Back to Blogging

Sorry I’ve been away, but now I have my blog site reset and back in business.


Last Clichés:

Drum (something) into one’s Head—To force an idea on someone by means of persistent repetition. This has been used since the early 19th century. It’s compared to drumbeats over and over. John Stuart Mills used it in his Political Economy (1848).

Let’s Be your Own Person—To be in charge of your own actions or affairs. This expression is very old. Chaucer – who often portrayed strong women—used it in Troilus and Criseyde, c. 1374.

Sign on the Dotted Line—To indicate one’s full acceptance of terms being offered. The dotted line reers to where you put your signature on an official document. Dates from early 1900s. P. G. Wodehouse used it in Indiscretions of Archie, 1921.

Tear Your Hair Out—Show extreme grief, anger, or frustration. In ancient times it was customary to show grief by literally pulling at your hair. Practice was referred to by Homer in the Iliad, with reference to Agamemnon, and shows up in other ancient writings. Shakespeare used it in Troilus and Cressida (4:2), and Thackeray in The Rose and the Ring, (1855). Now, we use it for anger or vexation, and entirely figuratively.

So, how many did you find from last post?

Unfortunately, for over half the year, I’ve been quiet as a mouse on this blog post. I’ve been traveling, dealing with family issues, and other business disasters. Hopefully, knock on wood, all are in the past, and I can get back to my writing.

I’m going to try and blaze a trail and start, not only writing on my novels, but blogging and working on social media. I don’t believe my writing is all for naught, and as you know, I include clichés in my blog post. I hope you enjoy finding them and then learning about them in the next post. I will continue to do this and will try to impart writing knowledge, also. So, I will try and write once a week and give you a mixed bag of writing information.

Until next time, check out my novels, Night Terror, and Vanity Killed on Amazon, and above all else,

Keep Writing.




Well, it’s been awhile since I’ve blogged. But, first things first.

Last Clichés:

To Take to One’s Heels—To flee. This does not refer to running on your heels. Can’t run fast that way. But, the heels are what you see of a person who turns tail and runs. See Shakespeare’s Henry IV, Part 1 (2:4). John Ray used in his 1678 proverb collection, but in the 19th century used with Sir Walter Scott and Robert Louis Stevenson, among others as clean pair of heels not fair pair of heels. This current version dates from the 19th century. Henry Thomas Riley (1816-78) used it in his translation of Terence’s play Eunuchus.

On the Beam—On course or on the right track. Originated about the mid-20th century when aircraft began to be directed by radio beams. Of course the opposite would be off the beam = wring or incorrect meaning. Both expressions used in other enterprises.

Change your Tune—to change one’s mind, switch sides in a controversy, to reverse your views. This is very old. John Gower wrote it in 1394 (paraphrase=now sing another song). Actual phrase used in a ballad about Robin Hood (one of the child ballads) from about 1600. Also Samuel Beckett used in his novel, The Unnameable (1953) “…faults, but changing my tune is not one of them.”

So, how many did you find? For those of you who are unfamiliar with my Blogs, I always use come clichés and the next time, tell you where they originated from.

Of course my best-laid plans are always to write on this blog once a week. But, as you can see, the last blog was in December, 2015.  Sometimes life just gets in the way and I don’t write on this blog. However, I do write! And that is what is important.

There’s no unwritten law that I must write here every week. To keep readers up, I should though. Not only should you write everyday on your novels, short stories, etc, but you should blog at minimum once a month. I don’t want to be low man on the totem pole in my writing. I want to attract readers and to do that I should write often where they can see my writing.

Unfortunately, I think about writing on this blog once a week, and even have my alert on the phone set to remind me to do it.  But sometimes, it just doesn’t get done. Every year a vow to be better. But I am human, and I do make mistakes. I try to keep you posted as to what is happening in writing and with my writing.

I’ve gone to an author showcase where I read from my new book Vanity Killed in front of 97 others. It was an awesome luncheon and experience. I also did a meet and greet the author at our local library.

I will try and keep the ball rolling by writing once a week, but I will make no promises.

For now, Keep Writing and I will try not to procrastinate!



Traveling and Writing

When you’re constantly on the go, when do you find time to write?

First things first- last clichés:

To Run around in circlesTo proceed aimlessly or indecisively; an endeavor which is fruitless. An American colloquialism – 20th Century. Patricia Wentworth used it in (Pursuit of a Parcel, 1942)

To be Unable to Make heads or tails of something – Means to fail to understand something. This term was used to denote total confusion by Cicero (Nec caput nec pedes, means “neither head nor feet”). It’s not known whether it refers to beginning or end, top or bottom, or two sides of a coin. However it has been used ever since as neither head nor tail of something, in England from the 17th Century to present.

A Man of Few Words – A person who speaks little but to the point;or a person of action rather than words. Traces back to Old Testament (“Let thy words be few,” Ecclesiastes 5:2). However it is even older than that. See Homer’s Iliad. Also John Ray’s 1678 proverb collection.

Mark my Words – Listen to me because you’ll see I’m right in the end. Term is found in the Bible – Cloverdale translation (1535), Book of Isaiah, 28:23) and has been used as an admonishment ever since.

So how many did you find?

Well, even though I don’t feel like I’m a man of the world, especially since I’m a woman, I’ve been traveling a lot. My intention to blog every week went to hell in a handbasket. Even though I was going to write a few blogs up front and be prepared to send them in each week, it did not happen.

It seems I write in fits and starts when I’m traveling. Hopefully, it’s just when I’m on the run. Do you make time for writing when you’re traveling? I obviously have to make a schedule. I have my alert on my phone set for 8 a.m. every Wednesday to write on this blog. Unfortunately, I seem to fall short of that goal. I keep promising that I will faithfully write once a week. It’s been a little over a month since my last blogging here.

However, I have been editing my second book and will send it to my editor soon. I’m settled in for a couple of months, however I will not make any promises this time. Writing while traveling is challenging, but I’m sure it can be done. Maybe not by me, but it is manageable. I even have an Ap on my i-pad to write in my own hand so I can do it anywhere. Now all I have to do is use it!

Well, until next time,

Keep Writing,

Life Gets in the Way

There should be no excuses for not writing.

But, first comes first–

Last Clichès:

Pave the Way- To lead up to; prepare for something. Metaphor dating from before 1585 for smoothing one’s course–Paving a road makes it easier to traverse. Also see James Hogg’s Tales and Skethces (c. 1817).

Kill two birds with one stone- To achieve two goals with one effort. The idea dates from Roman times, the exact expression, (unlikely not a real reality) dates from about 1600. See Thomas Hobbes (Liberty, 1656). A more feasible operation is to kill two flies with one flap (John Ray, Proverbs, 1678), but this term did not catch on.

Heart of Gold- A very kind person. This dates from the 16th Century. It was well known by the time Shakespeare wrote Henry V (1599), where Pistol describes his master. See 4:1.

At a loss (to be) – Puzzled or unable to come to a decision. See Lacon, Part 2, no. 116 from Charles Colton (c 1780-1832). Also be at a loss for something, like at a loss for words, which means that one cannot speak, think of anything to say.

How many clichés did you find?

Well, I need to get my teeth into this blogging. Life keeps getting in my way and I keep making excuses. Can’t get a following if you don’t blog at least once a week. I really don’t want this blog to be a hit or miss thing.

I want to thank those who are following me and hope you will stick with me. I won’t say that the last few months have been hectic because that would be an insult to all writers. All of us have hectic lives. So I’ll just say I will try to do better.

I try to give wisdom on writing here and pass on interesting tidbits that I’ve learned from my experiences. Trouble is, some of that learning has nothing to do with writing, but I want to keep this blog all about writing/publishing. So I may not write on the dot, but I will keep blogging about my experiences with writing.

This one is about the lack of writing, due to life experiences. I moved and have been very busy selling, packing, loading, unloading, unpacking and getting new house organized. I’ve been so tired, I can’t see beyond the end of my nose. However, now I have my new computer desk and all is sold and unpacked—all above done in two weeks!

So here I am again, on an even keel. I will try and write on this blog every week about my experiences with writing/publishing and include clichés for you all to find and then following week, explain those clichés and use new ones.

Keep Writing,


Followers for your blog

Well, first things first.
Last clichés:
let’s talk turkey – Get to the point, speak plainly.  This apocryphal tale is about a white man and an Indian hunting and then dividing the spoils.  Of course the white man said something like- either I’ll take the turkey and you the buzzard, or you take the buzzard and I the turkey; whereby the Indian replied, “Now talk turkey to me.”  Whatever the true origin, the term was around in 1840 when Thomas C Haliburton edited Traits of American Humor.

at this point – At a particular time. It began as journalistic from the simple word now. A 20th Century cliché. Another version came from sports by saying: at this stage of the game.

bed of roses – A great place, a pleasant situation. started with English poets. Today often used in negative sense.

give it your best shot – Try your hardest. Originally a military term, best shot in 16th century meant the soldiers who could most accurately shoot the enemy, according to William Safire. Mid-18th cent. shot meant attempt or try a term used in billiards and boxing. 20th century refers to politics.
How many did you get?

Are you out there blogging to your heart’s content? A word to the wise, hopefully you’re not doing it for an ego trip.  I’m writing here to vent my frustrations, to impart what little knowledge of writing I have, and to express myself.  Do I want others to read it? Of course.  One way you might create readers is to create a “subscribe to your blog” widget on your website.  Supposedly through wordpress that was going to be easy.  All I had to do was to on my left sidebar to appearance to widget and drag the “follow blog” widget over to the right sidebar.  However, there was no widget for me on my site.  Thankfully I have Blake Webster from Media Design Services, Inc. at He installed my widget for me.

Now I can have people who are interested in my blog, signup and receive an email whenever I post a new blog story.

How many of you are doing that for your blog?  I’m probably one of the last ones to do it.
Keep Writing,






First past clichés:

Do one’s own thing – To find self-expression in some activity. Term is very old–see Chaucer as in The Merchant’s Tale– it became a cliché in 1960s.  The rebels against society dropped out and “did their own thing.”  In 1841 Ralph Waldo Emerson’s essay, Self-Reliance uses the phrase “…But do your own thing and I shall know you.”

Much ado about nothing – A commotion over something small. A tempest in a teapot. Best remembered as Shakespeare’s title for a comedy.  However, the term was already known by the time he used it.

On the fence – To be undecided or uncommitted. Dates from early 19th century.  A person who cannot decide which side of fence to jump. First it applied to politics, ie which candidate to support-see John Bartlett’s 1859 Dictionary of Americanisms: “Fencering.” Since the term now refers to any kind of hedging.

       INTRO TO BLOG CHAIN: Arletta Dawdy, fellow Redwood Writers member asked me to be next in the Next Big Thing Blog Chain. Easier said than done. The following questions made me think twice about my arson novel. Maybe I’m not as strong as Arletta’s women characters from the 19th century American West. Arletta’s extensive travels in the Southwest makes the scenes and characters come alive in Huachuca Woman and By Grace. She’s now working on the 3rd in the trilogy Rose of Sharon. Her main character has many talents, but chooses a life of isolation and loneliness when she fears her psychic gifts will create more havoc than good. Check Arletta out at to know when the third book is ready.

A BLOG INTERVIEW WITH Julie A. Winrich:                 

What is your working title of your book?  I’ve been using Night Terror Arsonist for my working title, but I think I’ll use Night Terror because to me it says it all since a nightmare is a dream you awake from and it disappears.  However, a night terror is when you wake up and your dream continues.

Where did the idea come from for the book? In 1989 I went on a trip to Canada with some friends and everyone had a book to read, but me. So on a tiny notebook, I started a story about an arsonist who burns Victorian homes and was after a woman. The arsonist plays screams of the victims over the phone for her.

What genre does your book fall under? Night Terror, I thought was a simple mystery/suspense novel. But, after having Ana Manwaring from JAM Manuscript Consulting edit it, she informed me my book was a psychological thriller. Came as a shock to me so I had to do some “tweaking.”

Which actors would you choose to play your characters in a movie rendition? Good question, but hard to say. I’ve felt it would make a great movie, but never thought about who would be in it. My heroine Kathy Hellman would have to be played by a blond, short, strong, intelligent character.
Kathy’s husband, Jack the arson investigator would need a 6 foot man with dark hair, sensitive, caring, and a fearful actor.
The arsonist I would not begin to consider as that might give him or her away.

What is the one-sentence synopsis of your book? Kathy Hellman digs deep down inside to find the courage to discover the real identity of the arsonist burning Victorian homes ever closer to her own and who plays screams over the phone for her.

Will your book be self-published or represented by an agency? I’m thinking about self-publishing and doing an e-book, using Amazon and Kindle. I’m currently working with another Redwood Writer member on a book cover design and getting input for a great title. However, I will also explore finding an agent.

How long did it take you to write the first draft of your manuscript? The very first draft produced about a 40,000 word manuscript and took about six to eight months. I started writing this book in 1989. I’ve done so many edits and added scenes, I’ve lost count. I’ve decided that a writer can continue to edit even after publication. there comes a point where you have to say “enought!” and go for it.

What other books would you compare this story to within your genre? Other readers of Night Terror have said it reminded them of a James Patterson or a Ridley Pearson novel. I leave that to the critics and fans.

What else about your book might pique the readers’ interest? Aside from the arson fires, Night Terror takes place in a made-up town of Carson, which is based on the real town of Eureka, California with some changes. Eureka has many beautiful Victorian homes. This book is more than about the arsonist and his or her fires and Victorian homes, but about twisted love and revenge.


LINDA LOVELAND REID:                                          

Fellow Redwood Writer Member and friend Linda Loveland Reid’s first novel, Touch of Magenta was published in 2009; the second coming in spring 2013 is called Undercurrent: Reunion at Dillon Beach. Linda has a BA in History and Art History from Sonoma State University where she graduated cum laude in 1999, and where she is currently an instructor for an art history class she designed for the Osher Lifelong Living Institute. Linda is a board member with the Sonoma County Literary Art Guild and Book Festival. Other activities include Figurative Oil Painter and Theater Director. Linda is semi-retired from a family insurance business that she founded with her children. Linda is Immediate Past President of Redwood Writers, the largest branch of the esteemed California Writers Club. Check out her website:


Spam Comments…

Hi all,

Thanks for your suggestions on my title.

Last clichés:

Whys and Wherefores-underlying reasons. Originally “why” alluded to the reason for something, and “wherefore” to how it came to be. In 16th Cent. “wherefore” was used in the meaning of “because.”  Today, it’s simply a cliché for all the reasons for something.

For the Record-for publication; public knowledge. Originated in 20th Century. Expression appeared in Arthur Clarke’s sci-fi novel, Prelude to Space (1953)

How did you do?

Anyway, for the life of me I can’t figure out how come I get so many spam comments.  Do you get these? I had to weed through them to find real comments from you. I even have the “capta” signature to avoid them. They are really annoying.  But I’ve been told the only way to get rid of them is to not have comments at all.  They must be bold as brass to come onto someone’s website and post there comments that have nothing to do with your blog, but trying to sell their product.

No way would I ever allow the comments to be posted on my Blog and I assume neither would any of you, so why do they continue to try?  I spend minutes spamming all of their posts.  When they get spammed, do they get blocked from the website?  I’m not sure; I would like to hope so.

So how do you feel about the spam comments?  Have any ideas on how to stop.

Until next time, I’ll just keep marking the spam and weeding through to find real comments from you, and know that I really appreciate the real comments.

Keep Writing,


Your Write Time

Great, just started writing on my blog and my computer shut down, so have to start over.
I’m back from a sabbatical and having life get in the way.
I know it’s been a month of Sundays since I wrote on this blog and you might not remember that I do this thing in my blog where I embed cliches and you have to find them. Then the next time I tell you what they were. So here are last blog’s cliches:

never a dull moment – something exciting is always happening. Term is usually stated ironically when something dangerous, stressful, or unpleasant is occurring.  Started in 1930s with Royal Navy and crossed the ocean and is now used in civilian situations.

a coon’s age – a long time. It’s an American expression from first half of 19th Century. Based on mistaken idea that racoons (coon’s) are long-lived. The creatures are not, but their fur used in colonial times is sturdy and long-lasting. i.e. see the black dialect in Southern Sketches (1860).

keep my chin up – don’t lose courage. Term replaced British saying: keep your pecker up.(from 1840s) pecker was defined as “courage”.  Didn’t catch on in America because of the slang use here. keep your chin up as been used for a long time- see 1942 The Six Iron Spiders by P. A. Taylor.

So on with my blog.  My finger itches to write, however what is the best time to write?  Well, I’ve discovered that my write time is in the morning.  That’s one of the reasons this blog has not been successful.  I scheduled to write on it in the afternoon’s.  My phone is set up to an alarm to remind me.  Guess what? When the alarm went off, I couldn’t care less and usually ignored it.  I was doing something else – probably napping – and never wrote!
Well, I’m a morning person.  By afternoon, my brain is not as “strong” as it used to be in the morning and ideas don’t flow as well.  I’ve always been a morning person, getting my best writing done in the mornings, cleaning the house in the a.m., and exercising. So why should I schedule anything to work on in the afternoon?  I will change my schedule to remind me to write once a week, at least, on my blog in the morning sometime.  We’ll see how that works.

So, what’s the best time for you to write?  Can you write anytime? Do you do your best work in the evening?  Maybe that’s why you’re not getting your writing in?  Figure out your best time and then sit down and write!
Until next time….Keep Writing!

Writing on your blog

Well, bet you thought I’d forgotten all about this.  I’ve been so busy editing my novel, and dealing with life’s interruptions–there’s never a dull moment in my life–, just haven’t gotten here.  I know, that’s not good to create a following.  So, I’m reading up on how to twitter and blog and facebook.

First things firs: Last cliches:

Take my hat off–To express admiration; a form of applause.  When someone tilted his hat to another it was a mark of respect, and kind of still is even though we don’t wear hats like in the past.Dates from mid-19th Cent. In 1886 Harper’s Magazine stated: “We should take off our hats to them and wish them godspeed.”

Take it from me–Accept it on my say-so.  It’s a modern sounding phrase but used in 17th Cent.  It was used in a letter in 1641 by Thomas Wentworth, Earl of Stratford to King Charles I

Cost me an arm and a leg–Very expensive or exorbitant.  American in origin-mid-20th Cent. Source: giving up an arm and a leg for something is to costly.

How many did you find?

I know it’s been a coon’s age since I wrote on this blog, but I will try and be more faithful to create a following. How will I do that?  Obviously try and write once a week, post on twitter and facebook that you can find my piece when written, and continue trying to write on my novels, yet keep up with blogging.

Last month Redwood Writers had a speaker on how to blog a book.  Mainly it was for non-fiction, but one could incorporate it into fiction as well.  I went so far as to buy her book: How to Blog a Book by Nina Amir.  Its filled with good information and how to’s.

I may not blog my book here, but might give you insights into my novels.  One thing I learned about myself, is that I scheduled to write on this blog in the afternoon’s.  Well I know I’m a morning person, and afternoons are no good for me.  So, I’m going to keep my chin up and write in the mornings.

Find the cliches in this piece, until next time,


How do you find the time to read blogs?

How many blogs do you have bookmarked?  How do you find the time to write on your own blog and read the others?

Past Cliches:

go haywire–run amok, hopelessly entangled or break down.  Origin=2 theories: American – came from the practice of using old baling wire to make repairs which would be a makeshift solution; upheld by H. L. Mencken -the difficulty of handling coils of wire used for bundling hay, which usually became entangled.

old college try–do the best you can, even if you think it is a hopeless cause.  Slangy Americanism dates from 1930s when college football films became popular in the U.S.  one of the cheers to urge the team on. used now ironically.

in the swim–actively engaged, in the thick of things.  Term comes from fishing, where a large number of fish in one location sometimes called a “swim.”  now means main current of affairs.  Dates from mid-19th Cent. See Arthur Conan Doyle (The Stock-broker’s Clerk, 1893)

pure and simple–plainly so, without amplification or dilution.  Dates from 19th Cent. Oscar Wilde The Importance of Being Earnest (1895).

So how many cliches are you catching?  Hope you’re enjoying them.

Now back to reading other blogs….

How do you keep an eye on so many others blogs?  I keep a bookmark for my friend’s blogs and some are not even listed in there.  I just counted.  There are 32 listed and those aren’t counting the blogs from agents and some of my writing groups blogs.  So how do you run the gamut of all of the blogs and read them?  I barely have time to write anymore, let alone visit all of the blogs I’d like to.

Maybe in my old age I’m slowing down and don’t have the energy, but it’s hard for me to find time to write, work, and blog, let alone read other blogs.  Someone suggested you spend five minutes a day or maybe set aside one to to read and blog.  Think that would work?  Has anyone tried it?  How do you manage all the blogs out there from your friends, important blogs sites, etc?

Sometimes I feel like a museum piece.  I can’t even write on my computer.  I have to write on paper, then type it out, otherwise I get too sidetracked.  Maybe I’ll set a specific time aside and work on this blog problem.  Let me know how you handle it.

Until next time, Keep writing!