A Career Gone Awry

I admit it. I’m a reformed tree fluffer. Now you might ask yourself what exactly is that. Am I someone who can’t pass a garden without propping up the leaves on a withering tree? Watering the drooping elms? Actually, it’s none of these. Turns out a tree fluffer is a legitimate job. Around September you’ll…

Why Words Matter

Words matter.   If you’ve never thought about it before, think about this:   I have a dream. Four score and seven years ago. Ask not what your country can do for you, ask what you can do for your country. These famous lines from speeches will live on forever. Just do it, the real…

Advice and More Advice

I’m always thinking. For better or worse, I’m often in my head. And I come up with all sorts of explanations and thoughts on what makes for good writing–for me and others. So I once compiled a list that I believe, makes for better writing. I thought I’d share it here. So here goes. Use…

Catching an Idea

You never know when inspiration is going to grab you and smack you right in the face.   I was standing in a gift shop looking at silk flowers. I turned and walked toward the children’s section and it hit me. It was another ‘Once upon a something book.’ I don’t know just how many…