Essay Archives2021-04-06T18:27:46+00:00

The Importance of Reviews

As the year 2021 reaches its conclusion, it’s feel like the right time to nudge readers toward reviewing the books they read. The publishing world has become reliant on the numbers game…how many books sold, how many Likes clicked, the number of positive and negative everything. Your simple rating of a book can power an author’s career or sink it for the foreseeable future.

Why do writers always ask readers to write a review? Because our success in the business side of this art and craft called writing is directly tied to these numbers…as in the more reviews a book garners, the higher it rises on the charts that matter, and the higher it rises, the more ‘face time’ it acquires. […]

November 30th, 2021|Essays, inspirational|

A Thankful November

Amid the difficulties and ongoing problems we confront as individuals and as a society, there is much to be thankful for this year. Speaking from my writer persona, my newest novel, a venture into the genre of romantic suspense, relased in October and I have a wealth of events coming up. Please check out the Events page for specific information. I’d love to see you at one or more of the book signings scheduled.

 

I’m also thrilled to receive permission to observe several classes in the Criminology program at Sinclair Community College as part of the research for my next mystery/thriller. The manuscript is done. Now comes the hard part! Revision […]

October 31st, 2021|Essays, Uncategorized|

October Song

A sense of hunkering down settles over the house. Cool mornings cede passage to warm afternoons, the heat rising and falling like the tide. I feel the yawn of summer, the way the earth withdraws beneath the smokescreen wisps above the pond. On the horizon, a large brown heron throttles westward, determined to make land before the sunset drops its carmine and purple veils. The dark comes early, sometimes like a curtain at intermission, sometimes hidden behind clouds that glower sternly as they slip across the fields, hover above the wildflowers, make promises of rain they don’t always keep.

Autumn has tiptoed in, spreading leaves and melancholy in equal measure. It is a bundling time…a gathering of garden debris and fallen […]

September 30th, 2021|contemplative, emotive, Essays|

An Attempt to See Clearly in the Fog…

In May I had surgery on the muscles in my left eye to correct the strabismus that has dogged me since before and after my brain surgery on the torturous blood vessel rubbing against one of my cranial nerves. (Yes, that is the official wording on the MRI analysis…torturous!). I also had the cataract removed. In August, the surgeon completed the trifecta by implanting a new lens in the right eye. Wow! I can see to infinity and beyond…if infinity is the sky above the treeline along the stream across the prairie in the park that borders our back yard. Hallelujah! If only all our problems were subject to such an easy fix.

Some days reading or listening to the news […]

August 31st, 2021|Essays|

PANTSING THROUGH AUGUST

If I have learned anything over the past eighteen months, it is the simple fact that life can change in unexpected ways in the space of a hiccup. Making plans to travel, sending deposits for tickets, and planning to attend conferences, may or may not work out. Yet I persist, penciling in dates and researching airplane flights, trusting in the belief that things will work out as they should. In other words, I’m an optimistic pantser! Is this any way to go through life?

Let’s take a look at the options…in life as well as in writing.

Working under the assumption (obviously a questionable word choice 🙂 ), that outlining, or planning ahead, will bring positive results, it is possible to craft […]

July 31st, 2021|Essays, Uncategorized|

Are We Really Back To ‘Normal’?

As I sit to write this post, Independence Day beckons. News stories about picnics, gatherings, and fireworks abound. How comfortable do we feel moving among a crowd when we know so little about the health and vaccination history of the people crowding around us? I confess to a bit of trepidation, yet I have already stepped out, joining other writers for an event in Columbus June 24. Almost everyone removed their masks, and the atmosphere was one of celebration and thanksgiving. We the people were back together, filled with hope and the promise of that return to normalcy everyone continues to mention.

But what is normal? As a writer, I have spent the past eighteen months in my definition of  ‘normal,’ […]

June 30th, 2021|Essays|
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