Beauty and Ugliness

Ugliness The slime we smear across features Different than our own. Denying beauty In the face Of truth and varying tastes. Proclaiming permanence On changeable humanity. We say beauty Is skin deep But it is always there To be discovered In the unlikeliest of candidates Despite wrinkles Tears and cares Despite age Shape and size Despite … Continue reading Beauty and Ugliness

Calling all bloggers, within the sound of my voice…er, reach of my words?

I've been busy working on revising and rewriting the first few novels in my science-fiction/fantasy series, and while it's been going very well, I've been feeling a bit disconnected lately from you, my readers and fellow bloggers. So I propose a blogging potluck. Everyone brings a dish to share (in this case, a link of … Continue reading Calling all bloggers, within the sound of my voice…er, reach of my words?

Black Lives…We Need You

In the aftermath There is silence More tears than words. What can I say? What do I know?   Never should this be Never again Never And yet it repeats Another city Another death. Murder dresses as self-defense And though we mourn And press all the right buttons, Like all the right pages, Do we … Continue reading Black Lives…We Need You

The Courtyard

Out in the stone courtyard Waiting You're right there on the other side Your world beyond you Hidden in sun and shade and the whisper of a thousand plants. What would I find If I were there Closer Accepted Even invited? Have weeds overrun your garden? Or is all beautiful Tranquil As alive as ever? … Continue reading The Courtyard

The Dangers of Trying Too Hard #amwriting #atozchallenge

  There are moments when all of us have tried too hard, one way or another. We have a particular goal, and we're striving towards it. Despite the fact that our writing isn't flowing naturally, we keep on, fighting the current and our own writing tendencies (and sometimes, our own characters). But whenever this happens, … Continue reading The Dangers of Trying Too Hard #amwriting #atozchallenge

Why a Writer Needs Observation #amwriting #atozchallenge

Description is one of my least favorite things to write--it feels like such a catalog of objects, colors, and sensations--but it's a necessary evil. Action can't happen in a vacuum; readers need some sense of where a character is, even if its only very general. Some authors have gotten away with very little description. Jane … Continue reading Why a Writer Needs Observation #amwriting #atozchallenge

Most Popular Posts from 2015

Far and away, the Book Reviews page was most visited, but here are the next, top ten posts from last year. I'm not sure if the fact that none of my poems made the top ten should tell me something or not. Hmmm... When the Author Gets It Wrong: Jo March and Laurie Laurence C. … Continue reading Most Popular Posts from 2015