Thursday Tidbit – Dust

Yeah, I know what you’re asking yourself. She’s gonna talk about dust? Really? That’s riveting. You’d be correct. It is a fascinating subject. Because dust is not what you think. It’s really a metaphor for all the stuff in our lives that keeps building until we feel slightly out of control.

Wow. Who knew?

I hate to dust. I’m guessin’ I’m not alone on that. I’m sure most of us hate to spend hours, going over every little thing on tables and shelves in an effort to remove the month’s week’s accumulation of annoying dust particles. Aside from the tedious nature of the exercise, it’s frustrating because I know from the moment I put my dusting rag in the laundry, a new film of dust is already working to take over the surfaces I’ve just cleaned.


Which means that all too soon I’ll need to get out my rag and perform the hated activity all over again. In a fit of frustration, I’ve occasionally, temporarily, given up dusting and just tried to ignore the dull patina over all my furniture and surfaces. It’s a relief for a while, wearing those lovely and fashionable blinders, but eventually my OCD rears its ugly head and I fall to my knees in a panic, dust rag in hand. By then the project feels overwhelming–a never ending blight of minuscule dander particles and terrifyingly ugly mites.  My skin crawls as I imagine what I’ve let run rampant, unchecked in my treasured spaces.

Once I’ve conquered it again, my soul soothes and I promise myself that I’ll never let it get to the point where I hyperventilate again. I even sort of mean it when I make the promise. But alas, promises of this sort are like New Year’s resolutions…destined to fail.

The harsh reality is this…we all have too much on our plates. Our lives are busy, full and demanding. It would be nice if we could always stay on top of stuff. It would be great if we never lost the energy or will to do ALL the stuff we needed to do, even if the results would be temporary at best and ineffective at worst. But that’s just not how real life works. And you’ll make yourself nuts it you try to be all things to all people all the time. Sooooo…it’s okay to put those blinders on every once in a while.

In fact, it’s better than okay.

If it helps you deal with home and obligations and work and family and still have a social life so you can actually relax once in a while…it’s a good thing.

Think of it as triage for life.

Let the dust build. Ignore those hairballs in the corner. (Oops, I let that cat out of the bag!) Know that you will conquer it again some day. And when you do there will be a great sense of having accomplished something worthwhile. And then turn to something else that’s important in that moment.

Because being happy doesn’t mean having a dust or hairball free house all the time. It means having the will to forgive yourself when the dust builds. And it means recognizing what’s most important in that moment, on that date and time, in your heart and in your home–and then letting the moments build into a life well lived.

Now slap on those blinders. You have important things to tackle today!

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Sam’s Sunday Snippets – NEW RELEASE – The Biggest Poser


May the biggest liar win. Or die trying!

Personal trainer for the ever popular, Lose it! reality show, Jillie Maxwell is up for the most important award of her career. And she’s competing against the biggest b-eye-itch she’s ever met. Fortunately for her, she has the sexiest man alive in her corner. Problem is, each and every one of them has a dirty little secret that could tank a career.

For the contestants, the race is on to lose the most weight and win everything. For the staff of the popular weight loss show, the clock is ticking to the culmination of their lies and the possibility of losing it all.

Will the Biggest Poser win? Or will the lies just grow and grow until they sink the whole show? Only one thing is certain. Whatever happens, it’s gonna be an entertaining ride!


“You know something, don’t you?”

Brandt glanced toward the lake. “I do. I’m sorry I didn’t tell you…but it wasn’t really my place to share it. I kind of figured Anne would have told you anyway, since she told me.”

Jillie sat forward, eagerly searching his face. “You’re scaring me, Brandt.”

He shook his head and reached for her hands, lifting them to his lips. After treating each hand to a gentle kiss, he played with the long creamy brown fingers as he considered how he could tell her what he’d learned without scaring the crap out of her.


“Okay, it appears that Jillie has a secret,”

“You mean Deva!”

His gaze jerked up at the censure in her voice and he realized his mistake. “I’m sorry. Yes, I meant Deva.” He chuckled. “I apparently have Jillie on the brain.”

She looked slightly mollified, but a worry line remained between her eyes as she nodded. “Go on.”

“She might not have really trained all those Hollywood stars. In fact, it appears she might have done her training in prison.”

Jillie’s mouth dropped open in shock and horror. “Oh my God! What did she do?”

“I don’t have all the details, but she might have beaten some guy pretty badly.”

Jillie’s eyes widened in shock. “Good lord! She has to be disqualified!”

He shook his head. “Think about it, Jillie. We’ve already taped three quarters of the season and spent millions of dollars of the sponsors’ money. We can’t just throw it all away and start over. Not to mention the contestants. They can’t exactly rewind and become grossly overweight and unhealthy again.”

Her eyes widened even more as she realized the truth in what he said. “What are we gonna do? We can’t just let her win the award.”

Brandt continued to stroke her fingers, shaking his head. “I don’t know. I was hoping it would take care of itself. That Deva would lose and it would be a moot point.”

“But she’s cheating to win.”

“And somebody’s gonna get hurt. I’ve really been struggling with this. I think there’s only one thing we can do.”

She wrapped her fingers around his hands. “What?”

He looked into her eyes. “I’m going to have to tell her that we know. And that I’m going to be keeping a very close eye on her from here on out.”

Jillie stared at him. Finally she bit her bottom lip, her gaze sliding away. “That could be dangerous, Brandt. If she perceives that you’re a danger to her, she could step up the violence, even try to take you out.”

Silence throbbed between them as Brandt worked up the courage to tell her what he had to tell her. It would destroy everything they’d built together. Not to mention lose him a job and probably his dreams for the future. But he saw no way around it. If he didn’t speak up, Jillie might not survive the season.

Finally, he pulled her hands to his lips and gave them another kiss, closing his eyes and savoring the warm, sweet citrus scent of her skin. “I’m afraid there’s something else I need to tell you.”

“There you two are!” Their heads jerked around at the sound of the slightly strident tone. Nancy was hurrying toward them, her face looking harried. “We have trouble. Doctor H asked me to come get you. Arnold just had his confidential weigh-in and apparently he’s gained two pounds.”

Jillie stood, rolling her eyes at Brandt. “Crap! I really thought he was going to win this thing.” Jillie shrugged, looking glum.

“No. You don’t understand. He gained two pounds in one day. And there’s more.” She glanced at Brandt, something dark and suspicious in her gaze. “Anne found something in the kitchen.”

Brandt stood. “What? What did she find in my kitchen?”

“I think you need to come see.”



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Thursday Tidbits – Reviewer Classifications…no Really!

Reviews are wonderful creatures. Sometimes informative, often entertaining, and an invaluable tool for those of us who are adrift in a vast sea of possible reading choices. I deeply appreciate anybody who takes the time to review my work. But having said that, I can’t help observing some consistent themes within reviews. So I did some digging and discovered that there are classifications of reviewers.  Oh yes, there are. #:0) See if you know someone who falls into any of the following reviewer classifications:

The poor investigator – This reviewer buys a book outside her interest area and then gives the book 1 star for being what it is. Sample review: “I don’t usually read paranormal but I bought this because it sounded interesting. I DNF because it had weird, magical creatures in it. 1 star!”

The Confused Reviewer: This reviewer gives the book 2 or 3 stars, generally understood to mean that a book isn’t good or is just meh, and then gives a glowing review. Huh?

The Lengthinator: This reviewer often starts (and sometimes ends) her review with the words, This book was too short.  Damn! I hate it when the bookstore hacks portions of my books off after I buy them! #:0)

The Retribution reviewer: Sample review: “I HATED this book because the author’s a jerk.” #:0) 1 star for you!

The Trigger Finger reviewer: “The author mentioned spaghetti with red sauce on page 109. I hate spaghetti with red sauce.  1 star!” And lest you think I’m reaching with this one, I know an author this happened to. LOL

The Porn Star-er: The entire worth of any book this reviewer reads is judged by how much HOT sex it holds within its pages. It doesn’t matter if the book isn’t erotica and has a great plot and wonderful characters, this reviewer thinks it isn’t worth a fig unless somebody’s doing the humpty dumpty with somebody else every 3 pages or so.

The Savvy reviewer: This reviewer knows what she likes and buys only that. Or if she branches out, she takes that into consideration when she reviews the book. She checks the length of the book and the corresponding price before buying it. She judges the book on its merits. Authors LOVE this reviewer!

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