Taking Life Bird by Bird

It’s a classic, Anne Lamott’s Bird by Bird. Most writers of my generation know the book. Some know it backwards and forwards. Some will pick it up (like yours truly) on occasion, just to help remind us of who we are, what we do, and why we do it. It’s been many years for me,…

The Journey Begins

Well, actually, the journey began back sometime around 1967. I was in 5th grade when a member of our cafeteria staff passed away. My teacher, Mr. Centauri, gave me the assignment of writing a poem to celebrate her memory at an assembly held in her honor. I did so, and recall being absolutely terrified. As…

Thoughts On Scrivener 3

Yes, I’m still breathing. That’s about it for the personal update. On a more interesting topic, Scrivener 3 for the Mac has come out. Actually, I think it was released some time ago, but I just got around to paying attention to the “new version” nudges, and took a look. I liked what I saw,…

A Whole Lot Of Nothing

No, I haven’t dropped off the planet — at least not yet, thought I can’t say the thought isn’t tempting. The last year, or even year and a half, has been … strange. To go into detail would be boring and self-indulgent, so I won’t. My fiction writing, though, has suffered; to that much I…

NaNo Again, 2016

Then, this evening, I was washing dishes. Suddenly, there was a story knocking at the inside of my brain. It wasn’t just the bare concept of a story, but actually had the rudiments of a plot, some interesting characters, a conflict, potential danger…. It wasn’t enough to be a full-grown book, but what book starts out fully grown?