When a character in my historical novel, American Gold, wanted to know the time, would he or she check a pocket watch or a wrist watch? Another one of those nitpicking details I needed to check that had nothing to … Continue reading
Writing my historical novel, American Gold, I find myself using Czech words and names, but Word keeps flagging them as misspellings. I don’t want to add them to my main dictionary because I’ll probably never use those words or names … Continue reading
I just watched the powerful movie, Oranges and Sunshine, based on the book Empty Cradles by Margaret Humphreys. (Later editions were titled Oranges and Sunshine: Empty Cradles.) Now I want to read the book. The movie chronicles Humphreys’ journey investigating … Continue reading
According to this article in Bomb, the publishing world has known for a long time that the CIA was involved in the founding of the Paris Review. I only found out two months ago. but then I’m not in the … Continue reading
I received a professional critique of the first five pages of my historical novel in progress, American Gold, from Jodi Henley. Your first five pages are the most critical when submitting to an agent or publisher, or grabbing a reader … Continue reading
I didn’t want this book to end. I wanted to keep on reading more about Ove and the situations he gets into. The book is both humorous and sad. It’s written in present tense in conversational tone. Ove is a … Continue reading
It is so frustrating when I learn about what sounds like the perfect writers conference or retreat only to find that it’s already happened or registration is closed. Instead of waiting for your favorite writers magazine or author group to … Continue reading
Do all writers need a platform, and just what is platform anyway?
What if you’re an unpublished fiction writer?
Happy New Year everyone! Are your rocks in order for 2017? Successful author Joanna Penn uses the analogy of rocks in a jar for determining major, medium, and minor goals in her podcast. Maybe it will keep you from getting … Continue reading
The e-cards I sent this year included an audio file of a child singing “Silent Night.” That has always been my favorite Christmas carol. I love the simple melody and lyrics, and it reminds me of my own childhood when … Continue reading