WRITING: Ode to my critique group

Too many adverbs. Telling instead of showing. POV problem. Huh? I can count on my eagle-eyed group of critique partners to point out my story’s flaws, mistakes and plain bad writing. I got lucky when I signed up for an online critique group. I was ready to let someone else read my story but I never…

A STORY: A new nephew for Megan

Megan half expected the house to look different from the day she went away. Though it had been only a few days, she felt as if things had changed dramatically since she left to look for her brother Ben. Perhaps it was only she that changed. She watched Mrs. Johnson’s carriage drive away before taking a deep breath…

READ: Mrs. Poe

When I saw Mrs. Poe by Lynn Cullen, I couldn’t resist. I volunteer at the Edgar Allan Poe House in Baltimore every now and again. One of the things I usually have to explain is how this is the house where he fell in love with the teenager who later became his wife. Virginia, his younger…

WRITING: Passion and eloquence from Dr. Martin Luther King

Today seems like a good day to remember the passion and eloquence of one of my heroes. Fifty-four years ago, Martin Luther King Jr. was sitting in a jail in Birmingham, Alabama, writing a letter. He’d read criticism by fellow clergymen of his work for civil rights and was penning his own response. He scribbled…

INSPIRED: Writers in the Storm

They don’t even know it but I consider Laura Drake, Jenny Hansen, Orly Konig and Fae Rowen among my mentors. The authors  who created Writers in the Storm offer practical advice on the highs and lows of writing. Their columns keep me writing when I feel off, and inspire me to go back to work when I’ve…

READ: The Einstein Prophecy

You know it’s a good story when you’ll find some more ironing to do just to keep the story going. Robert Masello‘s thriller is part Indiana Jones, part Monuments Men with a dash of The DaVinci Code and even demon stories thrown in. I listened to The Einstein Prophecy (on Kindle Unlimited) because I had so much…