Real Life #TMI Tuesday

This week’s questions are about how and why we exist. Check out my answers, then scroll down to learn how you can participate.

 

It’s okay if you don’t wear any _____.

Bras. I used to think I needed one but not anymore. In the summer, they’re hot. Some of my shirts are low enough in the shoulders that bra straps show. So, I’ve decided they’re a nuisance. As long as no one tells me I need one, I won’t bother.

What on earth are you here for?

That’s easy. I’m here to write and sing and share my talents with others.

What has been the best day of your life?

September 10th, 2005, was when my late husband Bill and I were married. The wedding took place in my grandmother’s back yard with plenty of flowers, balloons, pomp, and circumstance. Three months later, our lives were changed forever. If you want to know more, read My Ideal Partner: How I Met, Married, and Cared for the Man I Loved Despite Debilitating Odds.

Are you ordinary or extraordinary? Why?

People say I’m amazing when I do things perceived as not being possible for someone who’s visually impaired. Well, as Han Solo in Star Wars says, “Sometimes, I even amaze myself.” However, I’m just plain ordinary, like others who can see.

How do you want to be described by your friends?

Other than the fact that I’m a good writer and singer, I’m caring and outgoing, or at least I think I am.

Bonus: After a breakup, would you rather be alone or surrounded by friends?

Most of my friends are scattered around the country. So, without a conferencing platform like Zoom, being surrounded by them would be impossible. After Bill passed on October 30th, 2012, which wasn’t a breakup but close enough, I was on the phone a lot and thankful for unlimited long distance. Again, if you want to know more, read My Ideal Partner.

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Now, it’s your turn. Click here  to learn how to participate. Alternatively, you can answer one or more of the questions in the comment field below. Any way you do it, I look forward to reading your answers.

By the way, for those of you who use the National Library Services for the Blind and Print Disabled, The Red Dress is available for download from their site here. Thank you for reading. Stay safe, happy, and healthy, and may you always have positive experiences.

New! The Red Dress

Copyright July 2019 by DLD Books

Front cover contains: young, dark-haired woman in red dress holding flowers

When Eve went to her high school senior prom, she wore a red dress that her mother had made for her. That night, after dancing with the boy of her dreams, she caught him in the act with her best friend. Months later, Eve, a freshman in college, is bullied into giving the dress to her roommate. After her mother finds out, their relationship is never the same again.

Twenty-five years later, Eve, a bestselling author, is happily married with three children. Although her mother suffers from dementia, she still remembers, and Eve still harbors the guilt for giving the dress away. When she receives a Facebook friend request from her old college roommate and an invitation to her twenty-five-year high school class reunion, then meets her former best friend by chance, she must confront the past in order to face the future.

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The Rose #Musical Monday

The song I’m featuring today is one I’ve sung many times since my freshman year in college when, believe it or not, my voice teacher introduced me to it. At Sheridan College, Barb wasn’t one of those instructors who started students out with humdrum art songs in German or Italian. She preferred popular songs with a few older songs thrown in later. When she first sang this song, accompanying herself on the piano, I fell in love with it, having never heard it before.

That year, when my vocal chamber group, which also performed a lot of popular music,  went on tour, I sang the song as a solo, our pianist accompanying me. Over the years, I performed it for talent shows and other events, including weddings, often accompanying myself on piano. In the version you’ll hear today, I’m using the guitar. This is the way I sang it in 2014 for my brother’s second wedding in Florida. Enjoy!

By the way, for those of you who use the National Library Services for the Blind and Print Disabled, The Red Dress is available for download from their site here. Thank you for reading. Stay safe, happy, and healthy, and may you always have positive experiences.

New! The Red Dress

Copyright July 2019 by DLD Books

Front cover contains: young, dark-haired woman in red dress holding flowers

When Eve went to her high school senior prom, she wore a red dress that her mother had made for her. That night, after dancing with the boy of her dreams, she caught him in the act with her best friend. Months later, Eve, a freshman in college, is bullied into giving the dress to her roommate. After her mother finds out, their relationship is never the same again.

Twenty-five years later, Eve, a bestselling author, is happily married with three children. Although her mother suffers from dementia, she still remembers, and Eve still harbors the guilt for giving the dress away. When she receives a Facebook friend request from her old college roommate and an invitation to her twenty-five-year high school class reunion, then meets her former best friend by chance, she must confront the past in order to face the future.

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Break-Up #It’s Six Sentence Story Thursday Link Up

Today, I’m trying a new feature. The object here is to write a story in no more and no less than six sentences. This week’s prompt word is “shower.” Here’s my contribution.

 

BREAK-UP

 

My phone rang while I was in the shower. With the water running, I didn’t hear it, but when I got out, I noticed Jake had called. This was it, I thought with relief. He would tell me the rumor about him being with another woman was false. But a minute later, tears rolled down my cheeks when I checked my voicemail and found his message. “Hi, I just called to say that I’m sorry, but you and I are done.”

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Note: the song below also inspired the above story.

 

Now, it’s your turn. To learn how you can participate, click here. Alternatively, you can leave your six-sentence story in the comment field below. Any way you do it, I look forward to reading it.

 

By the way, from now until July 31st, you can download My Ideal Partner and The Red Dress absolutely free from Smashwords as part of its annual summer/winter sale. Click here to visit my Smashwords author page.

Also, for those of you who use the National Library Services for the Blind and Print Disabled, The Red Dress is available for download from their site here. Thank you for reading. Stay safe, happy, and healthy, and may you always have positive experiences.

New! The Red Dress

Copyright July 2019 by DLD Books

Front cover contains: young, dark-haired woman in red dress holding flowers

When Eve went to her high school senior prom, she wore a red dress that her mother had made for her. That night, after dancing with the boy of her dreams, she caught him in the act with her best friend. Months later, Eve, a freshman in college, is bullied into giving the dress to her roommate. After her mother finds out, their relationship is never the same again.

Twenty-five years later, Eve, a bestselling author, is happily married with three children. Although her mother suffers from dementia, she still remembers, and Eve still harbors the guilt for giving the dress away. When she receives a Facebook friend request from her old college roommate and an invitation to her twenty-five-year high school class reunion, then meets her former best friend by chance, she must confront the past in order to face the future.

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Anthology Reflects on Middle Age #Thursday Book Feature

On Being 40(ish): Fifteen Writers on the Prime of Their Lives

Edited by Lindsey Mead

Copyright 2019

 

What Amazon Says

 

Fifteen powerful women and writers you know and love—from the pages of The New Yorker, The New York Times, Vogue, Glamour, and The Atlantic—offer captivating, intimate, and candid explorations about what it’s really like turning forty—and that the best is yet to come.

The big 4-0. Like eighteen and twenty-one, this is a major and meaningful milestone our lives—especially for women. Turning forty is a poignant doorway between youth and…what comes after; a crossroads to reflect on the roads taken and not, and the paths yet before you. The decade that follows is ripe for nostalgia, inspiration, wisdom, and personal growth.

 

In this dazzling collection, fifteen writers explore this rich phase in essays that are profound, moving, and above all, brimming with joie de vivre. With a diverse array of voices—including Veronica Chambers, Meghan Daum, Kate Bolick, Taffy Brodesser-Akner, Sloane Crosley, KJ Dell’Antonia, Julie Klam, Jessica Lahey, Catherine Newman, Sujean Rim, Jena Schwartz, Sophfronia Scott, Allison Winn Scotch, Lee Woodruff, and Jill Kargman—On Being 40(ish) offers a range of universal themes—friendship, independence, sex, beauty, aging, wisdom, and the passage of time.

On Being 40(ish) reflects the hopes, fears, challenges, and opportunities of a generation. Beautifully designed, this is “a must read for anyone 40ish or beyond…Like a pep talk from your big sister, favorite cousin, and wise best friend” (Joanna Goddard, Cup of Jo).

 

My Thoughts

 

When I read an excerpt in this month’s issue of Reader’s Digest, I was intrigued, although my forties are long gone. I must admit I’d never heard of many of these writers. This made their insights all the more refreshing. Besides essays on topics related to being in their forties, contributors complete sentences like “The most important thing I learned in my forties is…” with thought-provoking responses. If you’re a woman who hasn’t reached your forties yet, this collection may serve as a sort of preview of coming attractions. If you’re past your forties, you can read this and reflect on your own prime of life.

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By the way, from now until July 31st, you can download My Ideal Partner and The Red Dress absolutely free from Smashwords as part of its annual summer/winter sale. Click here to visit my Smashwords author page.

Also, for those of you who use the National Library Services for the Blind and Print Disabled, The Red Dress is available for download from their site here. Thank you for reading. Stay safe, happy, and healthy, and may you always have positive experiences.

New! The Red Dress

Copyright July 2019 by DLD Books

Front cover contains: young, dark-haired woman in red dress holding flowers

When Eve went to her high school senior prom, she wore a red dress that her mother had made for her. That night, after dancing with the boy of her dreams, she caught him in the act with her best friend. Months later, Eve, a freshman in college, is bullied into giving the dress to her roommate. After her mother finds out, their relationship is never the same again.

Twenty-five years later, Eve, a bestselling author, is happily married with three children. Although her mother suffers from dementia, she still remembers, and Eve still harbors the guilt for giving the dress away. When she receives a Facebook friend request from her old college roommate and an invitation to her twenty-five-year high school class reunion, then meets her former best friend by chance, she must confront the past in order to face the future.

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From Wyoming to California #Open Book Blog Hop

This week’s question from blogger Stevie Turner is this. What elements of your life have you woven into your latest book? In The Red Dress, one of my characters, Jon, grew up in Wyoming but lives in California, where he does sound effects for movies. He’s based on my uncle, who has the same name, background, and occupation.

The following scene was inspired by a time when my late husband Bill and I visited my uncle and aunt in Valley Village. Here, Eve, my main character, gets to know Jon a little more.

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In the kitchen, she found Jon at the stove. Ashley and Brenda were sitting at a nearby table,  eating.

“Hi, Mom,” said Ashley.

Jon turned from the stove. With a broad smile and a Southern drawl, he said, “How about some  fresh–squoze orange juice? I done squoze it myself.”

Eve laughed and said, “I didn’t know you were from the South.”

“I’m actually from Wyoming,” he said, reaching for a pitcher on a nearby counter. “I got bitten by  the film bug and ended up here.”

“And he’s tired of just doing sound effects for movies,” said Brenda. “He wants to get cast in a  new production of Gone with the Wind.”

“Now, you hush up, girl,” said Jon, again in his Southern accent.

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Who is Brenda, and what is Eve doing in California? Read The Red Dress and find out.

By the way, from now until July 31st, you can download My Ideal Partner and The Red Dress absolutely free from Smashwords as part of its annual summer/winter sale. Click here to visit my Smashwords author page.

Also, for those of you who use the National Library Services for the Blind and Print Disabled, The Red Dress is available for download from their site here. Thank you for reading. Stay safe, happy, and healthy, and may you always have positive experiences.

New! The Red Dress

Copyright July 2019 by DLD Books

Front cover contains: young, dark-haired woman in red dress holding flowers

When Eve went to her high school senior prom, she wore a red dress that her mother had made for her. That night, after dancing with the boy of her dreams, she caught him in the act with her best friend. Months later, Eve, a freshman in college, is bullied into giving the dress to her roommate. After her mother finds out, their relationship is never the same again.

Twenty-five years later, Eve, a bestselling author, is happily married with three children. Although her mother suffers from dementia, she still remembers, and Eve still harbors the guilt for giving the dress away. When she receives a Facebook friend request from her old college roommate and an invitation to her twenty-five-year high school class reunion, then meets her former best friend by chance, she must confront the past in order to face the future.

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