My Joyful Woe

Skies of glass
Of dewdrop stains
A satin sash and
Window panes
Your ghost is hollow
Haunting past
It longs to haunt me
Make it last
Make it whisper
Call my name
Blessed be
The blessed saved
Joyful woe
I revel there
I revel yonder
Spirit bare

Written June 28, 2013
as I reached a crossroads in my life

bright trail
Skies of Glass

The Dance

Step, step
One, two
Back up
Not so fast
Take it down
Before it takes you

-Written on July 3, 2012
as my heart sensed something
wasn’t quite right with the relationship I was in


Midnight in Paris

Stillness, like a heavy cloak, stretches around me. Hugging myself, I amble toward the parking lot. My ears detect the sound of rushing water. A fountain sits at the center of the plaza.

lit pathway
Lamp Unto My Feet

I pause, listening. Watching. Lights reflect off the glossy streams cascading through the stone fountain. This place is like a dreamscape, a sweet little bubble I’ve fallen into for a short time.

Too short, I think to myself.

Late-night stroll, after a late-night movie

Sighing, I climb the cement stairs that lead to my inevitable reality. The sound of the fountain fades, and the rush of cars speeding along a freeway replaces the dreamy little world I’m leaving behind. The wind kicks up, nestling into the folds of my clothes….


And then I’m back. In my car. Heading home. My little excursion was nice while it lasted.

-Written August 17, 2011
after seeing Midnight in Paris


I knew pretty much nothing about law enforcement (structure, procedures…basically, zilch). So when the AWAKEN series (originally a YA Romance) turned into more of a YA Thriller amid necessary plot changes, I panicked.

jacques was worried
Don’t worry, Jacques. Mommy is reading Sgt. O’Donnell’s book now.

I checked around with different people I knew, wondering where to go or what to do. Then a writer friend suggested Patrick O’Donnell’s Facebook group COPS AND WRITERS. I had no idea O’Donnell had written a book (also called COPS AND WRITERS). As soon as I found out, I purchased it.

This book has given me a great foundation for learning about cops, cop life, and some of the things police officers go through on a daily basis — everyday struggles that are part of the job, tragedies they may face, as well as the lighthearted side of things (cop humor, kindhearted citizens, etc.). I want my series to be authentic, to have believable characters. This book has definitely been helping with certain aspects of that.

kay approves of this book1
The stories are entertaining and informative

If you know a ton about cop life and/or if you’re already knowledgeable about law enforcement (how things work, etc.), Patrick O’Donnell has a second book you might want to check out. I’ve heard it has more advanced material (do double-check that, but that’s my understanding).

However, for the price, I would say getting both is still ideal. In addition to being informative and entertaining, the stories in this first book have fueled my creative juices. I’ve been re-thinking how to execute certain scenes in order to give the writing a more organic feel.

jacques and kay2
Jacques is inspired. He’s ready to the hit the streets!

I’m not where I need to be yet (knowledge-wise) in order to finish book two in the AWAKEN series, but I’m getting there. My plan is to purchase the author’s second book, as well, and see how far that takes me.

Overall, the book is a great value and is very entertaining. It’s not exactly travel-related, but if it was, I’d give it 5 Backpacks out of 5.

P.S. Jacques says he likes it, too!

jacques and kay cops and writers
Jacques no longer identifies as “Cousteau.” He’s more of a Clouseau. As in, Inspector Clouseau. 😉