Introduction Though skilled at critiquing writing, critiquing websites pulls writers out of their comfort zones a bit. I wrote up this simple scoring guideline to help facilitate critique and discussion. I think it is also useful for writers to review their own site, and also the sites of successful authors to understand how and why […]
I write epic fantasy novels for young adults. That means I make up a lot of stuff — some of it works, some of it does not. I test my chapters on young adults, particularly my own children, and listen for one thing as they read: laughter. That is the sound of success. If they […]
Dear Grandma, It is the day before Thanksgiving and I’m so sorry you can’t be with us this year. Thank you for writing down your best recipes for me. I am trying my best to follow them. I know these recipes are dumbed-down because I’ve watched you cook; you never measured anything. You were kind […]
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“Daddy, do you know what me and Obama have in common?” My daughter asked me this question a long time ago, during the McCain-Obama presidential contest in 2008. I remember being impressed that my precocious little seven-year-old with pigtails was even aware of presidential politics. “No sweetie, what do you and Obama have in common?” […]
I took the microphone at my local writer’s club the other day and asked the audience two questions. I opened with, “How many of you were told that you need to build ‘a platform’?” Almost every hand went up in the air. Then I asked, “So, how’s that working for you?” The audience chuckled.
Fireworks is a $940 million industry in America. I wish I knew how and why a Chinese invention from the 7th century became such an American tradition to celebrate American Independence. Perhaps it is the influence of our national anthem which praises rockets and bombs in the lyrics?