By day I’m a tech writer, working to support my fiction writing habit. My first published novel, The Benefactor, was released on November 13, 2009. I’m currently working on a psychological thriller that was conceived in the 2009 NaNoWriMo Event. I’m experiencing some premature labor pains on that one and look forward to giving birth to it in the near future. While I wish the gestation period for this new book fell in the human range, it’s looking like it’ll be more in line with the African elephant.


  1. January 16, 2011 at 9:26 am

    I made a jeans cartoon for you this morning. How do I send it? You will like it.

  2. February 5, 2011 at 4:25 pm

    Ah, I’ve always wanted to participate in NaNoWri but something always stopped me. THIS year for sure- good to see you’ve reaped the benefits. All the best:)! K

    • February 5, 2011 at 5:01 pm

      I thought it was a great experience even though I didn’t succeed in writing the full 50,000 words. (My novel had just been released and I was busy with book promotions.) I wrote about 28,000 words and that was a great start.

      Thanks for stopping by, MBA.

  3. huffygirl said,

    February 16, 2011 at 10:37 pm

    As you already know, I’ve nominated you for the coveted Stylish Blogger Award. Feel free to ignore it since you’re already done your part. After all, talented people can expect to be nominated more than once!

  4. February 28, 2011 at 11:26 pm

    What kind of tech writing do you do? I’m the site editor for and we’re always looking for good freelancers.

    • March 1, 2011 at 12:00 am

      I write user documentation and training materials for proprietary software, design e-learning courses, and customize documentation for off-the-shelf software.

  5. rtm said,

    April 22, 2011 at 9:19 pm

    Hi Margaret, that’s cool that you’ve published your novel. I’ve started writing mine but stopped ever since I started blogging, now I’m not even sure I want to finish it.

    • April 23, 2011 at 12:08 am

      I’m finding I’m blogging more these days than writing my novel. Blah! But I’m off to a writers’ retreat next week and I hope that will give me the spark I need to pick up where I left off.

      Thanks for stopping by, Ruth.

      • rtm said,

        April 27, 2011 at 10:36 am

        Oooh, writer’s retreat. That sound fun, Margaret, good for you. Blogging does get quite addictive isn’t it? It’s the instant gratification of getting comments and meeting new friends that really make all the time worthwhile.

      • April 27, 2011 at 7:17 pm

        Yeah, I definitely like the relationship building aspect of it and the party atmosphere in the Comments section. I’ve met some great people.

  6. Josè Pascal said,

    June 22, 2011 at 6:49 am

    Surfing the waves of the web I am pleasantly stranded in your interesting blog.

    I write under the pseudonym of Josè Pascal (a descendant of the great Colonel Aureliano Buendía).

    I invite you to visit my “italianglish” writing blog

    I define this blog “In parole Semplici” as a “virtuacultural tin” box where they are guarded thoughts, memories, images, sounds, and simple stories”.

    I dream an intercultural blog. Already involves more than 100 authors/friends.

    If you want to participate and to have more informations send me a letter to

    Good life and I hope to soon

  7. Robbie said,

    December 21, 2011 at 3:29 am

    You look like this guy. Is that a copyright infringement?

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