After Weekend Fun

After a weekend of fun, have you ever felt like this? I slept through yesterday, so the post I’d only sort of planned, will have another opportunity next year. I had a lovely weekend at ConQuesT 44, an annual science fiction and fantasy convention sponsored by the Kansas City Science Fiction and Fantasy Society (KaCSFFS), held on Memorial Day Weekend in Kansas City, MO. I had the honor of being on a couple of panels […]

Old Fashioned Typewriter Keys

A Home Grown Power Plotting Weekend

In my not so humble opinion, character’s and their distinct voices is one of my writing talents. But plotting stories — not so much. Having been a pantser from day one of my writing career, plot has been a second or third step, carved into shape through one excruciating revision after another. So when I read Ginger Calem’s glowing report of a power plotting weekend she participated in early this spring, I was pretty envious. […]

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 […]