stay safe, we’ve been advised to disinfect all hard surfaces in our homes…this includes door knobs and handles…kitchen cabinet handles, dresser handles, toilet flush handles, to name a few.
But, my favorite thing to be able to clean are door knobs.
Weird? Not at all. Stay with me on this…
Having more than one door knob confirms you have more than a front door to your home. It means you have multiple doors leading to multiple rooms! And this is the best gift we could have during this pandemic.
Consider: if each person in your family can spend a bit of time in separate rooms, you will probably survive staying home – without doing permanent damage to each other physically, or mentally! Relationships will still be strong when the all-clear order comes.
More door knobs also means if someone in the house does become sick…there is a separate space where they can keep to themselves until they are healthy again…without the risk of spreading the virus.
And so, as I go about spreading the pungent odor of disinfectant throughout my home, I am grateful for all the door knobs. Each one is a blessing!
Christmas snuck up on me this year, so I’m cheating with this reblog! Merry Christmas everyone, and a very healthy and happy 2020!
It’s a crazy-busy time of year, so I thought I’d share one of my yuletide favorites—it is a Letter from Santa!
“I’m writing this note to inform you that
misfortune has taken away,
The things that I need for my visit…
My presents, my reindeer, my sleigh.
Now, I’m making my rounds on a donkey
who is old, and feeble, and slow,
So, if you don’t see me this Christmas…
You’ll know I’m out on my ass in the snow!”
Hope you all have a fantastic holiday!
WHO KNEW? Now you do!
But first, here are a few bits of book lore authors may not know.
By tradition and convention, authors should always sign their books on the title page, the page which has the author’s name printed on it, generally under the printed title of the book or nearer the foot of the same page.
If the author wishes to add an inscription, a message along with their signature, it should also go on the title page if it is very short, about a word or four in length. Longer inscriptions should be written on the half-title page, the page preceding the title page, or on the front endpaper, sometimes referred to as the flyleaf, if of a serious length.
An old tradition has the author put a line through their own printed name when they sign their name on the title page.
There are, by historical anecdote, two views of…
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Why do we wait until after someone dies to tell the world what we thought of them?
Why do we wait until someone is dead to express (to them) how we feel about them?
I think about these questions whenever someone of prominence passes away, and we hear all their former colleagues, friends and family members talking about what an amazing, kind, brilliant, etc. etc. person they were.
The death of a true American patriot, Elijah Cummings, this week, brings these questions to mind once again.
Tell the world now.
Tell that person now.
I suck at asking for favors, so…
Recently, during a meeting of my writing critique group, when I was asked if I had gotten input from my Beta Readers on my latest book (before self-publishing) — I said, “No.”
Gasps of disbelief rippled around the table.
I felt like a leper.
I could feel the writers nearby withdrawing to safer, more purified air.
“WHY?” poured from every pair of lips, as they glanced uncomfortably at each other, while offering suggested excuses for my being such a scourge on the writing community at large.
“What are you afraid of?” “Lots of people are willing to be Beta Readers!” One individual even offered to trade — “I’ll read yours if you read mine.” (Reminded me of days long gone by on the playground, with the little boy who lived down the block…but, I digress.)
Initially, they almost had me convinced that “yes” I was afraid for others to read my work. But, as the inquisition continued, I found my own voice, and told them:
“I think it’s an awful lot to ask of someone in this crazy-busy world we are living in, to spend many hours (if not, days) reading another person’s work. Thus, I have avoided this part of the process.”
The whole experience reminded me of a piece I wrote many years ago, about everyone wanting a piece of my pie/time —but, that’s a story for another day.
Dear Readers: Please click on the comment button above, and tell me how you deal with asking for a chunk of other people’s time…I may be looking for Beta Readers for my next book, and could use your sage advice!
Standing Ovation (The Mari Mort Theater Trilogy – Book Two) has finally made it’s debut!
Annie Mae Steinberg continues her adventures in Los Angeles in the year, 1900!
This, my latest offering, follows Mae’s first appearance in The Mari Mort Theater Trilogy- Book One: Mae’s Revenge.
I hope will enjoy both! And stay tuned for Book Three:
So…I grew up with the last name of Bennett (along with all my siblings.)
Since my sisters and I all married and took our new husband’s last names, and my brothers would not be having children…I decided it was up to me to save the “Bennett” family name from extinction.
I gave both my children “Bennett” as their middle name. Brilliant – right?
Not even close!
Through extensive research on Ancestry.com for my first book: Bosses and Blackjacks, I discovered my paternal grandfather had changed his last name when he entered the Marines in the late 1800s.
David Steinberg became David Bennett.
Who knew? Obviously, not me!
So, my Ancestry.com research took a very sharp turn and my kids are preserving a false moniker!
(But, it does give them a funny story to tell their friends about their crazy mother and her obsession with ancestral connections!)
Question, Dear Readers:
Have any of you made such discoveries in your own family tree? Let me know in the comments section.
INTERVIEW QUESTIONS FROM MY EDITOR (March 18, 2018):
Describe yourself in one sentence.
I am an empathetic human being who resides in my imagination almost as much as I do in the real world.
What is the one writing rule that you live by?
A bit of humor sprinkled in can make even the most boring prose tolerable. (If that’s not an actual rule, it should be.)
What inspired you to writer?
After shaking my family tree, a few interesting characters fell out who wanted me to tell their stories.
Do you share any characteristics with one of your fictional characters? What are they?
I believe I do. Claire Brenner, from the Mari Mort Theater Trilogy is a bit of a wise-ass, but also a loyal friend.
Which book do you wish you had written (and why)?
Gone with the Wind…because it’s a sweeping tale that exposes all the flaws, as well as the goodness, in humanity. Our choices — not our history, religion, ethnicity, etc. are what separate us. (Also, I’d be rich from the sale of the movie rights, character dolls, and book royalties.)