I'm in Maine this week along the southern coast in a beach house my parents rent each year for an all-family vacation. If you went to an East Coast summer camp, you would definitely recognize the place. It's all pine boards inside with slanty-floors. The bedrooms have peaked roofs and the deck sort of hangs … Continue reading A Wee Bit of Rain…
As I write this, the United States is struggling to comprehend two recent mass shootings. In one case the killer's motives are clear - he left a manifesto full of white supremacist ideas an anti-immigrant rhetoric. He killed people purposely and targeted innocent strangers for the color of their skin and their country of origin. … Continue reading A Few Thoughts
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Are you one of the many who avoid church on Mother's Day? Many people find the day set aside to celebrate all things 'Mom' to be emotionally painful. Maybe you've lost your mom or your relationship is complex, or you didn't have a mom, not one in the real sense. There's a lot of hurting … Continue reading It’s Okay Not To Be Okay On Mother’s Day
Welcome to Mountain Brook Ink's 2018 Holiday Blog Tour! We're so excited you've decided to join us on this journey of family, friends, traditions, and memories over the next month. You as our reader have done so much to pour into our lives, and this season we want to give back to you with insights … Continue reading 2018 Holiday Blog Tour Stop #8 Christmas in New England
It’s been an interesting year. Last May I left a high-tech job because the particular area I was an expert in, a niche of video conferencing, was going the way of the cassette tape. I had become a dinosaur. In taking some months off to write, attempt a freelance career, I gave myself the chance … Continue reading In Print This New Dog Learns Old Tricks
Backstories, we've all got them. When writing a novel I give a backstory to all my characters, even the secondary ones, even if the information never makes it to the page. I want them to feel like real people, and real people interact with others, based in part, on their past experiences. If those experiences … Continue reading The Pain of Having a Real Life Backstory