When the Critic Doesn’t Know Your Name

It’s one thing to belong to, and get feedback from, a local writing group where everybody knows your name. It’s quite another to get constructive criticism from someone who has nothing but your words by which to judge your writing and who isn’t constrained by friendship in giving it. One reason to join OWFI and to Read More …

Book Signings & Speaking Engagements!

Eight years is long enough to practice avoidance and get really, really good at it. That’s how long it’s been since Trockle was first published; I still remember standing in my kitchen, on the phone with Vivian Zabel, President of 4RV Publishing, as she informed me that the printed books had arrived and it was Read More …

Spam Café

Now and then, I don a HAZMAT suit and dive into the spam bucket to see if anyone I know fell in. (I won’t name names, and I won’t always throw you a rope – kind of depends on the depth and stinkiness of the bucket on any given day.) I miss the days when Read More …

Collecting the Debt

Determined to write more fiction, and inspired by the OWFI Writers’ Conference and the example set by Marian Allen (who, annually, writes me into her stories, much to my delight!), I signed up for Story a Day in May. My chosen prompt? I visited Creative Copy Challenge #382 for ideas, where the latest prompt is to use the following Read More …

Quell the Quest

Quell the urge to fight against the hours; Relent, give in, admit defeat – move on. Such is life, and there are worthier pursuits – Truer aims, more meaningful challenges Ubiquitous — Vanquish those. Waste not one precious moment Xerescaping the page. Say to what grows in imagination, “Yes!” Embrace the strange, exotic, foreign fruit Read More …

The Season of Emotional Eating

Goodbye, January! You’ve managed, once again, to pull a prank on my beloved red maple – Climbing Tree #2, aka “Oscar” – with the kiss of sunshine and a few unseasonably warm days. February, be kind… you know this poor tree will never learn its lesson. I’m not sure which people love more, in January: Read More …

Accountable, Even on Long, Lazy Weekends in the Sun

I know, that’s supposed to be “Friday: Week 3 Down, 49 to Go.” But with Martin Luther King Day, last Monday, I’ve been off by a day or two, all week. I woke up yesterday morning to sunshine slipping between the wooden slats on my blinds, and panicked: “Oh, my God, I’m late to work!” Didn’t Read More …

Truth or Consequences: 2015 Resolution Roulette

There can be only one: The Non-Negotiable, 100% Committed, Do or Die Trying Goal for 2015. All other goals served up on the Smorgasbord of Aspirational Inclinations. Read More …