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Changes and Forging Ahead

Yes, there have been many changes indeed since my last post. We no longer live in Mariposa, California, on our property with a view but are now Washingtonians. This is actually a homecoming as my husband was raised in this beautiful state and I lived here for a couple of years before meeting him, marrying, and …

Writing Away

I am busy writing the “sequel” to Charcoal and Chalk though readers shouldn’t expect it to be a continuation of the lives of the freed slaves taught by John Ogilvie. Unfortunately, family documents shed no further light on his Texas students. The new book picks up in John’s life during the late 1890s and into …

A Disappointment, But We Carry On!

Alas, the book signing in Galveston was not to be due to a family medical emergency. I have promised the great folks at the Galveston Bookshop and the Rosenberg Library it will still happen. No date set yet. In the meantime, I have discovered a great outlet–book clubs. Because of the significant topic of Charcoal …

Keeping At It

Every writer has an excuse for not writing–some of those delays tumble onto the next like dominos until it is evident the would-be writer is not a writer at all–simply a wannabe. After years of a strict writing schedule, then taking a breather between newspaper work and the completion of a book, I almost fell …

Summer Trips

Okay, I’ve been gone so the blog has been ignored. Where have I been? Washington State–west and east–two different trips. The first trek was to Redmond where we visited various family members–a highlight being the high school graduation of our granddaughter. She now has her first paying job to help finance a college education at …

Mariposa’s tragic fire

In May, eight businesses in our historic mountain town burned to nothing but rubble. The Arts Council lost precious works of local artists; the Pizza Factory walls of local sports figures and events from over the years, and the Windows on the World Book store its entire inventory–and yes, copies of my book, hardly worth …

Getting it out there

Torrents of much needed rain today–a good time to update the blog. Still selling books. Willow Brige in Oakhurst sold the ones I left on consignment so I brought more over. Also, A Book Barn in Clovis now has several copies to sell. This is an awesome store! Shelves full of books, each section well …

Keeping At It

Back from Texas and Southern Califonia. Between the two I sold over sixty books! The last box is dwindling–three left. I was the speaker of the week at the local Rotary Club, also promoted the book at the Mariposa Museum and History Center, though not very many visitors wandered through that day. I have been …

Still Signing Books

Another box of books has arrived at my house and the local book store also has more books. Folks keep coming into his establishment (now upstairs over Pony Expresso coffee house) and asking to buy Charcoal and Chalk. Saturday, February 4th, Willowbridge Books in Oakhurst held a book signing for me and my good friend, …

Awesome Book Signings

It’s been a whirlwind week starting with the December 10th book release party at the Mariposa County Library. Our kids and spouses plus two grandchildren arrived from points north and south to help with the celbration. We all crowded into a corner of the libray along with a multitude of well-wishing friends. I gave a …