Anticipation—What? More Legend Stories?

It’s the calm before the storm. We’re expecting two bouts of winter weather this week after it was in the 60’s yesterday. I’ve been to the grocery store for “milk and bread.” And of course, the weather people make it sound as if it’s the end of the world. It’s December, Read More...

Thanksgiving blessings

Like many women on this day, I am up making preparations for the family feast at four o’clock. Thanks to Paul's Fruit Market who provided the bulk of the food. And thanks to my chef son who’s coming early to whip potatoes and make my mother’s banana pudding. When thinking Read More...

Thanksgiving always brings thoughts of Christmas—oh, my!

The kids and their kids are coming for Thanksgiving dinner. I’m already thinking ahead and plan on cleaning my basement and buying food. But after next Thursday, I plan to put up the Christmas tree sometime during the weekend. And I’ve already started shopping for Christmas Read More...

The “history” of My Lord Raven

“Finish your unfinished manuscripts,” the psychic at the psychic fair told me several years ago. That was right after I’d been rejected again from a major New York publisher, a particularly disheartening rejection. In the 90’s, I’d started two stories that continued to Read More...

If it’s Thursday, I need to blog

Sure, it’s Halloween and festivities with the grandchildren are all messed up tonight because of bad weather. Plan B is trick-or-treating at the local mall. Sometimes, well often, real life intervenes on my writing life. This week it’s been nerve-wracking—husband in the Read More...

Cowboy Up!

It’s easy to get discouraged as you live your life. If you are a writer whose goal is to publish, your life may be filled with rejection and frustration. In the past, it was worse with traditional publishing. In today’s self-publishing world, you can control what and when Read More...

There’s No Crying on Horseback

When my granddaughter was five and started taking horseback riding lessons, she learned that “there is no crying on horseback.” If the horse goes a little too fast, you don’t scream and cry—you do what you need to do to slow the horse like pulling back on your reins or Read More...

Inspiration. Where do the ideas come from?

I’ve written a few books and stories in my life. Some have taken years to finish, others a few months. By now I have a method that I go through when I start a story. I take out one of my plotting worksheets, a conglomeration of various classes I’ve taken over the years, and Read More...

Notes from group therapy: parenting and feelings

Back in the day, I went to group therapy every week for over a year. It changed the way I looked at life, and I’ve credited it for “saving my life” in many respects. Being the perfectionist only child that I am, I took notes about the things I was learning, and later I typed Read More...

Kitten on the Keys

Readers don’t know what a hard time we novelists have writing all of those great books for them to read. They just don’t understand how difficult it is to work in a home where pets live. For one thing, cats love to walk on your keyboard. They love to rub up against you Read More...