Mashup # 1

Something different—excerpts from Waiting for Westmoreland (WFW) mashed up with blog posts from here. Or, in this case, from an  unpublished story. Why, you may ask? It came to me in exercising on a treadmill one day—in the water. It’s an experiment–please tell me what you think. Explore the shift in consciousness/perspective from 2007, when […]

Fencing the Sky

Back in 2013, James Galvin wrote a well-received western novel called Fencing the Sky. This post has only a slight connection to it–a writing prompt from a Zoom-hosted small group of local writers in southwestern New Mexico. This will likely be the extent of it, but who can say. Big Sky Country—where the well-off buy […]

#WATWB May 2020–Recognizing Those Who Wear Masks

It’s the last Friday of a month–the day to offer good news from the We Are the World Blogfest There are so many people and organizations worthy of recognition during the pandemic sweeping the world. Frontline medical professionals. Support staff at hospitals or health centers. EMTs, food pantries, grocery store workers, delivery people and so […]

Harry and Sarah

A Dark Job What will come of this? Something to build a story on. Sci-fi. Harry always took his coffee with cream and sugar. So what? Sarah finished her black coffee as she always did—while still hot, before stepping out. Out into the cold night, she walked on leaden feet. Feet that felt only dread. […]

FREE–yes, Deep Down & Dirty Writing Secrets on May 6

A Treasure Trove of Writing Tips– FREE From the Amazon blurb: Writing advice that gets you started and keeps you going. Wouldn’t you love to have authors reveal the secrets of their successes to you? You get that in this collection of essays, many by award-winning authors, and all of them fine practitioners of the craft. […]

Talking to Your Characters–a Study Proves It

Majority of authors ‘hear’ their characters speak, finds study Don’t usually do writing tips here–they usually come on the Views blog. But it’s been busy over there, so a change up. Just finished reading this interesting article in The Guardian. It confirms advice from writers to others: Listen to your characters. Talk to them.  Not […]

Deep Down and Dirty Writing Secrets

A Treasure Trove of Writing Tips That’s what this book is. It’s already available in paperback, but let’s skip ahead to Kindle. It will be out on May 1.  You can preorder it right now—for just $2.99.  E J Randolph, fellow writer, invited me and 10 other writers to collaborate on this very helpful book […]

Muriel and the Water Buffalo

Been gone so long! Busy, busy, busy. Too busy. Things that took priority. They’re mostly all done now.  Then came the sign. Must get back to writing. Projects WAY overdue. Let’s start with this. I’ll be back connecting with everyone too, soon.  Jim walked into a backyard, an unfamiliar one. Unlike the one behind his house […]

Motivational Mistakes—Publishing Promises

A Cautionary Tale That 2nd short story collection won’t be out for the holidays. Sometime in 2020. Maybe for summer reading—or maybe in the fall. I’ve made much progress, but lots left to do. Also coming in 2020, a month happily lost to a 40th anniversary trip! Life beyond writing Here’s the thing–perhaps a clue […]