Happy Mothers Day, Mom!

This blog is for my mom, Marian Goldberg. As I think about her, I always picture her with my dad, holding hands as they walked down the driveway. My dad passed away on March 30th and we miss him so much. I know I wrote a lot about my mom in the A-Z Challenge for Writers under the letter M. I love her so much.

As I thought about her, I was trying to think of some of her favorite expressions. Her most favorite one of all is “Fine!” (I used to say that a lot, and I’m thinking about bringing it back). My friend, Keith, and my husband, Jon, used to laugh when I said “Fine!” I don’t think my friend, Greg, has ever heard me say it. So…let me try this out. “It’s all part of the conspiracy, Nancy.” “Fine!”

Other things my mom says are “It will be okay. We’ll make it okay.”

Her prayer when we had Friday night dinners when she and my dad were still in their own home, or when they came to my house was: “We miss you, Jon, and we’ll always love you.” I’ve incorprated that into my prayers and also say that to my dad.

And mom, I will always love you! Happy Mothers Day! I wish I could think of more of your favorite expressions, but for some reason, I’m drawing a blank and my eyes keep filling up with tears.

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A-Z Challenge…last day…Z is for…zodiac

Z is for Zodiac? Do you know your characters’ birthdays, and their sign of the zodiac?

My real-life husband, Jon, was a Scorpio, and I’m a Cancer. When I based characters on us for my never-published book, “Eagle’s Lady,” I decided that Ellie would be a Cancer, and Jimmy would definitely be a Scorpio, with the stinging temper to match.

When I wrote “Mr. Short, Dark…& Funny,” I decided that Jay Galloway would be a Cancer (because sometimes he’s a crab driver–LOL) (“What’s that?” Jay said. “I’m never crabby!” “Oh, contraire, Jay,” I said. “Sometimes you are. Remember that ‘difference of opinion’ you had with Nutsie Nan?'” “Y’know…”)and Reese Elliott would be a Scorpio.

My alter ego, Vi, is working on a story called “Sagittarian in Disguise.” Her heroine is a Sagittarius, and the hero is a Libra, and likes things balanced. Here’s a sample:

My name is Michaela Brown, and I’m a Sagittarius. We Sagittarians aren’t known for our tact, so I had a fight with my sister, Van. Our big brother Dylan is trying to play the peacemaker. Family means everything to him, and we’re all pretty close. Our parents are in the real estate business, and have lots of rental properties. So my siblings and I each have our own houses near each other, kind of like “Everybody Loves Raymond.” We don’t live on the same street, just the same neighborhood in good old Southern Ohio. By the way, I’m a TV junkie, and I make no apologies for pop culture references.
Dylan and I made a bet that I couldn’t keep my opinions to myself. When Kramer took a vow of silence on “Seinfeld,” he did pretty well. I knew I could do even better than Kramer. No more telling my sister how she should dress or run her business or what I thought of her new geeky boyfriend. I still can’t understand why she got so bent out of shape when I said something about Garrett’s handwriting. How was I supposed to know he was dyslexic? He’s good-looking, and he’s got a great job as an astronomer. He just can’t spell and his handwriting isn’t pretty. He mostly uses the computer anyway, so what difference does it make?
At least she has a boyfriend. I’m minus a significant other right now, and Dylan seems to be of the opinion that it’s because of my big mouth. It isn’t. It’s because the jerk I was dating had a lot of issues. Of course, Dylan doesn’t have a girlfriend right now either. I don’t understand that. It’s my personal belief that my brother is a hunk. If he wasn’t my brother, I’d go out with him.

I guess you get an idea about Michaela’s character.
I love my heroes and heroines from Aries to Pisces.
How about you? What are your favorite Zodiac combinations for your characters?
And this is the end of the challenge!

A-Z challenge for writers…Y is for… Y’know

Y is for “y’know.” It’s Jay Galloway and my friend, Greg’s, favorite expression. When I had one of my books professionally edited, the editor suggested that I change the spelling to “yano.” I kept it the way it was–the way it sounds, y’know? I even asked other writers how they would spell it and the consesus was “y’know.”

Here are some lines from my books where Jay Galloway says “y’know”:

Mr. Tall, Tan…& Tasteless”:
Oh, boy, Lorrie thought. She knew what came after the y’know. If Jay said something like “I know where that street is, y’know,” all was well. When Jay said “y’know” first, and in a loud tone of voice, look out.

In this chapter, Scotty is trying to sneak onto Lorrie’s screened-in porch so he can lip sync a song to her, but…

Yes! He heard footsteps and lip-synched the words as someone–he thought it was Lorrie, but he couldn’t see–walked onto the porch.
“Y’know, punk, if you’re trying to rob my sister this is a ridiculous way to do it!”
(that’s my favorite line of this book, y’know?)

An excerpt from “Mr. Short, Dark…& Funny” when Reese makes chocolate chip cookies, and her dad puts hot sauce into some of them…
“I’ll try one,” Jay said. “They’ve got chocolate chips in them. How bad can they be?”
“You don’t have to…” He’d already taken a big bite of the one of the sauced cookies.
“These aren’t too…” He started coughing, and his face turned as red as the Cincinnati Red Wolves baseball cap he wore. Reese handed him the bottle of soda, trying hard not to laugh.
“Oh, Jay. I’m sorry. I hope this won’t be our last date.”
“It won’t,” he said, after a few more coughs and sips of soda. “I’ve got to meet the guy who tried to burn my tongue with these cookies, y’know?”

Poor Jay! How does he get into these situations? Oh, yeah. I put him there…
What are some of your hero’s/heroine’s favorite expressions?