Book Reviews & Discussions, The Writing Life

Joining a Book Club

a n x i e t y I recently joined a local book club, and while I'm looking forward to the first meeting in a few weeks, I have a bit of anxiety, wondering if being a writer is going to make it more difficult to fit in with the group. I have moments where… Continue reading Joining a Book Club


Twist of Theme

As I turn the pages each month in my writer magazines I receive, I'm always dumbfounded by the number of advertisements for MFA programs. There are days I dream of taking such a step, but I always pull myself back into the stark honesty that I am really not a great candidate for such a program.… Continue reading Twist of Theme

Character Development, Oldsters, Protagonists

Short & Sweet…

This week I'm really looking for feedback to a question I'm hoping some of you fiction writers may have asked, and now are willing to pass that wisdom down. Beta Readers Do you use? How do you choose? Exactly what kind of feedback do you expect? My initial thoughts are these: I want people who… Continue reading Short & Sweet…

Book Reviews & Discussions, Character Development, Turn the Page

Tuesday’s Turn the Page: “A Thousand Acres” by Jane Smiley

I recently finished reading A Thousand Acres, by Jane Smiley. It had been on my Goodreads list for a while, and I'm glad I finally read it - even if it was ten years late (the novel won the Pulitzer Prize in 1992). While it's often called a contemporary retelling of Shakespeare's King Lear, I… Continue reading Tuesday’s Turn the Page: “A Thousand Acres” by Jane Smiley

Book Reviews & Discussions, Character Development, Guest Blogs, Oldsters, The Vault, Turn the Page, Writing Resources, Writing workshops

…word slingers wanted

A huge part of the writing life is learning from others. Whether it's reading fiction, or reading about writing through books, magazines/e-zines or other authors' blogs, I am excited if I take one nugget of information away that I can apply to my writing. To that end, I want to reciprocate. That means structuring this… Continue reading …word slingers wanted

Writing workshops

…always the student

I spent today in beautiful Sarasota, Fl - about 40 minutes from my home in St. Petersburg - attending a writing workshop led by CNN Senior Copy Editor and novelist John DeDakis. DeDakis has been with CNN for years, and currently works on The Situation Room with Wolf Blitzer. He's also the author of two… Continue reading …always the student

Character Development, Self-Publishing

…the errors of our way

Every day, more writers are turning to the world of self-publishing. While I understand their tendency to take this route, the result - for me at least - is that the lack of proof reading and editing is having disastrous results in the literature we're reading. I own a Kindle, and I have the Prime… Continue reading …the errors of our way