Writing in Script

I was talking to my dissertation advisor recently about some sources I was planning to use in my research when he said, “If you read script…” and then gave me the archive at which housed original letters and journals from the subject of my study. “I read script,” I said simply. I didn’t tell...

Prologue to Diamond City

In one of my Zoom readings, I read the prologue of my novel, Diamond City. This prologue was cut out of the final copy of the book.  My cousin, Scott, has been passing my book along to others to read and wanted to give them the opportunity to read the Prologue. This prologue is told...

Novel Writing for Teens

So, you want to write a novel? Every November, is National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo) and people all over the world write for thirty days and quite a few get a first draft of a novel. I am joining forces with NaNoWriMo’s Young Writers Program and the Poughkeepsie Library to help teens write novels....

Holocaust Remembrance

I wanted to share my poem “Eleven and a Half Years” which first appeared in the CAPS Anthology 2020 Eleven and a Half Years If we held one minute of silence for every victim of the Holocaust we would be silent for eleven and a half years. The first that would go is the...

3-Day Novel Contest-Writing Crazy in the Time of Crazy

So, I did it again. I signed up for the 3-Day Novel Contest (3daynovel.com.) This contest is held every year over Labor Day Weekend. I have skipped the last few years, mainly because there was a major problem with the contest administration. But now, Anvil Press has taken over the contest and it is...

First Chapters

The first chapter of my unpublished novel, Neither Here Nor There, is available for your reading pleasure. Neither Here Nor There...

Poetry Magic: Teaching Teens Poetry

I don’t often discuss my life as a high school English teacher.  I separate my life as a writer from my life as a high school teacher.  There are many reasons I do that. I will probably say more about teaching and public school when I retire (and that should give you a hint...

#PitMad: A Bit of Madness to Finding a Literary Agent

The hardest part of writing is not the writing part. It isn’t even editing. The hardest part about writing is selling your work. I have had a modicum of success. I have three books with small presses, one which is now an audiobook. Some of my short stories have appeared in literary journals. A...

Things Writers Find When They Are Looking for Stories

I learned genealogical psychometry from my mother in-law. She could hold things and tell a story, not necessarily a psychic story and I’m not even sure they were the true stories, but she was a collector of family stories and there were quite a few of them. Her house was crammed with antiques and...

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