Heinlein Should Know!

There is no way that writers can be tamed and rendered civilized or even cured. The only solution known to science is to provide the patient with an isolation room, where he can endure the acute stages in private and where food can be poked in to him with a stick. -Robert A. Heinlein Writing... Continue Reading →

Paying The Price

The price you pay for a creative gift is that you have to do it. No. Seriously. I think there are fewer people able to create -- actually create, if not ex nihilo at least with decent innovation -- than we think of. I'll plead guilt to the fact that my creation isn't ex-nihilo. I've... Continue Reading →

I Need More Time

Actually, I need to be in about three places at once. This is my way of telling you today's post will be postponed until this afternoon thanks to a faulty sprinkler system controller that left the water running on ONE station all night. So I have a quagmire in the backyard, a dog who has... Continue Reading →

The winter of our discontent

We're a little short of sons of York (new or otherwise) around these parts. It is also the middle of our winter. Short days, cold, a lot of wind and rain. What should be ideal writing weather, because the temptation to do anything else is somewhat lessened. Since when did we let that stop us... Continue Reading →

But Wait! There’s More!

Ah, that moment when the subject matter experts return the draft, and you stare at the unopened emails, taking a deep breath... When 3 out of 4 say in different way but with the same meaning "You didn't show this; you need to tied up that plot thread with a scene to explain"... well, then,... Continue Reading →

A Mad Scramble

Which, I suppose, could be describing a breakfast, but in this case I was thinking about the Kitchen Island Caper of this last week, and how it applies to me as a writer. Which might, perhaps, be illuminating for other writers. I'm not terribly good at doing more than one thing at a time. Note... Continue Reading →

A Stroll Through the Garden

Or, more accurately, a frantic scramble through the garden as I try to keep everything alive in the heat wave we’ve been having. So far, it’s been pretty successful. The lettuce I planted last fall overwintered just fine- despite winter temperatures down to the negative teens with only a normal row cover to shield it!-... Continue Reading →

How many miles to Babylon?

How many miles to Babylon?Three score miles and ten.Can I get there by candle-light?Yes, and back again.If your heels are nimble and light,You may get there by candle-light.Traditional Rhyme Again and again, in Liberty con, the same question was asked "Yes, but how do indie authors get known/promote?" Curiously, the answer was given to me... Continue Reading →

Me Thinks They Protest Too Much

I'll be honest. I couldn't figure out what to write about this morning. When that happens, I tend to check a couple of sites for ideas. One of them, The Passive Voice, almost always gives me an idea or three. Sometimes, I'll find an idea at Publishers Weekly. Facebook can even give me an idea... Continue Reading →

Narrator’s point of view

'The one who states his case first seems right, until the other comes and examines him.' Proverbs 18 verse 17 Follow any court case - or even any debate, and if you're undecided, it's who puts the most convincing case, which is both logical and consistent. The facts, set out by either party, from their... Continue Reading →

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