Category Archives: #TeamOrange

E is for…

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…Excerpt E is also for exhausted. I have had quite the day running hither and yon, including *6 hours* at the new doctor’s office. However, it was actually a wonderful experience, and I am [cautiously] optimistic that this was the right place to go, and that they will be able to help me. (More on that in another post.) A giant thank you to everyone who sent me kind, encouraging words, whether by writing comments on the post itself or on Facebook, or sending me PMs or texts. I appreciate it all more than you know. Now on to our regularly scheduled programming… I’m sure y’all have noticed that I’ve had absolutely no plan for this challenge. I’ve just written each letter as I’ve gone … Continue reading

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Starting is the hardest part…

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Some people might argue that waiting is harder, and in some cases I’ll give it to them, such as my pal Andrew F. Butters, whose family has been going through quite the time with their daughter, who was diagnosed with idiopathic scoliosis in March 2014 and had surgery two months ago. Go visit their blog to read all about it: you will be amazed and moved. Especially when you check out their daughter’s {words fail me} scar. Anywho, you may (or may not) have noticed that I haven’t written a blog post since November. It’s not that I haven’t had things to say (I have), it’s just that starting again is extremely difficult. Once you break a habit, it’s hard to get back into it. … Continue reading

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Orange is *still* Orange ~ #TeamOrange!

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I am a proud member of #TeamOrange, a group of writers who banded together in 2012 to create the anthology Orange Karen: A Tribute to a Warrior, with all proceeds going to help fellow writer Karen DeLabar and her family pay for medical expenses associated with her bout with Toxic Shock Syndrome. We released the anthology to great fanfare in April 2013. It’s been a while since I’ve promoted it, and I think it’s time to do so again. Fellow author and anthology compiler Christina Esdon inspired this post with these words on her Facebook page: “Hiya friends, as we gear up for summer vacations and enjoying the sunshine, and enjoying life, it makes me think about someone I know who almost lost her life … Continue reading

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My #BlogAversary! – Answers to the Trivia Questions

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For those of you who played the Trivia Contest, here are the correct answers! I’ve also included the link where you could/can find the answer, as well as the most creative ~ but wrong ~ guesses {if there were any}. I had a marvelous time reading what y’all came up with. A special thanks to Betsy and Christopher, who played every single day! (I think that deserves an extra prize, don’t you?!?!) #BlogAversary! – Day 1 1. How many people have answered The Questions? Correct answer: 44 Where you can find this info: Obviously, there are several ways. The easiest would be to click on the link “About the Questions” and count the number of names. Of course, this is a trick question, as two … Continue reading

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My Favorite Lines from the #OrangeKaren Anthology

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If you missed all of my #TeamOrange posts, I am a proud member of a group of writers who banded together to create the anthology Orange Karen: A Tribute to a Warrior, with all proceeds going to help fellow writer Karen DeLabar (yup, that girl in the banner with the orange hair) and her family pay for medical expenses associated with her bout with Toxic Shock Syndrome last year. Because I’m a part of this project, it’s against the rules to write a review on Amazon or Goodreads. (Something about bias. ) But I can do whatever I want on my blog, which is tell you I’m super-proud to be a part of this anthology. It truly has something for everyone – some fantasy, horror, … Continue reading

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The Questions with Dr. Shay West: writer, scientist, teacher

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I met Dr. Shay (yes, she’s a doctor. A total smarty-pants. A scientific smarty-pants, to be precise.) in the online writers’ group I’m always blathering on about. {An aside – if you want to be a writer, find a community of writers. They’ll always lift you up when you’re down, and cheer you on when something great happens.} Shattered Destiny, the second book in her Portals of Destiny fantasy series (book one in the series is The Chosen), was just released last month… and Dr. Shay stopped by to answer The Questions to celebrate the launch! Please give her some love…. And aren’t these covers gorgeous?!?! ———> The Questions 3. If you could trade places with anyone for a week, living or dead, who would … Continue reading

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Short, random post…

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…to get back to our regularly scheduled programming. {Whatever that is.} I want to thank all of my guests for rambling with me in the #TeamOrange edition of The Questions, and a HUGE thank-you to everyone who stopped by to read what they had to say. I’ve started collecting autographs for my copy of the book, and so far I’ve gotten two; one from Stephanie Fuller (obviously the one pictured at left) and one from Christopher Cantley, both of which have been glued in. I hope to get some signatures in person, and soon. (If anyone wants my signature for your copy of the book, you need but ask.) This year has been one of transition… and I am not a fan of chaos. So … Continue reading

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