Thoughts on Writing

I attended the West Texas Writers Academy earlier this month.  I looked forward to it for a year and it went by so quickly.  For several hours a day, I was in a room full of wild imaginations throwing ideas back and forth for every genre.  Aliens, halflings, elderly adventurers, Einstein, lion people, and a […]

Thoughts on Mentoring

One of the authors who put on the West Texas Writers Academy is the New York Times and USAToday best-selling author, Jodi Thomas, who writes historical romance novels.  She’s written over 40 novels and was inducted into the Romance Writers of America Hall of Fame.  So when she said I could take her to lunch […]

More Thoughts on Ireland

Dublin is one of the sites of what the Irish call The Troubles.  Before The Troubles, a minority of Loyalists (loyal to the British crown) oppressed the Nationalists (loyal to Irish nationality) and times were bad.  Protests against the governing regime started in the late 1960s.  Over time, events escalated until January 1972 when British troops […]

Thoughts on Ireland

If you had told me a decade ago that I’d be in Northern Ireland, I’d have laughed at you.  Northern Ireland?  The land of bombings and shootings and tension?  No way! So I was surprised to find that Belfast, the city once full of turmoil, is now an exciting place with lots of really nice […]