A Day at the Vasa

On August 10, 1628, the Vasa, the crown jewel of the Swedish Navy, made her maiden voyage. She got a grand total of about 1300 meters before she keeled over. For those of you who like comparisons, that’s about the same distance as four and a half Eiffel Towers or five New York City blocks.Continue reading “A Day at the Vasa”

Memoirs I Want to Read

It’s summer. It’s supposed to be anyway. The sun hasn’t shown up. It’s cold and wet and rainy, but the kids are home from school and rather than focusing on writing during the day (I’m still writing, but I’ve been sneaking away at night to write. Sometimes.), I’ve tried to work my way through aContinue reading “Memoirs I Want to Read”

Poetry in the Park

I’ve mentioned before how I love new experiences. If there’s a large crowd, I’ll start to feel smothered, but, in general, I’m fascinated by events and people. Add anything about writing, poetry, the craft, or reading into the mix and I’m there — as long as I can afford it. It’s amazing to me howContinue reading “Poetry in the Park”

Crooked Things

Most people like symmetry. Balance. Things that line up together. Not me. Give me crooked any day. A crooked car would be difficult to drive. But a crooked house, as long as it had a stable foundation, would be awesome! Crooked art. Asymmetrically designed furniture. Uneven earrings. These are things worth talking about, worth noticingContinue reading “Crooked Things”

Every Writer Needs Little Helpers

Have you ever been plugging along, in the middle of a great escape scene, only to realize you weren’t alone? Someone else was there, perhaps watching your every move? Most of the time these unexpected visitors are harmless. They show up and inspire you. They remind you of words you pulled out of the depths ofContinue reading “Every Writer Needs Little Helpers”

A Short Look at Agendas

The past few months have been interesting. I’ve stuck to my plan, for the most part. But the plan changed. I knew it would. The plan always changes. It grows bigger. Curves down unexpected paths, and the chance to find honeysuckles or weeds is probably equal. If I’m lucky the path leads to an excitingContinue reading “A Short Look at Agendas”

My writing group celebrates 20 years!

Last year I accomplished a lot in my writing world. I finished and self-published my first fantasy novel, Ashborne. I published my first short story, Orbital Extraction. I applied to a grant program. I took several courses related to the craft of writing, including a screenwriting course I never thought I’d take. I created aContinue reading “My writing group celebrates 20 years!”

They say a picture is worth a thousand words . . .

I say a picture is worth a million words, especially if it falls under one of these categories: Spontaneous life. In-the-moment happiness, goofiness, and all-around surprise. Nothing beats these photographs. They are so much better than the other ones. You know which ones I’m talking about. Those where we pose our kids like wooden dollsContinue reading “They say a picture is worth a thousand words . . .”

What’s your book nerd score?

The other day I ran across a little book nerd quiz over at Barnes & Noble’s site. The quiz, entitled What’s your book nerd score?, was so good, I thought I’d answer the questions to see if I qualified as a book nerd. I read a lot, but not as much as some people, so I wasn’tContinue reading “What’s your book nerd score?”

If I were trapped inside a book

Last week, a Facebook meme popped up asking what TV show you want to be trapped in. I don’t watch much television. I’ve never even heard of half of the shows people listed. Obviously, that was one post I didn’t share. (Although, if someone threatened to toss me into the pit of doom unless I pickedContinue reading “If I were trapped inside a book”