Seal of Approval

It’s not often that I’m in the position to help out a fellow writer. However, today is one of those days–I was able to offer a blurb for a really great book of short stories that’s coming out in October 2016. Kait Heacock’s short story collection, Siblings and Other Disappointments, is fairly dark, really good, […]

Embracing Porteños: Buenos Aires

I emerged from Ezeiza International Airport this past Saturday into blissfully cool air. Philadelphia, when I left, was nearly tropical, but Buenos Aires weather reminded me of an early spring day. The woman from the booth where I arranged transport into the city pulled her jacket closed and shivered. She glanced at me–in my sleeveless […]

Out of the Haze, It Oozes

So there I was this morning, running down the street. My lungs burned. In the distance, a bright yellow fog hung in the air, almost seeming to rise from the macadam. People staggered out of the cloud, coughing and sputtering, skin glowing bright canary. It sounds like a haz-mat situation, or maybe the beginning of […]

#LV14 Getting to Know You

So I’m serving as a judge for this year’s Like a Virgin pitch contest. If you’ve not heard of it, unagented young adult and new adult writers with a manuscript that’s never been entered in a pitch contest nab fifty available spots in the competition. Judges choose ten finalists to move forward to round 2 […]

Judge Not, Lest Ye Be Judged: Critiquing

Before I start blathering on about critiquing and critique partners, there’s freebie in this for you. I’m offering up a chance to win a free one-chapter critique (limit of 25 pages) to one lucky writer. I’ll pick a winner the night of December 25. It’s my way of celebrating the holidays. To get your name […]

On Naming Characters

Writers pick up habits, some good and some bad. We learn to cope with the solitude of writing, how to manage our manuscripts, etc. One of the things I have always found difficult that I’m still struggling with is naming characters. I’ve often wondered if parents have the same trouble. Obviously, you pick a name, […]