There are some words and phrases I wouldn’t miss one iota if I never heard them again.  They are buzz words and sentences that make me do one of several things when I hear them: Roll my eyes Make snarky comments Change channels Change the


Far Fetched

In my latest work in progress, I’ve been struggling with plausibility, i.e. trying to not have things happen in this story that seem too far fetched  The last thing I want is for someone to roll their eyes when reading..  In particular, there is an

Today, and for all the days ahead, pray for residents of Moore Oklahoma as they go through the recovery of their lost, loved ones and grapple with the loss of home, family, and friends.  Also, please pray for our heartland in general, because, it’s not

I’m publishing this again, this time with a title change.  I quickly realized “Visitors” might mean actual “visitors” to this site…and nooooo, that’s not the topic! I love mystical things, the obscure and spiritually symbolic bits that come to us on occasion.  These unexplained occurrences


Pie Analogy

Writers spend copious amounts of time working on their craft, and sometimes we need to take a break, just to let our brains rest.  I have several ways of allowing my mind to stop pushing itself into a story.  This is an obsessive tendency that


Pet Peeve

This post is not necessarily going to win me any new friends.  It might even offend a few people.  And, please know, I do not claim to be the expert on writing.  But…, I do read, and I read a lot.  Not just books, but

No less than three times, and probably more like half a dozen, there have been suggestions, prompts or outright directions to write without the thought of a particular goal, to write without over-thinking your words, to write fast, but mainly, just write.  This is not


Wide Awake

There are a lot of reasons I’ve not been getting much sleep lately.  For one, I’m wearing a medieval sort of contraption on my left leg, known as a night splint.  It pulls my foot up slightly and is intended to treat that ongoing, pesky

When you begin your writing project, have you ever waffled between which point of view (POV) you should use with your story? As I began writing book one, I never questioned which POV I wanted to take.  I wrote in the first person because I


Tighten Up!

There you are, plugging along, writing your first draft, and perhaps you’re already thinking about the work involved when you will need to go back and do revisions.   But…, did you know there’s a quick and easy way to make your writing better?  And it’s