New Year’s Thoughts, Not Resolutions

As long as I can remember, the phrase New Year’s Resolutions inspired guilt in me. I realize I had no obligation to answer this question or to make a “resolution” to do something different or fulfill a goal I let slide the year before. However, I do appreciate the...

Lesson in Research Redux

I had reason to go to our storage facility and bring home the boxes of files I accumulated researching my book as well as writing it. To use a cliché, it truly was a “Blast from the Past.” The book was published in 2009, and I have not looked at these files since. I...

How Canning Fruit Supports My Writing

We’ve all learned how certain practices support others. Such a taking a walk can help us work out a problem or vacuuming the carpet encourages the resolution for a dilemma. For me, it is the hard labor of picking fruit and canning that helps to sort out my mental...

Why I “Shut Up and Write”

I’m sitting with a group of strangers in a local church that has offered this Shut Up and Write Meet Up space to write. We are all here to work on whatever it is we are writing. Some are writing novels, short stories, blogs, school papers and lots of stuff I don’t...