4
Jan

Worry Wart

I can’t help that I worry about things.  The stuff that I can’t control, or the stuff that I shouldn’t even be worrying about at all.  I just can’t seem to help it though and here’s an example… I just visited the website of Ken


The new year has arrived, fresher than fresh, and for now, it is generally at large. I like turning this corner and heading into the wide open spaces of a new year.  I like thinking about what might lie ahead, while knowing there’s an abundance


This is my last post for 2012.  I’ll see you all next year. Here’s a song I love, Christmas in Dixie (by Alabama) Merry Christmas & Happy New Year!    


16
Dec

Bittersweet

Today, my favorite place to visit, the blog by agent, Betsy Lerner, ended.  She kept it up for four years and that’s got to be some kind of record.  She indicated she would drop in from time to time to check on “us,” (her regulars)


11
Dec

Reflection

You realize, it’s almost over.  You know, 2012?  Are you done shopping?  Are the gifts all wrapped and under the tree?  Did you forget anyone on the list??  Will you get what you want? It’s almost the end of a year, and for many, that’s


It was a chance meeting.  Like he found me, or I found him.  Either way, meet “Mister.”  He is from a foster home.  He’s been bounced around…., and…,well, we just had to give him what he so badly needed.  Like many of you have said,


Sidebar from the usual post about writing…it’s Christmas!  We have to share about decorating – don’t we? It takes me 3 days to get done – and the lights are always a challenge.  I lose my religion over lights.  Bad words come out of my


When the story broke about David Petraeus cheating with his biographer, Paula Broadwell, the news coverage was relentless.  After a week of it, I doubted seriously there would be anything of interest that I cared about or needed to know.  That is, until one blurb on


19
Nov

I Love London

Ever since we visited London five years ago, we’ve always wanted to go back.  There was something about that great city, whether it was the ancient architecture or seeing firsthand the places we’d seen on TV (Big Ben, Buckingham Palace, River Thames, London Eye, etc


Little did I know when I spoke of my favorite authors as writing in a “gritty” way, that a term was already in place for their talents.  It’s known as “grit lit.”  If you Google it, you’ll find several links explaining who wrote it best,


8
Nov

Inspiration

I wrote my second book set in the Blue Ridge Mountains of North Carolina.   We always go through the mountains on our way to Mississippi and on a recent trip, I spotted a low cloud amongst the hills.  We stopped just so I could snap


5
Nov

Distractions

The other day I was in the shower and squirted a gob of conditioner in my hand – then proceeded to wash under my arms.   I had been thinking about what I was going to write, what I would focus on, and, obviously I wasn’t


30
Oct

Lucy Grealy

I get a lot of ideas for what books to read in a number of ways.  One is following the blog of agent, Betsy Lerner.  The suggestions come along by chance, either through a particular post or in the comments area.  For instance, Ms. Lerner


19
Oct

Harvest Time

I’m currently in Mississippi, towards the north end of the state, about forty-five minutes from Memphis and Oxford, and Tupelo is about an hour away.  It’s a state rich with all of those southern “flavors” I love to incorporate into the stories I write. First


8
Oct

A Full Deck

Currently, I’m back to adding in new material to the second book, based on feedback from my agent.  When I submitted the story to him, it was approximately 75,000 words – or 313 pages long.  He loved it, but said towards the end, right after


2
Oct

Wishy-Washy?

I wonder how many other writers go through this? I’ve written two books and both are so completely different, it’s like they came from two different people.  If I had a publisher, the marketing person would likely send me hate emails, or at the very


If you’ve spent time reading about the craft of writing, eventually you’re going to run across an article about one particular aspect of it that many find hard to achieve – especially new writers.   You’ll read things like,  “you need to have a voice” or,


Writing and research go hand in hand, but, writers sometimes get caught by surprise when they realize that research can consume as much time, if not more, than the actual writing itself.  Consider Dan Brown, (THE DA VINCI CODE), for example.  The Wikipedia cites; “Because


I was poking around my blog entries the other day and at the time, I had no real reason for doing this other than to review what I’d written, check to see how long I’d been doing it, while trying to decide what I should


Readers, this is a post I’ve been waiting to do for some time.   Since I started this blog, I’ve often referred to my editor as just that…my editor, or the editor.  This was out of courtesy to her.  I didn’t feel I had the right


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