Department Stores, they ain’t what they used to be. There was a time when a trip to the department store was an experience.
A soft blue haze enveloped the first mountains I ever saw. They didn’t impress me much. In the distance, they looked like rolling hills. Then came the drive up the mountains, through the mountains, and along the ridge. Each curve, dip, and climb yielded breath-taking vistas of forested mountains, bald knobs, and valleys swathed in…… Continue reading Unimpressed to Loving the Blue Ridge Mountains
Long ago, I wrote the first draft of My Soul to Keep. It was a fantasy with dragons. What was I thinking? My next draft or two or three were just as far afield as the fantasy, though they were closer to a science fictional approach. Then, after many discussions with my husband and friends,…… Continue reading Outtake: An Early Prelude
I come from a family with deep roots in conservative religion and found inspiration from fire and brimstone and redemption. Where did I find that inspiration? American Christianity has a history of periodic revivals of conservative religious fervor called the Great Awakening. During each of these periods of Awakening, there were widespread revivals led by…… Continue reading Inspiration from Fire and Brimstone and Redemption.
How do you create an evil story villain who has some redeeming qualities? Here’s a hint: If she loves a rag doll, is she still evil?