The Best of Times or the Worst of Times

As Charles Dickens wrote in A Tale of Two Cities: β€œIt was the best of times, it was the worst of times, it was the age of wisdom, it was the age of foolishness.” Dickens was writing about the cities of London and Paris set against the French Revolution that … Read more…

Making Time to Write

In theory, writers who do not work outside the home should be able to set aside time to write and be on the path to achieving their goals. This is because household chores and errands are divided up. Everyone in the family carries their share of the responsibilities, according to … Read more…

Ready to Roll Again

Now that the migration of my website from HTML to WordPress is underway – it will never be complete – I’m ready to start blogging on a “whenever the mood strikes” basis. As with tweeting, blogging for the sake of blogging is a waste of everyone’s time. But if I … Read more…

Venturing further into eBooks

Discoveries and What Shall I Write? have both been available as e-books as well as trade paperbacks for the past year or so. And like many other authors, I’ve been considering digital editions on a wider scale. In fact, Between the Spaces of A Writer’s Life first came out as … Read more…

Patricia Highsmith Understood

If you can find an article from the November 1964 issue of The Writer (reprinted in February 2008), there is a wonderful article by suspense novelist Patricia Highsmith. As we all know, or eventually learn, writers must write or go crazy from the frustration of dealing with our chaotic lives. … Read more…

What is important for a creative person?

Is it really any wonder that writing takes such a long time? Short of dumping one’s family and responsibilities altogether, there is little time available for creative work. This is especially true when you are the sole provider and must work a draining job in a collapsing industry. Yes, I … Read more…

Nothing Binding.com

Skipped right past August and September, that’s for sure, but editing books can keep a person very busy now and then. πŸ™‚ Even so, things happen (or not) for a reason, and I’m not the one in charge of the world. Thank goodness, I might add! There’d probably be a … Read more…

A Dream Scrambling to Survive

Most of us, as creative people, are scrambling to earn a living, or worse these days, trying to put money away for looming retirement. For creative people, it has always been difficult to earn enough money to live, let alone save any of it. Today’s various forms of digital media … Read more…

What Do We Write in December?

It’s the time of year when we really have to make a concentrated effort to write anything not related to Christmas, or the holiday season! This includes our overseas Christmas cards. Half of them are done, but the other half require that at least a short letter be included, since … Read more…