- 1 bag cranberries
- 1 large orange
- 1 cup sugar
Wednesday, November 27, 2013
Tuesday, November 26, 2013
“I’m gonna call the police! How you like that? Whatta you think if I call the police?”
The moral of this story--don't mess with a writer. We can torture you with a pointed gerund, drag you down the street tied to a car with a dangling participle, beat you with an ellipsis, shoot you with an interrobang, murder you and tie up the body neatly leaving not a single trace of an unresolved issue.
Monday, November 25, 2013
I had nothing for this month’s post. I couldn’t think of anything to write about until I saw it and I thought would make a great post.
We all do it. It helps us to organize our daily lives and keep us up-to-date. However, during this time of year, the most interesting lists frequently pops up on the Internet and that is…”Best of” or “Top 5” list of 2013. Below are some that I found. Enjoy.
World’s Best Shopping Cities
- New York
Top 10 most popular Thanksgiving destinations
- New York City, New York
- Chicago, Illinois
- Las Vegas, Nevada
Top 10 Most Expensive Hobbies In The World
- Drag Racing
Top 10 Holiday Tech Gifts of 2013
- Apple iPad Air
- Pebble Smartwatch
- Sony PlayStation 4
- Paint Your Own Funky Rainboots
- Tetris Link
- Hello Kitty Airlines Play Set
Ask.com top 10 most-asked questions of 2013
- Royal Baby. What is the royal baby's name?
- Boston Marathon. Where was the Boston Marathon bomber found?
- Syria. Will the U.S. invade Syria?
Kirkus’ Best Mysteries & Thrillers of 2013 (Listed are the ones I’ve read)
- Breaking Point by C.J. Box
- Never Go Back by Lee Child
- The Shadow Tracer by Meg Gardiner
- As She Left It by Catriona McPherson
- Silken Prey by John Sandford
Publisher’s Weekly Best Books of 2013
- Sea of Hooks by Lindsay Hill
- Going Clear: Scientology, Hollywood & the Prison of Belief by Lawrence Wright
- Dirty Wars: The World Is a Battlefield by Jeremy Scahill
Library Journal – Best Books 2013: Mystery
- Cries of the Lost by Chris Knopf
- Nightmare Range by Martin Limón
- How the Light Gets In by Louise Penny
Best Job in America 2013
- Biomedical Engineer
- Clinical Nurse Specialist
- Software Architect
So, what’s on your 2013 list?
Can you think of any other lists that you've seen?
Have you read any of the "best of books"?
Saturday, November 23, 2013
Friday, November 22, 2013
Thursday, November 21, 2013
By Laura Bradford
On Friday, Barbara Parks, the author of the Junie B. Jones children's series, passed away. And while I never met Barbara, I was well aware of her work.
I'll never forget Daughter #1 coming home from first grade with the latest Junie B. Jones book she borrowed from her classroom library. She was a relatively new reader (in terms of "bigger" books) and we'd sit on the couch every afternoon and read together. Her baby sister loved this time, too, because it meant more books (her favorite way to spend a day). The baby would sit on one side of Daughter # 1, and I would sit on the other, and we'd listen to Junie B. Jones' latest antics.
At first, I wasn't wild about the character's attitude--a bit too fresh, a bit too spunky. But, in relatively short order, Junie B. won me over with her crazy view of life as a kindergarten kid. At times, I laughed so hard with some of the tales, I had tears rolling down my cheeks.
Those books made reading fun for Daughter # 1 and gave the three of us some wonderful memories (not sure what the baby--my now 15 year old--remembers of it, but that's okay...I remember her in the equation).
So then I got to thinking about some of the other books (children's and otherwise) that have touched my life in one way or another.
ARE YOU MY MOTHER? by P.D. Eastman was one of the first to pop into my thoughts. I remember my mother reading me that book...and the great big deep voice she'd use when she'd give the crane's answer to the little bird--SNORT! I still smile at that memory.
As I began to move up through the self-reader ranks, I was introduced to my favorite series of all--the Little House books. I got my boxed set as a present from someone at my First Communion and I read those books as many as ten times each (probably more). I wanted to be Laura Ingalls.
When I hit fourteen, I came across Mary Higgins Clark's WHERE ARE THE CHILDREN. I read that book in my bedroom, hunched over my desk, completely oblivious to the world around me. It was at that moment, I became hooked on suspense novels.
And then there was Mary Higgins Clark's A CRY IN THE NIGHT that eventually convinced this then writer-wannabe to try her hand at mysteries. I still have my original copy of this book. It's yellowed, falling apart (and even signed now), and it will always hold a special place on my "life books" shelf.
Which shoots me ahead (or back, I suppose) to the books I read as a mother...
My girls loved their books as they were growing up. Every night, before bed, they'd each pick two books for me to read aloud. The bookshelf (stocked full) was there favorite place in the house. We read at bedtime, we read in the morning, we read in the afternoon. My youngest would spend hours plucking books off the shelf and carrying them over for me to read (she is still a voracious reader, even now). We read many books, many of them earning special places in our hearts for various reasons. But my favorite book to read aloud to them?
YOU ARE SPECIAL by Max Lucado.
I can't remember how we came upon this book, but I'll never forget reading it to them for the first time. I literally sobbed when I got to the last page because of how beautiful the message was--for them and for me.
About four years ago, the girls' amazing childhood book collection was sold--for pennies and nickels a book, no doubt--without their permission. Although sad for them (and me), I am slowly but surely picking up some of those old books and storing them in my hope chest. One day, when they are mothers, they can read those favorite books to their own children. They may not be the actual books they touched as babies/little girls, themselves, but they'll be close.
So what are some books that have grabbed a place of honor in your heart over the years?
Tuesday, November 19, 2013
I always have plenty to be thankful for and I think I'll start with the actual Thanksgiving holiday. I have so many wonderful memories of Thanksgivings past--ones growing up at my grandmother's house in South Pasadena--back when our family was still small. (Mom and Dad had no idea how their two daughters would expand the family.)
After I married, and hubby and I had our own home in Oxnard (also California), we hosted Thanksgiving several times--we had to put tables up in the living room. Later when we moved to Springville (still California), I was the one who always hosted Thanksgiving. Bigger house, more room, and relatives came from southern California bringing their signature dishes.
Now many of those relatives have passed away--my grandparents and parents, auntie--but our family has increased in size. My sister hosts her own large family in Las Vegas, NV. My daughters who live in southern California will be having Thanksgiving with their own offspring. We're going to have a large bunch here.
I'm fortunate to have two children who live nearby as well as some of their children and grandchildren. I'm thankful that I can still and enjoy cooking--and I have a new stove this year. My old stove I had for 32 years finally gave up the ghost. Everyone is bringing something, so we'll have plenty to eat.
In the last few years, we've had a new tradition come about. While some are watching football, a group of us have enjoyed playing board and card games.
And I suppose to sum all of this up, I'm truly blessed by having a big family.
Happy Thanksgiving everyone. I hope you'll share some of your Thanksgiving memories or your plans for this year. I'd love to read about them.
Monday, November 18, 2013
And when writers have questions, we fill in the blanks with story.
Friday, November 15, 2013
Thursday, November 14, 2013
Last night I attended my local writing group. It's composed of 8 or so lovely ladies, all of whom write very different things (I'm the only one writing romance). We have a group leader who's very smart. Very savvy. Terrific editor and terrific teacher. So we sit down to eat and I discover our topic is villains. Or in my case, antagonists, since I primarily write romantic comedy and I don't have a typical "villain" per se.
So, we're discussing what makes a terrific villain and although I know all this stuff (or have heard all this stuff before) it suddenly occurs to me that the reason I'm having a bit of sticky time with my current work-in-progress is that the antagonist who creates trouble in the last half of my book isn't completely fleshed out. I mean, what does she want really? Other than to cause trouble for my heroine? What are her hopes and dreams, her strengths and weaknesses? Until I discover that, she'll just be a cartoon character. Which means, back to the laptop for me.
Then I get home and I get a text message from my oldest daughter. Guess who's getting her own movie? Maleficent! Oldest Daughter's favorite Disney flick was (and still is) Sleeping Beauty. But she was terrified of Maleficent. Now that's she an adult we joke about it all the time.
So I text her back, Wait. The movie is called Maleficent? Shouldn't it be called Sleeping Beauty?
Nope, she answers, because the story is told from Maleficent's point of view. And she's being played by Angelina Jolie.
I think the Universe is speaking to me.
Wednesday, November 13, 2013
- He died; she went to Cabo.
- Postman rang once, but fired twice.
- Insurance paid out – like she’d planned.
Tuesday, November 12, 2013
Monday, November 11, 2013
I Try Not to Drive Past Cemeteries- Kindle - Nook - Smashwords
The Dog Days of Summer in Lottawatah- Kindle - Nook - Smashwords
The Holiday Spirit(s) of Lottawatah- Kindle - Nook - Smashwords
Undying Love in Lottawatah- Kindle - Nook - Smashwords
A Haunting in Lottawatah - Kindle - Nook - Smashwords
Lottawatah Twister - Kindle - Nook - Smashwords
Missing in Lottawatah - Kindle - Nook - Smashwords
Good Grief in Lottawatah - Kindle - Nook - Smashwords
Summer Lightning in Lottawatah - Kindle - Nook - Smashwords
Lottawatah Fireworks - Kindle - Nook - Smashwords
The Ghosts of Lottawatah - trade paperback collection of the Brianna e-books
Book 1 - I Try Not to Drive Past Cemeteries (includes the first four Brianna e-books)
Book 2 - A Haunting in Lottawatah (includes the 5th, 6th, and 7th Brianna e-books)
Book 3 - Lottawatah Fireworks (includes the 8th, 9th, and 10th Brianna e-books)
Sullivan Investigations Mystery series
Murder Off the Books Kindle - Nook - Smashwords - Trade Paperback
Murder Takes the Cake Kindle - Nook - Smashwords - Trade Paperback
Murder Doubles Back Kindle - Nook - Smashwords - Trade Paperback
Riley Come Home (short story)- Kindle - Nook - Smashwords
Moonlighting at the Mall (short story) - Kindle - Nook - Smashwords
Friday, November 8, 2013
|Debra H. Goldstein|
by Debra H. Goldstein