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The first chapter of my unpublished novel, Neither Here Nor There, is available for your reading pleasure.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

It’s National Novel Writing Month–Again

Yes, I am participating in National Novel Writing Month yet again. NaNoWriMo is an annual writing project where crazy writers who find lack of sleep invigorating attempt to write a 50,000-word novel in 30 days from November 1 to November 30. There are no prizes, but a person is considered a winner if she...

The College Guild

I have been volunteering for about year as a facilitator for an organization called The College Guild. Their website explains “The College Guild provides non-traditional correspondence courses to prisoners across America.” The courses are free, non-credit courses and available to any prisoner no matter their circumstances. Every three weeks or so, I receive an...

Keep Submitting: Words of Encouragement for Writers

I have been reading submissions for a literary journal for a few months now. The way it works is the editor receives a submission and sends it on to two readers. We each read the story individually, give it a thumbs up or thumbs down and can add some comments if we like. If...

Act III- The Last Third of Life

At my age, my mother was retired.  She was of a generation that was promised a pension and social security payments for life. It was a pretty sweet deal. Like so many of their generation, they dreamed of a life of ease in a warm climate. But I am not of that generation. I...

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