As I sit here, I realize that it is no longer Monday morning anywhere in the world. Here in Middle Tennessee, it is already 8:00 pm and the two main presidential candidates are populating the television screen with the first debate.

If we were having coffee right now …I would NOT, however, talk about politics. You have your opinion, and I have mine. What I would ask of you is that you do your research on each of the candidates instead of listening to the prime time media hype and name-calling and candidate’s degrading each other. It’s a prime example of bullying; just what we don’t want our children to do.

If we were having coffee right now …I would ask you how your story or poem is shaping up. Are you ready to have a beta reader? Are you ready to query publishers, agents, and editors?

If we were having coffee right now …I would share with you that I have two end of October deadlines: one for a short story, and one for short stories and poetry. I’m going to be going back through my some of my prompt writing journals to find some ideas to develop into submit-able material. What? You don’t write to prompts? This is one of my best ways of stretching my creativity and thinking outside the box. There are several different sites and books out there to give you a prompt for the day. My favorite is Morgen’s Online Short Story Writing Group. She sends out the day’s prompts to your email.

If we were having coffee right now …I would ask you if you are going to participate in National Novel Writing Month in November. No? What have you got to lose? To me, NaNoWriMo is a motivator. It is a way to see if actually CAN pen 50,000 words in 30 days.

If we were having coffee right now …I would ask you if you would be interested in reading my stories and my poems. I am thinking about posting a new story for you to read each month and a new poem each month, or maybe every two weeks. What do you think? Would you read what I post?


Oh, my! It’s a Monday morning on a Tuesday evening. Where have the past two days gone? Monday felt like Sunday, and well, today feels like today.

If we were having coffee right now …I would share with you the excitement I am feeling at being one of the founding members of Nashville Writer’s House, set up and led by Cherie Bennett: NYT Best-Selling Novelist, EMMY Winner, TONY Winner.


So excited that Cherie is holding two free workshops about “Art, Business, and Craft of Creative Writing” on Wednesday, September 28 and Wednesday, October 5. If you live in the Nashville area, consider registering for these two workshops. Check out the information on NASHVILLE WRITER’S HOUSE.

If we were having coffee right now… (Really? Coffee this close to bedtime? – YES! Especially when you write into the wee hours of the morning.) I’d tell you that I just found the right colors for the repainting of my writing studio. I have finally gotten overcome with the deep pink and brown that it was painted before we moved in.

new office center
Although I have turned my desk around to face into the room, I can still sit and look out the window. See the pink walls and the brown curtains? TOO OVERBEARING.
new office resource wall
Brown left wall and the wall parallel to it. White trim and doors. Pink wall.

If we were having coffee right now … I’d ask you for suggestions on how I can maintain a consistent writing schedule. I set up schedules and projects, but I need some help with staying focused and not getting off track.

If we were having coffee right now… I would share my excitement about going back home for my 40th high school class reunion. I can’t believe 40 years have passed. Where does time go? I don’t, most of the time, feel this old – like tonight at Target when we found adult footie pajamas (Union suits) that would make the wearer look like a giraffe, a leopard, an elephant, a minion, Eeyore, Cookie Monster, Big Bird, and many others. My husband and I giggled as we pulled each one off the rack and held it up to our frame. Then we perused the Halloween department and the toy department.

If we were having coffee right now … I would ask you what you think of some of the new shows that are premiering. In addition to the new season of The Voice, I’m excited to see that CMT has picked up Nashville. I’ve gotten hooked on it. Other shows I checked out or have recorded to view later include “The Good Place”, “This is Us”, “Designated Survivor”, and of course “Modern Family”. Which shows are you watching?