The Prompter Room

For Friday, January 15, 2016:


“The cost of not following your heart is spending the rest of your life wishing you had.”


If you’ve been reading here for a while, you’ll know that one of my childhood dreams was to write books.   It took me until I was in my mid-to-late 40s, but when I held my first novel in my hands, I knew I was finally on my way to achieving that dream.

Two things made that possible.  The first was a life-threatening illness and surgery.  When I survived that surgery, I was determined to fulfill my dream, whatever it took (within reason).  The other thing was that I reached a certain age, and when a lot of women reach that age, they decide not to worry about what others might think.  They’re going to be themselves, without apology.

Late yesterday afternoon I put up a new page here on this site.  If you go up to the top of the page on the screen, you’ll see ‘My Bookshelf.’  This includes a list of my books, blurbs, and links.  My books!  Plural!  And another novel and a poetry collection or two are almost ready to add to the list.

I’m not the best marketer in the world for my own writing (I’m better for others’ work), so I struggled – a little – with whether to put up this new page.  As I get older, though, I remember that childhood dream more and more vividly, I’m more and more determined to make it happen, and I’ve decided I’m not going to be shy about it or apologize.

So there you have it: ‘My Bookshelf’ is now ready for you to check it out.

While you’re at it, make your own list.  What books – or their equivalent – have you written?  I think you might surprise yourself.  Even if those manuscripts are still in a drawer, they count.  (My poetry collections that are coming, as noted above, have only recently migrated from that file drawer to the computer screen.)

Join me, then, and get your own books out!  Don’t be shy.  The world is waiting for your dream to come true.


‘Tis the Season …

… to think of your writer and reading friends, and yourself.  Yes, I confess, this is one of those rare-but-occasional self-promotion posts I’ve written about elsewhere on this site, so if you’re not in the market for books, feel free to skip this post.  I promise I won’t be offended.

For the writers in your life, check out A Short Guide to Hospitable Writing.  Written as a companion to some of the earlier pages and blogs here at Magic Lamp, new and expanded material welcomes guests – our readers – into the ‘homes’ of our writing.

If you or loved ones are concerned about the environment, my first novel, Song of the Blessing Trees, has been called a modern take on the Exodus story.  The Woods Clan relies on the wisdom and guidance of Old Grandmother from ancient Wales and the Chronicler, who lives in today’s New England, as they search for a new homeland that is safer from the environmental ravages in the late 23rd and early 24th centuries.

Pastoral theology written through the lens of the Episcopal Church (USA), God’s I AM in You: A Vocational Workshop is appropriate for persons of any faith.  The narrative text and short and long exercises use scripture as the foundation for persons of any faith to begin to explore their ministry vocations in the church and the world.  Hint: if you’re on a church board, that might not be your true vocation, the one that fulfills you.  (I am co-author of this book.)

All of these books are available on and Kindle.  I haven’t yet figured out how to include workable links (the last one I tried didn’t work), so look under the titles or ‘Eugenie R. Rayner’ as author.

You can also check out the books by other authors in the catalogue found at  Novels, poetry, short stories, memoirs, and humor are all there for your reading pleasure, and they’re all also available through Amazon or Kindle.

Thank you, and many blessings!

~~ Genie