Greeting the Morning Dimly

I confess to being a night owl at heart, or at least I used to prefer staying up late and sleeping in. As father time's influence deepens, I still stay up late and inexplainably rise at hours I would have formerly considered cause for questioning my sanity...

Saku-Taku-No-Ki

This wonderful Japanese phrase translates to mean the instant a chick pecks on the inside shell while its mother pecks on the outside and the shell cracks, and new life emerges. The author Jane Yolen in her insightful book "Take Joy: A Book for Writers" connects this phrase...

Making the List

Some people make New Year's Resolutions while others tend their goal-gardens year-round in hopes of keeping the weeds out and encouraging the flowers of progress. Whatever your method, instilling a passion to improve makes a difference in whether you'll be successful...

Some Thoughts on Reading

"So many books, so little time..." goes the infamous refrain (would love to find out who said that first). For avid readers, this mantra seems to be a way of life. Who among us ever catches up with our reading pile(s)? My reading "pile" used to be a series of...

Dancin' With the Deadlines

Every writer faces up to that cruel taskmaster, the deadline, by using unique ways to deal with (or avoid) the myriad of problems that struggling towards a deadline seem to bring about. When you think about it, "deadline" is a really negative word. Reminds me of "dead" fish combined with...