Do unto others (#MFRWAuthor)


Week ten Marketing for Romance Writers blog challenge is things only my family would understand. My siblings and I use the term “do-less” to describe people who are a combination of useless, clueless, and helpless, and also short on common sense.

My mother used this adjective, and we all picked it up. I’ve never heard anyone else use it. I never knew if it originated in her native West Virginia or if it was her own original construct, but I suspect the latter. It is very useful, however, in conveying a lot of information and more than a little disdain.

I can’t wait to read family stories from my fellow authors here.


Not-So-Tiny Dancer (#MFRWAuthor Bog Hop)




This week’s blog hop topic is my earliest memory. While I’ve read that some people remember things that happened when they were age three or so, that isn’t the case with me. One of my early memories dates to about age 6 or 7.

I guess I must have received a phonograph (who remembers those, by the way?), and the first record I remember playing on it was Nutcracker Suite. Did I ask for that record? How did my mother somehow know to buy it for me? I have no idea. I came from a musical family, but their tastes ran to hymns and pop songs, not classical. What I do know is how I loved dancing around the living room of my grandmother’s house to Tchaikovsky’s music.

My mother, bless her, then tried to enroll me in dance classes with a couple other neighbor girls. But even at that age, self-consciousness had already set in. When I compared my friends’ skinny bodies to my plump one, I was too embarrassed to participate in something that would have given me such joy.

I was well into adulthood before I finally screwed up my courage and took a few dance classes. I eventually joined a senior dance team. At last, I got to wear sequins and fling a boa around. Oh, the self-consciousness hadn’t disappeared. I was still comparing my figure to those of the other women, most of whom had the body type usually associated with dancers. But this time around, I managed to power through it.

Confidence is a valuable commodity.

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How It Began (#MFRWauthor Blog Hop)


I’m embarking on a 52 week blogging challenge put forth by Marketing for Romance Writers.

The topic for Week One is my favorite piece of writing. I have to choose my first attempt as a favorite since it led to a lifetime of putting pen to paper followed by fingers to keyboard.

The first thing I ever remember writing, well actually co-authoring, was a play when I was in the fourth grade. We had been studying about the Spanish colonization of St. Augustine. My friend Lynda and I concocted a script about siblings, a boy and a girl, who voyaged across the ocean to settle in Florida.

Knowing my proclivity for the performing arts, I am convinced in hindsight that we wrote it so we could take the leading roles. With age-appropriate disdain for boys, we convinced only the girls to participate. Since I was taller than Lynda,  I got to play the brother. I know we cast the tallest girl in class as the sea captain. Other details have fled my memory.

The production must have had at least some merit, however, as we put it on not only for the scorned boys in our own class but also for another grade. Fifth, maybe. Upper classmen.

Who would have guessed that decades later I’d be living in Florida? I set my Calusa Town Tales series on a quasi-fictional island off the coast of Southwest Florida.

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Blog visitors can submit their entries on any blog that contains the list.
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Blog readers see the same list on each blog, and can “HOP” from blog
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