The “Good Old Days!”

It is hard to imagine that sometime in the not too distant future, our children will look back to 2020 and say, “those were the good old days” NOT! We might sit on our front porches and recall the year that our country nearly had another Civil War. Some will say it was over aContinue reading “The “Good Old Days!””

3 Major Types of Rewrites, and the Big Mistake to Avoid with All of Them

Originally posted on A Writer's Path:
? by Lauren Sapala ? One of the first things a writer learns is about the power‚ÄĒand the challenge‚ÄĒof the rewrite. For those writers who assume that everything Ernest Hemingway wrote flowed perfectly out of his pen on the very first try, the illusion is shattered. The more…

Outside Your Comfort Zone

If you never step outside your comfort zone, you will never grow.¬† If that sounds ominous, it is!¬† I have always dreamed of writing professionally, and have been told by several people ‚Äúdo something about your writing?” I have so far self-published 12 books and they are available on Amazon.com. Last month I was invitedContinue reading “Outside Your Comfort Zone”

I am looking for a Doctor, or Is There a Doctor in the house?

The new medicare year has started and we have to “pick” a new Doctor!¬† Oh! Not all of us do, but some of us lucky ones do if our Doctor has “opted out” of Medicare, or if we are disappointed in the “Customer Service” our present one offers. Many of the Physicians act like weContinue reading “I am looking for a Doctor, or Is There a Doctor in the house?”

Thank You, my Seattle Friends

It seems like yesterday that your folks invited us to park our Motorhome in your driveway so we could visit with our Daughter, Dawnzella for a two-week visit.¬† She lives a stone’s throw from your house and is besties with your whole family.¬† She is known as Dawnzereli to you, and in my books, asContinue reading “Thank You, my Seattle Friends”

Brenda for President!

I‚Äôve reviewed ALL the Democratic Candidates and have come to the conclusion that American People don‚Äôt have nearly enough candidates to pick from!¬† So I am throwing my hat in the ring for President of the United States! Concerning my qualifications to effectively execute the complex aspects of the Office of the President of theContinue reading “Brenda for President!”

I’m doing it my way!

In one way or another, we are all storytellers. Be it via jokes retold from childhood and pranks played on our friends, or a bitter experience in our past. Have you ever had someone remark that their life story would make an interesting book?¬† Most of us think ours would, but unless it is presentedContinue reading “I’m doing it my way!”

My latest children’s book

If you have read: Ruby & Nolan‚Äôs Great Adventures in Space Book 1: The Science Project, 2: The Hatchling, 3: The Keep, 4: The Others, 5: The Wormhole,¬† you can skip right over to Chapter 1 of Ruby and Nola‚Äôs Great Adventures in Space Book 6: Merpeople. The Weller family, consisting of Ty, Robin, Ruby,Continue reading “My latest children’s book”

So you hated the ending?

You read over 200 pages and the only thing you have to say is, “I hated the ending.”¬† That is good! What that says to me, is you loved my main character or characters!¬† Can I will tell you a secret? I hated the ending too! But I also loved the characters. I created theContinue reading “So you hated the ending?”

You want me to do what????

Am I the only one that noticed this? As a ‚ÄúPeeking over the hill,‚ÄĚ female seeking employment find the employment advertisements a tiny bit confusing? The flowery phrases used to describe the kind of work the employer is looking for leaves a lot to be desired. It should not require a 6 paragraph narrative clearlyContinue reading “You want me to do what????”

2018 Book Industry Predictions: Are Indie Authors Losing Their Independence?

Originally posted on A Writer's Path:
? by Mark Coker at Smashwords¬† ? Welcome to my annual publishing predictions post where I prognosticate about the future and share my views on the state of the indie nation. Each year around this time I polish off my imaginary crystal ball and ask it what the…

Start from the Middle: How One Single Idea Just Changed Everything

Originally posted on A Writer's Path:
? ? by¬†Matt Frick I didn‚Äôt write ONE sentence of my current book project this week. Not¬†a single word. But man did I make some progress! I told y‚Äôall how I like to outline the entire story¬†in multiple levels of detail before I really get to writing a…

How to beat Trump at his own game!

Trump told the Democrats how to beat him in the 2020 election, but was they listening? He stood up there at his last rally and told them how to win the next election no matter how much Russia tries to mess with it. It is so easy; it is a wonder that no one hasContinue reading “How to beat Trump at his own game!”

Ridin’ the rails in Phoenix

Riding the rails in Phoenix, AZ is not only encouraged, it is subsidized.¬† No, I’m not talking about the railroad, I am talking about the Light Rail.¬† It runs almost from my front doorstep to downtown Mesa, and there is a rumor that it will expand further into downtown Phoenix. The cost of riding isContinue reading “Ridin’ the rails in Phoenix”

AI, YI YI OH!

It is really funny that after my long rant about turning 70 and getting stupid, more interesting¬† things happened that turned out to also be stupid. Checking my replies to my post, I received five from people that wanted me to purchase their “fool-proof” program that will make me rich without even trying, just remitContinue reading “AI, YI YI OH!”

I turned 70 and got stupid!

Yup! Who would have thought that another couple years would make me ineligible for any kind of employment! I retired after 30 years as a Real Estate Agent selling Commercial and Residential Real Estate, fighting to preserve and save my clients money and dignity, in the space of 8 years, I suddenly became unemployable forContinue reading “I turned 70 and got stupid!”

I am conservative because…

I grew up that way…. When I am brushing my teeth, I still only run the water enough to wet my brush and my dentures, then turn the water off.¬† It is a left-over habit from when we lived “back on the farm” before we had running water in the house.¬† I didn’t know howContinue reading “I am conservative because…”

Children’s Books or Adult Books?

Both are fun to write.¬† My first book that I wrote and published was a children’s book called “The Great Adventures of Ruby & Nolan in Space” and it was a written as a Christmas gift for two friends that were getting too old for Barbie and G.I. Joe toys. The gist of it isContinue reading “Children’s Books or Adult Books?”

Writing about writing

That title sounds silly, but everyone does it in one way or another. There are experts that tell “how to” do every part of writing.¬† It all seems so intimidating to us novices that only want to tell stories.¬† We need to get them out of our heads or we will explode. That sounds easy,Continue reading “Writing about writing”

Treasured Memories

I was sitting here at my computer wasting time instead of working on my books.¬† A thought occurred to me, if it is work, why am I doing it. Then I remembered why if gives me pleasure.¬† My mind wandered back to another time that also gives me pleasure. The times I bathed, powdered, andContinue reading “Treasured Memories”

Things I wish I had done

When we first moved to Phoenix, Arizona we lived in apartments.¬† My husband liked the ground floor because he couldn’t see any reason to carry groceries and laundry up and down stairs.¬† Okay, I can see that, but the view is better from on the second and third floor and it never flooded on theContinue reading “Things I wish I had done”

Do Great Loves Ever Die?

This little fluff piece is just to make you think.¬† You are supposed to wonder if the man is dreaming, awake, or dead.¬† There might be a religious theme in your mind, or not.¬† Let me know what you think, what did it mean to you.¬†¬† Thanks for reading. He was startled awake from hisContinue reading “Do Great Loves Ever Die?”

Happy Birthday FREE Book

Immortal Enemies is FREE from June 5 to June 9th on Amazon.¬† Click¬† on https://tinyurl.com/brendasbooknook¬† Can you imagine being immortal?¬† Living long after most of your friends and loved ones are gone?¬† Would you look on life differently?¬† Would you be nicer or immune to feeling regret?¬† What‚Äôs a girl to do when she isContinue reading “Happy Birthday FREE Book”

Immortal Enemies

What‚Äôs a girl to do when she is in lust and the enemy is her lover right in her bed? What would you do if you were recruited to spy on your employer for big bucks? This is a sexy romp through a ‚ÄúWho‚Äôs fooling who Sci/Fi mystery.‚Ä̬† Mario is playing a she loves me,Continue reading “Immortal Enemies”

Ruby & Nolan’s Great Adventures in Space Book 4

Imagine a dragon with a pirate scarf and eye patch saying ‚ÄúAhoy, ye Mateys! Welcome aboard the Jolly Roger. Mighty Pirates are we.‚ÄĚ A fun fishing experience for the kids and Dr. Allen turns out to be an adventure in survival! Being kidnapped was not part of the plans, and Donzereli could be in moreContinue reading “Ruby & Nolan’s Great Adventures in Space Book 4”

Murder on Lake Haverly

May West Mysteries Book 1¬† Murder on Lake Haverly What is going on in the sleepy little town of Punkin Center?¬† Homes are ransacked, and bodies are discovered by Maye‚Äôs new Realtor with Crossbow bolts in their chests.¬† Frank is up to his ears in murder, but he‚Äôs never too busy for romance.¬† Go toContinue reading “Murder on Lake Haverly”

Ruby and Nolan’s Great Adventure in Space Book 3

Time to face the music!¬† Not the music Ruby, Nolan,¬† Bonnie, Shamus, Dr. Allen and Donzereli want to hear.¬† They listen, but do they hear? All they want to do is go visit their friend at his “Keep” in the far away mountains.¬† What could go wrong?¬† They are bribed into taking an adult, Dr.Continue reading “Ruby and Nolan’s Great Adventure in Space Book 3”

Ruby and Nolan’s Great Adventure in Space Book 2

Oh! Oh!¬† The kid‚Äôs punishment is enough to keep them on the straight and narrow. Not! The Weller Family; Ty, Robin, Ruby and Nolan committed to being part of an exploration and settlement of a newly discovered planet in another Solar system 6 light years from Earth. Ruby and Nolan agreed to go but wantedContinue reading “Ruby and Nolan’s Great Adventure in Space Book 2”

Ruby & Nolan’s Great Adventures in Space

This book was not written for publication.¬† I wrote it for two friends, Ruby and Nolan¬†in Seattle as Christmas presents.¬†Sooo I decided to write them a story.¬† Then I got the¬†brilliant idea to¬†make them the main characters… good so far! Now, I scratched my head pondering what kind of a story to write, and suddenlyContinue reading “Ruby & Nolan’s Great Adventures in Space”

I Remember When…..

I remember when I voted the first time.¬† It was¬†for John F. Kennedy¬†when he was¬†elected in 1960.¬† I was less than 2 years out of high school.¬† I was employed at Dexter Shoe Shop in Dexter Maine working on an¬†industrial¬†machine sewing the backs Bowling Shoes and Ice Skates.¬† What a fun job.¬†This was the goodContinue reading “I Remember When…..”

Merry Christmas Happy New Year To all !

December 2016 It has been a banner year for us, this year marks several milestones.¬† Shirl will be 82 the day after Christmas, and on Dec. 30th we will be married 55 years.¬† I keep checking the calendar to make sure that that is right.¬† One might say ‚Äúwe are still crazy after all theseContinue reading “Merry Christmas Happy New Year To all !”

I Remember When…

I remember my first airplane ride.¬† It was¬†exciting, and mind boggling.¬† Here I was a mere 19 year old, living the carefree life of a single woman on her own, living with two other single women. The year was 1959.¬† I was working on my first job in Hartford, Conn.¬†as a keypunch operator for theContinue reading “I Remember When…”

I Remember When…

Being a young woman in the 50’s wasn’t an “equal” time.¬† Damn, I was devastated¬†when I learned that I couldn’t pitch for the New York Yankees.¬†I survived that disappointment and many more. ¬† I tilted at some windmills and others I just accepted or worked around. Life on the farm was hard in many ways,Continue reading “I Remember When…”

I Remember When …..

Life was in the slow lane, but¬†was good. I remember the time I went to “the ole swimming hole” on my bike (peddle power only) and decided¬† to give my girl friend a ride home.¬† Remember we only wore shoes during school, so I was barefoot.¬† She was on the seat and I stood upContinue reading “I Remember When …..”

I Remember When…

I remember when buying a new car was not a knockdown drag out fight to the death of your entire savings.¬†¬† You took pride in your “vehicle of transportation” and could have it paid off and enjoy it for years before it needed tons of work. We never had a “new” car when I wasContinue reading “I Remember When…”

I Remember When…..

Now try not to faint, but I remember the¬†Fourth of July¬†celebrations¬†that were small, but fun.¬† Lots of food vendors¬†and we used to¬†buy Lobster “all you could eat” for $1.00 a plate.¬† That’s right one dollar. Of course the wages were considerable smaller.¬† Although not that smaller. My Step-Dad¬†worked on the Railroad making peanuts for hardContinue reading “I Remember When…..”

I Remember When….

Going shopping was only to get flour, sugar, salt, beans, salt pork and sometimes a “store bought treat”.¬† The operative word is sometimes. We lived on a farm and grew everything.¬† We had a garden that was at least one acre and my Mother canned everything!¬† We always had chickens….so we had fresh eggs.¬† WeContinue reading “I Remember When….”

Life is strange, just when you think you have closed the door on one chapter of your life, a new door opens.  The trick is to have enough guts to step through the door and embrace what is waiting to challenge your courage. I have discovered that I hate being the new kid on theContinue reading

What took you so long?

Wow!¬† It has been more than 24 hours and only one person from the 623 area code (that’s¬† in¬†Arizona) has called to bend my ears on what they think about the “Sit In” in the House of Representatives to try to get a vote on gun safety. You perhaps wondering why anyone would call meContinue reading “What took you so long?”