The very best Memorial Day or July 4th fireworks shows I’ve EVER seen were while on a boat, in the middle of a lake.  Back when my best friend and her husband were still together, and when he was alive, they had a beautiful home


A few weeks ago, another writer, soon to be author, (yay Averil!!)  wrote a post titled “GOTHAM.”  http://averildean.wordpress.com/2013/05/23/gotham/  In this piece, Averil talked about her “masked man” coming in to help with her writing, like a caped crusader zooming in and saving her in her


A little over a week ago I received some news that came just when my house was about to be overtaken by family for Father’s Day.  And the news wasn’t good.  In previous posts, I’ve mentioned a few times, and hopefully not so much that


The news of James Gandolfini’s unexpected passing yesterday in Rome, Italy brought me to tears.  I’ll admit it, I’m not embarrassed, I believe I loved that man, the characters he’s played, but my favorite, my absolute tabloid like crush (like with most everyone else) was


As we know, back in the earlier days of writing and publishing, things were quite different.  It wasn’t all that long ago one still sent in a manuscript by snail mail, and then waited for weeks (months?) on end to get a reply, but I


10
Jun

Sneaky Pete

Nicknames are an interesting part of my father’s family, but, in general, they had no meaning, best as I could tell.  There could have been a story behind how my grandfather’s nickname of “Chili,” came about, but not my own father’s.  Dad is called “Snookie.” 


6
Jun

Tick Tock

It’s getting done, slower than I’d like, but each day,  new words are added and the story moves forward, paragraph, by paragraph, page by page.  My latest WIP has been a real time sucker, a drain of minutes and hours, causing me to feel almost


It happens on a daily basis.  I get up with good intentions, a master plan in my head, a path through the daily routine with my goal established as firmly as roots of the one hundred year old magnolia in my yard.  In my utopian


There are some words and phrases I wouldn’t miss one iota if I never heard them again.  They are buzz words and sentences that make me do one of several things when I hear them: Roll my eyes Make snarky comments Change channels Change the


23
May

Far Fetched

In my latest work in progress, I’ve been struggling with plausibility, i.e. trying to not have things happen in this story that seem too far fetched  The last thing I want is for someone to roll their eyes when reading..  In particular, there is an


Today, and for all the days ahead, pray for residents of Moore Oklahoma as they go through the recovery of their lost, loved ones and grapple with the loss of home, family, and friends.  Also, please pray for our heartland in general, because, it’s not


I’m publishing this again, this time with a title change.  I quickly realized “Visitors” might mean actual “visitors” to this site…and nooooo, that’s not the topic! I love mystical things, the obscure and spiritually symbolic bits that come to us on occasion.  These unexplained occurrences


14
May

Pie Analogy

Writers spend copious amounts of time working on their craft, and sometimes we need to take a break, just to let our brains rest.  I have several ways of allowing my mind to stop pushing itself into a story.  This is an obsessive tendency that


8
May

Pet Peeve

This post is not necessarily going to win me any new friends.  It might even offend a few people.  And, please know, I do not claim to be the expert on writing.  But…, I do read, and I read a lot.  Not just books, but


No less than three times, and probably more like half a dozen, there have been suggestions, prompts or outright directions to write without the thought of a particular goal, to write without over-thinking your words, to write fast, but mainly, just write.  This is not


28
Apr

Wide Awake

There are a lot of reasons I’ve not been getting much sleep lately.  For one, I’m wearing a medieval sort of contraption on my left leg, known as a night splint.  It pulls my foot up slightly and is intended to treat that ongoing, pesky


When you begin your writing project, have you ever waffled between which point of view (POV) you should use with your story? As I began writing book one, I never questioned which POV I wanted to take.  I wrote in the first person because I


19
Apr

Tighten Up!

There you are, plugging along, writing your first draft, and perhaps you’re already thinking about the work involved when you will need to go back and do revisions.   But…, did you know there’s a quick and easy way to make your writing better?  And it’s



I’m sitting here, at my desk, where I’ve been for the past five hours.  What have I done?  Let’s see. I checked out all my fave writing blogs I read the newspaper I surfed Facebook, “Liked” things, and what not I (finally) stared at my


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