• Reunion and Research Trip

    I’m back in CA for a short trip to attend a reunion, and thought I’d do some more research for my next novel while here. Yesterday I spent several hours at San Jose CA’s MLK library in the California Room. I hunted down more information regarding one of the historical characters that will appear in …[ read more ]

  • Cracked Vessels – Pursuing Kintsugi Art in my Life

    Can you find any imperfections in this Japanese plate?   How about now?   The Japanese art known as Kintsugi, or Kintsukuroi (meaning “golden repair”), according to Wikipedia,  is “the Japanese art of repairing broken pottery with lacquer dusted or mixed with powdered gold, silver, or platinum…. As a philosophy, it treats breakage and repair as part of …[ read more ]

  • Story Structure – The Virgin’s Archetypal Journey

    I recent posted about a Webinar I attended that focused on story structure. The presenter, Beth Barany, has graciously provided a link to the Webinar that also included helpful slides. I highly recommend you take time to view it. I’ve recently struggled to nail down the proper structure for my current work in progress. After the Webinar, however, I …[ read more ]

  • How to Choose Your Story’s Structure

    Now that I’ve agreed to value lessons more than successes, I’m rolling up my sleeves to make major revisions on my current work in progress. I participated in a Webinar last night titled “How to Choose Your Story’s Structure” (recommended by my writing coach).  The presentation opened up a whole new area of thought for me regarding “structure”. Hopefully …[ read more ]

  • Value Lessons More than Successes

    I recently heard a speaker say, “Value lessons more than successes.” The presenter also emphasized that there’s no failure, only feedback (Derek Doepker). I needed to hear that. Over the past eighteen months I researched facts and then excitedly began to write my next novel, tentatively titled, All That Glitters. The project, about two orphans accompanying their guardian West …[ read more ]

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