to find Patti Singleton these days.


A-Z April Challenge; L is for What the L?!


Too many L words and not enough space to write about them all.

Lucky Lunar Love…or is it Lust?

Loner but not Lonely.

Luna, our sweet dog, who was hit by a speeding creep on our country road…in front of my young children and their cousin. I kept thinking how grateful I was that it wasn’t one of the children that he hit. Much of my crying that day was about that terrifying thought.

This was during one of the many years that my last name was Moon. Typically, we had moon madness. I had a huge moon collection. My favorite was a collection of antique music lyric sheets with the moon in the title or picture. Those were cool. My plan was to cover a wall in our bedroom with them as a surprise for Mr. Moon. Never happened, but I bet those things are still in a tote somewhere. I threw away much of the moon collection after the divorce. Tossing moons in the garbage was not as satisfying as one might think it would be.

Keep your eyes on the sky this month, for the lunar eclipse tonight and the meteor showers during the 16th through the 25th.

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Patti Hall 2014

Hey, I hope you find time to check out some of the other A-Z April Challenge blogs here:


EDDD 23: Moon Talk; A Gathering of Images


Since our earliest recorded history, we have been looking up to the Moon for answers. We’ve sketched and painted the beautiful orb, and written poetry and love songs based on it. Given its size in our sky and its regular phases, the Moon has always had a significant impact on cultural language, art, mythology, and of course, calendars. Some believe that the Moon was created with the debris from a crash between Earth and another planet. I was born a Moon sign and I love that the first contact humans made with the Moon (unmanned Soviet Union spacecraft) was in 1959, 3 months after I was born. The Moon is in charge of our beautiful tides and the length of each day we are given.      P.H. 2013 PHALL PHOTOS 2013

Today in the Northern Hemisphere, we have a 20-day-old waning gibbous Moon with 74% light.

Christmas day will bring us the last quarter of the Moon.

On New Year’s morning we get a new Moon to begin our year.

On Jan 15th we are presented with a full Moon.

2014 eclipses

Full Moon
April 14, 2014 at 11:42 pm
Total Lunar Eclipse

New Moon
April 28, 2014 at 10:14 pm
Annular Solar Eclipse

Full Moon
October 8, 2014 at 2:51 am
Total Lunar Eclipse

New Moon
October 23, 2014 at 1:57 pm
Partial Solar Eclipse

Information brought to you by the site I go to for my tide chart:

A Gathering Of Moon Images…

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Every Damn Day? Who’s idea was this anyway? The culprit can be found here: Every Damn Day December at


My Favorite Writer Resource Sites, What are Yours?

The moon from my porch a few nights ago.  Click on this and be amazed. I was! PHALL PHOTO 2013

The moon from my porch a few nights ago. Click on this and be amazed. I was!

Add your great writer links and we will soon have a comprehensive community-built list! I think the value of this is sharing resources that we are using ourselves. Putting this list together gave me motivation to visit some of these resources more often, to make better use of what they offer. It’s always hard for me to maintain a healthy balance between researching and actually writing. How about you? Do you get carried away with researching and learning more about the craft of writing?


Here is my list of great sites for writers. Please leave a comment to add other great sites to this list. Also, if you find some that are right up your alley, don’t forget to check out their other social media homes; FB, Twitter, Linkedin, Google +, etc.  Freelance writers can look here for job leads, writing tips and more.  Look on the resource page for helpful writer links from a published author.  From Hope Clark’s site, “This website has been awarded as a Best Writing Website. Sponsored by Writer’s Digest,Writer’s MarketWriter’s Digest University & Writer’s Digest Shop. Selected for the last 13 years in a row.” Hope is another no-nonsense writer’s friend who has valuable resources to share.  Rachelle says about her site, “My passion is partnering with authors to bring worthwhile books to publication. I started this blog as a way to create a community of writers, both published and seeking publication. I write about a wide variety of topics of interest to writers, and I consider the reader comments even more important than my own posts.”  Anne’s is another well-known Best Writing Website. I get her newsletter and it is always helpful and engaging.  Kris is a prolific (I mean really prolific!) author and has very cut and dried writing business advise, along with other helpful writing tips. Her newsletters are very wordy, but worth every minute spent reading them. There are no pretty pictures of fluffy fill, she just gets her point across.  Writing contests, free and otherwise. Regularly updated with reliable contest information.  I love this place. I’ll use their own words to explain who they are, “We hope that everything we do benefits publishers, editors, and writers. We are concerned for the well-being and preservation of literary magazines and small publishers. Writing and editing is a business, but it is also a passion. Here we hope to promote both the well-being and community of writers, editors, and publishers. Everything on our site is a free public service.”  Elisabeth Zguta’s Indie Review list. She is friendly and has many other resources for writers.  EditMinion is a robotic copy editor to help you refine your writing by finding common mistakes. You just cut and paste a sample of your writing.   A community where you can share your writing, connect with other readers, and discover new stories and authors. Whatever you’re into, from sonnets to mysteries, from sci-fi stories to cell phone novels, you can find it all here.   Jane has an article for every writer’s interest. She is up-to-date on all things writing, publishing, and editing. She’s big, but I did find a number of broken links. No worries, because there are always more links about the same topic.  The blog is filled with great articles by a list of professionals in the business. Here’s part of their long, but worthy story, “Grub Street is the second largest independent center for creative writing in the United States. Our mission is to be an innovative, rigorous, and welcoming community for writers who together create their best work, find audience, and elevate the literary arts for all. We accomplish this by offering the highest quality classes and services for writers at all stages of development, by educating writers through the entire writing process from inspiration to publication and promotion, by putting a premium on teaching excellence, by welcoming as many writers as possible through generous scholarships and free outreach programming, by creating fulfilling employment for writers, by connecting people and ideas through writing, and by empowering writers to fully embrace new opportunities ushered in by the digital age.”  Speaking of the former listing, these folks at BTM came from Grub Street. Here’s a bit of what they are up to, “A blog, a sounding board, a daily dose of insight. It offers essays on the craft of writing and the business of publishing. There are tips on creating memorable scenes and great dialogue. Interviews with authors, editors and agents. Humorous pokes at the craft, the industry and at ourselves. Think literary magazine run amok.”   Among the best and most well-known writer’s helper on the web.   Tons of good info here. In my top three best sites for writers. As a matter of fact, many of the people on my list are contributors on this site. Okay, and all of the people I missed are also on this site! When you are done exploring the general contents, start at the top and work your way down the list of contributors on the right-hand side of the main page. See ya in a few years :>)  Preditors & Editors. A guide to publishers, and publishing services for serious writers since 1997. All writers should get familiar with this site.  Jill has some very good advice, and free or inexpensive downloads, and specifically;

Please let me know if you have issues with any of these sites.