Two Sides Are More Than Enough


These are the  latest art pieces I’ve finished.

The first, the cute little birdie, was done for my daughter. She’s nine and this is what she likes.
The other, which I call “Dust Witch or Chunky Low-lights,” began as my contribution to a group project. We applied to depict Ray Bradbury’s novel Something Wicked This Way Comes as part of a Halloween exhibition. Our idea didn’t get picked. I kept the old girl around unfinished for a while and then decided to pull her back out and see what I could do.

Both are mixed media collages, made up mostly of torn tissue paper and glue. There are some acrylic paints and sharpie outlines thrown in as well.
I think the two pieces perfectly show the two sides of me. One, the sunny wife and Mom, who volunteers at the elementary school. The other is the darker one, who loves a scary folktale, spun in shadows. They both make up the parts that make me, me.  I probably have more than two sides, come to think of it, but it is probably best not to discuss the others. Click the links for larger versions.

Fat Little Birdie                                                           Dust Witch or Chunky Low-lights

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Lo’s NON-Traditional Guacamole


20150704_113254_20150704120627262Okay, so this is not a traditional guacamole recipe, but a least I’m not suggesting you add green peas. 🙂

This recipe does have some ingredients you don’t find in “regular” guacamole. If that’s what you want, click here:

Real Authentic Mexican Guacamole

I often take MY version of guac to my writer’s group meetings. My writer friends insist they like mine the best of any they’ve tried. (Suddenly, I’m feeling like Mrs. Elton from Emma.)

So here goes: Lo’s NON-Traditional Guacamole
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Children of Elder Time E-book Available


I’m so excited to announce that my collection of short stories and poems, Children of Elder Time  is available for Kindle download from Amazon.com!  I used my original artwork, Sun and Moon,  for the cover.

The book features 10 short stories, two of which were previously published, and two poems. The entire book clocks in at 128 pages, which I hope is enough (and entertaining enough) to warrant its $2.99 price tag.

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The stories and poems can best be summed up as Speculative Fiction. That’s the best genre I could lump them under considering they feature everything from dragons and vampires to (I’m not kidding) vampire-dragons. You’ll also find tales with folklore, fairy tales and classic mythology re-spun and re-imagined. The stories range from humorous to dark and represent, I hope, the best of my writing to date.

Here’s the link again!

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Cheap and Easy Christmas Gift Decoration


20141123_094632 (3)I know. I know. It isn’t even Thanksgiving yet, but I spent the weekend wrapping Christmas gifts as a way to help out my daughter’s teacher. These are the gifts she will give to the children at their class party just before the holiday break.

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Personalized Gift Bag–Just 4 Dollars


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This gift bag turned out so  cute, I should have taken step-by-step photos, but It was really simple.

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The Sun and Moon and Writing


I have been making more visual art lately than writing. I haven’t given up, but when my writing stalls, art relaxes me and seems to often free up the part of my brain that generates stories. I always keep a notebook and pen handy when I’m working on an art piece and I often stop to jot down a thought or two. Sometimes I abandon the art altogether and crank out 1,300 words in an hour, which happened a few days ago. For me, visual art is just another process to writing.

I found an art piece by beading mosaic artist Brandi Jasmine by doing a quick search on the internet. I love her work. I found an image I wanted to use in my own medium of torn tissue paper.

I don’t have permission to display the original, but I can point you here to take a look. Hers is gorgeous and mine is an imitation, but I hope it is “flattery” all the same.

This is my version on the Sun and Moon:

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A Flower for Maya


The writers group I’m a part of went on a field trip last night. We traveled to another city to participate in an experiment.  The organizers still aren’t sure what to call it, but everyone agreed it was a success.

It was a night of art, artists, poetry, remembrance, much laughter, a few tears…oh…and wine.  Each person was encouraged to bring a favorite quote or poem by Maya Angelou to share with the group.

The art supplies came out and we were again encouraged to do whatever we felt like, whether to follow the instructor’s lead or go off on our own. This is mine. Done in 3 hours and a little shaky after a few drinks, the piece is fitting for my life and the blog.

Thank you, Dr. Angelou, for everything. ❤

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Twisted Boulevard Is Available!


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The main thing I am always short on is time. There so very much I want to get done and so little time to do it. I have been meaning to post a great deal about Twisted Boulevard: Tales of Urban Fantasy , which includes my short story “Mors Cupid” but just haven’t had the chance. Luckily, there are bloggers who MAKE the time.

Twisted Boulevard contributor Paul Bates has posted a helpful synopsis of each of the twenty seven stories in the book on his blog Paul Bates: Putzel, Zeppy and Me along with several helpful links of how to buy the book. 🙂

I’m so thrilled to have one of my stories included in such an impressive selection of stories.

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The writer’s group I am privileged to be a part of meets every Wednesday night. The core group of five women (others visit on occasion and all are welcome) are the epitome of encouragement. They encourage me not in a “let’s blow smoke and applaud every little thing everyone does” kind of way, but by sharing their experiences as writers and human beings moving through life without all the answers…

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Easy Chicken Corn Potato Chowder


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Great to warm you up on a frosty winter evening, this chowder is quick and easy:

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