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Hi. My name is Phyllis and I want to welcome you to my website. Originally from Wisconsin, my husband and I moved to Florida forty-seven years ago as newlyweds. When I retired as a school social worker, I decided do some writing. After taking on-line courses, I felt encouraged to take my writing further.… Continue reading About Me
It might not be official, but it doesn’t have to be for summer to have arrived in Florida. It’s true. It was 108 degrees in my car the other day; it has been raining for the past I don’t know how many days in a row; and it’s humid. But I’m not going to complain… Continue reading Summer Is Here
Some days it’s hard to force myself to sit down and write. So, I work on my blog or now that I’ve figured out how to do Instagram, I work on that; and the Facebook page I manage for Edify Fiction has to be kept up. Here is another strategy that I use–I take… Continue reading Motivation
It’s not. Lilacs represent a million things to me. Of course they are beautiful and have a wonderful scent. And sure, it means winter is finally gone and spring has arrived. But they represent more than that. I’ll tell you my story and maybe you have one, too. I grew up in Wisconsin and Canada,… Continue reading It’s not JUST a lilac!!
White roses are symbolic of a new beginning or of a farewell. Purple is symbolic of royalty and lavender is femininity. So what does all of this mean? The picture that you see is a corsage that my oldest granddaughter will be wearing to her senior prom tonight, given to her by her grandfather.… Continue reading Symbolism
As I’ve been posting, I spend a great deal of time promoting my work. It’s not an easy task and it certainly can be frustrating, if I allow myself to become frustrated. Like everything else that we encounter as we go through life, we have to measure our successes based on each accomplishment. “My Name… Continue reading Success As A Writer
I love flowers–all kinds of flowers. But my favorites are lilacs, peonies, irises, daffodils–and wildflowers. And roses. Okay–the bottom line is, I love flowers. I feel good just looking at a pretty bouquet, or even a single flower. Just think–they start as a little seed and bloom into something that brings a lot of… Continue reading Bouquets of Words
In one of the on-line writing courses I took, there was an assignment about why we write. I don’t remember what my reasons were at the time (after all, it has been about three years!) but I can tell you why I continue to write. Obviously my writing is not motivated by money. And that’s… Continue reading Why Do I Write?
???? That’s right. I never had a plan to write a book. My first “official” piece of writing was an assignment in fourth grade–“My Dream House.” I remember loving the story. However, it has been about 60 years (oh, my!!) and the only part of the essay I remember was the butterfly table. If… Continue reading It Started With An Idea
I don’t think that my “writing journey” is much different from yours’. I didn’t have a life-long dream of writing a novel. It’s really just something that happened–like deciding to go to school on a whim when I was 40 and six years later I had a Master’s Degree in Social Work. But anyway, after… Continue reading My Journey As An Author
The picture on the cover of “My Name is Rebecca: A Novelette” is a picture of my mother at the age of 4, taken in 1931. The story, although historical fiction, has some true stories in it that I heard while growing up. I started out writing it as a tribute to my mother’s family… Continue reading Rebecca