In Favor of Pain available now…

front-coverSurprise! To celebrate my birthday I just published my first poetry book, In Favor of Pain. I’ve performed many of the poems at local open mic events along with poems written specifically for this book. It finishes with Yesterday’s Bride, a short story.

In Favor of Pain is available online now on Amazon and Createspace. Copies will soon be available locally at Cafe Bienville in Niceville and I will be signing at the Yule of Yesteryear event Dec. 10.

I have to thank Bill Gent for having the courage to follow his dream and publish A Little Left of Pretty, his first poetry chapbook. I was privileged to help with that project along with Rachel Reese. His dream became my own, and I decided to release as well. Without Bill’s motivation, I may not have been inspired to publish this book.

From Amazon: Many of the poems in this chapbook will be familiar to frequent visitors of the open mic venues popular in the Northwest Florida Panhandle. The author has used the mixed medium of mic, audience and stage to explore poetry by performance. The result is a collection of darker poetry that speaks in favor of the inevitable pain that comes from living as it tends to polish off our sharp edges and reveal our better selves.

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Now back to what I love…

My recent tour of book signings ends for the year Dec. 10 with the annual Yule of Yesteryear festival sponsored by the Heritage Museum of Northwest Florida. I’ll be sharing my space with dogs from New Beginnings Animal Sanctuary and Niceville Animal Clinic. Books and barks… some of my favorite things!

Until then, I’m catching up on writing projects and doing inventory on what books I have left. Here’s the flyer for the Yule of Yesteryear event…

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Registration for Spring classes OPEN

new-classesRegistration for the spring classes at Northwest Florida State College are now open and I’ll be offering five different classes beginning January 23.

Creative Writing and Social Media 101 will both be back. How to Write for Children, Writing With Prompts and Beginning Blogging will all be new offerings.

Information on registering is available here!

On January 12 I’ll also be offering a two hour workshop on writing memoirs. For more information call the Museum to register: 850-678-2615 or visit Heritage-Museum.org.

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Tomorrow, Harlan Square & Robin’s Nest

img_20161017_111338My final stops for November! Come visit Lit, Robin Wiesneth & I at Harlan Square’s Little Free Library in Fort Walton Beach this Saturday (Nov. 12) from 11 a.m.to noon. The event is free and all are welcome to visit this tiny library with a BIG spirit! The first 12 families receive a signed copy of The Christmas Spiders and the first 12 kids receive a prize pack :D

Afterwards Robin and I will be stopping by Robin’s Nest Antiques & Uniques, 274 Edge Ave, Valparaiso, for a surprise visit with Helene Lund Den Boer and to sign some more books.

THEN I will be taking the rest of the month off to relax with my family and catch up on writing. The final stop of the year will be at the Heritage Museum of Northwest Florida for their Yule of Yesteryear event on Dec. 10. I will be sharing my booth with rescue dogs from New Beginnings Animal Sanctuary in Niceville so there will be books and barks to choose from.

I’ll also have a new poetry book, In Favor of Pain, available at Yule of Yesteryear. A limited number will be available and it will be the first chance to get that book signed, dated and numbered.

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“Vanilla Rice” Reading at TV Dinner Theatre

draft-where-the-stars-rise-205x300It’s the first Friday of the month, and that means it’s time for TV Dinner Theatre at Cafe Bienville, 314 Bayshore Dr., Niceville! Come, entertain and compete for cash and other prizes beginning at 6 p.m. Please arrive earlier if you would like to order something from the menu.

This Friday I’m excited to read my short story, “Vanilla Rice,” which was recently accepted for publication in the “Where the Stars Rise Anthology,” due to be published in Fall 2017. I had to stretch myself with this one as the anthology editors were looking for sci-fi with Asian themes, but not the usual tentacle robot manga.

“Vanilla Rice” is set in a bleak, consumer driven world where everything is a product. Against this backdrop a mother sets her heart on raising the perfect child–and fulfilling the fantasy of who she wishes she was. Sometimes, Mother doesn’t know best.

I look forward to sharing “Vanilla Rice” tomorrow night! All are welcome to listen and perform!

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Haunted Heritage was fun, Artful Things just ahead!

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My newest friend shows off his Lit Lizard selfie :)

This weekend’s Haunted Heritage event was one of the best I’ve ever signed at. Over 200 children and families showed up to trick-or-treat with their favorite authors and listen to some spooky history. Big thanks to the Heritage Museum of Northwest Florida staff who kept everything moving smoothly (and lively!) Just see for yourself!

Where will the Literary Lizard and I be next? Look for us this Saturday (Nov. 5) at Artful Things from 1-3 p.m. There will be live music, plenty of divine refreshments and meet some of the finest artists in the Panhandle. Fellow authors Robin Wiesneth and Helene Lund Den Boer will also be on hand with me signing books.

If you miss that, I’ll be visiting Harlan Square’s Little Free Library with Robin Wiesneth November 12 from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. in Fort Walton Beach. Harlan Square’s Little Free Library is a free neighborhood library meant to promote literacy and the love of reading, while also building a sense of community. They are located at 2278 Harlan Avenue, Fort Walton Beach.

Later the same afternoon, I’ll be stopping by Robin’s Nest for Nest Friend’s Fest in Valparaiso to spend time with Helene Lund Den Boer who will be signing there. Nest Friend’s Fest will be on both Nov. 11 and 12 from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. both days.

…then I’m taking a few weekends off to catch up and restock for the upcoming Yule of Yesteryear on Dec. 12 at the Heritage Museum of Northwest Florida.

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Last Class (for now…) New Classes Ahead

Today we celebrated our last creative writing class. I am so proud of the writing that came from this. Together we honed our stories, we twisted them inside-out, changed genres, perspectives and distilled them into poetry. Everyone’s started with a good story. They all finished with beautiful, well worked pieces of writing. Thank you everyone who attended–the pleasure was wholly mine :)

This class is done for now, but starting in January I’ll be back to teaching a whole new line up of classes. There will also be a two-hour workshop Thursday, Jan. 12 from 5-7 p.m. on Writing Your Memoirs offered at the Heritage Museum of Northwest Florida in Valparaiso. More details and sign up info are available on their website.

This is the class schedule for Northwest Florida State College. I’m excited to hear some fresh stories!

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Made In Honest on Etsy

made-in-honest-squareemily-tMy oldest daughter finally started a shop on Etsy! It’s about time, I say. She is a phenomenal seamstress, quilter and crafter that has won awards for her work. She is still stocking her shop, Made In Honest, so be sure to check back often and soon.

Sorry, I already claimed this wall hanging. Maybe she’ll make more :)

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Haunted Heritage Day!

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Fundraiser for Pippin

Pippin, adopted by my daughter, is one of the lucky few to have a home.

Pippin, taken last year with me for the HWA’s “Alone is Scary” campaign.

Recently we lost one of our dogs, Pippin, to a disease called lepto he contracted by drinking standing water tainted by rodents.

All our dogs contracted the disease, but Pippin succumbed to sudden liver failure and passed away Oct. 4… the day before my daughter’s birthday.

Between our two households there are five dogs, all rescues. Although we share the dogs, technically my daughter owned Pippin and the majority of his vet bill has gone to her.

We are all chipping in to pay, but my daughter has also started a GoFundMe campaign to help as well. Any extra funding will go to New Beginnings Animal Sanctuary where Pippin was adopted from.

I’m committed to helping as much as I can with direct donations as well as donating all the proceeds from my upcoming book signings directly to Pippin’s fund.

If you have it to spare, I ask that you will also chip in. Many hands make light work and between all of us this bill can be overcome. Even if you don’t have anything to spare financially, sharing the campaign and spreading the word helps just as much.

You can find Pippin’s GoFundMe campaign here.

And thank you.

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