By S. J. Brown Have you ever wondered what goes into a field trip for a wildlife photographer? January is when I plan out large portions of my year. As snow piles up outside Jay and I spread books, maps and the trusted atlas on the dining room table. We have notes from shows we … Continue reading Planning


Making it better

By S J Brown Each of us in our own way tries to make the world a little better. Writer’s help people escape their daily woes and immerse themselves in another place and time, making the world a little better. I know a number of teachers that don’t end their connection with their students when … Continue reading Making it better

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


By S. J. Brown I hope everyone has been keeping warm in these frigid temperatures. Freezing temperatures add a whole new set of challenges for a wildlife photographer. It is a bit harder to sneak up on my subjects in layers of clothes and warm boots. Warm thick gloves make it a little harder to … Continue reading BRRRRRR

One Page

By S. J. Brown Recently I was reviewing some guidelines from a publisher. They wanted the usual information like my name, contact information, the name of the book I was proposing and the word count. Then I saw it the next requirement was an impossible task, a one page synopsis. I needed to share all … Continue reading One Page

Happy Friday the 13th

By S. J. Brown Friday the 13th is touted to be the unluckiest day of the year. 2017 has two Friday the 13th’s, does that make it an unlucky year? Does Friday the 13th scare you? Since Halloween is just few weeks away is today the start of a spooky season? Are you superstitious? This … Continue reading Happy Friday the 13th

Have you ever rode the rails?

Have you ever rode a long journey on a train? It’s a blast. My love for the train goes way back to my grandpa who had been an engineer for the Milwaukee Road and drove the Hiawatha from Minneapolis to Chicago and points beyond. My dad loved the train. He brought me twice to Chicago … Continue reading Have you ever rode the rails?

Next Stop Home

By S. J. Brown I hope everyone enjoyed their summer as much as I did. I was on the road a lot, but by choice not necessity. In early June I attended the WV Writers conference. As always it was an energizing three days. I attended a number of workshops, conversed with friends on the … Continue reading Next Stop Home

What’s in a Name? by Patricia

   by Patricia Gligor What’s in a Name? Shakespeare’s Juliet said: "What's in a name? That which we call a rose by any other name would smell as sweet." The Juliet rose is the most expensive rose ever developed. (Photo: David Austin Roses) Although the heavenly Juliet rose can be purchased for less than the $5 … Continue reading What’s in a Name? by Patricia

Baby Steps

By S. J. Brown Recently I gave some advice to friend about recovery after surgery, my advice, baby steps, lots and lots of baby steps. No one can recover from surgery overnight. It’s the little improvements, those baby steps that count. The same can be said about writing. As a writer I didn’t start out … Continue reading Baby Steps