“The Giving Season” inspiration


The fictional town of Ridge Falls (in my Christmas short story The Giving Season) is inspired by my home town, Maple Ridge. Three years ago, the blue lights appeared… Fred Armstrong, communications manager with the District of Maple Ridge, has put together a lovely Youtube video showcasing our downtown during a recent snowfall. Maple Ridge […]

Zombie Short Story for Christmas

The Giving Season - cover

I’m testing the waters of Amazon’s Kindle publishing with a holiday zombie short story titled, The Giving Season. It’s been a learning experience, from editing to commissioning a cover, and I’m happy with the result. I’d love to hear what you think! Description: In Ridge Falls, no good deed goes unpunished. The holidays are not […]

Chocolate Raspberry Muffins

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At this time of year my mind is focused more on food than writing, and I expect the same is true for most of you. This afternoon I baked Chocolate Raspberry Muffins, a recipe I developed last year.  They were cooling on the stove top, when mice came along and stole three!  I think they […]

Healthy Holiday Fruit Bread (Recipe)

Festive Fruit Bread

Writers need fuel, preferably healthy fuel.  I’ve been fiddling around in the kitchen, trying to create some healthy holiday fare.  This bread worked out quite well, so I thought I’d share…   Festive Fruit Bread (adapted from High Fiber Bread Machine Bread recipe at Epicurious.com.) Ingredients: 1  3/4 cups skim milk 1/2 teaspoon almond extract […]

7 Things About Me

Back in September, my friend, and writing-workshop instructor extraordinaire, Devon Ellington tagged me in her blog. The tag was a challenge to post “7 Thing About Me” here and nominate seven people to carry it on. I’ve been slow in responding, but here it is: 7 Things About Me 1. In 1976 my family lived […]