***WARNING*** The following is a rather lengthy, rambling speech-thing written by a lunatic about something that really never gets easier to talk about (seriously, I thought I’d be fine… but I’m freaking out) and will probably make people uncomfortable. Proceed of your own free will and choice. So, I’d *thought* I was done with my book, but I wasn’t… and so I finished my 13th … Continue reading A Very Merry Unbirthday to Me!
So, I put on this costume and turned to my baby Ollie, threw out my arms, and growl-shouted, in my best Cookie Monster voice, “COOOKIES!!!” Ollie studied me with a smile for a moment, then said, “Ceh-ceh, CEE!” For “C”ookie, you know, as Cookie Monster taught him on Sesame Street. And that’s when I about died with delight, surprise and joy. I can’t tell you … Continue reading The Blessings At Your Feet
Today, I had a gut feeling to pick up Art Matters by Neil Gaiman and flip through the dog-eared pages, and when I read this, it hit me in the face like a pillowcase full of doorknobs. I am a worrier. If worrying were an art form, I would be Leonardo DaVinci. Worry has mastered my life so much so that it is adversely affecting … Continue reading “This is really great. You should enjoy it.”
One of my worst—*very* worst—fears as a writer, is to write bad dialogue. It started when I was a kid and heard my mom talking about a book series she was reading. She said the story was wonderful and inspiring, but the dialogue was so bad that it totally ruined it. She eventually quit reading the series. Then—oh then!—I saw the Star Wars prequels… I’ve … Continue reading What I Learned About Avoiding Bad Dialogue