Monday, May 19, 2014

I've Been Sneaking Around: Confessions of a Split Personality

It's true, I've been sneaking around. I didn't mean to hide it from you, I really didn't, but sometimes you just gotta have a little something on the side, you know? Shake life up a bit. Enjoy an escape from reality. Exit the pressures of nonfiction. A little side trip into the realm of fiction writing.

(What did you think I was talking about?)

It's true, I've been doing some writing on the side. A lot, actually, and it's been going on for years now. My fiction writing days started when I was a wee girl of eight years old. The first long story I have is in an old vinyl coated notebook emblazoned with the word "Disco!" The story is a poignant tale of a rabbit and how he got long ears. It has never seen the light of day.

Neither has any of my fiction, for that matter, until several months ago when I published my first collection of funny short stories. Where are they, you ask? Why have you not been informed? Here's where my confession comes in: I've been writing under the name of Michelle Sandoval when no one was looking. I'd contemplated sharing this with you from the beginning, but the stories that this Michelle character writes are sometimes a bit edgy. There are no herbs involved. And some of her characters even swear.

The first book is an original and unexpected title. It is called This Book is Funny: Humorous Short Stories, Satire, and Scripty Sorts of Things. Most of the stories are quite short, just perfect for reading on your Kindle while waiting in line at the store or sitting on hold to yell at your internet provider who has one more time screwed up your bill, so in order to get your heart rate back down while listening to their crappy hold music, you feel the need to read something humorous to ease the tension building behind your eyeballs.

Secret Sandoval Book #2 is called As Luck Would Have It: Stories of Humor, Pathos, & the Occasional Farm Animal. These stories are still funny but a bit longer and a bit more sentimental, set in the era of the Great Depression. And there's a super cute donkey on the cover. Okay, it's a mule. I know it's a mule. But do you have any idea at all how difficult it is to find a good photo of a donkey? I came an inch from stealing one off the internet, or just plain stealing a donkey and then photographing it, but then I'd really have something to confess to.

Now that the secret is out and my soul is cleansed, it's time for me to go back to work. Ms. Sandoval wants to take over and work on that humorous mystery novel we got going. And I plan on converting her to green smoothies, but she's resistant, this one. I think she's hiding Oreos under the desk.

Wednesday, April 9, 2014

Pueblo & Company Grand Opening! (Even Stuff Handmade By Me)

The Purple Panache Hand Beaded Egg
If there's one thing I love to do, it's start a new venture, so I'm beyond excited to tell you about Pueblo & Company. It's our new little shop, and it features handmade items by artists of the Southwest. And just in time for Easter, you can even find hand beaded eggs I've designed and created. I make the eggs by attaching one glass seed bead at a time onto a real blown out chicken egg, so the overall effect is delicate and shimmering. They make perfect Easter gifts, but they're also nice for bird lovers, collectors, and for that person who has absolutely everything and you're tired of trying to figure out what it is they don't yet have, would love to have, and will be surprised to receive.

What else is at Pueblo & Company? So glad you asked. We've also included pieces by well known Hopi and Zuni artists from New Mexico and Arizona. The earrings are stamped with the artists' hallmarks, and the animal fetishes are one-of-a-kind beauties. If you don't find the Native American piece you're looking for, please drop me a line at themommyspot (at) gmail (dot) com and tell me
Zuni Bear Fetish by Artist Emery Eriacho
what it is you'd like. The artists have boundless designs and talent, and we'd be happy to find just the right jewelry piece or animal fetish for you. Note: The apple coral bear fetish is SOLD, so if you like him, let me know. No two are alike, but the artists have numerous bears, rabbits, birds, lizards, turtles, and more. Too many to mention, each one gorgeous.)

There's plenty to check out in our little shop already, and lots more to come, including peyote stitched amulet bags and bracelets, handmade solid fine silver earrings and pendants, and lots more. I'd be honored if you stopped by the shop to take a look! Visit Pueblo & Company, online at Square Market, and we'll be sure to get your favorite pieces shipped to you in time for Easter.

Tuesday, March 18, 2014

Mother Nature's Baby: The Essential Baby Guide to Natural Cures & Chemical Free Living - Available on Amazon Now!

I'm thrilled to announce that my latest book, Mother Nature's Baby, is now available for Kindle on Amazon! (Paperback versions should be ready in a week or two.) Many of you have requested a book on natural baby care, so this one's for you.

In this book, I cover everything from teething and colic to breastfeeding and lactation. There's also a helpful section on natural housecleaning, including my own recipes and home remedies that replace household cleaners with natural solutions, cheaply and effectively. You'll even find several health and beauty remedies perfect for the pregnant or nursing mom!

Thanks to all for your continued support and ideas! And a special thanks to my talented friend, Ann, of Ann Troast Photography, for honoring me with the use of this gorgeous baby photo of her even more beautiful baby.

If you get a chance to read Mother Nature's Baby, I'd welcome your input!