Fantasy by KM Shea

A reader recently told me she really enjoyed all of KM Shea’s fantasies, so I gave this author a try…and I have really liked her so far. I haven’t read a ton yet, so I’m no expert on all her books. But the Hall of Blood and Mercy series has been super fun and intriguing. Here’s the blurb for the first book–Magic Forged.


I’m one scrappy wizard. As someone with barely a flicker of magic, I’ve spent my life being mocked and surviving fights with bullies. But when my parents die in an accident, and I find myself responsible for our whole wizard house and family, I know my usual tactics aren’t going to cut it.

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Bet you didn’t know…

I was wondering what to write about and found a fun site with interesting, useless facts that I couldn’t pass up sharing. If you know some of these, buy yourself a hot fudge sundae. You deserve it for being extra sharp.

Bet you didn’t know that:

There is a species of spider called the Hobo Spider.


I’m a hobo. Give me a dollar…or else!

I did know this one because at my sister’s house, I met a hobo spider. Shiver! My son thinks hobos have beards and wear a beanie cap on their head. This spider did neither. But it did actually Continue reading

Writers and Spiders

DSCN9387Writing and spiders don’t connect, unless a spider spins it’s silky web and attaches it to a writer…then they’re connected by threads, but that just creeps me out to think about…so casting that thought out of my head, I will continue on.

I’m a writer…and there are spiders and spider webs all over my back yard. Ick. I promised weird facts occasionally, so I looked up why there are so many arachnids in the fall…and it’s because they are on a seasonal timetable. They hatch in the spring, reproduce and die in the fall. In the summer, they lie low to keep from being eaten, but by fall, the survivors are large enough to start spinning webs and scare and annoy humans before they die. Continue reading

Why I love Idaho

I found this old article the other day and it made me laugh my head off. Since I’m in the midst of wedding craziness right now, I will let you read THIS LINK to understand why I love Idaho so much. It sums up my feelings pretty well (and even included rare facts about us not being afraid of gorillas and being able to jump over the hood of our cars, which I found very enlightening). Now hold onto your heads so you don’t laugh them off like I did.

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Oscar Organizing

is for Organizing.

Since tax season just ended, it’s time to organize and file away all that financial crap that is piled up in our homes. And if you have only a few papers, I’m downright envious of you. It seems each year my pile of papers grows. Icky receipts and Old papers are easy to ignore…but if you do, then you run the risk of becoming like one of my favorite Sesame Street characters–Oscar the Grouch. Continue reading

2013–Think Big

happy new yearIt’s that time again! Last year when I started my blog, I made BIG goals. They were so big I don’t think I can outdo them…so I’ll just report on how I did and say ditto (try again in 2013).

  1. Clean out my garage. Good news! I did two shelves instead of one. I am on my way to garage cleanliness (if only my college daughters would stop dumping their priceless junk Continue reading

Tips for Holiday Recovery

recovering holidaysDid you have a great Christmas? I hope you did. I loved mine, but Ginger shows how we all feel inside as we look at our messy houses with gift wrapping still stuck in the carpet and bows scattered in odd places…not to mention all the tempting candy and treats laying around on the counters. And now you have to put away all your Christmas gifts and vacuum your carpet to get rid of tinsel, tape and dog hair (if you have Continue reading

Tag is hard when you’re slow

One thing I never expected when I started blogging is the exercise I would get. It seems like the sort of couch-potato activity that would lead to bon-bon eating and fat bottoms. But let me banish those myths from your mind. Blogging burns a lot of calories, especially when you play TAG.

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On the Wilde Side

I thought I’d start the week out a little Wilde. Oscar Wilde, that is (with a lot of Maurice Sendak thrown in too). This Irish novelist & poet (1854-1900) has some great quotes that make mischief of one kind and another.  I’m sure his Mother called him a Wilde thing and sent him to bed without eating supper. That might have led to his streak of creativity. Let’s get in our boat and sail off through night and day and in and out of weeks, and almost over a year, to where the Wilde things are.

The Wilde things roared their terrible roars and gnashed their terrible teeth and rolled their terrible eyes and showed their terrible claws, till Oscar Wilde said: Continue reading

How to Unsell yourself–Part 3

We end our informative series on Unselling yourself today. Wah! Grab the tissues. I know you’re sad and would love to see another 10 of these lessons…but I can only take you so far. The rest is up to you. So sniff back those tears and let’s make these 3 lessons so firm in your mind that you don’t inadvertently get famous.

To review. The first two steps in Unselling yourself are:

1) Don’t tell your mom about your successes or talents.

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