Matthew still lives

Those of you who've followed my blog for a very long time may remember Matthew, the protagonist of a juvenile fiction series I started writing nearly five years ago. Poor Matthew's been "in hospital" for so long that even I began to despair of his release. For many reasons, this week seemed like a good … Continue reading Matthew still lives


NaNo News

Those of you not on Facebook may be interested to know that I'm now over 10k words in this year's NaNoWriMo novel. Then again, you may not be interested at all, but NaNoWriMo will likely be the subject of Fiction Friday posts during November. Just to bring you up to date, I wrote 3,193 in  … Continue reading NaNo News

Reader Research: Jr Hi girls

On this wonderful Wednesday, I wonder about many things. Most of them are research questions related to the NaNoWriMo novel I began yesterday. In three hours, I wrote 3,193 words. That couldn't be considered a terrific sprint, but it was a very satisfying beginning that put me 693 words above yesterday's scheduled goal. This is what I discovered: … Continue reading Reader Research: Jr Hi girls

>NaNoNews: Competition

>Competition with a capital "C" between my daughter and me, right here in the state between two rivers!If you're reminded of a song from Meredith Willson's "Music Man," that was intentional. (And that last phrase may remind you of a scene from a Lord of the Rings movie; then again, my family members may be … Continue reading >NaNoNews: Competition

>Book review: "When Crickets Cry" by Charles Martin

>Last evening I read an excellent book: When Crickets Cry, A Novel of the Heart by Charles Martin.Charles Martin is an extraordinary storyteller and When Crickets Cry is an extraordinary story about Reese, a heart-mending man struggling with heart-rending loss. Martin’s subtle revelation peels away layers of Reese’s past to explain his pain and stitches … Continue reading >Book review: "When Crickets Cry" by Charles Martin