Deconstructing “Gone Girl” by Gillian Flynn

I rarely read bestsellers for many reasons. Mainly, I’m a slow adopter of new anything: technology, popular culture, political issues, new cars, new drugs, etc. But since Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn is in my current writing genre, mystery/thriller/suspense, and had Continue reading Deconstructing “Gone Girl” by Gillian Flynn

How to sort through the top ten lists of five easy ways to determine the three best strategies for a successful you in 2013.

As 2013 begins, I realize I am suffering from sensory overload. I blame the internet. Possibly the most wonderful, useful, time-saving, inspirational tool I’ll see in my lifetime, the dark side of the internet is the conundrum of having too Continue reading How to sort through the top ten lists of five easy ways to determine the three best strategies for a successful you in 2013.

Six things I learned from my first National Novel Writing Month participation

It’s not hard to write 2000+ words a day. When I’m really rolling, I wrote that much in a few hours–maybe three. Having a self-imposed deadline made it easier to write. Reaching that concrete goal gave me added pressure but increased my motivation. Continue reading Six things I learned from my first National Novel Writing Month participation

Health care analogy with Cheesecake Factory

Warning: mild political commentary disguised as someone else’s opinion … with which I agree wholeheartedly. What the heck does Louis Armstrong have to do with the Cheesecake Factory and Obamacare? I’m not sure. I think nothing, but the video is Continue reading Health care analogy with Cheesecake Factory

Yes, but there exists a Third Side

Warning: Political commentary in the form of a link and a short personal opinion. The Wrong Side Absolutely Must Not Win The Third Side is the Libertarian Party along with the inspired statesmanship of Congressman Ron Paul. Check them out if Continue reading Yes, but there exists a Third Side

Has cyberspace created a Blogging Bubble?

Blogging. Everyone’s doing it. Well, not everyone. But if you’re not blogging, you should be. That seems to be a standard piece of advice to writers, both aspiring and established. Connect on social media. Blog, tweet, Facebook, Pinterest, LinkedIn, whatever then next Continue reading Has cyberspace created a Blogging Bubble?

Robin’s Nest III– Final Chapter

(A running commentary compiled over the days since the last post.) We named our baby robins the Four Stooges: Moe, Larry, Curly, and Shemp. We don’t know who’s who yet, but one seems a bit bigger and one seems a bit Continue reading Robin’s Nest III– Final Chapter

Robin’s Nest II- the eggs have hatched!

I’m a little slow in my reporting, the chicks have been hatched for about two weeks. They seem to double in size almost every day, and barely fit into the nest. Momma Robin seems to have grudgingly accepted our presence, and Continue reading Robin’s Nest II- the eggs have hatched!

Book Review of “The Writer’s Journey” by Christopher Vogler

I’ll make this simple. I’m a relative newcomer to writing, but have read a good-sized pile of “how-to” writing books: Stephen King, Anne Lamott, Natalie Goldberg, James Scott Bell, Donald Maas, Larry Brooks, Chris Roerden, Randy Ingermanson, Strunk and White, Continue reading Book Review of “The Writer’s Journey” by Christopher Vogler