I only remember once having to write the dreaded Summer Vacation essay in grade school. My mom had worked as a housekeeper for the family of another student in my class. I talked all about hanging around her house while she ignored me or played mean tricks on me. Yeah, that was fun. Continue reading “What I Didn’t Do on My Summer Vacation”
Given a choice between a chicken enchilada and a tiny cake ball, I would opt for the cake ball. Really. Knowing that the enchilada will fill me up, give me protein, fiber, and taste good, most likely, I would still go for the small cake that would screw with my blood sugar, give me a stomach burn, and leave me hungry in minutes. I wouldn’t be overweight if I could easily make good food decisions. Continue reading “Sweet Ideas”
As you may know, I struggle with my weight and eating carbs. I attend a weekly support group where we are told repeatedly this Golden Rule: The Best Diet is the one that works for you. Writing fiction is much the same. No two writers will agree completely on the right way to write. Continue reading “The Best Method for Writing Fiction”
Overnight, the beautiful city of Charlottesville, Virginia, became synonymous with Nazi hate vs Liberal agendas. In order to get a complete idea of how that happened, one needs to know the history of the place. And for the record, nothing justifies the kind of violence we are seeing everyday in this country, and especially in this particular event. Continue reading “Charlottesville”
I recently pointed out to a fellow author that as writers, we don’t go anywhere without a writing implement and paper or a quick memo app on our phones. We have to have ways of writing down ideas at the very moment we get them. Otherwise, the idea will be lost forever. Continue reading “So You Want to Write”
Royalties are part of being a published author. If you are lucky, you will get tons of money rolling in and be set to write for years to come. Out of the novella, novel, and various short stories, I have more debt than income. Sadly, being in the red means that the other authors in the anthologies might move to Outer Mongolia before seeing much in the way of royalties. Continue reading “The Royal Whee”
I’m sure you have heard the saying, No battle plan survives first encounter with the enemy. Helmuth von Moltke the Elder, A German field marshal in the 1880s spoke those often quoted words. Of course, he also believed that war gave humans a sense of purpose. However, his battle plan quote is trenchant in the world of writing.