The Mess That Is Me


The Mess That Is Me is merely my unique observations about this crazy world that surrounds us and how I fit into it. Here I will share parts of my writing process and fears, some of our travels and reports of our events, and even about our quirky family. So grab a cup of coffee, settle back, and see what lies within this twisted mind of mine.

January 24, 2017

Rhychard Bartlett has a secret, a very big secret. We’re not talking about what he bought his mother for her birthday or whether Santa Claus is real or not. (For the record, Santa Claus is real. The North Pole is part of the faerie world.) No, we’re talking about a sec...

June 2, 2016

Fifty. The big 5-0. 50. It doesn’t matter how I say it or how many times I say it, I still find it hard to believe. I mean, wasn’t it just yesterday I was popping zits and waiting to see if my tux was ready for prom? How could I be turning fifty already? Hell, I still...

May 19, 2016


(Originally posted at The Mess That Is Me January 2012)


In 2004, our area was hit by four hurricanes spaced two weeks apart.  It was during the aftermath of these storms that my love for porches began and they in turn became my sanctuary.


Charley was the first st...

May 9, 2016

Six years ago, Sarah found herself in a hostile work environment. The manager of her company was a controlling, domineering man who tried to insinuate his way into the nooks and crannies of his employees’ lives as if he had a right to control their personal time. If th...

April 21, 2016

(Originally posted at The Mess That Is Me April 2011)

The world is fascinated with vampires right now. The Twilight series, True Blood, Kim Harrison, Laurel K. Hamilton, Anne Rice, Buffy and Angel, all of the neck biting, blood sucking fantasies that can be had are re...

January 4, 2016


(Originally posted at The Mess That Is Me 01/11)


It’s a fight every week.  Actually, it happens twice a week because garbage pickup occurs every Tuesday and Friday, but still it’s a battle being waged.  Recycling is picked up on Wednesdays but I can understand that b...

August 10, 2015

Wow! New Orleans was a blast and we want to thank everyone who came out and saw us. From the moment we arrived it was a whirlwind of activity and excitement. We stayed at the Holiday Inn Superdome and, outside of housekeeping––they wanted to do as little as possible an...

May 28, 2015

(Originally posted at The Mess That Is Me on September 7, 2010)


They say I’m quirky, whatever that means.  When I think quirky, I tend to think of older people who are starting to lose their anchor to reality by wearing bedroom slippers with their shirt and ties to Oli...

March 30, 2015


This past Saturday was a blast for the girls and me as we attended the Authors for Authors Book Signing Event, our first book signing since we began this road of indie publishing. We purchased the swag, ordered extra copies of the books, had a banner made and a table...

March 9, 2015

It’s easy for me to get confused. I mean, I share a home with three ladies who have divvied up the chores and I have a hard enough time remembering what day of the week it is, so remembering who is cooking that night is even more of a challenge. They have menus that th...

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