Photo by Francisco Gomes on Unsplash Losing it When trees took down wires Meant cold nights Eating out Plotting to charge devices Where power glowed bright The storm was fast. Glowering skies pelted rain then hail then snow then rain again. Then the winds began. Erratic hard blows thrashed tall, old trees with nasty, specific… Continue reading Juiced by Electricity
Photo by Christiana Rivers on Unsplash She caught it Without an effort: Moment’s glimpse — what’s to come, glowing strong, more powerful with each precious day. I wrote the poem, then hunted for the photograph, found it in minutes. Some poems are like that. They summon their likeness for viewing, the picture and the poem… Continue reading Picture of Love: One
Photo by Ray Hennessy on Unsplash Fifteen years And I miss him still Guide, goad, ghoul Brilliant man My father, brave and so bright, Yearning to fly home. Fifteen years ago, my father died. He was 80 years old, had lived a full and active life, climbing mountains in the world, in his life, inside himself.… Continue reading Fifteen Years Gone
Photo by Aleksandr Ledogorov on Unsplash There are phenomenally useful acronyms in writer world that others might find highly effective in the real world. The ones cited in the title are used everyday in the world of romance writers, describing a story’s arc and outcome: HEA: Happily Ever After HFN: Happy for Now The industry of romance stories… Continue reading HEA vs. HFN
Photo by Emma Simpson on Unsplash I’m convalescing. Doesn’t that sound serious? It does to me. I hear convalescing and I think ominous, terrible, portentous, but all it really means is I’m recovering from the stunningly awful cough/cold thing that has had me hacking, head aching, miserable for the past few weeks. Early on, the doctor did… Continue reading If I Pull a Muscle Coughing, Does It Count as Exercise?
Photo by The Roaming Platypus on Unsplash I don’t do negative book reviews — until I posted one yesterday. The negative review was not for the content. The core ideas, principles, and recommendations are solid. Unfortunately, that brilliance is buried under mounds of words, so many meaningless, energy-sucking words. I don’t post negative reviews because I don’t force… Continue reading A “You Can Do Better” Book Review
Skitterphoto on Pexels A couple pages in and I was ready to throw the book against the wall. I held back violence since I was reading on my Kindle and I had agreed to review the book. I pressed on, thinking perhaps it might be a useful guide for a truly lost new writer. Several chapters… Continue reading Ways to Thrive as a Writer: Know There’s Nothing Else You’d Rather Be Doing