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Grief in Storytelling

I'm hard at work on STEALING THUNDER. The number 2 book in the Darkness Paranormal series that I'm writing. As in STEALING DARKNESS, this book deals considerably with grief. It's a recurring theme for most of my work, mostly because of the truth of the emotion. InSTEALING DARKNESS, the grief is over an unseen loss and how it relates to her own inability to save someone. But in STEALING THUNDER, the grief has several avenues. The first is Graham's coming to terms with the loss of his mother, a loss he thought he dealt with long ago. For Grace, it's watching a friend slowing fading away. And for a little girl, it's dealing with the grief of watching her mother die and knowing there's no way to stop it.

People automatically think that grief is something that happens after death. But in fact, from the moment we realize the finality of a situation we are forced to deal with our own mortality, and the inevitability of loss. I've often heard people say that i…

Don't Hate Me

I know that this is not the public opinion right now, but I don't like the 50 Shades series. I haven't done more than browse through the book, hardly a full page read, but I am just not that into it.

For those of you who are anxiously awaiting the release of the movie, I hope you have a wonderful time. I hope it lives up to all that has been built up about it. That's usually a hard row to hoe. I see very large resemblance to the excitement that came out over the Twilight books. I was there for the book release of the first one... at Midnight, with my daughter, along with a ton of other teens and their moms who were gushing about the book.

I kind of get the same vibe about this one as I did about Twilight. Would I want my daughter in that situation? Would that be a healthy relationship for her? Probably not. But I am not the guardian of all those people out there.

If this is your cup of tea then I sincerely hope you enjoy it. For me, I'm on to something else. And that…

Tax Time: Writer's Favorite Time of Year

It's snowing here in Maine again!!!! Big surprise, I know. But we have 2 to 3 more feet of snow expected this week. The kids have already had 4 out of their 5 allotted snow days. At this point, they'll be going to school until July.




Annnnnyyyyyywwwwwayyyyyyy, it's that time of year again! Most really don't look forward to it, especially if they have to fill out a schedule C, but I actually kind of like it.

Now, I'm not saying that I'm an organized writer... far from it. But I do appreciate any activity that requires putting things neatly into boxes or sorting things out. Puzzles, love puzzles! Maybe that is why I enjoy being a bookkeeper. It's all about task orientated activities.

Okay, I've seen lots of questions going on in email lists that are geared toward taxes and much of what I see are very simple questions that get twisted around. If you are experiencing dizziness, anxiety, loss of sleep you may have a problem with doing your taxes. Or you are tak…