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From the Writer’s Desk

Change For most of you, when you here the word change this time of year, the most likely thought that comes to mind is the changing season. Summer relinquishes its hold on the weather and Fall creeps in to cool things down. Leaves change color. People’s overall demeanor seems to change. At least for most of the country. I have […]

From the Writer’s Desk

Dreams What are your dreams? Your true greatest goals; in an idea world or situation, where do you see yourself and what do you see yourself doing? These thoughts have pushed themselves to the forefront in our own family’s life over the past few months. I don’t feel that we are alone as I have noticed several others hinting at […]

From the Writer’s Desk

The Unexpected I recently had the question posed about how do I handle changes in routine. Or more precisely, how do I handle the unexpected?  This started me down a tangent path. I realized that an underlying theme of many of my weekly ramblings had been my effort at returning to routine. The problem with this is the realization that […]

From the Writer’s Desk

I must first apologize for the delay this week as I have attempted to return to a regular posting schedule in addition to a regular writing schedule. However, I find myself behind due to an impromptu Labor Day trip. Today, I am trying to remedy my lax and play catchup. All has not been in vain as the basis for […]

From the Writer’s Desk

Why? This is a question I get quite a bit. Why do I write some of the things I write? Admittedly, they are not everyone’s cup of tea and tend to make some feel uncomfortable. The simple answer is that this stuff is inside of me and I have to let it out or risk exploding.  To a large degree […]

From the Writer’s Desk

Good Monday morning!! Where are you finding yourself this morning? I am finding my groove once again. Kids are settling back into school. My fingers are beginning to regain their nimbleness on the keys at my computer. My brain is increasingly wandering/lingering on the latest novel which is taking up more space on the hard drive and in the cloud. […]

New Suit

As I have contemplated my latest installment after yet another hiatus, it became obvious the best place to begin would be with an explanation. Most within my immediate circle know the backstory of the illness I have suffered with over the past almost two years. It has certainly had its ups and downs and given many challenges along the way. […]

Parallels

As you write, do you find that aspects of your life creep in to your characters, settings, or plots?  Are arguments or conflicts between characters easier to narrate if you have experience similar? Writing then becomes an instant replay of your experiences. Of course, the adage “write what you know” epitomizes this theory but to what extreme? Do you reach […]

From the Writer’s Desk

Where do you go from here? This week, I pose a legit question. I have completed my first novel and started looking for an agent. Optimism has become my driving force now as I wait for a response (hopefully, the one I want). The question remains, where to go from here? What do I do in the interim? Of course, […]

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