Saturday, April 27, 2013

Spring Cleaning? Not a chance - it's 70 and Sunny! Carpe Diem!

The Forsythias are in full bloom.  
The Sun is shining, the temperature is hovering near seventy, Damnit and Grossy are lounging in a Sunbeam and I'm sipping coffee, a view of tulips, forsythia and daffies pleasantly clogging my sinuses - in short, it's spring!

For the first time in months (ok, second time- I lasted about two minutes two weeks ago before the forty-five degree temperature ruined the first azure blue, author-teasing sky attempt of the year), I'm seated in my official "writer's haven," with my new Mac (thanks, Ketchup!) arguing with Rog, Morris and the rest of my characters.

Terrible! I'll have to eat 'em all!
Miranda and Sunshine are baking cookies (the only two people indoors in the county on this beautiful day), doing one of the few activities I agreed could be done inside on a day like this. Hey, it's in my best interest!

It's been a long winter and I'm excited to be back at the keyboard!

Sunshine planted bulbs last fall!
But as with any homeowner in spring, the distractions are too numerous to mention. Margie wanders by and I tell her about the shed I want to put in the yard and the screens I'd like to build to keep the bugs out of my computer and my eyes on warm summer nights.

Sunshine wanders by with a cookie from their project and I notice, as I glance past her and the delicious cookie calling my name, the grass is already due for mowing and the flower beds need the leaves removed and some mulch.

Miranda, she's headed upstairs to practice the Tenor Sax and that reminds me I wanted to run speakers to the porch- and that reminds me of the other work that has to be done for that to happen.
Last summer's rock wall project!

But for now, one lab is camped at my feet and another is doing his best "Bill the Cat" imitation in the Sun and I'm tapping keys. The unwashed car can wait and when leaves decompose they're good for the soil, right? There's a time for everything and now is not the time.

It's spring, I'm writing and I just saw a butterfly- it's chaos, I tell you! I think it's nature's way of saying, "Carpe Diem!"

I think I'll get back To Rog and Morris- I hear they found some money and I can't wait to find out how it got there! It's sequel time and even I don't know what they have in store for us.

Grab your reader and enjoy some early spring reading!

In Another Life is my first novel- it's available from and has it in just about any ebook format! 

And now, In Another Life- in paperback- from!

Thirty and Two finds Morris in a race to save a girl injured in an automobile crash- a girl he mentored- will she survive? It's a race against time and a life hangs in the balance! 

My latest short story: Drop A Dime!

Rookie police officer Rog Mackay is getting tips from a very unusual confidential informant- one who seems to know more than he should! 

Robberies, attempted murders, suicides- who is this mysterious citizen who has the info and is ready to drop a dime at just the right time? 

Find out in this new short story, "Drop a Dime!"

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