3 Ways to Welcome Creativity Into Spring

This post by Cole Smith   Looking for a few quick, easy ways to shake up your routine in the new month? Are you feeling creative cabin fever after weeks of winter? Since I work in a school, my patterns are cyclical: summer is sweet freedom, fall means migrating back to classes, winter is rest … Continue reading 3 Ways to Welcome Creativity Into Spring



  This morning I planted a croton in a large pot, sat it on the plant stand, and decided that this colorful plant would be a welcome sight at our front door. I then went to my various plants scattered around the front and back yards; pulled some weeds; dead-headed the marigolds; cut back the … Continue reading SEEDS OF LIFE

Chasing the moon and Mars…

A few days ago NASA’s acting administrator, Robert Lightfoot, gave a speech outlining a vague blueprint on NASA’s goals for the 2020s. I expected much more concrete plans based on earlier press statements that the Trump administration wants to return Astronauts to the moon’s surface. Here’s what I think will happen in the 2020s based … Continue reading Chasing the moon and Mars…

Lessons in Writing from the Compost Heap #writersjourney #amwriting

Writing Wranglers and Warriors welcomes a new blogger, Ronel Janse van Vuuren   Posted by Ronel Janse van Vuuren A few months ago I shared on my blog that someone tried to burn my property down. Anyhow, ever since then I didn’t go down to the compost heap (who wants to see the depressing scar?). But … Continue reading Lessons in Writing from the Compost Heap #writersjourney #amwriting

The Best Books You Never Read

By S J Brown The world is filled with unfinished manuscripts. They are stuffed in drawers, stored in a computer file, or sitting on a desktop waiting to be completed. Many years ago I joined a writers group. I admit some members were working on works that apparently weren’t that memorable since I don’t remember … Continue reading The Best Books You Never Read

“Smart” Alec Things

by Neva Bodin “Are you sitting down? How can you sit down when your ketchup expired two years ago? What about the sour cream? Have you seen the blue-green fuzz covering it? And that mac and cheese you put in me 30 days ago? And don’t you ever wipe my shelves clean? Are you trying … Continue reading “Smart” Alec Things

Why Do David Baldacci and I Write?

  Posted by M. K. Waller ***** Why do writers write?  Anyone who's ever sworn at a blinking cursor has asked herself that question at some point. Or at many, many points. ~ Meredith Maran In Why We Write, twenty authors answer that question. Below are quotations from six of their essays. *** I write because … Continue reading Why Do David Baldacci and I Write?

The First Time

There is a first time for everything. The first time most of us rode a bike without training wheels, we fell. That very first cup of coffee tasted bitter to a lot of us. Some people remember their first time experiences from long ago, others do not. I have had some interesting firsts as a … Continue reading The First Time

That’s a whole lot of reviews

Sometimes a number can stun a guy. For example, 1,009. That’s how many review of fellow writers’ chapters I’ve done since joining an online writers’ workshop back in 2003. And I’ve gotten many, many reviews from other writers for my novels’ chapters. How many novels? Let’s see – The Emperor’s Mistress, Thief’s Coin, Assassins’ Lair, … Continue reading That’s a whole lot of reviews

Oh my, Valentine!

    Have you ever wondered about the origins of Valentine's Day? Where did our favorite romantic holiday find its many symbols--the pink and red, the cards, the sweets, and the hearts? Is it really, as some suggest, a holiday cooked up by greeting card companies?   Valentine's Day is an old holiday, with roots … Continue reading Oh my, Valentine!