Every trip to the doctor or even the dentist will involve meters and measurements to tell how healthy you are. Your temperature might be taken, your blood pressure checked, reaction time on joints, even hand strength is used to get a full picture. Those clues along with a blood panel will be used to determine where you are in a health matrix. Continue reading “En- Gauged Health”
You know that saying, life isn’t a spectator sport? Well, for writers, that is not true. We watch the world around us, the people as they interact, the children, the parents, the lovers, the elderly, anyone who might inspire a story or help with a plot twist. We catch dialogue, facial expressions, and body language. Current fashions and technology help with contemporary stories. But any scrap of personality or attitude can be worked into any Romance. Continue reading “Watching the World go By”
People eat the strangest things and call food the oddest names. We also refuse to eat some things that are actually very nutritious for us. Basically, eating is a mind game and you will be more inclined to eat the kind of foods you grew up eating. You might change up the seasonings and side dishes, but the main ingredient will be standard. Continue reading “Just Like Mother Used to Make”
Way back in time, Anton Chekov advised writers to focus on important details only. And if you mention and describe the rifle over the fireplace, someone darn well better get that rifle down and use it at some point. By focusing on it, you make a promise to the reader that this item is worthy of attention. Continue reading “Promises to Keep”
Ms. RA Winter and I go way back. Almost six months, maybe a year. She caught my eye on Scribophile when she published her book Little Sparrow: A Kiowa Love Story. I read it quickly and had a great time with it. The best was the character of Grandfather. He captured my heart in his first scene.
Ebooks captured my attention from the early days. The idea of carrying an entire library worth of books around with me was better than sliced bread and solved so many problems for me. Like what to do when I finished a book and hadn’t brought a second one. Or how to keep my wrists and hands from hurting while reading hardbacks or really thick books. A career of 24 years at a desk job that included lifting heavy case files had ruined my tendons.
Yes, it’s time to give the men some input. Just imagine if we let them go through their whole story without some guidance! There could be mass hysteria, but probably just mass sports programs, beer bottles, and pizza cartons. Someone has to clean up the mess, right? Continue reading “Advice for Heroes”