Harry Potter flash / fan fiction

I’ve been playing with what to write next since I’ve completed my trilogy, SMUGGLERS IN PARADISE. I have a few ideas, but nothing has completely jelled for me yet. So, in order to keep in shape, I’ve started doing some writing prompts. This one is a flash fiction piece that was supposed to be 500…

None leave the path unchanged

The river flows down hill Tides follow the moon Sun rises in the East and sets in the West Man is born, grows old and dies While each one follows it designated road None leave the path unchanged River cuts the canyon deep and full of beauty Tide turns the sea, refreshing and feeding Sun…

Creation and Recognition 

As an artist – writer, singer, photographer, dancer, etc – the most important piece of your process, the thing that gets you up in the morning, is the need to create. Most artists would create no matter what, because that is what keeps them going. It’s what fills their tank, so to speak.  However, there…

CONFLICTED – Work in Progress

I recently finished my series, SMUGGLERS IN PARADISE, and have been trying out ideas for a new book. So far I have very clear ideas about the characterization, setting, and genre, but only a vague plan for the story. Writers plan their stories many different ways and I’m not sure there is a proven ‘right’…

Work in Progress – Zipper

Zipper refocused the dog so many times that Eagle simply stopped in the trail and looked at the dog. After a minute while the two of them stared into each other’s eyes, Eagle looked over at Zipper and shrugged. Gunny took off in the direction he’d been trying to go for the last half hour,…

My Friends…

I have many old books for friends. They are soft, and worn, and smell of leather and the oils from my hands. When I slip into them, I become anyone, can go anyplace and they lift me up and hold me. In turn, I take care of their covers and pages, keeping them at rest…

Is Reading at the Beach Really Good for You?

Every other blog post I’ve been reading today is about summer reading lists and I’m feeling left out because I’ve never made a summer reading list. Well, the truth is I’ve never made a (to-read) reading list at all (okay, GoodReads lists don’t count in this way for me). I’ve always just picked up a…

Good things will come to you in due time

That was the fortune from the cookie that came with lunch today. Except when I ate the cookie it had gone soggy, either from the humidity or…I didn’t want to think about the other options. “Why can’t that good thing come right now, and be air conditioning,” I thought. Laying spread eagle on the cot…

2017 – Year of Reading Internationally

This year I made a goal of finding, learning about, and ultimately, reading stories set internationally. The only particular requirements are that the setting has to be outside of the United States and the book must be published in English. It can be written in English or translated from some other language, but since I…

Inspiration, perspiration, motivation

So much in life, that actually ends with tangible, worthwhile, output, is made up of all three of the things in the title of this post. Not necessarily in that order, or in equal parts, but in the end, all three are important. The world is full of inspiration. I find it the most readily…

New Release – PSYCHOLOGY OF CHOOSING: RIVER RUNNING

At last, the day I’ve been counting down to for several months, the day that has been elusive and fluctuating, the day which has always stayed one step ahead of me, has come. The third book in the SMUGGLERS IN PARADISE series has been released in eBook format. You can find it on Amazon here….