In the Bleak Midwinter – Solstice Wishes

The star wheel has turned and even though we’ve had a warm winter with the drought and wildfires it still feels bleak.  Gray has finally washed over the landscape.   The solstice is here and with it I’ve made a silent wish for peace in myself and in the world.  We watched Vice news last…

Delighting in Winter Lights

Tonight I relished the cold as much as I could with my sweetheart at the NC Arboretum.  To be fair I have a metal plate in my neck and I’m quite aware of it during the sub freezing temperatures that we walked through listening to carols and admiring sparkling lights.   There was a certain…

The Ending 

I’m so happy to finally have finished my first draft of my second book.   I’m looking forward to starting revisions.   I know it’s too short at this point but know I’ll expound upon it in the revisions just like I did for the last one.  My critique partner gave me good feedback about…

On my own voice

A dear friend of mine is a sociologist who loves literature. One of her theories is that there is no such thing as fiction. She maintains that all work is somewhat true, somewhat autobiographical.  Another Oscar Wilde quote: Man is least himself when he talks in his own person. Give him a mask, and he…

The Path to Victory 

Romance author Eden Glenn told me the other day that I should read The First Five Pages, so I did.   Noah Lukeman ends with this: Ask yourself what you would do if you knew you would never be published. Would you still write? If you are truly writing for the art of it, the…