“The test of any good fiction is that you should care something for the characters; the good to succeed, the bad to fail.” ~Mark Twain   Today I am happy to let writer Jessica O’Neal take the stage. Whether you’re writing or reading, you want characters to be believable and complex–even inspiring, and Jessica has a knack for reminding you why it’s so awesome to take a journey with a great character. A big thank you to Jessica for… Read more »

Happy Groundhog Day! Let’s put aside for a moment Punxsutawney Phil and the science of shadow forecasting. Instead, picture Bill Murray, an alarm clock and the sounds of “I got you babe.” Because I’m rewinding time and starting over–all the way back to penny candy and sun bonnets.  Well, sort of. Let’s go back to the beginning of my blog and see.   THERE’S NO PLACE LIKE THE PRAIRIE   I loved Little House on the Prairie when I was… Read more »

  It is my ambition to say in ten sentences what others say in a whole book. ~Friedrich Nietzsche How about telling that story in six words Nietzsche? Ernest Hemingway is reputed to have done it: “For sale:  Baby shoes, never worn.” Over at Smith Magazine they take this flash fiction concept and make it more personal, “celebrating the joy of passionate, personal storytelling.” They call it the Six Word Memoir Project. “A sake mom, not soccer mom.” ~Shawna Hausman… Read more »