Bagged the Big One

It’s now day five of NaNoWriMo, and I’m done. Actually, I got done a bit ago, but couldn’t bring myself to leave the chat room. Too much fun!

To recap: I set a goal, a month ago, to try for 7,000 words a day. That would do several things. First, I’d have to write. A […]


SAT Novels: Who’s Writing One?

There’s a special kind of young adult book category out there: the SAT Novel. Ever hear of them? Better yet, are you writing one?

I have lots of questions. Where’s the best source of words found on the SAT tests? How do you get your hands on the list? Are there standards for language level, […]


Marfa Shadows: A Solid Mystery, a Fun Read

One of my Christmas presents was a signed, hardbound copy of Marfa Shadows, by John DeMers (Houston: Bright Sky Press, 2010). This novel is a mystery set in the small, west Texas town famous for odd lights in the sky, some nights. Like many small towns in Texas the last couple of decades, lots of […]


Does Eric Edson Have the Story Solution?

I’ve now worked my way through the first of my great Christmas gifts, The Story Solution by Eric Edson. I thoroughly enjoyed it, and I got insights into why my fiction isn’t working. Certainly worth the price of admission! But let’s not run ahead too far…

Who is Eric Edson and why should we pay […]


Texas Novelist Dislocates North

Most people who have to move for work, or love, or both, we say they’re relocating. However, if it’s a Texan leaving his home state, that’s clearly not the truth. No, the poor fella (or cowgirl) is dislocating. Such is the case of Bruce Machart, a novelist who now lives north of Boston. He moved […]


When Food Meets Literature

I enjoy food, as many of you do. I also enjoy writing about food-related experiences, such as dining at restaurants. I’m a confirmed Urbanspoon addict. (Don’t tell my mother, please.) I also use Yelp and other user-review sites to help me choose where to spend my precious dining dollars. Although there are some abuses, I […]