This is where I get to sound off on anything and everything that isn't necessarily related to writing (although it could be). In other words, everything else. Thus the title, Etcetera. 

A new year is a great time to look back at the previous year and assess where you are to then set up new goals. Well, some of my old goals from 2022 have followed me into 2023. In particular, I did not finish a book in 2023. Mostly because of life, but also because my editor (my husband) prioritized his life and the golf season won over everything else. Even though I live in the northeast, the golf season lasts from April until mid-November when the course where we are members closes. That gives him at least 7 1/2 months of golfing. And then the rest of his time, of course, is dedicated to his business. Where does that leave me and my books? Somewhere near the bottom of his Top 10 To-Do list.

What are good ethics? And who decides what is right and wrong? I would say we all learn the difference between right and wrong when we are children, in the home, observing our parents and other adults. So, if your parents cheat the system, say, for example they are on food stamps or other social benefits paid for by the government because they have five children to feed and no dad, even though you know dad is around, just not when the social worker shows up, these are not honest behaviors and your parents are teaching you unethical immoral behaviors and that cheating the government or ‘the man’ is ok. So, you grow up practicing the same immoral behavior and again, teach your children the same.

I’ve been writing for many years now, professionally, at a job as a Technical Writer (although I retired from this job several years ago) and even longer as a writer of fiction, mostly, as well as non-fiction. I took a couple of Creative Writing courses in college where I graduated with a Bachelor of Arts degree majoring in English. I still have the stories I wrote at that time and am so grateful I kept at it because I can easily see how much I’ve improved.

And now, just around the corner, are the holidays. I was hoping to have my latest book, The Mart, ready for purchase for Christmas, but alas, there are always obstacles in the way. I wonder if the many celebrities who have written mostly children's books, have such delays. I'm thinking the answer would be no. It is beginning to look like only Hollywood people are writing children's books now. Which is why I have put any ideas I have for a children's book on the back burner. 

I missed it. Earth Day, that is. My intention was to write an article celebrating our beautiful and one and only planet, Earth. The more I thought about it the more upset and yes, a little bit angry I got. Of course, some are saying 'Earth Week' or 'Earth Month'. But I thought no, it needs to be Earth EVERY DAY! Not just one day a year. We need to put much more importance on our planet and the care and maintenance of it. And that needs to happen every day.