As you would expect, a lot of research is required of non-fiction writers—good ones, at least. But did you know that even fiction writers have to research? How much is necessary depends on the story and your personal experience with the events and locations addressed. For someone like me, who’s not widely traveled, location research… Continue reading The Places You Go
During the Covid pandemic, one of my sons gave me a jigsaw puzzle. He had no idea what he was starting. Since then, I’ve worked twenty-nine others, a few of them more than once. I’m currently working on the frustratingly difficult one in the photo at the top of this post. I refuse to let… Continue reading Order From Chaos
Always an introvert, the Pandemic only worsened that for me, until I found myself nearly muted as well as isolated. So bear with me as I try to find my “voice” again. Recently, a family tragedy caused an old friend, Karen, to reach out by text, and I decided to be bold and phone her.… Continue reading Reconnecting With My History
During the last two years, it’s become increasingly difficult for me to put my thoughts into words. Terrible situation for a writer, yes? I’ve been working at a snail’s pace on two novels. I think about these stories constantly. I’ve even dreamed about the characters. And yet when I sit down to write, I struggle… Continue reading Getting Wordy
You know what they say about best laid plans, and in 2020 mine certainly went awry. Not only did I fail to get two novels published, but I failed to get even one. I blame pain, politics, and the pandemic. Fibromyalgia is an unpredictable affliction. Though it causes me some pain nearly every day (and… Continue reading Pain, politics, and pandemic … or why my writing schedule blew up!