Gardening, Reflections, Writing

Why this colorful flower is my favorite writing cheerleader

Only a few weeks ago, I thought this flower was a fail. But it turned out to be a gardening win. And while it lasts, for me it is more than a zinnia. It is my writing cheerleader. In the summer, I like to work from my screened-in back porch. It is a small, cozy… Continue reading Why this colorful flower is my favorite writing cheerleader

giveaway, Writing

Free giveaway to celebrate latest audiobook release

My novel Erasing the Past was released on audiobook today! Narrator Brian McGovern has put together a superb performance of the romantic suspense novel with a sci-fi twist. Erasing the Past has touches of The Time Traveler’s Wife, The Notebook and even the film drama, Mr. Nobody. To celebrate the latest release, I have five… Continue reading Free giveaway to celebrate latest audiobook release

Writing

What writers need to know about fair use

Some things exist that may bring you comfort. And yet, you may not really understand how to use them. Examples include the airplane seat cushion that doubles as a flotation device; the home fire extinguisher stuffed into a kitchen cabinet; and the fair use legal doctrine. In a previous post, I highlighted three copyright myths.… Continue reading What writers need to know about fair use

Writing

Three copyright myths debunked for bloggers and content writers

You’ve just crafted inspiring text to share online. Now, you’re hunting for an image to complement your post. The last thing you want is to be on the receiving end of a letter from a lawyer claiming you’ve violated the copyright of a photographer or designer. If you’re a blogger, writer, content creator or digital… Continue reading Three copyright myths debunked for bloggers and content writers

Book Reviews, Writing

Six lessons for writers from Hemingway’s A Moveable Feast – Part 2

In the 1920s, Ernest Hemingway struggled to make the jump from journalist to novelist. In A Moveable Feast, he describes the steps he took to improve his writing, as well as his decision to turn down good paying reporting gigs to hone his craft. Yesterday, I highlighted the first three lessons about writing that can… Continue reading Six lessons for writers from Hemingway’s A Moveable Feast – Part 2

Book Reviews, Writing

Six lessons for writers from Hemingway’s A Moveable Feast – Part 1

Ernest Hemingway makes 1920s Paris come alive in A Moveable Feast. Feet splash in puddles. Fires warm cafes in the Paris of December. The smell of baguettes fresh out of the oven fills the air. Copious amounts of white wine accompany dishes of oysters or fried fish. But there’s more. The reader also learns of… Continue reading Six lessons for writers from Hemingway’s A Moveable Feast – Part 1