Benicia, California, “City of the Straights”

Photo Credit: A photo of the Benicia pier with the dilapidated boat house and boat. Photo taken by me :-). “‘Benicia, the memorable ‘city of the Straits’…” (as quoted in Thompson, par. 9) Back when I first conceived my historical mystery series, The Paper Chase Mysteries, I knew location would be an important factor. One … Continue reading Benicia, California, “City of the Straights”


Not So HAE (Happily Ever After)

The epitome of the happily-ever-after romance ending — the handsome couple off against the sunset with the calm waters and the palm tree. Photo Credit: Silhouette of a loving couple against a sunset, uploaded 25 April 2017 by 5187396: 5187396/Pixabay/CC0 1.0 “We are writers and we destroy lives and worlds and ideologies. And sometimes, we … Continue reading Not So HAE (Happily Ever After)

Adventurous Perception: The Individual Creative Process

Photo Credit: Photograph of Maurits (M.C.) Escher, around 23 Nov. 1971. Photograph probably made by Hans Peters (ANEFO), Ga het na (Nationall Archief NL): Vysotsky/Wikimedia Commons/CC BY SA 3.0 Many artists talk about the creative process. It’s one of those illusive ideas that fascinates non-artists and weighs heavily on the minds of artists because creativity … Continue reading Adventurous Perception: The Individual Creative Process

The Emotional Badlands of Language, or, Language is Not Just Data

Photo Credit: Canadian singer Leonard Cohen in Trouville-sur-Mer (Normandy, France), taken 26 January 1988 by Roland Godefroy: Teddyyy/Wikimedia Commons/CC BY 3.0 “If words are the arrow, we ourselves — our interior landscapes, our outward actions, the authenticity of our lives — are the bow.” (Popova, par. 1) As many of my blog readers know, I … Continue reading The Emotional Badlands of Language, or, Language is Not Just Data

Character vs. Plot Puzzles: The Two Sides of My Fictional World

Photo Credit: Multi-colored puzzle pieces, uploaded 17 February 2017: Pixhere/CC0 1.0 Last week, I announced in a live Facebook post on my author page that I’m exploring new directions with my fiction. I also created a Coming Soon page on my website with more details about what I’m doing and why and what readers can expect in … Continue reading Character vs. Plot Puzzles: The Two Sides of My Fictional World

Camp Nano Blog Break

Photo Credit: Summer in Connecticut - The Old Barn at Branchville, J. Alden Weir, 1890's, oil on canvas, Christie's, New York: Trzesacz/Wikimedia Commons/PD Old 95 1934 I posted this week's blog post (here) a few days earlier than usual for a reason. I'll be taking April off to concentrate on my goals for Camp NanoWriMo. I will … Continue reading Camp Nano Blog Break

Creative Limitations

Photo Credit: Book, phone, and computer in chains, created and uploaded on 24 January 2015 by stevepb: stevepb/Pixabay/CC0 1.0 “I had to let go … then come back to the [book] understanding the new limitations as creative challenges.” (Tea, par. 4) I came across an interview with West Coast writer Michelle Tea quite some time … Continue reading Creative Limitations