Quote For The Day 3-23-2018

“Sometimes you don’t need a goal in life, you don’t need to know the big picture. you just need to know what you’re going to do next!”
Sophie Kinsella, The Undomestic Goddess    


Friday Fictioneers 3-22-2018

PHOTO PROMPT © Björn Rudberg

“What the hell?” Daniel stopped, glaring ahead. The road looked perfectly normal –  for a dirt road – all the way to the curve in the mountain, so why should it be different beyond?

“From the size of that hand, maybe the Bigfoots live around the corner and don’t want trespassers.”

“You’re going to feed me that shit?”

Shrug. “Suit yourself.”

He watched Daniel stride confidently around the curve and disappear, followed closely by a terrified scream and then silence.

“I told him they didn’t like trespassers,” he commented as he turned away. A good cup of tea would be just perfect right now.

Question of the Day 3-22-2018

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What is the most important thing on my desk at this moment?

The most important things on my desk at this moment are my notebooks. My Journal, my If-I-Lose-This-Notebook-I-Am-Screwed Notebook and my Planner. That or my bottle of Chocolate Silk. At this hour of the morning, chocolate is pretty darn important. The notebooks are not yet cracked open.

I need to crack the notebooks (including my next manuscript which has not yet made it from my bag to my desk) and catch up on things, but I’m not quite at that point yet.

Ever had those morning? When you can’t quite get going? I seem to have a lot of them lately. I could say I don’t know why, but I do. I have been staying up too late, watching Youtube. Last night, I stumbled upon videos about the Skylar Neese murder and was drawn in immediately. If you don’t know about the case, Skylar was stabbed to death by her two best friends because, according to the videos, they didn’t like her anymore.

What? Two high school friends, stab their third, best, friend, to death because they didn’t like her anymore? What happened to just snubbing the girl who was no longer a friend? Whisper campaigns? Sure, bullying and whispering aren’t right nor good, but they are a hell of a lot better than murder. Teenagers can change friends like socks. One day, you are best friends and the next, one friend hates the other.

But to stab her to death? To stab her? To chase her down when  she ran and then stand over her while she died?

What the hell?

Then they spent months ‘grieving’ over their missing friend (she was not found for a time), wishing she would come home, would call them. One of the friends even texted the father and bemoaned the fact that she was Skylar’s best friend and why wouldn’t she call? Plus how much she missed her friend.

I do not understand people.

I know this had nothing to do with what is on my desk, but it is on my brain since last night. I watched way too long and I still can’t comprehend what those two teen girls did to their friend. Killing a stranger, much less a friend, wouldn’t even cross my mind!

What is becoming of this world when killing crosses the minds of two teens as the only way to handle breaking up a friendship? What indeed?

Now, back to my desk and notebooks. Time to crack the pages and get my morning going.





Question of the Day 3-20-2018

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If you could only watch one movie for the rest of your life, which one would you watch?

I am not much of a movie watcher anymore. I don’t know if it is because my attention span has shortened and I don’t want to put the hour and a half to two hours into one sitting or if, as a writer, I don’t want to get sucked into another world when I am trying to remained focused on my real world and my fictional world.  There are only so many worlds a girl can take, after all.

I’ve seen a lot of good movies in my time, but none of them jump out as the only movie I would watch for the rest of my life.  In the end, the choice would come down to three – Arsenic and Old Lace with Cary Grant, Skinwalkers, or one of the many classic silent films from Buster Keaton or Charlie Chaplin.

If you love old movies and you have never seen Arsenic and Old Lace, you should definitely give it a watch. It is a screwball comedy of the best sort with Cary Grant at his hilarious best! If you are into silent movies, Buster Keaton’s The General is a classic and well worth watching. The same for just about any Chaplin short or film from his early to middle career.  Modern Times and The Dictator are classic movies, but not typical of Chaplin’s earlier body of work.

Skinwalkers is based on the Navaho mysteries written by Tony Hillerman, done for the PBS Mystery series. There are three movies in the series, Skin Walkers, Coyote Waits and A Thief of Time. All are excellent movies, but only one, remember! Drat!

Knowing me, I would pick out my one, get to whatever place has no other movies ever, and remember the one I really would rather have picked. Luckily, this is a choice I don’t have to make.

What is the one, or two or three, movies you would choose?

Friday Fictioneers 3-20-2018


The camera tipped backwards on the tripod, pose identical to the body twisted on the ground.

“What the hell…” Rawlins asked, squinting beyond the rigged lights. “Is that?”

“Lawn mower?”

“Think the stiff rode his lawn mower way the hell out here to take a picture of… it?…. tripped and broke his neck?”

“Probably not.”

“Ya think?”

“What if the picture was of an alien?” Testing.

Rawlins strode angrily away.

He touched the shutter button with a gloved finger, deleting the unseen photos. Looked up into the empty darkness and smiled.