Out on a limb

New haunt, new grounds, Makes an old dog run around; In his way is a big tree, Up he goes to have a pee! Yes, folks, that’s my best attempt at poetry.  I know, I know, I should be embarrassed, but I’m not. Poetry is not my thing.  I admire those who can turn a … More Out on a limb

Contradicting details

More than half way through the Writer’s Digest 25 Ways to Improve Your Writing in 30 Minutes a Day article, and I think I’m getting to the tips that are either repeating the first 13 tips, or going over my head. Let’s review the 14th tip: 14. Effective Details The key to effective description is to realize the importance … More Contradicting details

Clear reality

Or, rather, clear fiction. (Yeah, I know I missed a post yesterday.) Here’s the next piece of advice in the Writer’s Digest 25 Ways to Improve Your Writing in 30 Minutes a Day article: 13. Clarity You have to lead your audience through a tapestry of facts, ideas and events. No matter what you’re trying to get across, … More Clear reality

A dove’s gait

I have a hard time with word choices.  My vocabulary is stunted, shallow, darn near non-existent (I had to come up with that phrase at the end because I couldn’t think of another word for low, limited, very little).  I often come up with odd analogies and metaphors that paint awkward pictures because I can’t … More A dove’s gait

Grammar Nazi

We’ve all encountered one at some point or another.  Someone who, well-meaning though annoyingly, points out that you dangled a preposition, ran your sentences together, or failed to create one at all.  They might even tell you to sit up straight (go on, sit up straight), and tuck that errant shirt label back where it … More Grammar Nazi

The Aha! Moment

I had an Aha! moment the other day. I don’t often get things, but now and then, a huge spotlight manages to pierce the darkness and I see the light. In may only be for a moment, but that’s all I need before I crawl back under my rock and ruminate the clear idea tattooed … More The Aha! Moment