The Times.. They are a Changing!

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This will be a personal blog post. So much has happened recently and I need to bring you up to date. On January 1st my second book was released as an e-book on Amazon, Smashwords and Barnes& Nobel. This was an exciting event as I have four books complete in the series and wanted more of the story available for …

In Memory of Anne McCaffrey

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On Monday, November 21st our world, our realm, lost a lovely voice in story telling. Anne McCaffrey has left us. Though we all realize that death is inevitable it is with a moment of poignancy that I recall a piece of the harper’s song from her Dragon Rider’s Series: Your voice is sad and your hands are slow And your …

Interview..Part 2

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~ News from the Independent Truth~ Author has to answer to readers! Independent Truth: Your first book The Unraveling, has been out a month. How are people relating to this story on a different world? Are they frightened? Ms Barbo: As you know I have assured everyone that the planet Ose is very Earth-like. It doesn’t have weird animals that …

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There have been some questions about my planet OSE on which the Sage Seed Chronicles takes place. Someone wrote that because it isn’t Earth they weren’t sure that they could relate to the stories. So I thought I would reassure you to the familiar and introduce you to the difference. Here is the map of Ose. I have flattened it …

Where Did the Story Come From?

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People have asked what prompted me to write this series. Where did the inspiration come from? Well.. the human brain is a very complex thing and the recipe creating Erin and her world was totally unconscious. You see, I never intended to write or to be an author. I was working in my store.. actually nothing much was happening in …

A Writer’s Antenna

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Somehow June got away from me and I’m not sure if July will be better. That doesn’t mean that I haven’t been thinking of the blog and the quirky nature of what captures our attention as writers. My antenna can go up with a turn of a phrase or a descriptive word that I haven’t heard in awhile. I wrote …

Getting Unstuck!

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I am artistic and creative. There was a time that I designed counted cross-stitch. I was doing it for fun as my baby napped. It was my down-time and I enjoyed it. Later my designs were picked up by a nationally known company. At first they loved what I created and I was nominated for an industry award. After a …

When Yielding is Wise

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Last summer I was writing a new story. There were elements that I really liked but I hadn’t totally worked out the whole concept of the book. It was about a third done in its draft form when my mom died. Through the ensuing weeks the writing was set aside. From May through August I only wrote about three or …

The Ah-Ha Moment

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One never knows what will trigger that moment of inspiration or reflection. Sometimes it is reading a particularly well written passage. Perhaps it is seeing a thought provoking interview or hearing a song lyric that grabs you. For me, this last week it was all three. I read a blog from my friend Luke (http://allyourstarsareout.com/). He has been pretty profound …