Wednesday, December 26, 2012

The Night After Wishes

And so it was the night after Christmas. 

All the gifts left by Santa were under the tree – opened. Not a toy had gone untouched, unconquered, unloved (especially the organic doggie bones.) The shiny wrapping paper, pretty ribbons and gift boxes were gone. Papa Blue Eyes had finished installing all the batteries; and Mama Angel had thoroughly cleaned the kitchen of a yummy and healthy feast.

Wednesday, December 12, 2012

A Special Christmas Treat

Sweetie Bumpkins woke early. The cottage was still. She sensed that Mama Angel and Papa Blue Eyes were fast asleep; surprised that the dogs were too. "Oh, those lazy dogs," she muffled into her organic cotton pillow.

Looking down at the foot of the bed, she saw Sir Grumbles; his eyes completely shut with his tiny pink tongue peeking out from his white beard. Lady Chee-Chee, who had opted for her own soft round bed on the hard wooden floor, was also sleeping soundly.

Friday, December 7, 2012

Dear Santa

Season’s Greetings, 

“The Big Bad Rain Monster” is celebrating its first Christmas and there's a whirlwind of excitement settling down on Slow Turtle Lane: Mama Angel is busy baking goodies, while Papa Blue Eyes strings bright lights around the country cottage and the organic gardens. The dogs, Lady Chee-Chee and Sir Grumbles, who are both wearing festive bows, are sitting next to teeny, tiny Sweetie watching as she carefully writes her letter to Santa.

Dear Santa,

Monday, November 19, 2012

K. Alison Albury* Self-Published Author*

I first met K. Alison Albury on a golf course. Good-natured Alison was extremely kind to tolerate my numerous divots and frequent escapades in multiple sand traps. It’s a wonder that she still talks to me!

While fishing my ball out of a turtle infested pond, Alison nonchalantly mentioned that she was writing a book. Forget the ball! It was I who wanted to write a book. As I accidentally pushed the small white sphere further into the mouth of the pond, Alison told me about her book.

Wednesday, November 7, 2012

Being One is Cool!

November 2012 is a personal hit. I have three - yes, 3 birthdays this month!

1) It's my birthday month. 
2) I'm celebrating a one year personal achievement. 
3) November 7th is the one year anniversary of this blog - Jeralyn Writes!!

Saturday, November 3, 2012

Tuesday, October 23, 2012

A Serious Blogger

I'm trilled that Anna, who blogs at The Writer Today has not only joined my blog by following it, she's also become a member! Thank you Anna!

Sunday, October 14, 2012

The Big Bad Rain Monster - Robbed!

Documented at the Cable Beach Police Station, Sunday, October 7th, 2012 - among other crimes - was an early morning robbery. The victim: “The Big Bad Rain Monster.” (“TBBRM”)

Sunday, October 7, 2012

I'm Sexy and I Know It

I was thrilled to read “The Big Bad Rain Monster,” (“TBBRM”) recently, at the Summit Academy – Nassau, The Bahamas.

There were 15 sets of dancing little eyes staring up and me. Intimidating? It was, even if it wasn't my first reading, and the children were merely five and six.

Sunday, September 30, 2012

An Exercise in Writing

Below is a follow-up to my previous post, dated Tuesday, September 18, 2012.

Tuesday, September 18, 2012

A Prelude

My cherished group of lady writers recently met for our monthly sharing of prose. Collectively, we are 17 talented women of diversified nationalities including: German, British, French, Bahamian, American, Canadian, Canadian of Aboriginal/Native ethnicity, and French Canadian. With such expansive backgrounds, one can imagine how dissimilar our stories turn out.

Wednesday, September 5, 2012

Why Write?

Bennett Cerf, eminent publisher, punster, writer and television game show panelist once said: “Coleridge was a drug addict. Poe was an alcoholic. Marlowe was killed by a man whom he was treacherously trying to stab. Pope took money to keep a woman's name out of a satire, then wrote a piece so that she could still be recognized, anyhow. Chatterton killed himself. Byron was accused of incest. Do you still want to be a writer - and if so, why?”

Friday, August 31, 2012


James Michener once said: I’m not a very good writer, but I’m an excellent rewriter. ~

Wednesday, August 29, 2012

Floral Feedback

Because of the sentimental significance, as well as the positive feedback and capacity to relate to the panorama illustrated in The Big Bad Rain Monster, I'm extremely pleased to share in part, the following email from my cousin Kenny:

Sunday, August 12, 2012

Gone Local in Amagansett

My Aunt Dorothy recently joined me on a marketing caper to the charming town of Amagansett.

A lovely place on Long Island, New York, Amagansett is located east of the chic town of East Hampton, yet miles before the long strip of sometimes boring highway that leads to the end; Montauk Point. 

Thursday, July 26, 2012

Just a Reading

Last week, along with The Big Bad Rain Monster, I visited The Hampton Library located in Bridgehampton, New York.

Monday, July 16, 2012

Swan Edits

The role of a blog master has its ups and downs, and for me, a positive aspect is the control I have over the frequency of posting; I can post whenever the mood suits me.  Yet, I often find myself mentally posting, with multiple thoughts scurrying around and sentences falling into place.  Usually this occurs when I’m minus pen and paper, or some form of electronic writing tablet, such as what occurred a few Sunday’s past.

Tuesday, July 10, 2012

The Un-Hampton

US Home Town Locator describes the vicinity known as Pine Neck as a populated place located in Suffolk County. That might be so during the summer, but definitely not during off season, unless one includes the deer that swim over from North Haven.  Hence, Pine Neck is rather a sleepy, quaint town.          

Wikipedia states that Noyac(k) is a hamlet located on the South Fork of Long Island, in the Town of Southampton.  Additionally, the Noyac Civic Society mentions that Noyac (also spelled Noyack - named from an Indian word meaning a long neck of land - Jessup’s Neck) is a bay, a creek, a road and locality close to Sag Harbor.  Furthermore, I can attest to the discrepancy in the spelling of the hamlet, for I’ve always known it to be “Noyac,” in oppose to “Noyack,” but, as they say, different strokes and all that.  But to me, it will always be "Noyac." In fact, an email address of mine is Noyac@, and it’s been that way ever since emails originated and I joined cyberspace.

Still according to Wikipedia, Sag Harbor is an incorporated village in Suffolk County, New York, with parts in both the Towns of East Hampton and Southampton. It’s interesting that the spelling of East Hampton is two words, but not so with Southampton and Westhampton. There must be something about those folks in the East that makes them a wee bit different from the folks in the South and West.  

Sag Harbor has often been referred to as the “Un-Hampton,” as in the past, everyone flocked to the Hamptons of the East, West and South, before they ever discovered the real booty found in the old whaling town of Sag Harbor.  Those similar to myself, who either grew up or summered in Noyac, were often referred to as "locals.” However, that too was debatable, back in the day, as Sag Harborites declared themselves “locals” and considered anyone from Noyac - "city."

To sum it all up, Pine Neck, the populated place in Suffolk County, is situated in Noyac, the hamlet town on the South fork of Long Island, which is part of the incorporated village of Sag Harbor, and has parts in both Towns of East Hampton and Southampton, all of which are located in New York. 

Why is any of that important?  I’ll tell you...

Wednesday, June 20, 2012

Sitting Proudly

Just inside this artsy shop called “Islantique,” proudly sits The Big Bad Rain Monster.  See it there on the top shelf next to The Pirates?  Oh, The Monster is not afraid of Pirates; in fact, The Monster is extremely well liked by the other shelf dwellers and especially by all the shoppers that saunter in.  Go ahead, take a look for yourself. 

Friday, June 8, 2012


One huge misconception about living on an island is that traffic is nonexistent.  What a colossal fallacy!  The roads here are so congested that driving anywhere is an ordeal;  the roundabouts (traffic circles) are time consuming; and finding a parking spot on the main street in town is close to impossible, except maybe on weekends.  For the past two Saturdays, I’ve been living the good life, zipping through all, and actually parking my Kia Sportage directly in front of the store of my choice, with only a minimum of bothersome traffic.

Friday, May 11, 2012

Still Whispering ;(

It’s funny;  I have yet to post the cover of the book here, on my blog, as well as the description, and other things – and here I am today still without it!

It reminds me of a poem someone told me:

Tuesday, April 24, 2012

5-Star Rating and Gold Seal

I had intended for a completely different post to add here, but since my chest is currently puffed out like a proud mother swan,  I just had to share the following:

My juvenile fiction children's story, The Big Bad Rain Monster, received a 5-Star rating from ForeWord Clarion Reviews.  Since I didn't exactly understand the significance or how that ranked with other books of the same genre, I asked. 

Friday, April 6, 2012


Ever since The Big Bad Rain Monster became available in Nassau, I’ve been extremely involved in a whirlwind of book signings, not to omit the wonderful schools thus far visited, and the extraordinary children and staff that I have had the pleasure of meeting.

Friday, March 9, 2012

Book Launch and Signing

I'm going to THE BIG BAD RAIN MONSTER book signing and launch tomorrow.  I'm buying a book or two, getting a lollipop and having my face painted too.  I'll see you then :)

Tuesday, March 6, 2012


I've been busy - very, very busy and haven't had the chance to tell you what's going on.  Aside from other things, I've been peddling around town, and not on a bike, trying to get the word out that I AM HAVING A BOOK SIGNING and LAUNCH on March 10th @ "Buy The Book," on Saunders Beach from 11am to 2pm - with free face painting and lollipops. (I haven't even had the time to post the details for the book on this blog, yet!)  If you didn't know about the launch already, gee, that means that I need to get back out there and peddle.  Here I go...................................

Saturday, February 11, 2012

Following me

I just wanted to welcome my new follower, CV, who states that she is a "SAHM (stay at home mom) of two boys with an amazing husband," and loves to read and write as much as she can!

Thanks for following!  

Friday, February 10, 2012


529 hits and I haven't even told too many about my book or this blog!  Wow, that makes me feel super.  Thanks.  As they say in da Bahamas, mon - update soon come.  

Wednesday, February 1, 2012

Exhaling Slowly

My post, dated 11/19/2011 was entitled 'My Murphy's Law on The Writing Life - Part 1.'  Way before that posting and afterwards, there have been numerous opportunities to have added parts 2, 3, 14, 25 and so forth. You get the idea. I'm tempted to title this post as a continuance, but I’ll leave future Murphy headings, for later entries.

A Lesson in Bahamian "Income Taxes."

First I called the production house to obtain the DHL tracking number for the (hopefully) final proof copy of the book.  Next, I contacted the local DHL office and was told that the package had arrived on Monday, yesterday, and was being held for payment. As this was news to me, I asked - payment for what?

Monday, January 30, 2012

Still Waiting...

Over the years, I've come to realize that there are definitely many advantages of living in The Bahamas.  There's the lovely turquoise sea; the warm weather; and the friendly people, just to name a few.  Receiving mail on a timely basis isn't one of them!  DHL - WHERE'S MY BOOK?

Sunday, January 29, 2012

Somewhere Out There

Have been drumming my fingers all weekend and not happy about it.  Drum, drum, drum.

Meanwhile, back in Florida, Karen, (a.k.a. - 'My Awesome Ilustrator') received her physical proof copy of the book and was quite pleased.  Karen said it "Could be a REAL LIVE BOOK!"  It could be, but where, oh where, is it?  That's not fair!  Where's mine? 

An email said mine was shipped, so where is it?  DHL are you there?

Monday, January 16, 2012

Little Johnnie and Little Mary

It was Friday, January 6th.  I was still away enjoying the company of family, but home alone when the doorbell sang.  With fingers crossed, I peeked out and my wish came true - the first proof of my book had arrived.  Within seconds, I was in the solitude of my room and began what was to be the first of seven reviews.

On the first review, my entire book was flawless.  I was totally beyond the beyond, smitten with pride and excitement, and I must admit - teary-eyed, for I had done it!  I had finally written a very soon-to-be published book, well, nearly published. It was truly another Ah! moment. Time to call Karen, my illustrator.

Thursday, January 5, 2012

Embracing the Speed

While entranced by the Thursday mani/pedi special, I flipped through the January free publication of Colorado's Women's Edition, The Magazine for Metropolitan Women.  On page 9, I came across the horoscopes and out of curiosity, read mine:

Scorpio (Oct 23-Nov 21) While you might have felt that things had stalled during the last quarter of the year, things start moving again.  There will be news about opportunities for you to travel, to get published, or ways to move forward on your chosen path.  Embrace the speed with which things are moving and go with it as long as you can.

Bring it on!

Wednesday, January 4, 2012

An Ah! Moment

Just received the very long anticipated notice that the proof for my book has shipped, with expected delivery date of Friday, January 6th.  2012 is looking good.