The Personal Touch

Originally posted on The Ravings of a Sick Mind:
Nothing is more important to an author than maintaining good connection with their fanbase and readers. I’m going to give you a little peek at my Customize-able Fan Response Template (trademark pending), which I use to make sure that my readers and fans know that I…

Farmer’s Market

Denio’s Farmers Market, Roseville, CA. This was  a light Saturday at Denio’s. The highlight is the produce but in this multicultural and local favorite weekend spot you can get furniture, clothing, jewelry, pottery, antiques, fabric, painting, shoes, tattoo equipment, tools, toys, plants, sunglasses – you name it and you’ll find it. It is one big…

A Rave For Kids

Originally posted on Living The American Scream:
I attended a rave for kids over the weekend! But, first let’s recount another epic restaurant failure. We took the kids to Lee Roy Selmon’s for lunch. Huck was asleep when we arrived. I wish he had stayed that way. As soon as the food arrives, he wakes…

In a Smile of Peculiar Meaning: Edgar Allan Poe’s “Berenice”

In 1835, the Southern Literary Messenger published a short story so shocking, so graphic and ghastly, that outraged letters poured into the office of editor Thomas W. White. Written by a relatively unknown Edgar Allan Poe, the story, Berenice, tells of Egaeus, a young man of family and wealth who is stricken by an obsessive disorder known to 19th-century psychiatry as monomania, a…

Short Story Sunday: Slut

Originally posted on Vampire Maman:
College is starting soon. One of the big things everyone is talking about is sexual assault on campus or in college towns. I’ve talked about it with my two kids who are in college. Everyone has, at least everyone who is a decent parent. So I get this call from…

Last Forever

Originally posted on rarasaur:
Note: No Rara didn’t get out.  This week she was finally transferred to state prison.  Over the last while she has been sending me, her husband, things to post, but due to my own living situation (getting threatened, kicked out, near homelessness, no internet, no electricity, etc.)  I haven’t had time…

TED Talks on happiness

Originally posted on The First Gate:
Embed from Getty Images Last Friday, August 15, the theme of National Public Radio’s “TED Radio Hour” was “Simply Happy,” and carried the message that “finding happiness may be simpler than you think.” Narrator Guy Raz reviewed the ideas of five speakers whose TED presentations focused on happiness as…

Recurring Dreams and Nightmares

Originally posted on Vampire Maman:
? Recurring Dreams and Nightmares The other night my kids and I were talking about recurring dreams. Clara has dreams about having another family. The other mother looks just like her. The bother looks like me. The dad isn’t around much. She still has us, her real parents, but she…