I’ve started reading BIRD BY BIRD by Anne Lamott.  I wouldn’t have known about this book if it weren’t for another blog; http://averildean.wordpress.com/2013/03/. The post was on books about writing and others commented on some of their faves. I saw this one mentioned, and I’m

For the past month or so, I’ve been redirected (read: urged)  towards something new in my writing.  As I’ve worked on books in the past,  an idea will come to mind on what story I want to write next, and without much of a break,

How many more books, do you reckon, will be compared to TO KILL A MOCKINGBIRD?  I can only surmise it will continue to happen until someone writes the story everyone thinks is better.  A book that is of the quality of MOCKINGBIRD, a book that


Rainy Days…

Rainy days can be some of my favorite days.  Today, although it’s post winter, is still a winter feeling kind of day.  The kind where you don’t feel guilty sitting inside because it’s gray with drizzle, and only in the mid 40’s.  Everything is damp,

When did you change your mind?  When did you know that somehow, you no longer felt the same way about, dare we say…, your favorite all time author? Did this knowledge creep up on you unexpectedly, or was it a revelation of sorts that smacked


Limping Along

Lately, I’ve been floundering in a wave of false starts on book three, limping along with a story idea that I think can work, but…I can’t seem to get it off the ground.  I had originally started a completely different story, one that came to

“Live like you were dying,” “run like the devil is on your heels,”  and “Party like it’s 1999.”  Well.  Maybe that last phrase isn’t as applicable for what I mean, but sort of. I have recently come to a conclusion.  As I’ve said before, I


Story World

“The world only exists in your eyes – your conception of it. You can make it as big or as small as you want to.”   ~F. Scott Fitzgerald A novel’s setting has been referred to as a story world.  I’m writing about this today because

This is one I can’t figure out.   Some of my favorite books, SECRET LIFE OF BEES, ELLEN FOSTER, CROSSING BLOOD, TO KILL A MOCKINGBIRD, and BASTARD OUT OF CAROLINA  were written from the perspective of a young narrator.  They ranged in age from eight up

There is a derogatory term out there for agents known as being a, “spaghetti agent,”  which isn’t the type of agent anyone wants.  Nathan Bransford probably explains it best here, on his blog: http://blog.nathanbransford.com/2011/04/spaghetti-agents.html But, did you know you can also write too fast?  Or,

Accomplishments, milestones, achievements, whatever you want to call them, it dawned on me last week there were these individual markers that would be reached by the time I did my next blog post.  With that in mind, I wanted to take a moment to say

If the name, Quail Ridge, doesn’t ring bells, that’s okay.  But, if you are from North Carolina, and you are a writer or author, you know it as one of the key literary spots in the South East. An independent bookstore, founded almost thirty years



Where do you write?   Where are the special nooks where you create your stories?  Do you write in the quiet, or to music?  Do you take a lot of breaks, or spend too much time browsing the internet? What I want to know is, where


Just Because

I just started reading,  “Larry Brown, A Writer’s Life” by Jean Cash.  The foreword (by Shannon Ravenel) and the first two paragraphs of the Preface, already have me stopped in my tracks, mesmerized by a writer I’m just coming to know.  I picture my ever

I like facts.  Facts about anything, everything that pertains to stuff I’m interested in and want to know more about.  And, because I want to know, I subscribe to various magazines, blogs and I buy books.  I also listen to other people who have had

Last week, an acquaintance of mine challenged me and I couldn’t refuse.  It was what I needed.  My ability to move this third book along, as in adding at least 1,000 words per day has been nothing short of a daunting task.   I can’t seem

So, I’ve been feeling a little tense these days. Alright, even I’m not in the mood for my weak sense of humor today…so, I’ll get to the real reason for the post and it’s about something that is frustrating  enough that I stopped writing in

Algonquin Books is re-releasing one of my favorite books, ELLEN FOSTER, on the 25th anniversary of it’s first publication. http://www.algonquinbooksblog.com/blog/ellen-foster-by-kaye-gibbons/ I recall reading this book for the first time.  It had me captivated immediately and revealed how a talented author is able to establish a

Wikipedia states, “Patience is the state of endurance under difficult circumstances, which can mean persevering in the face of delay or provocation without acting on annoyance/anger in a negative way; or exhibiting forbearance when under strain, especially when faced with longer-term difficulties.” In the world

I’ve written before how going for a run is a way to clear my head and to get new ideas.   It’s what I consider as my time, a time of few distractions, a time when I can focus on my latest WIP.  And, except for

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