Procrastination and Distraction

I have ONE more chapter to go to finish the rough draft of the latest book (which I'm having a heck of a time titling, but will be the second in the series that started with Such Beautiful Deadly Things).

I have said this exact same sentence for three weeks running now. Usually followed with, "I am definitely going to finish it tonight, or tomorrow, or maybe the day after." 

And I believe myself.

But then the day after tomorrow comes and I still have one more chapter to finish.
I feel like I've been wrestling with this book the whole way through - it's usually winning - and I can see I'm going to be trying to pin it down right up to the bitter end.

I do stop in to my local thrift stores now and then for a little inspiration -  and procrastination. In case you need a little distraction too, I thought I'd share.

Poor clown. I tried to do my own eyebrows once too.

I was startled at the size of this bull's...ah...horns.

I wonder what the bread is saying to her?

I have to say it doesn't appeal to me to drink my beer out of a small lederhosened-man.

Although you can fit a whole six-pack in this one. "But I only had one beer, honey."

I do like to keep my sex appeal safe up on the shelf in a jar. You never now when you'll need it.

This is how I stare at my computer screen for a half-hour before I finally give up.

Then I stretch out and think, I'll try again tomorrow to finish that last damn chapter.

But for now, I will just let my mind keep running scenarios around until I land on exactly how I'd like to finish up this - currently untitled - manuscript.


my friends.


  1. I just clicked on your link on the bloggess and have to say I love it here! I don't read a lot of mysteries because I don't like murder, but I do like the thrilling questions and clues and whodunnit parts. I see this is an old post but I really liked the clown. He died during a mysterious eyebrow accident...
    Thanks for the smiles today and good luck with your book. I'm a poet so kinda sorta get it.

  2. Thank you so much! I'm glad I gave you a smile, that's what I'm aiming for :-)

    You may like Such Beautiful Deadly Things, although a mystery, very low key on the murder part, more about the puzzle and the characters (a cozy mystery).


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Carol Ann's Corner

Carol Ann's Corner
Tips from our favorite shop keeper

Real or Reproduction

As you are hunting around for treasure at yard sales and flea markets, you will come across things that make you wonder if they are original or reproductions. It can be hard to tell.

These are a couple tip offs.

One, does it look a little worn? It should if its really antique or vintage. Even the best kept china got moved around in the cabinet, the doll's vinyl body and hair faded a bit, or the lunch box got a little rust around the hinges. If it looks shiny and new, chances are it is.

Two, are there a lot of them? If you are in a shop or flea market stall and there are ten of the items you've been looking for and haven't been able to find...they have probably been manufactured. Unless you are at a reputable dealer who specializes in that item, then you may have hit the jackpot for your particular collectible.

A good way to gauge if it is a reputable dealer is they will be happy to answer your questions about if the item is authentic or not, and how you can tell. A dealer with a passion and knowledge about that item, will enjoy explaining that all to you. A disreputable dealer, not so much.

Carol Ann Miller
Proprietor, Miller's Fine Antiques

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