I’m enjoying the pleasant, breezy spring weather in Texas, with a huge debt of gratitude to my sister Joan and her terrific husband David for giving me a home away from home and a place to relax and get back in touch with my creative spirit. A few weekends ago, we drove a few hours […]
Finally, I departed on my road trip to Texas, which I began planning ten years ago. When I was a kid, my whacko mother told me that I had a half-sister, but she died of MS. In late 2005, I discovered on Ancestry.com that my sister was alive and well in Texas, and I made […]
Dear Twitter Admins: Thanks for reviewing my request to be a “verified” Twitter user. I was disappointed that I am “not eligible” to be verified, especially after I saw today’s news: “On Tuesday, Twitter gave its preferred status, a verified check mark, to Jason Kessler, the creator of the white supremacist Charlottesville rally in August that […]
Happy Friday to all! Another week in the history books, and if you’ve been wanting to do some writing, this weekend is a great time to start!
In the writing classes I’ve taught over the years, I’ve often said that as a writer, your words can entertain, enlighten, even change the world. It’s not a new concept. Back in the mid-1500s, Martin Luther wrote: “If you want to change the world, pick up a pen.” That’s just as true today.
Many writers are moody, temperamental types, and deeply influenced by the people around them. Here’s some advice that will help keep you writing and reasonably sane in daily life.
Last night, I was hard at work getting rid of most of the stuff cluttering my office and my life. The next round of freebies to be given away on Craigslist was some software I no longer use from…holy crap…25 years ago?!? Once state-of-the-art products like Adobe Photoshop 3.0, Microsoft QuickC, and Visual Basic. I […]
I didn’t use Twitter much until recently, when a writing client and good friend, Tim Allen, convinced me I should take a second look. I got more active in the Spring, and today, I hit 10,000 followers on Twitter! I’ve met some awesome people there. If you are a struggling writer looking to expand your […]
Good news for writers—sales of e-books improved this summer for the first time in two years! Publisher’s Weekly reports that e-book sales from trade publishers rose 2.4% in May 2017, led by a 3.2% gain in adult book sales, offsetting a 3.2% decline in children’s and YA books, and a 9.4% decline in the religious […]
At long last, after putting it off for an eternity, my massive driveway is finished! It’s more like a road than a driveway lol — 100 feet long, 1,800 pounds of steel rebar, 40 tons of concrete. It’s one major project off my “To Do” list before I can head off on an autumn adventure […]