Now That My Manuscript is Open… #amwriting

My biggest dream was to be an entertainer. I’d done some singing, played a couple instruments… At other times I toyed with the idea of being a writer. I wrote a few short stories about family in school and even wrote a couple of sentences for a novel but stalled when it came to description. I’ve never been a fan of that, either as a reader or writer. But, really, what did I have to write about?

After I met my father for the first time in my adult life (I may or may not met him when I was 3), and put together all the differing stories, I finally had a plot. So I started writing. Book 3 got me an agent and a publishing deal with a publisher that soon went out of business. Still, it got attention – I’d hit it toward the end of the chicklit boom and the beginning of the Indie publishing boom.

But, really, my best book, and my best seller for some years is Letters on Balboa Island. I wrote it for my dad and for me. He loved it. He told me, “Keep writing. You must fulfill your destiny.”

I love music. So when the publishing industry went wacko, I turned most of my attention towards music. But, now, I keep hearing those words of my father. And when he died 5 years ago now, I heard the song “Beyond the Sea.” I recently uploaded a YouTube short in honor of that. So how could I not combine music and writing? 🙂

So, here I am, listening to music that my father loved and opening the manuscript I’m working on. Jaclyn is its working title. I think he will love it. I just have to finish it. My mother is also the inspiration for this book. So what better day than Mother’s Day to open the manuscript?

Sinatra, Vegas, Martinis, yes, I do believe they will all be there.


Logic Pro for the iPad is Coming!

Finally, Logic Pro for the iPad will be available May 23. We’ve been hearing rumors of the release for years now. At last, it’s almost here!

I’m going to love it, because I do like to do a lot of my creative stuff sitting in a comfy chair and not tied to my desk. What I don’t love is the subscription service – that’s not how I like to use my software. But it seems that’s a thing these days. It’s easy to lose track of all your subscriptions, and that’s exactly how they like it.

I have 3 subs I will not renew but that’s not until the end of this year so I guess I’ll just have to bite the bullet until then.

You can find out more details from the Apple site here.

Monday Means Writing (#amwriting #Romantic #Fiction)

Monday is my day to retreat. I’ve been interacting all weekend with little time in my studio. As much fun as I’ve had (check out the “Cinderella” #shorts), I’m now in my studio, inspired to write a little romantic fiction. Especially after listening to a clip of one of my favorite Wolf Kier songs – love that “Sweet Mary Lou” line. That will ring a bell for music lovers, especially those from a certain era.

So, of course, I had to do a little remix of my own. And now that clip has so inspired a scene, taking me back to the Pacific Northwest. Btw, “Raining Men” is also set in the Pacific Northwest.

When California girl BROOKE SLADE wins a “Red Hot Love Weekend” with blond surfer type BARRIE WITHERSPOON on a girlfriend’s weekend in Las Vegas, she’s sure he must be from Southern California, the only place she can imagine living. But when she discovers he’s from the rainy Pacific Northwest, she deems him “GU” (geographically undesirable) and turns him down.

So when she loses her job and the only new job available is in his hometown in wet, rainy Oregon, she find herself working alongside him. To make matters worse, he doesn’t seem to be quite as single as she thought. With new determination to make the best of things, she sets out to date every single man in the Northwest until either Barrie is out of her system or she finds the real Mr. Right. And so now it’s not only raining the wet stuff in the Pacific Northwest, it’s raining men, too. How lucky can a girl be?

Available for Kindle on

And now I must go write!

Happy Monday!

Screamie Birds is #7 on Reverbnation for Electronica in Miami

It’s easy to get distracted with YouTube fun, uploading kitty videos, Disney and cruise videos and even challenging myself to create a variety of music during FAWM and 50/90. But this – #7 on Reverbnation for Electronica in Miami – and my release of “A Lover’s Lover” on Spotify – keeps me focused on my main goal.

The good news is, in creating a variety of music, I end up doing some of my best work in the midst of all the other stuff. And “A Lover’s Lover” is what I consider to be my best.

It’s now available for streaming on Spotify and Deezer with more to come. I would so appreciate your support of Indie Artists, both for myself and others.

Thank you!

“Tequila, Take Me Home” #Music #California #Florida #Beach #Bars

For today’s video and music pairing, I chose “Tequila, Take Me Home,” a song I wrote during my very first FAWM in 2018. We were living in Florida and I was missing California. Now we’re back in Florida and, of course, I’m always missing California. So I put together a video with clips of both California and Florida beaches. I love them both!

“Lonely Girl, Lonely Boy” (#NaPoWriMo #Poem #Lyrics #50/90)

So I’ve been working on turning another one of my poems into a song. This one started out as “Mysteries of Life” and became “Lonely Girl, Lonely Boy.” More needs to be fleshed out but it’s a start.

“Stairway to July” #NaPoWriMo #Poem# #Lyrics

I often use some of my poems as a foundation for song lyrics for FAWM or 50/90 (2 songwriting challenges). And since 50/90 is coming up in July, I wrote the NaPoWriMo poem #5 “Stairway to July,” hoping to turn it into a song. Well, I’ve started playing around with something and thought I’d share this clip here.

I hope to flesh it out further during 50/90.