The huge storm that had us filling buckets of water and getting portable heaters for when we lost power didn't live up to expectations. Thank goodness. Though everywhere around us was hit hard, we just got a normal winter storm that left a few inches of ice-covered snow. This is what the surrounding area looks… Continue reading WHEW!
Not too long ago I talked about writer's block and how I had it though it's not normally a problem with me. That time with writer's block taught me something. That sometimes there's a reason your mind refuses to go further and your imagination stops working. When I finally decided I couldn't continue with the… Continue reading SOMETIMES YOU DON’T KNOW WHAT YOU KNOW
I looked at the thermometer this morning and considered going into a song and dance routine. Because it was thirty-two degrees. It was up to freezing. This is important because two days ago it was minus thirty-four degrees. That's cold. Very cold. So cold I didn't attend church. Or go outside at all. Two days… Continue reading WRITING IS LIKE THE WEATHER
I read a Quora question recently. It was first published a year or so ago, then updated recently. The question was what every aspiring writer should know and I liked the best answer. The one up-voted to the top of the answers: Here is the link: If you don't feel like following the link,… Continue reading WHAT EVERY ASPIRING WRITER SHOULD KNOW
I've gone back to writing short fiction because I love it and, more to the point, because there seems to actually still be a market out there for short fiction. However -- just in case I'm wrong about that market existing -- I'm also thinking ahead about putting those short stories together in an anthology… Continue reading ANTHOLOGY?
Chris the Story Reading Ape Ah hah! I now know that Christ, the story-reading ape is male. I've always wondered whether 'Chris' was short for Christopher or Christine. Or simply Chris, whether male or female. I once spoke with a novel marketing person who suggested that I come up with a pen name that… Continue reading CHRIS THE STORY-READING APE… MORE
One of my favorite people is Chris, the story-reading ape. He/she is always there for writers and sings their praises every day. So here's a shout-out for Chris! (P.S. When I get this tech thing figured out I'll include a link to his website. That'snext on my agenda. Learn what I'm doing.)
I reached an impasse in the story I'm working on. A dead end. An insurmountable wall. Sat down and stared at the computer screen for what seemed like hours, wondering what to do. Writer's block isn't something I normally suffer from but this time it hit and it hit hard. I finally decided that the… Continue reading PUSHING THROUGH