Practical Lessons from Editing

Part 2 of an editing series Editing my manuscript has been a long process, mostly because I keep teaching myself things as I go along. Herewith, a cheap way for you to learn from my expensive lessons. 1. Specificity Outperforms Vagueness Specific words trigger your mind while vague words don’t. Want evidence? It’s all around […]

I’m Still Standing

Success for National Novel Writing Month (NANO) November hurled plenty my way to try and stop me from hitting the goal of writing 50,000 words during the month. From the bad – my daughter spending four days in the hospital, to the good – thirty-two people showing up for Thanksgiving at our house. My daughter […]

Top 9 Tuesday: Baseball Walk-up Songs

Classic walk-up songs for the October Classic Reading time: 2 minutes — Quick history for those who are unaware of so-called walk-up songs. Although TV ratings won’t support this statement, baseball is America’s pastime. Part of the game today includes walk-up songs for batters and pitchers. Used to be the organist would play some music […]

The Miracle of Sportsmanship

Reading & viewing time: 4 minutes I referee high school basketball. Absolutely love it. The sportsmanship. The national anthem. The constant challenge. Camaraderie with fellow officials. Tossing the ball for the opening tip. It’s a great game, and I constantly find things to inform my writing. And sometimes, magic happens. Special nights, against all odds, both […]