Amazon Horrors

Published September 17, 2014 by Patricia Snodgrass

Yes, I know, I’ve railed against the indie publishing industry. And I still stand by what I have said. However, even I can tell there are certain advantages to indie publishing that can be used to further one’s writing career. And this is where Amazon Horrors comes in.

So, I’m indie publishing my shorter works, and you can find them under the tab AMAZON HORRORS The stories themselves are relatively short, long enough to read in a doctor’s or dentist’s office. And I did my best to keep the pricing to a minimum and still be able to get a little pocket change out of the deal. :)

Will it all be horror stories? No, I do write in other genres, but for the most part, yeah, there is a lot of horror in here.

How I maintain a work-life balance.

Published September 14, 2014 by Patricia Snodgrass


This is an excellent post by Nessbow on prioritizing your workload without freaking out, and not allowing yourself to get sucked into ‘people pleasing.’ Bravo, Nessbow, you said exactly what I needed to read this afternoon. <3

Originally posted on Nessbow:

When I got news that I had secured a full-time job, I was seriously anxious.  I was concerned about how I was going to manage to find time for all my hobbies and still get to see my family and friends.  I was also nervous about my mental health.  I manage my mental illness with a combination of CBT strategies, diet, exercise and self-care activities.  I was extremely worried that when I began working my mental health would suffer if I didn’t have time to nurture myself.

But three months have passed and I feel pretty good about where I’m at.  I haven’t had a nervous breakdown, I’ve managed to foster my most important relationships, my blog and shop are still going strong and my home isn’t falling to bits.  I’ve learned a few things about maintaining that ever-elusive work-life balance that I’d love to share with you.




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I got A Round Tuit

Published September 14, 2014 by Patricia Snodgrass

Well, I finally did it. I’ve been meaning to upgrade the site for a while now,especially adding new information in the tabs section on top of the page. The first thing you’ll notice is that I changed the color and texture of the pages.  I added a new meditation timer, more information on my Root Guru, Lama Jigme, plus added a tab for my Gelug guru Tsem Tulku Rinpoche. I added a new tab for Sci-Fi Saturday and I updated my writing projects as well as added the back list to all of my previously published books.. I also added some links for the Enlightened Fitness tab and I will add my Fitness Pal to it later.

There is still gobs more stuff to add, especially new articles and such, but it’ll keep till later tonight when I can find another round tuit.

a round tuit

Right now, I need to cook. Boudreaux, our mini schnauzer, just reported a ‘hungry. ;)

Lilith, the Poke Salad Tree

Published September 14, 2014 by Patricia Snodgrass

Although, with thorough blanching, poke salad leaves are edible, I never got past the skanky smell and bitter taste. My taste in fresh leafy greens comes in the form of delectable baby spinach leaves (fresh, of course, not that horrible glop in the can) and collard greens providing the leaves are small and properly steamed. But poke salad was something I never could get used to.

I do like the look of a poke salad bush, and when one appeared in my canna bed two years ago i deliberately ignored it. When it died back in the fall John asked me, “are you going to get rid of that thing?”

Poke Salad

So I did. I honestly didn’t expect to see it return, and so robustly, the next year. But it grew tall and healthy, something even the neighbors were surprised at seeing, and it provided a small shade and berries for the birds. And I think the berries are quite pretty, so I left it alone to die back on its own.

This year, the poke salad bush passed the bush stage and has now become a rather bushy tree. One of my friends, who dropped by just a few minutes ago, mar elled at its size.

Instead of digging up the roots and killing it properly, I think it should be a regular feature in my garden.

In fact, I am so fond of it I think I’ll name her Lilith.


Change the Theme, the tutorial said…You can always change it back, it said…

Published September 13, 2014 by Patricia Snodgrass

Originally posted on The Only Buddhist in Town:

No. no you can’t.

I know this because I just spent the better part of my evening trying.

You see, all of this went down because I hate pink.

Really. Really. Really. Hate pink.

And this, of course, is the color my mother dressed me in. Often.

So I’d go to school looking (from my perspective) like a Pepto Bismo bottle.

My mother and aunts thought I looked darling.

My school mates….not so much…

I don’t think that I was hated so much for wearing pink, and I don’t resent my mom for committing this atrocity upon my person. She loved the color, and because I was strawberry blonde, she surmised that I could look good in pink.

What she didn’t account for was the sallow undertone of my skin. Being of Native and Euro extraction, my skin tends toward a mottled yellow.And this became especially apparent when I spent…

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Strange little blog site.

Published September 13, 2014 by Patricia Snodgrass

If you’ve dropped by in the past few minutes, you’ve noticed I’ve been doing some renovations. I was tired of the black format and wanted something else. I had kept the Strange Little Town format for a few years and liked it a lot, with the exception of the pink background. And those who know me well, know I’m not a pink person. I’m a gothy black kind of person.

I loved the quirky little town and the stars, which seemed perfect for my personality, but…

I hate pink.

I really really hate pink.

Did I mention I hate pink?


So, I thought I could change the background to say a soft teal or periwinkle, and I did, but when I started tinkering with the customization, the town and the stars vanished.

I’m hoping to go back to that, but so far haven’t figured out how to return to the default settings.

Dammit, and I liked that theme, too.

So I guess for the next few days I’ll be tinkering on the site and see if I can get it the way I like it. If not back to the original theme, then to something more to my liking.

Damn, but I hate pink.


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