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Blogs that make my day

Every time I open WordPress, my blog reader gives me images and words that make me look and think more than twice.

I’ve explored only a few of the millions available, for talent abounds and there’s little time. Here are some that give me joy every day.

The strong, sassy, self-deprecating attitude of Bob Summer’s blog, which doesn’t for a minute conceal the caring writer behind it. This short story shows Bob’s talent:

The art of Ray Ferrer, stark black and white images, some or all done with spray paint. Check it out here:

Almost daily I get my snorts and giggles from Lindy Moone and John L. Monk, the quickest wits I know.

Like this from Lindy: Do you suffer from Premature E-Publication?

Both Lindy and John dazzle me with their language. Here’s John’s “Disturbing incident at work today: they found out I’m a writer.”

I enjoy discovering side bits of history on David Lawlor’s blog, History with a Twist. Check out his archives, starting with “Mrs. Nash, the Transvestite with Custer’s Seventh Cavalry.”

Some blogger personalities shine, and that’s what I like about run4joy59’s blog. I was profoundly moved by this post: Doing the right thing?

Finally, the award for most uplifting–my eyes are filled with wonder at every submission by nature photographer Janson Jones,


backstory, character change, historical fiction, sidekick, writing a sequel


Cold Comfort is in final draft stage, and I’m happy with what I’ve done with the character of Wanda, the ‘sidekick’ of my first novel, The Girl on the Mountain.

Wanda as a child was charming, spontaneous, and shocking to her elders. Cold Comfort takes place fifteen years later.

My first problem was how to transition Wanda to a grown-up.

Other characters in The Girl on the Mountain described Wanda as “undisciplined.” For Cold Comfort I decided to let her be the aggressor in romance, and to put her in conflict with other characters. Bad experiences and the loss of her husband have given her a desire for revenge. She continues to carry a knife, and this time it gets her in big trouble.

Wanda’s character is darker in Cold Comfort, but plenty of others offer comic relief. Readers of The Girl on the Mountain will also catch up with May Rose, whose full story is yet to be told!