I’m Back Again

It’s been a while since I’ve written a blog. My health has gone downhill and I can’t spend much time at the computer because my feet and legs swell so bad. I’m doing more reading. I’m also doing a bit of editing, something I enjoy if the book is a good read. In the book I’m currently editing, the spell checker and I are having some little disagreements.

I am trying to get some writing done. I have selected three short stories to send to The Story Shack. (I’ve just been interrupted by my son. I hope he goes back outside soon.) I am also considering going back to some of my earlier works and doing some rewriting. My writing style has evolved quite a bit since I wrote them.

I keep hoping and praying that things get better but my body tells me I’m not getting any younger. I’ll just go on one day at a time.

2014, the Year that Was.

This year that is riding off into the sunset has been productive for me for the most part. I’ve added another book to my Smashwords.com account: Poetry A to Z. The cover was done by Lesley Fletcher from one of her paintings “Poppies.” I really love that painting and am glad she let me use it for my cover. She’s good like that.

I spent a lot of time writing my next novel, The Executioners, that should debut some time next week. Sheriff Gene Adler is horrified when he finds ten execution-style murders in a lonely mountain cabin along with a note telling him they did his job for him. It was signed “The Executioners.” Later that morning he answers a call to a home in the country when a young woman can’t find her sister. He looked at a picture and said, “I’m sorry to inform you yous sister is dead.”

The more he tries to get the upper hand and find some evidence, the more bodies pile up. Until they finally kill one of their own to keep her quiet. It’s like chiseling away at a brick wall. But one brick at a time, evidence is found. What Gene doesn’t need is for his ex to start causing trouble especially when he is falling in love with Zippora “Zippi” Decker whose sister is among the murdered. The book will be out next week.

My health is fair except for my spine and my weight which is a catch 22. I cannot exercise much because of my back and I can’t lose weight if I can’t exercise. I just keep plodding along as best I can.

Aunt Marion died this fall. She was 95, I last saw her when they brought her to the family reunion. I’m not sure she knew me then. Life goes on.

I have already begun a new novel which is out of my usual genre. I have been buying and reading a lot of books about prehistory, both in America and abroad. Now I am putting some of the knowledge I’ve gained to good use to write a book based in Saxony during the “folkswandering,” the migrations that took place when the populations got overcrowded and the tribes went in search of new land to settle. The book will end in England. Going that far back in history I can have a lot of sequels if I want to. Rosemond is the title of the book and the name of the main character. I can have a lot of descendants of Rosemond’s who are also named Rosemond. It’s a thought. Who knows what will come of it? I have more ideas than I will have a lifespan to write them.

At least I’ll get the new year off to a good start. I’ve also been thinking about doing an anthology of my short stories. The good ones that is. Maybe I’ll need to rewrite the not-so-good ones.


I’m Back

It’s been a long time since I’ve written a blog. Maybe it will be my New Year’s resolution to write one regularly. It’s been more than a year since I’ve written one. Since then I have published two more books on Smashwords: A Cowboy’s Love and Poetry A to Z. The Executioners is waiting in the wings and I have just started another one.

This time I am stepping way out of my genre. The story begins in the first millennium. In the time of the Franks, the Saxons and the Norsemen. I have been reading a lot about those times and I think I have learned enough to write the book.

I no longer write reviews. I had to quit in order to reduce stress in my life. However, I still spend too much time alone. It is difficult to get around since I no longer have a car. My son takes me where I want to go –most of the time.

He is learning to cook. Yesterday, he baked a cake. From a mix but it was his first. I have mixed feelings about him invading my kitchen which has always been my space. But he does cook supper two or three times a week. It helps but it is hard to let go.

I’m hoping to get more done next year but in my own time. I went through a very stressful time at the end of November when the computer wasn’t working right. It took more than a day and the techs still couldn’t fix it working on line. I asked right out if it could be the modem. So they sent a tech out to the house with a new modem. That’s what was wrong.

All that stress could have been avoided. My glucose was way up at that time but it’s back to normal now. It’s Christmas Eve so I can still say Merry Christmas. May you have a blessed and prosperous New Year. Welcome 2015!

Share or delete

I don’t know how many of you are as tired of the craze of “share and you’ll have good luck,” etc. I have had about enough of it. I shall put it in words. I do not understand how sharing someone’s post is going to give you luck, good or bad. The ones that really get me are the ones that say, “If you love God, share this and he will bless you.” I wrote to the person who sent me the one I received that said, “If you love God, share this and he will do you a fav.”

I wrote back, “If you want a favor from God get on your knees and pray for it.” God already knows what we need. That post makes it seem you can bargain with God. I love God. I read his word daily. How is my sharing a post like this going to aid me or anyone else? It could send the wrong impression that God is like a supermarket where you can just tell him what you want and it will be delivered. It cheapens the concept of what God stands for. If I need something I’ll as God directly without sharing what amounts to a chain letter. I don’t do chain letters and I don’t share these sort of posts unless I find it worthy of being shared.


Taking a Step Back

I’ve had a lot of time in waiting rooms this week to sit and think. My glucose is high. All my other tests are good. Stress is a big factor in raising my glucose level. So I’ve spent a lot of time assessing where that stress is coming from. I just passed my 70th birthday. I don’t feel any older than I did at 69. Actually, my health has improved. But there is the pain I live with everyday. I would guess that also affects my glucose level. I decided to do something to reduce the stress.

I’m retired; my own boss. Any deadlines I have now are self imposed. With that in mind, I am going to rearrange my priorities. Writing is still high on that list but without the pressure of trying to do thing within a time frame. Well, maybe a loose time frame. Nothing is carved in stone. I am not seeking to achieve worldwide acclaim or write a million seller. I shall be the one who decides what is good for me. If I hurt too bad to work, I’ll curl up on the sofa with my heating pad. Nothing I’m doing is so important that it can’t wait until I feel better. I’m going to keep doing what I do but at a slower pace.

I’m still going to keep in touch with the friends I’ve made online. I’m going to transform my writing from something I dread to something I can once again enjoy. I don’t have to answer to anyone but God and myself. I’m not hurting anybody by slowing down. I’m helping myself to better mental and emotional health.

Self Analysis and Self Improvement

Self improvement has been a philosphy of mine as far back as I can remember. It has grown with me or I have grown with it. If I got a low grade at school, I strove to do better the next time. I follow that journey of self improvement today.

In order to know what I need to do to improve myself, I must know what I need to amend. That’s where self analysis comes in. Every now and then I take a step back and look at myself mentally. If I see something I don’t like, I make plans to change it. If I have a bad experience, I figure out the cause and try to avoid a repeat of that experince.

Life is a learning experience. If we don’t learn from our mistakes we are likely to repeat them. It has been a long journey for me. Even in the darkest hours, I have had hope. Every journey begins with the first step and one step at a time afterward.

Some improvements are simple; others take more time and endeavors to succeed. These changes don’t just drop out of the sky. It takes work and committement to yourself to achieve your goals. If you fall down, pick up and go on. Sometimes it is a battle of endurance.

Don’t miss the small successes. Put together they can be a huge success.
If you can’t figure out the problems, ask for help from someone you trust. Knowing you are making a difference in your future can make it all worthwhile.

Brain Dead

What do you do when your mind doesn’t want to write anymore? The muse is gone. I can figure out a scene in my head but when I sit down to write, it is gone and I stare at a blank screen. I have had a little success at typing additional paragraphs in my “new idea” books, but I just can’t do it for the western I am currently working on.

I have been reading instead of writing. All good mysteries. It has been a pleasant distraction but that doesn’t help my problem. I know I am dipressed but it goes further than that. I’m always depressed in the winter time. SADD.

I think my brain needs a jolt. I need someone to talk to someone face to face. I spend too much time alone. I need to reach out and “touch” someone. I did talk to my older sister last week and my younger sister stopped by on her way back to New York, but she didn’t stay long because she wanted to get home before dark. She lives back in the boonies from Andover.

Well, I’ve spent too much time complaining. Maybe I try writing just a little. There’s not much on TV that I want to watch.

I’m hoping that writing this post will help me to get back into the swing of things. I need to get back to writing.

By Lesley Fletcher

By Lesley Fletcher


5 Pillars of the Gypsy


By Lesley Fletcher




5 Pillars of the Gypsy is a book of poetry and abstract art. Ordinarily I would write a review telling about the book, the plot and the author. 5 Pillars of the Gypsy is no ordinary book. It hits me on a personal level so that is how I shall write the review.


The Art – I don’t particularly care for abstract art but some of Lesley’s work struck a chord with me. My favorite is Mixed Emotions. This painting brings to mind autumn leaves whirling in the breeze on a warm Indian Summer day. The gray background seems to portend the coming winter.


Another I like is Enchanted Forest where ghostly spirits seem to be emerging from among the trees. In the lower right hand corner is a figure seemingly bent forward in the direction she is turned. However if one looks closer, there is a second face where she is looking back over her shoulder.


Lesley is a master at subtle hidden meanings in her paintings using fine white lines that seem to disappear until one studies the paintings. Is the figure in the center of Swallowed a human head or an erect penis? Very thought provoking.


Sea Of Good Wishes is a beautiful painting that imparts a feeling of goodwill.


The Poetry – Lesley writes poetry that hits one in the heart, mind and soul. While her writing is spiritual it is not directed at any one religion but rather all religions. It celebrates love, life and peace, touching the heart and uplifting the soul.


Lesley herself is the
Gypsy as one can read in The Gypsy Restored, the finale of the book. This is a book that one can return to for peaceful succor and soulful healing. The combination of art and very good poetry touched my heart and awakened soul to soar through mystic clouds of love and peace.



By Ruth Ann Hixson, Freela

Books I read in 2012

1.  A Deadly July by Kay Brooks

2.  The Murder Channel by Kay Brooks**

3.  5 Pillars of the Gypsy by Lesley Fletcher*

4.  A Reason to Live by Matthew Iden*

5.  Beachside PD: The Gypsy Hunter by Neil Yuzuk

6.  Beachside PD: The Reluctant Knight

7.  Cold Currants by C.B. Suggs

8.  Cold Feet by Karen Pullen* *(Coming out Jan. 16)

9.  Devil in Disguise by Heather Huffman*

10. Family Traits by Scott Skipper

11. How to Save Your Daughter’s Life by Pat Brown

12. In the Blood by Scott Skipper

13. Inner Space by Merlin Frasier*

14. Katrina Castaways by Nancy Clark Townsend

15. Lost Secrets of Maya Technology by James A. O’Kon, P.E.

16. Realms of Gold by Terry Stanfill

17. Rip-Off by Mar Preston*

18. Skeleton Picnic by Michael Norman*

19. Soldiers Don’t Cry by Donna Brown

20. The Condrete Kiss by David Grace**

21. The Dark Side of Hope by Karen Krett, LCSW

22. The Diamond Seekers by David Coles and Jack Everett*

23. The Lost Civilizations Enigma by Philip Coppens

24. The Lost Worlds of Ancient America an anthology of articles edited by Frank Joseph

25. The Patient Survival Guide by Dr. Maryanne McGuckin

26. The Ripple Effect by Ken Coleman

27. Torn by Yolanda Klem*

28. Way Out of Line by Trish Jackson

*really goo reads

**exceptionally good reads

My Writing Portfolio

My published work:


Novels: No Plans for Love, Lost Memories

Poems: Dreams. Waiting accepted for a anthology to be published nex month.

Book reviews: 25 book reviews posted on Amazon

Books reviewed: 5 Pillars of the Gypsy, A Reason to Live, Beachside PD: A Reluctant Knight, Cold Currents, Cold Feet, Devil in Disguise, Family Traits, How to Save You Daughter’s Life, In the Blood, Inner Space–Book One, Katrina Castaways, Lost Secrets of Maya Technology, Realms of Gold, Rip-Off, Skeleton Picnic, The Dark Side of Hope, The Diamond Seekers, The Lost Civilizations Enigma, The Lost Worlds of Ancient Americas, The Patient Survival Guide, The Ripple Effect, Torn, Way Out of Line.

I also have a mystery novel in the works.