Stars AND Garters!

Those of you who plod away, day after day, typing out words and then churning them over and over into the submission/rejection machine will understand exactly what I’m talking about when I tell you about the awesome moment I had today: I was in the middle of printing and signing the contract for an anthology I had just been…

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Eating Out: M&S Grill

If you’re new to an area, one of the first things you discover is the local dining scene (sometimes not by choice, if you don’t happen to have things like groceries or pots and pans yet). I’m still shiny to this Northern Virginia/DC area, and I’ve been both exploring the area and asking for ideas from folks I know…

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There Is No Shopping Cart

Having a favorite song is like having a favorite movie or a favorite book. There are just so many that reflect different aspects of our nature…it’s almost silly to have just ONE. Once upon a time I made a list of some of popular bands, and which were my favorite songs of those bands. Some of the ones I…

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One of *those* writers

Yes, apparently I am one of *those* writers. I’ve been working on this ghost story for Michael Knost this week, based on a plantation house in West Virginia. First, of course, I had to do a butt-ton of research because I can’t write about somewhere like Mount St. Helens or Harlan, Kentucky without knowing the place like I’d lived…

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Practice Monday

Tonight is a practice night for the dart league–Wednesday starts playoffs–we play the other Cue Club team. We *need* to win!! I’m still the cute mascot/good luck charm, but next season I’m officially on the team. Which means, I got to practice too. And the boys wiped up the floor with me. Ugh…more practice please! I have got to…

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CUL8R, MR. B8R

One of the things I noticed when I first moved up North (North obviously being the opposite of South), was that a significantly higher percentage of cars on the road had personalized license plates. It’s kind of brilliant I think — if the price of personalized plates is low enough to entice folks to participate, that’s money in the…

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So Full of It

/ Lee: So is “Chock Full o’Nuts” just nuts, or is it something with nuts? Della: There are no nuts at all in it. It’s coffee. Lee: Is it made with nuts? Della: No. Lee: Does it taste like nuts? Della: Nope. Lee: Then why is it “Chock Full?” Della: I keep meaning to Google it and find out….

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