How I became a journalist

I have never taken a course in journalism. Some would characterize my development as a news person as having been “organic.”

What does that even mean? Well, I’ll just tell you my story and you can decide if it makes sense.

Let me go way back to the beginning of my budding career:

As a child of the 60’s, the first big issue when I graduated from high school was … Read the rest

How to Survive Being an Introvert in a World of Extroverts

My husband likes to say I’m a “sole contributor.” What he means by that is that I like to work alone. It’s true. My entire career has consisted of working on my own. I like to stay just put me in front of my computer and leave me alone to do my job.

Writing, whatever form it takes, is just that. My friends who are also writers pretty much function … Read the rest

The Recurring Dilemma of Researching an Article

I’m in the middle of researching an article for Truthdig.com and I’m reflecting on the process and how not to get surprised when my research may take me to some unexpected places. And in particular, this story.

I pitched a particular point of view and was sure I was solid in my approach. But, guess what? While my initial approach did hold up, my interviews took me into a new … Read the rest

Working from home? Not an option for everyone

Working from home? Not an option for everyone

There seem to be two schools regarding writing from home or in a coffee shop:  Works for some and not for all.  

I’m in the middle. I find office settings very conducive to getting work and writing accomplished. I also am fine working from home. Of course, the other side of the “home office” is that you are never away from … Read the rest

Don’t Stop Writing Your Book

Lately I’ve seen several posts and questions from people who are writing their first book, but getting comments from people telling them they will never get published or, if they self-publish their books will never get found for read. They will tell you their story about failure, and if they failed, you will too.

Rubbish.

I want to scream. Don’t to pay attention to those nattering nabobs of negativism.

Keep … Read the rest

New Year’s Thoughts, Not Resolutions

As long as I can remember, the phrase New Year’s Resolutions inspired guilt in me. I realize I had no obligation to answer this question or to make a “resolution” to do something different or fulfill a goal I let slide the year before.

However, I do appreciate the concept of setting goals and fulfilment of such. And, I’m not saying I’ve always met my own expectations. Far from it. … Read the rest

What’s the Difference Writing Hard News, Feature and Investigative Journalism?

What’s the Difference Writing Hard News, Feature and Investigative Journalism?

I’ve been a writer and journalist various formats most of my professional career. I’ve been a reporter of hardnews, features and investigative pieces. It’s been an interesting ride and if you asked me which format I like more, I’d say all of them. They are just different.

I also realize most folks I talk to are not familiar with … Read the rest

Lesson in Research Redux

I had reason to go to our storage facility and bring home the boxes of files I accumulated researching my book as well as writing it.

To use a cliché, it truly was a “Blast from the Past.” The book was published in 2009, and I have not looked at these files since. I know I’m an intense researcher and I know I spent a lot of time… and money… … Read the rest

My Research Methodology Won Me A Screenplay-Why reliable research facts make a difference

Here is the good news: My research methodology has offered me some great results. So, at the risk of gloating, I’m going to share my process to support my great luck.

1. My book, Taking Aim at the President, has been optioned for a movie on the big screen by two award-winning screenwriters, Andrew Logan and Taylor Allen. Their first major motion picture, Chappaquiddick, won praise from the … Read the rest

How Canning Fruit Supports My Writing

We’ve all learned how certain practices support others. Such a taking a walk can help us work out a problem or vacuuming the carpet encourages the resolution for a dilemma.

For me, it is the hard labor of picking fruit and canning that helps to sort out my mental challenges. However, it is more physically demanding than I’d like, but, I planted the fruit trees, so I have no excuse … Read the rest