Books reflect the characters of the people who write them. Their language and tone, their themes and plot lines, the experience awaiting inside a book’s cover, all depend on the author. Of course, the rest takes place inside the reader, when the author’s words combine with the reader’s imagination, character, experience, and thoughts. That’s how we … More An Author’s Voice is the Key to Many Doors
I have just finished a spate of travel–five states in eight days–to Kansas, Wisconsin, Arizona, California, and Colorado. Settling down to write again has me thinking about writing routines, writing materials, and writing rituals, all of which require a re-start after interruption. For Emilie Loring, as for me, concentration was essential to composition; every competing … More Writing Through Interruption
He admires her bravery. “What is this? A movie company on location?” She trusts him on sight and admires his quick thinking. He bent as if to kiss her, whispered:–“Name’s Drex. Danger.” Before Kay Chesney and Drex Hamilton leave the seedy, border-town bar and cross the International Bridge into Mexico, they are forced into marriage by an … More She Fell Secretly in Love with Her Character
Meet Miss Esther Wood. Born in Blue Hill, Maine in 1905, Esther earned degrees from Colby College and Radcliffe, taught at public and private schools, taught history at the University of Maine, wrote four books and numerous magazine and newspaper articles, and was inducted to the Maine Women’s Hall of Fame. I took this photo … More You Have the Opportunity and You Must Use It
I’ve learned to pay attention when serendipity strikes. Last night, I watched another episode of Netflix’s new series, “The Crown.” The story begins on VE-“Victory in Europe”-Day, May 8, 1945, when Princesses Elizabeth and Margaret celebrate incognito on the streets of London. Two years later, Elizabeth became Queen Elizabeth II of England, but that night, … More Who Taught the Queen to Dance?
I think we’ve all had the feeling of being led to something, of being called by something. It’s happened while researching Emilie Loring’s life–the urge to turn down an unknown street, and there is something I’ve hoped to find; the impulse to turn just one more page or take a book off the shelf that, … More When Things Just Want to be Found
“Hardly anyone remembers Steve Jobs anymore, but in the age of electronic computing, he was iconic.” This introduction hasn’t been written yet, but it will be. Fame is fleeting. The heroes of one generation, however high they fly, are unknown to the next. Tell me something about the life of Johannes Gutenberg. And then Petrache … More Fame is Fleeting; Appreciation Doesn’t Have to Be