Life, Plans, and Kickstarter

We arrived at our house in Albuquerque after a two day road trip that begged the question, “Has everyone forgotten how to drive?” Seriously, friends, take it safe if you are traveling this week! We are exhausted. Nonetheless I managed to submit my tenth consecutive entry to Writers of the Future on June 30 from…

Dancing with Fear: Five Tips to Defeat the Fear Monster

If we are doing important work, we are dancing with fear. We say that it’s ‘hard’ to share our work, that’s it’s ‘hard’ to start. But it isn’t hard, it’s just scary. . Dean Wesley Smith talks eloquently about fears, about writing myths, and about how to take control of your own mind to eliminate…

Racing!

Today I found a blog so wonderful, I had to share it with my writing friends. I love a good writing book and I’ve bought hundreds over the years. In fact, I just bought a bunch through StoryBundle’s twice yearly offering of books for writers. (It’s a good deal, check it out!) Writing Slices is…

Boxes

Lately we contemplated buying another house and spent time searching for a better house for us. But today I realized that houses are just boxes. It isn’t changing one box for another box that matters, What matters is how I extend beyond the box I’m in through art and writing. Or how I extend my…

A Spinning Top

My world is in a tizzy of work and activity, but I didn’t want to let the week go without giving you an update. A spinning top is a miracle of physics. It cannot stay upright on its own but once you put it in motion it stays up and even travels slightly across the…

Passover Greetings

Happy Passover! I have a story in the current JewishFiction.net inspired by our family Zoom seder last year. “What Elijah Brought” is an unusual love story with a guaranteed Happy Ever After ending. It’s free to read right now. Kris Rusch told me that it made her tear up and urged me to send it…

Missing Muses

This is just a short post to let people know that I am still alive and didn’t fall into a portal leading to another world, fun as that may be. I am working on a number of projects and courses and this is spinning me around a bit and messing with my productivity. One of…

Magpie Musings

My book launch went better than my wildest dreams. At one point the book was listed as number ten in Amazon’s Top Releases, which was just breathtaking. I’m so beyond grateful I cannot express it. The buzz is settled down a bit, but the book is still doing quite well. I set up a Facebook…

One Ship Sails, Another Hull is Built

Last night I realized that the changes I was making to Thule were reaching the point where I was making the book different rather than better. It looks pretty good to me, now. Undoubtedly it still could be better, but it is time for the book to sail away and for me to start on…

Cruising Through Time

It’s been a while. I know that I actively owe correspondence to several people. If you are waiting, accept my apologies. I’ve had a hard time collecting my thoughts to write lately, whether in the blog or directly to people or in fiction. I suspect that a sleep deficit is to blame and I’m working…