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

There it is.  You’ve just finished up a real doozy of a chapter, only to sit back and worry that what you’ve written has gone overboard in some way. Maybe you’re writing about someone who was perceived as the least likely person to end up

One of my favorite stories about Kiwi is the one I heard right after we first got her.   Blaine brought her home as a “surprise” companion for Bella, and en route from Mississippi back to North Carolina with little Kiwi in his lap, he made