Tag Archives: writing

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

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

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

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

Why I “Shut Up and Write”

I’m sitting with a group of strangers in a local church that has offered this Shut Up and Write Meet Up space to write.

We are all here to work on whatever it is we are writing. Some are writing novels, short stories, blogs, school papers and lots of stuff I don’t know about. And, of course, it doesn’t matter because the beauty of this type of group is that … Read the rest

A Writer Looks at Blockchain

If you are at all paying attention, there has been a lot of chatter about something called Blockchain along with its cryptocurrency cousin, Bitcoin. So, what does it all mean and why do I care as a writer?
Here is why, but let’s get the basics down first.

What is Blockchain?- I’ll try not to get too techy here: The blockchain is what it sounds like in that there … Read the rest

San Francisco Literary Scene: “A place of escape, refuge, and salvation from the rest of America”

“It’s the dream city at the edge of the continent, an exotic jumble of cultures, a fogbound oasis offering freedom and escape for people hoping to shed the past and begin anew.” San Francisco Chronicle THE LITERARY SCENE / San Francisco, Writers’ Heaven April 14, 1996.

• Writers come to San Francisco in part because of the romance of the City by the Bay, or as the famed San Francisco … Read the rest