Stories Spread

So glad to know my stories were picked up by other outlets as well–Mississippi Today, The Clarion-Ledger online, Magnolia State Live, The Greenwood Commonwealth, and The Meridian Star!  It’s been a long time since I’ve written something that has been disseminated in this widespread fashion.  Just trying to get a message of hope out to people.

I’ve been in communication with the mom about the missing kid–she is so grateful for the attention the story has gotten–I just wish we had done it about a month earlier.

Trying to get the house in shape for me to leave Monday afternoon  I’m going ot try to sort through the stacked up laundry today  For the first time in a very long time, I don’t have the desire to go back to bed this morning.  So maybe I can get things done before lunch.  We will see.

Tonight is Homecoming so I am hoping that my youngest has a good time at the dance.  She is supposed to come home with us to get dressed up and will ride with a friend’s mom to and back home from the dance. We are excited for her.  She could have had a date if she was old enough–about three guys tried to ask her, and she turned them down.

WEll, if I’m going to accomplish anything I need to sign off.  Hopefully the rest of the day will go well.  I think it will.  Happy Friday!




Going Upstate

Going to Ackerman this morning to see someone who’s son has disappeared to do a story to spread the word about him and so maybe he will be found.  He has mental diagnoses, so that is the tie-in with my MCIR work.  I am going to talk to his mom about how his illness has affected the family and what difficulties they have had with him over the course of his life.  So we will see how that goes.

I will need to get gas and a Coke on my way out.    I coughed a little bit last night but didn’t have the acid coming up in my throat so that helped.  I’ll have the cough for a few more days then it will go away.

Trying to stay awake.  It’s so hard to stay awake in the mornings. Even when I sleep in I never feel like I got enough sleep.  I wonder why that is.

Going to see my middle child this weekend; she’s coming down to visit.  Hopefully she will be over her viral symptoms and will feel better–she’s been having congestion, etc.  So she says she is better and I hope so.  Midterms will be here before you know  it.

I guess I will try the sheriff’s office again about the missing person and try to set up an appointment with them  while I am up there if I can’t talk to who I need to on the phone.  Hope everyone has a good rest of the week and a good weekend.


Pay Dirt!

I pitched an article yesterday to Parhelion Literary Mag and they accepted it!  I’m going to write about the MS Book Festival that I went to last weekend!  I am really looking forward to this one. I’ll talk about me and Mary Jane and the authors and all that we went to.  Not sure if I actually get paid, but it is a good name and I need all the encouragement I can get.

Aaand I got a very sweet rejection from Typishly.  Good dialogue, good story. Just not quite enough of something unspecified. But I don’t feel bad because they are as always so nice about it.

So school starts tomorrow also and I am looking forward to that. Hopefully I won’t get too  overwhelmed with that.  My main class only has two books, but I’ve never had this professor before so I don’t know what to expect in the way of workload.   And I know I’m behind the 8-ball on the other class; c’est la geurre.

And I finished a scene yesterday on my new fiction.  I started at the end–now I’ll go back to the beginning and see what to do with that.  I’m going to work on it as long as I am still excited about it.  We will see how long that lasts.

Hope everyone has a good day and a good rest of the week.




SO I held my first-face-to-face interview with someone for my new stories.  I think she’s going to be a good one.  I have it all written down and now just need to arrange and write it up for publication.  We will see how it goes.

Saw Candy this morning for breakfast.  We had a good talk about stuff going on.  I’ll see her tomorrow to when she comes by, but I just wanted to get together with her for fun and have a good time talking.  So that was a nice way to start off the day..

I am so sleepy now that I am back at the house.   But I need to keep moving to do everything that needs to be done.  I’ll do laundry really quick and while that is running, I will make more phone calls.  See what else I can dig up.

Our youngest has been with her grandparents all weekend–my parents are supposed to bring her back today.  We have had a good time whlie she was gone–we went to the MS History Museum and enjoyed that.  TOok us about four hours to go through everything so that was most of Saturday afternoon. We really enjoyed all the exhibits and everything that was set up in there.  They kind of had to chase us out–we were still there really close to closing time.

Guess I will run and get everything moving.  WIsh me well putting everything together,




I found out some details on what I will be doing, reporting for the Mississippi Center for Investigative Reporting.  I am to work up stories that they ask me to do on a freelance basis, with better pay than I’ve ever received for individual stories, on mental health. I have four initial stories I’m going to do, one of which is the personal column they already have–the others on other patients in varying situations in Mississippi and another on available helps for families and patients in Mississippi.

She is already talking about a second phase of stories depending on funding to do more, but I think this is going to work for now. I am still really excited about where this work can go and help people.

SO we will see how this works out. It’s not a long term project right now because they did not get that grant.  But I will do my best on these stories and see where they lead.

Gotta run pick up my daughter from band camp.  Hope everyone has a good day!

Reporting Already

I haven’t had my meeting yet with MCIR, the group I’ll be writing for, and they already love my work.  The editor asked me to do a column on my mental health journey, and I decided to focus on my first hospitalization and summarize from there.  She absolutely loved it when I sent it to her.  SO I think this bodes well for everything.

So we will see tomorrow how things turn out at the meeting.  I am so excited about this opportunity.  Doing this will also help me with my thesis project, the memoir, because I will be doing some facts-and-figures research which I can then apply to the memoir to make it more informative then just my story. So we will see how this goes.

I am awake this morning, but just barely.  I need to start laundry soon so I will get going on that. Our sink in the kitchen is leaking, so I need to wait on the plumber this afternoon to come fix it or at least check it out and see what to do.  WE also need our fence redone and the garage door checked out–it is sticking when we try to lower it.  So that’s all got to be managed.

And I have been feeling really good lately, I think I’m more awake because I’ve been drinking sweet tea instead of Cokes through the day.  I may just have to start buying sweet tea at the grocery store and  drink it in the mornings to stay awake.  We will see how it goes.  Hope everyone is having a good Monday so far.



You remember the people who were waiting on a grant to be awarded before they could hire me?

It didn’t come through.

So now they are wondering how to fund hiring me to do those mental health stories I came up with.

So we will see what they say before I get too depressed about it.

But things do not seem to bode well for me to work this fall.