Wednesday, December 11, 2013

Happy Holidays! Great Books + Great Prices = Great Gifts

Hey, would you look at this? I can access my own blog again! I'm here at home after making a switch from ".com" to ".net." And just in time for the holidays.

So how about I tell you about my specials, and then fill you in on the goings on of a few friends of mine?

Looking for the Sun Door is now on sale at, and available for free through Smashwords.

Cawnpore, the latest novel from Tom Williams, is available at Amazon and other retailers. Tom Williams is a brilliant writer and a lovely human being; we first met virtually when both of us were under the JMS imprint. You'll love his work if you're into historical fiction; you'll enjoy his blog even if you're not.

My publisher and sister, the award-winning novelist Melinda Clayton, has several books available at special prices; it's probably best to check out her blog for all the details.

Love fantasy or supernatural fiction? Malcolm R. Campbell's the go-to guy. His website (which makes technophobic me a little Christmas green with envy) will give you all the details. Like Melinda, Malcolm has a large selection of books and prices from which to choose.

Finally, poet and novelist Collin Kelley is definitely worth checking out. I'm not well-acquainted with his fiction (though his short story collection Kiss Shot is on sale now at Amazon), but I purchased his poetry collection Render and was absolutely blown away.

Thank you all so much for hanging in here with me while I updated the site information. For the backstory, you might want to visit me at my Facebook page. That's the best place to get my news first, read some of my latest poetry, and peek into the wonky goings on inside my head - so feel free to give me a like and share with a friend!

Much love to all of you, and warmest wishes for an amazing holiday season!

Monday, September 9, 2013

More Links

The paperback on Amazon is available here, and the Smashwords ebook is available here.

In fact, I've a promotion for all of you great people!

The first 10 people to visit my professional page on Facebook, "Like" it, and leave a comment in the thread detailing the promotion will receive a coupon code for a free ebook from Smashwords. I can see that I'm selling right now (as of this writing, Looking for the Sun Door is in the top 100 poetry anthologies on Kindle), but for some reason, I can't get rid of these free books. I can hear the silence on my page, and it is truly embarrassing. Please help me out and claim a free book!

Thanks so much. Best to all.

Thursday, September 5, 2013

The Kindle Version Is Out


The other versions will follow shortly, but I don't know how shortly.

Looking for the Sun Door

Thursday, August 22, 2013

The New Book Is Almost Here; The New Publisher IS

Looking for the Sun Door will be a little different from Angst, Anger, Love, Hope. It is a collection of both poetry and short stories, has a more cohesive feel (I hope), and will be released by a different publisher.

My first publisher, JMS Books LLC, was terrific to me. I simply cannot express how grateful I am that J.M. Snyder took a chance on an unknown poet and published a complete volume of my work. But JMS is growing, and has had to narrow its focus in order to give its authors the attention they deserve. It is no longer accepting poetry.

I had originally signed a contract for Sun Door with a small publisher in Washington state. This was the same publisher with which my sister, novelist Melinda Clayton, worked and one with which I had occasionally worked on a much smaller scale. However, for reasons I will not go into, I became increasingly hesitant to move forward and was able to negotiate my way out of that contract at the same time Melinda was negotiating to get publication rights back and publish under her own company, Thomas-Jacob Publishing, LLC. She generously offered to step in and publish my book, thus ensuring that its production stayed somewhat close to its original schedule.

I am honored to be publishing under the Thomas-Jacob imprint, and so excited to let you know that Looking for the Sun Door will be available within the next couple of weeks.

Tuesday, July 30, 2013


Seven lines of seven syllables: There are surely those who have written in this form deliberately, but I have not found a description of it. So, as of today (July 30, 2013), I coin the term wefting for a poem of seven lines of seven syllables each that are woven into an unseen narrative (the warp, if you will).

I'm sure someone will contact me to let me know if the form already has a name or is simply considered a modern variant of English Haiku. (Which it may be, but I think it deserves a name of its own.)

Thank you.

Wednesday, May 22, 2013


After two and a half years (which include one rejection and one hearing), my request for disability has been approved.

Whew! I knew the waiting and the family finances were both stressful, but I had no idea how drastic the effect of all that stress was until I got the good news yesterday and experienced a flood of ideas for my current work in progress. Now, if I can only get them all down in writing in the next week or so...

Friends and family have been incredibly supportive of me as I've gone through this process, and I am so grateful to all of them for their good wishes, prayers, advice, and kind words.

Now, I have some writing to do, and as most of you know, my ability to do that is limited; I'd better say goodbye and hop to.

If you would like to learn more about atypical myotonia congenita (otherwise known as acetazolamide-responsive myotonia), you can check out this older entry:

[Edit 12/12/2013: For some time now, but I don't know how long, the preferred name of my disorder has been atypical (or acetazolamide-responsive) paramyotonia congenita, so that is what I'll be calling it from now on.]

Friday, March 22, 2013

Just Medium Odd

I remember watching Medium when I lived in another state, long before marriage brought me to Pennsylvania. My life became particularly busy and I no longer had time for much television viewing, so I stopped watching.

Netflix has given me the chance to go back and enjoy old shows beginning to end. Oddly, I have recognized no episodes of Medium except those labeled as coming from 2009. Now, I know sometimes television show information is kind of iffy when it comes to dates, so it is possible I watched those episodes in the winter or spring of 2008. But for years I've steadfastly believed that I started watching Medium near the beginning of its run, not in the middle or at the end.

When I was a child, my family moved fairly often, and I have quite a few memories of events that took place in one house popping up in another. For years, I transposed the death of John Lennon with the death of Fred Astaire. I only have fairly accurate memories now because I did the math: two years in this house starting in 19XX, two years in that house starting in 19YY...

So tell me, what are some of your odd, misplaced memories? I would love to hear about them!