Since the times I remember sneaking off to read my mother’s books instead of doing the vacuuming, I’ve had a love affair with words on a page and the secret stories they tell. Here are some of the things that keep me coming back over and over to the second love of my life–reading. Characters […]
Writers have to be prepared to think in terms of the long game. First of all there’s the decision of actually becoming a writer and that’s often a hard one. Toughest for me was deciding long after I’d been writing my first novel for months that I really could be called a writer. An author? […]
Are you an organized writer? Or do you just hope that article gets done, that blog gets written, those edits do themselves? My creative process is often at odds with my organizing angel who sprawls on my right shoulder prodding me to make a list. Sometimes I do. Other times I just know what the […]
Yesterday the news was full of yet another shooting of innocent people, this time in San Bernardino, California. The reports are somewhat conflicting but what we do know is that fourteen people who happened to be in the wrong place at the wrong time–at a holiday celebration!–are now dead and a good number more are […]
NOTE: Last fall for the launch of The Loyalist’s Luck I guest posted on a number of sites through the Historical Fiction Virtual Blog Tour. Today’s post is an updated version of one of those posts. Suddenly voices sounded ahead of him and he clenched his weapon. Not fifty feet away a tall red-jacketed officer […]
The phone keeps ringing, there’s a nagging pain in my side (misplaced appendix?), and feet and hammers are pounding on my roof just above my head. How is a writer to concentrate???
Today I’m looking at winter pictures to keep cool as the temperature is way up there and with the humidity feels even higher. Note to travelers: if you plan on visiting southern Ontario, come in spring or fall, unless you love heat. Just looking at the ice covering these trees cools me down, though, and […]