Realization #1

I just worked a day and a half on someone else’s manuscript…for free (for them, at least).

What if it had been mine?


Time to re-evaluate and time to prioritize.


Hello, My Name Is #weekendcoffeeshare


If we were having coffee, or tea, definitely tea for me right now, I’d reintroduce myself because I feel like it’s been quite awhile since I’ve (me the personal person, writer person, not reviewer person) been here.

November is like that though, for me anyway except this one had to be slightly different as I’ve been…get this…sick since Tuesday. There is a target on me this year. It’s an invisible one if it’s there. Because I’ve looked! But I’m not having it. Not any more. Continue reading

Catch Up Bottle (Procrastination Takes All Forms)


My cool little logo that I’ll add to posts to show that I really am trying to ketchup catch up. Because, you know, I’d rather be fiddling with transforming pictures than catching up with my reviews and poetry. Continue reading

Reading Writer Observation #8–Make Me Care!


I had a hard time getting through the last book I read. Although the writing was dry, it was smooth. Sometimes there was quite a bit of detail, but I didn’t think that was the problem. Finally (because I’m slow) I determined that I didn’t care about the characters. Continue reading

Toward Meaning, OctPoWriMo Day 8, #amwriting

Well, this was hard. (I can hear a “that’s what she said” from the audience.) 🙂 I took the challenge from OctPoWriMo today which was to create a poem as a Joseph’s Star with the prompt of What Do You Know and How Do You Know It?

Personally I don’t feel that I only understand something once I’ve written it or even explored my emotions once they’re on the page. Rather, I have a pretty good idea of what I think, but writing and “massaging” each thought into a word provides clarity. Trying to express that in a terse style was so, so difficult. 🙂


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“Bid Adieu to Summer” Vacay


First off, let me apologize because I’ve fallen behind in my blog and responses and reading other blogs and almost generally everything except work and getting ready for vacation.

I promise to be a lot more interactive over the next few days even though I’ll be on vacation. The one thing I learned on my last vacation is that I still need to write, so maybe I’ve finally become a writer since it seems to be in my blood. So there will be writing! 🙂

There will be more Mouse stories to come. I know I kind of left her there in a desperate situation (poor Mouse is almost always in a desperate situation, which she handles with Snickers; I’m sure there’s a life lesson there, just sayin’) and you may be wondering: what’s next for poor Mouse? (me too 😉 ).

I’m off to North Carolina. First I’ll be visiting the Outer Banks because evidently this Pisces needs her fix of salt air and then off to the western part of the state (and mountains) that I’ve never visited before. I hope to share a lot of photos with you. Then on August 21 I’ll go to South Carolina for the solar eclipse and I’ll share that experience with you as I think it will be really, really cool and I’m looking forward to it. In fact, I’m looking very much forward to the whole vacation.

I hope to pop in later this evening when I arrive at my first destination.

Thank you as always for reading.

My best, Sascha D.



Let’s Have Coffee! #weekendcoffeeshare #amwriting

novelist fuel mug

Thanks for joining me for a hot beverage or iced, if you prefer!

If we were having coffee, I’d tell you that I almost wasn’t going to share coffee with you this week. Not because we’ve had a falling out, but because it was just a regular old week and I was afraid of putting you to sleep despite the caffeine intake.

There was work. And there was me trying to be a book blogger, mostly successfully, and a writer blogger, semi-successfully, and trying to get my lower joints mindful of the uphill climb ahead–getting them healthy for exercise, not successfully.

I don’t know if anyone has any secrets of how to organize time so that you make use of all of your available minutes. I suppose if I wasn’t so easily tempted by tangents, especially when I sit down at the computer to do one thing and then do 20 others before realizing I never did that one thing, I would be better off.

If you were having coffee, I’d talk to you about writing. This past week I’ve had several lovely people talk to me about writing a novel. Some are mystified as to why I haven’t done it yet. If you’ve tried, you know it’s daunting. And I need to be better organized, which I know is just an excuse.

But what isn’t an excuse is time. Aw, maybe that’s an excuse too. Yep, probably an excuse. Maybe it’s time to just stop making excuses. I’ll update you on that.

This week I read some lovely books and some not so lovely books. Of the 7, The Secret History of Us and Once and for All were probably the best, although if you look at my reviews for the week, you’ll see that there were some close runner-ups. If you’re on Goodreads, you can find me here.

I did some writing, although not quite as much as I would have liked. It seems when I’m busy or tired, writing is the first thing that takes a hit, probably because if the words aren’t flowing easily, it takes more out of me to get them on the page. I participated in both Friday Fictioneers and Sunday Photo Fiction. I  love doing the picture prompts and I love reading other writer’s stories too.

Thanks for sharing coffee. Next week, I will be in a different locale so hopefully I’ll have some pics to share. Until then, have a fantastic week and thanks for being a part of my life!

all the best, Sascha

Review of Dimestore




A Writer’s Life

Lee Smith

Algonquin Books

Reprint edition: April 4, 2017

Blurb from Goodreads: For the inimitable Lee Smith, place is paramount. For forty-five years, her fiction has lived and breathed with the rhythms and people of the Appalachian South. But never before has she written her own story.

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