All posts by NewEngland_Muse

I'm a traditionally and self published author. I write in the genre of children and YA at the moment but working my way up to adults. I'm a sports loving, photo taking gal who loves to sing/dance to my own enjoyment. I love to laugh even at myself. I am also owned by 8 birds and 2 hamsters, and yes they know it. :)

Jasper the Mighty


This is my yellow cheek Amazon parrot, Jasper. We adopted him in 1999 when he was 5. He may be green and yes he has wings, but that is the only similarities between a  bird and him.

He is the basis for my children’s book that I am in the process of fine tuning


My son has been coming up with these phrases that have made me think that he has missed his calling. My son has been coming up with these phrases that have made me think that he should be a writer.

We were driving to get some breakfast and I took a wrong turn. We came across a dead end street that was full of trees that seem to climb up all the way up to the skyline. It was very dark considering it was before 9am. Without missing a beat he stated, ” It is so dark and dreary, a serial killer could be a monk here.”

A week later I was telling him how some of his quotes are excellent examples of how to show and not just tell.  I went on to say he had a great voice. Granted I meant in terms of writing.

He piped up and said,  “I don’t have an inner voice. I have a Jiminy Cricket.”

I have decided to write a story based on his first statement. I have also decided to start writing down his sayings in a journal.  His brilliance is just to good to be forgotten.