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Saturday, August 23, 2008

Friday, August 22, 2008

I'm going to be Obama's Vice President...

not! But you're here reading this, so you must have thought it was possible. So, what does this say about our society? It says to me that we're turning into a bunch of people who will believe just about anything if we see it on the internet. It says to me that the way we make the big important decisions these days is based more on a person's popularity than on their credentials. It says to me that a large segment of our population, (the controlling interest, so to speak), has decided that it is no longer necessary to follow logic and good sense. It really needs to quit saying things to me.

Let's send text messages to my supporters to let them know who I choose for the vice presidential candidate. Senator Obama's latest move to keep the media interested in his campaign is so trendy, so cool. That's why I hate it. I don't want a cool president. I want a president who knows how to stop a war and bring the economy back into balance. Hell, how do I know that Obama won't be too busy texting his bff to pay attention to the important stuff?

And another thing, I'm not one of those super-patriotic types, but I am really put off by this thing with the Pledge of Allegiance and the National Anthem. I'm not voting for anyone to lead this country if they have no allegiance to it. That'd be like putting Satan in charge of Heaven. Or well, something like that. I don't know of a great analogy for it, but it really seems like a stupid move. I'm wondering if maybe, Obama's people have pulled one of those General's Fried Chicken debauchles like the one in Undercover Brother. Have they been tampering with the Starbuck's? The key is mass production, you know.

Alright, so I'm obviously not a supporter. This puts me on the horns of a dilemma. Who do I vote for? I'm a democrat, so I'm not voting for McCain. But, as an American, I cannot vote for Barack Obama. I just can't do it. As a last resort, I'm considering a write-in. I just need to decide whether or not it will be Morgan Freeman, Bill Cosby or Al Gore. Since I don't use text messages, I'll have to post my final decision here on the blog. So, stay tuned. I'm sure you'll be on pins and needles until I announce it.

Until next time...

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Thursday, August 21, 2008

The light in the middle of the tunnel...

Just the other day, I finished writing the third Rona Shively book, Keeping the Faith. It will be my first full-length novel and I am very excited about this. The process was just as other authors have described; very emotionally charged and much like giving birth. Unfortunately, at 2 a.m., I had no one available with whom I could share my overwhelming enthusiasm. My husband and daughter had long been asleep and I didn't dare wake them. It was a little anti-climactic in a sense, but the important thing is; it's finished!

As I set about the task of editing this monster, I will also be working on a couple of new projects. By the end of this year, I hope to have finished a story that I have been working on in a hit-or-miss fashion over the last ten to fifteen years. It is a combination Sci-Fi/Historical Fiction piece that I am eager to get back into writing. I think you'll enjoy it! I'm also going to begin writing the next installment in the Rona Shively series, but I'm going to keep details about that one under wraps for now.

In addition, there are a number of contests and other projects I am going to be working on throughout the end of the year. My big goal, however, is to get this Rona Shively story into a new publisher's hands. I'm absolutely thrilled at the prospects here, but I know that the bulk of my work still lies ahead. So, armed with about twenty of my library's finest style manuals, publishing guides and writing books, I'm setting about the task of getting my newest book into your hands.

Keep watching for more status know how I love to update everyone...

Until next time...

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A Little Bit of Mystery: Short Mysteries to Confuse and Amuse

Where I've Been...

Listen to my interview on the Jeffery S. Miller show.

Listen to my interview on Calling All Authors.

Listen to my interview on the Let's Just Talk w/Kathryn Raaker.

Listen to my interview on Radio Free Baxter.

Where I'll Be...

After a short break in the summer, I'll be at the following locations:

8/11/09 Allen Park Public Library, Allen Park, MI 6:30 p.m.

Looking for something entertaining for your library or bookstore patrons? Looking for a fun way to spend a couple of hours? Do you love mysteries? Then you need to schedule a Tea & Mystery event for your library or bookstore! The fee is minimal and the presentation is fun and informative! Attendees will be given the chance to win great prizes and share their thoughts about the mystery genre and their favorite mystery writers!

E-mail me today at for details on how to set up your Tea & Mystery event!

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