Lot for Sale. No Pigs Chapbook Available from BatCat Press!


Curious about how the relationships among you and your neighbors, strangers in the neighborhood, friends, and family affect your life? You think they don’t? Read on.

My chapbook – Lot for Sale. No Pigs – is intended for readers interested about what goes on in other peoples lives. How alike, weird, or likely weird are we?

Lot for Sale. No Pigs was produced in cooperation with Lincoln Park Performing Arts Charter School in Midland, Pennsylvania. The printing was handset and then hand-fed on an American Printing Machines press. Lots of hand-work and care went into each copy, and I’m very pleased and grateful to Deanna Baringer, Bailey, and the other student editors for choosing my work and showcasing it in such a creative manner.

The book can be purchased from BatCat Press.

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Celebrating Perseverance in the Writing Community

Today I am happy to be part of Writers Persevere!, an event that authors Angela Ackerman and Becca Puglisi are running for the next few days to celebrate their release of their newest book, The Emotional Wound Thesaurus: A Writer’s Guide to Psychological Trauma. This book looks at the difficult experiences embedded in our character’s backstory which will shape their motivation and behavior afterward.

Because Angela and Becca have spent the last year exploring painful human struggles, they wanted to highlight a very important aspect of overcoming difficult circumstances: it can make us stronger. I promised to let Angela hijack my blog today, so please read on!


Hi everyone! When you set out to find examples of inner strength, you don’t have to go very far. Right here in the writing community we see it every day. Writers more than anyone understand the swirl of emotions as we work toward publication. We dream of making it and seeing our books in the hands of readers…yet doubt and frustration can be a constant companion. For us, there is a lot to learn, much to steel our nerves for, and unfortunately, a host of real-world problems that can try to derail us. And, even as we slowly move forward and grow, we can sometimes feel like impostors. This is a tough road.

But the fact that writers face this battle, day after day, and KEEP GOING…this should be celebrated! We need to be reminded that we are much stronger than we sometimes believe. We dream, create, and force ourselves to keep striving. Through the ups and downs, we persevere!

Have you encountered something on the writing road that made you question yourself? Have you faced an obstacle that required a force of will to get past?

If so, we want to hear about it! Join Becca and me at Writers Helping Writers from October 25-27th, where we are celebrating writers and their stories of perseverance. Stop in, and tell us about a challenge or struggle your faced, or if you like, join this event by writing a post on your own blog and share it using the hashtag #writerspersevere. Let’s fill social media with your strength and let other writers know that it’s okay to question and have doubts but we shouldn’t let that stop us.


We also have a prize vault filled with items that can give your writing career a boost, so stop by Writers Helping Writers. I would love for one of you to win something that will help you get closer to your goal!

If you struggle, remember to reach out to others. We are in this together, and by supporting one another, we cross the finish line together (and then keep going!).

Happy writing!

Angela & Becca

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No Oil Apple Cake Recipe

Now that Fall has officially arrived, here’s the official fall apple cake recipe!

This sweet and moist apple cake recipe requires zero oil or butter.



4 cups apples
4 cups sugar
2 eggs
1/2 tsp. salt
1 tsp. cinnamon
1 tsp. vanilla
2 tsp. baking powder
2 cups flour
1 cup chopped nuts

Dice apples and mix with sugar. Let stand one hour. Add remaining ingredients. Bake in a tube pan sprayed with non-stick cooking spray at 325 degrees for 1 1/2 hours. Cool in pan ten minutes and remove to wire rack to finish cooling.

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22nd Free “Dear Lucky Agent” Contest: Contemporary and Literary Young Adult

New FREE contest for writers of Young Adult Judged by agent Andrea Morrison of Writers House, via Chuck Sambuchino.

Check out the details here: http://tinyurl.com/z7e9rsc



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Free Fall Friday – July First Page Results

Agent Natalie Lakosil critiqued my first page on Kathy Temean’s blog! I’m so appreciative of the feed back!

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Natalie Lakosil, Agent

Natalie Fischer LakosilNatalie is an agent at the Bradford Literary Agency. An honors graduate of the University of San Diego, California, Natalie holds a B.A. in Literature/Writing. After nearly four years at the Sandra Dijkstra Literary Agency and a brief dabble in writing author profiles and book reviews for the San Diego Union Tribune, Natalie joined the Bradford Agency in February of 2011.

Natalie is drawn to talented, hard-working new authors with a fresh, unique voice and hook. Her specialties are children’s literature (from picture book through teen and New Adult), romance (contemporary and historical), cozy mystery/crime, upmarket women’s/general fiction and select children’s nonfiction. Her interests include historical, multi-cultural, magical realism, sci-fi/fantasy, gritty, thrilling and darker contemporary novels, middle grade with heart, and short, quirky or character-driven picture books. She is always drawn to an open and positive attitude in an author, professionalism, good grammar, and fantastical, beautifully…

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Twofer Tuesday – Through a Lit Window: Back to School Quotes

Window at garden centerThe back to school season has begun! Whether it’s off to kindergarten, college, or beyond, here are two quotes to remind us the learning never ends.

“Education is not the filling of a pail, but the lighting of a fire.”  ~ Plutarch

 – and –

“The whole purpose of education is to turn mirrors into windows.”  ~ Sydney J. Harris

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How to Cope with Naked Soap

Wire Basket with Fabric Covered SoapThis unusual wire basket I bought in an antique store in Cape May, NJ practically begged to be filled with something pretty and fitting for the powder room. Paper wrapped handmade soaps were a good choice, but a little pricey. I opted to buy a ten-pack of Ivory Soap for $3.99 at Target and cover the bars of soap with scraps from my fabric stash. Here’s how I did it:

You’ll need:

  • silk pins
  • rectangular bars of soap
  • enough fabric to cover the soap, as if you were wrapping a gift
  • iron
  • twine, yarn, ribbon, hem tape, and/or cording

Get crafty:

  • estimate how much fabric you’ll need for each bar and cut out a neat rectangleWire Basket with Fabric Covered Soap
  • fold one long side over half of soap, and pin straight through fabric into soap in middle of bar 
  • iron a small crease on opposite end and pin through barWire Basket with Fabric Covered Soap
  • fold each end (like wrapping a gift), and pin in place through soapWire Basket with Fabric Covered SoapWire Basket with Fabric Covered Soap
  • wrap with matching ribbon, etc.Wire Basket with Fabric Covered Soap

Looks cute. You’ll never run out of soap, unless you can’t bear to unwrap them!

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