It’s NaNoWriMo Time again!

November is National Novel Writing Month = NaNoWriMo I won (wrote 50,000+ words in the month) in 2013, 2014, 2015 and took 2016 off. So this year is the fourth year I’ve participated and I’ve chosen what I think is a terrific project. I am calling it CONFLICTED. It’s a Psychological Thriller with roots in…

Gadgets, devices, and distractions

These days most everyone has at least one, many people have several, and some seem to be controlled by them. I’ll admit it. I have a PC, two phones, an iPad, and a Kindle. That’s not to mention three TVs. While my number of devices sounds more like ‘first world problems’ and somewhat like me…

Inspiration for Smugglers in Paradise series

A reader recently asked me what was the inspiration for my SMUGGLERS IN PARADISE series. This might be a good topic to talk about in a couple of blog posts. I’ll start with book one – GAME OF WIT AND CHANCE: BEGINNINGS. This story is best described as a family saga using passion and tragedy…

Back to School

Writing Prompt from Poets and Writers Magazine: Back to School Ms. Taplick took a breath and straightened her back, bringing herself to her full five-foot three-inch stature. First impressions were so important, especially when she would have these kids for only a short time. If she could gain control immediately, the class always went more…

Saltwater Saves

Saltwater Savior It was the bird that saved her. The bird whose entire head was inside the little one’s mouth. The bird whose scrawny feet were just barely twitching as the little one suckled in apparent ecstasy. She hadn’t been to this side of the island. And for good reason, she thought, her legs aching…

Eating my way through Manila

I’m spending a couple of weeks in the Philippines visiting good friends, doing research, meeting readers, and trying to get better connected. While I’m at it, I’m eating good food. I’m staying at an extremely reasonable boutique hotel in Makati, a business district in the heart of Metro Manila, that is close to some great…

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…