My Writing Trigger

I wrote a story about a rainbow appearing over a slag heap in an ugly coal and woollen mills town, the one my father moved us all to after I graduated from high school at the age of 16. Mother long ago insisted she didn’t have that essay any more, … Read more…

A Critique is Still Criticism – Tread Softly

No matter how much the experts split hairs and insist that critiquing something isn’t the same as criticizing it, it doesn’t change the fact that when you write or issue a critique of anything, you’re still criticizing it! Tread softly. Vicious critiques have led to suicide of the victims. Rarely … Read more…

Give Yourself a Standing Ovation

I recently came off a 3-1/2 day writer’s conference that was livestreamed from Florida. Mercifully, their particular location was spared the worst of Hurricane Matthew, so they were able to keep to their planned schedule rather than having to juggle a huge agenda. I couldn’t catch too many of the … Read more…

Maybe Not So Smart to Annoy a Writer

Ever been in a private conversation with another adult, or even a very personal discipline conversation with your child? Suddenly an egotistical clown stomps through the room, or the lobby, or wherever you are, and he/she just has to interrupt? “Oh, ho!” “Hey, hey, hey!” “What’s going on here?” “Why … Read more…

Morgan’s Redemption by Ann McAllister Clark

The author’s spellbinding interweaving of history and today’s world in the small Michigan town of Morgan’s Bridge draws you in for a delightful, engrossing read in Morgan’s Redemption. I cannot tell from gazetteers if the community of Morgan’s Bridge actually exists, perhaps under another name, but it is as real … Read more…

Nervous about Joining a Writer’s Organization?

Will those writers accept me? I haven’t tried their kind of writing before. We wouldn’t be human if we didn’t wonder deep inside if we’re going to get rejected for trying to join a group we might be unfamiliar with. Some healthy trepidation is normal when facing the unknown. While … Read more…

Authors John D. Wolf, Pauline Hager, Shirley Ann Parker and Linda Meckler

Why Writers Keep Writing

We humans are resilient beings. Even when tragedy strikes, we recover – bruised and battered and often in deep pain – and we go on, those of us they call survivors. Write your life story, they tell me, because your life is a novel. No, it wouldn’t sell because no … Read more…

Responses to a Writer

When people have the guts and spend the time, money, blood, sweat and tears to venture online to post articles they’ve written under their own name, a lot of things can happen. Of course, some comments are mostly a rant and can wisely be ignored/deleted unless they contain threats. A … Read more…

Your Opinion Does Count!

No, I’m not famous, and you probably aren’t either! It doesn’t matter. Your opinion is just as valuable as anyone else’s. You just can’t shout it in people’s faces, even if you are famous. Due to the kind of writing I often undertake, I’ve become weary of plain “folks,” as … Read more…

Technical Writing Pays But Be Aware

People always seem surprised that I work as a technical writer instead of sitting at home watching TV soap operas and knitting for grandchildren. It’s not just that I’m considered an old lady nowadays. An Asian developer young enough to be my son actually expressed that same surprise out loud … Read more…