Iridium

I might never have heard of iridium if not for Tom Lehrer, whose catchy setting of the periodic table of elements to a Gilbert and Sullivan tune did more to heighten my awareness of chemistry than the few weeks of college Chem I I took before dropping the class. “…There’s yttrium, ytterbium, actinium, rubidium, and Read More …

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 …

Xenodochy

The world needs more xenodochy. And more words. My husband and I agree on the first point, and argue the second when we’ve nothing else to bicker about – which is most of the time. He, a Lean Six Sigma professional, sees a plethora of synonyms as a hindrance to clear and straightforward communication. I Read More …

Bad Attitude Blogging

In his post, “Bad Attitude Blogging,” Opinionated Man writes: I’ve come across countless bloggers that leave a “last post” with an ultimatum in it. Support their blog or they will stop blogging. OM chalks this up to a sense of entitlement. I disagree. I’ve only seen a couple of bloggers – usually under the age Read More …

Genre Rebellion

Writers understand the importance of defining genre; if nothing else, it assures our books shelf space and saves librarians hours of frustration. Beyond that, though, some of us don’t give it much thought. We have stories to tell, and not all of them are docile, co-operative, and neatly pigeonholed within a particular genre. This is neither bad, Read More …

Where Do the Characters Come From?

My friend Willard Campbell asked, “Since I don’t often read children’s books I’m not familiar with your characters. Do you write other books? How do your characters find their way?” Find their way? I don’t know – it’s my job to get them lost and make that a challenge for them. You’d have to ask Read More …

Eradicating Edna

Eradicating Edna is an unfinished novel dedicated to all whose “inner critic” is a bitch.   Prologue Just so no one mistakes the Book Description for the book itself! The chapters are waaaaaay down there. I seriously thought about quitting. Then I recaptured the true spirit of NaNoWriMo. I remembered what it was all about: Read More …

Collaborating on a Book with…

…my daughter, Katie! Yes, definitely on my bucket list. Katie and I make a great team, don’t we? I remember telling my dad, once, that I would not work with computers. They’d been around all my life, and it wasn’t resistance to change or “newfangled technology” that made me edge away from them. It was simply Read More …