Wednesday, December 23, 2009

Image: Prague, Czech Republic



Photo by Jason Jack Miller

This tilt shift photo of a Prague trolley was taken by my husband when we visited the Czech Republic two years ago.

Tuesday, December 22, 2009

Book: Red Ranger Came Calling


Red Ranger Came CallingRed Ranger Came Calling by Berkeley Breathed

Damsels in Regress had a recent poll about favorite Christmas books. Red Ranger Came Calling by Berkeley Breathed is mine. My husband and I read it every year.

If you've never read it, it's a guaranteed true Christmas story.

Sunday, December 20, 2009

EVENT: Official Kissing Day Blogfest - The Excerpt


Official Kissing Day Blogfest

The following is an excerpt from the spy thriller I'll be finishing by New Year's called Sin City Zion:

Phoebe stood in front of the highrise window looking out over the strip. She hugged her arms around her as much from the air conditioning as from the chill of fear. Nick came up behind her and rubbed the goosebumps from her arms.

“How are you doing?”

“I don’t know,” she said, surprised by the honesty of her response. Her stiff upper lip was failing her. She put her head on his chest. “Do you think they’re all right?”

“Sure. Don’s probably got the Detsois holed up in a place even swankier than this.” His voice managed an upbeat tone, but Phoebe felt the hard thumping of his heart.

“What are we going to do, Nick?”

“I don’t know yet.”

He always knew.

She felt tears welling. To push them away she did the first thing that came to mind. She kissed him.

To find the other writers participating in this blog carnival, visit Sherrinda's blog:

Event: Official Kissing Day Blogfest


From Sherrinda"s blog:

WHAT: Official Kissing Day Blogfest

WHEN: Monday, December 21st

WHY: A Writer’s Tribute to Mistletoe

HOW: Here is what to do if you want to participate in the Official Kissing Day Blogfest:

1. Write a post telling about the Official Kissing Day Blogfest. This way more writer/bloggers will get the word and be able to participate on Monday, Dec. 21st.

2. Tweet about it, using the hash tag: #kissingdayblogfest (I don’t know if this will help get the word out, but I thought it might be fun to try).

3. On Monday, December 21st, post on your blog an excerpt from your current WIP, or write a new scene that spotlights a kiss or an “almost kiss.”

4. If you are not a writer, or are uncomfortable sharing your work online, post your favorite kissing scene or almost-kissing scene from any book or movie.

**Please note that you do NOT have to do #1 or #2 to participate. I was trying to think of a way to get more writers to join in on the fun, but it is NOT mandatory! Just post your kissing scene on Monday for our reading pleasure!

Swiped from Kaye Dacus's blog.

Wednesday, December 16, 2009

News: Seton Hill and Mike Arnzen in The Writer


The Writer_January 2010The Writer (January 2010)

In the January 2010 issue of The Writer, which is on stands now, Seton Hill mentor and Humanities Chair Michael A. Arnzen has an article about writing horror, something the four-time Bram Stoker Award winner certainly knows about, plus Seton Hill's WPF Program is featured in an article titled "10 MFA programs that offer a specialty focus" by Melissa Hart.

And, mentor Randall Silvis, also an award-winner (Drue Heinz Literature Prize and three National Playwrights Showcase Awards) penned an article in this issue as well.

Tuesday, December 15, 2009

Event: 2009 Light Up Night in Uniontown


Uniontown Light Up Night 2009Light Up Night 2009 in Downtown Uniontown

PHOTO BY Jason Jack Miller

We ate popcorn and drank hot chocolate with our friend Laura Tebbitt as the Holiday Parade went by on Main Street in downtown Uniontown. Though a rainy night, the large crowd still seemed full of spirit.

Afterward, we had dinner at J. Pauls and won the trivia contest.

Very enjoyable evening and a great way to kick off the Christmas season.