Put That Phone Away!

From taking selfies to posting every single second of our lives, we feel an inherent need to document (on our phones) what we’re doing and then wait with anticipation for people to comment/like, etc, so we can connect. We obsessively follow what others are doing; it’s become a pastime for many of us. But are we truly connecting, and what are we missing out on while we stay glued to our screens? Our phones, like any other vice, can be an addiction. Go out sometime and see how many people can’t seem to put their phone away for fear of missing out. Eyes are on the screen while life passes them by, they stay focused on what is happening in social media land.  Read more →

Deep Thoughts…. but not with Jack Handy.

I do a lot of thinking when I drive. Thankfully, I live in an area where there is not much traffic. God help me when the day comes where this changes. Anyway, this tranquility on the road offers me the ability to think, to come up with new ideas, to create, etc. That said, here are a few thoughts I had today while driving around town running errands.

  1. If you are at a fast food establishment and can walk, don’t go through Drive Thru. Get out of your car and place your order inside that restaurant. Your limbs and body will thank you in the long run.
  2. Smile at random strangers. You never know, one of them might be having a bad day and your simple gesture could make all the difference.
  3. Turn up the volume on your radio and sing at the top of your lungs. Pretend you’re in a rock band. It’s fun, trust me.
  4. If you’re angry about something, ask yourself why. You might discover it all has to do with you.
  5. Don’t have expectations because you’ll always be disappointed.
  6. Find a new recipe and cook that meal. Go outside of your comfort zone. Cook something difficult or try food from another culture.
  7. Don’t judge someone for what they believe. Just like you, they think they’re right.
  8. Hug your loved one. It’s good for your blood pressure.
  9. Try an activity you’ve always wanted to, whether it’s tap dancing, Yoga, ballet. It’s your life and a little self-challenge is always good for the soul.
  10. Be happy with who you are. It’s okay if everyone doesn’t like you.

NA, define please…

I recently read a review about a Young Adult book where the blogger stated that the book should have been classified as New Adult rather than Young Adult because of the language and sexual content in the book. Hey, wait a minute, I read that book and it was totally YA. The character was in high school. That’s YA, right? Read more →

A Day in the Life…

Recently, I ventured out to the Museum and Library of Confederate History, in Greenville, SC. This was part of my research for my current work in progress. Read more →

Fishing and chocolate chip cookies

Fishing and chocolate chip cookies? Strange mix, I know. These two topics are a part of the research I’ve been doing for my current work in progress. I hope I have you intrigued. Read more →

Classic Films You Should Watch

Growing up, my mom would subject me to countless viewings of her favorite films. Most of these films included her favorite actress Sandra Dee. I make it sound like punishment don’t I? Like it was pure misery. Really, it wasn’t. It just made things a little awkward when I knew who Sandra Dee was, and no one else my age did. Read more →

Out for a Sunday drive

Autumn is here! I’m so excited, I can barely contain myself. It’s my favorite season. I love the cloudless skies, the cool, crisp air and the colorful leaves on the trees.  Read more →

It’s part of the creative process…I promise.


I enjoy taking long walks. For one, it’s exercise and at my age, it’s required. But the real reason I enjoy my treks outside (aside from the absolutely stunning scenery the Palmetto State has to offer) is it’s my time to brainstorm and to create some good old fashioned writing magic. Read more →

Favorite Male Characters

Who are my favorite male characters in books?

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All Things Coca Cola

If you didn’t already know, I love Coca Cola, a.k.a. Coke or CoCola. In the south, you don’t call it soda, you call it Coke. That’s the chosen beverage above all the rest. Read more →