If the creek don’t rise…

Today I’m up before daylight working on a round of edits for my forthcoming collection of short stories, If the Creek Don’t Rise. The book has eighteen short stories and five postcard pieces plus original sketches by Susan Raymond. Many authors find the editing process to be tiresome, but I relish it. First and foremost,Continue reading “If the creek don’t rise…”

Eureka Springs, Public Library, and Lead-in to Mardi Gras 2016

Cocktails for a Cause flagged the Eureka Springs Public Library as beneficiary for February with the Love My Library event at the iconic Basin Park Hotel. Authors chatted up the crowd, promoted reading, and sold books. As a librarian, I can never resist the call to literacy. At the very least, this was a goodContinue reading “Eureka Springs, Public Library, and Lead-in to Mardi Gras 2016”

A Second Chance . . .

The Chinese New Year dawns February 19. It’s the Year of the Sheep. Since I failed to make any 2015 New Year’s resolutions, I’m jumping at the opportunity for a second chance. Here goes: Resolution 1:  Read more. Listen for dialogue. Examine plot. Find well developed, dimensional characters. Get lost in books. Resolution 2: TryContinue reading “A Second Chance . . .”


Grizzled old tomes sprawl about with brash new books and shy petite volumes. Travel-eager paperbacks perch next to grease splattered  cookbooks. Smooth, coarse textured or newsprint simple, each book a unique physicality and presence.  My hands leaf through the dedication, caress the foreword, and explore deckled pages.This print love affair grows richer with the passageContinue reading “Choices”