Category Creativity

Cover Reveal — The Saint of Quarantine Island

A Hard-Fought Book Title My next book, a near future speculative fiction with elements of romance, is currently gnawing away at my South African editor’s free time. It only took ten or eleven years since I started the blinking book. This is Progress! I also have a cover for the book. More progress! I even […]


What am I reading? (December 2018)

What is this writer reading? The answer to that question is “Not nearly as much as I’d like to” because the holiday season gobbles up so much time. I’m not complaining, though, because Christmas is the one time that my whole clan gathers in Arizona. Beth and family live close by, but Chris and Brett […]

Intelligent life? Not here, maybe elsewhere

Have you heard about the interstellar object that appeared by the sun a year ago? It disappeared from view in January. No, that isn’t the lead up to a joke. It’s the opening to an article about the search for intelligent life — purple life — in the universe. At first scientists assumed it was a comet, […]

Yo-Yo #mfwauthor

For  week 51 of the Marketing for Romance Writers yearlong blog hop, the writing prompt is: Advice to New Authors I can’t find the original anecdote, which I heard decades ago, after I decided against majoring in music. I’m changing the names. My apologies to Yo-Yo Ma. An aspiring young musician (we’ll call her LindaEllen for […]

Because writers are crazy #MFRW

Imagine that — we’re halfway through the year-long Marketing for Romance Writers blog hop. For week 26, the writing prompt is: Why I Write Fame? Fortune? Uh, no. The latter would be welcome, of course, but there are easier and more surefire ways to get rich. Robbing banks. Printing your own money. Becoming a CEO. The real […]

What the heck was in those Christmas cookies?

Sometimes it’s pretty obvious where writers and musicians get their artistic bent. Other times, it comes out of nowhere. My case fits the latter description … almost. I have no artists, writers, sculptors, etc. in my family tree … except for my mother.  What was her art? So glad you asked. Baking. Her pies and cakes […]

Ray Bradbury on “Hearing Voices”

Here’s a drop of wisdom from a man who knew all about those of us making their living by telling lies for fun and profit:  

The Trials, Tribulations, and Triumph of Writing Sequels, part 2

In my previous post, I introduced three issues I found I needed to be careful of when I began writing sequels. Issue #1: Lots of names from previous books Issue #2: Lots of recapping Issue #3: Assuming that readers identify with protagonists because they read previous books For the beginning of this article, originally published at Savvy […]

The Trials, Tribulations, and Triumph of Writing Sequels

My last post, Top Ten Thing Readers Hate about Books, has turned out to be the most popular post I’ve ever done on this blog. That popularity inspired me to follow up with a related article I wrote recently for Savvy Authors  (which is a great resource for writers–I recommend it). You see, many of […]

The Writing Process Blog Chain

Thanks for including Mr. Valentine in The Writing Process Blog Chain, Paula Millhouse! Paula is a good writer friend of mine, even though we’ve never met.  We’re both members of an online chapter of RWA, “Futuristic, Fantasy, and Paranormal” and have critiqued each other’s work on FFnP’s Mud Puddle. Be sure to check out Paula’s […]