Circa 1935

I just spent a week back in my old hometown of Skeeterville. Maybe it’s just me, but either everybody there has gotten much cooler or I’m much less of a jerk than I was in high school. I’m open to either possibility. Maybe both. Kay-Kay—NOT a Skeetervillian, she is...

Flying in the BUFF (Part Three)

I was checking my website analytics and discovered that by far the most-read posting I’ve ever done is “Flying in the BUFF (Part Two).” I have no idea why this is so—(Part One) isn’t particularly popular, but (Part Two) is off the charts. Huh. So I said to myself,...

Tyranny of the 1099

My blog spans a rather eclectic range of topics. Mostly, it’s a reflection of stuff that a) I know a little more about than the average jamoke, and/or b) has intrigued, tickled, or annoyed me during the past week. Which makes me a lot like Andy Rooney, I suppose. And...

Care and Feeding of Characters

I’m still in the afterglow of the blue-ribbon win by my first novel, None of Us the Same, at last week’s writers’ conference in the Great Northwest. Let me just own up. Writers are all Sally Fields when it comes to awards—“You like me! You REALLY like me!!!” I am no...

Conferencing with Writers

I’m on the road at a writers’ conference this weekend—I usually limit my intake to one per year and this is the one. Mostly because my first novel, None of Us the Same, is a semifinalist for an award in historical fiction. Thought I’d (near) live blog my weekend, just...

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