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Research leads to laughter!

Anyone who knows me, knows I am not a fan of country music, so, when I needed the title of a country music song to be playing a scene in my book and came across this list...I realized why!

I've highlighted some of my favorites!

The Best Of The Worst Country-western Song Titles
1 - Drop Kick Me, Jesus, Through The Goalposts Of Life
2 - Get Your Biscuits In The Oven And Your Buns In The Bed
3 - Get Your Tongue Outta My Mouth 'Cause I'm Kissing You Goodbye
4 - Her Teeth Were Stained, But Her Heart Was Pure
5 - How Can I Miss You If You Won't Go Away?
6 - How Can You Believe Me When I Say I Love You When You Know I've Been A Liar All My Life?
7 - I Been Roped And Thrown By Jesus In The Holy Ghost Corral
8 - I Changed Her Oil, She Changed My Life
9 - I Don't Know Whether To Kill Myself Or Go Bowling
10 - I Fell In A Pile Of You And Got Love All Over Me
11 - I Flushed You From The Toilets Of My Heart.
12 - I Keep Forgettin' I Forgot About You�…

Israeli Street Fighting...and date night??

Well, in the name of "research",   I persuaded my husband to join me in a krav maga class in Madison. My thanks go out to John Lacy who is a Senior Instructor in Urban Krav Maga and all his students at Black Belt America in Madison, Wisconsin!

My husband and I made it a "date night" and dang...was it fun!

I went to strengthen the writing in my fight scenes and learned more about self-defence than I could have hoped for...

The instructor recommended I read these two books - both are incredible! All women, by the way, should read The Gift of Fear. more new experience checked off and I can tackle the fight
scenes in my novels now and make them that much more

Best Revisng Tip EVER - (you're welcome)

Okay - I HATE revising - writing is the fun part to me. But here's a tip that is saving my ever-lovin' mind.

Step 1: Get a Kindle (if you don't have one, cave...they rock!)
Step 2: Mail your manuscript to your Kindle from Word (they convert the file and deliver it to your Kindle)
Step 3: READ your book on your Kindle. I have spotted MORE errors than I could have thought possible by reading the book, like it's REALLY A BOOK! Plus, you can totally see if paragraphs are way too long, if text/description/dialogue doesn't flow right - and I promise, you'll see errors you've missed in every proofreading attempt previously...

give it a try and let me know if it helps you as much as it's helped!

Have a great weekend - keep writing!

For my new writer friend, Ciara Knight...enjoy :)

Watch this: Best Sam Winchester Scene Ever...

Enjoy Ms. Knight - this is for you - when I should be revising my manuscript!!  (But I couldn't help watching this again a few times, myself...)

Have a great day, everyone...

I just went to a writer's workshop at my lovely local Library in the booming metropolis of Lake Mills, Wisconsin. I was graced by the gift of having two incredible authors break down writing and publishing...

They seem a bit like an odd couple - she is a sexy Romantic Suspense author of Harlequin and he is a Mystery/Horror guy. They jive well and I learned a ton! In case you missed it, here are the top 10 things I learned at the conference...

First - on writing:

1. Start your story in the middle of action - no exceptions, no excuses. Back story should always be worked in later. If you can't make a reader buy your book in three sentences, they won't buy it.

2. When you ask someone for a critique, they should focus on hook, conflict, character, setting/mood, pace/style, resolution, spelling/grammar, and enjoyment.

3. Characters must be unique, have concrete goals, flaws, quirks, great support characters that help AND hinder the main character and there must be an enemy or protag…

What Stephen King taught me about *sigh* Love...

Search for stephen king on writing

My broken foot is pretty well mended and I go back to work tomorrow!  That means less reading and writing and more reality (boo-hoo) - Anywho...I've brought this up in so many conversations recently that I thought I'd share my new found knowledge with everyone!  I read Stephen King's "On Writing" and sincerely loved it (I promise to use adverbs extremeLY rareLY from now on)...but one part in particular is sticking with me...

He is talking about writers and talent and says,
"...I can't lie and say there are no bad writers...Writers form themselves into the pyramid we see in all areas of human talent and human creativity. At the bottom are the bad ones. Above them is a group which is slightly smaller but still large and welcoming; these are the competent writers...The next level is much smaller. These are the really good writers. Above them---above almost all of us---are the Shakespeares, the Faulkners, the Ye…

Reading some non-fiction

So, I'm usually a die-hard fiction reader, but I've read a bunch of non-fiction lately which is odd for me. The stand out book was "Publish This Book" by Stephen Markley. I guess if you are going to begin your career with a memoir, this is the way to go and let me tell you why:

1. It starts with haha college humor and a kid trying to find his way after college living in Chicago.
2. He delves into some real life stuff happening to him as he is writing the book and querying agents.
3. The book deepens and makes you fall in love with "his character". I found myself rooting for his relationship, friendships, and getting this book published (even thought I'm holding concrete evidence in my hands of a happy ending).
4. He delves into the WHY of writing and the book moves deeper and deeper inwards the farther into the book you get.

By the end, I'm ready to drive to Chicago to a book signing of his in a bar (my husband said no) and read any fiction he write…

New Short Story Published

Check out my latest short story published at Every Day Fiction -

Please rate it and/or leave a comment!!

This was a pleasant surprise to wake up to an email with my story - I'm on week three of this stupid broken foot and I'm going a little stir crazy...

Okay - a lot stir crazy -

I honestly miss work and talking to all my patients and coworkers at the pharmacy...

You all have a great day...walking :)

Romance Flash

Snap, Crackle, and Pop

Well, here I sit with a broken foot thinking, Wow - now I have a lot of time to blog...

Seeing as this not my first clumsy fall (broke wrist roller skating in 4th grade and broke ankle eight years ago while I was eight months preggers), I've decided to blog about Calcium supplements - pretty pharmaceutical and fitting, no?

Well, here's the latest from Pharmacist's Letter:

Calcium and Vitamin D

Why do I need calcium and vitamin D?

Calcium and vitamin D are important for bone health. Nerves, muscles, and blood vessels need calcium to work. Vitamin D helps the body absorb calcium, and is needed for immune system function. There is some evidence that vitamin D helps prevent cancer and cardiovascular disease.

What are sources of calcium and vitamin D?

Calcium is found in foods. Dairy products are good sources. Eight ounces of yogurt (228 gram) or milk (1 cup [236 mL]), or a 1.5-oz. (43 gram) serving of cheese, can provide around 300 mg. Fortified orange juice can provide 300 mg per 8…

Relieve my Stress!

So I recently tweeted about the 5 things I find most relaxing and have received a lot of positive feedback on it. For me,

1. Biking (on a country road alone)
2. Writing (at night with house quiet)
3. Reading (with wine in hand)
4. Swimming (in our glorious pool - today is was NINETY degrees!)
5. Watching a movie in a theater with family or friends (popcorn munching and no pause button for interruptions)

So what do you do to REALLY relax? Let me know...

Then give this a try - Do ALL five of your relaxing things in one day.

I did and it freakin' rocked :)

How to Save Money at the Pharmacy: Our Best Kept Secrets!

Our Top Ten Best-Kept Secrets on how to Save $$ on Your Prescription Drugs:

1. Ask for a generic (pharmacists can by law substitute generic drugs, but it never hurts to ask.)
2. Ask if your medicine comes in a higher strength and can be cut to save costs.
3. Ask for a medicine that is preferred by your insurance as opposed to non-preferred.
4. Ask your pharmacist to review your patient profile and look for cost saving alternatives (we are HERE to do that for you!)
5. If you have an expensive co-pay on a medication that works well for you, look it up online! (Generally, if you look up, the manufacturer will offer coupons or programs to help you save money.)
6. Ask if your pharmacy will match the Walmart $4 generic program. (Most pharmacies will match the Walmart price without you having to switch over your prescriptions to Walmart.)
7. Ask for only a weeks supply of a new medication if you are paying a percentage of the costs. (Once a drug leaves the pharmacy, it cannot u…

Iowa Theatre: Romeo and Juliet opens June 18

Romeo, Romeo, where for art thou, Romeo?

So, I'm going to Iowa (yeah, I said it, IOWA - see link above!) this weekend to watch Romeo and Juliet and I was thinking about falling in love...

Romeo was "in love" with love and pitted against hate. We cheer for love to prevail, even over death. But how often can we fall in love?

When I skid my busy life to a halt and watch tv/movie, read, or see a play, I'm looking to fall in love. I want to read words on a page that speak to my heart and let me inside someone else's rich mind. I want to watch an actor on stage, not to see him portray a character, but fall in love with him by unobtrusively observing them practice their art and letting me see into their soul.

Fall in love by watching someone practice their art whether it be their bedside manner, their command of a room/meeting, the words they use to fill a page, or the details they use to bring a character to life on stage.

How do you let yourself fall in love? Like my beloved Romeo?

"But soft, what light th…

Iowa Theatre: Romeo and Juliet opens June 18

Quill - I love my husband, but...

Well, meet Stogey, my dream, dog. I recently read the book The Five Love Languages to find out why my husband and I are so different. The answer is that I need/give/want verbal praise (ie - you are pretty, etc...) and my husband needs/gives/wants acts of service ("When you cut the lawn, baby, I'm turned on!") which led me to delve into my undying love for my dog Stogey (see cute picture above). My dog (and maybe your pet, too) gives and likes to receive ALL FIVE love languages.

Let me break it down...
1. Verbal praise - "You are a good boy, Stogey!" and he wags his tail. I put on socks and he thinks he might get a walk, so he barks a high pitched bark and runs in circles.

2. Quality time - where I am, the dog will follow. He is always with me, always wants to be near me. When I am up late (like now) he will stand in the kitchen, stare at me and whine while wagging his tail as if to say, "Time for bed, my love."

3. Acts of Service - I take Stogey …

Quill AND Pill

The quill part is quick - I just found out my first SHORT story will be published - I'm crazy excited and will post a link to the story as soon as it's available. The title is "Why Not Me?"

The pill portion of the blog related to a wonderful website called Needy Meds:

This is a great website for people who need help paying for their prescriptions - check it out!

The following article is reprinted with permission from Dr. Sagall...

Pharmaceutical Companies Helping Patients Get Their Medicines
By Richard J. Sagall, M.D.

It's a choice no one should have to make - pay rent and buy food or get prescriptions filled. Yet all too often it's a choice Americans, particularly older Americans, have to make.

Over 40 million Americans have no health insurance, and millions more have limited coverage. Many Americans just can't afford healthcare, and, if they can, they don't have the money to buy their medicines.

Patient Assistance Programs
There is help ava…


My pool keepeth me from writing. Damn the eighty degree weather that put me in the pool on three separate occations the other day! I should be writing! The ideas that ebb and flow in the mind of a writer are relentless. Ahh, but the pool calls to me. I'll write again when the sun sets...

Or now, while it rains and the house is quiet. As Stephen Markley said one of his teacher's said (or something) "Apply ass to chair."

Pill - How much Tylenol can an adult take?

As a pharmacist, we get asked this question a lot. A quote from


How Much Acetaminophen Is Too Much?
Usually, adults can take one to two 325 mg tablets, every four to six hours as needed. You should not take
more than FOUR GRAMS (4000 mg) of acetaminophen in a 24-hour period. This is equal to about twelve
of the 325 mg tablets, or eight of the extra-strength (500 mg) tablets.
If you have three or more alcoholic drinks a day, ask your healthcare professional whether you should take
acetaminophen or other pain reliever/fever reducers. They will be able to tell you whether or not it’s a good
idea to take acetaminophen, and how much you can safely take.
What About Children?
Children are at special risk of getting too much acetaminophen. The dose for children changes as they grow
older. Check the labels on your child’s medications to see which ones contain acetaminophen. Check with
your pharmacist or other healthcare professional before combining medications and ask wh…


Did you know that the government will soon allow ALL controlled substances to be electronically prescribed? What does that mean - it means that people don't always have to get a hard copy prescription from their doctor/PA/APNP or other prescriber and bring it to the pharmacy. WOW - big news for pharmacists!

Welcome to Quill or Pill!!

Good afternoon all - I just finished planting two flats of flowers - hope they make it in the cold Wisconsin weather! TiVo-ed the season finale of Supernatural - don't tell me what happens!