Category Archives: non-fiction

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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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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