V for Voices

Well, I really dropped the ball on the a to z challenge. Maybe next month, I'll pick up all the letters I didn't get done this month. Maybe. Voices. I hear them all the time. My characters speak to me, they tell me their story and I am the scribe. In Mary Lynne's Dream, she... Continue Reading →

M for Maude

Maude, or "Old Maude" as she is known, shows up in all three books of The Before. She is an old, wise woman who has lived many lives. If you'd like to read more about her, I've shared some details plus the first chapter of each of the books in the trilogy here.  Don't be... Continue Reading →

G for Going

Excerpt from Mary Lynne's Dream: “Are you sure about this?  What’s going on?  I talked to you last week and everything was fine. This sounds crazy to me.” Ever have one of those moments when you know exactly what you need to do and the people in your life tell you you're "crazy"? Mary Lynne's... Continue Reading →

F for Father

In Marie's Pledge, Marie struggles to come to terms with many things, not the least of which is her mother's death, long ago: Then, of course, comes the question of how dare I? How dare I be so selfish, so self-centered that my mother’s death was all about me? What about her? Maybe she was... Continue Reading →

E for Everything

We think of people who sort out their life, who find themselves, who discover new ways of naviagatingthrough life, as strong or adventurous or filled with courage. It's not easy, and is a time that can be filled with doubts, with wondering why we are the only one whose life is a mess.  Kind of... Continue Reading →

C for Cougar

Do animals, or animal spirits show up in your world?  They do in Marie's: There are cougars in the mountains. I’d heard that. Was I about to become someone’s dinner? Well that would teach me, wouldn’t it? I strained my eyes and patted the ground around me feeling for a rock. Maybe I could throw... Continue Reading →

Strangling poetry

I'll be teaching a workshop at the Cuenca International Writers Conference at the end of May, titled Poetry as Story Telling.  I've been gathering bits and bobs to include in a Power Point presentation. I came across this poem by Billy Collins, and although I won't be using it for the workshop, it  made me... Continue Reading →

Possibilities

Even people who "don't like poetry" seem to have a favourite poem. This is one of mine. It makes me smile and calls me to ponder my own preferences. I prefer movies. I prefer cats. I prefer the oaks along the Warta. I prefer Dickens to Dostoyevsky. I prefer myself liking people to myself loving... Continue Reading →

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