Posted by: S. Elisabeth M. Abbott | June 22, 2017

Stoves and Burners

I’ve always been a big fan of writing whenever and however you can. First thing in the morning before work/school/breakfast….jot down a few words on lunch break…write after dinner/before bed…write when the house is dark and quiet…

Unfortunately, I’ve discovered that my creative side is tied tightly to my emotions and if my life is in an upheaval, my creative side just simmers quietly on the back burner. Speaking of back burners, last night I was at my monthly writing meet-up and the thought came to me. Our lives are like stoves – sorta..kinda….hear me out…

The burners are made up of family, friends, jobs, writing, sewing, painting – all the different parts of our lives. Right now my personal and professional (money making) parts are not settled – well, I got a new job (yay!!) so hopefully that part will calm down – but, they are on the front burners because that’s all I think about 24/7. So my writing, sewing,- creative side are on the back burners, simmering.

I used to be able to go from burner to burner, stirring and giving each one attention. As I’ve gotten older, I tend to focus on one or two burners and let the others either simmer or the flame goes out. Which, as much as I love writing and reading and scuba diving, that’s a shame. One that I intend on correcting…

I envy those who succeed at juggling all parts of their lives in a calm, rational manner. I struggle to just juggle the immediate parts. However, I am also a big fan of ‘one day at a time’ – I try to live by that and sometimes I’m successful. Heck, I’ve made it this far, right? So, back to writing whenever I can…back to reading whenever I can…back to sewing whenever I can…one day at a time…


Posted by: S. Elisabeth M. Abbott | June 6, 2017

Been A while…

I know, it’s been a while…I took a temp job as an overnight donut/bagel baker and while I have worked overnight before, this job has drained me both mentally and physically. Friday night was my last night and while I’m glad to be done with that sleep schedule, I will miss the paycheck…sigh…

I’ve missed writing and working on FurrVille projects. No new hats or tails or stories. I really felt the drain on my creativity and it has bothered me. Hence why I’m rambling now.

I hate that jobs don’t pay enough to survive on. Most people have to have two jobs just to make ends meet. dd and I don’t live outside our means either. We have the basic bills and yeah, we just started playing World of Warcraft again, but, that’s my only escape from reality.

I am looking forward to writing and creating new hats-n-stuff so stay tuned.

Posted by: S. Elisabeth M. Abbott | March 15, 2017


I have been to so many interviews over the past two years. I’m overqualified or I don’t have the exact experience they are looking for or they decide at the last minute to promote from within. It’s very frustrating and discouraging. But, what do you do? I’ve applied to tons of jobs that go unanswered so when I finally get a call/email for an interview, I jump on it, thinking, maybe this time they will see what an awesome catch I am and fall over themselves offering me the job.

Is that too much to ask for?

A job that will pay the bills and relieve some of the stress I’m under every month. Once I pay the bills I think I can breathe until I remember, it starts all over again on the 1st….sigh…such is life right?

I feel like right now I am existing…not living. Kinda hard to live your life and enjoy things when you are stressed about paying bills or fixing the car or just getting food on the table. That’s one reason I tend to stay home. I don’t have the money to go out and waste gas but sometimes, the four walls are almost suffocating and I have to get out. Right now, the car is parked so getting out is not happening – except to get groceries and that’s a rush to get in and out.

There’s always tomorrow right?


Posted by: S. Elisabeth M. Abbott | January 28, 2017

Starting Over – Again

I am sooooooo tired of starting over. Wait, I think I’m tired of struggling and trying to start over. Tired of trying to get my feet back under me and not making it. I can’t be the only 40ish divorced female trying to start over. It does suck. Very much so. But, I don’t have a choice – it’s not like I can just curl up on my bed and wake up to things being different – that would be awesome though wouldn’t it?

I’ve applied to so many jobs – some I’m not even qualified for. Some I am over qualified for. I even work for a temp agency but they never seem to have anything for me. I think I’m tired of being told I’m doing something wrong. I’m applying to jobs…I’m talking to people…I’m not just sitting on the couch eating bonbons.

Depression is a horrible best friend. It’s always with me and never let’s me have any peace. I know I know…it will get better. But….When? It’s been two years since the separation and I’m still struggling. Will it get better? Will I be able to show my daughter that after the separation and daily struggle to survive that there is a rainbow?

I have to.

Posted by: S. Elisabeth M. Abbott | January 1, 2017

Happy New Year!!


Posted by: S. Elisabeth M. Abbott | December 30, 2016

Princess Leia…

Ahhhhh…golly…I have tried to write this since she died but needed time to get my thoughts together. I adored the Princess. She was strong and beautiful and didn’t put up with any crap from anyone. She showed that women could be beautiful and strong in movies and showed me that I could do anything I wanted.

I’m not sure what else I can say that hasn’t been said already.

She was our Princess…our hope…she will be missed…


Posted by: S. Elisabeth M. Abbott | December 25, 2016

Books of Christmas – Christmas Caring II

and on Christmas Day….Giving is Caring – all proceeds will be donated to Legacy Initiative of Utah 

Christmas Caring II by Carra Copelin


This anthology, full of fun Christmas short stories by bestselling writers and new-comers alike, is bound to get you into the Christmas spirit.

** All proceeds will be donated to Legacy Initiative of Utah **

This book includes:
1. A Christmas Masquerade
by Kari Trumbo
2. All I Want for Christmas is a Zombie
by Steve Pantazis
3. A Matter of Kin
by Jenna Eatough
4. Today I Am Santa Claus
by Martin L. Shoemaker
5. All the Swears
by Alyson Peterson
6. Wings for Christmas
by Kevin L Nielsen
7. Golden Moments
by Linda Carroll-Bradd
8. A Bride for Christmas
By Carra Copelin
9. Just in Time for Christmas
by Annie Boone
10. Christmas Angels
by C.S. Martin
11. Kaitlyn’s Christmas
by CJ Samuels
12. Fireballs for Christmas
by Lorena Dove
13. Merry Molasses Mayhem
by Danni Roan
14. The Christmas Doll
by Kay P. Dawson
15. Holly Jolly Courtship
by Jacquie Rogers
16. His Christmas Rose
by Peggy L. Henderson
17. Red Rock Christmas
by Rain Trueax
18. A Cowboy’s Christmas
by Amanda McIntyre
19. Magical Memories
by Kirsten Osbourne

About Carra:

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Posted by: S. Elisabeth M. Abbott | December 24, 2016

Books of Christmas – Beyond the Mistletoe

on Christmas Eve…

Beyond the Mistletoe by Karice Bolton

Six years ago, Emily Darman had the worst Christmas Eve possible. Her husband left her with a smile on his face, and it made her doubt just about everything about the season and the opposite sex. When her friends get wind of Emily’s recent online dating fiascos, they’re determined to find her a match made for the holidays. After all, it has been six years…

Using Gabby’s wedding as the perfect guise, Emily’s friends promise her a weekend of unwanted fun with two potential blind dates. It isn’t until a snowstorm derails their perfectly planned scheme that fate steps in and hands Emily an opportunity she just can’t resist.

And his name is Derek Binter.

Emily refuses to let herself believe in a happily ever after, especially near the holidays, but sometimes the magic of the season has another plan.

* Can be read as a stand-alone novel *


About Karice:

Karice received an MFA in Creative Writing from the U of W. She has written thirty novels, and she has several exciting projects in the works (or at least she thinks they’re exciting). Karice lives in the Pacific Northwest with her awesome husband and two cute English Bulldogs. She loves anything to do with snow, and she seeks out the stuff whenever she can, especially if there’s a toasty fire to read by.

Follow her on Twitter/Facebook/Instagram/Pinterest @KariceBolton or you can text KariceBooks to 313131 to receive a text from Karice on release days. Her website is a great place to find out about new projects or to sign up for her newsletter to receive free and exclusive stories:

Posted by: S. Elisabeth M. Abbott | December 23, 2016

12 Books of Christmas – Summerset Abbey

On the twelfth day of Christmas…

Summerset Abbey by T. J. Brown

1913: In a sprawling manor on the outskirts of London, three young women seek to fulfill their destinies and desires amidst the unspoken rules of society in this stunning series starter that fans of Downton Abbey will love.

Rowena Buxton

Sir Philip Buxton raised three girls into beautiful and capable young women in a bohemian household that defied Edwardian tradition. Eldest sister Rowena was taught to value people, not wealth or status. But everything she believes will be tested when Sir Philip dies, and the girls must live under their uncle’s guardianship at the vast family estate, Summerset Abbey. Standing up for a beloved family member sequestered to the “underclass” in this privileged new world, and drawn into the Cunning Coterie, an exclusive social circle of aristocratic “rebels,” Rowena must decide where her true passions—and loyalties—lie.

Victoria Buxton

Frail in body but filled with an audacious spirit, Victoria secretly dreams of attending university to become a botanist like her father. But this most unladylike wish is not her only secret—Victoria has stumbled upon a family scandal that, if revealed, has the potential to change lives forever…

Prudence Tate

Prudence was lovingly brought up alongside Victoria and Rowena, and their bond is as strong as blood. But by birth she is a governess’s daughter, and to the lord of Summerset Abbey, that makes her a commoner who must take her true place in society—as lady’s maid to her beloved “sisters.” But Pru doesn’t belong in the downstairs world of the household staff any more than she belongs upstairs with the Buxton girls. And when a young lord catches her eye, she begins to wonder if she’ll ever truly carve out a place for herself at Summerset Abbey.


About T.J. Brown:

T.J. Brown begins a sweeping trilogy set in Edwardian England with Summerset Abbey, her historical fiction debut. She lives in Portland, Oregon. Visit the author at

Posted by: S. Elisabeth M. Abbott | December 22, 2016

12 Books of Christmas – Mountain of Deception

On the eleventh day of Christmas…

Mountain of Deception by Carol Preflatish

Tessa Cooper, having taken a year long sabbatical from teaching English at a university in order to write a mystery novel, winds up living in the mountains of Tennessee. The last thing on her mind is falling in love. Then she meets the man building the garage behind her cabin. Sexy Silas Newberry is a man with many secrets, and Tessa is determined to find out what they are. But when things start going in the wrong direction, can Silas keep her safe without revealing his biggest secret of all?


About Carol…

Carol Preflatish has worked in social services for over thirty years. Her interest in writing began in high school when she worked as a reporter, photographer, and sport’s editor for the school newspaper. She has had many photographs published in newspapers and magazines. Publications include two non-fiction books and several romantic suspense novels. Carol is a member of the Sisters in Crime organization. She lives in southern Indiana, where she shares a log cabin with her husband and two cats in what seems like an enchanted forest with a menagerie of wildlife constantly visiting.

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