The Jewelry Designer Diva

Just because it’s not May anymore doesn’t mean I won’t be hosting interviews on my blog anymore. They just don’t always have to be about writers…like this one! I talk about my sister Soteria and her spectacular jewelry all the time–heck, I’ve handed out her business cards to people who have complimented me on the New York subway–but how…

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Ding Dong

It’s that time of year again! Yes, just as you’re ready to throw in the towel on that New Year New You resolution, here come the girls with brown and green sashes, ready to take your cookie order. This brings up another one of Mom’s Rules: Your parents will not bring your Girl Scout cookie order form to work….

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The Twelve Rules, Annotated

I have been asked to talk a little bit more about the now-infamous 2010 Christmas Pageant song “The Twelve Rules of Christmas” (Click here to watch on YouTube). Rule#1: No Decorating the Tree I believe this rule originated the first year we moved into the giant house in North Springs…so I was about ten and Soteria was eight. We…

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Thank You, Examiner!

A lovely FOUR STAR review just in for AlphaOops: H is for Halloween— this one from The Examiner in Charleston, South Carolina. Heather Keuhl, Charleston Paranormal Fiction Examiner (how would you like THAT on your business cards?) says: AlphaOops! H is for Halloween is an adorable book that parents and children will fall in love with. Each letter as their…

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The Answer Is, Was, and Always Will Be: “Yes.”

It was all the rage in high school: South Carolina Governor’s School for the Arts. As a junior or senior you could audition for their summer program in one discipline: visual art, ballet, drama, singing, writing…there may have been others, but two of those defined who I was. There was only one problem. I had to choose between them….

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Move Over, Fairy

My little sister gets her conversational ideas from the Sedaris family. This might concern anyone who has heard, read, or seen anything by David or Amy Sedaris. (Not counting the personal thank you note Soteria has framed by her door; the family photos are relegated to refrigerator magnets.) This would concern me, if a.) we weren’t half Greek and…

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Cloudy Skies & Rorschach

I was cleaning up & organizing my pictures from Hypericon and I came across this one, which I took on the road from Charleston to Nashville. Yes, Mom, I know the dangers of photography (and writing) while driving — I promise you, my hands never left the wheel. Come on…could you have passed up this shot? And…more importantly…what IS…

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Spoleto Events

Every year when I come down for Spoleto’s kickoff, I try and make it to at least one of the events that Soteria and Charles are ushering. In doing so I’ve seen some amazing things–from the Alvin Ailey dance troupe to some very interesting performance art about a rabbit. This year I have tickets to two events: Les Ballets…

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Only A Sister

If you have a sister (or similar close-in-age sibling with whom you spent your formative years in the trenches), you will recognize this scenario. ********************************************************* INT. NIGHT, HOME OF SOTERIA & CHARLES It is late Saturday night. ALETHEA has just arrived in Charleston after a not-so-grueling-but-still-eight-hour drive down the Eastern Seaboard. SOTERIA and CHARLES have offered her a seat…

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Happy Almost-Spoleto!

It’s that time of year…time for Charleston’s annual Piccolo Spoleto Festival! It always starts on Memorial Day weekend — this year it runs from May 28th to June 13th. The combination of historic Charleston’s old European charm and the world-class Spoleto Festival USA together produce a unique and impacting synergy for all who come to the city by the…

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