Monthly Archives July 2012

Play Me a Memory

I was listening to Pandora this morning, letting it flip through a station I’d created, and while I was in the bathroom, I heard a song come on. Van Halen’s JUMP. Instantly, I was transported back in time to 7th grade, and all sorts of emotions came up. People wonder why I love music so much, and this is why. It’s the memories the songs bring to me. Many people who know me now are surprised to discover I am a musician. I say ‘am’, because I believe that being a musician is something you just ‘are’, like being a writer isn’t something you really do; it’s something you just ‘are’, whether you’re doing it or not. I am a musician, but it’s been years since I’ve played. I was quite good...

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All Sorts of Falling


So the other day I had to go to the doctor. Yeah, I know, nothing new for me, right? Well, while I was there, we went through the regular questions… every time I go to the doc, no matter which specialist I’m going to see, they always do the same basic measurements and ask the same basic questions: weight, height, temperature, heart rate and pulse ox–then the questions: Are you in any pain today? Rate your level of pain from 1-10, with one being the least and 10 being the worst pain you’ve ever felt. Where is your pain? What medication are you taking? Why are you here today? And lastly, have you fallen any time within the past year.

Unfortunately, I have to answer yes to that. I’ve actually fallen three times in the past year, one time badly enough to require going in for x-rays–fortunately, nothing was broken. So I tell her I’ve fallen, and she says okay, and then she finishes stuff in the computer, asks a few more questions, leaves the room and we wait for 17 minutes alone. Then, the doctor comes in and we were talking to the doctor, and now, about 20 minutes after the nurse left, she comes back in and says she has to put a yellow ‘fall risk’ bracelet on me.

Now, wait a minute… 1) I’m in a wheelchair...

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Celeste is Free This Weekend!

All weekend long, my novella, CELESTE, by Michelle Devon, is free! has listed it for free for the entire weekend, and I’m very excited to see I’ve already reached a couple of their best sellers lists. For example, I made it to #4 in best selling short fiction and #11 in thrillers/suspense. I made it to #304 overall too, but that’s not quite high enough and I’m already dropping this morning!

If you enjoy shorter reads, this one about 55 pages long, that will keep you guessing until the end, then please consider picking up my novella today! Share the links to it with your friends and have them pick up a copy too, and if you feel so compelled, I would love an honest review of my work too.

Thanks for everyone who helped me get to this point! Ya’ll rock!

Love and stuff,

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A HOUSE DIVIDED AGAINST ITSELF, by Bob O’Connor is not a novel I would have picked up on my own. I’m not a big history buff, and I never really cared for that time period in our country’s history. However, if I had not picked up the novel, it would have been my loss, because it is so much more than a historical text. In fact, the historical part, for me, was very secondary to the actual story it told.

It was only after I had finished reading the book that I researched some about it, because I always try to make sure my reviews are written based on my impressions alone, and not what anyone else has to say or thinks or feels about a book. I didn’t realize the book was historically accurate when I read it. What this means is that the book has the ability, then, to reach a large audience of readers: those who like a good story, those who like historical and historically accurate novels, and those who are interested in the past and in particular the Civil War.
It has enough historical accuracy and information to please most history buffs, but it tells a good enough story that you’re not bogged down in the history like it’s a textbook lesson. I think this book has a wide reader appeal because of this.
There is on...
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You’re FIRED: Empowerment

So I did something last night that felt pretty good. It was one of those things where you sit at the computer screen, compose a message, and then let your finger hover over the send button for minutes, perhaps hours, reading, re-reading, debating, editing, changing, second-guessing, and then… finally, you decide: What the hell…. and you send it. Well, I did that last night.

I logged into the online chart system that my doctor’s offices with UTMB uses to get appointments, cancel appointments, view test results, etc., and I cancelled my follow-up appointment with the “Dear Doctor” I wrote about in this blog post. Keeping in mind that I only have 500 characters to work with, this is what I wrote in my request to cancel that appointment:

“I have decided to seek anoth...

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Author Interview with Sherry Foley

Author Interview with Sherry Foley

It’s rare today to find an author who does nothing but write for a living. Do you have a ‘real’ job other than writing, and if so, what is it? What are some other jobs you’ve had in your life?

Sherry Foley: Writing is my day job. I’ve worked at a bank, a morgue and a college.

Have you always wanted to be a writer?

Sherry Foley: Yes, because then hearing voices sounds legit.

What compels you to be a writer?

Sherry Foley: I love making up stories, writing with the reader in mind and entertaining.

Tell us a little bit about your book:

Sherry Foley: SWITCHED IN DEATH is a psychological thriller where you get two killers for the price of one. You’ll have to read the book to figure that statement out.

Are you currently working on any writing proje...
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Dear Doctor:

I came to you today to ask you for help. I have been very sick since I was hospitalized last year. Once all the critical, acute things were dealt with, my pulmonologist believed with all his heart that I had a sleep disorder of some sort. He sent me to a sleep lab in January and I was diagnosed with Obstructive Sleep Apnea. It was news to me, because I’ve never had problems with sleeping, don’t wake up gasping for breath, don’t stop breathing in the middle of my sleep (yes, I’ve been watched), don’t snore (yes, others who sleep with me will attest to this), don’t have daytime sleepiness, don’t have difficulty concentrating, don’t have any of the other symptoms that go along with sleep apnea.

In fact, the technician at the titration sleep study in March said I was having apnea episodes while awake… I find it hard to call something sleep apnea when it happens when I’m awake, but I mentioned this to you and you blew me off.

Anyway, I’ve known people who had sleep apnea: an ex boyfriend, my best friend, my daughter, my deceased stepfather. All of them, when treated for it, improved greatly. Quality of life was dramatically increased. Quality of sleep was dramatically increased. They felt better, slept better, looked better… all the way around, it was a wonderful thing. So okay, maybe I don’t have the same symptoms they do. Maybe my sleep apnea is less severe or something. So maybe this therapy will work for me too, and I just don’t know it. So I’ll give it a try. I mean, I didn’t like having to use oxygen when it was prescribed, but when I did use it, it made me feel better–lots better–so now I wear my cannula all the time, without any non-compliance, because I see how it improves the quality of my life.

But even when I did the titration study, the CPAP was a difficult fit for me...

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Author Interview: Bob O’Connor

I am a long-time researcher of Civil War history. I have written for most of the jobs in my life and probably have had 3,500 articles published in my career.

I do a great deal of research on each book, following historical events as they happened and then filling in the spaces to create believable historical fiction.

My general audience is folks who have an interest in the Civil War but don’t necessarily want to read
about troop movements or the minutia of the battle strategy. I write about the ordinary soldier in the field and try to convey what they were feeling and show how they were basically bored, tired and hungry, but willing to sacrifice for what they believed was a noble cause.

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