NaNo Again

For nine years (well, on and off), I have entered the NaNoWriMo writing game. For those who have yet to be initiated into the online writer’s world, that stands for “National Novel Writing Month.” For many years now, NaNoWriMo.org has challenged writers to draft a novel during the month of November. The goal is 50,000 words.

The Unwell Worm

This morning, as I was feeding pets and cleaning the guinea pig cage with “Unwell” playing in my brain, I began thinking about many of the iconic characters of fiction. I ran a number of old favorite heroes (and a few villains) through my head. Many of the best authors, to create rich and relatable characters, use the madness worm in ways that hook the reader in.

Nightly Visitor

We had a visitor last night, and not a welcome one. However, I’m determined to find a way to use this scene in a story.

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…

The Black Dog

Black dogs. They have held a place in the human psyche throughout history. In some cultures, they were demonic, beings to be avoided. They were omens of death and evil. The most famous literary depiction of this black dog as evil concept is probably Conan-Doyle’s Hound of the Baskervilles. Well, the most famous, that is, until J.K. Rowling capitalized on the concept with Harry Potter’s “Grim”.