To Reach for the Stars

​I pray this picture will not foreshadow the embers of space exploration and colonization, slowly fading until we lose interest and forget we once had the opportunity to walk on other worlds. Once upon a time, we listened to the sky’s siren call, and answered it. As it was with the sirens of myth, soContinue reading “To Reach for the Stars”

Willingness to Learn

If you are not willing to learn, no one can help you. If you are determined to learn, no one can stop you. ~ Unknown For entirely too long, I have allowed myself to quit learning, quit innovating. And not surprisingly, creativity took a great blow, and it’s been a nightmare trying to formulate newContinue reading “Willingness to Learn”

Writing Prompts for the Holidays

Many writers are gearing up for NaNoWriMo, so I’m offering you some writing prompts for (hopefully) inspiration and keeping you tapping away at that keyboard. Even if you don’t feel like doing 50,000 words of fiction in a month, maybe you can still find these helpful for devising a new story, looking at something fromContinue reading “Writing Prompts for the Holidays”

Writing Suggestion: Fictional Gambling

Having trouble coming up with new ideas for a story? Here’s one possible solution: Gamble. But not for money. Almost certainly, the spinning roulette wheel is just going to be the accretion disk around a monetary black hole. The house always wins, and writers make little enough money as it is. So instead, gamble forContinue reading “Writing Suggestion: Fictional Gambling”

What Are Your Goals as a Writer?

No real advice or musings here. Rather, this is a post of inquiry. I’d like to hear from my readers who are also writers. Specifically, I’d love to know, what keeps you going? Do you dangle a carrot before you that encourages you to keep typing, revising, submitting, or even thinking? Heck, it doesn’t haveContinue reading “What Are Your Goals as a Writer?”

Pikes Peak Writers Conference: Coming Up Fast

Well, as I have stated before, the Pikes Peak Writers Conference is coming up fast. Slightly under two weeks until we are there. Right now, it costs about $450, but I’m passing along the word that it’s one of the top ten writers conferences in the country, and is the friendliest overall. Seriously, a Marriott with aContinue reading “Pikes Peak Writers Conference: Coming Up Fast”

A Motivational Manifesto

Need a little motivation to keep writing these days? I know I do. That’s why I appreciated this manifesto from K.M. Weiland, for those hard times when a storyteller needs a little shove in the right direction. I hope you will enjoy it as much as I did. http://www.wordplay-kmweiland.blogspot.com/2012/02/wordplayers-manifesto.html Be sure to check out theContinue reading “A Motivational Manifesto”

A Letter of Thanks to Fred Rogers

Yes, I am writing a letter of thanks to the late host of a children’s television show. I don’t know how normal or otherwise it is to consider someone like Fred Rogers a hero. But he is one of mine. I had written letters to him in my childhood, and received personal replies that wereContinue reading “A Letter of Thanks to Fred Rogers”