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July 5, 2018

It was a hot muggy day in July of 1953. The Cincinnati Reds were playing the Brooklyn Dodgers at Crosley Field in Cincinnati. Reds outfielder, Jim Greengrass got a hit.  He raced past first, rounded second, and headed for third.  Greengrass crashed into the third basem...

June 11, 2018

I have found after many years of keeping a journal that the benefits are great.  I have a box filled with journals, and it is a Godsend.  I often use material from my journals when I am working on a writing project.  I could never have accurately remembered the certain...

April 27, 2018

           I remember the day I first heard of author, Rosemary Daniell and the Zona Rosa Writer's Group.  I had walked into E. Shaver's Bookstore, located in the middle of downtown Savannah's Historic District.  I wandered around this delicious little bookstore feelin...

March 3, 2018

          I'm standing here with the refrigerator door open wide, staring at the shelves as if i am going to find something edible for dinner. My gut is running on empty, and I already know there's not a chance in hell I'm going to find anything in the refrigerator to...

December 19, 2017

Following are some of my favorite quotes.  Most of them pertain to writing.  Perhaps you can read these and relax during this busy time of year.

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"There is no point in writing a book unless you know you  will go m...

October 8, 2017

Many moons ago I took a series of adult education classes at Marquette University in Milwaukee, taught by Professor Lee Riordan, that jump started my writing career.  Recently, I reread some notebooks from those classes filled with advice for writers....

August 28, 2017

A writer is someone who puts feelings into words, someone who makes a promise to tell the truth to the reader when creating stories about people and how they interact.  In order to hook your reader, your characters must have creative freedom, the author needs to choose...

August 9, 2017

The singer from the past stood on the stage,

his beard white, his curved stance showing his age.

With guitar in hand, he strummed a familiar song.

The crowd shouted, clapped, kept urging him on.

He sang about spending many long Sundays,

filled with an aching loneliness, his...

July 25, 2017

After spending a healthy chunk of life writing a novel, there is nothing more hallowed to a writer than the day that first acceptance letter arrives.

         Many people can describe what was going on in their life in minute detail on the day foreign airplanes crashed...

June 7, 2017

I have been keeping a quotation notebook for many years. I got the idea from author, Rosemary Daniel, after attending one of her Zona Roza writing workshops.  Some quotations come from Rosemary. I have borrowed the others from all over. I hope you enjoy reading these....

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