Named the Kitten

Wednesday, June 10, 2020 Last week, quite unexpectedly, a kitten wandered into my novel in progress.  On a whim, I invited everyone to give me name suggestions for him. Those of you who know I’m a “cat person” are probably surprised that the kitten was a surprise to me… but I already had two other … More Named the Kitten

Resa Honors the Glowing Pigs — Graffiti Lux Art & More

May 7, 2020  The multi-talented Resa McConaghy just did a post about my little collection of short stories, The Glowing Pigs – Snort Stories of Atonement, Tennessee.  I’m tickled pinker than Deme or Honeybell! In addition to her lovely Art Gowns, Resa photographs and shares brilliant murals and street art that she finds.  She’s used … More Resa Honors the Glowing Pigs — Graffiti Lux Art & More

Laughter is good medicine — snorts are even better. #FreeBook

Wednesday, March 25, 2020 Laughter, they say, is the best medicine.  So, wouldn’t be even better when something makes you snort? I write all sorts of stories.  I’ve been told that I do some genre mash-ups.  However, there’s one thing you can count on with my stories — whimsy.  In the universe of Atonement, Tennessee, … More Laughter is good medicine — snorts are even better. #FreeBook

Kevin Cooper and his cats had me over for “An Interview with Teagan Ríordáin Geneviene”

via An Interview with the wonderful, Teagan Ríordáin Geneviene Author and musician, Kevin Cooper (and his feline friends) invited me to his place to talk about my urban fantasy town, Atonement, Tennessee and the books that are set there.   Of course they also wanted to know more about the calico of the novels, Lilith. … More Kevin Cooper and his cats had me over for “An Interview with Teagan Ríordáin Geneviene”

Atonement Ganesha

Saturday, February 9, 2018 Diana Wallace Peach started a  monthly feature at her blog, Myths of the Mirror.  I caved into the temptation to play along. Click the link to learn more.  Each month, Diana issues an image as a prompt. This time, my response is a twofer! My first response is my alteration of … More Atonement Ganesha

Happy Year of the Pig, and a Bloomin’ Character Interview

Saturday, February 2, 2019 Happy Chinese New Year, everyone!  Yes, I realize I’m a little early.  However, Atonement, TN’s porcine residents, Deme and Honeybell heard it is going to be the Year of the Pig.  Those two glowing gals wouldn’t leave me alone until they got their own special post.  Straightlaced Saturday will return next week … More Happy Year of the Pig, and a Bloomin’ Character Interview

A Bloomin’ Barn

Saturday, December 8, 2018 When I was ready to publish Atonement in Bloom, blogger extraordinaire Dan Antion did the first ever (as far as we know) fictional Thursday Doors post.  He used doors and buildings from his part of the country that made him think of my quirky fantasy town in Tennessee.  Recently, with the photos Dan … More A Bloomin’ Barn

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!

A Pause & a Review — (Cornelis will be back)

Saturday, October 13, 2018 Straightlaced Saturday will not be at the steampunk train station today.  This weekend I must not blog, no matter how much I miss visiting with you.  Why?  I have a ton of work to do before the Atonement, TN Party Bus is road worthy!  So I’ve disabled comments today.   However… Deme and Honeybell … More A Pause & a Review — (Cornelis will be back)

Another Bloomin’ Cover Reveal — But this time it’s mine!

Friday, October 5, 2018 I debated when to run this post.  I worried that it wouldn’t be seen between my serial posts — so I scheduled it as my Saturday post. Then I worried that you’d lose track of Copper, the Alchemist, and the Woman in Trousers…  Have I ever mentioned that Springsteen was born to run, … More Another Bloomin’ Cover Reveal — But this time it’s mine!

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

Marge Tipton — Characters from Atonement, TN (& a Cover Reveal)

Saturday, August 18, 2018 Welcome everyone.  You’ve entered my sanctuary.  Today we’re visiting Atonement, Tennessee.  I know it can be hard to find your way around in a fictional town.  So, let’s have lunch at the local diner, L.O.L.A. Lola’s.  I want you to meet the owner, Marge Tipton.  Marge’s part in Atonement, Tennessee is quite small, but she … More Marge Tipton — Characters from Atonement, TN (& a Cover Reveal)

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

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

The Sleigh: Annie’s Inventory Notes — Features from Atonement, TN

Welcome back to Atonement, TN! I hope everyone has had a wonder-filled week.  I’m delighted that you’re spending a moment from the holiday weekend here. Sometimes I get a few posts prepared ahead of time (and that’s nice for me). However, that hasn’t been the case for awhile. Anyway, just as I was wondering what I could possibly … More The Sleigh: Annie’s Inventory Notes — Features from Atonement, TN

3 Bloom Things — Features from Atonement, TN

Welcome back everyone.  Thanks for coming to Atonement, TN! It’s great to see you again  — I know it can be hard to find your way to a fictional town. I’ve been delighted with everyone’s support of my “pantser” serial stories.  As most of you know, those stories resulted from a writing exercise I created for … More 3 Bloom Things — Features from Atonement, TN

When the Greatest Is the Smallest — Features from Atonement, TN

It’s My 3rd Blogiversary! The second day of December marked the third anniversary of this blog.  Like some other things, to me it doesn’t seem nearly that long — yet it also feels like something I’ve always done. To many bloggers and readers three years and 295 posts truly is not much at all.  I … More When the Greatest Is the Smallest — Features from Atonement, TN

Adding Suspense — Features from Atonement, TN

It’s Moving Too Slow — What Shall I Do? As I grow my characters, and layer the elements of a new story, I’m always afraid that it is moving to slowly — because I’m doing precisely those things rather than something more exciting.  How do I cultivate both characters and suspense, and work on more than … More Adding Suspense — Features from Atonement, TN

Mysterious Lodge — Features from Atonement, TN

Building a House with Magic — The Mysterious Lodge Sometimes things don’t go as planned — as you saw last weekend. Thank you so much for coming back again.  I’m also sorry you missed the Halloween treat from Isabel at Cakes and More 101.  I was going to feature a recipe from her last weekend.  Isabel has a beautiful … More Mysterious Lodge — Features from Atonement, TN

79 Words & Duct Tape — Features from Atonement, TN

First an Update — My Writing Process I began drafting Atonement in Bloom about a year ago (as I’ve already whined).  Last week I saw that a long “magical” interlude right after the opening needed to happen later in the story. You’d think that would be a simple matter… However, delaying that part of the plot actually caused … More 79 Words & Duct Tape — Features from Atonement, TN

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

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

Atonement, TN: Beginning

The Story Begins I’m posting this especially for those who have requested something longer to read.  I’m listening to your comments, and I aim to please!  So here is a rather long excerpt from the beginning of “Atonement, Tennessee,” my debut novel, published on Christmas Eve 2013. With our “interactive” serials, The Three Things, and The Three … More Atonement, TN: Beginning

Character Interviews: Lacey Hampton

Don’t worry.  I won’t leave you hanging with the Three Ingredients Serial. Episode-7, “E. coli, Marmite, Burner” is in progress. (Spock’s Sister and I worked out some changes to her ingredients.)  I hope everyone will be thinking of food-related ingredients to send me for future episodes.  You’re welcome to leave them in a comment. (Hint -hint.) While you wait for the … More Character Interviews: Lacey Hampton

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