Posted in October 2015

The Risk of Enjoying Something New

Humans are attracted to familiarity and recognizable patterns. We like music with tunes: melodies have patterns. Routines and habits are patterns we don’t have to think about, and having them spares us from making millions of minute choices in a day. Rituals are patterns to which we pay deep, contemplative attention. Habit: tea at my … Continue reading

“Yikes! That’s a creepy story!”

As you can probably tell already, I enjoy Halloween, and I never lost my childhood love of creepy, scary stories. What I find most terrifying in horror stories is not the big reveal of the monster or the alien or the big gory mess but the signal that something isn’t quite right in a chilling and … Continue reading

Snake Face earns B.R.A.G. Medallion

Snake Face, book three in the Mae Martin Psychic Mystery series, has been awarded a B.R.A.G. medallion. When I receive an award, I like to thank the people who helped me produce a book that earned one: my editor, Nancy Adams, my critique partners Jordaina Robinson and Janet Simpson, and this book’s third beta reader, … Continue reading

Scavenger Hunt #uncannyquarry

I’m a late October Scorpio, so throughout my childhood I had Halloween-themed birthday parties. This suited me; I’ve always been a fan of scary stories and been intrigued by mysterious, inexplicable events. When I was around ten or eleven, my father set up a scavenger hunt in a friend’s orchard for the party. It was … Continue reading

The Thorn in my Soul

In July in Truth or Consequences I got a mesquite thorn in my flip-flip. It burrowed in deep and I couldn’t get it out, so I set those shoes aside and wore others. This week, in Virginia, I decided that the thorn wouldn’t come though, that it was simply buried in the sole somewhere, and … Continue reading