Friday, October 31, 2014

Oh Hallow's Eve Bright Light


Oh Hallow's Eve may The Light shine bright this New Year so that your eye's would see The Light of the World. May the impish creatures of the dark no longer be your delight, but the light of a brand new eternal life. Truly wishing all a Happy New Year!

Thursday, October 30, 2014




Cancer; no matter the type, robs us of those we love.
In remembrance, we bare ribbons of love.

Wednesday, October 29, 2014

Synopsis of The Girl With The Red Umbrella

There are those who know her story. Men who are powerful, who are well connected, and who have means. They know all the characters involved and some tidbits of information that may or may not be true, but she does not know half of what has been going on behind the scenes. The last ten years of her life have been a mystery, even to her. 

Monday, October 27, 2014

Lisa Scottoline A Bestselling Suspense Author


Did you ever read an article and discover an author you have not heard of before and you wonder why you have not heard of him or her before? What rock did I just crawl out from under? Apparently, a deep chasm, because Lisa Scottoline is hot! I read two books in three days. I stopped reading the four other books I was reading to read this author and I was not disappointed!

Reading Writer's Digest recently, I discovered Lisa Scottoline. Wow, can she paint with words. Bright, vivid, stark raving words that make you read faster and faster until, WHAM! Really, I did not see that coming. Just when you think you have it figured out, you do not!

Jessica Strawser describes her as "An Original Voice" in the October issue of Writer's Digest. Get it while you can the Writer’s Digest November/December issue is coming out shortly.

Friday, October 24, 2014

Who Inspires You Creatively?

Recently, I was asked who inspired me to write. I had to think about it for a moment and then it dawned on me, it was all the teachers I had in school. From elementary school to college. 

I was so inspired by my college professor I wrote her a poem upon my graduation and set it on her typewriter just before walking across the podium.

“The words of a writer are as brushstrokes of a painter,
 each deliberate with a certain quality.”
PJFARR 1988

Like all the wonderful teachers I had, she made me work. I worked so hard on an essay one time I thought for sure it would receive an A. I received a B+. I asked her why a B+ and not an A. “There is always room for improvement even in a fine piece of work.”  It was A material, but receiving the B+ made me work harder on the next piece. She was teaching me to appreciate the process that a well-written piece of work can be honed to be an even better piece of work. It takes courage and effort to rise above what is good, to better, and then exceptional.

I often think of her, my high school teachers, and the elementary teacher who inspired me to write poetry. I hear their encouraging words, they whisper, “Dig deeper.” “Keep going, do not give up, and keep writing.” “You have a gift for prose, use it.”

I hope I inspire others to be creative. Whether, writing, painting, weaving, or designing. I hope that today you might take time to reflect on a person or persons who bring you inspiration, courage, and clarity in moments of creative effort and write about it in a personal essay, diary, or letter.

Thursday, October 23, 2014

Eclectic Reader and Lover of Words



I love to read. I read a variety of genres. I would classify myself as an eclectic reader. I peruse bookshelves as chefs and cooks search grocery shelves looking for something special, that ah ha ingredient that surprises everyones palate including his or her own.

The House with Sixteen Handmade Doors by Henry Petroski is a treasure. Even if one is not into architectural design or craftsmanship, the language, the prose describing the house will delight its reader.

One thing I often appreciate as I read is the word choices made by the author. Henry Petroski uses words well to describe and enlighten his audience. Words like integration, fenestration, and palimpsest are but a few.  One gets the idea that the book can be challenging and interesting.

I am enjoying the book and finding it a lovely read on so many different levels. From an owners appreciation, a builders dream, and a writers prose The House with Sixteen Handmade Doors is sheer delight.

For more information, check out W. W. Norton and Company, Inc., independent publishers since 1923.

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

NaNoWriMo/National Novel Writing Month

I am gearing up for National Novel Writing Month or NaNoWriMo. This is my fourth year. I also attend the Camp NaNoWriMo session in July which is my favorite time of the year, it seems to be less pressure. Although pressure is good to keep one typing away on the story one is attempting to convey in a set period of time.

I have links to NaNoWriMo on the side of my page, below on the title of the emblem, and there are several groups on Google+, Facebook, and Twitter. If you like to write it is a great challenge, lots of fun, and a way to get together with others in the process of a literary endeavor.

Hope you will consider joining in the adventure and find a friend or two along the way!

NaNoWriMo

Friday, October 17, 2014

Finding Two Delightful Things

While reading a writer's column this evening I happened upon another older writer and did a little research on who he was. The writer's name is Italo Calvino 1923 - 1985. He was a prolific short story writer. Here is the link to http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Italo_Calvino. I hope you find him as fascinating I did.

The second delight was a Pixar Short Film "La Luna" by Enrico Casarosa, 2011 which was inspired from Italo Calvino. Enjoy!

Monday, October 6, 2014

Fall Foliage and Fort Ligonier Days 2014

I enjoy this time of year. Leaves turning color, pumpkin spice in everything from coffee to cakes, and temperatures where one can wear a comfortable sweater to keep warm and look fashionable.  With an arctic blast this past weekend, summer has officially ended. The leaves have been frosted so the colors ought to be awesome in the coming weeks.  Peak week for gorgeous fall foliage in Western Pennsylvania is the third week of October.



Fort Ligonier Days occur the second week in October. It is an annual event where artisans and crafters sell their wares and foodies get their fix on local international comfort foods.  There is a long and entertaining parade on Saturday morning that is a crowd pleaser. Marching bands come from everywhere, fire trucks, Shriners, clowns, and fancy cars, not to forget the bagpipes. The bagpipes are one of my favorites.


For more information link to Ligonier Pennsylvania.