How I Started Creating Again, After Tragedy Struck

After my only brother died a little over three years ago, I felt like I lost my voice. My creativity with words suffered and dried up to driftwood. While I slowly picked up the pieces again and pasted them together, it was painful, it didn’t work, and I...

New book from moi! New genre! Delivery date….

Welcome (again). Lots and lots of fantastic stuff happening here. (I know! Finally!) I have a brand spanking new book out at the first week of March (March 8th) — in print and ebook, available all over the place. Watch this spot or join my newsletter or FB...

Hello Future, how are you?

You know, I’ve gotten to the point where I’m used to electronics being smarter than I am. It was hard to accept at first that the kids (including my grandkids) could work there TV/cable remote far better than I could, and forget me figuring out how to hook...

The KINGSMAN — a film review — wherein I proceed to rant…

  So yesterday, some of our anniversary plans were abandoned when it started raining all day, and we decided to go to a movie. We picked randomly, glancing at one trailer online, and thought we were going to watch a sort of funny, maybe a little over-the-top...

Mardi Gras and beyond…

I cannot believe I haven’t updated since Christmas. Geeeeeeez, it’s been busy around here. There was Mardi Gras in all its abundance. I rode in the Nyx parade and had an absolute blast, then walked in the St. Ann parade Mardi Gras day–really...

When In Doubt, Throw Hard Candy [aka, The Santa From Hell]

(I’ve been asked, as a Christmas tradition, to re-post this story.) When the kids were little — I think Jake was three and Luke was seven — Christmas felt like it was going to be slim. Make that downright anorexic. So I was looking for a way to bring a little fun into...

Writing: Creating the visual world of your story.

As some of you may know, Jenny and I are collaborating on a project, and we’ve been writing crazy volumes (for us) on the story itself, which followed fast on the heels of an insane amount of world-building emails that probably would amount to the volume of...

NYC trip

When Tamar and I were walking around NYC last week, we made a stop at an amazing gelato place (um, Tamar will have to post where it is)… and as we’re standing in there, she’s taste testing all of these wonderfully exotic flavors… you know,...

Scott Kelby World Wide Photo Walk

I met up Saturday night with a group formed from the Scott Kelby World Wide Photo Walk — which has apparently been an annual event for a little while now, and I hadn’t realized it. There was a really great group meet-up in the Quarter–met some...

The Arcanum experience

After my only brother died, almost two years ago, I felt like I lost my voice. My creativity with words suffered and dried up to driftwood. While I slowly picked up the pieces again and pasted them together, it was painful. I did it because he’d wanted me to,...

Pirate's Alley — oil technique

I’m playing with various techniques within Photoshop. This is a relatively easy one — I took this shot July 20, pretty early in the morning. When I loaded it into the computer, I HDR’d it with Photomatix Pro 5, then popped it into Photoshop and fixed...

Innovation

Innovation. One of the things that all the hoopla surrounding Amazon vs. Hachette is obfuscating is that the internet isn’t just changing publishing–it’s changing every type of commerce. I’m not all that interested in the controversy...

Sometimes, you're the bug.*

I thought I’d tell you a… fairytale. Something completely made up. Totally not related to anyone who may or may not be a member of this blog. Okay? Fiction. Totally. Once upon a time, there was this woman named…er… Tonya. Tonya was married to a...

A few writer-type questions (and answers)

Recently, Tiffany Dailey sent me a few questions for a blog tour type of thing, and they seemed like fun, so I thought I’d answer them. 1) What am I working on? Currently, I have two projects on the front burners, so to speak, and several projects that circulate...

When all else fails…

Things to say in public that will get you all the elbow room you need:“You know, I was really disappointed in the blood spatter patterns. I wanted a lot more. I think I’m going to have to try again.”[Talking to my husband about photography for a book...

Littlest bridesmaid in a second line parade…

One of the really sweet things about living in the Quarter is that almost every weekend, someone has a second line parade. It’s usually arranged when a group or club hires a brass band (and gets the appropriate permits and parade route approval) to march through...

Lake Verret

I have long loved Lake Verret and the surrounding area (particularly Pierre Part). I was never an early morning person, unless my dad woke me up to go fishing, and then I’d bound out of bed and be dressed and ready to go in a nanosecond–something...

Our building project…

I actually did not fall off the planet, though it felt like it at times. I’d volunteered to host a party for the RT Convention when it came to New Orleans, and as the weeks counted down, I realized I’d been absolutely insane to think I could get the to-do...

Composite photography and creating cover art…

About 3 months ago, my friend, CJ Lyons, asked me to create a piece of art for her cover for her new book (coming out soon), titled Farewell to Dreams. She then interviewed me about the process, and that interview is up live on USA Today’s blog. The photo/image...

Ticket Purgatory…

So, bright and early this morning, I end up on the phone with United Airlines because their computer wouldn’t let me check seating for an upcoming flight. The error message said something like, ‘hahahaha, you fool! We have your money and you are so...

warm memories…

Last year, about this time of the year, I’d gone to visit my good friend CJ Lyons in Hilton Head, SC....

Stepping back…

I took this shot last November (11/03/13) at about 6:30 AM. It’s unusual for me to be on St. Charles that early in the morning, and I’m not used to seeing the avenue without traffic or crowds. It was a bit like stepping back in time....

10 Ways to be Safe in the French Quarter

  This is a perennial list. As I’m writing this, it’s spring, 2014, and we’re about to run headlong into French Quarter Fest (my favorite festival here), and then Jazz Fest (also awesome). We just came out of Mardi Gras, and there are multiple...

Erin go bragh?

I haven’t quite gotten the hang of proper nekkid boob etiquette when it comes to crossing Bourbon and seeing a tourist for whom gravity has not been kind, baring her boobs which are, I am not exaggerating, hanging to her belly button, pointing down, painted...

Butt dialed…

The phone rings (Friday afternoon), and I see it’s my husband on the caller ID. I answer, only to realize almost immediately that he has “butt dialed” me again, and he’s busy talking… quite animatedly… to someone. “Just back...

The newsletter went out…

My first newsletter, in a little over two years, went out Saturday. If you didn’t see it and want it, let me know. If you want the 3 Free Bobbie Faye stories that was the giveaway, you’re not too late–sign up for the newsletter (the “Sign up...

"Where do you get your ideas?"

A proprietor of a small shop in the Quarter asked me yesterday, “Where do you get your ideas?” “Dickie’s Bait shop, in Plaquemine.” I don’t think he believed me. Or maybe I have one of these… I understand the urge for anyone...

3 short stories giveaway… last cover reveal…

And continuing the cover reveals for the last of the three free stories in the short story giveaway for NEWSLETTER SUBSCRIBERS ONLY, here’s the HOT MESS OF A WEDDING novella cover:   This novella takes place about five months or so after the events of book...

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