Find me at

To contact me about manuscript editing, talking to your group about writing or self-publishing, my email address is

Tuesday, September 20, 2011

Support your local Middle School

Proceeds from my book "My Friend The Werewolf" go to the Art Department at the Norris Middle School in Norris, Tennessee. Help Support art in the schools. Go to

Monday, September 19, 2011

From prose to verse

Changing a story I've already written from prose to verse is a fantastic exercise in essential word usage. Time and time again, as I pause at each paragraph, I consider word usage: what words do I really need to convey what I want the reader to "see"? And this exercise is not done just once, but many times, until I've discovered the right meter, flow, sound - the right words that do justice to what I'm trying to say. I find that doing this has made me a better prose writer as well. I believe that really good prose should flow the same as well thought out poetry. And I find that I am asking myself, "What word can you substitute for that ordinary word you just used - one that will say what you want to say much more precisely?" It keeps the brain working. Just what I need at my age. Try it yourself. Change a story you've written in prose to verse. It doesn't have to rhyme. In fact, it's better if it doesn't. Read poet Mary Oliver for inspiration.