A 21st century friend—social media

On the eighth day of Christmas… Instead of counting the official twelve days of Christmas, I’m counting down the twelve days before Christmas to offer my gratitude for the people and things that make the writing life possible for me. Today it’s social media. In truth, in many ways, I don’t like Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, blogs, and…

That’s what friends are for

On the sixth day of Christmas… Even though those twelve days are supposed to start on December 25 and run to Epiphany, Jan. 6, I want to offer my gratitude for the people and things that make the writing life possible for me. Today, I’m celebrating friends. As I’ve gotten older I’ve come to cherish…

A little love for the family

On the fifth day of Christmas… Even though those twelve days are supposed to start on December 25 and run to Epiphany, Jan. 6, I want to offer my gratitude for the people and things that make the writing life possible for me. Today, I’m celebrating my family—and yours. Are you a writer? If you…

Mind if I brag?

Since I’ve been a reporter for the past 40 years, I am usually the person doing the questioning. But recently an online magazine known as Voyage Baltimore asked me questions about my writing life. I’d never heard of them but since I usually like it when people agree to answer my questions, I decided to…

Did you write all 50,000 words for NaNoWriMo?

November is over. Already a hectic month–besides Thanksgiving, I have a hundred million leaves in my yard and a small sailboat that has got to get out of the water before the winter winds blow in. So what do I do? Spend plenty of waking hours attempting to write 50,000 words as part of a…