On The Pond with Dick and Jane

Some time ago, in the twenty-first century, Dick and Jane received a desperate phone call from their propane company. “Have you seen the size of our trucks? You need to trim back your trees. Branches are brushing against the sides, and top of our vehicles.” Well, if Dick and Jane wanted hot water and to... Continue Reading →

M.J.’s Mismatched Month

February is short on days, and I’m short on time. Instead of the blog I’ve pondered on throughout the week, Sawmills and Sappy Characters. I’ve decided to go with MJ’s Mismatched Month. Mismatched, in what way? Well, my to-do list has expanded past February’s 28 days, allowing mayhem to trample, twist, and tug my schedule... Continue Reading →

Covered for Success, p2

Author L. R. Trovillion brought her book, False Gods, in three different covers, to the Maryland Writer's Association's Howard County's January chapter meeting as an example of a hard lesson learned. It was such a striking visual demonstration I asked if I could share it with you. In last week's blog, Are You Covered for... Continue Reading →

Are you Covered for Success?

Do you judge a book by its cover? Answer truthfully. It's a trick question; we all do. Whether the book sits on a library shelf, a bookstore display shelf, or the digital shelf. It’s the cover that grabs our attention, that compels us to examine it further, that makes us wonder what point in the... Continue Reading →

Self-Publishing 101

On January 17th, the Howard County Chapter of Maryland Writer’s Association had a panel of three independent authors discuss their self-publishing experiences, which I was one. Let me say, I enjoyed spending the evening learning from the other 2 panelists, L. R. Trovillion, and Eileen McIntire, as well as from our esteemed audience. I wasn’t... Continue Reading →

Stress Kills Creativity

I entered 2019 feeling rejuvenated - my creativity glowed green as ideas for blogs, and short stories filled my inner-eye. Goals of completing my second book gave me heady visions of near-term accomplishments. I was ready-set-go, and let’s get this done. Coming home from work the day after New Year’s I popped open my laptop... Continue Reading →

Is Atlas for You?

Are early access games for me? Are they for you? We’ve been warned, the early access label means a game is under construction, barely beta. Think twice. Expect delays, outages, and other unpleasant surprises. How many Atlas adventurers have given up? Asked for a refund? Determined that Atlas is nothing more than a cut and... Continue Reading →

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