People are strange: Some thoughts on Groundhog Day

Groundhog Day has to be one of the absolute weirdest annual events that Americans look forward to each year. In case you – like most groundhogs – are not acquainted with the reasoning (such as it is) behind this spectacle, the basic gist is that if the official groundhog sees his shadow, we'll have six more weeks of winter; if not, spring will come early this year. There are, of course, Continue Reading...

First Lines SUNDAY: Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland

Friday (January 27th) was Lewis Carroll's birthday, and given how far we've tumbled down the rabbit hole this week, I thought it might still be fitting to post the "First Lines Friday" piece I had prepared for the occasion. So, without further ado... Today's first lines (and yes, I've got two of them!) come from a pair of books by Charles Lutwidge Dodgson, better known as Lewis Continue Reading...

Twitler’s first week (and an Accountability Group check-in)

It's the end of the fourth week of 2017, and it's time for another round of writing accountability. Let's begin! Word Counts for 1/21 - 1/27 January 21: 875 January 22: 0 January 23: 765 January 24: 1,735 January 25: 820 January 26:0 January 27: 360 Weekly Total: 4,555 words I have to be honest here... I have been actively avoiding writing for the past couple of days, Continue Reading...

Top 10 Takeaways: Christina Alexandra

Last night I attended the monthly meeting of the San Diego Writers and Editors Guild. The guest speaker was Christina Alexandra, a romance writer and California Dreamin' writers conference organizer from Orange County. She spoke to the group about writing and publishing romance, and gave us lots of information about the industry and its authors. Here are my Top 10 Takeaways from her Continue Reading...

Looking Ahead: Week 3 accountability check-in

It's the end of the third week of 2017, and it's time for another round of writing accountability. Let's begin! Word Counts for 1/14 - 1/20 January 14: 2,148 January 15: 1,055 January 16: 2,047 January 17: 1,420 January 18: 800 January 19: 0 January 20: 380 Weekly Total: 7,850 words Compared to the previous week's total of 6,391, I'm doing better with my word count this Continue Reading...

Confronting Zero: Accountability check-in #2017goals

It's the end of the second week of 2017, and it's time for another round of writing accountability. Let's begin! Word Counts for 1/7 - 1/13 January 7: 1,367 January 8: 810 January 9: 1,325 January 10: 1,279 January 11: 790 January 12: 820 January 13: 0 Weekly Total: 6,391 words Compared to last week's 8,894 words, this week hasn't been nearly as productive. And I had my Continue Reading...

First Lines Friday: Born A Crime #fridayreads

The book I've been reading to start the New Year opens in this way: "The genius of apartheid was convincing people who were the overwhelming majority to turn on each other. Apart hate, is what it was. You separate people into groups and make them hate one another so you can run them all." Today's first line comes from comedian and The Daily Show host Trevor Noah, whose autobiography, Born A Continue Reading...

Notes from 20 years of life online #52essays2017

"Anybody who has survived his childhood has enough information about life to last him the rest of his days." -Flannery O'Connor
It's 2017, 20 years since I graduated from high school this June. A lifetime achievement, perhaps, or just another one of time's mile markers, depending on your outlook. So I guess this is an appropriate time to look back on my youth, since I was just added to a Facebook group of the folks I graduated with, back in 1997. The ones that are still with us, anyway. I know at least two of my Continue Reading...

Let’s get accountable! #2017goals

It's the end of the first week of 2017, and I think that a good way to stick with my writing goals for the year is by posting a short accountability post every Saturday morning. In these posts, I'll be reviewing my word counts for the week, my goals set and met or missed, and posting new goals for the week to come. This is one of the exercises I'm trying to get my local Writing Accountability Continue Reading...

Return of the Accountability Group! #2017goals

It's the first Friday of 2017, which means it's time for my Writing Accountability Group to meet again. And if you live in the San Diego area, you may be interested in joining us. Here's the dealio: Need some accountability for your writing goals in 2017? Join the San Diego Writing Accountability Group for bi-weekly meetings and give your year some structure! We meet every other Friday at Continue Reading...