IWSG and Weekly News


It is time once again for my monthly posting for the Insecure Writer’s Support Group (IWSG). We post the first Wednesday of the month to create a collective web of nervousness and insecurity which smothers the web. Fun, right? If you are compelled by twittering fun, click the image above. It’s what all the really cool basket cases are doing. 😉

The amazing co-hosts this month are Susan Baury Rouchard, Nancy Gideon, Jennifer Lane, Jennifer Hawes, Chemist Ken, and Chrys Fey!

And the optional question is–Have you ever written a piece that became a form, or even a genre, you hadn’t planned on writing in? Or do you choose a form/genre in advance?

I had to think on this one for a minute. Truth is, the idea usually makes quite clear the genre to me. Since the idea is what leads me to the keyboard, I know the genre once I sit down. But, when I really thought back to “ever,” I had to admit that my works-in-progress will sometimes grab a little genre seasoning I had not planned on. And once I looked at it that way, then I had to admit all of my work has been affected. In fact, during first draft of my current WIP I ended up deciding on suspense elements I had not planned on.

Great question! Now, time for some news.


Regardless of politics, this first story is cool. She swore in at the 35-mile mark of her 100-mile ultramarathon. Badass!


In science news, rapid 3D imaging from echoes of light. I will not even pretend to fully understand the ramifications of using AI in helping to recreate images, but it sounds amazing. It also sounds like the backstory for a Terminator-type movie, so there’s that. You gotta love science.


I will leave you with a song. See you in seven.

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Weekly News

Happy Hump Day, folks! Two more days, they cannot go fast enough for me over here. I heart weekends, and I really heart weekends during this crazy year. Until then, a little fun news and music.

This first story lifted my heart. https://www.mirror.co.uk/news/weird-news/builder-leaves-sweetest-note-customers-22428005

In science news, the wakening of ancient microorganisms seems cool in abstract. But—this is 2020. https://www.sciencenews.org/article/ancient-seafloor-microbes-woke-up-after-over-100-million-years

My song today is part of my playlist for my current book. I heart Pink. https://youtu.be/_Wl5-audkPY

That’s all for tonight. See you in seven.

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Book Review

I won an ARC of White Trash Warlock from a publisher (Blackstone Publishing) giveaway, and I’m so glad I did. I loved the book, and I can’t wait to see what’s next from David R. Slayton. He is definitely an author worth watching! This book is a definite buy if you like fast-paced Urban Fantasy that is well crafted with a side of romance.

Adam Binder can see beyond the squalor of the trailer he grew up in. He can see beyond the poverty and bias he has to live with day-to-day in rural Oklahoma as a gay boy who doesn’t like to shoot, but what his Sight cannot provide him is answers about how to get over his abusive childhood, and especially, being thrown into a mental institution by his nonmagical brother.

Just as he’s beginning to put his life together and find meaning in hunting down a Warlock who deals in magical pain, the same brother who pushed for his commitment reaches out. He needs help. His wife, a woman with no familiarity with magic, not even the disdain Adam’s brother has in spades, has fallen prey to a magical attack centered on their perfect suburban life in Denver, Colorado.

His brother’s call jumpstarts a journey that tests the limits of Adam’s magic, the boundaries between worlds, and the very definition of love.

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Weekly News

It’s Wednesday, which means I’m back. I know you’ve been waiting. 😉 I have a couple of tasty news stories for you and a song. Enjoy!

A secret passageway is the start of a story. Want to come along on a journey? https://www.npr.org/2020/02/28/810345171/long-forgotten-secret-passageway-discovered-in-a-wall-at-u-k-parliament

Dogs are cool for many reasons, but navigation via Earth’s electromagnetic field is beyond. I heart science! https://www.sciencemag.org/news/2020/07/dogs-may-use-earth-s-magnetic-field-take-shortcuts

Now for one of favorite pump-up songs. Language warning. https://youtu.be/j5-yKhDd64s

That’s all for tonight. I’ll see you in seven.

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Weekly News

Welcome back, boys and girls. It is Wednesday once again. You know what that means—drumroll please—news and a song. I know you’ve been waiting. 😉

First up, a very lucky man. He definitely owes the cashier a HUGE tip. https://www.huffpost.com/entry/lottery-winner-by-mistake-michigan_n_5f0e0676c5b648c301f0739

In science this week, the best science pics and stories. My favorite was Betelgeuse. https://www.livescience.com/50717-amazing-images.html

My song today is another favorite. This is my go-to when I want to get my blood and thoughts pumping. https://youtu.be/OqPVz101nd0

That’s it for me tonight. See you in seven.

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Weekly News

Welcome back for another Wednesday posting. It is stinking hot over here, like hovering near 100 degrees hot. Ick. All the more reason to do indoor stuff like reading news and listening to a song. See how helpful I can be. 😉

This first story shows both incredible forgetfulness and a inexplicable amount of paper hoarding. I never would have found a paper ticket after 42 years. Hmm…well, guess his conscience is now clear. Happy driving!


In science today, the science of smell. I guess you can say I’m nosy. 😉


This song is one of my comfort songs. Enjoy!

That’s all for me tonight. See you in seven.

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IWSG and Weekly News


It is the first Wednesday of the month once again, so it’s time for the Insecure Writer’s Support Group (IWSG). If you are a writer who needs support, join us. Click the link above and fly off to the sign up. It’s worth it. Do it, do it. 🙂

Our fantastic co-hosts this month are Jenni Enzor, Beth Camp, Liesbet, Tyrean Martinson, and Sandra Cox!

The optional question for this month is–there have been many industry changes in the last decade, so what are some changes you would like to see happen in the next decade?

I would like to see the industry weather the pandemic. I want our bookstores, especially the indies, our publishers, and all us writers to make it through with markets intact and with stories to help inspire our collective lives. We need stories, and we, especially, need to connect with each other through the lives of characters. So much processing takes place in the pages of fiction.

Heavy, I know. Time for some silly news and a song. Heavy and light today.


It may be the only time he’ll pretend to be Bigfoot, but it is brilliant.


In science news, flying snakes. It’s fascinating how much we can learn through 3D-modeling their movements, but I would gone if I saw a snake flying through the air.


Last up, my “keep going and write until your fingers bleed” song.


That’s all folks. See you in seven.







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Weekly News

It’s the middle of the week once again, which means it is time for some news and a song. Consider it my gift to help you make it to the weekend.

That little boy is so poised. I would have shit my pants. https://www.huffpost.com/entry/italy-boy-bear-encounter_n_5ecdd4a3c5b6ed2bae791652

Today’s science shows how volcanoes have helped shape our history. I can never pass up a volcano story. https://www.popularmechanics.com/science/environment/g32959057/volcanoes-human-history/

Today’s musical sampling is Billie Eilish. I love her! https://youtu.be/GB_S2qFh5lU

That’s all for me tonight. I’ll see you in seven.

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Weekly News

It’s Wednesday once again. Fast, right? The saving grace of the race of time is long, bright days. It’s half past seven as I write this, and the sun is still up. I enjoy that very much. Small wins, my friends. Every day brings small wins.

This first story made me grin. Not only did Ms. Stejna beats the odds to recover, she topped it off with a cold one. Good for her. https://www.huffpost.com/entry/coronavirus-grandmother-bud-light_n_5ecf13a0c5b61b971d4e47dc

In science news, a chance to stop drug resistance in its tracks. https://www.livescience.com/anti-evolution-drug-could-fight-antibiotic-resistance.html

And for your musical sampling this evening, another personal favorite. I crank the stereo every time it comes on. Enjoy! https://youtu.be/w8KQmps-Sog

That’s all for tonight. See you in seven.

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Weekly News

It’s Wednesday once again, but it’s not the same old news post. I have decided my weekly posts need some spice. Previous posts have included music or art when I needed a boost myself. Now, I intend to replace one story with either a song or piece of art. I need it, and I doubt I’m alone.

I clicked on this first story because I wanted to see the bears in the coaster, but I watched all the way through for the hypnotic effect. It was oddly satisfying. https://www.huffpost.com/entry/roller-coaster-teddy-bears_n_5ed0c35fc5b6d7d25853f62b

In science news, evidence that having a full childhood with parents who care and teach you, even if it drives you crazy, makes you smarter. Well, at least for corvids. https://www.sciencemag.org/news/2020/06/humans-these-big-brained-birds-may-owe-their-smarts-long-childhoods

My ending note tonight is a perennial favorite—Hotel California. Enjoy! https://youtu.be/vcmjDPDOk7c

That’s all for me tonight. See you in seven.

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