The Hokey Pokey

Photo by Flickr on One of the best, and sometimes the worst, things about being a writer is having a very active imagination. How often do you meet someone for the first time, or overhear a piece of a conversation, and immediately withdraw from the world around you to concoct a story or poem in your… Continue reading The Hokey Pokey

So Long, and Thanks for the Memories

Photo by Olya Kobruseva on Well, here we are - we've finally reached the end of this dreadful year. Maybe 2021 will be a better year for you. Maybe it'll just be more of the same kind of monotonous drudgery and utter bullshit that 2020 smeared all over our faces. Maybe it'll be the… Continue reading So Long, and Thanks for the Memories

On Writing: The Importance of Word Limits

Photo by Jess Bailey Designs on I don't know if I'm in the minority here, but I love word limits. When I'm writing based on contest or submission guidelines, my process is to write everything I want, and then go back in with the Word Limit Sieve and shake out all the excess. Then, when I've… Continue reading On Writing: The Importance of Word Limits

On Reading: Can You Handle the Suspense?

Photo by Gabby K on We are post-Thanksgiving, so it is now officially okay to discuss the upcoming holidays. Whatever your religious persuasion may or may not be, this month is probably going to send waves of stress crashing over you, followed by undertows of guilt. Why oh why did I have to pick… Continue reading On Reading: Can You Handle the Suspense?

On Writing: How’s NaNoWriMo Going for You?

Photo by Maksim Goncharenok on Today marks the halfway point of National Novel Writing Month, otherwise known as NaNoWriMo. By now, some of you are patting yourselves on the back in between gulps of your fourth cup of room-temperature coffee and going, "By George, I think I've got this!" Others of you are re-calculating just how… Continue reading On Writing: How’s NaNoWriMo Going for You?

On Writing: A Gift to Your Future Self

Photo by Pixabay on When I sat down to write something for this blog, I had to flip through page after page of my daughter's doodles to search for a clean sheet. (I'm organized enough to pre-plan my blog posts, but not organized enough to keep clean paper on my desk.) I was nearing… Continue reading On Writing: A Gift to Your Future Self