A Labor of Love

Most people are looking to this extended, holiday weekend as a time to relax, barbecue, and spend one last weekend outside before the weather turns too cold to enjoy it. Up until a couple years ago or normal routine would have been packing up the motor home today so we could head out and camp. …

Part Inspiration, Part Motivation

I’ve spent a lot of time on these pages talking about where I gather inspiration for my stories, or as it more often happens, how circumstances and events become inspiration, but as I try to follow through on my goal of writing consistently every day, I’ve been thinking a lot about motivation. The way it …

Breathing Life into Characters

I’ve talked here before about how I shape characters, and how having a visible image can help shape a personality for me, but that point was driven home again this past weekend. As I’ve also posted before, my daughter is a huge fan of the musical RENT.  We took her to see the movie version …

Crushing on the Cake Boss

I’ve talked here before about both my attraction to reality shows and how I can allow television to be a distraction to my work.  It isn’t the usual network reality shows like Survivor or Bachelor that really grab my attention (though, those can distract me too, but it’s the ones that live on Discovery and …