Wednesday, April 27, 2016

Happy Administrative Professional's Day

Picture it....Walt Disney World, 2005. (Did you think of Sophia Petrillo just now? *grin*)
I sat alone at an outdoor table at the Tangierine Cafe in the Morocco pavilion at Epcot. 
I had a pen and paper and was using my time to write my life goals. I was sad about leaving the following day and felt a longing to stay, though work was waiting. Work...always work...the needing to be in one certain place to make money.
Little did I know back then when I scribbled "I want the ability to work wherever I am so that I can be wherever I want to be" my goal would be met nine years later when I started my virtual assistant business. Now, I am the administrative professional who keeps things running smoothly for a busy masonry company, among others. I work remotely...wherever I may be. Airports, restaurants, and yes...Walt Disney World! 
Dreams come true...sometimes not as soon as we want, but with enough work, knowledge, and patience they do come to fruition. I love what I do. And I know that most admins do, too. 
So Happy Administrative Professional's Day, fellow admins. Whether we work remotely or in offices, we keep things on track! 

Tuesday, April 26, 2016

Returning To the Blog

Hello, all. I finally had some time to update this site today. Life and work have been very interesting these last couple of years and unfortunately, the blog suffered.
I've transitioned into being a virtual assistant, which fits in nicely with my life and travel schedules. I am still writing, though lately it's  been more for websites and business correspondence. I recently had my rights returned to me for some older published work and plan to edit, revise, and rewrite and get these published once more. It's been a slow process, but I'm excited.
So what can you expect on this site? More talking about my life interests....not just writing and publishing. Stop by to see my photos, read about my travels, hear about my beloved dog, read about my Disney obsession. You may even get a story or two about my boyfriend and family (if they approve!)
Thanks for reading....see you soon!

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!

Join me on the blog

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.