When Jacob was two years old his Aunt Dee introduced him to Jim the Leprechaun.  Every Saint Patrick's Day after that, Jim always left him a pot of gold coins.  The year he turned seven he wrote Jim a direct letter asking the little Leprechaun to please leave footprints on his note along with his pot of gold coins this year.......Well let's just say Jim the Leprechaun must have been very busy that year because he only left one coin and no footprints could be found on  that ill fated Saint Patrick's Day morning......

I also need to mention this was around the time that B-daddy, Jacob's step dad came into his life.  The Golden Boy bounded out of bed that morning and headed straight for the kitchen where he left his note on the floor, so you can imagine the look of devastation on the face of the most wonderful little boy a B-daddy could have.   Bob felt it was his duty to write the following letter to the Leprechaun that would dare leave this little boy unhappy:

Dear Jim,
     We want to thank you for your measly little gift.  Obviously, you are not aware of all that we want.  If you could spend some time with Jacob, you would understand that a horse, a remote controlled Harley, a four wheeler, a million pounds of Ice Cream, a pizza, and finally CARMAN ELECTRA is at the very least what we are willing to accept!  Please try to pay attention to the wishes and demands of this precious seven year old that believes you can be "The Man",  if you can provide these items.  If you should fail, the list will double each time until you comply.
      This is not negotiable.  We anticipate complete compliance immediately!  Any questions, shove'em and give the boy the loot he deserves!
                                                                          Warm Regards,
                                                                           Jacob's B-daddy

The moral of this story you may be wondering......It really doesn't have one.....just a warning to Leprechauns around the world......it's a lot easier to step in some green ink and leave a few footprints than screw around with the B-daddy of the Golden Boy!


Let me start this post off by saying I started it yesterday! This leads me to my post subject today. A few days ago Talina and I were having a venting session about never being able to sit down and write without something coming up. It made me recall a statement my dear hubby asked the other day. “How long does it take to write a novel anyway?” OKAY STOP RIGHT THERE! So with that being said the following events took place on Sunday as I sat down with the intention of blogging on both blogs and then writing on my WIP.

I got up straightened up the house while Bob and the Golden Boy did their own thing. I knew at some point I had to go grocery shopping because I had promised a Sunday dinner with all the fixings. I had just sat down and had my blog page opened, then I hear,

“Hey mama, when are you going to cook dinner?”

Knowing that the Golden Boy was on his third snack since lunch, I look over my glasses and say, “Jacob, are you hungry already?”

To which he replies, “I’m starving.”

So I get up throw on clothes and makeup and run do the dreaded deed of grocery shopping with B-daddy in tow. I get home put up the groceries, then put the chicken in the oven. While it is baking, I again sit down to write. I get a portion of the way through when the oven bell dings. I stop typing and get up take the now baked chicken out of the oven, batter it and throw it into the frying pan. Since I’m already up, I then mix the broccoli casseroles and pop them in the oven and clean up my mess. I hurry and sit back down again before I lose my train of thought, but not for very long.

Now, Jacob is in the middle of a melt down because Verizon’s phone service had a blimp and for a little while no one in the state of South Carolina phones were working. Well Jacob took this as a personal attack on his three thousand text quota he must meet every month. For fifteen minutes until it came back up all I heard was,

“Mama what’s wrong with the phones they still aren’t working? Try yours mama to see if it will do anything.”

“Jacob be patient.” I say a hundred times in twenty minutes.

I’m sitting back at the computer trying to listen to everything Jacob was saying to me, talking to B-daddy when he says something and waiting for the timer to go off so I get back up and pull the casseroles out and pop in the blueberry cobbler I had mixed up. At this point it is safe to say I have totally lost my train of thought about what I had begun writing about.

This made me begin to wonder if the people in my household ever wondered what it actually takes to sit down and write anything that you have to basically pull out of thin air. Do they even realize that I have to actually be able to sit down in front of my computer or my notebook and put words on the screen? Not to mention the fact that in order to write a novel you have to create characters that doesn’t even exist, build a world that only revolves around those imaginary people, come up with a plot that involves a set of problems for your main characters, interesting dialogue that will keep your reader from tossing your novel in the trash, and oh yeah, let’s not forget the happily ever after every one wants at the end. Whew, big order isn’t it.

Oh by the way just as I had the above thought the timer went off and I set about serving dinner, cleaning up the kitchen again, tucked Jacob in at bedtime and sat down with B-daddy to watch a program together. So if you haven’t guessed it yet…………I got absolutely zero done on my blogs or my writing before bedtime.

The moral of this story you may be wondering. The next time you pick up a book at your book store as you read, appreciate the author that had the time to sit down and create it! I can promise you it wasn’t without a few interruptions unless they are locked up in a closet or on a deserted island!

And lastly, if you have someone in your life that is trying to break out in the writing world because it’s their passion and they have the gift of creating a fabulous story out of nothing remember this post the next time you want to ask them how long it takes to write a novel. Offer them a word of encouragement for making time to do all the things they manage to do as a mom, a wife and a writer. Even though they have a million things going on at once, they’re still able to create that wonderful world of make believe we all love to escape to.


For all of you who know me you know that I have one niece.  When I tell you she means the world to me, I MEAN, she means the world to me!  And no, it's not because she thinks her Mimi (myself) hung the moon and the stars in the sky and that I am a human Barbie, I promise.

 Bailee Ann started her first year of Middle School this year and she wrote a poem about it.  I would like to use this post to share it with all of my readers.  Some of you may have a child, nephew or niece who may have also transitioned from a big fish in Grade School to a little guppie in the big pond of Middle School.

                                           6TH GRADE DOESN'T FRIGHTEN ME AT ALL!

Teachers yelling,
Kids tattletaling,
6th grade doesn't frighten me at all.

Pencils breaking, 
paper tearing,
6th grade doesn't frighten me at all.

Doors slamming, 
bells ringing, 
6th grade doesn't frighten me at all 

Binders falling,
books opening,
6th grade doesn't frighten me at all.

Kids bigger,
kids shorter,
6th grade doesn't frighten me at all.

Toilets flushing,
sink water running,
6th grade doesn't frighten me at all.

Air conditioner humming,
kids snooring,
6th grade doesn't frighten me at all.

Test taking,
kids dressing out,
6th grade doesn't frighten me at all.

Homework assignments,
causing back alignments,
6th grade doesn't frighten me at all.

Not at all,
Not at all,
6th grade doesn't frighten me at all.
By Bailee Ann Williamson, 6th grader

After reading this poem it made me wonder how many other children felt the same way Bailee Ann did on that first day. I would love to hear from you and your little loved one and their first impression of Middle School. I hope for them it was like Bailee Ann's .......FEARLESS.


Hi guys it's time to unveil my NEW blog! Please visit http://www.theglasscoffin.blogspot.com/ and I would love all of my memebers of this blog to join my other one as well!  Please leave you comments and let me know what you think.  And thank you in advance to all of my loyal followers!
                                                                    Love and Hugs!


These past few weeks since I posted the re-construction of this new blog a lot of new and exciting things have happened and I wanted to share it all with you first!  I've been playing with the idea of shutting down the clothesline blog and doing a totally new one but with that being said I took some time to read back over my comments both here and at facebook about the blog posts I've done here in the past.  I also had the help of my traffic counter here at otcl that lets me know when you guys visit.  I am humbled by all of you that visit almost daily to check out what may be going on here.  It is because of that traffic I have decided to keep this blog I truly love along with its original theme.

In keeping with the theme of this blog I will continue to write about the misadventures of my life as a mom, career woman and writer.  I know that I enjoy telling you guys about some of the crazy things that happen to me like the fortune cookie incident!  I would also love in the future to get a few of my friends who are all juggling careers, children and every day life to write your verson of the day in the life of (insert your name here).  So beware you guys are about to get involved!  I want to do this because sometimes real life is just plain entertaining and besides I can not be the only one that has a day straight out of the Twilight Zone!

The second important news I have to share with you all is I have created a new blog for my writing.  I am so excited about this blog.  I have been thinking about setting it up for awhile and can not wait to see what all of you think.  This new blog will give you exerpts from my novel in the making, plus lots of information on the characters and hopefully some author guest bloggers. I would also love for you to become memebers of both blogs because this lets me see who my members are.

The new blog will be focusing on my writing as I try to complete my book and get it published. I want this blog to serve as a place to keep you informed of my progress as well as a personal journal for me as I try to take this novel to its completion.  I have so much faith and thank God every day for the gift of imagination and all I want to do is sit down with all of my friends and tell the wonderful story of Nikolas and Abby and the rest of the characters that make up a breath taking story.  I will also be asking for honest feedback from the things I post there because it will be sincere concerns I have that will have an impact on my WIP. 

Okay it's late and I have taken sleep meds to try and unload these grocery bags under my eyes so I'm not going to unveil the site until tomorrow but with that being said, I want to leave you a pic to kind of get you guys excited.  Once again if you come to realize anything when you visit here please know that you inspire me to keep forging ahead to write the greatest story in the world with my novel and to entertain you with the stories of the things that happen in my day to day life but most important I want to thank you all for being so loyal because without you this blog or the new one wouldn't exist. 

Love and Hugs,


Hi everyone!  I just wanted to take a few moments and update all of my followers what's going on here at the blog.  As you all of you know I am a writer trying to crank out my first novel as well as trying to keep my life on track;  so for all of you who have been great supporters since the very beginning (you know who you are) I wanted to give you a heads up.  There have been some big changes for me and for that reason I feel like the theme for OTCL needs an overhaul to suit the new me.

Alot of you will recall that Talina and I started this blog together and at the time it reflected the both of us.  Now however, we have both come into our own so to speak and with our new found freedoms our individual taste can now shine through(visit her wonderful blog and you will see her!)  With that being said, I am in the middle of designing the new face of this blog, something I think everyone will love and I will be extremely proud of.  While I undertake this project I'll ask for the patience of all of my readers.  I hope by the end of February it will be completed and you guys wills love it as much as I do!

There will be new and exciting things as well as more of the same fun stuff......my writing and my day to day misadventures in real life!  So please again be patient it's coming and you're going to love it I promise! Keep the positive comments going they really do help me stay motivated!
 Until then, Love and Hugs, Donna


Okay all my fellow writers and die-hard readers, here’s one of those hmmmmmmm kind of situations. I’ve been sitting thinking, “Oh you so need to blog today, but about what?” . . . While trying to get my mind in gear, I opened my folder to take a look at photographs of the real life person that shaped my character Nikolas.  While trying to find the one photo that would spark my imagination for the current chapter I need to write, I suddenly wondered if this particular mortal had any of the characteristics his imaginary counterpart has . . .

Without giving away too much of my current WIP, (everyone has to wait and check Nikolas out in his world to find out just how sexy and awesome he really is) but in saying that, here are some of the things I wondered and would love to know about my muse or even better still if my muse knew he could get away with the things his counterpart does, would he try?

1.  Does he know that cynical really is sexy and if he knew would he use it more often?

2.  Most women really do want to be nibbled on at some point.

3.  Brooding really is hot if a smirk comes with it.

4.  Taking a woman’s breath away while being close enough for her to feel yours is one of the sexiest things about a kiss.

5. Guy liner is what makes you baby!

6. It’s sexier to have your woman on the back of your Harley than driving beside you on her own

7.  A tattoo here and there doesn’t hurt either.

8.  Never be ashamed of your past, most of the time it makes the man a woman falls head over hills in love with.

Um . . .  pulls myself back to the real world!  I have to admit in this post that my muse came to me quite by surprise.  He is really the reason I picked up my story again after years of it being shelved, wiped off the dust and began writing again.  It’s not just because he is one fine specimen of a man but his story was unlike any I had came across until I read his life story.  To be the man that he is today from the life he experienced in his past is what has shaped Nikolas Raven Capriani into the character that I so dearly love to write about.

And yes ladies, in case you’re wondering—and if this book ever makes it to the shelves and I have faith it will— I’m hopping my little author ass on a plane and hand delivering a personal signed copy to my muse in person.  I hope he loves what I’ve turned him into as much as I have enjoyed the challenge!

Happy Monday everyone and here’s hoping every woman finds a man as hawt as the two I’ve written about here today and they make ALL your fantasies come true!