The joys of technology during a pandemic and the curses of AB5

It’s been quite the adventure dealing with COVID-19 on top of site issues due to my host migrating files months ago. My Christian patience is exhausted. Due to all that, and California’s obnoxious AB5 law that has killed all freelancing in the state and is punishing even out-of-state clients with … Read more…

Keeping in Peak Condition

Picture the Little Red Hen with someone else’s guilt trips on her head as well as her own! Like many others, I’ve always been busy and active, too busy for my own good.  In her defense I can say Little Red Hen got to eat the bread after Cat, Rat … Read more…

A Writer’s Reach

As writers, we are usually sensitive to injustice, and we notice everything, from the smallest hiccup to the king-size eruption.  So, we’re less likely than most people to miss seeing the elephant in the living room, even if the wrinkled dear hasn’t sideswiped the front door off its hinges on … Read more…

My Non-Review of a Book

Recently, I had the opportunity to review a non-fiction, non-religious book. I won’t name the author or the book because only a few pages into it, I found myself disagreeing with a major premise, and greatly disliking his repeated use of a four-letter word. A more polite substitute carries the … Read more…

Why I Love My Writing Passion

I try to write something every day, so my heart jumps with excitement when the house quiets down and the infernal telemarketers stop harassing me!! Most days I turn off the phone in order to complete the required work for my full-time employer, but their evening calls still continue. It’s … Read more…

Every Good Work is God’s Work

People sometimes chide me for expending my writing talents on “worldly” topics instead of on God’s work. That stings a little but I may be the bearer of bad tidings: First, I don’t get paid for blog posts but other than that, writing is how I earn a living. It’s … Read more…

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…