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Weekending: A Commonplace Book

Far better it is  to dare mighty things, to win glorious triumphs even though checkered by failure, than to rank with those poor spirits who neither enjoy nor suffer much because they live in the gray twilight that knows neither victory nor defeat.
Theodore Roosevelt

I've been thinking along these lines recently, 
as I contemplate some big decisions. 
And being 50, I realize that big decisions are especially important.
My sage advice for those younger than me: 
if you dream it, dare it.  
Better to take a chance than to live with regret.

An Interview with Indie-Author John Wayne Falbety

Today I welcome a special guest author: John Wayne Falbey, who has recently published his first novel, a political thriller, SLEEPING DOGS. I've read and reviewed the book and can highly recommend it for those of you who enjoy Lee Child's Jack Reacher novels and David Baldacci's novels.

Where do you get your ideas for stories?
The ideas mostly come from life, from observing the human condition and from studying the developments taking place in the world. I season that with a measure of my own experiences.

How do you create the characters in your stories?
I’m a people watcher. The habits and behaviors of others fascinate me. In creating and animating the characters in my stories, I pull together a composite of people I have observed.
Is there any of your own personality in any of your characters?
I believe most authors find an irresistible urge to inhabit one or more of their lead characters, at least to some extent. In my case, I have to admit that each one of the Sleeping D…

Autumn is On It's Way!

Although it was hot and sunny today, the signs that autumn is on its way are unmistakable. Our Aspen trees are beginning to show their beautiful golden leaves and our nights are deliciously cool.

And autumn always seems more festive with the addition of mums in our planter boxes.

Week-Ending: A Commonplace Book

"An' the chased him 'n' never could catuch him 'cause they didn't know what he looked like, an' Atticus, when they finally saw him, why he hadn't done any of those things...Atticus, he was real nice..."
His hands were under my chin, pulling up the cover, tucking it around me.
"Most people are, Scout, when you finally see them."

He turned out the light and went into Jem's room. He would be there wall night, and he would be there when Jem waked up in the morning.

To Kill a Mockingbird
- Harper Lee

Changing Genres: Writing Children’s Books for the First Time

More Essays on Writing from my Orangeberry Book Tour

When I decided to write God Loves You. – Chester Blue, it wasn’t because I had a burning desire to write a children’s book. It was because Chester Blue, the blue teddy bear, modeled after the first teddy bear I sewed myself, needed a story to be written about him. Second, at the time, I was fascinated by stories about inanimate characters that ‘just appeared’ bearing mysterious messages. In the case of this story, crafting the message was easy: I wanted something inspirational. If this was to be a message that appeared out of the blue, than why not make it an encouraging message from God?
So, I had the character, I had the premise (what if you received a message from God, just when you needed it most?) the question was, who was my audience?
It seemed obvious that Chester Blue would appeal most to children. After all, who would better relate, than a child, to a blue teddy bear magically appearing carrying a message from God?
How woul…

Top Ten Tools for Writers

#1 Something to Write With

For years, I used lap tops of various sizes. As I aged, I realized that my eyes needed an extra-large screen. And so I switched from laptops to an Apple desktop with a 26 inch screen...I agonized over this purchase for a long time because it was an expensive investment. But, after I crashed three PC's in one year before I switched to this computer two years was well worth it.

#2 Something to Write On

This summer it was so hot in my office, that I moved my bedroom and writing space downstairs to the walk-out basement where it was at least ten degrees cooler. I bought this 'desk' at our local thrift store for $35 on their 30%-off sale day. Of course, I now love it more than the $200 desk in my office, that I bought at Habitat for Humanity, our other thrift store in town. (I'm big on thrift stores).

Which is simply to prove, that you don't need fancy office furniture, just a good sturdy table.

#3 Space to Write
When I moved into our w…