Category Archives: non-fiction

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

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Bring ’em On!

What do I read? What genre or genres? The real question is, what don’t I read? I was one of those kids who read the cereal boxes at breakfast. I read through the family’s World Book Encyclopedia by 4th grade. I … Continue reading

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Shoot For the Moon

“You’ve been asked to ghostwrite an autobiography for someone famous; you get to spend two weeks with this person as they tell you stories and details of their life. Who do you hope that celebrity is?” Oh, gosh, so many … Continue reading

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“May I Offer You a Sherry?”

“If you could be — even briefly — one of your OWN characters… which character would you be? Why? For how long?” That’s easy. The women in my free-style poems are in sad situations, or at least, bittersweet ones. One … Continue reading

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Watching the Milestones Fly By

“Looking five years down the road — to the middle of 2024 — tell us where you WISH your writing career would be. And then (if you’re able) tell us where you actually EXPECT it to be… unless those are … Continue reading

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Author! Author?

Question of the week: “When did you first think of yourself as an author?” There are many avenues in writing. I can talk about when I first believed that I could write, when others thought that I could write and … Continue reading

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If You Think You Understand the Lusitania’s Sinking

… You may be completely wrong By Jeff Salter Dead Wake: The Last Crossing of the Lusitania (2016) By Erik Larson Being an avid student of history – and especially of military history – I’ve often prided myself on recognizing … Continue reading

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Big Points That I Have Learned in Life

What have I learned so far in life? A great deal I have had many people around me, I have lived in many places, and as my mother would say, I’m no spring chicken. In fact, I seem to now … Continue reading

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Yes, It IS Hoarding

Because I have many writers and/or readers on my main Facebook page, I see memes like this all the time: But this is  nowhere near what I have in my house. I also see :           … Continue reading

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Promptly Writing Romances

The question(s) this week: Why do you write romance? What prompted you to write in the romance genre? “Prompted” is the perfect word. Actually, never in my life would I have expected to write a romance novel. Not. Ever. I … Continue reading

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