SGC favorite moment

Found this giphy and had to share. It’s one of my all time favorite moments from Stargate SG-1 Season 7. Don’t come between Teal’C and his ice cream.


Fussing With My Writer’s Planner

I think I’m done fussing around with my Writer’s Planner. I’ve been tweaking it to make it my own. I haven’t taken anything away from it sans the calendar. What I’ve done is add things to it. For example: the original has pages dedicated to listing things to treat yourself with. I added a page to track me treats- so I don’t repeat myself. I also added an Achievements page. This way I can look back and see what I’ve done. A reminder for those times when I’m feeling like a slug and wonder if I’m making any progress.

Of all the planners I’ve seen, I think I like this one the best. This is not because it came from IFW or because it was free. It’s because I can tweak it to add things that I feel I need.  I’m satisfied for now, although, I won’t be surprised if something comes to mind that I’d want to add.

That said, I have kept the original PDF as well as the file I created from it. Plus I’m keeping a copy of the one I made adjustments to. I have also created files specific for each quarter. This is so that any year 2018 I can just open the file and save it to new and I’m good to go for that quarter. Sure, I might have to make some minor tweak, but not so much so since I took the calendar out. I set this to its own file. It’s just easier for me, this way.

I do honestly believe that I am going to enjoy working with this planner. It’s the  start of week 6 and I’m off to a good start. It’s like Jerry Doyle used to say “your attitude controls your altitude.” It’s a pilot’s saying but it can apply to your emotional and mental attitude just as easily as a plane’s.

Thank you IFW, I needed this.

Institute for Writers

Formerly known as Long Ridge Writers Group- Institute for Writers has existed since 1989. Their programs are designed to help writers hone their skills in fiction and nonfiction. They have courses on writing for both adults and children. I can’t say enough about how much this program “Breaking into Print” has helped me. The 12 lesson course focuses on creating short stories and articles (fiction or nonfiction) for publication in magazines and other periodicals. I, personally, chose to create an anthology of my works. It still counts!

The school, one-on-one student mentor contact, and the ladies in the office have all been instrumental in helping to build my confidence towards this goal. So much so, that I feel I need to share my story and introduce the school to other fellow writers. Try the aptitude test for yourself- it’s free. And the program does offer an option for college credit.

What I like best about the program- the way they’re set up with sending assignments and receiving critiqued responses. It’s exactly like the real world when dealing with the publishing industry. In the beginning, I’d have to send two copies of my scripts and I’d receive one back with my mentor’s remarks and suggestions- just like an agent or editor might do. Now, they’ve changed to online submissions. Genius! And it saves on postage!

Yes, it’s costly, but well worth it when you consider the invaluable information you receive with the course manual, the collection of books, and the one-on-one mentoring with someone actually in the industry. Don’t sweat the cost though because they offer a monthly payment plan.

I could keep going but you should check it out for yourself. It is challenging but in the end it is worth it!

A Cast System? Really?

I was unaware the the US practiced a cast society. That once you entered a certain field of employ, you were stuck there for the rest of your life. “This is where your experience is, so this is where we’ll look.” According to the woman at the job center.

I’d like to become a phlebotomist, This would allow me the time and energy to focus on my writing and education. Yes, I have a heavy work history in fast food. I want OUT of this industry because of the stress and pressure involved. And yet, this is where the job center keeps sending me. Just because I have a heavy / long history in it does not mean it’s a good history.

Rest in Peace Sue Grafton

Over the years I had grown tired of the formulaic scripts in mystery novels. Then I discovered the Kinsey Millhone Alphabet Series. I’m not a fan of first-person stories but this one grabbed me.

I suppose this is because Kinsey was a grown woman, with grown thoughts and ideas- and she wasn’t trying to save the universe. She is a private detective doing her job, doing what needed to be done.

Thank you, Sue Grafton, for creating a relatable, realistic, and believable character.

Thank you for sharing so much of yourself with the world through your novels.

As a writer, Sue Grafton was and will continue to be an inspiration to me. You will be missed by many.

Sue Grafton died on Thursday, December 28, after a two-year battle with cancer. She was 77.

Contemplating A Title Change

As many know, I’ve been working on my series The Zodiac Chronicles for a number of years. The first piece being written back in 1998- True Family, which featured Jeff (Aries) and TJ (Taurus),

Why it hasn’t been published yet is a different issue, It’s probably a good thing at this point. In the last few years, I’ve discovered and been shown other works of the same title. Needless to, but I will, yes it’s feeling a bit crowded under this title.

The first one I discovered on after someone suggested I Google the title. I found The Zodiac Chronicles: The Gifts by Sasha D. Oliver

— She weaves an interesting story around vampire clans.

In 2011  I was shown an Amazon page by Inde Finfew –

The title of the book is New Beginnings (The Zodiac Chronicles Book 1)

– I’m not sure what this one is about, just that it takes place in the future and involves an ancient prophecy.

Amazon Link

Today I discovered:

In 2015 Stan Lee, yes, that Stan Lee has collaborated with others to bring us The Zodiac Legacy.

I also discovered Arya Karin’s Zodiac Binding: A Reverse Harem Novel (The Zodiac Chronicles)

– Hers is a story of magical shape-shifters

Amazon Link

Black Ties and Yellow Roses: The Zodiac Chronicles by Vivien Sass

– a classic romance story

Barnes and Noble

So, with the number of writers using The Zodiac Chronicles as part the titles to their books- question I am contemplating is- should I stick it out or change the title to my own series?


Negative comments disguised by good intentions.


I told a friend once – “I would really like to get back to college and finish my degree.”

He said- “Maybe you should consider that you already know all you need to know.”

His tone was kind, perhaps his intention was as well but his words were not, absent of his voice, it’s clear to see that his words are discouraging.

For those who like to read between the lines- the translation is “you don’t need to finish college.”