My Freaky, Icky, Ew List

If anyone were to overhear the conversations of a group of writers when they get together, they’d either run away in terror or notify the authorities – or both. There’s something to be said about having the freedom to say whatever is on your mind in the name of artistic expression that is absolutely, imagination-satisfyingly delicious. And at times,… Continue reading My Freaky, Icky, Ew List

Bookshelf Bonanza

I love visiting a Facebook site called “No, I do NOT have too many books!” Featured are dream photos that any book lover would enjoy: books stacked, arranged and otherwise stuffed in ways that span the spectrum of book storage. Some photos show the simply utilitarian method, shelves stocked, every last inch of space taken with… Continue reading Bookshelf Bonanza

Writing: the Craft? Please.

There are a lot of writers who refer to writing as “the craft.” Crafts involve cute pairs of scissors, richly-colored markers and pencils, glittery paints and don’t-sniff-the-glue. But writing? I think of it more often than not as the proverbial blood, sweat and tears–BST. Playing with those letters, BST… sometimes you feel you’re at your… Continue reading Writing: the Craft? Please.

Self-Reliance

The East Coast was slammed by Hurricane Sandy a week ago. I am most fortunate that my area dodged that destructive weather system. Seeing people struggle in the aftermath is heartbreaking, the pictures and stories of devastation shudder-inducing and a prayer that “there but for the grace of God go I…” (Not that weather systems… Continue reading Self-Reliance