Writers: Dare to feel life deeply

  Memorable writing is provocative writing. It challenges our thinking; it creates emotional swells. Memorable writing puts us in a place and allows us to see, smell, touch, taste the surroundings. We’re there. We’re feeling the feels. We’re inside the […]

An Open Letter to George R. R. Martin

Dear Mr. Martin, With the next season of Game of Thrones (GOT) around the corner, I’ve been thinking a lot about dragons and wildfire and tiny not-quite-adults who kick a lot of ass. And I’ve been thinking about you. You’re […]

Book Review: Térata by Michael O’Leary

Térata book cover, by Michael O’Leary When I read a monster book, I look for just the right amount of gore, mystery, and (in many cases) empathy with the beast. Térata, by Michael O’Leary, delivers all of that…except there are […]

Ideas Are Like Ankles

Today, I left my house to go for a very ordinary midday run. Out the door, to the right, down the street. Perfect weather to be outside. It lasted .38 miles. That’s when my foot hit the edge of the […]

Let’s talk about character names.

I recently finished reading a book in which a large number of the character names began with the letter K. There was Kevin, Katrina, Karl, Kenneth. My head reeled as I worked my way through the pages. “Who is doing […]

Presenting…EPIC FANTASY *With Dragons

Author Stephen Swartz has just released a new book, EPIC FANTASY *With Dragons, which promises to be even more compelling and inventive than his Dream Land series. Swartz is the author of several novels of literary fiction and science fiction. […]

Colina Linda

The beginning of something–a kind of character sketch. Inspired by my MinnSpec writing group. The grandmothers of Colina Linda tell stories inherited from their grandmothers. Tales of misdeeds and heroics, of shape-shifting animals, of lovers and the witches who tear […]


Puffy and heavy-lidded. I am a time traveler. It’s not as glamorous as it sounds. Chugging across time zones. Bobbing on the cusp of sleep, only to be reeled back by baby crying, man kicking seat, angry flight attendant leaning […]

The Woman in Green [Story #25]

I’m continuing with my character exposes for my yet-to-be-written YA novel. This one plays off of the last post. I am an ancient being. Big as the stars and the gaps between them. Bigger than the data flowing through supercomputers—machines […]

Kermit McDermit and the Day of Fire [Story #24]

I’m planning on writing a series of exposés that delve into the backstories of certain characters in my yet-to-be-written young adult novel. Working title for the novel: Ellie Half-Shadow and the Mayan Curse.This one’s about Kermit… Kermit McDermit had the […]