Wednesday Writing with the Senses — Hearing

Hearing, Sight, Smell, Taste, Touch Wednesday, April 15, 2020 Traditionally those are the five senses.  I suddenly decided to rerun this mini-series on The Senses.  I originally did this series five years ago, so maybe it’s fitting. In novel writing I try to involve all your (the reader’s) senses.  Today I want all of us … More Wednesday Writing with the Senses — Hearing

A Bloomin’ Good Week in Atonement TN – It’s Catnip!

Saturday, November 17, 2018 Welcome, to my sanctuary.   Could I offer you some coffee or tea, and a pastry or maybe a breakfast biscuit?  Something more unusual — perhaps herbal tea… maybe even catnip tea?  I had a few days away from my job, and other than a migraine and snow (both on Thursday), it’s … More A Bloomin’ Good Week in Atonement TN – It’s Catnip!

Matchmaking Pigs in Atonement, Tennessee

Saturday, August 25, 2018 Deme and Honeybell, the otherworldly glowing pigs of Atonement, Tennessee had so much fun visiting with you recently that they talked me into letting them have the spotlight again today.  Yes, it’s another snort story. If you’ve been following me for awhile, please forgive me for another rerun.  The past couple of work-months have … More Matchmaking Pigs in Atonement, Tennessee

Baby You Can Drive My (Novel’s) Car

Saturday, August 11, 2018 Robert Matthew Goldstein is my “partner in crime” illustrating the #DieselPunk serial that you’ll find on my Jazz Age Wednesdays posts — “Hullaba Lulu.”  Sometimes Rob also makes videos that parallel the Lulu-verse.  He just did a fabulous one featuring (fictionalized) Nikola Tesla and the electric car that I wrote into the serial.  That … More Baby You Can Drive My (Novel’s) Car

WIP vs LIP? Or Glowing Pigs and the Batmobile

Saturday, July 28, 2018 Welcome, to my sanctuary.  Come on inside and relax for a while. Writers are always talking about their WIP — or work in progress.  At my “real job” I frequently have to ask executives and tech guys to “spell out” acronyms.  I’m drowning in alphabet soup! So, I just now laughed when … More WIP vs LIP? Or Glowing Pigs and the Batmobile

Books set in TN & Atonement, TN Revisited

Saturday, June 23, 2018 I can’t believe that it was way back at Christmastime, 2012 when I published my urban fantasy novel Atonement, Tennessee.  That makes it downright embarrassing that I still haven’t released the second book!  It’s written, but I have little time to give the editing and proofing process.  Although I’m getting closer.   … More Books set in TN & Atonement, TN Revisited

Jazz Age Wednesdays 6 ― Reviews & a Crossover Story

Wednesday, October 18, 2017 I’m so excited to get reviews!  So I hope you’ll forgive me for crowing. Today author and “fairy whisperer” Colleen Chesebro* posted a review of my debut novel,  Atonement, Tennessee.  What a delight it was to read her mindful review with my morning coffee! I’m thrilled.  Since Colleen is “the fairy whisperer“ I … More Jazz Age Wednesdays 6 ― Reviews & a Crossover Story

What to Wear?

Welcome everyone.  I’m glad the weather does not usually effect our ability to have these virtual visits, but horse-feathers, it’s cold out there!  Or at least it is cold for a lot of us.  The question of what to wear is answered by “A coat!” Have you guessed that I’m leading into another writing process post?  Some people … More What to Wear?

The Smorgasboard Features Adelle’s Teapot, an Atonement, TN Story

Hello everyone. Thank you very much for visiting.  I know you are not used to seeing daily posts from me. However, I wanted to show my gratitude to the people who have been so generous in supporting me this week.  Yesterday, it was Chris, the Story Reading Ape.  Today it is Sally.  I promise to … More The Smorgasboard Features Adelle’s Teapot, an Atonement, TN Story

Southernisms & New Year’s Resolutions — Features from Atonement, TN

Southernisms and New Year’s Resolutions in Atonement, TN Welcome back to Atonement, TN – and happy New Year one and all! WordPress sent around the yearly stats.  I’m pleased to say that the numbers for Teagan’s Books went up a little.  However, the interactions with all of you here are immeasurable to me.  Thanks to … More Southernisms & New Year’s Resolutions — Features from Atonement, TN

Mirror of Truth — Features from Atonement, TN

Welcome back to Atonement, TN! Yes, this is my warped idea of taking a break — still making a weekly blog post.  However, the interactive serial stories really are much more labor intensive than these posts.  I actually am getting some writing done on Atonement in Bloom, my main novel in progress! Update — Writing Process … More Mirror of Truth — Features from Atonement, TN

Good Mimosa Mornin’! — Features from Atonement, TN

Here we have it — my first “between the serials” post.  I admit that it feels a little strange, not writing a weekly episode after doing that for so long. Note: In the title of these posts I’m making a distinction between the name of the first novel and the name of the town. “Atonement, … More Good Mimosa Mornin’! — Features from Atonement, TN

Crowing Pains

Crowing Pains No, this is not the weekend, and you haven’t missed the steam locomotive to the Victorian Era — I’m here with a mid-week post! Many of you have heard me say how difficult it is for me to cope with the indie author necessity of shameless self-promotion.  I’m going to start calling that crowing … More Crowing Pains

Photo-Artist Tim Price Reviewed “Atonement, Tennessee

Perspectives For once I don’t feel like I’m engaging in shameless self-promotion.  I guess that’s because it’s giving me the chance to share with you the wonderful talent of someone else. I’m proud as a peacock of the mindful review photo-artist Timothy Price did of Atonement, Tennessee.  But I was absolutely stunned when I saw the photo-art … More Photo-Artist Tim Price Reviewed “Atonement, Tennessee

Coffee with Barb & Teagan — Memorable Southern Characters

Originally posted at “Barb Taub — Writing & Coffee. Especially Coffee.” (If you’re looking for the serial, “Copper, the Alchemist, & the Woman in Trousers” go back one post) In my “real job” outreach is a buzzword.  I see my blog as a great outreach effort. Through this blog I’ve met so many fascinating people and made … More Coffee with Barb & Teagan — Memorable Southern Characters

Copper, the Alchemist, & the Woman in Trousers: Episode 20

Caution: Shameless Self-promotion Ahead Thank you so very much to Donna, RC, and Kathryn, who have all sent “three things” to drive this story.  All those are waiting in queue.  However, the steam(punk) locomotive was all out of fuel when I started writing this episode.  Also since I didn’t have “three things” to drive this … More Copper, the Alchemist, & the Woman in Trousers: Episode 20

Copper, the Alchemist, & the Woman in Trousers: Episode 7

The steam locomotive is still on track. Episode-7 is here, although it seems like only yesterday I sent you a poll asking what kind of serial you wanted to do next. First I thought I’d give you a glimpse of my world. Since “Atonement in Bloom” will pick up where my novel “Atonement, Tennessee” left … More Copper, the Alchemist, & the Woman in Trousers: Episode 7

Writing from an Unexpected Point of View

Originally posted at Chris The Story Reading Ape‘s Blog.   Many thanks to Chris Graham (aka The Story Reading Ape) for hosting me at his amazing Author Promotions Enterprise blog. “The Ape” generously promotes authors on his blog, and he offers excellent resources for our use. However, he’s also a gifted cover artist. Be sure to take a … More Writing from an Unexpected Point of View

World Cat Day 2014

Authors and Cats How could I miss World Cat Day?  But I almost did!  I’ve absolutely no idea why my cats were letting me overlook it. They probably meant to let me know at some point between their after lunch nap and their mid-afternoon nap.  If not, then before their pre-dinner nap. There have been … More World Cat Day 2014

Quaint New Look

When I chose the design-theme for this blog, I was attracted to the bright colors and the sense of movement I perceived in the design.  However, lately I’ve been thinking that modern look is not a good match for the 1920’s setting of the serial stories — or my novel, Atonement, Tennessee. I couldn’t find anything … More Quaint New Look

Calico Calamity an Atonement Excerpt

I blogged this snippet a while back — before the release of my novel, “Atonement, Tennessee.” Now that the paperback and e-book editions are available, I’m sharing it as a mid-week post for those who might have missed it. This excerpt, this calico calamity, leads the heroine of “Atonement, Tennessee” into a tense situation.  Lilith the cat … More Calico Calamity an Atonement Excerpt

Survive Flu Season with the Ultimate Winter Defense

I know… I’m  breaking my rule again — the one about only doing writing related posts.  However, this was so timely that I thought I should share it. Many of us have our own home remedies, holistic ideas, and supplement strategies.  These (below) are not exactly like the things I do, but they’re similar. (Additionally, I swear … More Survive Flu Season with the Ultimate Winter Defense

Atonement Character Interviews: Chip the Delivery Boy

This weekend I will give you another episode of the Three Ingredients serial.  However, as a mid-week post, I’m giving you another character interview from my novel, Atonement, Tennessee. It should give you some insight into everyday life in that fictional town.  So here goes! Chip from Italian 2 Go A young man walks into my office … More Atonement Character Interviews: Chip the Delivery Boy

Three Things: 27 – Vampire, Years, Walked

With National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo) in full swing, I’m indulging myself with today’s set of three things.  When I wrote my NaNoWriMo 2012 winning novel, Atonement, Tennessee, I was somewhat influenced by the style of Charlaine Harris  — particularly her “Southern Vampire” series, sometimes referred to as the Sookie Stackhouse books.  While Atonement is … More Three Things: 27 – Vampire, Years, Walked

National Novel Writing Month 2013: Tatterdemallian

There are several days to go before November breaks out in full blown NaNoWriMo.  It would be against the rules for me to start writing my novel for this year’s National Novel Writing Month just yet.  I have to wait until November to begin writing. Planning and other “writerly” tasks are allowed though.  Images help me … More National Novel Writing Month 2013: Tatterdemallian