Lazy Writing and How to Avoid It

I’ve been teaching writing for almost 14 years and have been writing fiction for 25.  It has been my experience that anyone can write well if given the proper tools and education.  Usually someone tip-toes into my classroom with their short story or poem or random work of fiction under their arm.  They hold itContinue reading “Lazy Writing and How to Avoid It”

Passover or Easter or Resurrection Sunday

As a Christian, I wake up this morning ready to go go church and celebrate the resurrection of Jesus Christ, but I can’t help but be a little puzzled as to how bunny rabbits and candy entered into the festivities. I have four children.  Yes, all of them will wake this morning to an easterContinue reading “Passover or Easter or Resurrection Sunday”

A to Z Challenge: April Fools Day Fail

Yesterday was a day without most of my children.  My oldest child, Conner was off at a boy scout camp out in southern Oklahoma.  My middle daughter Leigha (pictured above) was at a friends house all day and my youngest daughter Meagan was with her Grammy all day and since they arrived from their tripContinue reading “A to Z Challenge: April Fools Day Fail”

Trooping the MDA Muscle Walk: Supporting a Worthy Cause

Saturday Oklahoma City had it’s annual Muscular Dystrophy Association “Muscle Walk” which gives volunteers an opportunity to raise money for this very worthy cause. I attended to support it by wearing my home-made Mandalorian armor and “trooping” with my friends of JediOKC, an Oklahoma City Star Wars Collector/Fan Club. As always, it was the mostContinue reading “Trooping the MDA Muscle Walk: Supporting a Worthy Cause”

How to Use Scrivener to Format an e-Book for Kindle and Nook

You all know how I feel about Scrivener, but it is truly the best program for novelists out there.  For $49 it’s a steal and it is really not that complicated to use.  Today I thought I would show you how to format a Kindle .mobi file and an .epub file that is used onContinue reading “How to Use Scrivener to Format an e-Book for Kindle and Nook”

Just Because You’re Published Don’t Mean You Write Good

There seems to be a war of words in this currently hyped self-publishing boom between the self-published and the traditionally published.  The self-published go on and on about the success of some lucky few and the traditionally published are always noting that the reason people are published is due to the writer’s talent and thatContinue reading “Just Because You’re Published Don’t Mean You Write Good”

“Behind the Myths Tour”: The Report

Monday night I drove down to Dallas, TX with a colleague to see the “Behind the Myths Tour”, a traveling Mythbusters roadshow with Adam Savage and Jamie Hyneman. They were taking people out of the audience to do demonstrations of scientific principles, but since we lost our way in the strange tangle-briar of the DallasContinue reading ““Behind the Myths Tour”: The Report”