Revisiting an Old Journal, 22 Years Later

I have kept journals for decades. Mostly I write in them, though I also go through periods when I draw as well. Most of my old journals are still in boxes (I moved last year and am still working out where to keep things). But I have a dozen or so of them out andContinue reading “Revisiting an Old Journal, 22 Years Later”

Ideas: Where Do They Come From?

Like all authors ever, I’ve often had people ask me the question, “Where do you get your ideas?” The question is always about ideas for novels. But right now, halfway through the month of November’s #bloglikecrazy blogging challenge. I am suddenly struggling to come up with blog ideas. The first two weeks went well. EvenContinue reading “Ideas: Where Do They Come From?”

My Piccioli Ancestors

I wrote recently about my paternal grandfather and his Italian immigrant parents. There is so much more I could say about their family. But today I want to tell a different story from my family’s past. This one comes from my paternal grandmother’s childhood. That’s the Piccioli family to the right, minus two older brothers.Continue reading “My Piccioli Ancestors”

Character Studies: Creating Characters for Fiction

I’m working on a “beat sheet,” kind of a preliminary outline, for my next novel. Since the book is intended to be the first in a series, the characters I’m trying to bring to life now are characters I plan to be writing about for some time, so it feels especially important to get themContinue reading “Character Studies: Creating Characters for Fiction”

Summer Lingers, but Winter Is Coming

Today the weather was amazing for any month, let alone November. The sun shone in a clear blue sky over trees of gold and scarlet, and the temperature reached 77 degrees. I mentioned a while back that my writer’s group has been meeting outside, since the pandemic has made our accustomed cafes unsafe. I’d postedContinue reading “Summer Lingers, but Winter Is Coming”

Blog Like Crazy

Yesterday I wrote about National Novel Writing Month, or NaNoWriMo, which challenges writers to author a book during the month of November. I am taking part in NaNoWriMo, as I have done for years. But that’s not the only writing challenge I’m taking on this month. I’m also taking part in #bloglikecrazy, which challenges participantsContinue reading “Blog Like Crazy”

Notes on NaNoWriMo

NaNoWriMo starts today! For the uninitiated, NaNoWriMo is National Novel Writing Month, which challenges participants to write a 50,000-word novel (or 50,000 words of a longer novel) during the month of November. I have been participating for years in this event and in Camp NaNoWriMo, a more flexible, informal version that takes place twice aContinue reading “Notes on NaNoWriMo”

Kittens (and Chipmunks) with Typewriters

My writers’ group, Kittens with Typewriters, has always met in coffee shops, which hasn’t been possible since the COVID-19 pandemic began. We’ve tried online meetings, but they aren’t very satisfying, since our meetings mostly consist of people writing on their own projects, with occasional conversation in between. Recently we’ve begun holding outdoor meetings. Until today,Continue reading “Kittens (and Chipmunks) with Typewriters”