Christmas Traditions

https://youtu.be/0XXq-L1_R7E Do you have Christmas traditions? Chanukkah? Other religious/non-religious celebrations? What are your favorite ones? I love our traditions: My kids jumping in their PJs and wrapping in blankets to go and see lighted trees dance to Christmas Eve Sarajevo, and a list of other great Christmas songs The other (at the minimum) two Christmas … Continue reading Christmas Traditions

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Thoughts and Prayers and Elbow Grease

"What good do thoughts and prayers do?" the people ask. "They don't stop the evil, the atrocities. They don't meet the desperate needs." They have a point. I fully believe in the power of prayer. I've witnessed what it can do in hurting lives and desperate situations. I also believe a lot of the "thoughts … Continue reading Thoughts and Prayers and Elbow Grease

Book Review: Elithius by Dominic Sceski

Here is my review of Book 1 of the Elithius saga by Dominic Sceski. WARNING: THE FOLLOWING REVIEW MAY CONTAIN SPOILERS (though I will try my best not to). Summary (From Amazon) “His parents abandon him when he's thirteen. He's left to care for his little brother and sister. Life is tough. Things can't seem … Continue reading Book Review: Elithius by Dominic Sceski

Writing Basics: Why Your Characters Should Speak For Themselves

Take this moment and pause. I know you can hear them. The voices in your head. Talking to you. Telling you things. How others are thinking, feeling. Listen to them. Every writer I know has the gift/curse of voices in their head that are not their own. Note: This  is not to make fun of … Continue reading Writing Basics: Why Your Characters Should Speak For Themselves

Writing Basics: Finding Your Voice – The How and The Why

A while back, I started writing about foundational writing rules with my Writing Basics: How You Should Structure Your Story. Today, I'm going to continue with a subject equally foundational, maybe more so: Finding Your Writer's Voice. First, what do I mean when I say "your writer's voice"? Your style. Your uniqueness. The way you … Continue reading Writing Basics: Finding Your Voice – The How and The Why