“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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Indie Versus Traditional Publishing

Even if you’re not a book blogger, but ARE a writer please read this post and/or if you’re not either and love to give your point-of-view join in.

So Friday evening I read Kim Knight’s post about book bloggers discriminating against Indie authors. You can read that post here. After just coming off of vacation where I tried to read two poorly written Indie novels, I admitted that I wasn’t surprised. A lot of us book bloggers are reading a lot and if you have to struggle through over-writing and description that consists of “he’s hot” and “she’s a hot mess,” you start to veer away from new (and even some established) Indie writers. Evidently for some book bloggers, it’s now a non-starter, which is the topic of Kim’s post.

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Head to Desk

for the 5000th time this year.

100 words written, read (no kidding) about 15 times, tweaked (a lot), published.

Come back 25 minutes later, reread and see: you’re for your.

Gremlins or fatigue…take your pick, but still a bruised forehead.

On another note, thanks to those of you who expressed your opinion on my color scheme. As you will have noticed, I am almost back to where I was last year at this time. Is that progression or regression?



Can’t Write Scared

dVerse~ Poets Pub OpenLinkNight #196


Can’t Write Scared

At university

the stoned poet said

“you can’t write scared”–

I continued

each word precisely penned

attuned to imaginary readers

whose lips curled derisively

on occasional lapses

of censorship.

I was an egg

concealed in a flimsy shell

like another half-dozen

cosseted caricatures

playing writer

spinning trite phrases

of sweet sounding words

imaginings of pink packaged

saccharine sentiment

but then I succumbed

to non-consumption.


On rebirth I cried

“you can’t write scared”

and I didn’t, for a while

developed succinct style

of hewn craft on drafts

pinched words like pennies

wanted bennies, not

in my twenties anymore.

Fear pervades the core

bores into the brain

insane unremarkable drivel

pours through pores

I wrote scared

but scarred surfaces

surge upward

like polished wood

trampled on daily

til frailty exists no more.



Sascha Darlington

(oops. I had farce in there, but deleted it.)


Writing Reader Observation #4: 5 Thoughts for Writers

“Just write every day of your life. Read intensely. Then see what happens. Most of my friends who are put on that diet have very pleasant careers.”
—Ray Bradbury


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Reflections of…the way life used to be* #atozReflections #atozchallenge


A to Z Challenge Reflections

This was my first A to Z Challenge so it was quite an experience. Fortunately I have done nanowrimo and octpowrimo so I do have some experience with the task of writing everyday. It was very, very nice to have Sundays off though, which you don’t get with the other two challenges.

What made this a tremendous experience for me was finding fellow bloggers who were also doing the challenge. Some bloggers I’ve been reading for months and some were new to me, but I enjoyed reading their works progress through the month.

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