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The Occupation Thesaurus

Today’s post is geared toward writers, but I think readers might be curious how we come up with careers for our characters.

The creators of The Emotion Thesaurus have now created The Occupation Thesaurus. Becca Puglisi and Angela Ackerman are the hard-working authors of this series of books.

Finding the right career can show the reader your character’s beliefs, longings, and what concerns them. For instance, Andi Grace Scott is a caretaker. In A Low Country Dog Walker Mystery series, you’ll discover how she takes care of family, friends, and dogs.

The Occupation Thesaurus will help authors choose the best profession for their protagonist and the secondary characters. There are over one-hundred-twenty entries, and this book is as amazing as the others they’ve published. I received an ARC, but I’ll buy the paperback to have in my library.

It releases on July 17, so keep your eyes open my friends!

Decorating With Shells

Whenever I vacationed at the beach, I collected seashells. It always amazed me how many beautiful shells washed up on the beach. Red, gold, white, blue, black, purple, and many more colors. And there are so many different shapes of shells. Flat and curved, big and tiny shells.

Last week, my sister-in-law asked me about decorating with shells. Carol made me think, and I started looking around my house at the different shells. I won’t share pictures of all the places I have shells, but the most common way I display seashells is in bowls.

I found these shells once the beach reopened after the renourishment in Pawleys Island.
Random bowl of shells on my kitchen counter.
I placed shells with blue tones in one of my favorite bowls.
More random shells in a wood boat we bought in Georgetown, SC.

I’d love to hear how you decorate with seashells. Or do you get home and stuff them in a box never to be seen again?

I don’t ever want to miss out on the beauty around me, so I’ll probably continue collecting shells as long as I can walk on the beach.

Have a great week!

Dog-Gone Dead

Thanks to all of you who’ve joined me on my writing journey. I appreciate your support, and I’m so excited to announce Dog-Gone Dead is now available.

It’s available in paperback and e-reader. If you’re interested, here are the links.

Thanks so much, and I hope you have a great weekend!

Amazon: https://amzn.to/2AGWF4N 

Kobo: https://tinyurl.com/ybo4pr8t 

Barnes & Noble: https://tinyurl.com/ycf7765c

 Google: https://tinyurl.com/y8u6sf45

Apple: https://tinyurl.com/ycyjno6b

More Fun Quotes

Last time I shared quotes, I realized they were mostly from men. Today, I intend to be more balanced. Let’s start with Maya Angelou. “I’ve learned that people will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel.”


“The person, be it gentleman or lady, who has not pleasure in a good novel, must be intolerably stupid.”
― Jane Austen, Northanger Abbey

“Yesterday is history, tomorrow is a mystery, today is a gift of God, which is why we call it the present.” ― Bill Keane

Bill Keane made me laugh many times through the years with his comic Family Circus.

“A woman is like a tea bag; you never know how strong it is until it’s in hot water.”
― Eleanor Roosevelt

“If you judge people, you have no time to love them.”
― Mother Teresa

“You can never get a cup of tea large enough or a book long enough to suit me.”
― C.S. Lewis

I hope you find a large cup of tea and can find time to enjoy a good book today!

Fun Quotes

“Be yourself; everyone else is already taken.”
― Oscar Wilde

“So many books, so little time.”
― Frank Zappa

“A room without books is like a body without a soul.”
― Marcus Tullius Cicero

“Be the change that you wish to see in the world.”
― Mahatma Gandhi

“In three words I can sum up everything I’ve learned about life: it goes on.”
― Robert Frost

“If you tell the truth, you don’t have to remember anything.”
― Mark Twain

I’ll end with one of my all-time favorite quotes. “Don’t walk in front of me… I may not follow
Don’t walk behind me… I may not lead
Walk beside me… just be my friend”
― Albert Camus

Have a great day my friends!

How I work From Home

I’ve had a few people ask me how I work from home this year. I try to treat each day like a work day. I get up, talk to my husband, eat a little breakfast while watching the news, and then I spend time doing my devotionals.

The thing I’ve done differently is meeting with my critique group for thirty minutes before I begin writing. There are five of us and we share concerns about our lives and our writing. We encourage each other, and we laugh. Then we are off to start our day.

Sharee Stover, Connie Queen, and Sherrinda Ketchersid are with me in this picture. Rhonda Herren Starnes is also part of our group.

I feel more productive when I’m dressed. Even if it’s shorts and a T-shirt, I’m dressed. Sometimes I listen to music playing softly in the background.

Heinz ‘encourages’ me to take him outside throughout the day, but I try to stay focused until it’s time to fix supper.

Do you work from home? What’s your day look like?

Dog-Gone Dead

Andi Grace Scott is back in the second book of A Low Country Dog Walker Mystery series.

If you enjoy small-town coastal life, come back to Heyward Beach, South Carolina for the second book in my cozy mystery series.

Who’d have thought mulch could cause such a stink?

Low Country dog walker Andi Grace Scott is happy to score some free mulch from one of her brother’s landscaping jobs—until she discovers the dead body buried beneath the bark.

Worse, her brother’s landscaping tools were used to commit the murder. Once the police arrest her brother and seem happy to have “caught their man,” Andi Grace has no choice but to track down the real killer. She’ll risk everything to prove her brother’s innocence. Even if it means turning over every rock in town.

Dog-Gone Dead is available for pre-order now and releases on June 26.

Amazon: https://amzn.to/2AGWF4N 

Kobo: https://tinyurl.com/ybo4pr8t 

Barnes & Noble: https://tinyurl.com/ycf7765c 

Google: https://tinyurl.com/y8u6sf45 

Apple: https://tinyurl.com/ycyjno6b 

What Am I Not Going to Do in June?

I’m not going to get a sunburn. I’m not going to gain weight. I’m not going to cut my bangs.

I’ve had bangs for years, decades actually, and thanks to Covid-19, I haven’t had my hair cut since January. I’ve also wondered if my hair would look better without bangs now that I live at the beach. One of my granddaughters grew out her bangs in 2019, so she’s my inspiration for trying in 2020.

Look at the determination on her face. She’s going to be my inspiration in the days ahead. Both of these girls are full of spunk and integrity. They’re two of my little heroes.

What are your goals for this month?

Agatha Christie Quotes

I know there are serious issues we face in the world today, but let’s take a moment for a little fun. I’m not sure what prompted me to gather Agatha Christie quotes, but I think she’d have been a great friend.

So much truth in this.

Here are a few more.

Good advice is always certain to be ignored, but that’s no reason not to give it.

I have enjoyed greatly the second blooming… suddenly you find – at the age of 50, say – that a whole new life has opened before you.

Every murderer is probably somebody’s old friend.

“It is a curious thought, but it is only when you see people looking ridiculous that you realize just how much you love them. ”

She has such a lovely sense of humor, don’t you think? “An archaeologist is the best husband a woman can have. The older she gets, the more interested he is in her.”

I hope today’s post has given you a moment to smile. Take care my friends!


Time to Refresh

Over the weekend, I took a break from watching the news. I needed a to step away from the negativity, and I feel refreshed.

How did I fill my time? My husband and I worked on our yard and we took golf cart rides and walked on the beach in the evenings.

How do you recharge? Do you safely go out and enjoy nature? Cook? Read a good book or watch a movie? I’d love to hear from you.

Thanks for stopping by!