Thursday, November 28, 2019

Thursday, November 21, 2019

Podcast

Anyone into podcasts?

Check out Marisa's Wicked Word Nosh on stitcher.

Fun! About writing...

Friday, November 15, 2019

Anthology

My writers group has an anthology coming out.

If you go to pinellaswriters.org you can request an advance download to read if you are willing to make a review on Amazon when the book comes out in a week or two.

Also there is an author's page for Annie Biggers - that's me - on the same link.

I will post when the anthology is out.

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Thursday, October 24, 2019

Reading this... Writing that...

Reading:

 Krista Davis mystery series Paws & Claws.

Enjoyable light cozies. Setting is city Wagtail which has transformed itself into a resort for people who want to travel with and pamper their dogs & cats.

Main character moves back to town to help her grandmother run her inn.

Lovable characters.

Clever plots.

Writing:

Currently reworking something I mostly finished in the past. Will be either self or otherwise publishing.

I am learning a lot at Pinellas Writers group.

Also it is motivating to meet with writers once a week.

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Sunday, August 18, 2019

Witch City Mysteries

Currently reading the third book in the Carol J Perry series Witch City Mysteries.

Loving it!!!

Caught Dead Handed
Tails You Lose
Look Both Ways (currently reading)
Murder Go Round
Grave Errors
It Takes A Coven
Bells Spells & Murders
Final Exam
Late Checkout

I am happy to say she is contracted for 3 more books in this series and is working hard on book number 10 at this very moment.

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Friday, June 28, 2019

DAVID WOOD AND HIS WOLVES

I love wolves...from afar.

Fellow writer David Martin Wood loves them also.

He's been up close and personal though.

The time he spent at Seacrest Wolf Preserve in Chipley, Florida is evident in the compelling beauty of the wolves and their packs in his Hunter Trilogy Series.

Legend

Hunter

Guardian

The books center around the wolf packs that live on a mountain in Minnesota - the hunters that attempt to eradicate them - and humans who sympathize and champion and mourn the loss of the wolves.

Each book stands alone in lovable wolves; villains you hate; and flawed but lovable humans all woven in to compelling plots.

Throughout the trilogy there are ongoing plots among the central characters (2 & 4 legged) that culminate in a primitive justice for the villains; satisfying growth and happily-for-now endings for good people & wolves.

I use the word 'justice' because I can't think of a better word. For me - anything short of going backwards in time and taking whatever measures necessary to save the wolves - is not really justice.

I loved these books. I recommend them.

Be advised:
On a scale of 1-10 the violence level would be 10.

David has written short stories and poetry.

He is currently working on a novel titled Duncan's Journey about a man in prison for life. As a member of Pinellas County writers I am privileged to listen to a section of the book on Saturday mornings. I look forward to those book fragments and I predict the end result will be a captivating novel worth reading.



Tuesday, May 14, 2019

Michael Angelus - The Bucket Shop

What a fun read.

Although it is almost too close to the truth to be funny.

Michael is another Pinellas Writers member.

The book is about life in a call center - that is a sales call center.

It is available on amazon  here for the low price of 2.99 Kindle or 10.00 paperback.

Go for it!


Saturday, April 6, 2019

Carol J Perry & the Witch City Mysteries

Eventful morning at the Pinellas Writers group today.

I read something! And got critqued! And lived to tell the story...

What I read is handwritten in a sketchbook. I will try to get in into a form where I can share it here.

Lots of good reads today.

And some good - fun - news:

Are you familiar with Carol J Perry? I was not. Now I am and I want to share her.

She writes a series called the Witch City Mysteries:


Caught Dead Handed

Tales You lose

Look Both Ways

Murder Go Round

Grave Errors

It Takes a Coven

Bells Spells & Murders

**** Final Exam****
Came out Feb 26, 2019

Late Checkout
Due out 9/24/2019


The fun thing is she will be signing books at a bookstore here in Florida next Saturday 4/13/2019 noon until 2PM @ the Gulf Beaches library 200 Municipal Drive, Madeira Beach.

I started reading Final Exam - out now - on amazon. Loved it. I don't want to buy it on amazon, though. I want to buy it from the bookstore for Carol to sign.

And we all know how obsessive I am about reading series books in order. So I did buy Caught Dead Handed for my kindle.

In other news I found a 'home' in Florida (as opposed to the 'room' I am currently renting). Looking forward to a kitchen and not sharing a bathroom.

Now off to Lowe's to look for flooring.

Monday, March 25, 2019

So far so good

Still enjoying Florida.

There is someone who reads at the Pinellas Writers (of which I am now a member) and I like what s/he reads. It is science fiction.

Look for Almost Susan by Lilith Long.

I am just starting it. I like it so far.

All LL's stuff is free if you have Amazon Unlimited.

Almost Susan is 2.99 otherwise.


Sunday, March 17, 2019

Florida living

I made the move to Florida. Specifically Tampa Bay area. Per my request my job transferred me here. I really like the job.

I also like Florida so far.

I connected with the Pinella's writers on my first day here. I have been to a class and a critique so far and they were both enjoyable and inspiring.

I don't think I have spoken here about my daughters health issues but they are in part the inspiration for my move. Waiting for her to decide for certain to move here with me.

What I am reading: began a re-read of the Corina Chapman series as I need some comfort.

What I am writing: I am also re-writing. I have a book almost finished with a poetry-slamming protagonist. Starting it over from the beginning as I left the file on a flash drive in Kentucky and it seemed a great opportunity to start fresh.

2nd project: story for the graphic novel Cubicle Rebel triology.

3rd project: memoir centering around this time and learning to support my gravely ill daughter.

It is Sunday and I have become an 8-5 Monday to Friday person so I need to get off here and go do laundry & clean house.

Went to Madeira Beach earlier today. Beautiful. Nuff said.

Sunday, January 20, 2019

Glennon Doyle Melton TED talk on youtube

I have never reviewed a TED talk before.

This one was excellent though. I feel like I learned valuable things from that 17 minutes. I listened through it 3 times to get everything.

Some highlights:

It's deceptive to think that addicts are liars. Rather they are typically sensitive truth tellers living in a world where sensitivity and truth are not acceptable.

We are expected to say "I'm fine" even when we are not. It is frowned on to be passionate or emotional about things.

Since we are truth tellers by nature we will find somewhere to tell the truth.

I am not fine - I am eating too much.
I am not fine - I am shopping inappropriately.
I am not fine - I am drinking to excess.
I am not fine - I am cutting myself.
And so on and so on and so on.

Glennon says we have to "learn to be brave enough to tell our own story while being kind enough not to tell anyone else's story."

She says every day the sun rises and invites everyone to show up and do the next right thing. Even if you are scared. Even if you are shaking.

Write. Serve people. Help make this world a place where sensitive people don't have to hide.
Stop doing long enough to think; share; listen.

Paraphrasing Glennon:

I used to numb my feelings and hide. Now I feel my feelings and share. Feelings won’t kill me. They are guides that tell me what is the next right thing to do. Lonely – connect with someone. Pain – help someone else. Overwhelmed – ask for help. Honor my feelings as my own personal prophets. Be still – don’t run. Peace, dignity, friendship will come.

I love this way of thinking about my feelings. 

Aside from being wise - Glennon is naturally funny. I have not captured her humor here. You will have to listen to her TED talk for that.



Friday, January 18, 2019

Goodbye Mary Oliver

Gone yesterday - 1/17/2019

She asked the best questions;

"Tell me - what is it you plan to do with your one wild and precious life?"
"Listen - are you breathing just a little and calling it a life?" 

She gave the best advice;

"Three things to remember: As long as you're dancing you can break the rules. Sometimes breaking the rules is just extending the rules. Sometimes there are no rules."

Rest in peace Mary Oliver. I will miss you.

Sunday, January 6, 2019

RSB; Crash and burn

I did good for 2 days then...crash...burn

I plan to rezoom my rezoom and reboot my reboot.

Gotta do some journaling and some meditating.

I will get back to you.

Tuesday, January 1, 2019

RSB - 2019 REZOOM

Started again today. I will keep you posted.

Hope everyone had a fun holiday season!