My List of 15 Films and Why I Love Them

My List of 15 Films and Why I Love Them


I have been challenged by Ryan W. McKinley to list 15 of the films that are the most important in my life and then tag 15 friends to do the same, who must tag 15 more….sounds redundant, but here goes: (Note: This is a duplicate post from Facebook, but thought it would make a fun … Continue reading

The Writer and New Experiences


Some of the best advice I ever received from any writing instructor was that writers, in order to write better and more interesting things, must all the time be looking for new experiences to broaden their horizons.  This last week I did just that. Most often, for me at least, experiencing new things usually involves … Continue reading

The SCAMPER Method: A Creativity Crisis Breaker


Not everyone wakes up in the middle of the night to stumble in the dark, find a notepad or their phone’s notes app to write down a fresh idea for a novel. Most people struggle with creativity. As a matter of fact in an article in Newsweek dated July 2010, authors Po Bronson and Ashley Merryman found … Continue reading

School Begins and Writing Continues

School Begins and Writing Continues


Today I am attending yet another in-service meeting to begin the teaching year and I’m completely ready to start the year.  It looks like a good year this year even though our legislature is populated with tons of anti-education dogs, our governor thinks we are all slugs, and money is (as always) tight. Of course … Continue reading

New Podcast Up: Take a Vacation Not a Trip


In this episode we discuss the idea I put forth in a blog post last week about taking a vacation instead of going on a trip.  Ryan had some other ideas about the subject, and it turns out to be a little more individual matter than most would realize.  Oh yeah, and we give our spoiler … Continue reading