I just arrived home from the Golden Crown Literary Society annual conference in Las Vegas and what a great event it was. Spending four days with fellow writers, readers, reviewers, and like-minded souls does wonderful things to the mind, body, and spirit. Tucked away in my corner of the Pacific Northwest, I work alone crafting my… read more.
I love this picture because the lion always makes me feel so powerful. I snapped it when I was wandering around the National Zoo in Washington DC a few years ago. I’d like to take credit for the words of wisdom attached: “Courage does not always roar. Sometimes it is the quiet voice at the… read more.
I watched Abraham Lincoln Vampire Hunter last night. Didn’t really think I’d like it but I did! Surprisingly I liked it a lot. It made me think what it would be like if I lived my normal life and yet found myself in Abe’s shoes. If I was a vampire hunter: I would move with… read more.
I would venture to say that every writer is routinely asked, “where do you get your ideas?” Hard question to answer because for me they come from EVERYWHERE! Take this morning for example. Sunday mornings @ 6:30 is run time for a group from my triathlon club. It’s a great group and we have an… read more.
I know I’ve been away from here far too long. Have I been busy? Terribly. Have I neglected this blog? Absolutely. Have I learned anything while I’ve been away? Damn straight!! To kick off my return, how about the five things I’ve learned from vampires? Don’t give up. It might look like the end but it… read more.
I spent four days in an intensive writing workshop this month and boy did I get a workout. It’s a bit like living to your income. No matter how much money you make, somehow you seem to adjust to that level of income. Writing for me is the same. No matter how much I improve,… read more.
TENSION…TENSION…TENSION Or – what makes your story sizzle! So, how many times have a critique partner, an editor or an agent rejected your work because it lacked tension? Be honest now…because it’s happened to us all. But what do they mean when they say it lacks tension? Tension can mean many things from a weak plot to boring characters… read more.
The sun is shining, the snow is melting, the air is cool but fresh. Spring promises, at long last, to push aside the chill of winter. Nothing makes for more energy than finally emerging from the darkness of a long cold winter. I walked outside at mid-day and breathed in the fresh air. It was… read more.