I’ve Got My Roll On….

I’ve been having a ball adding more treasures to my new etsy shop!


Before I show you pictures, let me ask you something…..

Do you remember the Old Ladies from my first novel SECRETS OF THE OLD LADIES CLUB
What do you think would happen if those grand old dames got together to write a cook book?? You know, they may be best friends, but they are as different as night and day. I’m thinkin’ I’d love to write a recipe book using their recipes. Oh, when I think of the Secrets we would discover! Southern, Jewish, Cajun, and oh so much more! Mazel Tov! Ya’ll come back now, hear? Mon, cher` petit`!
Hey, could have a ‘novel’ approach….

Sassy ankle jewelry!  So cute!

Sassy ankle jewelry! So cute!

Spring time boot bracelet!

Spring time boot bracelet!

Yes, it's a boot bracelet

Yes, it’s a boot bracelet

Camouflage Bracelet - Her best hunting accessory!

Camouflage Bracelet – Her best hunting accessory!

Hand knit cherry quartz bangle bracelet

Hand knit cherry quartz bangle bracelet

Never goes out of style!

Never goes out of style!

Books and bracelets aren’t the most important things in the world. Prayers and Peace are. Get your roll on and please include prayers for peace.


It Ain’t Eeeeas-sy

i am a reader

Somebody take me away, I’m stuck in hyperbole hell. Who said making your dreams come true was easy and effortless? It couldn’t have been me; I’m having a hard time of it. That’s not to say I haven’t already had my dreams come true. I have. But keeping the dream alive, to borrow an expression, is the hard part. For example, I’m writing another novel. It’s hard. It’s not speeding toward ‘The End’ in any way, shape, or form. I’m having trouble fleshing out my characters and laying the plot down the way I want it. I can’t decide who will be my antagonist and who will be the hero. At this point, both are interchangeable. Not good. Maybe. I don’t know, I’m confused. So many stories in my head! Have you heard that saying that has been going around facebook “I try not to listen to all the voices in my head, but some of them actually make sense” ? That’s me. I know what the novel is going to be about. I’m pretty sure I know the direction I want it to go. And I even have some scenarios worked out in my head. Getting from the first sentence to the last one is the problem. I have notes jotted down in my own special shorthand in every corner of every room, and even in the bathroom, my purse, and my car. Some I can read, some I can’t. “Don’t forget the balloon” and “Body in the woods” and “Is she crazy or is she faking it?” I got those covered, but when it comes to some of my notes, I have no idea what I was thinking when I wrote them.

Who can relate?

I am what some in the writing world call a pantser. I write by the seat of my pants instead of methodically plotting out the story line from beginning to end. Some writers even outline each chapter before they write it. I can’t do that because I never know from one writing session to the next where my story is going. The characters take on a life of their own. They do what they want to do and I have no say in the matter. Take my last novel for example: Secrets of the Old Ladies’ Club. Regina, Donna, Stella, Bethany, and Cicely came to life for me. I really miss them now that the book is finished and published. My old friends, bless their hearts. How I wish they could come have coffee with me one more time! (You know I’m joking, right?)

The good thing about being a pantser is what makes it so complicated. It’s ok with me that the story takes twists and turns as it pleases. Think about it. It’s like reading a book at the same time it’s being written. Now, that’s fun. But it ain’t eeeeas-sy!

The more I read, the more I want to read. There are so many dang good books out there! I wish I could tell my late mother how much I appreciate her love for books and how she inspired me to read. She gave books to me for Christmas and birthdays. I remember the Nancy Drew Mysteries and later, a whole series of Janice Holt Giles. Mama had a ton of books lining the shelves on one whole wall in her house. I think she kept every one she ever bought. I wish I could say the same! Mama liked to write too, but she never had anything published. She wrote short stories about her childhood which wasn’t easy either. In fact, how she gleaned those darling stories from her awful childhood is a mystery to me. She didn’t have enough confidence in herself to write a book or share her poetry, so she wrote letters to her mom and sisters. We moved a lot when I was a kid so she considered it her job to keep the rest of her family up to date about where we were living and what it was like there. Mama’s descriptive letters were akin to painting a picture. They were awesome. Too late, I realized, so was she. I think I want to create a character in my work-in-progress just for her, her name, and everything. She will be a short, red-headed, fiery tempered, out-spoken, opinionated, kind, generous, God-loving, insecure woman with lots of good advice whether you want to hear it or not. Um, yeah. We have a lot in common. But anyway, when the book is finished and published, I will dream about her, along with Regina, Donna, Stella, Bethany, and Cicely, and we will all have coffee together and laugh and laugh and laugh.

Tiffany Marie’ Photography and The Old Ladies’ Club

If you know me, you know that writing a book has been #1 on my bucket list for a number of years. I’ve had such a great life with so many laughs, I couldn’t just let it pass without writing some of it down.

Well, I did write a book and it isn’t an autobiography, but it is about old ladies (hmmmm. Maybe just a little autobiographical, lol). Secrets Of The Old Ladies’ Club is in publication and will be out sometime soon – if I ever get through the rounds of proofs. It is a self-published book through Iuniverse and it has taken me 3 years or so to bring an itty bitty 218 page book this far. Thank God it isn’t longer! I SO admire and respect those real authors who manage to handle 300-400 page manuscripts! To be honest, this one was nearly 300 pages but after I got the editing knife out, it shrank. I don’t know if I did the right thing, but it is done. Good, bad, or ugly, I love it!

Anyway, here is my plug: I want you all to take a look at my new friend Tiffany Marie Fontenot ~


She is the little darling who took my portrait for the book cover. She has her own photography business called Tiffany Marie’ Photography. What I really liked about her is that she immediately put me at ease. I hate having my picture made and I’m not photogenic at all. But she seemed to understand that and rolled with it. It takes a special person to do that, ya know. Tiffany has been shooting for two or three years now which is really cool considering how young she is. She told me she was grew up with a camera in her hand and has a real passion for it. Check out some of her pics below you’ll see proof positive how true that is. This is what she has to say for herself:

And finally here’s some words from my heart……new beginnings, new life, first steps, life’s milestones, memories made…I can help you capture these and many more. Life happens too quickly. Images that we catch are a moment in that passing time, moments though that can be cherished for many years to come. The first step is to contact me and we can talk about what it takes to create the pictures that will take your breath away.”


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And if you want to see more of her work, visit her facebook page:  https://www.facebook.com/home.php#!/TiffyMphotography?fref=ts

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