First Cousin, Second Cousin, or Once or Twice Removed


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It seems cousins used to frequent literature a lot more than they do today. My guess is authors used the cousin relationship to explain why characters were present in their stories, especially as houseguests. Today, authors don't seem to feel the need to explain visitors in our much more casual society. I have some first cousins once removed on both my mom and my dad's sides of the family to whom I'm close. I find I'm frequently asked to explain exactly what that relationship is as most would label us second cousins. Actually, most probably wouldn't care, but I'm going to explain it anyway. First cousins are the chlldren of my aunts and uncles, my parents siblings--easy peasy. The children of my first cousins are my first cousins once removed. The…
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Divorce — Writing style


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Divorce is tough. I know. I had a surprise one after 21 years of marriage when I was 42 years old. Yikes! What was I going to do? First, I had to get a job and support myself. After I got settled into that and a few years later remarried, I realized (with some help from my hubby) it was time to do something for myself. Like pursue my passion...writing Did you know only 2% of writers have an agent? And I was lucky enough to get one. Last week my agent and I parted ways. It was no fault of anyone...it was just time. But it's still hard...and scary...and this divorce was my idea. Now I have to find a new agent. What was I thinking? Of course, one can self…
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HAPPY THANKSGIVING


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May your Thanksgiving be blessed with love and good fortune.     ~ Kay
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In Memory of Daddy


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    JOEL GOMILLION January 1 - 1933 - Nov 20, 2013    
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MAC Collision


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I love lemonade...especially Chick-fil-a diel lemonaid. We buy a gallon of it a week and I'm pretty much the only one who drinks it. Since I don't drink soda or coffee, lemonade, water and an occasional glass of wine are my drinks of choice. I have a bottle of water or a glass (with a top on it) with me at all times. I couldn't sleep a few nights ago, some characters had some things they wanted to say, so I got up to write. I snagged a bottle of water and proceeded to my office. When I got sleepy enough I thought I could sleep again (about 1:30 a.m.) I decided to head back to bed. For work, I sit on a loveseat pulled next to the back of…
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Happy Veteran’s Day


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  We are especially proud of our family members who are currently serving active duty: Stepson -- Warrant Officer Andrew G Elam, USMC   My cousin (mom's side): Captain Sean Heritage, US Navy   My cousin (dad's side): MM1 David Goolsby, US Navy   Thanks, guys! ~Kay  
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Bubble, Bubble, Toil and Trouble


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I know that's not exactly how Shakespeare said it, but for my purposes... My friends who arrived at the beach after a couple of the kids had left are two sorority sisters who have been my partners in "crime" on numerous occasions. When I was single, we got together about once a quarter, alternating homes, to do a "project" of the host's choosing. We've hung drapes, wallpapered, put up Christmas decorations, hosted several milestone parties, etc. We've also gone to spas, psychics, done lots of shopping, watched many movies both at home and in theaters, and shared secrets. We've been doing this for close to twenty years. One of the two is the first person who reads my novels when I finish them. She is not a writer, but she reads…
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Fun at the beach


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For those of you who have followed my blog for a while, you know I took a multi-month break this year and have played catch up on some of the significant events that happened during that time. One of the best things we did this year was rent a "cottage" at the beach for the week starting Labor Day weekend in September. It an easy drive for Hubby's middle son, our only one with little ones, and we knew it would be most difficult to plan around their schedule. As it turned out, all three sons, our two daughters-in-law and our grandchildren were there through Monday when oldest son had to fly out. Middle son and family moved home on Tuesday for him to go back to work, but came back…
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November — Can you believe it?


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I flipped my calendar this morning (yes, I know I'm three days late) and it hit me right between the eyes. It's November. That's the month before December. Christmas. My goodness where did this year go? For one thing the Killer Nashville writers' conference that's normally held in August was moved to this past weekend so normally when KN is over I have all of Fall to get ready for the holidays. Not this year. The conference was great, as always. Usually, I commute, but I was participating on three panels this year and Hubby was doing a session on drugs and alcohol so I decided to bite the bullet and spring for (a very expensive) hotel room. I'm so glad we did! I caught a cold early last week…
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