October is finally here. It’s time to pull sweaters out of storage and get ready for a month of shivers and all things ghoulish. Autumn’s crisp breath will whisper a dreaded prophecy of summer’s death while it rustles blood-red leaves overhead. With a climactic gust, their spines break and they float down to join their… Continue Reading →
After turning off the ignition, the wiper blades stopped their rhythmic beat and Megan stepped into the mist. She pulled the mail from the wrought iron box and then shook rainwater from the plastic sleeve covering the newspaper. Glancing at the Victorian home cloaked in a gray shroud, she shrugged uneasy feelings from her tight… Continue Reading →
Want to get into the habit of writing thousands of words a day? Are you participating in National Novel Writing Month AKA Nanowrimo? I’ve learned some tricks that might help you reach your goal. Four years ago, I wrote a draft of my second book in a series, hitting around two thousand words per day… Continue Reading →
In three days Christmas will arrive whether we are ready or not. Three days! I’m psyching up for my last lap around Boulder for holiday gifts. I need to bake my annual cinnamon rolls and make a list to hit the grocery store. The good news? The illustrated Christmas cards are done and in the mail…. Continue Reading →
I’m passing along my 2019 blogging tips for beginners and veterans after 8 years of blogging. Click to find out what has changed!
I started writing over four-and-a-half years ago. I had an idea for a non-fiction book, a snarky take on Boulder women. If you’re not familiar with how to assemble a book proposal, non-fiction is skiing down a gentle slope compared to fiction where the writer must plod along the desert and climb craggy mountains with… Continue Reading →
Need a new blog post? Seeing a lot of the same ideas floating around the Interwebs and don’t want to drown in oversaturation? Trying to come up with something new but just can’t think of anything? Here are 12 new blog post ideas for whatever time of year it is, even if it’s not November… Continue Reading →
Desiccated leaves, dismembered from branches, rot in the dying light and crunch like brittle bones under my boots. The wind whispers ghostly verses of songs sung long ago. Halloween is approaching. It’s time to get your creepy on. “How do I do that?” you may ask. Sometimes eating candy corn and slaying a few pumpkins… Continue Reading →
Cutting across the yard on the way to school had been a habit for Oscar. But today when he gazed at the caution tape across the old McAllister place, he shivered while memories niggled like dead flies waking up on a warm windowsill in winter.
When I wrote my 25, 000th word for National Novel Writing Month, it reminded me of swimming through the Boulder Reservoir to touch the ice during the Polar Plunge on New Year’s Day. They’re both a sink or swim venture. It got tough when I could barely touch the bottom. My legs and arms grew… Continue Reading →