A Very Merry Unbirthday to Me!

***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!

The Blessings At Your Feet

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

What I Learned About Avoiding Bad Dialogue

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