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Friday, October 24, 2014

Yankee in Mississippi

This will be the first of my Yankee in Mississippi posts. I got the idea while running errands here during my monthly sojourn to my home in Southern Mississippi. I've been splitting my time between Rhode Island and Mississippi for just about two years now. Some things still make me do a double take.
Take today for example.
I had two stops on my errand list: Dollar General and the Post Office. Nothing of particular importance. I went into Dollar General and got what I needed. I'm used to cashiers back in New England barely making eye contact as they ring you up. Not so in the South. The cashier made small talk and even called me ma'am. Ma'am is something I'm certainly not used to back home. It's funny because when I hear it, I wonder if I look old. But I've learned to take for granted that this is just basic politeness.
The other thing I've had to get used to is that most of the time everyone seems so happy to see you. There doesn't seem to be a stranger in the South. I've learned to accept as normal having random strangers tell me about their problems: family troubles, the health of their feet as they try on shoes, bad meals at restaurants, the list goes on. Maybe I'm a good listener? Maybe they just like to talk?
During these conversations, I've been stopped a few times and asked where I'm from because of my accent. I have to giggle when that happens. Accent? What accent? I'm not the one with the accent (grin!) The lady at Home Depot said I sounded British. The cashier at Walmart wanted to hear me speak because I didnt, as she put it, 'sound country'. I guess my crazy RI accent sounded good to her ears. Who would have thought?
Life is good, y'all.

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Fall In Love Anthology: A Newport Thanksgiving

When I was asked to write for this anthology and given the theme of Thanksgiving to incorporate into the story, the first place that came to mind was Newport, RI. In August of 2013, I went to a birthday party in Newport that was held in a converted 'stately' home. The setting stuck in my head and I decided that Newport would feature in an upcoming writing project.
Writing for anthologies is fun, but also a bit challenging. Especially when you have to establish a connection between two would-be love interests in a short story. In  'A Newport Thanksgiving,' I've attempted to create a believable story in an intimate setting for Laura and Anthony. The time is 1914, the place is Newport. 
It is the Gilded Age in a locale where all of the elite gather to display their vast wealth, but their social consciousness is evident, also. Alva Belmont (nee Erskine Smith and then married to William Vanderbilt) was indeed a passionate supporter of the women's suffrage movement and did hold rallies at her Marble House property. This, to me, was a perfect setting for Laura and Anthony to meet and bond. It is an exciting time period, with so many changes occurring. 
Happy reading! 
Fall In Love will be available November, but I invite you to preorder your copy today. 

Sunday, September 28, 2014

Join me on the Fifty Authors From Fifty States blog by Annette Snyder. We are chatting about Rhode Island today!

Saturday, April 5, 2014

My Writing Process Blog Hop Tour

Thank you, Joyce Brown, for this fun invitation to blog about my writing process.

  1. What am I writing? Right now I am working on a contribution for a Thanksgiving themed anthology from DCL Publications. It is a historical that takes place in Newport, RI in 1914 and has a little bit about the women's suffrage movement. I am also currently working on projects with a local graphic designer writing and editing copy for an ad campaign.
  2. How does my work differ from others in my genre? I try to include a bit of fantasy or magic in my writing. My three Lochaber stories (Litha Dreams, Yuletide Destiny and The Beltaine Wager) all have a bit of magic in them as does my story Unfathomable in DIVE: A Quartet of Merfolk Tales. I also enjoy writing about places that I've visited so you will find a bit of local New England flavor in my more contemporary stories.
  3. Why do I write what I do? I enjoy using my imagination and working with possibilities. I love to entertain people and tell stories about relationships. I've had readers write that they became emotional and cried during one of the scenes in my World War 2 Novella, I'll Be Seeing You (DCL Publications Fourth of July Anthology). That to me is the greatest praise.
  4. How my writing process works: I'm a complete pantser. My goal is always 5000 words a week. As long as they get done, I'm happy. I have no set time that I write and I generally just let the feeling move me. Now that the warmer weather is here, I enjoy writing outside.

To learn more about my work, please visit my Amazon Author Page.

To find more great writers please visit these authors who have taken part in this blog hop:

Sandy Fairfax          Ilene Schneider     Amy M. Reade

Sunday, March 9, 2014

DCL Blog Tour

I've been interviewed for the DCL Publications Blog Tour. I answered some fun questions.
Please make a visit and say hello!

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Thursday, March 6, 2014

Behind The Lens: Mobile Pelican

Mobile Pelican
February 22, 2014
Mobile, Alabama

This image was a long time in the making. I went to Mobile, Alabama on a day trip last July and while driving through the city and its outskirts I noticed a little cove where dozens of pelicans had gathered. This area was right between Interstate 10 and the causeway. These birds are pretty cool to look at and I wanted a picture! It was too hot to stop that day (around 100 with high humidity) so I put getting a picture of these birds on my photo wish list.
Finally the opportunity came to go through Mobile once more as we drove to Walt Disney World. We left MS very early that morning and were just getting into Mobile with the dawn. We made a quick stop at the cove and there were dozens of pelicans all roosting on the mooring posts. It was a cold morning (just about 35) and just awakening it seemed.
This bird was friendly enough and he gave me a few poses, but this is the one I liked best. The light, to me, was perfect at this moment. The sun had colored the horizon with the usual pinks and yellow-oranges before rising and lo and behold...I got my shot. One to cross off my wish list.

To see more of my photography please visit my Fine Art America site.

Tuesday, February 4, 2014

Behind the Lens: Annisquam Dawn

Annisquam Dawn
Taken January 2010
Wigwam Point, Gloucester, MA
The morning that this photo was taken was frigid! I had numerous layers on when I ventured out in the pre-dawn hours to get to the lighthouse in time for the sunrise. Despite the biting cold, the lighthouse and the area around it were peaceful. It is quite a simple lighthouse, not much fluff or decoration. I suppose that anything as practical as a lighthouse should speak to its job of being a pillar of safety for the boating community and Annisquam Light does just that. The beach area that surrounds the lighthouse is no longer open to the public, but in 2010 you could park quite close to the beach and explore.
I love the hint of pink at the horizon in this shot and the blue glow of the lighthouse itself. I aimed for memorializing the simplicity of this morning and I believe I captured that moment.
Please view more of my photography at my Fine Art America site.