Thursday, February 28, 2013

A Story in Every Snap

For my birthday this past November - (Yes, I am that Scorpio!) - my kids gave me a Canon S100.

It's an excellent camera; lightweight and slender, with a collapsible zoom that captures near and far. It almost makes it near to impossible to take obscure photos - a feature that rates 5-stars from me.

I virtually carry the camera wherever I go, as I never know when that perfect shot will present itself. (Cell phone pics are so-so, in comparison.)

Needless to say, I've taken numerous and some rather unusual photos, with not too much consideration about whether or not I will actually do anything with them afterwards. (It sort of reminds me of my writing: Will I publish again -  or forever file, file, file?)                                                            BPZFKUUYN36B

The picture below is one of my just had to take photos. I actually did a double take when I first came upon the scene. When I passed by again, I turned the Kia around and parked; ran across the traffic infested street and snapped. It was then that I thought about the chicken and the egg dilemma, and with the mind of a writer, I further pondered:

What comes first, the photo or the story?

"Second Chance"

Sunday, February 17, 2013

Wednesday, February 6, 2013

Interviewed by Karen Kelly Boyce

Karen Kelly Boyce has won the prestigious 2012 Eric Hoffer Gold Award in the category of Commercial Fiction for her book, Down Right Good. Karen is also the recipient of the esteemed Catholic Writers Guild Seal of Approval for her books, According to Thy Word, and Into the Way of Peace.

And, Guess what?

Karen Kelly Boyce contacted me to review The Big Bad Rain Monster, and subsequently interview me.

Monday, February 4, 2013

Arrivederci and Good Luck

It was around 15 years ago that I first saw the 1955 black-and-white movie “Summertime.”

In this romantic film, Katherine Hepburn portrays Jane Hudson, a lonely secretary from Ohio, vacationing in VeniceItaly. 

While enjoying "The City of Canals," Jane meets a charming fellow; falls passionately in love, only to discover that he is married with children. 

Somewhere long before Jane's disturbing findings - perhaps during the gondola ride, or while sitting in the piazza enjoying a silky glass of Merlot - I fell madly in love with Italy. Needless to say, Italy has been on my bucket list ever since. 

This March, I’m finally doing it.  I'm going to Italy!  Well, at least a part of me is.