Book Candles. Editing. Fun.

Write a book. Now, go back and re-read the book  few years later. Edit your book while swilling coffee, ordering book candles, and bathing in the horror that you actually wrote that and thought, "Damn. This is art." This is my current place in life. I finished a novel last week…

The Power of Pie

Today is National Pie Day, or Pi Day if you insist on the use of math. As a history professor, I naturally avoid any numbers that are more complex than, say, single digits. It's for our own good. Trust me. However, 3.14 is a number even I can remember, and…

Cats make me weird(er).

We have somewhere between five and seventy cats. I don't know the exact number, but it seems to fluctuate based on things like "holding a can of tuna" and "trying to write a book while using a laptop". Outwardly, I appear to be a dog person. We have five dogs.…

Weight Loss Is Hard

As in, losing weight sucks. There's nothing good about my cyclical winter re-fattening. Here's how it seems to go: Summertime means running outside. Sunshine. Heat. Lots of summer-ish stuff, moving quickly and doing things for the sheer pleasure of being outside because life seems to really pop once the temperature…

Young Adult Fantasy: Moonborn

Without further ado, allow me to introduce you to the next chapter in Livvy Foster's life. If you haven't read Heartborn, you can catch up here: Her guardian angel was pushed: Heartborn Ready? Let's go. Here's a taste of Moonborn. Livvy Foster has a new heart, home, and a place in the…

The misery of dieting.

I began the Spring Pre-Running Diet. I will fist fight for: pizza, cheese, spicy tuna sushi rolls, cheeseburgers, fried anything, milkshakes, ice cream, pie, waffles, or cake. I will also, at the minimum, wrestle for pancakes, steak, eggs with actual cheese, a bucket of ketchup, mayo on a shoe, bread,…

Who do you think you are?

Do you know who you are? What's your genealogy? Who are your people? Where did your family originate? Do you know, or do you think you know? I write books and teach history, which is either a blessing or a curse depending on your perspective. In the case of writing, it's…

Cancer took another friend.

Cancer-- the scourge of our lifetime-- took Dr. Lloyd Elliott this week. He was fifty, he was our family veterinarian, and he was a rare individual. My wife and I love our animals. We regard our relationship with them as a kind of covenant, and Dr. Elliott was a huge…

Being Royal Is a Headache

It's hard to be royal. Being a queen means not belonging to yourself, I think. After studying royalty for years, I've come to the conclusion that it's a job one should consider carefully before taking the crown. Crowns are heavy, and they have a way of leaving the body with…

WE LOVE TO BARK.

We have five dogs of various breeds. All love to bark. Barking is their favorite thing, other than sleeping, but barking has to take place in strategically placed time zones in order to maximize its effectiveness. To wit: Barking before 7:00AM? Enthusiastic. Unending. Varying tones, pitches, and reasons. Early morning…
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