In case you think that the life of a novelist is all cake and ice cream, here's a look at just two pages of my line-by-line revision of my mystery, THE ROAD TO LAVENDER, due out in January 2020. Editing is not for the faint of heart. (Investment hint: copy and save this image. When … Continue reading Here's your problem…
It was 1952 and the rotary telephone was just beginning to replace rural party lines and the need to ask a live operator to dial the desired number. And cell phones were something prisoners were allowed to use to make their obligatory single call presumably to a lawyer or their bookie. In October of that … Continue reading You may already be a wiener
My dear friend, Paul Lucas, called the other day from somewhere up in the frozen north. He is a talented musician and music instructor and the help-mate of my late friend Tina Kjolhede. I'll add a link to his website and his music at the end of this short tribute. Among the memories Paul and … Continue reading The Paul Lucas Factor
Let me tell you about my older brother and the dark and monsters. I was a fearful child. Until my tenth birthday I had crippling night fears. I avoided the dark, which I imagined to be populated with werewolves. Here's the thing about monsters: I wasn't afraid of the Frankenstein monster who lurched awkwardly from … Continue reading Wolf Moon
The average human heart weighs about ten ounces—that’s more than a gerbil and less than a can of soup. And yet, sometimes, the heart can seem so very heavy. But there are friends and puppies and kittens and sunsets and rainbows and fields and mountains and rivers and gerbils and soup to make the heart … Continue reading The Average Human Heart
Yahoo might pay millions to settle a class action suit. In an email blast date-stamped at 2:47 p.m. on Friday, September 13, 2019, the ever-shrinking email giant Yahoo! Incorporated has announced "a pending class action settlement." Long story short, the Friday the Thirteenth message reported that Yahoo (I'm eliminating the ! for now) has been … Continue reading Yahoo Announces a Multi-million Dollar Settlement: What Could Possibly Go Wrong?
If you have ever been tempted to use a machete to open a package of potato chips, or stood heart-broken at a sailboat railing as an unsightly and unholy artificial island composed of Styrofoam (a trademark) and plastic bottles drifted by, then you know how I feel each time I struggle with the curse of … Continue reading American Packaging