Tuesday, August 30, 2011


As a writer, it's all too easy to get caught up in the industry - the search for an agent, the agonizing wait while a novel is on submission, the latest short story rejection, and the list goes on. But I received some news today that trumps all the good news I could ever receive from the literary world.

Six years ago, my husband finished chemotherapy and radiation. Today, he is still cancer free. In four more years, he will be considered cured. It's a beautiful, wonderful thing.

He likes to say, "Well, you're still stuck with me." I prefer to think, "Yay! I still have him here with me!"

And that is better than all the published stories in the world.

Wednesday, August 24, 2011

A New Patrick Video

You all remember Patrick, the New Jersey pit bull who was starved and dumped down a garbage chute, don't you? Here is a new video, albeit short, of Patrick enjoying the sunshine. He looks quite amazing, doesn't he? He is definitely a miracle dog, no doubt about it.

Friday, August 5, 2011

Ted Bundy, DNA, and Strange Coincidences

A few months ago I wrote a spec-fic story about Ted Bundy. Well, not really about him, per se, but his DNA, of which I believed none existed. Oddly enough, a writer friend of mine (who beta-read my story) alerted me to this recent news:

A vial of Ted Bundy's blood was found in Florida, and his full DNA profile will be uploaded to the FBI's national database today. The profile could potentially be used to link him to unsolved crimes. It has been 22 yeas since his execution, and although he eventually confessed to over 30 murders, authorities always suspected there were more. I truly hope they are able to use his DNA to bring closure to some families.

If you'd like to read more about it, here is an article from CBS News.

And I would be remiss if I didn't add that my intention with this post is not to glorify Bundy in the least. He was a monster, far worse than anything the word machine in my head could create.