Creative Writing Opportunities

Those of us who write are always open to opportunities to share and promote our work.  We enter contests and offer free books to readers in various situations. Sometimes in the process of promoting our creations, we overlook opportunities to give back, to encourage...

Changing computers

Having been a PC person for the last ten years, many with a desktop and the last five with a laptop, I came to a crossroads. As a writer, I’d had my fair share of viruses, computer errors and frustrations. I was sure my computer had a mind of its own.   Several...

Writing Memoirs

When I decided to offer myself as a volunteer to the Salvation Army, I wasn’t sure where I would serve. After the interview and a test, the volunteer coordinator, Stacy, and I talked about maybe ESL. I drove to Escondido and met the staff, but decided that...

The Great Train Robbery

Yes, I know that is the name of a  book and a movie.  Actually I’m not talking about robbing trains.  Rather the disappointment of a train ride.  I love trains.  I love the lonesome sound of the whistle as it moves down the track.  I had always wanted to take a...

Saying goodbye to a friend

Years ago, when visiting my father, who was in his eighties, we were talking about friends. He turned to me and said with a sigh, “All my friends are gone.” Of the group he’d shared numerous potlucks with, the men who had been his fishing buddies, he...

Wading through blogs and social media

This morning I opened my e-mail to find a wonderful review in “The Homemade Creative” for my book, “Claudia, Wife of Pontius Pilate”. It was heartwarming to read. As an author, it is always a delight when someone tells you they loved your book,...