Showing posts from July, 2012

Am I Blue? If So, I've Lost Oxygen-Tuesday Tales

Hello Fellow Fathomers! Today's Tuesday Tale involves the word or theme, "blue". I chose to continue with my usual installments from my current thriller work in progress (WIP) Blue Ink- The Skin Stalker.

"As the girls devised their plans for the rest of the day, it took Joelle away from the macabre research she had been doing.She decided not to say anything to Suzette until she actually made it to Joelle’s house.Suzette would be over in an hour or so and they would relax, gossip, and order in food.They never really needed big plans; they just enjoyed catching up these days.No doubt, Suzette would offer many opinions as to what was on Joelle’s mind lately.
Joelle took a shower and allowed the hot water to relax her tense and aching muscles.She wanted to clear her mind so when she and Suzette discussed the recent events, she would be articulate and controlled.Joelle could still not figure out why Colorado had been on her mind so heavily lately.After her research on the …

You Can Do a Triathlon Too!

Ahoy Fellow Fathomers!Today in The Locker I talk with you about the sport of triathlon. I prepared this blog in advance because today, July 28, as you are reading this, I will be somewhere in the experience of my second Olympic distance triathlon. Greetings from the Idaho Spudman 2012 (me from Spudman 2011)
Last year, this very triathlon challenged my limits of endurance. I did okay until about the last mile, and I hit a massive wall. I had to stop to tie my shoes and almost could not start running again. Seriously.Alas, I did push myself to begin again and made it through the remaining run course between rows in potato fields and over railroad tracks. I finished in 3:16, yes, 3 hours and 16 minutes, well behind the first place competitors, but, certainly not last. Most importantly, dammit, I FINISHED this darn race.
To prepare for this event, I’ve trained consistently for the past three years. I started by competing in 5K races and that led to over a…

Dawn of a Dead Day-Tuesday Tales

Hello Fellow Fathomers! Today's Tuesday Tale involves the word or theme, "dawn". I chose to continue with my usual installments from my current thriller work in progress (WIP) Blue Ink- The Skin Stalker.

"...Anticipation filled his bowels with delight, as the reminiscent smell of death triggered giddiness in his black soul.

The day dawned perfectly.A touch of dew kissed the grass and there was no wind.The Skin Stalker waited for Maggie to appear just as the sun rose.As she walked toward her vehicle, the crisp air caused her to shiver slightly. She pulled her warm-up jacket closer around her body against the chill of the morning.She checked her bike and the bottles, satisfied with their security on the SUV. She unlocked the door, got inside, and pulled out of her space.

The Skin Stalker followed her from a satisfactory distance as she drove across the quiet highway.He wondered how long it had been since he had a human sacrifice for his master.He counted the years as he…

Scavenger Hunt Contest - YES PRIZES!

Ahoy Fellow Fathomers!It’s contest time again in The Locker and this time it’s a scavenger hunt hosted by Secret Cravings Publishing!Don’t you just love chances to win? I’ll be rewarding one lucky reader with a $15.00 SCP gift certificate for their efforts.  The scavenger hunt is July 21/22, so, hurry and get your answers in.

Scavenger Hunt info

Visit the main SCP blog link here: to find the participants of the scavenger hunt. Visit each participating author and keep a list of the matching picture to the participant. Once you visited each spot on the hunt, send ONE email to with ALL the answers. DO NOT post the answer/picture in the comment section of the SCP blog or any of the author blogs. SCP will announce the winners on Tuesday, July 24

Bullied But Not Broken - Tuesday Tales

Ahoy Fellow Fathomers!
For todays' Tuesday Tale I bring to you another WIP entitled Leather, Laces, and Camping By The Sea. This dear to my heart YA novella profiles a young girls' struggle with being bullied and ostracized. I'm only about 5% into this work, it's taking some additional time as the subject matter is more difficult than some of the lighthearted fiction I also pen.
Our prompt for this week is the following picture of a trunk, and I think I captured it well. Please read on to see if you agree...
"I’m the oldest twelve year old you will ever meet. I suppose you could attribute it to the fact I have two older brothers, and my family friends have usually been older than me. However, I also blame it on the fact that I have dealt with issues that thankfully many kids do not ever have to face. I’ve been horrifically bullied and no one has ever actually laid a hand on me. But, the bruises I harbor on my insides linger like physical scars against my soul. They…

Phobias! It's Friday the 13th...muah ha ha EVIL LAUGH

Hello Fellow Fathomers and welcome to Friday the 13th in The Locker. Today we celebrate by discussing PHOBIAS. According to the good folks at Wikipedia “phobia” is simply described as follows: “A phobia (from the Greek: φόβος, Phóbos, meaning "fear" or "morbid fear") is, when used in the context of clinical psychology, a type of anxiety disorder, usually defined as a persistent fear of an object or situation in which the sufferer commits to great lengths in avoiding, typically disproportional to the actual danger posed, often being recognized as irrational. In the event the phobia cannot be avoided entirely the sufferer will endure the situation or object with marked distress and significant interference in social or occupational activities.[1]
Therefore, while many people may throw the word “phobia” around to emphasize their specific fear, however, generally, the diagnosis of “phobia” comes with a heftier price tag of terror than…

Ocean Waves of Rejuvenation - Tuesday Tales

Ahoy Fellow Fathomers!!  This weeks' contribution to Tuesday Tales is also from my 90% completed WIP, Blue Ink - The Skin Stalker. The genre is suspense with a romance undertone. Heat level is one flame. Our topic for this week is simply the word, "ocean". I used it in a different context than the usual....take a look: "Joelle padded to the bathroom and found the ibuprofen and Sudafed.All she needed now was the caffeine chaser she swore by to wash down her headache relief.Joelle headed back toward the kitchen and turned the small TV on she kept under the cabinet.“In national news, the city of Denver...” Joelle almost dropped the glass from her hand.She was sick of Colorado.“I don’t care about Denver!Take the whole state and fall off into a sinkhole for all I care!”She spoke through clenched teeth at the TV screen as though it might converse with her.

She snapped off the TV in frustration and decided she would try a jog outside.The morning was still peaceful, as the so…

Noodling - An Okie Tradition

Ahoy Fellow Fathomers! Today in The Locker I pay tribute to the longstanding tradition of noodling. Otherwise known as "hand fishing" in some parts of the country. This fascinating hobby is actually a rite of passage in some families and taken very seriously by anyone involved in the sport. You must take it seriously, otherwise, things can get fairly dangerous beneath murky water.
According to Wikipedia, the method of noodling is explained as such:
"Although the concept of catching fish with only the use of the arm in the water is simple enough, the process of noodling is more complicated. The choice of catfish as the prey is not arbitrary, but comes from the circumstances of their habitat. Flathead catfish live in holes or under brush in rivers and lakes and thus are easier to capture due to the static nature of their dwelling. To begin, a noodler goes underwater to depths ranging from only a few feet to up to twenty feet and plac…