Fantasy, Light and Dark

Man riding dragon

Continuing on my exploration of classic fantasy, I found four fabulous reads. Some are dark, others light. All compelling, intriguing adventures. (Some of the links in this post are affiliate links, which means I get…

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Relentless Pursuit by Fearsome Foes

Scary Woods

  Or, a familiar story told a different way. We covered ground as fast as we could, fleeing those who sought our blood. What started as an innocent trek through the forest had turned into…

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Attack of the Mosquitoes

Trail in Newport State Park

  How to entertain a 16-year-old? That’s the question that faced me last summer. Middle Grandson had come to visit, and I determined to make sure he enjoyed himself. One sunny morning we decided a…

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Falling Down to the Stars


In the spirit of not passing up an adventure, I entered The Write Practice’s Fall Writing Contest. Even though writing short stories is tough for me. Maybe my mind is just too complicated (or I…

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A Quartet of New Adventures

Starting an Adventure

Going on an adventure where you don’t know where you’re going or how it’s going to turn out can be fun. Or scary. It’s the unknown that provides the thrill, right? It’s the same with…

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Invasion of the Flower Flies: A Partial Eclipse Story

Hover Fly

While much of the rest of the country was chasing the eclipse, I was chasing flower flies. I didn’t know they were flower flies at the time. All I know is I was minding my…

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Back to Gitche Gumee

Caves on Devil's Island

Lake Superior holds a certain fascination for me. Maybe because it seemed so far away to this girl who grew up a few hours from Lake Erie and has lived near Lake Michigan. Superior’s size…

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The Jetsons Arrive in Dubai

Futuristic Flying Car

Lucky Judy Jetson. I grew up envying her life, how she could jump into a flying car and whisk away wherever she was going. I dreamed of the day when I could fly to school…

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Can You Make a Cake Over a Barbecue?


I’m always up for an adventure, especially if it involves food. While idly surfing YouTube (I know, I should be writing. Or editing. Or something), this video grabbed my attention. How can you possible make…

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How to Write and Publish a Book Review

Books for sale

“If you like the book, would you consider writing a review? That’s a standard question I ask when I do book signings. While most people are at least open to the idea, a surprising number…

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