Do a little dance

Every day I spend over twelve hours facing an digital screen. I’m not so old that I should get dizzy if I jump a little or jog short distances. My bones shouldn’t creak yet. So, this stationary existence of mine was becoming a bit of an annoying problem. Maybe you’re wondering what I do all day that I need such long hours of face-time with my computer and devices. I write novels, blog posts, and … Read on …

People I think I know

I want to talk a little about character development and how all of the characters I have written have become real people to me. I wrote a blog post about Flash Back, Second Nature, and Being Human, a while ago. Here it is if you’re interested: It’s true, my characters are me … and you. Even after the book is written and the story complete, what Charley might do or what Emery would say, still … Read on …

It’s fun and good for you too

Blogging about writing and reading has become therapy for me. I may have mentioned once or twice that storytelling is cathartic. Well, writing generally is, although, there is also this teensy-tiny stereotype that writers are psychologically challenged (not unstable, insane, or looney, mind). As I was saying. Instead of journaling, you could just as well talk to your peers or friends. (As if you need to add one more self-improvement tool to your list of … Read on …

The importance of being

We all have to make choices, regardless of which path through life we choose. What to eat, what to wear, what careers we pursue, where we live, how we live, what we stand for, what we fight for, etc. Again, regardless of the path, some decisions we will want to take back once the choices are made. It’s easy to change our minds about a favorite flavor of ice cream. Or we can decide to … Read on …

Time out from the ‘digital now’

I watched another amazing TED talk: Life in the “digital now.” It gave me inklings. It was poetically delivered and I noticed several of the commenters agreed, even though the delivery of the talk was disparaged by the same comments participants. Also, there were those who disagreed and even questioned the value of Ms. Dawesar’s speech, some discrediting her message as not instructive enough. I didn’t realize TED talks were self improvement ‘to do’ lists; … Read on …

Tales of speculative horror

I write Horror … oh, wait I mean speculative/science Fiction. I really detest genres and cannot wait for the day when some ingenious retailer (Amazon or iBooks) comes up with a way to extract meta-data in a book with the use of a tiny spider. Through my crystal ball I see: jambing a book into an imperfectly sized box as a thing of the past. You see, I have the problem of classifying my work … Read on …

I could only live in the past if I didn’t know what I know now

In my past life head space I am usually somewhere between “Oh, wouldn’t it be lovely,” and “Well, THAT would be unfortunate.” Regardless, though, that that place is not reality based. I’m fascinated, if not more than a little obsessed with the lifestyles of the rich and famous—two hundred or more years ago. But yes, indeed, it was also a trying time for the middle and lower classes back then, the majority (same as today … Read on …

When things get science fictiony

I was intrigued that the readership for my first novel was a bit heavier on the male reader side even though my protagonist is a woman. I mentioned this to my husband and he admitted, men do more often read fiction books written by other men, although possibly subconsciously. So yes, generally, to have more male readers than female is surprising. Then he said something, which struck me like a ton of bricks (and not … Read on …

I’m an introvert. There I said it

I’ve been listening to podcasts and recently I ran across a conversation Joanna Penn, of The Creative Penn, had with Beth Beulow. I’ve gained a lot of insight from various shows but this particular one was so personally enlightening. It was almost a moment of epiphany, an hour. I’m an introvert. There I said it. I cannot believe I never knew this about myself. I too feel drained by social interactions and energized by solitary … Read on …

WIP: status update March 2016

My newest work in progress is If There Be Giants, book one of The Watchers series. The status is I’m roughly 45 thousand words into it. Unlike the Fountain of Life series, it’s written in third-person (omnipresent narrator), which once you read it you’ll understand why. This story follows an archeologist, Dr. Mallory Jacks, and her discovery of a strange but familiar creature. The setting is modern day in Cornwall, England. I anticipate this series … Read on …