Monday, April 08, 2013

Writing a blah, blah, blah, blah, blog

After writing 70 posts, I’ve finally wised up. I’m fed up with flip flopping according to the flavour of the moment in writers’ commentaries, trade magazines, and quips from other bloggers. My blog changes from humour to self-pity to fiction to writer speak.

Okay, no more! I’m going to write whatever is on my mind. If you are interested, tune in every Monday. You never know what you will find. I may talk about the crazy hectic week that ended with a migraine or the hilarious antics of my granddaughters. 

Right now my computer is balanced on my lap in the dimly lit family room, and there’s a twinkling glitter here and there − a lingering reminder of a fun weekend with Sophie and Sadie. Storybooks and dolls, Ritz crackers and milk mustaches, glue sticks and cutouts, tiny mugs of hot chocolate and pancakes. And their sparkly princess dresses. I smile.

Yes, my blogs will be about life – my life. Embarrassing moments, triumphs, losses, and disappointments. And writing. I’ll be talking about my writing − the thrill of research, the development of characters and the sense of satisfaction when it all comes together.

Things happen every week that fill me with joy, anger, frustration, and dismay. I want you to be a part of it. This past week was a prime example of too much happening too fast.  Making me wonder more than once about being careful what I wish for.
Just a reminder that I write a monthly opinion column, Up Close and Personal, for First Monday magazine. My columns have a particular voice or as one regular reader so aptly put it, a smartass attitude. Links to several of my columns are on this blog site. They cover funerals, sex, and libraries. And more. My column in April’s edition is The Write Etiquette for Facebook.

If you’re interested in interviews and book reviews, they’re intermingled with regular blog posts. I really should try to list them separately on the site, though I hate messing with my blogger site; it doesn’t always end up the way I intended.
If you’ve read a good book and would like to recommend it, leave a comment. You know I love crime/suspense but I’m always open to good writing and a good story, hopefully in the same book. (If you like reading or writing join me on my Facebook page.)

Oh, I took in a movie and dinner with a friend today. Really enjoyed it. Visited a fairly new restaurant in Sarnia, Brownstones, and on a recommendation from my son, tried their burgers made with humungous homemade patties. Delicious. I asked for goat cheese and caramelized onions for the topping. Oh, and HP Sauce. Yummy!

The movie we saw was The Call with Halle Berry. I love suspense whether it’s in a book or on the screen. I wasn’t disappointed. The Call had heart stopping suspense throughout and a jump up and punch the air ending!!  If you love a solid and unpredictable storyline that keeps you on the edge of your seat, this is your movie.

That’s all for this week, folks.


  1. Nothing wrong with writing what's of interest to you. It's your blog, and from what I can tell, you're an interesting enough person :)

    1. Well, Terry, my life is never boring, that's for sure!