Tag: Author

A Word on Wednesday: Novel

Novel, noun:       a fictitious prose narrative of considerable length and complexity, portraying  characters and usually presenting a sequential organization of action and scenes.     Writing a novel has eluded me. And it’s not for lack of want. It is, to be honest, for lack of wanting it enough. I am, you see, a real fine starter. I’m 36,000 words…

A Word on Wednesday: Grief

Grief Grief, a noun An unfortunate outcome, A disaster. Grief, a noun Deep distress, Caused by bereavement Grief, a noun Do I sit in its sadness? Envelope thy self in sorrow? Grief, a noun Do I screech at the injustice? Curse the taker of…

A Word on Wednesday: Diagnosis

Don’t let them LABEL you!  Don’t let them LABEL your child! Don’t believe the LABELS! The word diagnosis is not synonymous with “label.”  The medical term, diagnosis, is simple and straightforward. The noun’s primary definition is twofold (a) the process of determining by examination the nature…

A Word on Wednesday: Bliss

American mythologist Joseph Campbell (1904-1987) has this to say about bliss:  “When you follow your bliss  … doors will open where you would not have thought there would be doors and where there wouldn’t be a door for anyone else.”  The cynic will dismiss bliss, mocking…

A Word on Wednesday: Heliotropic

Heliotropic: Turning or growing toward the light. Heliotropism can be easily seen in sunflowers, which slowly turn their large flowers so that they continually face the sun. However, the adjective heliotropic can describe any noun and any light source. A heliotropic student turns toward  the light of…

The 2017 Word: Crescendo

It is time for a crescendo! So … This is the year, I get loud.   In music, a crescendo is a gradual steady increase in loudness or force. This is a controlled set of bars, increasing the volume of an arrangement. A crescendo can wake both an artist and…

A novel walk

I snapped the following pictures on the Ice Age Trail in Manitowoc, Wis. around 9 a.m. this morning. The scenery is inspiration for a fictional setting in my novel in progress. Enjoy the view, my friends. And, forgive my amateur photography skills.    …

How I write

The beautiful and blank fancy journals. The pristine journals are beautiful, inspiring, arty, and full of possibility. I have received many of these notebooks to inspire me and prompt me to write, a validation my vocation as a writer is a worthy pursuit. Pictured…