Fear

So often, fear rules our lives. But it does not rule as much as hinder. Fear is often fed by society. We are told to make a living before we pursue our dreams, because we fear poverty, even homelessness, so we must save for a rainy day, plan for retirement, because...

Forget About It

I’ve known for a while even though I seldom have contact with my mother and that side of the family, but from our phone conversations, especially over the last six months, it’s been obvious. At least to me. To be fair, I do have a wife who works in geriatric care, and...

Why Stray Ally?

I love dogs. I think writers need animals. Dogs, cats, whatever, we need to be surrounded by pets. There are times though when all of us (even writers) are ungrateful owners: our pets become a nuisance. Come in, go out, mess or puke on the rug, sickness, aging, and...

The Muse is Free

You put someone in a box long enough, without light, food, or water soon they embrace darkness, and it becomes part of them. But that’s not what I did. A part of me revealed itself, and I let it play in the sunshine, let it run around in the light, smell the air,...
Eat, Write, Love

Eat, Write, Love

My wife and I have shared 13 Valentine’s Days together. But we have been together almost 15 years. That seems like one Valentine Day short doesn’t it? (Okay it seems like two, but we started dating March 5th, after Valentine’s Day 1999). It is. We were separated for...

I Could Kill You (If I Wanted To)

Confessions of a Crime/Suspense Thriller Writer I don’t usually write long blog posts (no one reads them) and my posts usually focus on writers and writing. Sometimes they focus on something else related to my books of interest to my readers. This one is a little...

A Note on Addiction

I had another post planned. You’ll see several about this today, partly because we lost a great talent, partly because no one wants to talk about the fiasco that was the Super Bowl. There was hardly anything ‘super’ about it, only a few worthwhile commercials, and one...
Intentional Writing

Intentional Writing

Many of you have heard me speak at writer’s groups about a thing I am calling intentional writing. None of the concepts are new, I’m just pulling them together to try to define something without offending anyone. Because there clearly are at least two classes of...