WRITING: ‘Contract offer’

Now I know what it feels like to get a book contract. Heady. A thrill up there with winning the lottery or taking an exciting new job. Scary as any step into the unknown. And it came as I spent a day in bed, sick as a dog. About 3 p.m. I felt well enough…

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…