Wednesday, December 24, 2014

Merry Christmas Girl Scout Troops 206 and 209!

Merry Christmas to the Girl Scouts of Troops 206 and 209 in Woodbridge, Virginia! I had the pleasure of meeting several of them yesterday in Books A Million where they were gift wrapping in the Potomac Mills Mall.

You young ladies did a beautiful job. I wish all of you every possible Blessing this Holy Season.

Monday, September 15, 2014

The Original Paperback "You Beckon" by Peggy Eldridge-Love


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Wednesday, July 09, 2014

Have you lost your moral compass or have you found it?

Have you lost your moral compass or have you found it?

Do you now do and justify or accept behavior from yourself that for the majority of your life you elected not to because somewhere within yourself your self-respect didn't feel it supported its desired goals? Do you give yourself permissions you laughingly know your parents and family would have been appalled to think you would ever engage in?  Is it like there is a brand new person living in your old skin?

If you've taken up residence in this new skin for a while now have you also taken time to ask it some critical questions? Questions like how does it fit?  Who slept better at night? Who was/is healthier?  Who had or has more stress? Who managed or is managing to day better? Who did/do you like more?

And, where to from here? If this feels like the right path do you think there are other areas within that you need to alter? Do you want to release even more of  the boundaries you've set up for yourself? Are you wanting less responsibility, less accountability, less control, fewer commitments?

If it appears perhaps it isn't the good life you were seeking, if you realize in truth you are that original person who still thinks and feels like you thought you did now that you've had an opportunity to explore those other feelings, thoughts, things - tasted what might have seemed less inhibiting, freedoms, but left you feeling less fulfilled, flailing, disconnected - are you willing to try to return to and resume that life you traded? Can you?

Is the world really changing or is it only the perception being promoted of the world that has changed? Does it still only offer 24 hours in any given day to try to choose how you experience the living of it? Where you travel in it?

What direction is your moral compass pointing you?

Do you know how to read a compass?

Wednesday, June 25, 2014



We’ll pull a star down when it shows up
first tonight,
stealing it for a moment, clutching it close,
whispering to it
our secret, then sending it back
to light up
the heavens as its moon glow fellows gather
curious to know
the private content of its charge.

©Peggy Eldridge-Love 2014

Photo Credit: © | Dreamstime Stock Photos

Wednesday, June 18, 2014

MiPOesia's Portrait Project

A portrait of me by Australian artist Debra Livingston has been added to MiPOesia's 'The Portrait Project', which linked poets with visual artists and that artist's visual interpretation of that poet. The first link below is to the Portrait Project directly and the second link gives more direct information about Debra Livingston, the artist who painted me.

Hope you'll take a few minutes to check it out. There are some wonderful poets portraits I'm almost certain you'll enjoy!


Monday, June 16, 2014

The Chosen


Do they see through
the invisible to the possible
as if swimming through perfect
clear Caribbean waters
teeming with bounty
circling in dancing twists
and twirls determined
to be seen?

©Peggy Eldridge-Love 2014

Photo Credit:  OJO_Images

Wednesday, May 28, 2014

Dr. Maya Angelou - An Exclamation Point on the World!

Fly high Grand Bird and thank you so very much! R.I.P. Dr. Angelou. You blessed us greatly with your song!

“Caged Bird

A free bird leaps on the back of the wind
and floats downstream till the current ends
and dips his wing in the orange suns rays and dares to claim the sky.

But a bird that stalks down his narrow cage
can seldom see through his bars of rage
his wings are clipped and his feet are tied so he opens his throat to sing.

The caged bird sings with a fearful trill
of things unknown but longed for still
and his tune is heard on the distant hill
for the caged bird sings of freedom.

The free bird thinks of another breeze
and the trade winds soft through the sighing trees
and the fat worms waiting on a dawn-bright lawn and he names the sky his own.

But a caged bird stands on the grave of dreams
his shadow shouts on a nightmare scream
his wings are clipped and his feet are tied so he opens his throat to sing.

The caged bird sings with a fearful trill
of things unknown but longed for still
and his tune is heard on the distant hill
for the caged bird sings of freedom.”
― Maya Angelou, I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings

Saturday, May 10, 2014

First Recital - A Poem for My Mother

First Recital

She pulled the sash tight, the organza bow
perfect, my petticoats stiff, ego
inflated enough to face the music.

Fingers, not yet long enough to add elegance
to sound, hunt with precision,
echoing the road map in my mind's ear
as I play a remarkable Flight of the Bumble-bee.

Second row, third seat left
she sits next to Dad,
hands clutched against her breast
praying me through.

I bow instead of curtsey
though we've drilled for days.
She cries instead of cheers
reminded of the countdown
between us that has already

Peggy Eldridge-Love
You Beckon

You Beckon - Peggy Eldridge-Love

Thursday, April 17, 2014

The Leroy Allen Fine Art Website Launches

Finally The Leroy Allen Fine Art website detailing his Kansas background, life, art journey, and depression related death is online. Includes videos of him sharing his own dreams for African American art's future.

As much as a presentation of his extraordinary talents, it is a tribute and a hoped awakening by his daughters to the realities of the deadly consequences of depression, particularly in African-American men, when it goes unrecognized, untreated, and misunderstood.

A visit to the website is a journey worth taking in my humble opinion.

Monday, April 07, 2014

Loving Lia Sophia

Miss my launch party last night? No you didn't! You can still check it all out here.
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 Accessories of the stars...and you!

Wednesday, April 02, 2014

It's launched! Buzz on the Grapevine!

Please visit "Buzz on the Grapevine"! Just launched new blog that gives air to visionaries! Read and enjoy the first interview with awesome indie filmmaker Sue Vicory. Be prepared to be profoundly moved! Thanks!

Friday, March 28, 2014

Washcloths and Coffee Cup Cozies

I have always resorted to making things when I'm grappling with various aspects of my life that are challenging. I think it is the need for something tangible, some evidence of my efforts manifest that is the driving force behind that, but, along the way, it has also become very satisfying.

I'm in a creating mode at present; the making things kind of creative mode. I have been all winter and as I approach spring it seems to have gone into a higher gear. I've moved from the heavy yarns needed for infinity scarves, fingerless gloves, muffs and caps to lighter weight fabrics and a somewhat lighter heart as well.

Crochet rather than paint or clay or beads and stone is my medium of the moment. Not particularly artistic crochet as my avant garde spirit might normally reach for, but rather quite practical crochet. Everyday items are what have caught my fancy and keeps me busy when my mind refuses to rest. From washcloths to kitchen trivets, granny square baby blankets to coffee cup cozies and sleeves, it's the crochet needle that has been flying.
It is a somewhat welcome diversion from plots and character development, first, second, third and fourth draft, and all else literary. I'm enjoying it and who knows what my muse has up his or her sleeve. Almost certainly there is a story somewhere hidden in one of these skeins of yarn - one not already told by Ms. Christie's Miss Marple, of course.  Hmm.               Photo Credits: Peggy Love

Wednesday, March 19, 2014

A Blog Tour Writing Process

Welcome to a blog tour where writers and authors answer questions about their writing process. My friend and talented author, Shelia Goss, posted hers last week, where she gives you the insider information on her process and new book-The Joneses — and she tagged me to join the tour. Thanks, Shelia!
My latest book, The Trilogy: A Diary, A Thief  & A Secret, written under my pen name Tess Allen, is available in paperback and digital online everywhere, including, Amazon, Barnes and Noble, etc. It contains three of my most requested novellas: His Wife's Diary (Love Bites), The Jewel Thief (Love Bites), and The View From Suite 2100. Additionally, I’ve recently released a new volume of poetry, Usher in the Sun, Poetry after Suicide. It, too, is available in both digital and paperback at Amazon, Barnes and Noble and other booksellers. Please also visit my official website at

What am I working on? 
I have several things in motion currently. A romantic suspense novel, My Very Last Nerve, and the first book in a brand new series which will feature a wonderful new character I've created that I am affectionately calling Sister Busy Body. These books will be published under my pen name, Tess Allen. I have another volume of poetry also in the works entitled Born Black and it, like all my poetry, screen or stage plays, will be published as Peggy Eldridge-Love.

How does my work differ from others of its genre?

I love suspense, mystery and romance and those three elements are present in all of my works of fiction. My main characters are traditionally women whom could easily ‘be you’. Ambitious with visions for themselves, women who have loved and been loved, some have been disappointed, some have been the disappointer, but all are determined to find that place within and without where the life and the love they most want can flourish. Sometimes that involves traveling down paths not only uncertain, but paths that are often nerve wracking and frightening as well.

Why do I write what I do?

Early on the books I most enjoyed were mysteries, historical romance novels and psychological thrillers. When I began to write I wrote in each genre individually but found later that I seemed to hit a special stride when I ventured into the world of romantic suspense. Although I will continue to write in them all, at the moment romantic suspense seems most natural to me.
How does your writing process work?
The characters tend to introduce themselves to me first. It is like a quiet little whisper initially, then a nudge, and if I’m not immediately receptive the nudge will become a push. Once I know the characters and respond to their push I start by doing a synopsis, followed usually by a chapter-by-chapter outline, and then the actual writing begins. 
Since I am a poet, a playwright, screenwriter, and novelist I do from time to time have more than one project in motion at the same time. 

And now it’s my turn to tag some people! I’ve chosen two of my colleagues. Check them out next week to find out their secrets to success…. 

IN THE CHAIR is the name of Ey Wade’s wonderful blog and you can visit it at She is the author of several books including Tripping Prince Charming and Beads on a String-America's Racially Intertwined Biographical History.

CAT IN THE BELLY is Tzynya Pinchback’s intriguing blog. You can find it at She is an extraordinary author/poet and you’ll love her latest book How to Make Pink Confetti!

Tuesday, March 04, 2014

Reflections on a Decade of Blogging

I'm about to launch a new blog, Buzz on the Grapevine, which will have as its main objective giving visionary people a small platform to share their visions. I sincerely hope it will accomplish that goal.

As I move in that direction with a new blog I realized it was in 2004, nearly 10 years ago, that I launched this one, Living on the Tip of My Pen. Its chief purpose was sharing the world as I saw it through my eyes as a writer.  I believed the struggles and joys, the victories and defeats as they intertwined with my day to day existence were sometimes noteworthy. If for no one else, just as a charted journey for my own reflection. The passage of time piqued my curiosity this morning, so I went in search of the first post I made for this blog. Here it is below!

Interesting to look back with hindsight, to see what was worthy of my efforts and energies, my own hopes, dreams, and objectives of that time. Just as interesting to see what was not as fruitful, but definitely was as meaningful - if not more so - as catalysts for my "today."

Saturday, November 20, 2004

Joy and Pain!


I am in the middle of a new novel that I really like. I anticipate having the first draft of it complete real soon. The working title is woefully uninspiring, so I won't even mention it, but the premise and the thrust are deep! I keep revisiting the character chart of my female protagonist though because she is very evasive right now, not at all forthcoming, and I'm having to earn her trust for her to really, really open up and let me see what's going on! She seemed almost transparent at first, but the more I discovered about the male protagonist the more uncertain her transparency became. In fact, her transparency was an illusion! They've got me walking the floor!

I'm also moving forward with the first book in my mystery series, (The Cari Pompey Mysteries), How Deep Is Your Love, and anticipate that book being available near the end of the year. Plus, all things being equal, The Knoll Frames, will finally see the light of day in early 2005.

Coming up for air in 2004 has been beyond difficult. It has been a year filled with all manner of challenges, some that at times looked impossible to surmount. In June I experienced an unbelivable stroke of good luck that looked almost too good to be true. One of the big five greeting card companies had taken an interest in my greeting card line, Nudgies, and moved at lightening speed to enter into contract negotiations with me. One of their acquisitions managers advised me that they were going to bypass the proposal stage and he forwarded me a contract with instructions that I just look over it and we'd work out whatever needed to be resolved before it went to both our legal teams for finalization. I was floating on air! Then, a few days later my contact called me and said without prelude or any explanation, that he'd been advised that "the company no longer wanted to pursue my line." And, ladies and gentlemen, that was it! To this day I do not know why. A letter that I received shortly thereafter included this heart-wrenching message: "Even though a lot of us in the company love your work and find it very unique, we have decided that we cannot pursue your work any longer. My apologies for this error. Some of us as XXXX jumped the gun on this project. Unfortunately, our company cannot use your work in our lines." This seemed extremely late in the game for them to make that discovery! They had been reviewing my work for months and it had gone through layers and layers of people internally before they approached me about acquisition. I'm still trying to figure that one.

But, that was that, and life went on, and I'm a thousand times a better person as a result of it. One thing I learned beyond a doubt is that the cliche 'if it sounds too good to be true it probably is' is true.