Tag Archives: Phoenix

You vs. me–An unfair match

10 Jul

Pain. I’ve known you for most of my life. I’ve tasted your bitterness and felt your blows. I’ve knelt under your weight and crawled under your pressure. I know your ways, your power and fury. Nothing you’d do to me could surprise me anymore.And yet . . . here you are once again . . . looming over me and unleashing your punches with such fury, I can no longer stand. Twisting and torturing my empty soul with such vengeance, I’m once again on my knees. Clawing my heart with the power of a thousand tentacles, squeezing breath and life out of me.

I’ve begged you to stop. I’ve begged you to lessen your punches. I’ve begged you for mercy, but you are relentless. You only know how to destroy everything in your wake. You can’t care less about what you leave behind you, the bigger the disaster the more you thrive.

Giving up would be so easy. Just declare you the winner of this match and let you reign over me. Let you settle in my bones, petrify my heart and turn my soul to ashes. It would be so easy. I’m already on my knees; all I have to do would be to bow and admit defeat.

Only I can’t.

Just can’t.

I can’t let you have this, let you stay much longer. I’ll fight you with every breath, defend what’s left of my shattered heart. You know why?

Because I’m worth it. Because I deserve to be happy. Because I am strong. I deserve to stand tall and live life how I want it.

Watch and learn, Pain. I’m getting up. I’m fighting back.

Recap Festival of Books

20 Mar

Recently returned, recovered and recharged after the Tucson Festival of Books I decided to make this post about my experience while at this fabulous event.

This was my second year participating and, as it happened last year I travelled Friday along with Kris Tualla, Morgan Kearns and Deena Remiel, all longtime friends and incredible writers. Packed in Kris’ van the ride from Phoenix to Tucson was uneventful but really funny. These ladies have a tremendous sense of humor and we can really laugh our heads off about the smallest thing ever. We spent the day setting up the booth, housing …. writers. I was thrilled to see the friends I made last year but also meet new ones. 


Dinner time found us all spent but still willing to laugh. A yummy dinner along with a bottle of white wine turned our evening into a memorable time not to mention the creative waves sparking around us like fireworks. Then… along came Aaron Michael 

After a quick breakfast Saturday morning, pumped up and ready to go we made our way to the U of A campus where we opened our Pandora boxes full of books and proceeded to set up.

Old friends like Mimi Sebastian, Anna Questerly, Virginia Nelson, Sharon Hamilton, Erin Quinn, Leslie Jones soon joined us. And, like in similar occasions when you’re surrounded by people you love and get to do what you love most–talk about all things books–time is fleeting. For two days my heart burst with pride for all my friends who follow their dream of writing, breaking all roadblocks and enjoying their journey through publishing. For two days my heart burst with happiness that I too get to follow my dream, placing my books in readers hands, one book at a time. (sorry for the poor quality of my photos; my iPhone gets a low star review for that reason 😦 )



My feet were on fire after standing for two full days. My back demanded a massage. My body screamed for rest. But despite all of that I’d do it all over again. The part I don’t like is saying goodbye to my friends. Life and families and jobs take us back to reality but nothing can take away what we go through together, our memories, love and mutual respect. Nothing can take away our writing and the passion for it.



Dog-Eared Pages–your magical bookstore!

9 Aug

If you didn’t make any plans for this weekend, here a place you might want to check out. I’m talking about Dog-Eared Pages Bookstore located in 16428 N. 32nd Street, Suite 111, Phoenix, AZ 85032 (just south of Bell Road on the west side of 32nd Street). Melanie and Tom, the owners of this fantastic/magic/welcoming bookstore are celebrating the store’s 5th anniversary with tremendous prizes. It will help them a lot if you take the time and stop by. They need the support of all customers and you can be one of them!


See below what I’m talking about and don’t forget to stop by!

A Rummage Anniversary Sale/Treasure Hunt

This is your chance to take your time and really browse the stacks.

We still have thousands of great books we put on the shelves the first year we opened. Instead of us pulling them off and putting them in the bargain room for $2.00/each, we’ve decided to let you have the fun instead.

Any used paperback book you find with our 2008 label is yours for 50¢!

Any used hardcover you find with our 2008 label is yours for $1.00!

Any rare and collectible book with our 2008 label is yours at a 50% discount!

Sale starts today and continues until August 31st.

It’s a win/win!

A great way to discover a new author to try out, and pick up that book you always meant to read, while you help us make room for new books.

Plus:  a top-secret list of a few of these 2008 books and if you happen to purchase one of them, you’ll get to draw for a special prize!

Come on in and help us celebrate surviving one of our toughest years ever. We couldn’t have done it without you. THANK YOU!