Everything You Didn’t Want to Know About Bee Poop…

It's been a crazy winter here in Portland. Or rather, should I say "non-winter"? While the East Coast was being hammered by mountains of snow, Portland was basking in spring-like temperatures, sunny skies, and just a tad of east wind (which can ruin those nice temps sometimes). With all the sun and warm weather, my bees have had … Continue reading Everything You Didn’t Want to Know About Bee Poop…

13th hour, short story, tammie painter

It’s Time to Reveal the Revamped 13th Hour!

After a couple years of not looking its best, my short story collection 13th Hour has finally emerged from the spa and is ready to show the world its new look. With input from the readers of this blog, I designed a new cover for the book that conveys the "creepy" aspect of many of … Continue reading It’s Time to Reveal the Revamped 13th Hour!

To Bee or Not To Bee

LOVING & HATING BEES The week started out with a quick hive inspection since we finally got some decent weather. I'd been so proud of my little bees and thought they must be the smartest bees ever. I'd read all these horror stories about bees making helter-skelter comb in all sorts of wrong directions leading … Continue reading To Bee or Not To Bee

The War on Adverbs. Bring It On!

  THE WAR ON ADVERBS That's right bring it on! Who started this war? Twitter. Well, actually it was tweeting captain at Writer's Digest. See, a couple days ago they tweeted, "Remove all the adverbs from your writing. Yes, even the ones that really work." If you're as big a smart ass as I am, … Continue reading The War on Adverbs. Bring It On!