I look back at some of my old writing and I am embarrassed. There are so many different ways to write poorly and I seem to have tried them all. I'm still trying them. The hell of it is, when in the midst of those particular works, when I was putting those words together, I … Continue reading How Embarrassing
Every profession has it's quirky personality. In my line of work, the medical field, we learn to laugh at horrible things. We are intrigued by weird diseases. New doctors either think they have contracted a terrible disease every other day or they poo-poo the worst set of symptoms, as if nothing will ever go wrong. … Continue reading Fleshing Out an Idea
Step into my 'Way Back Machine' and I'll take you to the 1970s. That was when I wrote the first book in the Quirni novels. It was badly written. The original Quirni novel wasn't about Erica, but Matilda. She worked through obstacles without much internal reflection. It was a book of doing. Matilda did things. … Continue reading Open a Vein
I have a full time day job. I'm fortunate that I don't get a lot of interruptions while I'm working. I can think about plots and characters and even jot down a note whenever I come up with something good. It's a free floating sort of thought process. Consequently, my desk at home is filled … Continue reading When is a Writer a Writer?
Many people ask this question, "What is it about?" The first answer, Quirni is about Erica, about her family ties, her excellence, her journey into a new life as an ex-convict on the run, basically. It's about her healing process, her development as a person, and her discovery of her inner fears and broken mind … Continue reading What is it About?
My opinion in regards to political and newsworthy events should be easy enough for anyone to guess given the plot in Quirni. For readers who haven't read the books, I lean to the left but that is changing. I no longer lean. Events are converting my lean into steps. I stayed left of middle for … Continue reading Stepping Towards an Edge
I like to read old books, really old books. I like to read old stuff that's in the creative common's and it's free online, and I like to listen to books while I drive, and I like to read online, and in print, but what are the differences between these types of publication? I can … Continue reading A Comparison of Print, Digital, and Audio Books.
I like to look at proverbs and idioms from all angles. For example, the Bible is quoted as saying 'Pride goeth before a fall'. The meaning of the verse is clear to a Christian given the Bible repeatedly states meekness and humility are preferable to pride. Studied Christians know the phrase means pride will lead … Continue reading Pride Goeth
Everywhere I go online I am asked to leave a comment, click on a like button, fill out a survey, or write a review. I get e-mails after a purchase to please 'Review and give us five stars'. I do give reviews under the best of circumstances but if there are any obstacles, I don't. On … Continue reading Reviews and Feedback
While we were editing the fifth book of Quirni, we ran across a section that made me cry. My heart hurt for Erica and for James, and it made me want to speak out, change it as an author, to fix things for them. Obviously I didn't because that emotional response is important. I have … Continue reading Feelings and Perspective