Who Knew I Had So Much to Say?

Hi there, guys and dolls!  Well, this happened before I knew it.  This is blog post number 100!  It’s been over a couple of years, and there’s many favorite posts I’d love to mention.

bfef1-barbarajeancoast27sbookMy very first one was titled ‘You’ve Written a Novel…Gee, That’s Swell, Now What?’ and started with the very beginning of the journey, before queries, rejections and acceptance.  And then it grew.  I got an image and a publishing home, thank you Cozy Cat Press, Patricia Rockwell specifically, for believing in the wonderful world of Santa Lucia and its social set.  It opened up a whole new world of friends and readers.  I’ve loved doing my Take 5 interviews with my fellow authors with more to come.  And I’ve talked about myself and being an alter ego in ‘Which One’s Barbara, Which One’s Jean?’f12da-barbarajeancoast3

Others have be such a fabulous support and have become great friends.  Although I don’t think the post captures them all, ‘Giving Thanks’ makes a good attempt to share how I feel about my people — for those of you not mentioned specifically, please know I am still so very blessed to be include058f-barbarajeancoast27sbookjpged in your world.

The writing life is certainly not static, nor without its challenges.  ‘Sometimes You Just Gotta Laugh’ and ‘Oh, Good, You’re Not Working Today’ talk about that.  ‘Gone Fishin” and ‘Ready, Set Nope — A Hooky Day for You!’ have some great remedies for filling up the tanks and revving  a girl up to take on the world for another round.

Now of course you know your truly is all about the glamor and the fun.  Some of my favorite essays have been about the Poppy Cove Mysteries time setting and a nod to ’50’s culture.  ‘Just Stepping Out for a Quart of Milk…’ and ‘Everything Old is New Again’ were just plain entertaining and a joy to research and write.1950s-party

Thanks again to all of you who have been with me from the beginning and a warm welcome to those we showed up to the party along the way.  I leave you with this and a toast of the bubbly —  ‘Swinging Holiday Partytime’, as it turns out is right around the corner already!


Barbara Jean

About Barbara Jean Coast

Barbara Jean Coast is the pen name of authors Andrea Taylor and Heather Shkuratoff. She is currently hard at work telling the cozy tales of the fictional town of Santa Lucia, loosely based on Santa Barbara in the late 50's, early 60's, known as The Poppy Cove Mysteries.
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4 Responses to Who Knew I Had So Much to Say?

  1. Congrats on an even 100!


  2. Congratulations on making it to #100!


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