A great loss and unending grief – just before Christmas


My dear friend, Roger D Peterson, author and disabled vet ,a frequent hospital ‘visitor’, lost his wife of 35 years on Monday just before Christmas. Unable to pay her funeral expenses, his daughter set up a go fund me account. Please keep him in prayers through his immense grief.

Love Uganda Foundation


I feel compelled to share this ministry. No matter one’s status of faith, or none, it’s imperative to recognize the disaster in this region, and the compassion we need to pray, share, and support. Love Uganda Foundation runs an orphanage, clinic, outreach. They are hard pressed to reach all those in need. Please take time to read this.

Josh Kisakye McMillan shared this post on Facebook.

“There is a great need to reach out to the most vulnerable people of Uganda, which category includes orphans and widows in the furthest of the remote areas of Uganda characterized by shortage of water, HIV/AIDS, school dropouts due to early pregnancies, poverty, violence against women etc.
2016, we visited two regions Gulu in July and 2017 Kabale in August and we had an experience of a tough living of the people accompanied by high poverty levels. Many school-going girls had to drop out of school due to lack of pads, early child marriages among many girls due to lack of sensitization and cultural constraints thus early pregnancies, growing HIV infection rates due to low sensitization as well ignorance among the people, high levels of poverty which has affected the standard of living of the people . With us, we afforded to donate a few materials to the widows which included soap, rice, flour, clothes, shoes, as well conducted a workshop where widows were equipped and empowered in various skills that included sowing, hygiene.

On average, every widow in Gulu and Kabale looks after 8 to 10 children after the deaths of their husbands in the recent LRA rebel war, which situation today has left many of these ladies single-mothers. This is a burden as they have to clothe, feed, accommodate, educate and provide for the medical bills of their families. There are unsafe and unclean water supplies currently in the community. Being that a big part of the region is dry, the few available water sources are located far away from the communities where people stay. Therefore children have to travel long distances on foot approximately 600 meters searching for water. The children must then return back home on foot which poses a great risk to their physical safety. Most of the shelters in these areas are grass-thatched thus prone to catching fires during the scotching heat season, in cases of conflicts, they are easily burnt, thus leaves many shelter-less.
On interaction with the widows, many prefer a modern house with iron roof sheets.

Additionally, HIV/AIDS epidemic is at a high rampancy as a result of rape among young girls during the LRA bush war. Accompanied with ignorance, this has led to easy spread of the
Disease among people. Cultural beliefs where a woman can be remarried to the brother of the deceased, has contributed greatly to the high rates in HIV infection. Child neglect associated with early child marriages. Many of these children have missed out on school and other basic needs of life.

Basing on the above challenges, there is a great need to extend a hand to such unfortunate people and help save a life. Love Uganda Foundation (LUF) is offering to provide for both the physical, social and spiritual needs of these people and this is to be achieved through Love Activity programs and mission.
Love Activity project is a life-saving mission that is aimed at restoring hope among the vulnerable people in different regions of Uganda rough donating basic materials like food stuffs, scholastic materials, clothing, shoes, medications etc.

Our goal is to partner as well engage the community in this exciting activity, giving a chance to everyone to donate in every way possible.
The next mission is scheduled for 2nd -7th April 2018, as an opportunity to restore hope to the vulnerable people of Bugiri Busoga. It will offer an avenue of sharing the love of God with the community members through meeting their needs.

Join and be part of changing and transforming a life of a community.
Any donation rendered will be highly appreciated.”
With a transformed community, we can achieve a greater nation.

I been away. oops.


Whoops. Been quiet. Sorry.

December 3, 2017

Goodness. I disappeared for some time. YEP. I’ve stuck my nose into editing/rewriting/editing/rewriting Forget Me Not: Non Compos Mentis. In this heinous process, I MEAN, wonderful process … yeesh, I realize the title is no longer relevant to my story. The protagonist’s obstacle has changed. That’s ’cause the ‘original’ antagonist is different …


So, I am fiddling with some new ideas. If you have any suggestions do let me know. Thus far my favorite is The Nobody Girl. Or, simply Nobody Girl.





It’s done. Forget Me Not in paper form has been edited, reworked. Champagne? Maybe. Maybe not. Gives me a headache. So Sparkling Apple Cider works. Or anything chocolate-y.


If you’ve read my previous posts on this subject, you’ll know that I am dumbfounded with the ease of filling plot holes, rewording, and slashing unimportant scenes.


So.. uh, what I said. It isn’t a bad idea. I will do this for future works. But I’ll need an industrial-sized paper hole puncher, and bigger three ring binders…


Now it’s in a binder (a bit tight), but will be easier to fiddle with while I lovingly place my changes onto the computer version. I only wonder, how long will that process take?


While I kick back, eat a slice of cake, it’s time to head to the books I have put aside.




Pushing Back the Darkness… my next buy …


Claire O’Sullivan via Author Laura Aranda  


I hope you visit Laura Aranda’s website. Pushing Back the Darkness is a fiction about a horrible truth across the globe, human trafficking. It’s not new, it doesn’t always end in a cage or basement, and many are never free. You may see human sex slaves or slaves of labor in the grocery store, the neighborhood. They look just like your kids.


I have this book on my list of faith based fictions to read, based on our fallen world.


Of course, I almost had a spit fit when I read the main character’s name…


Pushing Back the Darkness


Author Laura Aranda


Um. So I changed my mind. Sort of.





Wait, what?


Sure, go ahead. Make fun. I screamed after printing the manuscript. What a horrible idea! I said…


Okay, so, maybe… just a bit… I may have changed my mind.


Not entirely. But. The good  news is, I can flip back and forth between page, plop sticky notes on what I perceive to be plot holes, or in need of plot thickeners…


Pull out red pen … reword some Phuzzy Phrases. Scenes that fizzle. Sentences that suck. Aren’t needed. Don’t push the plot along. Hasta Lumbago, paragraph of doom, palabras de muerte (Yes, lumbago intended…).


arnold going ape



Then when my inner Arnold is done, I’ll go back and plug the puppy into the eReader. Then plop it into a Beta group. Then, off to an editor, or grammar Nazi … I know a few…


Writing is rewriting. Then, some more rewriting. And … repeat.


Something outstanding in the mix happened. That whole ‘are you actually working…?’ question mark that occasionally crosses my husband’s face contorted into a Holy * moment. Nonchalantly, I said … this is what continues on and on until each. word. fits.


So for kicks and giggles, I pulled out different colored pens, markers and marked all over it, and now he really is impressed with the amount of work. I have just now become the Jason Bourne of dedication.


jason bourne gif


Yay, me.  Off to the salt mines…




Wow… what a great idea … not so much


FMN MSAlright. I began my experiment on printing up the manuscript to edit.


Who did this to me?


<banshee scream commences>


Okay, so it isn’t a bad idea. It’s a HORRIBLE idea. Try not to succumb to the off-beat suggestions that sound good … until you do it.


Granted, I am a paperback reader, not Kindle etc reader. But. Editing. In. This. Form. Sucks.


No. Just…no.