Category Archives: non-fiction

Writing May Not Be Written Down

This Week: Can you picture yourself ever stopping writing (creatively)… and thinking, “Nah, I’m tired of writing. Maybe I’ll do something else.” Short answer? No. I know that everyone who has been here for any time knows that I wrote … Continue reading

Posted in Anthologies, author's life, big plans, Books, careers, childhood, creating scenes, Daily life, Dealing with stress, decisions, dialogue, experiences, Family, fantasy, free week, helping others, imagination, inspiration, Life, non-fiction, novels, poetry, Preparing for writing, time management, Tonette Joyce, using talents, Why I Write, Words, writing | 5 Comments

Like? Not Likely

THIS WEEK: If a prospective publisher asked you to compare your work to that of one or two well-known authors, whom would you choose? I haven’t had a prospective publisher ask me that yet, but when I was hoping to … Continue reading

Posted in advice, agents, America, author's life, authors, big plans, blogging, Books, Children's books, decisions, experiences, food, goals, helping others, historical, Holiday, holidays, horror stories, imagination, inspiration, non-fiction, novels, poetry, Publishers, publishing, reading, research, romance, romantic suspense, Tonette Joyce, using talents, Why I Write, writers, writing | Tagged , , , , , , | 6 Comments

Well, Hello Dahl

A quick review this week for two books, but one story, and only about the first quarter of the whole story. I’m talking about a life, the life of Roald Dahl. I still don’t know everything about the man,  but … Continue reading

Posted in audiobooks, author's life, autobiographies, big plans, biographies, Books, careers, characters, Characters based on real people, childhood, decisions, experiences, Family, foreign publications, free week, helping others, historical, history, honors, inspiration, jobs, Life, memories, non-fiction, reading, reading preferences, The Author Life, Tonette Joyce, using talents, villains, writers, writing | Tagged , , , , , , , | 6 Comments

Author! Author! Reader! Reader!

The Monday Fox asked:How many people read your books before you submit them?What kind of feedback do you ask for? My answer? Not enough of the right people get to see my books.I have had few friends and family interested … Continue reading

Posted in advice, author's life, authors, big plans, Books, characters, collections, creating scenes, dialogue, editing, experiences, Family, goals, helping others, imagination, inspiration, Life, Miscellaneous, non-fiction, novels, plots, Preparing for writing, procrastination, publishing, reading, research, short stories, The Author Life, Tonette Joyce, writers, writing | Tagged , , , | 6 Comments

Not Written in Stone

“Has anything about your writing routine changed since you first began?” Oh, gosh, yes. When I decided that I was going to seriously get into writing, it was mostly non-fiction. Just getting my thoughts, research, and facts in order was … Continue reading

Posted in advice, author's life, big plans, blogging, Books, Daily life, Dealing with stress, editing, Family, friends, Guest, helping others, imagination, inspiration, inspirational people, interview, jobs, Life, Miscellaneous, non-fiction, novels, poetry, Preparing for writing, procrastination, publishing, reading, research, short stories, time management, Tonette Joyce, writers, writing | Tagged , , , , | 7 Comments

I Talk to the Trees

Or, rather, the Family Tree, since we were asked this week: “Is there a certain ancestor that you wish you could travel back in time to spend a year with? What do you hope to learn? Why that relative?”  Tough … Continue reading

Posted in America, big plans, Daily life, decisions, experiences, Family, historical, inspirational people, language, Life, memories, Miscellaneous, non-fiction, Random thoughts, teaching, Tonette Joyce | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 8 Comments

Culture Shock in America I posed this question: Have you ever visited a part of the country where things were done as an older time, or were far more modern than you are accustomed? I haven’t been to anyplace that … Continue reading

Posted in America, blessings, Daily life, Dealing with stress, experiences, Family, food, foreign publications, historical, Life, lifestyles, memories, non-fiction, shyness, Tonette Joyce, traditions | Tagged | 9 Comments

Reading Challenge 2021, Part Four

This month, I managed to read four mysteries, plus a non-fiction work. Three of these were print books, to give my eyes a rest, and to make progress through my never-ending TBR pile. Murder on the Dance Floor by Helena … Continue reading

Posted in book review, Books, contemporary, cozy mystery, e-books, Goodreads Challenge, Mystery stories, non-fiction, Patricia Kiyono, personal libraries, reading, research, TBR List | Tagged , , , , , , , , , | 8 Comments

Reading Challenge 2021, Part One

Once again, I challenged myself to read fifty titles before December 31. This year I thought I’d try to read several books outside my usual go-to genres (romance and cozy mysteries). It just so happened that some of my Christmas … Continue reading

Posted in book review, book series, Books, characters, cozy mystery, Daily life, fantasy, Goodreads Challenge, historical, Mystery stories, mythology, non-fiction, Patricia Kiyono, reading, romance, romantic suspense | Tagged , , , , , , , , | 8 Comments

Power of the Written Word

This week: “What are the nicest or most inspiring things people have said or written about your writing? How did it affect you?” This is something that I never expected to experience, but let’s start with “How did it affect … Continue reading

Posted in honors, inspiration, inspirational people, Life, memories, non-fiction, phrases, poetry, publishing, research, social media, Tonette Joyce, tribute, Why I Write, writing, writing from experiences | Tagged , , , , , , , , , | 6 Comments