The Land of Ish

Personally, I don’t see how we can survive these days without the Land of Ish. I mean, think about it. You’re due in a meeting at work at a certain time, say nine o’clock. You did everything you should have done to be there on time – got up early, out the door on...

(Un) Focus, won’t you?

At times, my writing focus is about as clear as swamp water. Sometimes I inadvertently go on a writing sabbatical. Things get in the way. When the “match” goes out, it’s like getting a D.C. politician to tell the truth challenging to restart the...

Three Easy Rules That Will Change your “Comma Life” Forever

Commas have never intentionally hurt you, have they? Okay, maybe you made a bad grade or two on a school paper because you used the two-inch rule; that is, you placed a comma every two inches on your term paper just to show your instructor you were seriously trying....

Series: Why I’m Proud of the Navajos – Code Talkers

The Code Talkers were our country’s best-kept secret. Imagine serving during wartime in a covert undertaking that you swore to keep secret, even unto death. Additionally, your family had no idea what you did while serving in the U.S. Marine Corps; and even though your...

Just Connect Me, Dahling!

Verella awoke to the sound of her wrist ringing. Her wrist wasn’t really ringing, but the compact instrument strapped to it demanded her attention in a screechy, nagging tenor. “Yes?” she whispered groggily, pushing her RESpond button. Her other hand rubbed her temple...

Don’t Just Sit There . . . WRITE!

My personal advice to budding writers is not simply . . . WRITE! but dang near it. Like all writers and novelists, I followed a myriad of roads to be where I am today. I can see that many of my roads were constructed of circumstances. Yet, the gritty asphalt of the...

Bungler or Ace . . . What Kind of Interviewer Are You?

The recipe for conducting an excellent personal interview can be compared to making a delicious cake. Use the proper equipment, mix up a few high-quality ingredients, bake at the right temperature, add the icing, and voila! You have something the interviewee loves and...

Mash-Up: Hug an Author, Hitchhiking ala 1930s & A Creepy Story

I’m inviting you to  take a tiny trip with into the Nothing Burger World of Whatever. Why? Why not? Why Mash-Ups? Because we are inundated with billions of information every week. We have to sometimes stop and smell the roses, or at least read a Mash-Up....

Grow Your Own Jewelry

My childhood as the only girl on an Arizona ranch could get downright lonesome. Television and radio reception were nonexistent, and all the wonderful gadgets of today weren’t yet invented. Friends were far away, so play dates and overnighters were as scarce as green...

Why are Metaphors Both Awesome and Terrible?

One dreadful  inspiring morning at a writing seminar long ago, I emerged from a face-to-face editor session feeling as though I were stepping out the door and onto a parade float. For a few minutes, I could have sworn I was wearing a pageant gown, a tiara, and a...