Thank you for visiting my page! This blog was created on May 14, 2010, and is primarily an expression of my love of words. Here you’ll find assorted random musings and posts about books, authors, current events, life in general, being Catholic, and writing.

As for me, I’m a regular introvert, imperfectly living out my vocation as a wife and mother. Like many people on WordPress and elsewhere, I’m working on some fiction. THE ARCHIVES is posted here, and a couple other stories are in the works.

The views expressed in this blog are my own and do not belong to any other individual or entity.

Last page update: August 9, 2020

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  1. Hi Maggie — I clicked on your blog “http://ahmjustsayin.wordpress.com”, (or perhaps somewhere else) & found your ‘online portfolio’ web page. Well done & best of luck with everything — especially the writing! ~Edward (NY)


  2. Surfing the waves of the web I am pleasantly stranded in this beautiful blog.

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

    I invite you to visit my italian writing blog http://parolesemplici.wordpress.com/mytinbox/. I define this blog “In parole Semplici” as a “virtuacultural tin” box where they are guarded thoughts, memories, images, sounds, and simple stories. ”

    If you want to participate and to have more informations send me a letter to inparolesempli@gmail.com

    Good life and I hope to soon


  3. Hello Maggie, I like to write as well. I was wondering if I might submit something to you (not too long) and have you share your thoughts. I gave to someone else too but like to get several opinions. You learn more that way. Anyway, let me know if you would be interested in helping.




    1. Secret: I don’t use all of the networks. Basically just Twitter and this one. :p

      Thank you for stopping by! I appreciate your kind words! πŸ™‚


  4. Hey Maggie!

    Thanks for reading The Movie Brothers.

    It’s a fun project for me, but I’ve made my career around writing. If you love to write, write! Keep up the great work! Never stop writing!

    BTW, I’ve spent some time in Raleigh. Friend of mine went to NC State. Great town. Go Wolfpack!


  5. I stumbled across your blog via The Movie Brothers. Is there any particular genre of literature that you like to write, or do you experiment? I particularly enjoy Science fiction, comedy, or anything about history. I myself write about music.


  6. Hey! I just thought I’d tell you how much I LOOVE the Archives, anddd that my birthday is five days after yours, and we both live in NC.


  7. And now that I think of it, I’ll actually be at NC State this upcoming week! I always get lost there its huge compared to my high school.


  8. Hi! I saw your ad on craigslist, and am very interested to get involved in this project! How can I find out where to sign up?


  9. Hey Maggie — I suppose I’m following the bread crumb trail today, found your site from another site, from another. I think it might have started with Klaus or somewhere. I see you write for YA audiences, do you have a taken on YA in cinema these days? Seems to me like YA and PG13 are terribly muddled in the hands of Hollywood execs., more interested in broad ticket sales than convincing, entertaining stories with believable, interesting characters. Anyway, my writing keeps me in the movie section. Enjoying the looksee. All the best->


    1. Hi! Thanks for visiting! It seems like the entirety of Hollywood/cinema is based on drawing in audiences and making money. Characters aren’t really fleshed out much at all, unless they’re characters from books or comics… and even then, a lot of the effect is lost when it’s translated onto the screen. But you gave me a neat idea for a blog post!


  10. Hello Maggie – I read a good deal of the information you have on your site and related blog. You are sure to succeed – Just pay attention to your father, after all, I was told that you share the same brain as his.

    Best of luck in your new job!

    Stuart E. Berelson, Esq.


        1. I think 12 Angry Men (a play, very short) is a good choice. The conversation the men have is fictional, yet it is also realistic. It might be a good model.


  11. Hi Maggie,
    I’ve enjoyed looking through your blog (not all of it I’m afraid!) but given time….. Anyway, I thought I would take up your kind offer of advice and ask you if you have any advice on how I could encourage more visitors to my blog. It’s non-fictional I’m afraid, perhaps it’s the subject, or perhaps it’s my writing style. Anyway, if you are interested in giving some advice…..it would be very welcome, however candid. I only have 6 followers (5 are my family) and I’ve done 33 posts.


    1. Thanks for visiting my blog, Bruce! I like your blog, especially how you tell anecdotes and stories and how you include pictures. Pictures are very important; they break up the text and keep readers’ attention. I’d recommend keeping blog posts and paragraphs short; if they’re too long, readers can get bored or tempted to skip around. If you have a very long blog post, it might be a good idea to break it into two or three shorter ones. If you want more traffic, you could search on WordPress for blogs about similar topics; there should be a “Reader” tab on your WordPress homepage; click that and you’ll see a search box to the left under the word “Topics”. In that box, you can enter “oncology” or “cancer” and you’ll get other blogs with similar content. Comment on those and read through them and you’ll eventually attract people to your blog. And it always helps to keep posting on a consistent basis: that keeps your blog active in the search engines so people can find it when they use Google or Yahoo.

      Hope this helped — let me know if you need any other advice! πŸ™‚


      1. You say that you like Bruce’s blog and say “Pictures are very important; they…” I couldn’t agree with you more about including pictures, but you don’t say a word about video.
        Video can make reading much less boring since in seconds you can see so much more than text alone.
        The old adage “A picture is worth a thousands words” is true. As an old person, like me and other people in my life, you simply don’t have the time to read many pages to describe a single scene.
        To be a successful writer, you must include video to get ideas quickly. Who wants to read 1, 2 or more pages to describe a scene when with video all it takes is a few seconds.
        I strongly suggest that you keep video in mind while writing. You can and will save a lot of time.


  12. Hi Maggie, Thank you very much for taking the time to get back to me and thank you for your advice, I will certainly take it on board. I’ll let you know how I get on, and of course I’ll be back visiting your blog from now on. Good luck with the publishing….when you feel you’re ready.


  13. Hi, Maggie. Thanks for following my blog. I particularly liked your post “Those Useless Liberal Arts Degrees,” seeing as how I went to a school known for nursing and music majors, and decided to major in anthropology. Anyway, I look forward to reading more of your posts!


    1. I know… I almost feel like there’s some kind of stigma attached to the liberal arts these days. Thank you for reading!


  14. Well, I didn’t know where else to put this, so here it is. Sorry if it’s the wrong place.

    I wasn’t sure if my site would let you know, but I replied to your post on my blog. Thanks for reading and commenting, and again for being an inspiration!



    1. Well, it won’t let me reply to you on my site (still fixing all the bugs!), so I’m back here again. Thanks for adding me to your blogroll! I’ll be doing the same for you once I get my “links” page up.


  15. Words do not exist that can describe how much your wisdom, writing and wit mean to me. You bring joy to my boring life and if you gave-up your writing, especially your blog entries, it would have an impact on so many people. As your grandma always says “You have no idea”, is what I am trying to say about having you close to me.


  16. I am sorry to say that the image you posted that you think portrays the Western saint Valentine of Rome IS NOT! The image is in fact St Valentin Sventitsky one of the many New Russian Orthodox Martyrs under the Bolsheviks. It is the only icon like it in which our monastery had commissioned many years ago by a local iconographer Gregory Melnick. We, the Orthodox Hermits of St. John the Divine, request that you honor the Russian Saint by removing it from the internet. cf.: http://hermitage-journal.blogspot.com/2010/10/new-martyr-valentine-sventitsky.html

    The Least in our Lord’s Service,
    Father Symeon salo


  17. I’m alive! (Or I’m writing to you from the afterlife. One of the two.) Anyway, I’m trying to get back into the blogging world, and wanted to let you know that I’m around again! Also, I’ve closed my site, Rae’s Space, so it no longer needs a space on your blogroll. I have a new blog through blogger, however, which is where I’ll be showing up now.

    Once I get my own blogroll set up, I’ll be adding you to my list!



  18. I’m trying to comment on your latest post, but there’s no field to type in a comment (on my computer or my phone). But there’s one here, so I’m commenting to let you know. (I also sent an email to what may or may not be your current email address, before I thought of trying this.)



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