One of the lodgepole pine secrets is that the variety that grows near the Rocky Mountains is fire-dependant. Nature has designed the lodgepole cones so that high temperatures such as forest fires are required to open the cones and expose the needles to the elements.
High Hopes vs The Gut
It happens to all of us. We have an upcoming situation/event and we get our hopes up even though we know in our gut that the desired outcome we're hoping for is not likely to be the one that goes down in the history books. It's not quite the same as INSANITY: repeating an action... Continue Reading →
It Takes a Thief
Later that day the offending book was no longer available. I guess having the US Government as a client and a team of lawyers at your beck and call makes a difference.
Research, Write, Research, Write…
Research doesn't always go the way we plan, though. Back in the mid-90s I was writing a sci-fi novel set three hundred years in the future when sex work would be legal and respected. In order to give my character, Jazmine, an authentic voice, I travelled to Nevada to interview a sex worker in a legal brothel.
Life is What Happens When You’re Making Other Plans
Yes, I know it has been awhile since I've posted any words of wit and wisdom here, but it's not like I haven't been writing, I just haven't been writing here. I finished the first book in my retiree mystery series (it's being read by an agent at the time of writing) and started the... Continue Reading →
Solar Garden Light Hack — Dollar Store style!
We have a simple back yard at the beginning of its evolution. We inherited a deck a rough shed, a patch of grass, and that's about it. I am many things, but at the top of the list is 'cheap'. I hate paying for electricity when I don't have to. I wanted to string lights... Continue Reading →
The Brilliant Banner for Writers…if I say so myself.
Most writers I know are on a limited budget for advertising and promotion, especially the self-published ones. Even the writers with traditional publishers may have to foot the bill for some or all promotional supplies. I, myself, am both self-published (4 books) and traditionally published. When I've done book signings in the past I had some... Continue Reading →
Being Christian, I have a problem with the phrase, "Happy Easter". I find that the bunnies, spring, and chocolate part are fun and more universal, but I find that from the Crucifixion to the Resurrection, there's nothing to be HAPPY about during the weekend. For me it's a time of reflection about what I can... Continue Reading →