Keeping to My Path

I forgot. Then Guy Kawasaki recommended If You Want to Write, by Brenda Ueland. No, I don’t know him personally. I heard him on loco MPR, When I was younger, I went… Continue reading

Topaz – Jewel of Desire

I’ve been blogging about writing Topaz – Jewel Of Desire. I have started posting the story at Why a slightly different name? I thought the full name would be too long. Just… Continue reading

Fictional Character as Victim

Sidrea speaks: Phyllis writes about me, in Topaz – Jewel of Desire, without my permission. She thinks she knows me. She does not. She says I am evil. I am not. I am… Continue reading

Character Development

I tend to be epic.  My stories start simple and bloom outward. Usually, I start with one character and one point of view, and soon have six points of view. I began Topaz… Continue reading

Bad Sentence

“He had Dickerson beside him and eight officers arranged behind him.” This is a sentence from a published book and an incorrect use of had. Had is to be used in the PAST… Continue reading

Social Media

Social media, facebook, twitter, blogging, is the new way to advertise and get my name as an author out there. But when I read what I need to do to be successful at… Continue reading

Good Day for Writing

Today was most unusual. I was so very tired when I woke up, I decided to cancel my day and just stay home, stay in bed and finish getting over a cold.I went… Continue reading


When I began writing Topaz – Jewel of Desire I just wrote and let the story take me where it wanted. I posted a chapter twice a week for several months then once… Continue reading


If you want your children to be geniuses, have them read fantasy. If you want them to be more geniuses, have them read more fantasy. Albert Einstein (I think) Why fantasy, and I… Continue reading

Don’t be Forgotten

If you don’t want to be forgotten while you are dead and rotten, write something worth the reading or do something worth the writing. Benjamin Franklin