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Publishing Alternatives

Publishing Alternatives

An Interview with Lisa Norman: Let me introduce myself. I am a writer. I have a pesky degree in creative writing and I’ve been around the industry for more years than I’m comfortable claiming. I have friends published through all flavors of the publishing industry and have walked through the changes in the industry with […]

Excerpt: Tracy Krauss

Excerpt: Tracy Krauss

  WIND OVER MARSHDALE is the award winning novel by author Tracy Krauss that critics have called “Edgy, raw and real.” Excerpt: A whispered breath skimmed across the long prairie grass like a giant, invisible hand stroking the fur of a silken feline. The screech of an eagle echoed through the valley as it dipped […]

Alzheimer’s Awareness Blog Tour

Alzheimer’s Awareness Blog Tour

  My father and his siblings are gone now. All three have moved on. My father’s brother–my namesake Richard, was a bull-headed man.  The two of us had a lot in common. He lived a simple life, and for most of his days lived he lived alone. His sister Evelyn, my aunt, was a super-saint […]

Excerpt from The Twisted Ladder

Excerpt from The Twisted Ladder

“We’re being followed.” The driver’s eyes glanced in the rearview mirror. “Someone tried to mug me back at the hotel. I don’t know who it was.” They crossed the bridge, drove past the Washington Monument, and Enrique saw the grey Suburban still following a hundred yards behind. They drove several blocks further into the district, […]

Colorful Language in Christian Genre

Colorful Language in Christian Genre

   It’s not uncommon on today’s bookshelf to find Christian literature that contains colorful language as well as detailed descriptions of sexual content. The distinction between Christian genre and secular fiction has blurred in recent times. While many struggle with how far to go with their writing this is a good time to examine what […]

Whats Your Pattern?

Whats Your Pattern?

  We have patterns for most of what we do. We eat, sleep, work, worship, have fun, and some of us write. What is your writing pattern? Writing patterns, or disciplines make us more efficient and productive. Well-developed patterns also add quality to our work. Many of the disciplines are discussed in Dorthea Brande’s classic, […]

A Date with a Possum

A Date with a Possum

  I’m currently listening to a biography on Ben Franklin. It’s interesting that at that time newspapers were “the” media and published stories often contained a moral lesson. Pilgrim’s Progress was still a top seller in the early 1700’s. It’s not that published stories back then couldn’t be funny and witty, many were, especially those […]

Painting with Noise

Painting with Noise

  An experiment with free verse poetry… Painting with Noise Attacked, well there are many kinds of attacks–an all inclusive service, one that I’m can’t reconcile. I taught my daughter’s class last week how to paint with a brush. When the teacher stepped out I asked the preschoolers, for fun I said, “the check engine light is […]