Thursday, March 4, 2021

Did You Know

Did you know Thomas Jefferson installed a compass on the East Portico ceiling at Monticello and attached it to the weather vane so he could track the direction the winds were blowing?

Wednesday, March 3, 2021

IWSG Wednesday


The first Wednesday of every month is officially IWSG day. Members post about their doubts and fears, discuss struggles and triumphs, and offer words of encouragement to others who are struggling.

Thanks, as always, to Alex Cavanaugh, founder and Ninja Captain extraordinaire and our awesome co-hosts:Sarah - The Faux Fountain Pen Jacqui Murray, Chemist Ken, Victoria Marie Lees, Natalie Aguirre, and JQ Rose!


The IWSG monthly question can be found under the IWSG Sign-up tab on the Insecure Writer's Support Group Blog or in the newsletter.  Remember it’s optional.


March 3 question - Everyone has a favorite genre or genres to write. But what about your reading preferences? Do you read widely or only within the genre(s) you create stories for? What motivates your reading choices?


My writing and reading genres are a hundred and eighty degree opposites. I read most genres as long as they are well-written and hold my interest, but my favorites: enthralling YA fantasies and page-turner thrillers. What I write: westerns and western romances. A bit different, hey? And to add to the oddness, while all my protagonists pack heat and are proficient with their weapons, I'm a gun control advocate, though I prefer the term gun safety advocate. Do you think my alter ego is a gun toting badass?

        AND...February/March Reviews in no particular order.



I've read several of Ms. Cronin's works and enjoyed each and every one, but this particular set of shorts and poetry is definitely my favorite. When it opened with a story about artificial intelligence not allowing the protagonist to order sweets because she was on a diet, I knew I was in for a treat. The characters are warm and believable. The world building spot on. Before you know it, you're in the middle of each and every story. So grab a cuppa, some cookies, put your feet up and enjoy. Amazon.



STOLEN by K.A. Woodford

This story is a remarkable blend of an edge-of-your seat crime thriller and a heartwarming romance. The author nailed police procedure and her research on the subject shines through. Her characters are well-developed and her descriptions detailed. I especially loved the epilogue. It ties the story up with a bright red bow. I'm looking forward to more page-turners by K.A. Woodford. Amazon.





NIGHT ZERO by Rob Horner

Science goes awry in this zombie thriller.

A virus is accidentally released that makes people violent and once they die turns them into the undead. While this isn’t my normal genre, I have found that the category isn’t that important as long as the story is well-written and this one definitely is. It’s obvious the author has a medical background and this knowledge adds layers to the story. NIGHT ZERO is definitely a well-crafted tale. If you like horror or zombies, get ready to keep turning pages. Just leave the light on. Amazon.
















Tuesday, March 2, 2021

It's Tuesday

 Move over Jurassic Park.

This is a fascinating article. Also mentioned is cloning pets, if you have the funds. Which raises another interesting question. If I had a spare 35K sitting around, I'd love to have beloved pets back. The question in my mind, is it the thing to do when there are so many homeless pets, no matter how badly we want them back?

Scientist Clone the First U.S. Endangered Species.




Calendar Wisdom.



If you could reclone your pet, would you? Got calendar wisdom?

Thursday, February 25, 2021

Did You Know


Did you know, Thomas Jefferson was an inventor and among his inventions were dumbwaiters and concealed devices that would open doors in his Monticello home?