These days I don’t make any significant purchases without checking to reviews. If it is a non-book item, I try to find professional reviews and if these are not available I weed through user reviews, keeping in mind that most people don’t go back and write a review unless they really hate or really love a product.
I think I have said this many times, so pardon me if you have heard it before. One of my favorite activities is conducting author visits at elementary schools. Continue reading “My Favorite Things”
Today I took part in a critiquing workshop for writers of children’s books. It was the first time that I had participated in any sort of group critique. I had no idea what to expect and I found it quite fascinating. Read more
I’ve been working on the fourth book in the Caribbean Adventure Series for over a year. The cover is just about ready but the book is not. It has been delayed by many distractions; other books detailing Chee Chee’s earlier adventures, Seascapes and then books that I have published for others. I recently received the push that I needed to complete it, an actual deadline, and so I have dedicated the last week on completing this book. Read more
Late last year I was introduced to the work of Sol LeWitt, an American artist who, when hit with the equivalent of writer’s block, decided to reduce art to its essentials, “to recreate art, to start from square one,” he said, beginning literally with squares and cubes. He put his ideas for art into words, which would then be translated into art by someone else. Confused? Here is an example. Read more
I find myself faced with a dilemma. Should an author should use a pen name when crossing genres? Read more
I was recently motivated to dust off an essay that I wrote about six years ago. Read more
A few posts ago I dared to give some advice on short story writing and I am here to give a bit more. This is not about technique or marketing but back to the very basics that if you want to be a famous short story writer you have to write short stories. Read more