Fluff & Nonsense

December 17, 2007 - Me and My Close Personal Friend, The Strongest Man in the World

No, seriously. Phil Pfister, the 2006 World’s Strongest Man, is my BFF. Which explains why when I attended a pinning ceremony for nursing graduates in the big city this weekend and came across the Strongman at the event, first I grabbed a pic of his butt. Then I got the back of his head. Then...
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December 11, 2007 - Under Construction

Here’s the latest look at the new house. It’s supposed to be finished in six weeks!!!! Remember when it looked like this? The amazing thing is that was only about two months ago! Also still under construction–my site. I’ve moved my photoblog over here to integrate it with my blog design–see the photoblog here or...
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December 10, 2007 - Just One of Those Kind of Days

So I decide to go out to the new house, take a few pictures, unload some stuff I picked up at Home Depot. I get halfway there and I realize I’m sitting on E. I’m in the middle of nowhere sitting on E. I suggest to myself I should turn around now, not waste any...
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December 8, 2007 - The Reveal!

There is still much to do in setting up the How to Do Stuff pages, but the new design is up! And look, I can put a poll in a post! Could this be more exciting? I know, I need a life…. Let’s see if this poll thing works….. (And you can see below that...
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November 15, 2007 - Aha!

Remember this post? Just some of my usual nonsense. However!!! PROOF!! Why am I not being assaulted by the media?! I’m the ONLY ONE!!!! Where are the newspaper people? The TV people? My personal assistants and makeup artists?! Okay, does being the most famous count if you are the only one? Wait, the only one!...
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October 2, 2007 - Heard Around Here

Princess, on the latest in salad offerings…“Next time you buy lettuce, will you buy the Romanian kind?” Conversation between Princess and 16’s Girlfriend…16’s Girlfriend: “Do you know much about 16?” Princess: “I know a LOT about him.” 16 to Princess: “You can leave now.” Conversation between 16’s Girlfriend and 16…16’s Girlfriend: “Your mother has really...
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September 10, 2007 - Vote Wild and Wonderful!

Spruce Knob, highest point in West Virginia. West Virginia’s lowest point is the stupid new “Open for Business” slogan the governor recently put on welcome signs posted on roads leading into the state. (Read more about what I have to say about that here.) Due to all the heat the governor’s been taking, he’s offering...
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June 20, 2007 - Wild, Wonderful

West Virginia’s Capitol Building in Charleston, viewed here from across the Kanawha River. Today is State Day, West Virginia’s birthday, the day it (as my children like to say, ILLEGALLY) broke from Virginia and became a state during the Civil War. I was going to make a list of my favorite things about West Virginia,...
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June 19, 2007 - Yeah, It’s Like Spiderman

Wild day lilies, covering the roadsides in West Virginia right now…. Conversation with 16 about Secrets Rising: 16: “So what is your book about again?” Me: “Well, there’s this town, and weird stuff happens.” (This is how I wanted to propose it to my editor, but she wanted more details. Odd.) 16: “Why does the...
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June 14, 2007 - I’ll Have My People Call Your People

Me and Bambi, running from the paparazzi….. Confession: I google myself. This is part obsessive pastime, part procrastination tool. Usually, I find reviews I didn’t know about, or blog posts where someone is talking about one of my books or workshops. Once I found out I had been up for an award months before, and...
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February 27, 2007 - I Hope These Things Don’t Come In Threes

On Sunday, I got a flat tire. On Monday, somebody backed into my car in Wal-Mart parking lot. I’m afraid to drive anywhere today. I’m afraid the next thing that will happen is that it will blow up. The nice thing was, it was a very sweet 16-year-old boy who backed into my car at...
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February 6, 2007 - Blizzard!

Gigantic icicle and my proud kids who ripped it down from a cliff. It’s cold here!!! :cold: FIVE BELOW ZERO last night! Pipes in the kitchen froze. I am surviving like a pioneer. I toted all the dishes next door and put them in my cousin’s dishwasher. Luckily, water is still flowing in the bathroom...
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January 29, 2007 - Snow Day!

The strangest snowman ever…. No school today! Cars running off the road into ditches! Even the salt truck ran into a ditch! I think I should stay home…. Angels Fall (based on the Nora Roberts book) is on tonight! Next Monday night is Montana Sky, with John Corbett!!! Can’t wait for that one! Anyone else...
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January 10, 2007 - Miss Scarlet Did It in the Lounge with a Fork

My desk today. Messy, huh? I was pulling my daughter’s clothes out of the washing machine yesterday when I found a fork at the bottom of the washer. “Why is there a fork in the washer?” I asked. “I don’t know,” she said. “It was in your load.” “I didn’t put it there.” Her brother...
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January 9, 2007 - Blackout!

Old oil derrick in Roane County. They’re doing this thing on “Good Morning, America” where they have people give up various things for a week–wearing makeup, cell phones, coffee, etc. Weenies. Yesterday I had no electricity, no water, and no phone. All day. I think they should try THAT on GMA. I handled it like...
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November 7, 2006 - Election Day 2006

Spruce Knob in the Monongahela National Forest, West Virginia’s highest peak at 4,863 feet. I’m running for Master of the Universe. I’m promising the complete eradication of the Asian lady beetle infestation of the East Coast, two Saturdays in every week, snow on Christmas Eve (no matter where you live), and a chicken in every...
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November 6, 2006 - Le Petit Dejeuner Flambeau

The New River. I blew up the toaster oven making breakfast this weekend. Flames! It was exciting! I stood there and thought, hmmm. Should I call my cousin next door and tell him I am about to burn the farmhouse down? Or wait? I stood there. Waited. (I hated to bother him.) The flames went...
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November 1, 2006 - Trick-Or-Treating For Dummies

Cousins on the town. 1. Be free of anything that might slow you down. Dump the mask, hat, and all other costume accessories immediately upon arriving at the location. 2. Be ready for dark shortcuts. Bring a flashlight. 3. Be ambitious. Use a 30-gallon trash bag to collect candy. 4. Be quick. RUN. 5. Be...
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