Just a friendly reminder... ...that sometimes things seem really scary... ...but if you take a breath... ...take a step back... ...things aren't as scary... ...as they seem. Sometimes a snarl... ...is only a yawn. Take a minute... ...maybe a long minute... ...and have a stretch. It will be okay.
My dad would've been 77 years old today. My birthday is on July 7th, the seventh day of the seventh month, so today feels like a sad golden birthday. I wrote this last year around the 20th anniversary of his death and let it sit on my computer. And sit. And sit some more: He would've… Continue reading Everything and Nothing
Writing a good book is hard. Writing a good script, also very hard.
So, it's been awhile since I've written on the ol' blog. I'm going to try and be better about that. I meant to write an opus in October about dating a Red Sox fan in 2004, eventually marrying him, and how that related to the Cubs making it to the World Series in 2016. But… Continue reading Some Immediate Thoughts on the 2016 Election
NaNo is over! I made it! The best thing is I have a rough (so very, very rough) first draft. It's more of a really fabulous outline with a lot of dialogue. The point is, there are 50,000 words that weren't there a month ago. And that is winning, indeed. I learned a few things… Continue reading What I Learned from My First NaNo
SPOILERS. This discussion will give away seminal plot points. You've been warned. THE GIRL ON THE TRAIN by Paula Hawkins, a Haiku Review when everyone is a liar the mystery folds against itself I need to vent about this one a little more. Okay, I really enjoyed the first half of this book. I read… Continue reading A Haiku Review of “THE GIRL ON THE TRAIN”
GROUNDHOG DAY meets MEAN GIRLS, a cynic mulled with heart and cautious redemption Inspired by BEFORE I FALL by Lauren Oliver
Hello, potential Pitch Wars Mentors! A Top Ten list features prominently in my MS so keeping with theme... TOP TEN TIDBITS ABOUT ME 1.) Book that made me want to be a writer - THE HANDMAID'S TALE. Whaaaat? You can fill-in-your-own-ending for the rest of your life? PEEEAAAAKKKCHEEEWWW! (Sound of mind being blown) 2.) TV… Continue reading Pitch Wars Bio!
Here's the link to the original article on Maptia. These examples are a fascinating study of the English language. Each of these words is such a visceral experience, reaching out and squeezing at least one of our five senses, hard to describe in few words. Why haven't we given them a single name? Is it… Continue reading Words for Lack of Words
I couldn't resist posting this fan art by MAUWORLD274. It's too perfect. But back to E&P, a book I cherished, beautifully written with well-earned emotions. ELEANOR & PARK A HAIKU REVIEW Two lovers lost in each other's hair. The coarse smooth fire oil of fifteen.