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Blogging is HARD

As I work to further my career as an author, as well as attempt to reach other folks battling the MonSter, I know that I must embrace the assistance of technology. I read the top selling articles on the subject of blogging and try to keep up on trending blogs. I check my FB fan page daily and "lurk" on twitter, while really not knowing what I am doing there. although I really enjoy playing around on Good Reads, I am clueless as to my purpose. And Pinterest....blow my mind! Whoa! Yes, I have followers, and I appreciate that greatly, but I haven't a clue what I am doing there.

I know, I know...I sound like a total idiot. I accept the criticism, but my cog fog will not allow me to fully understand the whole Pin, Tweet, Share experience. Sometimes I just do not get it.

So, I am totally open to any suggestions, advice, tips thrown my way.


Ii have been looking forward to this day for weeks. I will be at Barnes and Noble in Morgantown, WV, 1-4, with my first nonfiction book. If the review below doesn't excite you, go to Amazon and read more humbling words my readers have offered. 
When I was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis in 2001, my world came to a grinding halt. Was I going to die? Would my baby son be raised without a mommy? Would my friends and family still love me in the presence of such an ugly disease?  In the words of someone somewhere,  "we gotta do what we gotta do". There is no time in this one- shot life for self-doubt and pity parties. 
Hopefully I Have MS. What's Your super Power? will make you laugh, possibly bring a tear, but ultimately enlighten you on the mysteries of multiple sclerosis and the every day limitations of this disease.  You do not have to have this disease to enjoy the read. But, if you know someone who has or know someone who knows someone who has this condition, con…

Authors Need and Want Honest Reviews

It has been brought to my attention that some readers are having problems leaving a book review on Amazon. Here ya go:
1. Go to
2. Type in the name of the book you wish to review.
3. Click on the book title.
4. Click on a review star or scroll down to "write a customer review". and click on that.
5. Write your review in the space provided.
6. Click submit. You will be given a message that your review is under review (yea, I know...redundant) and that you will receive an e-mail notifying you when your review is approved for publication. A book review is generally two paragraphs detailing your thoughts on the writing and subject matter of the book. Reviews are extremely important to the public success of a novel and especially crucial to an author's state-of-mind. All authors appreciate a positive review, but honesty is the best compliment a reader can give a writer.
Please consider reviewing the books you read. Amazon is only one of many on-line venues. Good Reads is…

Today is all about me.

Today is all about me. It is Sunday. I have been to church and am ready to snuggle down to an after noon of  mindless of Lifetime Movie watching and knitting. That is, after I prepare a little Sunday dinner for my guys and wash the mysterious mountain of dirty dishes in my sink. but that won't take  long and I will get to the purpose of a Sunday afternoon. Yep, today is all about me. But yesterday was all about reconnecting with old pals and meeting new, awesome writing friends. The Kingwood Public Library hosted a wonderful after morning of sharing and writing comradeship. Meant to be a community event for the good folks of Kingwood, I think this really turned into a celebration of those WV authors who attended the event. We did get to interact with the public, but that was secondary to the prosperous learning experience these authors provided for one another. The treats were delicious and the tea comforting. The professional knowledge shared was priceless.…

The MonSter

Since my last posting I have retire from teaching and written what my mother refers to as "the best thing" I've written. Makes me proud, but puts me on the spot as well:)

I hope you take a minute to check out this "best thing" on one of the sites listed below. the subject is near and dear to my heart and body. I live with it every day.

If you know someone who has been diagnosed with multiple sclerosis (referred to in MS communities as the MonSter), this may be the something they need to remember that they are not alone. I Have MS. What's Your Super Power? is a common sense guide to coping with the disease, as well as my personal saga, thus far. It allows those not familiar with MS to better understand the every day limitations of the MonSter.

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Tecfidera Terror: Things They Don't Tell You

Day 18 of my Tecfidera trial dawned with another Snow Day and time out of school...Thank Goodness. Around noon my stomach began to cramp and I just felt yucky., but I made it through the day and successfully got of to school the next day. And was struck once again with cramping.  After school I went home, ate some homemade chicken noodle soup, took my meds, took a nap, woke up, had diarhea, went to bed. Got up the next morning and felt fine. Showered, ate toast and tea, took meds, went out for an after noon with my family.  Family trip cut short when I commenced to throw up and have diarrhea (in a department store restroom, thank goodness). Went home, slept for three hours, woke up, ate a little something, took meds, had diarrhea, slept for another hour, woke up, threw up, had diarrhea, threw up, had diarrhea, threw up...Just like a broken record for nearly all night.
I did not take any Tec all day yesterday and felt a bit better.  Since I couldn't contact my neuro on a Sunday an…