My Latest Blogs

Writing in Mark Twain’s Library

Twain House tour guides tell us Sam Clemens, who wrote under the pen name Mark Twain, made up stories on the fly for his three daughters in the glow of his library's hearth. His young audience expected each story to feature items displayed on the mantel, starting with...

Showing a library some love from Sisters in Crime

A couple of writer pals and I felt like Oprah for a morning. We helped a local library celebrate winning a $1,000 grant from Sisters in Crime. The Levi E. Coe Library of Middlefield, CT, won a monthly drawing Sisters in Crime holds as part of its "We Love Libraries"...

Learning from Reality TV: “Face Off”

I love to watch "Face Off," the Syfy channel's reality show featuring make-up artists competing to take their careers to the next level. Every week, competitors receive a crazy tight deadline to create a fantasy character according to the week's theme. The artists...

A poem in TRACK LIFE: IMAGES AND WORDS

My poem "At the Rail" is included in a fine arts photography book.   TRACK LIFE: IMAGES AND WORDS by Juliet Harrison features her dramatic racing images along with text written by selected turf writers, racing insiders and enthusiastic railbirds like me. Check...

Retrieving a Piece of My Heart

My original plan was to keep this blog horse-free. Then, NYT best-selling and award-winning author C.J. Lyons called me out on it.   Branding isn't just for livestock In publishing, numbers speak volumes. Sales for books featuring horses tend to run low. The...

How to get on the radio

You're an author at an event. You see someone wearing a headset, perhaps with a microphone, sitting off to the side with some boxy electronic equipment with dials or slides. That person may be a radio announcer, especially if he or she has media credentials. He or she...

My not-so-secret blogging weapon – Updated!

If you're having technical trouble with your blog, have you thought about hiring a hiring a blog technical support person? True confessions time: I don't do every bit of the work on my blogs. Sure, I write posts, re-size photos, hunt up stories and videos, update...

Some thoughts on voting

An unexpected encounter in a waiting room opened my mind to some thoughts on how we view the voting process. I spent part of Election Day 2012 in a hospital waiting room. I'm okay, but doctors monitor my blood once a month to make sure I remain that way. My blood...

Learning from Reality TV?

The NBC singing competition show THE VOICE is good teaching tool for writers - or for anyone who has to present any sort of programming in front of a group. Self-confidence, projection, belief in the material, presentation and even storytelling. It's all there. The...