Confusing Words from Healt...

Would you own a heard or a herd of goats?  Are these goats herbiferous or herbivorous?  Which one is addictive: heroin or heroine?  Did the kite fly hi, hie, or high in the sky? healthful, healthy If something has healthful benefits, then it is wholesome and conducive to good health. Walking is a healthful form of exercise. Healthy also means conducive to good health, but it has other meanings as well. ...

How to Write About a Painf...

When my stepfather Bill was the victim of scam artists, it placed our family into a whirlwind of stress, guilt, and anger.  As I helped Bill try to recover his finances and his emotional well-being after this crime, it did not occur to me that I would write a book about the experience. However, after learning first-hand how devastating this crime can be, both for the victim and for their families, I was...

WRODS I CAN’T SPEL—DANG!...

 Luietenant Lugowski closed the door behind him tossing Mike a steely glance. Whoa! Did I spell that word wrong again? Geez, there are some words I just can’t get straight in my head. Lieutenant is one of those words. I’ve been writing my Unbridled Series for several years now with three books published, and a fourth to release on June 1s. Lieutenant Carl Lugowski has been a character in every one of...

Myrmecophobia, the Fear of...

Phobias are constant, irrational fears that afflict some people. Their fear should be taken seriously. The person should never be made fun of or belittled because of their fear. But as writers, we can bless (or curse) our characters with phobias and make the story so much more interesting. What happens if someone encounters the object of his fear? Dread, nausea, or breathlessness could be experienced. The...

Creating Wacky, Scary Mons...

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Dinosaur Lake’s Back...

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My Best Writing Accident &...

Rebecca asked me to discuss the best accident I’ve had in my writing: when I think of a writing accident I generally think about a surprise, since I’m assuming we aren’t talking about accidentally stabbing myself with a pen, or accidentally answering “Yes” when your computer asks you “Are you sure?”  Seriously, if your computer ever asks you “Are you sure?” the answer is “No!”  I once deleted my hard...