Reminder: Help Me Celebrate Indie Author Day in Southern Minnesota

Especially for my followers in Southeastern Minnesota! I’ve just signed on to make a presentation on Saturday, October 14, at the Owatonna Public Library (a darn cool library for its architecture alone–let alone the great staff and service). The event is the Continue reading Reminder: Help Me Celebrate Indie Author Day in Southern Minnesota

Neo Renaissance Means Occasionally Leaving One’s Comfort Zone

(Forgot to claim my 2013 award.) *blush* Not much time to  post since I’m in the middle of my third writing marathon known as National Novel Writing Month, or NaNoWriMo, or NNWM. http://nanowrimo.org/ I signed up to participate (Free, by the Continue reading Neo Renaissance Means Occasionally Leaving One’s Comfort Zone

Writing Milestones–One Large, One Small

Good news for most writers comes, rarely at best. So I was particularly pleased and grateful to achieve two noteworthy goals in the past few weeks. Not quite Champagne-worthy (I’ll save the Dom Perignon for when my first novel is Continue reading Writing Milestones–One Large, One Small

NaNoWriMo and Neo-Ren

If you read this title and thought NaNoWriMo is some weird hybrid animal that’s a cross between an alien being from the planet Ork and a rhinoceros, then you probably aren’t a writer and you don’t know that the inflated Continue reading NaNoWriMo and Neo-Ren

UWWI Thoughts and Impressions 2013

(My next blog post will start toward the new direction I’m taking this blog–A Neo Renaissance focus for us specialized, compartmentalized, 21st-century Americans.) Keep those suggestions rolling in! 😉  *haven’t had a single one yet* For the third consecutive year I Continue reading UWWI Thoughts and Impressions 2013

A New Direction for this Blog

After attending the Tucson Festival of Books last month, one of the biggest nuggets of information I gleaned from the various workshops was Kristin Lamb’s idea that authors of fiction shouldn’t blog about how to write fiction. Particularly if they Continue reading A New Direction for this Blog

I think I’ve got it! By George, I think I’ve got it…well, at least some of it.

With due respect to Professor Henry Higgins and Eliza Doolittle of My Fair Lady and Pygmalion fame, I’ve figured out how to get published as a writer: GET BETTER! “Well, duh-h-h!” I hear you blurt, as if I had made Continue reading I think I’ve got it! By George, I think I’ve got it…well, at least some of it.

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

Eva Cassidy would have been a great writer … even though she was a singer.

All art forms are connected. Creativity is the common denominator. Good art has good structure. Great art has either great structure or unique (new or groundbreaking) structure. Whether the art is visual, audio, written, spoken, tactile, or imagined, it has Continue reading Eva Cassidy would have been a great writer … even though she was a singer.