Memorable Book Qualities

What are the similar qualities of memorable books? I was asked this recently so I will attempt to answer this question by looking at both fiction and non-fiction. Fiction: When a fiction book, regardless of genre, finds its way into my long-term memory it is because; The characters are alive in a way that makes … Continue reading Memorable Book Qualities


Praise for

Today I discovered just what a great organization is. When I first started this blog through it was on their free plan and I had a site address of Not long afterward, I reacted to one of their email ads suggesting I change to the paid plan so that I could have … Continue reading Praise for

Fireside Reflections

Morning Musings 11/17/17 It’s between 4 and 5 am when I get out of bed to start my day. With the pellet stove turned up and the coffee brewing I spend a few minutes checking email accounts. Then it is time for my favorite time of the day. I sit down in front of the … Continue reading Fireside Reflections

John Steinbeck and Self-Doubt

When we are "really under it" with self-doubt, it is easy to think that we are alone with this curse. So, when we somehow keep pressing forward, refusing to give up or give in a warm ray of sunshine finds us. In our darkest hour we come upon a quote by another writer, but not … Continue reading John Steinbeck and Self-Doubt

Discouragement Visits Again

Last night I questioned the effort I am putting into my writing. It wasn't the first time, and certainly won't be the last. But, let's call it what it is, discouragement. We all feel that way. Some more than others. Some more often than others. Maybe last night's visit from old discouragement was because I … Continue reading Discouragement Visits Again

Blogging Blows

I have come to the conclusion that blogging is not communication. Blogging is a distraction that prevents people from actually communicating. On a list of effective forms of communication, blogging ranks twelve points lower than yodeling under water. To be fair to the yodeling fans, I will cite a recent poll of the five people … Continue reading Blogging Blows

Mark Twain’s Use Of The Twist

Mark Twain used several methods to make his readers smile. One was the "twist or zinger." Lead your audience in one direction and then pull the rug out from under them with a surprise at the end. Here  are a few of Twain's classics: "Always do right. This will gratify some people and astonish the … Continue reading Mark Twain’s Use Of The Twist