One Hundred Days, One Hundred Words

I started to write in a new genre (for me), a Contemporary Western Romance. It could also be considered Women’s Fiction with Romantic Elements. That’s because I write what I know, and I am deeply involved and passionate about current events with my nonfiction as well.

As you now know after reading my most recent Soulmate Press Blog Posts, I am a recovering blocked writer. After nearly a year of a research project for work, requiring a lot of time, travel and energy, I was unable to write fiction, and starting to believe I might never be able to finish another novel,

Taking writing classes helped, as well as putting away the Urban Fantasy manuscript that required more research and more energy than I had. I started to write in a new genre (for me), a Contemporary Western Romance. It could also be considered Women’s Fiction with Romantic Elements. That’s because I write what I know, and I am deeply involved and passionate about current events with my nonfiction as well. And since childhood, have loved everything to do with cowboys, cowgirls, and horses.

I’m trying not to get derailed by what this novel is. I…

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The Unfinished Business of Writing

I started to wonder if I would ever be able to write another novel, let alone a series.

After a year of very serious writer’s block, I’ve tried lots of things to kickstart my imagination. But nothing seemed to be working.

I puttered with a new Western Contemporary (a first for me), and with the fourth book in the Unfinished Business series. I went back to my urban fantasy. But the depth of the research after the death of dear Mary O’Gara, who taught me everything I know about Tarot and astrology was a major set back for that series, as well as a personal loss.

As a panster, outlining doesn’t work for me–and I have to let the characters start waking me up at night and distracting me during the day with their demands. I write the beginning, and the end. They dictate what comes in between.

There are the inevitable distractions:  The day job, family responsibilities, household tasks, and college tours. This past weekend, my cat…

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The Way Forward: Helping Puerto Rico Recovery Efforts

It’s been a busy week in Puerto Rico, where the people have had enough of corruption, graft, disrespect, criminal negligence that resulted in thousands of deaths due to inept disaster response… The list goes on and on. This New York Times piece sums it up. 

While things are a bit better in Vega Baja since the NYSNA medical mission in January 2018, La Perla in San Juan looked pretty much the same on my visit one year later in January 2019.


Standing in the Same Spot, January 2019

Vega Baja

Vega Baja, January 2018


La Perla, January 2018




La Perla, January 2019










On my last visit, to attend the National Association of Hispanic Nurses Leadership Institute, we helped administer vaccines. And I took a photo journey, all by my lonesome. Then I took what I found back to NAHN, who doesn’t just talk–they act.

NAHN Screen

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The NAHN Ad Hoc Committee for Puerto Rico was formed at the Leadership conference, and we’re developing partnerships with states, such as New York, who have offered tangible support and with other non governmental and labor organizations to continue to return to facilitate recovery.


NAHN signage


On July 17, 2019  I was honored to present: The Way Forward: An Ethnographic Review of Rescue, Recovery, Social and Climate Justice in Puerto Rico and the NAHN Annual Meeting.

This presentation documents a timeline of inaction  by the Federal Government and it’s agencies including FEMA. No we have solid evidence that Govenor Ricardo Rosselló diverted aid, both tangible and financial, and failed to act to save people’s lives, then not only lied, he bragged about it and got caught with his pants down on vacation in Paris.

But the people of Puerto Rico, who valiantly took charge when the government didn’t. And multiple faith based, labor and other non governmental agencies continue to offer support for recovery.

I know that the National Association of Hispanic Nurses and multiple other health care community allies intend to help in whatever why they can. I thank NAHN for their advocacy, and for inviting me, as a new member, to share my experiences and expertise to help facilitate much needed change.

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A Writer’s Garden–In the Garden Retreat with Carole Ann Moleti

t’s been fourteen years this May since I began creative writing, and my new “writer’s garden” has been planted, and my latest manuscript: a contemporary Western romance, is well on its way to completion.

Catherine Castle


Welcome to A Writer’s Garden where writers who are gardeners or just love gardens will be sharing their garden and flower stories, as well as a bit about their writing.

Today’s guest is writer/gardener Carole Ann Moleti. She’ll be talking about her writing retreat. Welcome, Carole!


When sitting on the beach, with the water lapping over the sand, kites drifting in the breeze, my inspiration and creative energies surge. Thirteen years ago, when I first got serious about creative writing, I’d hoped to make enough money to quit my job and buy a beachside retreat. I dreamed of being able to write uninterrupted by daily life, and to be able to invite other authors to join me. Of course, I planned to pay for all this by writing a bestselling series or two.

It had never been easy to break into writing, but the seismic changes in the…

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The End and A New Beginning

For me 2018 has seen the end of several things. My faithful “Bronx Buggy,” a 2004 Honda CRV died. It’s been ferrying me back and forth to work during a dramatic changes in my career–a new position in a new specialty. My kids were in booster and car seats when we bought it, and the future full of possibilities. I had not started writing fiction yet–that began in 2005 when I was inspired by the collision of real life and a media event.  I wrote feverishly: five novels (three published), ten short stories (seven published), and a memoir (multiple excerpts published), a pattern that would continue until 2017.

During that time I escaped from the misery of the job I left, the stress of my doctoral program, and health challenges to write and publish fiction and creative non fiction. I made dozens of like minded friends from online writing and…

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Beat the Summer Doldrums-Vote the Raven Awards Lineup

I just got back from my annual summer getaway to Cape Cod. My book tour was very simple this year, one signing at Yellow Umbrella Books, but I re stocked all the local indie bookstores. It felt odd not to be inspired to write by all sights and sounds that gave birth to the three book Unfinished Business Series. This is the first year in the last ten that I wasn’t writing or editing one of the books!


So, as I was doing laundry, putting away the beach towels, and missing yoga on the beach, I found out that Storm Watch was a finalist for the Raven Award in the Paranormal Category! And I’m in good company because just about every category has at least one Soulmate author represented.

Please take some time to click over and vote for your favorites. It’s easy and there is no registration necessary. Voting…

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A Writer’s Garden–Memories Are Part of A Garden’s Treasures by Carol Ann Moleti

Thanks so much for having me, Catherine>

Catherine Castle

Welcome to A Writer’s Garden where writers who are gardeners or just love gardens will be sharing their garden and flower stories, as well as a bit about their writing gardens—aka their books.

 Today’s guest writer/gardener is Carole Ann Moleti. Carole will be talking about Gardens and Memories. Welcome, Carole!

Memories are Part of a Gardens Treasure


Gardens never forget their gardeners past. Secrets are buried, and sometimes never unearthed, or trampled by someone who doesn’t understand or care about their significance. But the garden will speak its truths and tributes to those willing to listen.

The seventh anniversary of my father’s death was June 11, and I spent the entire month before tending his garden. For as long as I can remember, I’d followed Daddy around as he planted flowers and vegetables, fertilized rosebushes with dead fish he hadn’t used for bait, pruned trees and, trained…

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I Have Not Forgotten How to Write

A companion post to I Have Not Forgotten How to Fight

The last year and a half has been a challenging one. I’ve been busy with medical relief mission work, as well as with academic and research writing. With three major presentations coming up in Fall 2018, and being on call for an upcoming mission to the Souther Border of the US, my mind has very focused on real life.

In my last blog, I spoke about how switching genres had helped me overcome a stubborn case of writer’s block after Storm Watch, the third and final book in the Unfinished Business Series was published in July 2017. I hadn’t made any progress on my urban fantasy novel  since NaNoWriMo, but was bitten by a bug during a recent vacation in California. I’ve now got 20,000 words of a Contemporary Western Romance written, and I’m waking up in the middle of the night to jot down scenes. I’ve got a…

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