Get Away for a While


Definitely better than what’s going on right now.


Plus there’s eavesbraining, so there’s that.

Worry Fraught and That’s Just Fine


Muir Beach Overlook, Marin County, California. By Frank Schulenburg (Own work) [CC BY-SA 3.0 (, via Wikimedia Commons

That crawling feeling, that one that slinks its way behind everything, pops up with a droning sense of unease. You know what I’m talking about.


Some people are worriers, and some people aren’t. You non-worriers, I salute you and the mind doors you must possess, each with its own lock and miles of file cabinets where each thought is put in its place. Beyond those doors, I picture the inside of your heads like a tropical beach, all drinks included, the view bright and clear as far as the mind’s eye can see.

Not so much for the worriers among us,

And now, with the far-reaches of the internet, I have so much more to worry about. People I’ve never met and will never meet on far-off islands, once lush paradises, now stripped bare by vicious hurricanes. The citizens of Mexico, tormented first by one earthquake and a tropical storm, and then by another earthquake.

I worry for strangers who could be the targets of police violence; I worry for disabled children who rely on Medicaid to live at home with their parents instead of in an institution. And that’s on top of the normal worry stuff, like what if I never have another creative idea in my life, and hey wait a minute, that’s a good idea for a story.

But what if I don’t finish what I’m working on because I get distracted with the new story?

And scene.

But I’m going to fill you in on what might be a mixed-blessing secret, my lovely fellow writers and my lovely fellow readers. I can’t confirm it, but I think worrying is one of our superpowers.

Why? Worry leads you down a trail of thoughts, and thinking is the mother source of inspiration. It also forms the wellspring of imagination, and without an imagination you cannot get lost in a book.

So the trick is to harness our worry for good, to take these fears and find a way to make them work for us. And we might make it to those mind-beaches yet.

For more on my thoughts about Charlottesville and rising bigotry, please read An Open Letter to My Friends of Color.

Check out  my full-length novels: 

Aunty Ida’s Full-Service Mental Institution (by Invitation Only)   

Aunty Ida’s Holey Amazing Sleeping Preparation (Not Doctor Recommended) 

 Her Cousin Much Removed

 The Great Paradox and the Innies and Outies of Time Management.

And download Better Living Through GRAVY and Other Oddities, it’s free!

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Cheap Book and Keyboard Tip! ALL THE THINGS!


It’s been a long, well, whatever it is since you started counting, and we deserve a laugh and a break and maybe a little meddling in our brains (shh, I didn’t say that).

So for a very limited time, Aunty Ida’s Full-Service Mental Institution (by Invitation Only) is just $0.99 in the US AND the UK! OK, the dollar sign doesn’t apply in the UK, but in my defense I can never find the pound symbol on my keyboard. A quick trip to google could fix that.

Ah, let’s try my newfound knowledge. £0.99. EUREKA! It worked. I held down the “alt” key and then typed 0163 on the number pad. Another site suggested “alt” plus L, but that didn’t work.

I think I’ve digressed. Bet Aunty Ida has cure for that. Probably. Maybe. But at $0.99 or £0.99, it’s worth finding out!

#AtoZChallenge: Discount!


You know how I’ve  been saying I have something special for today? Well, here it is.

Aunty Ida’s Full-Service Mental Institution (by Invitation Only) is discounted to $0.99 for a limited time! So if you’ve enjoyed your visits so far to the inside of my head, or would like Aunty Ida in yours (not 100% advisable, but it’s your brain) pick up a copy at the special discounted price.

Happy reading! Probably!

Edit: It’s 99p in the UK as well. No coffee yet today, real or otherwise!



Got Book Suggestions? I Want ‘Em


I have a confession to make, one of which I am not entirely proud. Everyone ready? Promise not to think less of me?

I haven’t read a book in a while. A long, long while. Though I find reading is so much easier between my Kindle and the Kindle app for my phone, squeezing in a few minutes here and a few minutes there, lately I just haven’t. Aside from some fluffy celebrity memoirs (oh, Miranda Hart, you are one of the funniest humans ever to human), I just haven’t lost myself in a book for some time.

Well, that’s going to change.

In the not-too-distant future, I’m going to be taking a trip, and I am going to actually have time to read. Time. To sit and just read. Anything.

Sounds pretty amazing, right? I mean, who wouldn’t want the opportunity to slip away to another world, one that feels so solid, even though it’s fictional that it seems like, on some level, it must exist somewhere. To meet people who take you into their lives, who take you along with them on their adventures and have the generosity to bear the the full brunt of the consequences.

So much fun.

The only thing is that I have no idea what to get. I like fun reads, I’m not looking for very heavy, and I’m definitely not looking for the Toni Morrison brand of beautiful writing that reaches into your chest and pricks at your heart, one cut at a time until you are scarred for life (yes, I’m talking about the masterpiece that is Beloved).

So keeping that in mind, any suggestions? I’d like to have books I can get electronically. Must-reads, funny reads, weird reads, let me know what belongs on my list. Thanks, there’s a whole universe of new books out there.

Check out  my full-length novels,  Her Cousin Much Removed,  The Great Paradox and the Innies and Outies of Time Management and Aunty Ida’s Full-Service Mental Institution (by Invitation Only), and the sequel, Aunty Ida’s Holey Amazing Sleeping Preparation (Not Doctor Recommended) which is now available!

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The Aunty Ida Sequel Cover Reveal and Announcement


I’ve talked about it. I’ve blogged about it. And here it finally, finally is, available for pre-order (this time, please cue your imaginary orchestra to a loud, horn-heavy fanfare:)

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Yes! In the tradition of really long and ridiculous titles, the second book in the An Aunty Ida Comedy Invention series is called Aunty Ida’s Holey Amazing Sleeping Preparation (Not Doctor Recommended).  And it has yet another beautiful cover from Ralf Jürgen Kraft, with original artwork he made specifically for this book. You can see why, after he spruced up the layout for me, I had him take on the original Aunty Ida cover. I think they look really good together.
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The book will be available on January 7, 2015, and you can pre-order it any time before then. Then you can just regular-order it.

It’s been a long time since Aunty Ida roamed about freely, so make sure you keep you mind as closed as possible, at least physically speaking. Hopefully everyone will have a good time. Well, except for Brian, the main character of Aunty Ida’s Holey Amazing Sleeping Preparation. He’s probably not in for a good time at all.


And the Series is Called…


Honestly, I don’t know what to do with myself. I’m getting ever closer to making the Aunty Ida sequel available for pre-order, and I’m so excited. And nervous, if I’m being honest.

This will officially be my first series. And here’s the funniest part about it.  When I wrote Aunty Ida’s Full-Service Mental Institution (by Invitation Only) I assumed it would be a standalone novel. A series? With that bunch of lunatic characters? How could it be?

And then Aunty Ida started nagging. And nagging. She popped up in short stories, which you can find in Better Living Through GRAVY and Other Oddities (you can pick it up for free, if you’re interested). But short stories weren’t enough for Ida. Nope.

She wanted another book. And more, I’m sure. She’s not the kind of character to let things go.

So I’m off into brand-new (for me) territory. Hopefully everyone who enjoys that funny, strange world will enjoy the sequel, I think it’s another weird, good time.

Oh, and I promised you the series title, and here I am nearly forgetting to put it into the post. So, once again, please get your imaginary drums ready. The series shall be named “An Aunty Ida Comedy Invention.”

Because it is all of those things.

So I have a few more tasks to cross off, and then before you know it, Aunty Ida will be showing off her new adventure. I can hardly wait.

Check out  my full-length novels,  Her Cousin Much Removed,  The Great Paradox and the Innies and Outies of Time Management and Aunty Ida’s Full-Service Mental Institution (by Invitation Only). 

Sign up for my spamless newsletter. And download Better Living Through GRAVY and Other Oddities, it’s free!