W Is for the W-Words: #atozchallenge

    Buyer's remorse. And not even five hours have elapsed since the purchase. It happens every time. Why do I do this to myself? (W-Word: Why) News of the Writers' League of Texas' annual summer retreat arrived via email this afternoon, and I pounced--checked the calendar to confirm it doesn't fall on an infusion … Continue reading W Is for the W-Words: #atozchallenge

Creativity and Imagination

Creativity and imagination, unlike faith, is constantly replenished by our need to question the universe, to give it form and purpose... That's why it is so dangerous to marry the power of the church to that of government. Only corruption can result.                           … Continue reading Creativity and Imagination

Doodle 1. Don’t Judge, Mrs. Pollock

Doodle 1. Doodle something abstract, using shapes and only one color. Words & Wine Wednesday at Austin's Writing Barn featured Carin Channing discussing her book 365 Days of Doodling: Discovering the Joys of Being Creative Every Day. Ms. Channing didn't know she was a doodler until she was forty, when she accepted an online 30-day Doodle Challenge. When the month was up, she … Continue reading Doodle 1. Don’t Judge, Mrs. Pollock

Murder on Wheels: 11 Tales of Crime on the Move

MURDER ON WHEELS, Austin Mystery Writers' first crime fiction anthology, has been released by Wildside Press. Since it appeared, the Writers have been difficult to live with. We'll get over it, but only after a decent interval of frolicking. The cover copy reads-- "The eleven stories in MURDER ON WHEELS put the pedal to the floor and never let … Continue reading Murder on Wheels: 11 Tales of Crime on the Move

Vacation

Last night's homework: One page: Writer's Diary. One page: Clustering exercise Five one-paragraph character sketches Four one-paragraph novel beginnings (from photos taken this week) One one-page novel beginning (from photos taken this week) Optional but encouraged: Choose one short piece of writing to present at tomorrow night's reading And seventeen people call this a vacation. … Continue reading Vacation

Tuesday Teaser 6

Teaser Tuesdays is a weekly bookish meme, hosted by Miz B of Should Be Reading. Anyone can play along. Just do the following: Grab your current read. Open to a random page. Share two (2) "teaser" sentences from somewhere on that page. BE CAREFUL NOT TO INCLUDE SPOILERS! (Make sure that what you share doesn't … Continue reading Tuesday Teaser 6

Humility check

In the previous post, I wrote a paean to myself in honor of receiving a positive critique in a recent manuscript contest. I was shameless. Because the judge wrote Fannie Flagg twice on the score sheet, I used the name five times in my anthem. I was moved to lavish self-aggrandizement by memory of my … Continue reading Humility check

Letting the miracle happen

I ended an earlier post with the sentence, "There's a hole I have to write myself out of." Parse that and you'll find it equal parts wish, bravado, pretense, and humbug. I had no idea how to write myself out of that hole. I thought I'd have to scrap "A Day in the Life of … Continue reading Letting the miracle happen