The Versatile Blogger Award

Wow! My first ever blogging award, and it only took 12 years. Exciting. And thank you to Bodicia at A Woman’s Wisdom for the nomination. How did I win? Here, in her words:

The rules for The Versatile Blogger Award are:

  • Announce your win with a post and thank the blogger who nominated you.
  • Present 10-15 deserving bloggers with an award.
  • Link your nominees in the post and let them know they have been nominated.
  • Post seven interesting facts about yourself.

I just met a new blogger yesterday whose posts from the male pov I really enjoy. And I’ve been following a nature photography blog by fellow TWRP author these days.

Another newish-to-me blog has critique partners sharing the word on writing. The others have been my faves for awhile now; they write on a variety of topics: social media, travel, photos, astrology, and personal essays. All of them post regularly, and Barry, as well as his in-depth posts about the stars positions in the sky and what that means for us, offers a new forecast every Monday. Free. Yeah, he’s cool. They all are.

Jack Collier

Nia Simone

The Violet Femmes

Molly Greene

One Woman’s Life in Maine


Paperback Writer

Laura Zera

Cindy LaFerle’s Home Office

Bob Sanchez

7 Interesting Fact About Me

Or: As Interesting As It Gets

1. I’ve visited 38 states, passed through many more, and won’t rest until I’ve seen them all.

2. I was the first person I knew to practice “joint custody” when my marriage broke up. I still don’t know anybody else that has done it.

3. I’ve been married three times (!)

4. I’m an introvert who thought she’d pass out the first time she realized that “teaching” meant “talking to people.”

5. I have two degrees in literature and have written at least ten novels. The first four were practice and I threw them away.

6. I have been keeping a diary since I could write.

7. I’m vegetarian 7 years and working on cutting dairy, caffeine and all processed foods from my diet. Radial vegan. Maybe, someday.

8. I met the mother of a pirate in the first Johnny Depp movie.

9. I am the first person in my dad’s family to go to college.

10. I’m gonna be a granny this summer:)

Thanks again for super book blogger and humorist Bodicia for the nomination. Accepted with much gratitude.

When Pigs Fly

Finished a fast, fun read newly available on Kindle. My blog buddy Bob Sanchez has a few books out, and although I enjoy his travel posts and pictures, I had not gotten around to reading his novels because they weren’t available on Kindle.

The minute When Pigs Fly got Kindled, I bought it, read it, and loved following the high-jinks of an inept gang of thieves in the fast-paced, action-packed, verbally astute mode of Elmore Leonard and Carl Hiaasen.

Not everybody’s a bad guy. The titular pig’s pretty cool, and Mack, the protagonist, is a retired cop, grieving for his wife of thirty years,  in an extended trip in the southwest. When his folks send his best friend’s ashes to be distributed wherever Mack thinks best, he decides on the Grand Canyon, not realizing the urn holds more than ashes, or that he’ll have company on his journey.

Diet Cola is a smelly ugly brute who, before heading off to serve time, tucks an item of value into the urn while robbing Mack’s folks. He figures on retrieving it when he gets out of the slammer, and when he returns to find it gone, terrorizes the old folks into telling him where it went.

Diet Cola then heads southwest toward Mack, picking up a freak show of lowlifes that include an Elvis impersonator and assorted other goofballs with specialized skills but not much common sense. How these people end up in the desert together for a final showdown displays Sanchez’s plotting skills. He gets ’em there with plenty of style and a pace that never lags.

My reading tastes don’t usually tend toward the underbelly of society, but Sanchez’s  idiot crooks and loose women made me laugh. Diet Cola is cruel enough to give readers the creeps and a sweet love story adds hope to Mack’s crusade to let his wife go, scatter his friend’s ashes, and save his parents from a homicidal maniac.

All that and a flying pig dressed like Elvis who gets his own happy ending makes for a smoothly snappy summer read.