Do You See the Magic in the Small Things?

Did you ever see something that took your breath away? Something new to you, beautiful beyond compare? We were out shopping at a home improvement store, something that makes everyone in our family grumpy. The kids were arguing, my husband and I had grown short-tempered, and we all really just wanted to go home. ThenContinue reading “Do You See the Magic in the Small Things?”

3 Writing Lessons Learned While on Vacation

One of our favorite vacations is going to the beach. I’m sure I mentioned it before; we’ve been to Jamaica, California, Hawaii, Mexico, the Dominican Republic, and several East Coast beaches ranging from New Jersey through Florida. There’s something about a vast body of water—the breeze bringing that briny scent to your nose—and wiggling yourContinue reading “3 Writing Lessons Learned While on Vacation”

Times Change — Embracing New Traditions

We celebrated Independence Day this past week. In addition to the swimming and the picnic food, we set off fireworks. That’s one of my son’s favorite things to do. I think it has something to do with the power of the explosives and the exhilaration the display causes everyone who’s watching. The ones we setContinue reading “Times Change — Embracing New Traditions”

How Everyday Life Becomes Fodder for Writing

Today’s blog post almost didn’t happen. I just ran out of time. I always reserve my weekends for spending time with my family. But Sundays always play out pretty much the same way: get up, go to Mass, (if it’s football season, watch the Steelers), prepare my blog, make sure laundry is done, make sureContinue reading “How Everyday Life Becomes Fodder for Writing”

Reality Blogger Award

A shout-out and thank you to Janna Hill, blogger extraordinaire at, for this nomination. It took me a while to post this because I’ve been practicing my acceptance speech. Then I realized I don’t actually get to give one. I just have to answer the questions below. So really, I wasted your time. TwiceContinue reading “Reality Blogger Award”

Inspiration for 2013’s Goals and Targets

Happy New Year! For those of you who thought the world was going to end in December (an end that the Mayan’s never in fact predicted), welcome back to the party. And it is a party, by the way. I have the highest hopes for 2013 being a fabulous year. It’s time for resolutions. It’sContinue reading “Inspiration for 2013’s Goals and Targets”

Hard Work Pays Off

I posted earlier that you send your work off and you wait and you wait and you wait. Well, I waited. And it paid off. Two stories were accepted for publication today. “Code Blue” and “Dudley” are being published in an anthology later in the summer. I’ll post details when I have them, but today,Continue reading “Hard Work Pays Off”

Patience is a Virtue

So you’ve sent off your short story to a contest, or your query letter to an agent, or your manuscript to a publisher. And you wait. And you wait. And you wait. It can be agonizing. What’s a writer to do? This is the age of instant gratification. If you need an answer immediately, goContinue reading “Patience is a Virtue”

Challenge Accepted

Originally posted May 31, 2012 If anyone watches How I Met Your Mother, you’ll recognize one of Barney’s catch phrases in my title. I’ve always considered myself a novelist when it comes to writing. If you know me personally, you know I can ramble on and on. Short and to the point isn’t really myContinue reading “Challenge Accepted”

La Fine

Originally posted May 25, 2012 I finished the first draft of my mystery the other day. It’s with the publisher being edited. What a great feeling. I started this blog oh so long ago to inspire others to see things through to the end and follow me on my journey as I wrote my book.Continue reading “La Fine”