Japan – Tokyo Writing Inspiration

I’ve had the luck and luxury of traveling to Japan in my previous life for work. Those trips were intense, scary, interesting, and took me way out of my comfort zone. Hopefully they were also productive and meaningful for my past employer and for the Japanese folks I met and worked with when I was…

Palm Desert Break for Writer’s Block Relief

I have the wonderful winter opportunity to visit the greater Palm Springs, California area with someone that has to spend all his time attending lectures, classes, and huge group events. One of the luckiest parts of this is that I don’t have to go to any of it. In fact, I can’t go to most…

Holiday Concoctions

I want to say Thank You to In Dianes Kitchen for a couple of great presents I’m making for folks this year. I found the Apple Cider Syrup a while ago on her website and saved it on my present list. It’s quite easy to make, but takes several hours, so plan on hanging around the kitchen…

Readers make me happy

Whether they are nieces, nephews, or friends from places 10,000 miles away, readers make me happy. And no, not only when they’re reading my books. They wouldn’t make me happy very long then, because I haven’t written many books. To me, reading, almost any genre, is a connection I feel with people. Kind of like…

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…

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…

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,…