There are too many coffee/tea mugs in my house. There are boxes of them in the basement. They are stacked in the cupboard over the stove. They reproduce faster than guppies. Four of my most favorite mugs have been broken: two oversized bright yellow mugs, a cobalt blue one from the 2000 RWA National Conference … Continue reading MJ’s Musings: My Favorite Mugs
FROM: BEWARE OF THE MOON, tentatively scheduled for Oct 2019 publication “So what do you do with yourself?” Dakota squirmed in the passenger seat, disrupting the sparse air, sending his pheromones in her direction again. “I’m a chemist.” No, no, no. Do not engage with him. Sex only. “You must be smart.” Was he … Continue reading MJ Monday: MJ’s Manuscript-WIP Excerpt
Friendliness is kindness, laughter, caring. It's asking, "Did you have a nice weekend?" It's telling someone their lunch smells/looks wonderful or complimenting them on their new haircut. It's smiling at the antics of the toddler in the grocery cart in front of you in the checkout line at the supermarket. But it's also telling the … Continue reading #UpbeatAuthors: Friendliness Is Just Being Nice.
I saw a trailer for Please Stand By in early spring. My local library system had a copy, so I reserved it. A couple of months passed, but I love having my tax dollars work for me. We recently watched the film. Premise: a young woman who writes Star Trek fanfic wants to enter her … Continue reading Movie Review: Please Stand By
Today is National Poem in Your Pocket Day. Poetry has a bad rap. A lot of it is pretentious. More is sophomoric. I should know. I wrote reams of bad poetry as a self-indulgent teenager. I grew up on poetry. My mom had a book from which she read to us all the time. My … Continue reading Poem in Your Pocket