Sunday, September 29, 2013

The Game's Afoot!

Wondering what the St. Paul’s Players are doing this December? Elementary, my dear viewers. "A Sherlock Holmes Christmas." This one act original musical will be performed on Friday, December 6, and Saturday, December 7, 2013. Auditions are on Sunday, September 29 at 6:00 and on Monday, September 30 at 6:00 in the Good Shepherd Room Theatre at St. Paul's Evangelical Lutheran Church (located on the corner of Bull and Blanding Streets in Columbia, S.C.--please enter on the Bull Street side). Note: All ages and genders are welcome to audition. Come ready to sing, read, and move. The game’s afoot!

Monday, September 23, 2013

Greg Rawls' Quilt of Humanity

Greg Rawls and I have been friends since high school, where we spent our time working on theater productions and planning to live lives dedicated to the arts. Of course, life doesn’t always take the most direct course plotted. I went to law school and Greg had an exceptional career in public health. In addition, he developed his skills as an extraordinary artist in stained glass. This fall, he travels to ArtPrize in Grand Rapids, Michigan with his entry, Quilt of Humanity, chronicling in thirty six panels the events that drastically changed Humanity’s course. Check out his work at:

Tuesday, September 17, 2013

A Pirate Birthday

Photograph by Erin Crawford

To celebrate the upcoming publication of my short story, "Ghost of a Chance," in the Dark Oak Press/Kerlak Publishing anthology tentatively titled, A Tall Ship, A Star, and Plunder, my office threw me a pirate birthday party, complete with skull and crossbones eye patches and a wonderful cake. Arrrrrrgh good time was had by all! My bestest buddy, author Susan F. Craft, organized the event and presented me with a pirate skull cap. Her third book about Lilyan Cameron takes place on ships traveling the Carolina coast that encounter pirates. And, International Talk Like a Pirate Day is on 9/19/2013!

Photograph by Erin Crawford

Wednesday, September 11, 2013


I have a NYC skyline poster of the twin towers standing, where a TKTS booth and the famed Windows on the World restaurant operated. On September 11, 2001, I watched on television as the second plane hit a tower. I spent that day talking on the telephone with relatives about the latest news. The world changed. Now, we commemorate each anniversary as Patriot Day, when 2977 were lost by terrorists’ acts. I saw a picture of a police woman who hid in the rubble so search dogs could find a living person, not just the dead. Let us never forget.

Thursday, September 5, 2013

The AJC Decatur Book Festival

The country’s largest independent book festival took place in Decatur, Georgia, on August 30 through September 1, 2013, with more than 300 national and local authors in 18 venues.

A writers’ conference at Agnes Scott College featured Clyde Edgerton as keynote speaker. 


Three mystery book launches occurred, Diane Mott Davidson's latest Goldy Schultz mystery, The Whole Enchilada;

Charles Todd's (Caroline and Charles) A Question of Honor about Bess Crawford's family; and


Susan M. Boyer's Lowcountry Bombshell, the second in her Agatha award winning series.

Exhibitor Alan Gilbreath (Dark Oak Press) will publish my pirate short story, “Ghost of a Chance.”