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A Quick Update

Hello, people!

Hope your week is going well. If not, I hope it gets better.

Thank You

Just wanted to let my readers know that I haven’t forgotten about them! I am working on chapter 39 for The ABC’s of Death. It’s slow going and I apologise for taking so long.

I’ve been fighting an infection for the last couple of weeks. I’m afraid it has kicked my ass. Today I woke up after another restless night shaky and tired. Ugh. It doesn’t do much for concentration I can tell you!

I will rally though! I always do. The new chapter is coming, though slowly. I hope to have it done soon. I just didn’t want anyone to think I’ve forgotten or abandoned it. No way! Dee would kick my ass and then Tee would chew on me for a while! Really, those two make a great team! Not to mention the good-looking Fedora! Ah, is it bad of me to fall in love with a make-believe character? There is much more to that man than he lets you see, believe me!

Anyway, where was I? Oh yes, the reason for the delay in posting…….

That’s it, I’ve been a bit under the weather. So, coming soon to this blog! A new chapter in the story of…..

The ABC’s of Death! Stay tuned! And thank you!


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If We Were Having Coffee


If We Were Having Coffee


Hello! Come on in. Let’s have a nice visit, shall we?

Whatever you would like to drink, I’m sure I can find something to suit you. As for me, I’ll have my usual coffee.

It’s been a while since our last coffee clutch hasn’t it? We will have to catch up on each other’s news. Sit, please, make yourself at home. Don’t mind the cat and dog hair. It’s been too long since I vacuumed. I try to keep up with the housework, but when I’m the only one able to do all the house chores I fall behind sometimes.

Also, housework equals boring. 😉


If we were having coffee, I would first share with you the news that today is Dave’s (Rara’s husband also known as Grayson Queen) memorial service was this morning in California. Sadly he passed away way too soon. I still am not quite over the shock on how fast it came about and that he is really gone. I do know of a few bloggers who will be attending the memorial. One for sure is DJ Matticus who has asked fellow bloggers to wear blue today in honor of Dave and Rara.

Rara, I have heard will be attending the memorial. She won’t be shackled (thank goodness), but she will be wearing her prison blue uniform. So, I have worn a blue blouse to show support. We love and miss you Rara.

If we were having coffee, I would also like to mention Mental Mama’s (Erin) Summer Drawing Contest. I completely forgot about it for Friday and I feel terrible about it. So I did a quick and badly drawn J for her contest. I haven’t drawn anything in many years. So I hope you forgive how bad it is. Next time I will be drawing a flower and hopefully it will turn out better.


If we were having coffee, I would tell you what glorious weather we’ve been having in my little corner of Alberta, Canada. Wonderful spring warmth and plenty of sunshine. The flowers are in full bloom and the grass is getting tall.

If we were having coffee, I would tell you how much I am enjoying writing and interacting with readers on my story ‘The ABC’s of Death’. I’m up to chapter 39 and getting closer to the ending. I love how my readers get into it and root for the good guy and boo the bad. You guys are the best!

If we were having coffee, I would update you on my mom and brother’s health. The last we spoke my brother survived a brain aneurysm and my mom thought she was having more heart problems. I’m happy to report both are doing fine now. My brother is back home and taking care of his cats. My mom doesn’t have any extra heart problems. Although the doctors did find her extremely anemic. That is being taken care of with medication.

If we were having coffee, I would tell you that I am planning on adding to my very bare Pinterest boards this weekend. I have read some really good advice on setting up boards on there for writers. I know, I know, it’s a major time suck, but it is a lot of fun. Wish me well and if you hear me yelling for someone to save me, throw me a lifeline will ya? LOL

That’s about it for now. I do hope all those that are celebrating Memorial weekend have a safe and wonderful holiday. Please, don’t forget what the holiday stands for. Even if you aren’t celebrating it, give a moment of silence and thanks for all our men and women in the armed forces throughout the world. They deserve our respect and more.


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How I Write a Fight Scene




Hello, people!

If you came here expecting wise advice on how to write a fight scene. Well, I might disappoint you. Sorry about that.

As many of you know I am up to a fight scene in The ABC’s of Death, between Dee, Fedora and three bad guys. Angela might help, she might not. She’s not sure at this point.

So, here’s my problem. I have never written a fight scene before. Yeah, I know. Scary shit this writing gig sometimes. I have it pictured in my head how I want it to go. Writing it is another matter. It ain’t as easy as one might think.

I got Dee, a private investigator, a woman (duh!) who is well versed in self-defense as she has a black belt in Brazilian jiu-jitsu. Brazilian jiu-jitsu is a martial art form where the premise is that a smaller, weaker person can take down a much larger and stronger opponent by grappling him/her to the ground and using ground fighting techniques and submission holds involving choke holds and such.

Dee is also not exactly a ‘small’ woman, she is 5 foot 10 inches, with long strong legs and a keen mind. Not your average shrinking violet.

Then we have Fedora. Dee met Fedora on another case and at first wasn’t too impressed with the man even though he is good-looking, rich and smart. She calls him Fedora because he has a penchant for wearing fedora hats. Which I might add, he does with flair. 😉

Fedora is still somewhat unknown as far as fighting is concerned. In the first story when they met, Fedora carried a gun. Dee hates guns, which you will come to find out why much later down the road. Anyway, it seems Dee convinced Fedora to take some lessons in self-defense. We’ll see how that went for him in the next chapter.

Now you have the bad guys. Sid and his two fellow goons. Big badass types. They kind of like their guns. They like to make people fear them. They enjoy hurting people. They got that stuff down pat.

You mix it all together and see what happens. I wish it was that simple.

It all boils down to this. I’ve been doing research on how to write a good fight scene. I tell you one thing. Everyone has an opinion. Ha! So now I have to write the damn thing.

You don’t realize how much work a writer puts in a book till you start to write one yourself. The good authors have my deepest respect. I mean they always did, but now that I am in the belly of the beast so to speak, I can tell you again. This shit ain’t easy to do.

The short of my rambling on is this…no chapter today. I know! I know! Don’t shoot the messenger. Really, don’t, because the messenger is also the writer…..

I have the chapter almost done. Almost! Just some I don’t like. So I’m giving myself another day to write it. Because I love you guys. I don’t want to hand you crap to read.

Sure, some might say I already  have, but eh, again, not everyone has to like the same things, right?

So tomorrow the big fight scene will be done. I  hope you enjoy it.

Oh, by the way, Dee is one kick ass lady!


Sad News

My heart is broken. A piece of it just is lost. My love, light and anything else I can do to help goes out to Rara and her and Dave’s family. I don’t know whether to cry or rail against fate. I feel somehow I have lost a brother. I wish I could hold Rara right now and let her know she is never alone………

The Matticus Kingdom

I have terrible news to share with the blogosphere today.

Horrible, no good, awful news.

Many of you knew him as Grayson Queen, author and artist extraordinaire.  Perhaps you’ve read one of his novels.  Perhaps you’ve purchased, or at least enjoyed, some of his paintings or sculptures…  Perhaps you knew that he was also Rara‘s husband, Dave.

I don’t have a lot of details, but I can confirm that Dave passed away earlier this week.

Please share this post wide and far.  Please say a prayer for Dave and Rara.  Please send her every ounce of spare energy you can muster.  She needs us.  Dave’s family and friends need us.

And send her mail to show her your love, your RawrLove:

Radhika Jaini WF0124
16756 Chino-Corona Road
Corona, CA  92880

You don’t need to know what to say.  You don’t need to say anything…

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Taking a bit of a break

Hello, people!

I just wanted to let my readers know that there will be no chapter on The ABC’s of Death today.

I’m having a bit of a brain meltdown. For the life of me I can’t seem to concentrate. In short, my brain is complete mush. Sigh……..

I will be back tomorrow with Chapter 31. Please bear with me for today. Sorry!


ABC'S of Death book cover (4)




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If We Were Having Coffee


If We Were Having Coffee


If we were having coffee, we’d probably be sitting in my kitchen as it’s a rather rainy cool spring day here. I don’t mind as we need the rain.

If we were having coffee, I’d tell you how much fun I had doing the April A-Z Challenge. It was my first year doing it and I set myself a rather large goal. To write a story with a chapter for every letter. I would also tell you that I’m quite proud of myself for reaching the finish line! I did finish the challenge but not the story. That will continue into May until it is done. I know I’ve disappointed a few of my readers by not finishing the story but felt I couldn’t cram all that was left into the last week of the challenge.

I do appreciate every reader that stuck with me throughout the month of April. Your reading and appreciation for the story is what is keeping me going! Thank you!

If we were having coffee, I would share my news that when I am done with the story “The ABC’s of Death”, I will be editing and adding a few deleted scenes and chapters and publishing it as my first self-published novel! So even if you have read it here for the challenge, when I publish, it will have new chapters and scenes that you haven’t read! I will also be publishing my first story “The Fedora” as a short story at the same time as the Death novel. That will be an introduction to DeeDee Watson, PI, Tee (her dog), and Fedora. That I will be offering as a free download (there will also be added scenes in it). This has me super excited and super scared.

If we were having coffee, I would tell you that April was a tough month for me in other ways. Yes, the challenge was difficult, but I was determined to finish. I also had it tough in a personal way. My younger brother had a brain aneurysm a week after Easter. According to my mother, he was having severe headaches the prior week. After Easter, he went to work but the pain was so bad he decided to go home. His boss called my sister and told her she was worried about my brother as he wasn’t acting himself.

They live in a small town where everyone knows everyone. My sister went to look for him and finally found him at home. His speech was slurred, he had difficulty seeing and walking, so she drove him to the hospital. That’s when they found out that he had a brain aneurysm. The doctors told him he should have died. He didn’t. He survived and after spending more than a week in the hospital he is ok. Which is a miracle.

His speech is fine, his mobility is fine. He might have some problems with his memory.

At this same time my mother thought she might be having more heart problems as she passed out and was feeling weak. She already has a pacemaker. The doctors thought she might have a faulty heart valve. Thankfully she doesn’t. She is extremely anemic. Which has happened to her before. They gave her some medicine and she seems to be improving.

My mother told me that aneurysms run in the family. They are genetic. Oh, gee, something else to worry about health-wise. I’m just thankful that both my mother and brother seem to be doing fine now. I haven’t been able to talk to my brother, seems my siblings still think I’m persona non grata with them. I have yet to figure out why.

If we were having coffee, I would tell you to have a wonderful weekend. Enjoy your family and friends as you never know when tragedy might strike. I would advise you to never hold grudges, never hold on to anger, always strive to understand the other person. Don’t live in the past, let it go and live for now. Sometimes the other person is going through things you don’t know about. Be gentle with them and yourself.

Till next time. I think for now I will sit a spell longer and enjoy my coffee and good memories.



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