Saturday, October 25, 2014


Congratulations to Susan at Writing Straight From The Heart - - She is the winner of a print copy of my memoir: From Pigtails to Chin Hairs: A Memoir & More.

Your book will be on its way soon, Susan! Thanks to all who participated!

"There are perhaps no days of our childhood we lived so fully as those we spent with a favorite book." –Marcel Proust

Tuesday, October 21, 2014


I'm still learning about Pinterest and it occurred to me this afternoon that I could create a board of quotes, beginning with something kooky my mother said to me after I graduated from high school in 1971.
It was obviously so memorable I included it all these years later, in my memoir: From Pigtails to Chin Hairs: A Memoir & More. It's at the end of the chapter titled: "That Crowbar Changed Everything"
Becky - Summer of 1971

Please click on the link below to go to the Pinterest board and read the quote.

If you haven't already read my memoir, would you say my mother's quote would inspire/motivate you to want to read it?
I'm including a give-away with this blog post. If you'd like to be included for a chance to win a print copy or ebook, leave a comment below about mothers/daughters/quotes and indicate which book you prefer: print or ebook. Give-away will be open until midnight on Friday, October 24th. If you mention this on Facebook, Twitter, or your own blog, you'll get an extra point for each. Feel free to tell your family and friends - - and Good Luck!

Sunday, October 19, 2014


"Delicious autumn! My very soul is wedded to it, and if I were a bird I would fly about the earth seeking the successive autumns." - George Eliot

My beloved Vern last October, 2013.
(I'm the one at the other end of the leash and taking the picture!)
Vern and I continue to go on several walks every day, especially when the weather is so beautiful. At 7:30 this morning, I actually saw my breath when I exhaled, just a little bit, but still...I love the crisp, cool, autumn temperatures! J
I've got a lot going on right now and still not finding the time to blog. Hopefully..soon!

Thursday, October 9, 2014


                        The falling leaves drift by my window.
                                     The falling leaves of red and gold.

Ahh, I love autumn! It's my favorite time of the year, and today I decided to add some glorious fall colors to my background. This photo is one of the trees in our front yard in November 2012. (We've since moved, but I get to see thousands of beautiful leaves in my new neighborhood, too.)

It may be a bit "too busy" for my background, but I won't have it up for very long. Soon it will be time for another change, as in the changing leaves...!

Ba-Dum tssshhh...Rim Shot!
I hope to be back to blogging sometime soon. I miss everyone very much!
"I'm so glad I live in a world where there are Octobers." - L.M. Montgomery, Anne of Green Gables

Wednesday, October 1, 2014


Happy October 1st 2014!
Writerly News
Hello Everyone ~ Although I have missed blogging, being away from it this past month has been good for me. One less thing to stress about.
I'd like to be able to announce that I've gotten tons of writing accomplished....but I haven't. I HAVE, though, succeeded in doing some really good marketing in my area. My memoir is now being stocked in two more local gift shops, J and I have many more places to call on.
More about all that at a later time. Today I want to share contests and calls for submissions I've recently come across. 

* * Note: I will be sending out my 2nd newsletter sometime very soon. If you haven't signed up yet and would like to, please go to my website and fill out the info: 
Publishing Syndicate: This is the Not Your Mother's Book On... _ _ _ _ _ publisher. They always have call outs but the current ones look like these three.
NYMB...On Sex: Immediately!
NYMB...On Military Life: January 1, 2015
NYMB...On Menopause: January 1, 2015

Page & Spine; a weekly literary magazine, is having their First Annual Christmas Contest!  They will pay $100 for the Best Story, plus another $100 for the Best Poem! There's only a $5.00 entry fee for each item submitted. Their website also says: showcasing emerging writers. I really don't know anything about them, but it's a legitimate site! So, go for it! I'd love to hear from anyone who enters!
The Copperfield Review; A Journal for Readers and Writers of Historical Fiction, is now accepting historical short fiction, poetry, and history-based nonfiction for Copperfield‘s first anthology. I think this sounds so exciting, because I don't remember ever coming across an anthology for historical fiction writers! (It also says they have changed their guidelines, so be sure to read everything. I didn't look enough to notice if there was an entry fee or not, either.)
The Furious Gazelle; Halloween Contest. Deadline October 24th. (I'm getting lazier as I type, so look it up for more info!) J
Chicken Soup for the Soul FOOD Contest: Yes, Chicken Soup has a food contest! This link takes you to the information which is listed on Facebook. The deadline to enter is December 29th. It sounds like a lot of fun. I keep forgetting about it, but I want to enter, too.

Dreams & Premonitions - Deadline 12/31/2014
Hope & Miracles - Deadline 10/30/2014
Inspiration for Nurses - Deadline 11/30/2014
Living a Life of Purpose by Volunteering - Deadline 12/31/2014
Stories about the Christmas Season - Deadline 1/31/2015
Support for Therapists/Mental Health Professionals - Deadline 12/31/2014
Thanks to My Mom - Deadline 10/20/2014 (I think this is a new, extended date.)
Time to Thrive - Deadline 12/31/2014
Okay everyone out there who writes or even thinks about writing - -  there's a little bit of everything right here for you to try!!
I've noticed I have some new Blog Followers and as always I want to acknowledge them. I'm not sure but I think I have three new wonderful blog friends......
* Welcome to my newest followers: Beauty Ink, Michael Mixerr, and Sherri Ellis at Mama Diaries. I hope you'll stop by often and always enjoy what you read and see! Thank you! *
In honor of it being October 1st, and because of my love of autumn and the stunning colors the leaves become, I'm ending with a quote about....Trees!
 "Listen to the trees as they sway in the wind. Their leaves are telling secrets...." -- Vera Nazarian, The Perpetual Calendar of Inspiration