Wednesday, June 26, 2019

Weeding filing cabinet and finding treasures

I'm weeding my filing cabinet. It's just as difficult to weed my home filing cabinet as it was to weed my workplace ones. Mainly, I want a drawer to file new projects in. Which means something has to go.
I have two drawers full of stuff from my earning a MFA in Writing for Children and Young Adults at Vermont College of Fine arts a few years ago. Surely I can toss most of those papers and put the papers I want to save into a plastic tub in the garage,
Meanwhile, I began searching for a certain story I had submitted for a workshop.
The core story.
The picture book story that the faculty advisor told me was Not a picture book, but perhaps it was the outline of a novel.
The Picture book story that morphed into the novel that became my creative thesis during my last semester there and is now completed and circulating out into the publishing world.

I found it. !!!
It now has been transferred from the grad school file to the file where all my versions of this story reside.
This makes me happy.

Monday, June 24, 2019

Summer is a coming

Summer is supposed to come next week. Not this week. 
This week it will still be cloudy and in the 60s. (cold to me)
 But next week - when July starts - it's supposed to be in the 70s. Yay! I can then get out the skirts and short sleeves. 
The interesting thing about San Diego weather is that summer lasts into October. 
But I'm looking forward to the beginning of summer next week.

Sunday, June 16, 2019

Father's Day memory

Memories of my children's father on this Father's Day

We often drove to Florida to visit my mother. On one trip, my husband was in computer withdrawal. (laptops hadn't been invented, yet.) He did, however, bring pads of paper and pens and pencils.
Partway through our visit, he took these supplies out and sat there staring at them. He looked up at me and with a straight face, asked how he could enter information. Trying not to giggle, I pointed out both ends of the pencil. "You ENTER with the point. And you DELETE with the eraser.    
(He had a dry sense of humor which we bounced off each other.)

Friday, June 14, 2019

Flag Day

In the United States, Flag Day is celebrated on June 14
It commemorates the adoption of the flag of the United States on June 14, 1777 by resolution of the Second Continental Congress.

Saturday, May 25, 2019

the writer who also works at a day job

The curse of being a writer who also has a full time job to support the family.

Every time I left work for a week of writing, or a week of research trips, or a week of speaking to a series of schools and libraries, the staff at work would say, "have a nice vacation."
I'd reply, "No.  I'm just going to my second job."

Wednesday, May 22, 2019

My favorite flowers

It's May.
Time for my bleeding hearts to be blooming at my old house in Maryland.  
I haven't tried growing them here on the west coast, but I don't think I'd even be able to find old-fashioned bleeding hearts here.

Monday, May 20, 2019

And more Inspiration

“Stand up to your obstacles and do something about them. You will find that they haven’t half the strength you think they have.” Norman Vincent Peale

“The only path by which another person can upset you is through your own thought. Just keep your conscious mind busy with expectation of the best.” Joseph Murphy

“Finish each day and be done with it. You have done what you could. Some blunders and absurdities no doubt crept in; forget them as soon as you can. Tomorrow is a new day. You shall begin it serenely and with too high a spirit to be encumbered with your old nonsense.” 
Ralph Waldo Emerson

“Sometimes the questions are complicated and the answers are simple.” Dr. Seuss

“Find ecstasy in life; the mere sense of living is joy enough.”Emily Dickinson

The past is behind, learn from it. The future is ahead, prepare for it. The present is here, live it.”    Thomas S. Monson

Saturday, May 18, 2019

Here are more quotes

“How people treat you is their karma; how you react is yours.” Wayne Dyer

“Holding on to anger is like grasping a hot coal with the intent of throwing it at someone else; you are the one who gets burned.”   Guatama Buddha 

“Discontent, blaming, complaining, self-pity cannot serve as a foundation for a good future, no matter how much effort you make.” Eckhart Tolle 

“I can’t say this strongly enough, but our feelings about ourselves are actually the most important barometer for determining the condition of our lives!” Anita Moorjani

“You can turn your life into paradise, but the only way you can do it is to make the inside of you a paradise. There is no other way.”Rhonda Byrne

“Remember no one can make you feel inferior without your consent.” Eleanor Roosevelt 

“There are plenty of difficult obstacles in your path. Don’t allow yourself to become one of them.”    Ralph Marston  

Wednesday, May 15, 2019

Even more inspirational quotes

 “If you don’t like something, change it. If you can’t change it, change your attitude.” Maya Angelou 

 “The power for creating a better future is contained in the present moment: You create a good future by creating a good present.”   Eckhart Tolle 

“No one can depress you.
No one can make you anxious.
 No one can hurt your feelings.
No one can make you anything
other than what you allow inside.”      Dr. Wayne Dyer 

“It is the mark of an educated mind to be able to entertain a thought without accepting it.”  Aristotle 

“Be happy for this moment, this moment is your life.”   Omar Khayyam

“It’s not what happens to you, but how you react to it that matters.”   Epictetus

Monday, May 13, 2019

Inspirational quotes

“It is during our darkest moments that we must focus to see the light.” Aristotle Onassis

“The world is full of magical things patiently waiting for our wits to grow sharper.”  Bertrand Russell

“Be the change that you wish to see in the world.”   Mahatma Gandhi

“Success is not final; failure is not fatal: it is the courage to continue that counts.” Winston Churchill

“Happiness depends upon ourselves.”   Aristotle

“Write it on your heart that every day is the best day in the year.” Ralph Waldo Emerson

“When one door of happiness closes, another opens; but often we look so long at the closed door that we do not see the one which has been opened for us.” Helen Keller 

Friday, May 10, 2019

even more Inspirational quotes

We cannot focus upon the weaknesses of one another and evoke strengths. You cannot focus upon the things that you think they are doing wrong, and evoke things that will make you feel better.
What holds bad things in your life is always your attention to those bad things, always.
If you intend to be of assistance, your eye is not upon the trouble but upon the assistance, and that is quite different. When you are looking for a solution, you are feeling positive emotion— but when you are looking at a problem, you are feeling negative emotion.
The greatest gift that you could give to anyone you love is the gift of positive expectation. 
Appreciation and self-love are the most important tools that you could ever nurture. Appreciation of others, and the appreciation of yourself is the closest vibrational match to your Source Energy of anything that we’ve ever witnessed anywhere in the Universe.
Your happiness is the most significant contribution that you could make. In your reaching for happiness, you are opening a vortex which makes you an avenue for the Well-being to flow through you. And anything that is your object of attention under those conditions, benefits by the infusion of your Well-being.
Every time you praise something, every time you appreciate something, every time you feel good about something, you are telling the Universe, “More of this, please. More of this, please.”
If you can let anger subside, and let fear be replaced with more hopefulness, you will easily tap into a momentum of Well-being. It will seem so easy, you will wonder why you don’t do that more often
No matter what the issue is, don’t try to justify why you don’t feel good. And don’t try to justify why you should feel differently. Don’t try to blame whatever it is you think the reason is that’s keeping you from feeling good. All of that is wasted effort. Just try to feel better right now.
Let your alignment (with Well-Being) be first and foremost, and let everything else be secondary-- your dominant intent is to be joyful.
Get out into the sunlight — out where everything is — with a vibration that is so dominant that those who annoy you; those who don’t agree with you; those who make your life feel uncomfortable don’t come into your experience, because your vibration — through your practice — has become so clear, so pure, so clean, so in keeping with what you want, that the world that revolves around you just feels like that.
When you reach for the thought that feels better, the Universe is now responding differently to you because of that effort. And so, the things that follow you get better and better, too. So it gets easier to reach for the thought that feels better, because you are on ever-increasing, improving platforms that feel better.
If you will let your dominant intention be to revise and improve the content of the story you tell every day of your life, it is our absolute promise to you that your life will become that ever-improving story. For by the powerful Law of Attraction—the essence of that which is like unto itself is drawn—it must be!  Abraham -Hicks

Thursday, May 9, 2019

More inspirational quotes

“No act of kindness, no matter how small, is ever wasted.” Aesop

“The greatest discovery of any generation is that a human can alter his life by altering his attitude.”  William James

“Very little is needed to make a happy life; it is all within yourself, in your way of thinking.”   Marcus Aurelius

“Forgiveness is for yourself because it frees you. It lets you out of that prison you put yourself in.” Louise L. Hay

“Even though you may want to move forward in your life, you may have one foot on the brakes. In order to be free, we must learn how to let go. Release the hurt. Release the fear. Refuse to entertain your old pain. The energy it takes to hang onto the past is holding you back from a new life. What is it you would let go of today?”   Mary Manin Morrissey 

Tuesday, May 7, 2019

A few Inspiring Quotes

Sent to me from a Children's Book Guild of Washington, DC member:

      " I happened upon a website that had some wonderfully inspirational quotes, and I wanted to share them with you. I have linked the website below, and even though I normally check my sources with the original records I didn’t do that this time — I have just taken the quotes from the website as they were, chosen my favorite ones, and gathered them to cut and paste here, so I hope the references are correct. But frankly, even if it was Kermit the Frog who said all this stuff, I’d still find it uplifting and instructive!"

“Be more concerned with your character than your reputation, because your character is what you really are, while your reputation is merely what others think you are.” John Wooden

“When everything seems to be going against you, remember that the airplane takes off against the wind, not with it.” Henry Ford

“Turn your wounds into wisdom.” Oprah Winfrey 

“The secret of life, though, is to fall seven times and to get up eight times.” Paulo Coelho
“I learned that courage was not the absence of fear, but the triumph over it. The brave man is not he who does not feel afraid, but he who conquers that fear.” Nelson Mandela 

Sunday, April 21, 2019

It's Easter time

Just a few eggs.
 (the hard boiled ones are in my refrigerator getting ready to become deviled eggs.)

Wednesday, March 6, 2019


Are you Lively?
Or Lyrical?
Melissa Stewart discusses writing styles on her blog, Celebrate Science.
She talks about writing tips from Newbery Medal Winner, Linda Sue Park.

Monday, February 25, 2019

Writing Day

Mary Bowman-Kruhm and I did a writing day yesterday. She had come to visit her daughter in Los Angeles and I drove up to write with her.  
We completely revised our picture book, again. Then went out to dinner at a restaurant on the beach - The Chart House. Wonderful day.

Monday, February 18, 2019

Confession - I am dyslexic

There was a discussion of learning disabilities on Facebook this morning which reminded me of this:

Like quite a few people, I am dyslexic. Slightly. My first grade teacher discovered this when I could NOT spell 'the' correctly. I'd look at the word and write down teh. Nobody had a name for this problem nor did they know how to handle it in the 1950s. So I muddled along.  
Believe it or not, I became a writer and a Librarian.  
Now, imagine this. I look at the catalog to find the Dewey decimal number of the book(s) a patron needs and I write it down. Halfway to the bookshelves, I check the scrap paper where I wrote it and I discover that, of course, I have reversed the numbers. At this point, I fake it. Since by this time I have most of the Dewey areas memorized, I simply keep on heading to the Sports section, or whatever, and find the book for the person. (and make another mental note to self that I really, really need to double-check what I wrote down Before walking the person to the bookshelves.)   
p.s. Spellcheck has saved me many times since it was invented, but there's no spellcheck for Dewey decimal numbers.

Saturday, February 16, 2019

How can you afford to live in southern California?

A friend asked how I could afford to live in southern California.  Here's my answer:
worked full time, wrote part-time, saved every spare penny I could. 
I raised 3 kids, grew food in a half acre garden, shoveled 200 foot five feet wide brick walkway out to the drive way where we had to shovel around 3 cars and shovel room for the cars to back out and shovel the driveway fifteen feet uphill to the road so we could drive out. Oh, and I forgot that we heated with a woodstove for part of the house, so there was all that carrying wood inside and carting ashes outside. The ashes were good to sprinkle on that uphill driveway so that we actually could drive out to the road.
I earned a pension, retired from my job, am now also receiving part of my husband's pension, plus the few pennies that social security gives me. My writing income these days pays for a few weeks of groceries. I eat salad a lot. 
Jobs here pay more, but, as you noticed, expenses are more so yes, my daughters who live here do complain about living expenses.
I also live in a very small condo - two bedrooms - and I use what should be the dining room as my office.
That's how I afford it.

Tuesday, February 12, 2019


Memories of snow storms past:
It was always interesting that I would manage to get to work after a snowstorm - me who lived the farthest away from the branch - and some of those who lived closer never showed up. This happened when I worked at BCPL as well as when I worked for HCPL. 
It was lucky that we librarians at HCPL had been given a bit of clerical training, because the rule was that the branch had to have at least one person with knowledge of basic check-out there before the branch could open. So many times one year it was just Helen Evans and me. We'd take turns working each desk. 
And then there was the branch manager who yelled at me several times about not having a cell phone. (cell phones were new and expensive at that time, and she was the only one that had one) When she called my house, I was either outside shoveling the driveway so that I could get to work, or else I was creeping my way to work over ice or snow. She marked me down for not calling into work to let them -her- know I'd be late. (Sometime thereafter, she was the one who was fired, not me.)

But this year - I suggest you stay home. It seems to be a Snowmageddon year.

Tuesday, February 5, 2019

Happy Chinese New Year

Gong hei fat choy (Cantonese) or Kung Hei Fat Choi
Gong xi fa cai (Mandarin)
or, as I used to say, probably wrongly, in the 1990s -
Gung Ho Fat Hey. 
Congratulations and be prosperous
Anyway - Happy Chinese New Year.
It was the year of the Dog and now begins the year of the pig.
Google has a nice GIF about it, today.

And so does Sandra Boynton.
And here is Simon's Cat's version:

Saturday, February 2, 2019

It's Time

But it's so cold.
Will they even be able to find  PunxsutawneyPhil  under all that snow?

Friday, February 1, 2019

eXtreme cross-overs

My friend, Mary Peterson, calls the picture books in her school library - Everybody Books.  Mostly because a lot of them appeal to all ages. (And here you thought that E in the library catalog and on picture book labels stood for EASY book.)

Now, author Christine Kohler has written a blog post about them.  She calls them
eXtreme cross-overs.
Check out the blog post here.
She says, "The rich illustrations make them like coffee table books."

Tuesday, January 29, 2019

computer glasses

At computer. Get up. Walk away. 
Wonder why everything looks so blurry. 
Touch face. Oh. I'm still wearing the computer glasses I just got which makes working on the computer so much easier. (but only focuses 20-25 inches away.) 
Return to office. change glasses.  
Walk out of office with the world in focus, again.  
Wondering how many times this year I'll be doing this same action until I learn to change glasses Before I get up from the computer.

Thursday, January 17, 2019

Writer's quotes - Jane Yolen and Heidi Stemple

I love alliteration, don't you?

And here's good advice from some of the best writers around:
Publication !"

Jane Yolen and Heidi Stemple

p.s. - how many of you know that they are mother and daughter?

Friday, January 11, 2019

A place to write - college libraries

In the fall I discovered college libraries are great places to write. I had used to excuse that my teen would need to use my car if hers was in the shop to get a parking permit in the college lot. She's taking a semester off, but I still want to use the college library for writing. (laundry, housework, and FB are too distracting at home.) So I went to the college Admin building to get a spring semester parking pass.
I was worried about getting a parking permit without being a student there, but it was no problem. I talked about how I was a published author and how useful it had been to be able to write in the library, and showed them one of my bookmarks that shows a selection of 5 of my books.
One of the people there had actually read two of them !!!
So they figured out how to get me a non-student parking pass. Yay!

Thursday, January 3, 2019

Adult books I have read in 2018

Trent Reedy challenged us to read 100 books a year. Therefore every year since then I've posted the list of books I have read.  However, this year the list is 11 pages long, so I"m going to post them in two posts.
Here is the list of adult books I read in 2018.  (Children's books in previous post)

Booklist of Adult Books Read in 2018

Bacigalupi, Paolo.  The Water Knife. NY:  Alfred A. Knopf, 2015.
Braun, Lilian Jackson.  The Cat Who talked turkey. NY:  Jove books/ Putnum, 2004. 
Bujold, Lois McMaster.  Miles in Love. NY: Baen, 1998, 1999, 2006. (containing the books Komarr, A civil Campaign, and Winterfair Gifts.)
    ….            Captain Vorpatril’s Alliance.  (Vorkosigan Saga)  NY: Baen, 2014.

    ….                        Gentleman Jole and the Red Queen. (Vorkosigan Saga) NY: Baen, 2016.

Cline, Ernest.  Ready Player One.  NY:  Broadway books (pb)/ Crown, 2011. (all I can say is that the author certainly knows a lot about historic as well as modern arcade and online gaming.) (friends say the book is much better than the movie.)
Clinton, Bill and James Patterson.  The President is Missing.  NY:  Knopf/ Little Brown and Co, 2018.  (Well done spy suspense thriller.)  (catalogued under Patterson in the county library – under Clinton in the city library. Hmmm. I read it twice.)
Crider, Bill.  A Romantic Way to Die, a sheriff Dan Rhodes Mystery.  NY: St. Martin’s Minotaur, 2001.  (Bill was a part of a huge online group of writers that I belong to.  He recently died, so I decided to read some of his books.  They’re small-town mysteries, not romance novels or children’s books, although this story does take place at a Romance Writer’s gathering.)
Deveraux, Jude.  The Temptress.  NY: Pocket Books, 1986. (unfortunately, this reads like an             early attempt at writing a romance. Unlike her deep immersion into             story and characters with an engaging throughline which can be found             In her more recent books.)
    ….             The Raider. NY: NY: Pocket Books, 1987.  (just as poorly written as The             Temptresswith even more stopping the story to have sex.  Not up to             the quality of the writing of her more recent books.)
    ….            The Princess.  NY: Pocket Books, 1987.  (ah – this is more like her normal             quality writing.  I can only conclude that the above two books were             quickly written to fulfill a 3-book contract and this is the one she             spent more time on perfecting.)
   ….             The Invitation.  (three short stories)  NY: Pocket Books, 1994.
     ….            Forever, a novel of good and evil, love and hope.  NY: Pocket books, 2002.
    ….            Holly.  NY:  Atria Books, 2003.
  ….            Someone to Love, a novel.  NY:  Atria Books, 2007.
    ….            The Summerhouse.  NY: Pocket Books, 2001.
    ….            Return to Summerhouse.  NY: Thorndike/Gale, 2008. (large type)
                                    (I love the Summerhouse series and wish she’d write many more.
                                      Ah – check out the Summer Hill series she has just begun.)
    ….            Scarlet Nights.  (Edilean series) NY:  Atria Books, 2010.  (I love the             Interconnectedness of characters in the Edilean series.)
    ….            True Love. (Nantucket Brides series) NY: Ballantine, 2013.
    ….            For All time. (Nantucket Brides series) NY: Ballantine, 2014.
    ….            Ever After. (Nantucket Brides series) NY: Ballantine, 2015.
    .…            The Girl from Summer Hill: A Summer Hill Novel.  NY:  Harlequin, Mira Books, 2016.    
   ….            As you wish.  NY:  Harlequin, Mira Books, 2018.  (Second book in the town of             Summer Hill series, adding characters from the Summerhouse series)
Follett, Ken.             A Column of Fire. (book 3 of Pillars of the Earth series)  NY:   Viking, 2017.
                        (I finally finished reading this huge trilogy.)
Francis, Dick.  Field of Thirteen.  NY: GP Putnam’s Sons, 1998.  (A collection of 13 excellent short stories, all based in the horse racing world, of course.)
    ….  and Felix Francis.   Second Wind.   NY: GP Putnam’s Sons, 1999.
    ….            Under Orders.   G.P. Putnam’s Sons, 2006.  (Although written in Felix’s style and an acknowledgement inside the book to his son, Felix, this book was not listed under both names as authors.)
    ….     ….               Dead Heat. NY:  G.P. Putnam’s Sons, 2007.
    ….     ….            Even Money.  NY:  G.P. Putnam’s Sons, 2009.
    ….      ….            Crossfire.NY:  G.P. Putnam’s Sons, 2010.
Francis, Felix.  Dick Francis’s Gamble. NY:  G.P. Putnam’s Sons, 2011.
    ….            Dick Francis’s Bloodline.  NY:  G.P. Putnam’s Sons, 2012.
    ….            Dick Francis’s Refusal.  NY:  G.P. Putnam’s Sons, 2013.
    ….            Dick Francis’s Damage, a novel of suspense.  NY:  G.P. Putnam’s Sons, 2014.
    ….            Front Runner, A Dick Francis Novel.  NY:  G.P. Putnam’s Sons, 2015.
    ….            Triple Crown,A Dick Francis Novel. NY:  G.P. Putnam’s Sons, 2016.
    ….            Pulse, a Dick Francis novel.  NY:  G.P. Putnam’s Sons, 2017.
Heyer, Georgette.  The Quiet Gentleman.  NY:  Putnam, 1952.
Howard, Kat. An Unkindness of magicians.NY:  2017.
James, Miranda.  Murder Past Due.  (a Cat in the Stacks mystery) London: Wheeler Chivers (large type), 2010.  The first book in this librarian/ cat sleuth series)
    ….            Classified as Murder.  (a Cat in the Stacks mystery) London: Wheeler Chivers (large type), 2010. 
    ….            File M for Murder. (a Cat in the Stacks mystery) NY:  Berkely Prime Crime, 2012.  
                        (I wonder when they’ll actually put a Main Coon Cat on the cover, instead of a fat, normal short-haired cat?)
    ….            Out of Circulation. (a Cat in the Stacks mystery) NY:  Gale Cengage Learning, (large type), 2013. (Someone should tell the cover illustrator that the cat he put on the cover is not a Maine Coon Cat.)
    ….            The Silence of the Library.(a Cat in the Stacks mystery) NY:  Berkely Prime Crime, 2014.  (Oh.  Now Diesel the Maine Coon cat has his own facebook page – )
    ….            Arsenic and Old Books. (a Cat in the Stacks mystery) NY:  Berkely Prime Crime, 2015.
    ….            No Cats Allowed. (a Cat in the Stacks mystery) NY:  Berkely Prime Crime, 2016. 
    …..            Twelve angry librarians.  . (a Cat in the Stacks mystery) NY:  Berkely Prime Crime, 2017. 
    ….            Claws for Concern.  . (a Cat in the Stacks mystery) NY:  Berkely Prime Crime, 2018. 
Lackey, Mercedes. The Fire Rose(Elemental Masters)  Riverdale, NY: Baen, 1995.
            (the California San Francisco earthquake and fire)
    ….                        The Black Swan.  NY: Daw Books, Inc., 1999.    (based on the ballet)
    ….                        The Serpent’s Shadow.   (Elemental Masters) NY: Daw Books, Inc., 2001. 
            (based on the story of Snow White, but staged with religion and magic from India)
    ….                        The Gates of Sleep.  (Elemental Masters)  NY: Daw Books, Inc., 2002.  
            (You can figure out from the title that this is based on Sleeping Beauty.)
    ….                        Phoenix and Ashes.  (Elemental Masters) NY: Daw Books, Inc., 2004. 
            (based on the story of Cinderella, set during WWI.)
    ….                         The Wizard of London.  (Elemental Masters)  NY: Daw Books, Inc., 2005.  
            (it’s the first adventure of Nan and Sarah – where they meet Puck, the oldest one 
            when they are involved in Shakespeare’s play - Midsummer’s Night’s Dream.             
            And with the tale about a prince with a frozen heart.) 
    ….                        Reserved for the Cat. (Elemental Masters)  NY: Daw Books, Inc., 2007.  
             (Bookended by the tale of two wizards battling by changing shapes and sizes.)
    ….                        Unnatural Issue. (Elemental Masters)  NY:  Daw Books, Inc., 2011.  (exploring
             the bad/ dangerous side of wizardry. The second book to take place during WWI)
    ….                        Home from the Sea.  (Elemental Masters)  NY: Daw Books, Inc., 2012. 
            (uses the folk tale of the Selch/ Selkie – seal people who marry humans. The second
             adventure of Nan and Sarah.)
    ….                        Steadfast.  (Elemental Masters) NY:  Daw Books, Inc., 2013.
            (Dancer/contortionist running from an abusive husband finding safety.)
    ….                        Blood Red.   (Elemental Masters)  NY: Daw Books, Inc., 2014. (Werewolves
            This one read more like a collection of short stories about her adventures.)
    ….                        From a High Tower.   (Elemental Masters)  NY: Daw Books, Inc., 2015.
            (based on the tale of Rapunzel with the addition of the heroine from Blood Red.)
    ….                        A Study in Sable. (Elemental Masters)  NY: Daw Books, Inc., 2016.
            (a third adventure of Nan and Sarah plus Sherlock Holmes and John and Mary
             Watson, involving a Lorelei.)
    ….                         A Scandal in Battersea.  (Elemental Masters number 12)  NY: Daw Books, Inc., 
            2017.  (fourth adventure of Nan and Sarah, Holmes and John and Mary Watson 
            involving an invasion from another dimension. ) 
    ….                        The Hills Have Spies, Book one of Family Spies, a novel of Valdemar. NY: Daw
             Books, 2018.  
            (continuation of the adventures of Herald Mags in Valdemar except this series will 
            feature his children.  Book one = Perry.  Too bad the jacket copy talks about an 
            entirely different story with an entirely different child’s name – not one of the three 
            mentioned in this story. Mercedes says, “P.s. if you own a copy with this mistake 
            keep it, it’ll be valuable some day.”)
McCaffrey, A.. and Elizabeth Moon.  Sassinak. (The planet Pirates, vol. 1) NY: Baen, 1990. 
            (I used to own the sequel to this, but I must have tossed it when moving west.)
McCaffrey, Anne and Jody Lynn Nye. The Ship who Won.  NY: Baen, 1994.  
            (The shellperson spaceships series.)
    ….             The Ship Errant.  NY: Baen, 1996.  (The shellperson spaceships series.)
Moon, Elizabeth. Cold Welcome.  (Book 6 in Vatta’s War series)  NY: Del Ray, 2017.
            (Hurrah!  More adventures of Ky Vatta)
    ….                        Into the Fire. (Book 7 in Vatta’s War series)  NY: Del Ray, 2018.
            (Hurrah!  Even more adventures of Ky Vatta)
Pratchett, Terry. Guards! Guards!  London:  Corgi Books, a division of Random House, 1989.
Pratchett, Terry and Neil Gaiman.  Good Omens, the nice and accurate prophecies of Agnes
             Nutter, WITCH.  NY: William Morrow, 1990/ 2006.  (is going to be a movie)
Putney, Mary Jo. The marriage spell.  NY:  Ballantine Books, 2006.
Quinn, Julia and Lisa Kleypas and Kinley MacGregor. Where’s my Hero?  NY:  Avon Books, 2003.
Quinn, Julia. Dancing at Midnight. NY:  HarperCollins, 1995.  (one of her earlier books and not as well written as her more recent ones.)
    ….            Ten things I love about you.  NY: HarperCollins, 2010.
    ….            The Bridgertons: Happily Ever After, some endings are only the beginning…. NY:  Harper Collins/ Avon, 2013.  (a collection of 2ndepilogues – the story that comes afterthe story.)
    ….            Because of Miss Bridgerton.  (A Bridgertons Prequel)  NY: Avon Books, 2016.
    ….            The Other Miss Bridgerton.  ( A Bridgertons Prequel)  NY: Avon Books, 2018.
Shaffer, Mary Ann and Annie Barrows.  The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society, a Novel.  NY: Dial, 2008.  (a lovely story which made me want to read more of her work, only I discovered that this was her only published work before she died. She was assisted by her niece, the author of the popular series Ivy and Bean.)
Springer, Nancy.  The Oddling prince. San Francisco: Tachyon, 2018.
Stewart, Amy. Girl Waits with Gun, a novel.  NY: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2015.
   ….            Lady Cop Makes Trouble, a Kopp Sisters Novel.  NY: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2016.
    ….            Miss Kopp’s Midnight Confessions, a Kopp sisters novel.   NY: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2017.

B Alexie            Alexie, Sherman.  You Don’t have to say you love me, a memoir.  NY: Little, Brown and Co., 2017. 
B Caine            Caine, Michael. Blowing the bloody doors off, and other lessons in life.  NY: Hachette books, 2018
B Clapper            Clapper, James R. with Trey Brown. Facts and Fears – hard trughs from a life in intelligence.  NY:  Viking, 2018. (Excellent background from one who was part of the depths of the USA Intelligence world.  As usuall, too many abbreviations of departments. Imagine my surprise to discover a translation of all those abbreviations in the back of the book.  Wish they had been in the front so that I could flip back and forth.)
B Clinton            Chozick, Amy. Chasing Hillary, Ten years, Two Presidential campaigns, and One Intact Glass Ceiling.   NY: Harper, 2018.  
                        (Probably should be in the 973s instead of biography Clinton because it really is Amy Chozick’s memoir, not really a biography of Clinton.)
B Comey            Comey, James. A Higher Loyalty - truth, lies and leadership.NY:  Flatiron Books, 2018.
                        (The head of the FBI during the election of Donald Trump explains his decisions and his surprising firing by President Trump. Very well written and compares well with the testimony he gave to Congress. Asserts that Trump acts very much like mob bosses that Comey has known, demanding loyalty – which the head of the independent FBI could not give him.)
B Edison            Stross, Randall. The Wizard of Menlo Park – how Thomas Alva Edison invented the modern world. NY:  Crown Publishers, 2007.
B Graham            Graham, Katharine. Personal History.NY:  Alfred A. Knopf, 1997.
                        (Owner of the Washington Post tells the back story of the Pentagon Papers and Watergate, among other events and how the Post was involved.
B Simon            Simon, Neil. Neil Simon Rewrites, a Memoir. NY:  Simon & Schuster, 1996.
B Steinbeck            Steinbeck, John.  Travels with Charley, In search of America.  NY: Penguin Books, 1963. 1997.
B Van Dyke            Van Dyke, Dick.  My lucky life in and out of show business, a memoir.  NY: Crown, 2011.

305.420…            Traister, Rebecca. Good and Mad, the revolutionary power of women’s anger. NY:  Simon & Schuster, 2018.  (How women’s and POC anger upset the midterm election in 2018.)
324.9730..            Tur, Katy. Unbelievable, my front-row seat to the craziest campaign in American history.   NY:  Dey St. (William Morrow), 2017.  (Diary of a reporter who followed and reported on Trump from his announcement to run until he won the election.)
332            O’Rourke, P.J.  None of my Business— P.J. explains money, banking, debt, equity, assets, liabilities, and why he’s not rich and neither are you. NY: Atlantic Monthly Press, 2018. (a series of his columns. Humorous and flows together nicely)
363.325..            Sanger, David E. The perfect Weapon – War, sabotage, and fear in the Cyber Age.  NY: Crown, 2018. (Information about cyber attacks that President Trump should know – but probably doesn’t.)
364.1523            Fox, Margalit. Conan Doyle for the Defense, the true story of a sensational British murder, a quest for justice, and the world’s most famous detective writer. NY:  Random House, 2018.
327.73            Farrow, Ronan. War on Peace, the end of diplomacy and the decline of American influence.  NY:  W.W. Norton & Company, 2018.  (excellent examination of our State Department and how the Trump government not only ignores the excellent advice from experienced diplomats, but has cut the department drastically, removing most of the most experienced ones.)
641.5092            Bourdain, Anthony.  Kitchen Confidential, Adventures in the Culinary Underbelly.  NY: HarperCollins (paperback), 2000, 2007. (If you ever thought you wanted to be a cook in a restaurant, this might change your mind.)
812.54            Sedaris, David. The Santaland Diaries and Season’s Greetings. NY:  Dramatists Play Service, Inc., 1998.
917.3            Ratay, Richard. Don’t make me pull over! An informal history of the family road trip. NY:  Scribner,2018. 
919.404…            Bryson, Bill.  In a Sunburned Country. NY: Broadway Books/ Random House, 2000.  (title refers to the bad sunburn he got there.  Reads as if it is a collection of various articles written for Journals or newspapers because of some repetition.  But as usual, enjoyable.)
944.9084            Mayle, Peter. My twenty-five Years in Provence, reflections on then and now. NY: Alfred A. Knopf, 2018.  (Peter Mayle died January 2018. This seems to be a collection of chapters from several of his previous books about Provence, France.)
973.932            Isikoff, Michael and David Corn.  Russian Roulette, the inside story of Putin’s war on America and the election of Donald Trump.   NY:  12, Hachatte Book Group, 2018.  (A gathering of the facts about the covert hacking operation to influence the U.S. election and help Donald Trump gain the presidency.)
973.93209            Lewandowski, Corey and David Bossie.  Let Trump Be Trump, the inside story of his rise to the presidency. NY and Nashville:  Center Street/ Hachette, 2017. (as written by his fired campaign manager and assistant, which purposefully overlooks Trump’s flaws, skips a large part of Trump’s illegal actions, and has a paragraph or two of groveling praise in each and every chapter)  
973.933            Wilson, Rick.  Everything Trump touches dies, a Republican strategist gets real about the words president ever. NY:  Simon & Schuster, 2018.  (a conservative lobbyist, never-Trumper examines the first year and a half of Trump’s presidency – with humor.) 
973.933            Wolff, Michael.  Fire and Fury, inside the Trump white house.  NY: Henry Holt and Co., 2018.  (Well written, complete with quotes from the people working and fighting inside the Trump white house.  His information matches everything I’ve learned about this strange situation the USA is in.)
973.9330            Woodward, Bob. FEAR, Trump in the White House. NY:  Simon & Schuster, 2018.  (famous author/ Washington Post reporter uses many actual inhabitants of the White House as sources to show their view of things that happened and how Trump reacts to the stress of the job.  Revealing.)
976.6…            Grann, David.  Killers of the Flower Moon, the Osage murders and the birth of the FBI.  NY: Doubleday, 2017l