Category: Books and Places

Natural Disasters

I have a strange fascination with natural disasters: fires, floods, earthquakes, hurricanes; random natural events that we mere mortals have no control over.  Back in July 2003, I had my first article published in a national magazine, Lighthouse Digest. (I was so…

Sparking Conversations

I have a confession to make… I’m not very good at small talk. Usually it doesn’t matter that much – I learned a long time ago that smiling and nodding goes a very long way. However, the quiet smiler doesn’t…

Beginning a New Chapter

Transitions can be a real challenge, whether in writing: moving from one scene to the next, or life transitions: changing the place you call home. My family is tackling that second challenge this week as we move from a large…

Inspiration

Writing from the heart of the prairie, I don’t have a castle out my window to inspire me. Fortunately, I do have the support and encouragement of other writers: my local critique partners, my VCFA classmates and advisors, writers I’ve met through Twitter and social media.

The Next Big Thing

I’ve been planning to re-launch my blog for a while and recently when my friend Wayne Wyrick tagged me (here’s his blog), it seemed like a perfect case of synchronicity. It’s always fun to talk about your newly birthed (or still gestating) fiction baby, right? So here goes . . .