Saturday, January 31, 2015


Yes, I know it’s already February, but January got clean away from me, so here’s my first blog of the new year.

Lucky me, I got to spend Christmas in Southern California with my family and a ton of friends. It was fun. After Christmas, I dog-sat for my younger daughter and son-in-law’s dogs while they went traveling up to the wine country and San Francisco.

What’s more, visiting my old stamping grounds seems to have dissolved the writer’s block I’ve been suffering from for a couple of years. Yay! I finished SPIRITS ONSTAGE, Daisy Gumm Majesty’s ninth adventure, which will be published soon. Then I’ll need to write another one. The only problem now is time. But I’ll find it somewhere.

But the best part of my trip was eating. I love food. And Southern California has restaurants of all shapes and sizes. I got to eat Middle Eastern food, East Indian food, Japanese food and good Italian food! And Gilbert, Robin’s hubby, fixed a magnificent prime rib for Christmas dinner. But I’m home again, and cooking for myself. Feel free to send condolences. Not that I don’t like to cook, but I can’t do tempura or falafel and stuff like that. Well, I have done both, but they seem to taste better when someone else fixes them.

Here’s a photo of my younger grandson, Riki; my good pal, Barbara Masters; my late friend Sara’s daughter, Cathy; my daughter, Anni; and me at Pinocchio’s Restaurant in Pasadena. Yum!

And here’s Stephanie Cowans and her son, Colin, at another meal (have I mentioned I love to eat?) Steph and I used to dance and sing together back in the Good Old Days:
But all good things have to come to an end, I reckon, so on January 3, I boarded a plane (at 7:30 a.m.) at LAX and flew to Dallas. You see, in order to get anywhere from Roswell, you have to fly to Dallas first. Same thing on the way home again. So when I left Roswell, I flew to Dallas and then to Los Angeles. Going back, I flew from LAX to Dallas, and waited. And waited. And waited. Weather delays from all across the country had trapped people in the Dallas-Fort Worth Airport, some of the poor things for days. But I eventually managed to get home at about 8:30 p.m., where I discovered my hounds, who had been well cared for by Ann and Barry Lasky, delighted to see me. I was delighted to see them, too, but boy, was I tired.

However, things are zooming along this year. Already I have a new audiobook out. I know it’s after Christmas, but if you should find yourself in dire need of a heartwarming Christmas story, check out CHRISTMAS PIE:

I’ll be holding a contest again this month, and I’ll be giving away copies of . . . oh, heck, I don’t know. I think I’ll let the winners select any old book they want, providing I have a copy on hand. If you’d like to enter, please send me an e-mail including your name and home address to At the end of the month, Bam-Bam, my winner-picking wiener dog, will select as many winners as he feels like picking.

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Anonymous said...

I love Christmas Pie! It's one of my all-time favorites for the season, and of all your books as well.

And I'm so glad the visit broke your writer's block! See, I told you it would happen eventually ~


Alice Duncan said...

Thanks, Lynne! Appreciate your appreciation of Christmas Pie! My editor said it was heartwarming, but when I was listening to the audio, I feared it might just be sappy.

Yes! I'm so glad I took that trip to California. It's as though the writer's block just melted away. It's still gone, what's more. Well, it is now, anyway. I have to think of another Daisy tale, which might renew it. Hope not.

Jacqueline Seewald said...

Hi, Alice,

Happy New Year to you too! Personally, I'm glad we're into February and getting more light again. Also glad you're writing is going well.

Alice Duncan said...

Thanks, Jacquie! I'm struggling with a synopsis now, but that's okay. I'll get it done.

Carole Price said...

What a fun upbeat blog, Alice. Love the cover of Christmas Pie. Happy New Year and happy writing!

Alice Duncan said...

Thanks, Carole! Happy New Year to you, too!

Caroline Clemmons said...

Wish you had called me when you were stuck in Dallas. I'd have come and taken you to eat. ☺

Alice Duncan said...

Dang, Caroline! I wish I'd had my laptop with me. Unfortunately, it was stuck, in my luggage, and I had no access to it, which made the wait seem even longer than it was, curse it. I'd have loved to eat with you. I'd even have paid, it would have been such a relief to get out of that place!