Toward An Invincible Spring

“In the midst of winter, I found there was, within me, an invincible summer. And that makes me happy. For it says that no matter how hard the world pushes against me, within me, there’s something stronger – something better, pushing right back.” ― Albert Camus April, in the year of our Lord 2020 The map of the world via televised reports grows ever more consumed by red blotches detailing the spread of our newest nightmare - covid-19. Sporting teams cancel seasons and tournaments. Museums, [...]

By |2020-03-31T13:10:19+00:00March 31st, 2020|contemplative, Essays, inspirational, philosophical|0 Comments

2020 April Author of the Month: CAS MILLER

In the midst of the continuing coronavirus event, I am grateful for writers, readers, and books. This month I've invited a YA fantasy writer to sit in the virtual writer's chair. I met Cas Miller at the Marion Public Library in 2019 during their ReadLocal Author Fair. She was gracious enough to accept my invitation to share her writing journey with us. Janet Irvin: Greetings, Cas. Let's get started with a brief overview of you background and how you came to this writing gig. Cas [...]

By |2020-03-31T13:04:42+00:00March 31st, 2020|Author of the Month|0 Comments

One Writer’s Marching Orders

Last month the number of events and activities in which I participate increased. I'm not complaining, simply recounting. I set a goal for myself in 2020 -- to increase my networking and presentation commitments. However, the introvert in me prefers the quiet of my writing space to the exhausting meet and greets required of all of us who wish to expand the reach of our work. Therefore, during this windy month, which ushers in that delectable hint of spring, I'm recalculating my  marching orders for [...]

By |2020-02-29T23:16:07+00:00February 29th, 2020|Essays|0 Comments

2020 March Author of the Month: MEGAN HART

Our March feature is a NYT Best-selling author with a slew of books to her name. When she moved to our Dayton, she joined our community of talented writers working here in the Miami Valley. It's my pleasure to welcome Megan Hart to AOTM. Janet Irvin: Hi, Megan! I'm so glad you're here to share with us your writing thoughts. Let's get started. You are a New York Times and USA best-selling author and your output is prodigious. Can you share with readers how you [...]

By |2020-02-29T22:57:21+00:00February 29th, 2020|Author of the Month|0 Comments

Leaping Into Space

Here we go, knitting up our imperfect skein of days with the addition of an extra twenty-four hours. Leap Year conjures up the image of a mysterious space hiding in time, a special day to be unfolded like a Valentine, unwrapped like a package, cherished like a  precious flower. For this writer, February twenty-ninth presents a rare opportunity to find within or outside of myself that space room to grow ideas. A friend of mine once wrote a wonderful short story about a young girl [...]

By |2020-02-01T01:25:20+00:00February 1st, 2020|Essays|0 Comments

2020 February Author of the Month: DAVID LEE GARRISON

2020 arrives as a leap year, gracing us with an extra day in February. It's always nice to have more time to read and write and speak with authors. This month it is my pleasure to introduce you to David Lee Garrison, an educator and a writer and a member of the celebrated and well-published group the Greenville Poets. The poetry of this retired Wright State University professor has appeared widely in journals and anthologies. Two poems from his book Sweeping the Cemetery were read [...]

By |2020-02-01T18:47:20+00:00February 1st, 2020|Author of the Month|0 Comments

2020 January Author of the Month: TIM SMITH

A brand new year means a brand new look at authors from the area and beyond. This month I welcome a writer who makes it his business to tell romance stories from a male point of view and spice them up with mystery and suspense. Please say hello to Tim Smith, an award-winning, bestselling author and freelance writer. His books range from romantic mystery/thrillers to contemporary erotic romance. When not writing, he can often be found in the Florida Keys, indulging his passion for parasailing [...]

By |2020-01-28T21:32:50+00:00January 28th, 2020|Author of the Month|0 Comments


It happens every year...the rehashing of the months gone by, the anticipation of the ones to come. Many of us make resolutions. Many more just keep rolling down life's path, content to face the challenges as they come. Me...I'm a bit of a charge-ahead optimist, plotting stories and events as though each one will move me farther along on the journey I'm making. So, I don't make resolutions so much as set expectations. The end may justify the means, but it is the means that [...]

By |2020-01-28T20:25:28+00:00January 1st, 2020|contemplative, Essays, inspirational, motivational|0 Comments

2019 December Author of the Month: CATHRYN ESSINGER

In this holiday time when we carve out a span of weeks to remind ourselves of myths and miracles, of solstice lights and winter sights, I offer this guest for your enjoyment. Cathryn Essinger is an extraordinary poet expresses our deepest revelations in and among the everyday rituals of our lives. One of my favorites is "A Blessing for Unholy Things" and these lines from the final three stanzas: I want a blessing for unholy things-- for the catbird that empties the sparrow's nest,   [...]

By |2019-12-30T23:58:25+00:00December 30th, 2019|Author of the Month|0 Comments

When All Good Things Must End…

The old year ends, weeping snow tears, sweeping away all the treasure we have hoarded, boxing up the moments and the memories, the triumphs and the tears, gone like daylight into the last December horizon. We sleep and dream a new year into being, summoning old traditions and older history to offer, at this tail of winter starkness, new trails to follow, new paths to roam, awakening in slumbering souls a vast eternal wonderment, a promise of the goodness yet to shine. ~~~~~~~~~ May your [...]

By |2019-11-30T22:01:15+00:00November 30th, 2019|Essays|0 Comments