Wednesday, November 30, 2016

Tuesday, November 29, 2016

Monday, November 28, 2016

'Gang aft agley' -- Go right down the tubes

The best-laid schemes o' mice an' men
Gang aft agley,

--"To a Mouse, on Turning Her Up in Her Nest with the Plough," Bobby Burns, 1875

Just keep writing. (You can text later.)

Wednesday, November 9, 2016

Caregiving: A living prayer

My latest at Our Sunday Visitor Newsweekly.

Caregiving: A living prayer

Some of you may know in 2005 my late wife, Monica, and I founded the Friends of St. John the Caregiver. I've continued that work since her death in early 2013.

Her death is why I wrote "Mildred Nudge: A Widower's Tale."

Just keep writing.

A Gathering of Writers

I'm late in thanking Emily F. of the (beautiful!) Monroe Library, in lovely Monroe, Washington, who invited me to give a presentation last week. It was part of the Sno-Isle Libraries' "Write Now" series.

I was really pleased five brave souls showed up on a dark November night for "How to Write Your Novel in Nine Weeks." Three had questions about novel writing and two were working on non-fiction books. All had interesting plots and topics.

My goal was to share some tricks and techniques that work for me and -- probably more importantly -- let them know that, yes, they can write a book! Beginning. Middle. And end.

Just keep writing. (My advice to those five ... and you.)