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Your Achievement Will Wait for You

Last month I watched the fascinating documentary, “The Mountains will Wait for You.” It’s the story of Grace Hudowalski, the matriarch of the “Adirondack 46ers,” a select group of individuals who have successfully summited all 46 high (over 4,000 ft.) peaks of the Adirondack mountains . A lifelong mountain climber (before it was cool!), […]

For Chrissakes Don’t Say That!

One of the tricky aspects of writing about a certain historical period is the use of language in dialogue. You want your characters to sound natural to the modern ear, but not out of place within the context of the era they’re living in. The word choices you make are important, because the wrong ones […]

Advice from a Pro: Get Real! (even if you made it up)

One of the presenters at this year’s Idaho Writer’s Rendezvous was the novelist Ciji Ware. ( She’s known for sink-your-teeth-into sagas that explore little known, but fascinating female historical figures, like the fourth Duchess of Gordon (Island of the Swans) and the many English women playwrights who flourished in the 18th century (Wicked Company). Ms. […]

Leaving The Waiting Place

  Fans of Dr. Seuss know very well the infamous Waiting Place described in his classic children’s book, Oh, the Places You’ll Go. It’s the state of mind we all get stuck in at some point in our lives—a time of  “in between,” where we think we want to move in one direction, but we’re […]

The Genre of Malaysia Airlines Flight 370

    Everybody wants to know what happened to Malaysia Airlines Flight 370, and because they do, it’s being covered nonstop by the news media.  Now, even the coverage itself is becoming news.   As talking heads ruminate over what might have happened to the ill-fated aircraft, the theories grow more and more surreal, from burning […]

The Biggest Pajama Party Ever

  I’m a newbie blogger—both as reader and writer. I’ve resisted until now because I’m afraid I might get hooked and start neglecting all the other stuff I have to do.  I’m bad enough with just emails! But as a soon-to-be-published author, I know it’s important to let your readers know you’re out there.  Yes, […]