I know I haven’t written in a long time or been by to visit or even checked in on you.  I said I loved you and I didn’t show it.  Well, I’m back with flowers in my hand and to apologize. *gives flowers to loyal readers*

I didn’t write on the blog because I was stuck between the hard places of my various on line identities which took away permission to write what I felt.  I’ve solved it.  SteadyCat is back!

Meanwhile, please check out this facebook fan page for D F Collier… because it’s important to me.  Thanks for all your support and for stopping by, even when I was a no show.  I still lurve you.  I hope you lurve me too.


I am finally making headway.  Though it’s not perfect, I’ve built my writers website using iweb at http://www.donnafcollier.com   It took forever.  The next step is to figure out what to do about my blogging situation.  Having two to three blog sites sent me into overwhelm, hence, I couldn’t write anything.  But lookee, I’m back and headed in the right direction! 🙂

I watched the author, Ms. Chimamanda Adichi speak on TED and her words were too good not to share.  After you watch this clip, fess up and tell me how it made you feel.


My manuscript completion is picking up steam and two of my short stories have been recently published.  This means I need an author’s blog and a new website.  I haven’t decided yet if it’s best to do a separate blog as this one feels like home.  I’ll just make a bunch of changes here until it feels right or I’ll make a dramatic exit into the sunset and onto a different blog.

Please bear with the changes as I figure out what I’m doing.  As always, thanks for stopping by.

1. Oct 20, 2009 :  I’ve tried to blend my writing with the blogging.  It is not working as easily as I’d thought. I may have to build a separate website for writing. arrrgh!  I’ll keep everyone updated on what I discover as I go along.

Recently, I asked the fairies to write a post for me.  Those magical creatures had been my friends for a long time and I hadn’t asked them for any favors since I was seven.  As far as time was concerned, they owed me.  Because I’m a nice person, I didn’t want to bother them while they worked so I called up a friend and went out.

We went to the The Cambridge Theatre to see Chicago.  *coughs*  Even though our seats were in the nosebleed section, they were the best seats in the house. *coughs*   Seeing Chicago perked up my bored, can’t be bothered cells like I’d just had an injection of happy.  I saw gorgeous men and women in skimpy, tight fitting outfits doing leaps, bends and twirls while singing and dancing.  Yep. Just what the doctor ordered.  

When I got home, my contemplative fairies had not completed their task.  Because I’m kind, I left them to it and my friend and I took a  trip to Berlin. The food in Germany’s capital was delicious; the weather was warm (hot actually), and the people friendly. On my last day there, I visited the Berlin Wall.  The concrete structure is having a face/spirit lift, done by various artists, and is a reminder that no matter how bad the destruction, our spirit will still soar.

As you can see, a little bit of culture never hurts.  *even the lazy fairies agree* 

My short story, Better Than Money,  was recently published in Issue 05 of BRAND Literary Magazine .  Page 93 to be exact.  This is actually the very first time that I have been published.  My first time! I’m no longer just a writer.  I’m an author. HA!  *does happy dance*

BRAND Literary Magazine  contains stories, plays, poems and creative nonfiction.  If you want to read what the corners of my creative mind have thrown together, then you know what to do. Buy the book.  If you want to read more about the BRAND editor, take a peep here at  Nina Rapi. 

I’m an author!  I suppose I’ll have to either start a writing website or add a page on to this one.  What do you think? *does another happy dance*

In case you’re all worried, I’m alive and kicking.  I’m in the midst of two things right now.

1. My bathroom ceilings in my Atlanta place have water damage and mold.  The leak is coming from somewhere in the building and hasn’t been found.  So far, the condo management contact person has done next to nothing to remedy the problem – so I go from being in a rage and sending out massive emails with repair demands to being so stressed out, l I disassociate and go to bed.  This doesn’t happen all the time, but hey, it is a part of my reality.  I’ve also had to postpone my flight back to London and had to purchase/pay for a new airline ticket.  Management sitting on their laurels is costing me a truck load of money.  If they haven’t found the source of the leaks into my ceilings by my new departure date, I don’t really know what to do.  If anyone has dealt with this type of problem and can advise, please do.  Thanks.

2. I am 155 pages behind on my novel edits. *toothy, ferocious snarl*  When I’m not doing drama about those damn moldy ceilings, I’m reading and re-writing.  Can you believe that I’m 155 pages behind?  I can’t and it’s somebody else’s fault. *shakes fist at the air*

 I was trying to catch up on all the TV shows I hadn’t seen since  living in London – while my house rotted and my work went undone.   Since the switch from digital to analog TV, my rabbit ears and I been cut out of the media loop.  Innocent rabbit ears have been discriminated against. *sniffle*   This has forced me to focus my noggin on something else, like editing. 🙂   Anyhoo, I’m glad to be getting back on track.  Until I get 155 pages done of re-phrasing, adding words in, taking words out, washing my thumbs,etc – I will be on a blogging hiatus.  Wish me luck.  Cheers.


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