Famous last word….Someday!

Someday never comes. We only have today. This article is helpful for all of us.


Someday … I’ll write a novel. How many times have you heard someone say these words? Maybe it was you. Or perhaps you’ve written a novel-or two or three or more-and your goal is to be published. Or multi-published. Maybe you want to hit the New York Times Bestseller list. Whatever your dream, it’s time to set out to achieve it. Today. Not someday.

Before you begin, take time to define what you want to accomplish. Motivational coach, musician, entrepreneur, and author Robin Crow advises, ‘Before you begin, be sure you’re leading yourself down the right path, with the right goals.’ If your goal is to write a novel or build a writing career, let’s talk about a few common characteristics of those who accomplish similar goals. Click here to read the rest of this helpful article.



What Are My Rights?

What are my rights as a writer? Who can publish what and how long does that time limit affect me as a writer? This article discusses this topic in detail.


After reading the submission guidelines for various e-zines        and print markets, I’ve found a wide variety of “rights” listed. Some of these are straightforward; others are a  bit more confusing. How is a writer to know what rights a  publication is buying?

        With a little help from Fiction Factor’s editor, Lee        Masterson and the managing editor of Writing World, Moira        Allen, I’ve compiled definitions of several types of  rights.

        Many writers and new editors are confused about what        rights really are. Rights are about usage,  not payment or purchase. Click here to learn more.


Do You Write Contemporary Fiction?

Do you write contemporary fiction? Are you stuck in a research rut? This article has some excellent ideas to make that part of novel writing easier.

A contemporary novel is set in the present, and yet I spend a great deal of time researching details of location, seasonal events, health issues, careers and more to bring reality to the novel. The last two books of the Sisters series revolves around firefighters, and I used the Interent to research the career, but knowing firsthand the details as well as mental and emotional stress isn’t answered there, so I discovered two firefighters from different states on FaceBook and they were intricate in my writing a novel based on reality. Here are tips on research for any novel. Click here to learn more.


Ready For Change?


I read this article recently and wanted to share it with my readers. Are you ready for change? Is it being forced upon you? This post might be of an encouragement.


January is the time of year when I am reminded of liminal space. I love to talk about this topic. It relates so clearly to our writing journey. Green Door Liminal comes from the Latin, limina, meaning threshold. So think of liminal space as the threshold. It’s that place after you leave one room and have not yet entered another. The space between. Or the space between the closed door and the open window.

So, why is liminal space so important? Because it allows us to arrive at the place of transformation and you cannot experience transformation unless you let go.

To let go you need faith. Click here to read the rest of this interesting article.


Order or Disorder?

Are you a writer who prefers order or disorder when you write? We each have our own unique style and it is important to understand what that style is and work with it.



My office is in chaos – again. After finishing my course thesis on the parallels between Ralph Ellison’s Invisible Man and Dostoevsky’s Notes from Underground last spring, I spent a Saturday clearing the disarray of books, critical essays, notepads and Post-its with my jotted thoughts and references, my highlighted and dog-eared MLA Handbook and dictionary, half-empty water bottles, bags of kale chips and chocolate covered almonds, and uncapped pens and highlighters scattered on the desk and floor of my den. For weeks this project had consumed me as I worked to create an organized essay from a jumble of notes and fragmented ideas by the midnight deadline.

Within a month the clutter was back and has remained to this day, a manifestation of my perpetual scrambling to meet the ongoing deadlines for several guest blog spots, a newspaper column, my MFA thesis, PhD applications, and the Graduate Record Examination schedule. I’m familiar with the muddle of my surroundings and in my mind and am oddly calmed by it. Scribbles on scraps of paper, napkins, envelopes, receipts, sticky notes, and index cards are once again ubiquitous, tacked to my bulletin board and adhered to my computer monitors, reminding me to add a transition, description, or a bit of dialogue to some work-in-progress. Books, writing magazines, and drafts of my columns, stories, essays, and novel chapters, defaced with nearly illegible edits and suggestions (mine and others’), litter the floor in shambolic piles that seem incongruous with my reputed compulsion toward extreme tidiness. It appears this is how I create. Even without the looming deadlines, disorder is part of my process. Click here to read more.


How To Make Ice Ribbons

I love science. It is such a fascinating subject. Have you ever seen or made ice ribbons? Today’s featured article shows us how to do that. There are plenty of photos and step by step directions. If you do not have access to the supplies listed on the website, I wonder if something similar can be constructed using straws, paper cups, and simple things around the home? Then put the experiment in the freezer? It is after all an experiment. We have nothing to lose by trying.

I was not able to find any ice on plant stems in the fall       and winter 2006-2007 season, although I looked many places.  But, I       did take on the challenge of trying to explain how ice forms on plant       stems.  I put water in cans and bottles, experimented       with plastic straws and tubes, played with dried plant       stems, and tried everything I could think of.  In the process I spent       much time in freezing temperatures and in the end proved nothing.        But, I did gain some insight into the nature of the freezing and       thawing of water. 

Then in January 2007 I was introduced to these photos of ice being extruded from the fence.  This gave me another challenge and I started trying to grow and extrude ice similar to what I thought I       saw in the photos.  The photos below show some of my early       results.  I had some large plastic pipes and I stated with       those.  I put caps on them and drilled holes into them.  Ultimately, expanding ice cracked all of the plastic pipes.  The photo on the left shows that in a large plastic pipe with no cap on the  top the ice did rise in the pipe as the water froze.  When it was capped on the top, water spilled over the sides until the ice at the top       froze.  Then the pipe cracked, as shown in the middle photo.  To  the right I show the core of a plastic pipe after it shattered due to the       expansion of the ice.  I had never thought about it, but of course the ice freezes from the outside in.  In this example we can see the hollow core in the center which was filled with the water that had not yet frozen. Click here to learn more and view the photos.


Closed Doors

Do you enjoy situations where you cannot see to far into the distance or future? This article is insightful and I wanted to share it with my readers.


My husband and I are long haul truckers and write in my down time. In our recent travels, we’ve encountered fog in many areas around the country. It’s not pleasant to drive through this heavy mist, because it obscures your vision. We can’t see the scenery or traffic ahead. Year after year, many are hurt in auto or truck accidents because they can’t see far enough ahead to see the dangers. So I slow down, turn on the fog lights, and pray. 

As I thought about the fog, I realized many walk around in a spiritual fog. They run through life at full speed oblivious to anything going on around them. Their vision is not clear, they can’t see ahead. Many times they never see road blocks ahead in time to stop. They drive over or around them, or make quick changes in direction causing someone else to crash. There may be times our quick maneuvers work out, but more often than not, it causes a crash in their life. I admit I’ve been in the fog many times, rushing along without a care in the world or only seeing a small distance, only to come to a screeching halt. I simply can’t see well enough to understand what’s truly happening. Click here to read the rest of this inspirational story.