Shakey S. Smith

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Branching or Blame my June birthday

Posted by [email protected] on July 8, 2014 at 5:40 PM Comments comments (0)

I will be tackling the Dupee Family Tree in the next few days

There is a genealogical style family tree that Mary created for me.There are a lot of characters.  I, myself, enjoy reading books with lots of characters. I grew up on Wodehouse and the Oz books, lots of interlocking characters and that is the way I see the world. —well, I draw the line at “100 Years of Solitude.” 100 characters named Jose? I won’t do that to you. I do not have Garcia Marquez' ta...

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Posted by [email protected] on July 4, 2014 at 10:50 AM Comments comments (1)

The house thing is really getting to me. Today is the 40th day that Anne and I have been living at my sister's house.Things are going smoothly enough but It is a nerve wracking situation. The house is so close to being ready but now it seems that the contractors have jumped ship. I have been going to water and check on the house but nothing is getting done. This is exactly what I dreaded. The contractors are good at their job but have so many other jobs that mine doesn't get top billing. They...

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WAMM Contest

Posted by [email protected] on June 27, 2014 at 11:50 AM Comments comments (0)

So I am posting the link again :

The letter is in my latest photo album--Promo.

Yes the World Wide Web Is Great But You Make Me Salvivate

Posted by [email protected] on June 27, 2014 at 12:40 AM Comments comments (4)

Kip's crooning to one side, I am not so sure I can adapt  to life on screen. Until last week, I wasn't even sure it was necessary. Screen time takes away from writing time. All I really want to do is write.  Nowadays it isn’t enough.

Recently I entered a contest that required a hard copy manuscript be mailed in—to the Post Office I went, with SASE, cover letter and manuscript envelope. The postal worker weighed and stamped both envelopes and postmarked them, jus...

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Walking My Nephew

Posted by [email protected] on June 25, 2014 at 1:05 PM Comments comments (0)

My sister is out of town for a few days and I have temporary custody of their Westie, Doogie. Now Doogie and I have never really bonded which is strange because I dreamed him a few days before she found him, but that is another story.

I think we haven’t bonded because Doogie is a timid soul; more of a heel nipper than a barker. My dog,Molly,  Doogie’s departed cousin, was a Jack Russel and an entirely different cup of doggie tea. She had no problem barking her mind, a...

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Posted by [email protected] on June 24, 2014 at 12:00 AM Comments comments (0)

I am a displaced person. My house is undergoing a major but necessary renovation. The walls and ceiling, wiring, roof and floorboards are being ripped up. I have been dreading this since I bought the house 5 years ago. The price was right but there was a lot of work to be done. This particular nightmare was supposed to take 6-8 days so we scheduled it for summer vacation. We are going on our 25th day with no end in sight.. I have been living with my sister in another county, trrying to write ...

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Getting Serious

Posted by [email protected] on March 12, 2012 at 12:00 AM Comments comments (0)

I have another novel out. This one is called "Six Hearts; Seven Stories." It centers around the Charles and Elena Dupee family. Charles is Cy Dupees younger brother. Charles and Elena are aunt and uncle to Lauren, Freda, callie, Meggs and Clyde. Their sons, Ira and Sandy, are first cousins, although much younger.

I like this family because ...well, because Elena is a hybrid of my mother and my sister. She says the goofy things they have said. They are a little more upscale than the oth...

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Joy to the W.

Posted by [email protected] on January 15, 2012 at 7:25 PM Comments comments (0)

Some major family drama over the holidays. I don't want to talk about it or even remember it. Things are calm again and that's all that matters. The tree was a pain, not at all what I wanted to deal with at the time. It didn't go up until the 24th. Our ornaments were spread out over two counties--a scavenger hunt to find them. It was a new tree and too expensive. Anne and I put it together backwards twice before we got it right but working together we did it.Once the lights were on the whole ...

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The squeeze is on

Posted by [email protected] on December 2, 2011 at 9:20 AM Comments comments (1)

Thanksgiving has come and gone. The schoolyear is chugging towards Christmas break. Don't ask about the tree. I don't even know where it is at the moment. Usually have all my Christmas shopping wrapped and ready by Thanksgiving. Not this year. So much has happened, so much I haven't had time to record. The time squeeze is on. 

I'm not doing any creation writing. I have ideas, i see scenes and hear dialogs in my head but I don't have the time to write them down. Sad to say but my w...

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Nurse/ MH Counselor/ Prison Guard/Spanish Teacher

Posted by [email protected] on November 20, 2011 at 12:05 AM Comments comments (0)

Turns out I can run an infirmary for sick kids and teach Spanish--also proof term papers and essays and sponsor the scholar's bowl team  in my spare time. This week wasn't nearly as rough as last week. In fact the latest exams were passed by all with only three C's. Now that we are finished with the Chapter Tests, the kids and I have been going on Google Earth searching places that we know or have read about. We found the street corner in Parral where Panch Villa was shot down. We could ...

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