August in Review

August wasn’t like any other August I’ve experienced. We’ve had mild and wet weather in Kansas. There was the spectacular solar eclipse, a visiting writer, a wet basement—twice, and a family crisis. Goals were met and goals were . . . not met. Writing Goals Get at least half-way through Act 3. NOT MET *Sigh* I wrote 3 of 5 chapters. I fixed a big timeline issue which took a ridiculous amount of time. Write […]

Set Yourself on Fire for 2013

It’s a new year and many of you have set ambitious goals or resolutions. Here are some thoughts on how you might actually meet those goals this year. The first and most important step toward success is the feeling that we can succeed. – Nelson Boswell Many of life’s failures are people who did not realize how close they were to success when they gave up. – Thomas Edison Put your boots on and keep […]

The Hero of Your Story

I have spread my dreams beneath your feet. Tread softly because you tread on my dreams.    –W.B. Yeats A few years back, I decided I would make my living as a writer and would teach a ‘How to Write Fiction’ class at a local community center. I prepared an introduction to myself and the course, a syllabus, ten lessons, in-class and at home exercises for each lesson, and reading assignments.  I rehearsed and rehearsed.  I […]