I recently had a visit from a long time friend I had not seen in several years. During the catch-up phase of our conversation, she informed me she had rescued two dogs. Being a dog lover myself, of course, I needed more information. "What breed," I asked. She replied, "mixed." Finally, she got to the … Continue reading What’s in a name?
“Life shrinks or expands in proportion to one's courage.” ― Anais Nin Seriously, do you know what constitutes courage? Some people think of it as the absence of fear. Some people say it is the ability to face the very thing you fear. But I often wonder if the ability to face fears can … Continue reading Courage
“Sometimes you will never know the value of a moment until it becomes a memory.” ― Dr. Seuss The other day I was asked about my fondest memory as a child. Tough question. I have so many memories of a wonderful childhood with loving, interesting, adventurous, extended family that I knew I would need plenty … Continue reading Memories
“Doubt is a virus that attacks our self-esteem, productivity and confidence. Faith that you and your life are perfectly unfolding is the strongest vaccine.” ― Sean Stephenson Sometimes I question whether or not I should continue to pursue a writing career. I have so man stories to tell, but I get distracted so easily. I … Continue reading Self Doubt
Sometimes you have to know when to retreat, regroup and let go. The next thing is moving forward. What doesn't destroy us only makes us stronger. I find this to be so true. So much for writing horror novels. Although I do love a good horror story, and will continue to write them, I know … Continue reading A day late, but not short.
Yes, it is time. This week I started submitting a completed, edited, novel to agents. I am actively looking for representation of my manuscript, The Dybbuk Box. The time has come, I believe to move forward and pursue with vigor the path to publication. I googled a list of Agents , (reputable, I know because … Continue reading Moving
“It is only with the heart that one can see rightly; what is essential is invisible to the eye.” ― Antoine de Saint-Exupery This advice comes under the admonition of "write what you know". Some of the best and worst advice aspiring writers ever receive. When you are told to "write what you know" it … Continue reading Writing from the heart
“The greatest discovery of any generation is that human beings can alter their lives by altering the attitudes of their minds.” ― Albert Schweitzer Yes, it is often a case of mind over matter, except when our actions do not reflect the intentions of the words we send out into the world. Make a promise … Continue reading It’s All in Your Head
“In matters of style, swim with the current; in matters of principle, stand like a rock.” ― Thomas Jefferson As a middle child I've always been one to "go along to get along". For middle children where I grew up, this was the way of doing things. You acquiesced. You were considered the peacemaker, which … Continue reading Knowing When to Say No
There's the sixty-four thousand dollar question. I know many authors in various stages of their careers, and not a single one willing to say, "I know exactly where my story begins." Once in a rare while we know where to start the story, but not often, and certainly, not always. As writers we have so … Continue reading Where does your story start?