Night Owl

(This posting every day is killing me.  How do you all find the time and relevant topics?) Sleep eluded me last night.  I tossed and turned in the moonlight (we keep our windows open at night for the fresh air), tearing at the bed sheets as the night creatures prowled the farm. I just couldn’t sleep.  With … More Night Owl


Hubby and I went to the city last night.  We had a lot of fun driving around the Fleet Week traffic dodging tourists, cyclists, and smartly dressed sailors as we made our way over to Nob Hill.  Once safely ensconced in a parking garage (the one at Sutter and Stockton is, by far, the most civilized one … More Magic

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

My America

Over on there’s a discussion going on about US Tropes.  It’s spilled over to American culture and culture in general.  The whole thing got started by this writer who ranted against the American big-box story mill called Hollywood and how it influences all stories told throughout the world. The whole thing got me thinking about my culture.  Just what … More My America


Yes, my very first computer was an Apple IIe.  I remember the little thing, sitting in my Dad’s office.  Off to the side, not really expected to do much. We got it when I was in high school.  Yes, way back in the early 1980s.  I only had one computer class under my belt – … More iPeople

Writing Update #731

I haven’t done this in a while, so thought I’d put you all through the torture of reading my stupid goals.  This is for me, really, so don’t feel bad about not reading past this point. 🙂 Lorena Libre Mystery Series Novel 1: the fourth draft of Devil’s Blood is complete (more or less) and … More Writing Update #731

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


I don’t have any of the writing tip topics ready for today, so I thought I’d use the Post A Day Topic. Here it is: Topic #265: Describe a dream you’ve had more than once. Everyone has a dream, or nightmare, they’ve had more than once. Either write a post describing one, or explaining why … More Yikes

Post a day

So…I obviously have something way more important to do, but am dutifully procrastinating. I decided to sign up for the Post A Day challenge (through in preparation for NaNoWriMo coming up in November. The goal is to finish the second novel in my series in November.  The idea of starting to post everyday right … More Post a day