Friday, May 19, 2017


Parents, we all have them or had them and regardless of good or bad times, we love them and cherish memories. Today, my new friends Julie and Drew, sailed with me in the ICW and deposited the ashes of Julie's father, Gordon. What a lovely day for a sail. What a lovely day and way to remember someone so much a part of one's life. DANNY BOY,  his favorite song, was played, we enjoyed a rum gimlet, his favorite drink--and we talked about life and what all it brings. Peace and Joy to you, Gordon and to your family.

Monday, May 15, 2017


Little trip to Morehead City and Beaufort last week was relaxing and rewarding. Stopped in the Maritime Museum (skeleton of sperm whale on display) in Beaufort and saw lots of cool historical stuff. Walked to the boardwalk and gaped in awe as a 90 ft. sloop slid by in the water. The horses were out on the little island across the way.
Life is so full of pleasantries--good fudge, nachos--long iced drink---smiling faces, along with a fantastic view in a very laid back setting.
The glass is always half full!
VERY EXCITED about the Surf City Summer Market starting Tuesday May 23rd. THE TOWER  will not be available that day but should be the following week. The book is still at the editors.  PLEASE come and enjoy all the vendors and their wares. I will have all my books on display and would love to chat.
WRITING TIP: that little quote from Hemingway about 'start with something true' works every time. ex.--'his shirt was blue'--and just go from there. Just start with a true statement about your character. Was he or she tall, short, angry-were they smiling? Was the sky cloudy, clear.?Just start--with something true.
QUOTE: Let the beauty of what you love be what you do.

Monday, May 8, 2017

Always liked this picture. Of course, blue fish, though beautiful, are notorious for latching on to fingers and any other place close by their sharp little teeth. We've all heard it a thousand times, beauty is only skin deep, looks can be deceiving, don't judge a book by its cover, all that glitters is not gold. Yep, there are a thousand little sayings about deception, thus the previous blog about friendship. Oh, how precious friendship is and oh how painful is the realization that one has been deceived by that so called friendship. Seems people are out to get what they can and when they're done, they throw you away.
At least that's how one of the characters in THE TOWER feels when she learns the truth. Actions speak louder than words, all the blah blah isn't worth a nickel when the the plain truth is staring you in the face. OUCH!
THE  TOWER  should be out in time for the Surf City Market, if not the first week, the second. Find out who is getting rolled under the bus. Hope you have read the 2 previous books in the series.
WATERLOGGED  and  BRIDGE TENDER.

Saturday, May 6, 2017

Here are some quotes about losing a friend.

Losing a friend is more painful than losing a romantic relationship. Anon

A friend is someone who can see the truth and pain in you even when you can fool everyone else. Anon

We're not close anymore, but I'll be there if you need me. Anon

The most I can do for my friend is simply be his friend--Henry David Thoreau

A quarrel between friends, when made up, adds a new tie to friendship--Saint Francis de Sales

Never do a wrong thing to make a friend or to keep one--Robert E. Lee

True friends stab you in the front--Oscar Wilde

A friend should be one in whose understanding and virtue we can equally confide and whose opinion we can value at once for its justice and its sincerity--Robert Hall

You can always tell a real friend; when you've made a fool of yourself he doesn't feel you've done a permanent job--Laurence J. Peter

Friday, May 5, 2017

Ominous, Ominous...geez what a stormy morning and day we have had. Good day to stay inside and read a book or watch movies. One could say it was an ugly day, but isn't this photo beautiful--hmm--point of view. Can't get over point of view. POV is such an involved, intricate thing.  I was reminded again of POV as I watched WINTER'S TALE (within the safety and dryness of my abode) a movie starring Russell Crowe (be still my heart) and Colin Ferrel. I had read the book and was wowed! Helprin's writing is outstanding and makes my imagination shift into overdrive. But the movie-YUCK. Even sweet Crowe could not save it. On the other hand, I watched THE READER, written by Bernard Schlink--OMG! more, I want more. The movie was so well done, and the story made me want to read the book. Don't you find it is usually the opposite? Anyway--THE READER was such a moving, intricate story; it made me question right and wrong (one of my favorite things to question)
So for the day, it has been beautiful--a beautiful reading and watching experience. And God did make it lovely outside--from my point of view.

Tuesday, May 2, 2017

This morning crossing the span bridge at North Topsail. No traffic so I stopped at the top. It's still beautiful.

QUOTE;  Your vision will become clear only when you can look  into your own heart. Who looks outside, dreams; who looks inside awakes--Carl Jung.

Writing tip: Try not to be redundant. It's easy to do when you try to stress a particular view. Sometimes we say the same thing only with different words.

Saturday, April 29, 2017

Quote: truth is beauty, beauty truth--John Keats

writing tip: make sure there is consistency in your characters.