The Blessings of a Snow Day

The days have moved past the holidays and on to winter weather and better news for our health. And then last week…SNOW! Snow doesn’t come often where I live. So, when the weathercasters began predicting snow, everything became more alive and exciting. Two days till Snow Day. One day till Snow Day. The morning of…

But What About The Good?

Now that we’ve made it to 2021, and so many people have proclaimed their gratitude that 2020 is over, I thought it would be good to look back on the good things that also happened. First, I need to say quickly that for me, the hype of a “new year” means little. In my world,…

Follow Your Heart

I was happy publishing Romantic Suspense for more than five years. I wrote about women I’d like to hang out with–kickass women just as comfortable riding in a limo as piloting a helicopter or riding a racehorse. Women who didn’t need a handsome prince to save them. Then, after being a part of a local…

Vicki Batman – Vintage Christmas

My mom was a crafty person. I don’t think she ever thought she couldn’t do something. I remember her making many Christmas things–a felt decorated tablecloth, sequined ornaments, Christmas stockings. Something about appreciating handmade things has always been a part of me. So over many years, I have collected those things. When I began, I…

Turtles and Cats…

“Behold the turtle. He makes progress only when he sticks his neck out.” ~ James Bryant Conant. Trying something new–even though it’s not the most natural fit–can be daunting, but might be hugely worthwhile. …or not. A few years ago, after I’d been painting kindness rocks for a while, I stuck my neck out and…

What’s your creative weapon of choice? Brushes, pens, or pencils?

Pencils? That’s what you use, Vicki? Seriously? If you ran into me working, you’ll probably see three things–4×4 ruled sticky notes, a large calendar book, and yellow mechanical pencils. Yes, pencils. I wouldn’t use a brush. I’m so not a painter like our beloved Kathryn. As for pens? A long time ago, I took shorthand….

Stop wishing your life away.

Our lives have become a constant loop of how much we want our normal back, how desperate we are to have “this insanity” behind us so we can get back to the way things were. We don’t want to ever look back at the horrors of 2020. Right? People are tired of COVID’s effect on…

I Use Music

In these times when the world is a mess, when I’m hardly able to write, when I can’t make daily trips to the ocean to get my world back in order and I’m not even painting much, the one thing I can still depend on is music. Whether I need peace, need simple pleasure, need…