Siblings Day

Yesterday (April 10) was National Siblings Day. I got a random text from my only sibling saying she was looking forward to our visit next week. I didn’t realize it was Siblings Day.

Typically, we go to Seattle to visit her every spring, but last year, I got a monster migraine on our travel day and had to cancel. It’s been TWO years since I’ve seen her.

So belated Siblings Day, Beratta! I love you, Sissy!

~ Kay




Happy Valentine’s Day

 

 

Coming soon…

 

An anthology of love stories. Some are sweet, some bittersweet, and some sour.

Two of my short stories, Prime Time and Runaway Wife, will be in this anthology.

Watch for it on Amazon.

~ Kay

 

 

Happy New Year!

It’s a new year and I think everyone is ready for it! 2016 was filled with sad surprises: deaths of people we love and/or admire, political results, etc.

But, it’s a new year, so take a deep breathe and dive in.

I’m working on content and line edits for two short stories that will be included in Inkception Books’ anthology Always and For Never: Tales of Love, Loss and Forgiveness. I’m excited about this book for several reasons. One is my friend, Lisa Berryhill, will also have a story in the collection. She lives near Nashville, so we can do book signings together. Another is it adds more published works other than horror to my portfolio.

My primary goal for 2017 is to finish my novel trilogy and get it published. Finding a new agent would be nice, too, but I don’t want to get the cart before the horse. I’ll start looking again when I think the first one is ready for publication (which, I hope will be soon!)

So, where ever you are and no matter how good or bad 2016 was for you, I hope 2017 is much better.

 

 

Finally, not to forget: RIP Daddy 1/1/33 – 11/20/13

~ Kay

Merry Christmas!

 

 

 

MERRY CHRISTMAS

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~ Kay

Missing Daddy

It’s been 3 years since my father died. Still miss him.

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RIP, Daddy

January 1, 1935 – November 20, 2013

~ Kay

Sweet Home Alabama

I had the pleasure of visiting my Alma mater, Huntingdon College, in Montgomery, Alabama, earlier this week…on Halloween to be exact.

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I was the guest of the English Department. Tom Perin, professor and author himself, interviewed me in a Town Hall type setting. The audience consisted of honors students and participants in a program called Practicing the Art of Critical Thinking which focuses on “leading lives that matter.”

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Also in attendance were some of the lovely AOIIs from the chapter on campus. It is always fun to see and visit with them.

Here are some photos of the session.

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It was a long day—Montgomery is about four hours away—but we still got home in time for Trick or Treat. Major thanks to Hubby for doing all of the driving!

~ Kay

 

 

Happy Halloween

A great big thank you to Joel & Carol Tomlin of Landmark Booksellers in Franklin, Tennessee, for including me in their author signings at Saturday’s Pumpkin Fest. 

Except for the 85 degree heat (it’s October in Tennessee, folks. What’s with that???), which melted the chocolate candy I had out for the trick-or treaters, it was a great day. Lots of imaginative costumes parading by…my favorite was a homemade Smores where Mom and Dad were the Graham Crackers (cardboard with black holes) and the daughter was the melting mushroom, all dressed in white tulle. I didn’t get a photo of that one, but I got a picture of another cutie.  

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I had all three anthologies (which are available on Amazon) and sold some of each!

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Also a big shout out to a sorority sister, writing friend, and neighbor/friend who came out to support me in spite of the horrendous parking situation. Thanks, Rina, Tom, and Susan! Of course, much gratitude to my Honey who toted boxes, braved the heat, and all around ran interference. He’s my rock!


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We took some booth shots before the streets got jammed with people. Those shadows in the photos are not due to lack of skills on the part of photographer(s)…they are ghosts. 

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Happy Halloween! Be safe!

~ Kay

Mark your calendar — Halloween events!

I love Fall–the colors, the weather, our anniversary, Halloween. Well, Halloween, isn’t that big of a deal, though it’s fun watching the kiddies in their costumes. But I don’t like scary. I really don’t like scary. (I have nightmares.)

Along those lines, I don’t read horror; I don’t watch horror.  Apparently, however, I can write horror. Go figure!

Last year I had a short story, The Trolls, published in an anthology published by Elephant’s Bookpress

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I had a great experience with a different publisher when I published a contemporary short story Good Friday in an anthology by Inkception Books:

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The Inception editors were so delightful to work with when they announced a Halloween anthology, I thought, “What the heck, I’ll try to write another horror story.” Knowing horror isn’t my forte, I created two short stories, Oh, Baby! and Hormones of Horror, to give myself a better chance of having one accepted and guess what! Yep, both are in the anthology.

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The Creepy Collection came out this week, just in time for Halloween. What a fun time of year to promote a book. It even has a TRAILER!!! Check it out.

I’m doing a book signing at Landmark Books in Franklin during the Pumpkin Fest on Saturday, October 29th from 10-12 a.m.

On Halloween, I’ll be visiting my alma mater, Huntingdon College, in Montgomery to discuss my professional journey with the students in the “Practicing the Art of Critical Thinking” program which focuses on the topic “leading lives that matter.”

I hope to see lots of friends at the events in Franklin and Montgomery. If not, all three books are available on Amazon.

And, yes…I’m still working on my novels.

Happy Fall.

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~ Kay

New York Adventures

We visited middle son and family this summer, but had not spent any quality time with our oldest or youngest, so we decided to take them to NYC. Youngest had never been and with a pregnant wife, this might be his last chance without a baby on board which would change the dynamics of the trip.

Youngest and DIL live near here so we flew up on Thursday, arriving mid-day. We stayed at the Doubletree Suites on Time Square on the 32nd floor so our views were spectacular. We could see Central Park/mid-uptown out one window and Broadway in all of her splendor out the other.

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Oldest son lives in Baltimore, but travels a good bit so he is in the City a lot. He couldn’t join us until Friday afternoon, so we had to start exploring without him.

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Waiting for Phantom of the Opera                                      The BEST way to see the park

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                                                   Can’t miss the M&M Store

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The fountain from “FRIENDS” in Central Park.

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Our version of “the jump”

Our “mission” while there was to eat as much pizza as possible. We went to John’s (our favorite) two or three times. We tried to go to Sal’s, but they were closed early, we had a tour scheduled and couldn’t wait around. Next time. We went to a fancy Italian restaurant as well. Good food, but all in all, give me John’s. It’s an old church across from the theatres with a beautiful stained glass ceiling in the back.

When Oldest joined us we did touristy things like Empire State Building (go late–shorter lines; better yet, spring for line jumper pass. It costs about twice as much but time is at a premium).

A (new) fun tour for us was The Ride. I highly recommend it.

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Naturally, we had to have a little culture. We toured the American Museum of Natural History and the Guggenheim and booked a guided tour at the Tenement Museum. An unexpected, last minute add-on (that was on City Pass) was the Adventure Museum. We chose the Star Wars Exhibit. It was super cool.

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Of course we went to the 911 memorial. Last time we were there we did the guided tour outside. This time we did the Museum tour. It was worth the price of our City Pass to skip the lines. Guided Tour was extra, but it got us to the front of the security line. Tour was outstanding. I cried through the whole thing.

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The weather was perfect, but the streets were hard and my back still hurts even though I switched shoes every day. I always love the energy of NYC whenever I go, but I’m usually ready to come home when it is time to leave.

Note: We didn’t break even by buying the City Pass and we tried! It was still worth it, however, because of the line jumping priviledge at several places (not the Empire State Building–they have a separate program).

The important thing: Youngest got a taste of NYC, including how to use the subway, how easy it is to navigate the street system, and that it truly is a city that never sleeps.

One of DIL’s friends asked if this was their “babymoon,” apparently something couples do now before the birth of their first child. She explained they were going with her in-laws, but then paused and said maybe so… After all, we were on their honeymoon (after their destination wedding.) Gotta love the way kids are doing life’s events these days.

~ Kay

Baby, I Need your Loving

Oldest son is in Baltimore and still single, middle son is married with two sons, and youngest son and his wife are expecting their first in early February. Hubby and I were honored to host their  Gender Reveal Party. We had a blast planning and executing it.

We started with a pink and blue tulle wreath for the front door. Our playlist was thirty songs with the word “baby” in the title. Guests came inside and signed a picture of the sonogram with either pink or blue ink. They also picked a pink or blue clothes pin to wear indicating their guess as to gender. Dauthter-in-law made a chalk board of “old wives tales” to assist with the voting. (Of course the vote count didn’t matter; it didn’t change anything.)

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We had pink lemonade and blue Hawaiian punch. In addition, we made a watermelon fruit bowl to resemble a baby in a crib. (Thanks, Pinterest!)

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We also did a veggie platter that was a cabbage patch, complete with the cabbage patch baby.

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Daughter-in-Law made her killer meatballs, and we had pink and blue candy sticks and mints. The cake was blue trimmed in pink with the cake color indicating the gender.

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DIL’s brother’s girlfriend knew the gender along with DIL’s mom, Hubby, and me, and she made a giant box filled with balloons for SON and DIL to open at the big moment.img_3098

Now, DIL and I have said it was a girl from day 1. Son was counting on a boy. (#2 son was also hoping for a boy so he could ship off hand-me-down clothes.). Obviously, one of them was going to be disappointed (short of twins which we knew wasn’t the case.)

We put the box outside on the firepit. The looks on their faces say it all, I think.

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It’s a Girl!

…and Harper Marie Elam already has a stack of outfits on our dresser. A granddaughter…she’ll have her two cousins wrapped around her little finger…either that or they’ll have her climbing trees and digging for worms. Either way, Hubby and I will be delighted to have three fabulous grandchildren.

Can’t wait!

~ Kay