Looking for Silver in the Dross

I’m really struggling to write today’s post, which is why it’s going up so late in the day.I’ll admit that this pandemic and the governments’ responses to it have stirred up a lot of emotions. And I’m struggling to deal with all the things I’m thinking and feeling right now. I’m unsure about the future,... Continue Reading →

Managing Expectations

Lots of people have already written posts about how completely abnormal these times are. If you’re a Chuck Wendig fan, you’ve likely already seen his brilliant and profane post. If you haven’t, you can read it here. Maybe you’ve seen the various memes that are bringing some much-needed levity to the situation. I liked the... Continue Reading →

Comfort in Times of Trouble

I haven’t been sure what to write about today. I want to offer my readers words of wisdom or something comforting, but I’m not sure I have anything original to say.I’ll start by asking everyone to take a deep breath and remember our shared humanity. That is, remember that everyone is stressed and concerned. Everyone... Continue Reading →

Recent Finds

I like doing these periodic “things I’m loving” posts. It gives me a chance to reflect on what has touched me, and that’s always useful. Plus, it’s a way to track what I’ve been up to. And I hope it gives my blog readers a lighter post to read from time to time. I just... Continue Reading →

Writing from the Heart

My critique partners and writing instructors often comment that my fiction isn’t as emotionally engaging as it could be. That criticism doesn’t surprise me because I know that I have a deep-seated fear of my emotions. For the past five or six months, I’ve been working with a therapist to address those fears. My therapist... Continue Reading →

Ch-ch-ch-ch-changes

For some reason, I’ve been thinking about a camping trip I took with my high school science club. I don’t remember which year of high school it was. I think we had three boys and three girls, along with our chemistry/physics teacher as a chaperone. We hiked the Grand Canyon and camped for a few... Continue Reading →

Of Clichés and the Wisdom of Elders

Writers often hear we must avoid using clichés and well-known metaphors in our writing. While that’s usually good writing advice, it can also lead writers to craft metaphors or similes that just… well, fail. (If you want a chuckle, some examples are here.) Sometimes, those clichéd phrases or old sayings feel like the only way... Continue Reading →

Toxic Fandom

A few days ago, an old college acquaintance posted a conversation she’d had with one of her teenage children. They’re both fans of an author who has had a large gap between books in a series. Their conversation was a joking exchange about tying the writer to a chair until they completed the next book.... Continue Reading →

A Scattershot of Hot Takes

Two issues have raised my ire this week. The first Dumpster fire is, of course, the impeachment of Donald Trump. I don't think anyone is surprised that Senate Republicans are doing everything they can to derail the impeachment and protect the party's leader. I'm not, anyway. I just didn't realize that the entire leadership was... Continue Reading →

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