Nature questions- Robins and nests

A fascinating event is happening outside our kitchen window.  A robin, maybe one who’s been here for several years,  is building a nest. It’s almost mesmerizing to watch this female build such an amazing structure when you consider the fact Continue reading Nature questions- Robins and nests

A link to a great blog article

This is why I’ll try traditional publishers before going the self-pub route. I don’t have enough ego to want to get my novel published no matter what, only to end up not selling it to anyone except my immediate family Continue reading A link to a great blog article

Book Review: Lucy in the Sky by John Vorhaus

I had the pleasure of taking three writing workshops from John Vorhaus at the recent University of Wisconsin Writers’ Institute (UWWI) in Madison. John is brilliantly funny and taught us much about comedy and voice and how to put them into our writing. Continue reading Book Review: Lucy in the Sky by John Vorhaus

Thoughts on a Recent Writers’ Conference

I just returned from the University of Wisconsin Writers’ Institute conference in Madison, WI over the past weekend. This was my second year attending. I went back for three reasons: First, I got great value for what I spent in Continue reading Thoughts on a Recent Writers’ Conference

Grammar Annoyances

Not much of interest going on this week except for the Supreme Court hearing oral arguments about the constitutionality of the mandate section of the Obama administration’s health care bill that passed two years ago. I’ll likely have more to Continue reading Grammar Annoyances

Random Thoughts

It’s been an interesting month and will soon get “interestinger” next month. Gorgeous Wife and I took a trip to Arizona to visit the Sedona area and then drive down to Green Valley to visit my Dad, his wife, and Continue reading Random Thoughts

My Ten Favorite Movies

The Academy Awards take place Sunday night (yawn) so in dubious honor of that over-hyped, over-glammed, overly narcissistic event, I decided to list my ten favorite movies. Don’t give me any grief about my list because one, I’m not a Continue reading My Ten Favorite Movies

A Must Read for Writers and artists of all kinds

Another great post from Kristen Lamb:  http://warriorwriters.wordpress.com/2012/02/22/amazon-beware-of-greeks-bearing-gifts/#comment-23492  She makes the case that all artists need to prepare for the future of marketing our products through whatever conduit is available. Amazon seems to have it all right now, but their danger Continue reading A Must Read for Writers and artists of all kinds

Teachable Moments

Here I sit watching Super Bowl XLVI, sipping Taittinger NV Brut Champagne with my wife, on her birthday, mildly berating myself because I forgot to open a bottle of bubbly last Sunday, MY birthday. We’re savoring the aroma of a Continue reading Teachable Moments