Nana Was Here. From 4-Letter Words to Acts of Vandalism

Nana Was Here. From 4-Letter Words to Acts of Vandalism
Learning the alphabet launched me into my writing career. I started small. One word at a time at first. I spent hours with my box of crayons drawing simple block letters and putting them together into words. I started with three-letter words: cat, dog, hat—the usual Dick and Jane vocabulary. It didn’t take long to... Read more »

Giving in to the Need to Get Outside of Myself, On a Snowy Day in April

Giving in to the Need to Get Outside of Myself, On a Snowy Day in April
Post written by Laura Vasilion  Wearing no coat, no hat, a young girl passed by my house the other day. I watched her walk down the sidewalk, trailed by her little black dog. Overhead, an April snow drifted down upon them. It clung to the girl’s long brown hair. Dusted the small dog’s dark fur.... Read more »

On a Hot Wing and a Prayer: Why this Bears Fan is Cheering for the Eagles on Super Bowl Sunday

On a Hot Wing and a Prayer: Why this Bears Fan is Cheering for the Eagles on Super Bowl Sunday
Even though the Chicago Bears won’t be slipping their tootsies into cleats on Super Bowl Sunday, I’ll be at a party watching the big game. Granted, there are lots of reasons to watch the Super Bowl. First there’s the food. You can’t swing a cat without seeing a recipe for snacks–usually chili, nachos, pizza, chips,... Read more »
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Jólabókaflóð: A Christmas Tradition

Jólabókaflóð: A Christmas Tradition
by Susan DeLay It’s Christmas Eve. Late. The children are nestled all snug in their beds, or at least quietly playing video games as X-box sucks their brains out. While I realize thousands of parents are reading “some assembly required” instructions printed in Chinese and are hoping to get a special toy put together before... Read more »

A Dream By Day With Ragnar, the Main Character of My Second Novel

A Dream By Day With Ragnar, the Main Character of My Second Novel
Posted by Laura Vasilion  “They who dream by day are cognizant of many things which escape those who dream only by night.” – Edgar Allen Poe.  I love this quote because that is what I do with my days. I dream. For hours. Every fiction writer does. These days, I am dreaming about Ragnar, the... Read more »

5 Rules of the Spin Game: When a Character Insists on Taking Spin Classes

5 Rules of the Spin Game: When a Character Insists on Taking Spin Classes
Barb, a supporting character in my novel Saving Jesus, is not taking her transition into her fifties lying down. She jogs, lifts weights, wears cool glasses, can complete the 50-yard dash in stilettos, and has become a devotee of the spin class. May God have mercy on my soul I don’t need to know a... Read more »
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When the World Closes in, I Look to the Words

When the World Closes in, I Look to the Words
Posted by Laura Vasilion    Sometimes, it is too much. I can get easily drawn into tragedies around the world, natural and manmade. The politics. The injustices. There is only one way I can remove myself from all that is spiraling out of control around me. Get back on track with my writing. I look... Read more »

13 Things I’d Rescue if I Lived in the Path of a Hurricane

13 Things I’d Rescue if I Lived in the Path of a Hurricane
Posted by Susan DeLay Every time I’ve turned on television this week, I’ve seen horrific images of people in Houston who have lost everything in the wake of Hurricane Harvey. Now Floridians are bracing to survive Hurricane Irma. Smoothie on steroids A director at Samaritan’s Purse, who is overseeing relief efforts, said when a hurricane... Read more »

Writing through the Fog

“Writing is like driving at night in the fog. You can only see as far as your headlights, but you can make the whole trip that way.” E. L. Doctorow I love a good quotation. Years ago, I treated myself to a hardcover copy of Bartlett’s Quotations and spent many an evening perusing its pages... Read more »
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Colorful Characters Part 1: The Jury Room

Colorful Characters Part 1: The Jury Room
Post written by Susan DeLay For all the whining that accompanies a summons to jury duty, as a writer, it is a treasure trove when it comes to mining for interesting characters for stories. And if you’ve ever been called to the court house to serve, you know there is no end to the colorful characters... Read more »