Wednesday, February 14, 2018

Monday, February 12, 2018


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Finally, those hours spent, on the Porch have paid off! 

'Tales from the Porch' went to the Publisher and is on Amazon - ready to be downloaded to your Kindle or to the free Kindle app on your desktop.

The paperback version (if you're one of those people that prefers to "hold a book in your hands," will be released, soon!

'Tales from the Porch' is a book of short stories, told from the porch, that will keep you turning the pages to find out about the Panther that roams Cohay Creek and even found its way into the author's backyard, the old slave graveyard behind the house, cemetery trips to ferret out a ghost, and the trials and tribulations of putting on a pair of Spanx. 

The author tells how she learned about her maternal grandmother's murder from an elderly schoolteacher and recounts tales of growing up in the Mississippi delta, where she met and married her husband. 

And, you may find your name.......somewhere in this collection of stories.


It's primarily about Mississippi and its people.
#Taylorsville #Cemeteries #Ghosts #MississippiDelta 

Monday, November 6, 2017

Just Like a Man!!

A cousin, distant though she is, has been after me for quite some time to write another book. 

And so, I finally got started.

I wrote and I wrote and I wrote ......with the intention of using kdpAmazon (publish on Kindle, first) then turn it into a print book.

I was familiar with MS Word ....I knew everything I should do.....or so I thought.

The things I didn't know, I researched and found out how to do it, how to fix it, how to redo it!

I even created my own cover and copyright page and Acknowledgments and Table of Contents. I fought with the adding a page number to the first story.........but not to the Acknowledgments. Thought I'd never get that figured out and fixed. And then I added a blank page, and well, that just about screwed up the whole darned thing!

And, oh my goodness, trying to get the page numbers to align ....perfectly....to the right. That was something else.

Came the time to upload said manuscript to kdpAmazon and to review my "work of art." First thing I noticed was ....."you have seven errors."  What!  How in the world? This thing was just about perfect (that's why beauty is in the "eye of the beholder.")

I went to the "Preview your work"....and first thing I noticed was that those perfectly aligned page numbers weren't in any line at all!  They were all over the place. 

And then, I started checking out my seven errors. Mercy! 

About that time, I found a phone number and made a call to a very nice young man at CreateSpace (they're a book publishing company that let's one publish their own books).

He suggested I sign up for a CreateSpace account (which I already had) and read the instructions.

Let me just say.......I now know how a man feels when they've put something together the wrong way.....and have to start over!

"Tales from the Porch" is back on the drawing board....and it's being reworked. I think this might be what daddy used to mean when he'd say.....
"I think you better lick that cow over again!"

Wednesday, September 27, 2017

An Author and her books......is a real delight....

in Delight, Arkansas, that is!!

On September 30, my friend Mary Cooke (who writes as Mary Lou Cheatham) will be at the Delight Music Festival Super Signing with many other authors.

Delight, the hometown of Music Legend Glen Campbell (who passed away recently) is a small town in southwest Arkansas (population less that 300) near Murfreesboro and the Crater of Diamonds State Park.....where you can go dig for diamonds!!

This is the third annual Super Signing at the Delight Music Fest and it is being sponsored by the Delight Branch Library. Writers from Arkansas, Louisiana and Texas will be at the signing, with their books. 

Mary Lou will have 'Secret Promise,' 'The Dream Bucket,' 'Manuela Blayne,'  'Miss Loretta Larson,' as well as 'Travelers in Painted Wagons on Cohay Creek,' the novel that she invited me to coauthor with her. Mary Lou's books are based on the area in which I now live and where she grew up in and around a town called Taylorsburg.

If you happen to be in Arkansas this weekend - I'm sure Mary Lou would love to see a friendly, familiar face. What a delightful way to spend a weekend - in Delight, AR!

Mary Lou's writings can also be found on either of her blogs: https://maryloucheathamauthor.blogspot.com/ or https://collardpatch.blogspot.com/

Saturday, September 16, 2017

When You Think You've Seen Everything.....

We are at a lovely RV Park in Arlington, TX.....one with lots of shade trees.

And, just like in Emporia, we were sitting at the table this morning, and thank goodness I was facing the right direction. Of course, either direction provided a view....but my view turned out to be the most interesting.

There is a small travel trailer parked next to us with a young couple who had been in and out the trailer door at least a dozen times (and so had their dog.)


They busy themselves around the outside of the trailer - back and forth to their pickup. I look up, occasionally, and see them. Then.....


Suddenly the young man goes to the back of the trailer, and opens a small window. (I'm assuming it's the bedroom.) He puts a bucket under the window, but he DOES NOT turn it upside down. At this point, I'm really paying attention!


He tries to step on the top of the bucket (yes, the opening) and his foot slips in. Not to be deterred, he does it again and successfully stands on the rim of the top of the bucket....without turning the bucket over and without his foot slipping in, again. (That, to me, is a major feat.)  He opens the small window and he, with a modicum of effort, climbs in the small window.


The young woman stands outside... by the door to the trailer and keeps yelling, "open the door, open the door."  (Our window isn't open but she's talking loudly enough I can hear.)


He looks out the window and says something back to her. She picks up a dog food bowl that is sitting outside, near the front door, and takes it back to the window and he reaches out and gets the bowl.


She then asks....."Are you coming back out?" I don't know what he said, but he did come back out.


The same way he went in!


Yep, he did.....he climbed back out the window.....just like it was the right thing to do.


Just when you think you've seen everything..............(and they got in their pickup and drove away.)