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    Max the Muse

    People often ask authors if the characters in their books are based on real people. I personally have never done that….with people. Sloan’s dog Max, who first appears in Deaglan’s Deception, book 3 of my series, is based on and named after my son’s dog. Max is a Cocker Spaniel who has been my writing buddy for years, snuggling into my lap as I just manage to reach over him to get to the keyboard. He is very much like the dog in my book, down to his wiggly butt and ear splitting bark. But, alas, Max isn’t living with me anymore. My son moved out of state a year ago, but left…

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    Did you know that it’s a Pennsylvania Dutch tradition to eat pork and sauerkraut on New Year’s Day?

    I’ve followed this tradition almost every year since childhood and I’m heading to my brother’s to have it later today. I knew the meal was supposed to bring good luck for the coming year, but not why or how it started. So yesterday when this article, Pork and sauerkraut on New Year’s Day: Why the PA Dutch believe it’s your luckiest meal of the year, popped up in my news feed naturally I was curious. You can read the article for the details but, in a nutshell, it comes down to this: pigs root forward—symbolizing looking ahead– while chickens and turkey’s scratch backwards. The sauerkraut’s original green color symbolizes money.…

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    My New Writing Space

    Thanks to my wonderful husband who gave up his desk for me, I now have a new place to do my writing.     I used to sit in my recliner in the family room with a collapsible table for my laptop. Max liked to lay beside me or on my lap and every once in a while, he’d reach out and hit the keyboard with his paw, giving me his two cents on what I was writing.   It was very cozy and comfortable, and that was part of the problem. When writing after work or on weekends after a stressful week and then relax in a soft chair,…