Peanut Butter Thoughts
Last night, being very tired, I put down the book I was reading, turned out my bedside lamp, snuggled under the covers beside my already fast-asleep husband, and closed my eyes, hoping for a blissful nights sleep.
No such luck!
Thoughts of the rather traumatic afternoon replayed in my mind, one after another, almost as if someone had put in a DVD, then sped it up. Images flew through my head, ones of past, present, and future. My mind would travel down one path only to take off on another. It was never ending, not to mention unsettling. I tried to divert my brain with deep and steady breathing, readjusting my pillow, turning on my side, and looking across the room at the clock which I’d already turned toward the wall (I’m a terrible clock watcher.) Nothing helped to stem the flow,… Continue reading
I tend to be quite rigid when it comes to the rules of the English language. I love language and am a creature of habit. I like to know that things fit into nice little boxes, follow certain rules, and can be made to look nice, neat, and pretty. I can be very opinionated, as well. Actually, I am perfect for the job of editor!
Language isn’t always as neat and pretty as an OCD editor would like to hope, though. One of the loudest–and most fun–discussions that would bounce around the lunchroom when I used to work at an office with other editors would be about whether the English language is, or should be, a fluid language.
Obviously, our language is fluid: it changes from generation to generation, and as technology shifts and changes. My stance is that the underlying rules should not change; these rules are how we… Continue reading
Published on Feb 11, 2014
S.A. Slack reveals some of the inspiration behind the Stormy Winters mystery series. See saslack.com for more!
A good book is as fulfilling to a reader as a favorite meal. How often have you felt as though you were “devouring” a particular novel? Did you find yourself with a satisfyingly full feeling after such a “meal,” perhaps only wishing that there was room for more? If the perfect story is like a delicious meal, then the plot would be the recipe, the events would be the main ingredients, and the characters would be the herbs and spices that give the entire dish depth and flavor.
Studying the “characters” populating her real life is a great way for an author to round out the characters she brings to life on the pages of her next novel. She should be a dedicated people watcher, identifying interesting personal quirks, ingrained habits, and individual tastes that make people stand out. Filing these tidbits of information away, whether mentally or by writing… Continue reading
The Material Cat! That is what I’ve nicknamed our Russian Blue.
I love all kinds of animals, including the stuffed ones you find on the shelves of your favorite stores. Always have. When we left our ranch for city life several years ago, we could no longer have many of the animals we once had living out in the country. Though the real dog, cats, and fish would continue on with us, the population of stuffed animals increased in our home. I like to have them residing in my bedroom and around my home office. It makes me smile and feel good to see them there each day as I go about my chores, writing, etc.
But almost since the day this cat came into our lives as a small kitten, some four years ago now, things changed. We quickly became aware of her infatuation with… Continue reading