Showing posts from June, 2016

Grammar Dos and Don'ts

For those of us who write, whether it be newsletters, blogs, or stories and poems, we're forever checking our grammar. And that's a good thing. We should edit, edit, edit, and revise, revise, revise. Then that's when we need to edit and revise again.

I'm amazed how many times I can go over my stories, send them to Beta readers, edit and revise yet again, publish, and realize there are still mistakes.

Online are tons of articles on dos and don'ts, but know what? Don't get caught up in them. There are too many experts out there telling us all how to write and words not to use and common grammar errors.

I just read Robert L. Bacon's current Perfect Write Newsletter 
that discusses this topic and I agree entirely on what he says. (I do suggest subscribing to his newsletters. They're always full of great info for authors). Basically, you don't have to edit your work based on somebody's article on what you should or shouldn't do.

Robert L. Bacon h…

Gingerbread Warmth and my Novel Always

I love gingerbread and gingerbread cookies, especially during the winter months. The reason I do is all the spices mixed with brown sugar and a nice cup of something hot brings a warmth during those cold days.

In my novel 'Always', Aunt Tillie loves to make loaves of delicious gingerbread.
So, today I'm starting a new post titled 'Gingerbread Warmth.'
What simple thing
gives me that wonderful gingerbread warmth?
My electric cup warmer.  I'm not fond of cold coffee or tea, so this little item, that cost me a whole $5 is what makes me happy.

Always is available at amazon for only 99 cents.
Always - more than a love story. A roller coaster ride of emotions.

What brings you that gingerbread warmth? I'd love to hear.

Love, honor, and respect.

DIY Quick Craft PinBoard With Granny Squares

Well, I'm still at it, making quick crafts. It's not the only thing I'm doing. I'm writing and editing too, but I'm just in that mode for quick crafts.

Yesterday while I was straightening my crafts closet, I came across half a piece of cork board and several crocheted Granny Squares that were left over from another project. So I thought, 'Either throw them out or do something with them.'

I looked at my craft area. There was this bare spot on my wall so I made a Pinboard.
This is it, hanging on my wall.

It was simple. I matched the Granny Squares and glued them on the board so they would stay still while I worked with them.

Then I fitted them onto the board and pinned them in place with small sewing pins. That was it.

I mounted it easily enough using Command Picture Hanging Strips, available almost anywhere.

Simple, easy, and efficient.

Love, Honor, and Respect.

DIY Quick Craft Thread Catcher.

I love to craft, but I'll tell you, I can get quite messy and when I sew I often have to pull out stitches. Does your sewing area look like this?
I'm working on a project right now, but I got frustrated with the bits of thread and material, trying to pick them up and get them into the garbage.

So I searched online for a simple, quick Thread Catcher, and to my surprise, there are a lot of patterns, but they have a weighted pin cushion attached. I certainly don't need another pin cushion and this style would just get in my way.

I came up with my own. I took a small size plastic container. I wanted the inside to match the contact paper I put on my craft desk. Luckily, I still had some. I fitted a piece to the bottom, gluing it in with my Tacky Glue. Then I glued sides in.
Looks good, doesn't it?

Next, I got some wide ribbon and glued a piece on the outer bottom and glued a strip along the side. When all the glue had dried, I added lace around the top (I love frills and la…

Atkins for Life

I'm a carb sensitive person. Yes, sadly, anyone can be carb sensitive. It was in the 1980s when I was diagnosed with Chronic Fatigue and Immune Dysfunction Syndrome that I discovered this fact. I gain weight easily if I ingest too many carbs and I'm gluten sensitive, which means breads and pasta upset my stomach.

I was so ill with CFIDs that I had to do something to feel better. I turned to Atkins. Atkins is a life-long diet plan. Now, when I saw diet plan, I don't mean to lose weight, although, believe me, you can certainly do that on Atkins. No, I meant the types of food that works for your body. In other words, I love Atkins because I can limit my carbs on it without a lot of math.

There are many diets today that limit carbs, but Atkins remains my favorite because it's easy to use. Yet, if you're addicted to carbs or sugars, it can be a difficult diet to follow.

If you've never used Atkins before, you'll want to start with Phase 1, Induction. It's a …

Netflix and Midsomer Murders

UPDATE: you can read the last half of chapter five of 'Betrayed', my dark steamy scifi romance on Wattpad. Log in with your facebook or google account. Midsomer Murders Satellite and cable TV has become boring with all the repeats and sales channels and expensive. When we want to watch something good these days we turn to Netflix. It hasn't let us down yet, and this time Netflix has outdone itself. It has seventeen series of 'Midsomer Murders' and my husband and I watch one to three episodes a day. Plus, there are no 20-minutes worth of commercials.

This is one of the best shows I've watched in a long time. It's a murder mystery in the make-believe county of Midsomer. The show is enthralling by itself, but watching the beautiful villages and amazing scenery around Southern England makes the show even better.

In each show, the two main detectives must solve the murder or murders. The show never repeats itself and the plots are complex.

Have you ever watched…