Haiku Wednesday is Back!

Hie-dee-hoe, neighbor-rooney. Haiku Wednesday is back from an unforced hiatus, and is being written under the spirit of the “It’s Six Thirty Somewhere” project. Cassidy Carson and I are attempting to write something for thirty minutes every day for a hundred days straight. Since the field is open, I’m taking a break from my workContinue reading “Haiku Wednesday is Back!”

Podcast: Elephant in the Room

The one where we delve into sex in the G-rated literature and media environment. We discuss the history of sex in books, the use of innuendoes, cultural shifts, growing up on Harlequin romances, and gender roles. Triggers: Sex, Domestic Violence Here you go. As always, please scroll down to sign up to subscribe. Thank you!

All You Need Is Love

The one where we talk about the most dangerous thing: True Love. We discuss the many challenges and rewards of bringing personal romantic experiences to our novels and other works. We quote Thomas Mann and we sing for a few seconds (sorry about that). Have a listen and let us know what you think. AsContinue reading “All You Need Is Love”

HW: Heartbeat

Ear to chest, i hearHer Heartbeat entangle Us.While It Beats, We Live. Emotions are hard, especially ones that open windows to our true selves. Most times we’re on autopilot in daylight. We dress pretty, groom our motley selves, and generally act in a manner both publicly and professionally acceptable. Autopilot, then, is good and safe.Continue reading “HW: Heartbeat”

A Modest Proposal

Memorial Day can be emotional three-day weekend, starting with the empty chair at the table that will never be filled. Wishing someone a “Happy Memorial Day” risks walking into an emotional minefield of sorts. Some will use the day to advance political agendas, and others just want to have a guiltfree barbeque to escape fromContinue reading “A Modest Proposal”

The Dying of the Light

The one where we get personal about Death, along with the challenges of presenting the great equalizer in fiction. This episode is our most intimate podcast to date. Have a listen and let us know what you think. As always, scroll down and subscribe. Thank you much. Triggers: COVID, Death. Spoilers: Harry Potter, Twilight, Supernatural,Continue reading “The Dying of the Light”

HW: A Bridge Too Far

With my last cold breath,I cross a colorless bridge.I will not be back. Almost a suicide note, huh? But that was not the motivation. I purposely went dark while drafting it as I remembered lost family and friends, one of whom had passed from colon cancer in the December before this was written. She alwaysContinue reading “HW: A Bridge Too Far”


Our tenth episode already! CC and I talk about our personal writing inspirations as we grew and matured into professional writers. We go from our childhoods to the Air Force to our college professors to our favorite inspirations: our readers. Lots of stories and lots of fun for the two of us. Have a listenContinue reading “Inspiration”


The one where we talk traveling the tried and true path of formula fiction. Special shout-out of thanks to Ronald B. Tobias’ book, “20 Master Plots,” for guiding our discussion. This week’s spoilers: When Harry Met Sally. Star Wars, and Harry Potter. Have a listen and let us know what you think! Thank you! Edit:Continue reading “Formulas”

HW: Ghosts

Grama’s ghost drifts by.She wears her smile and gray curls.Does my Grama live? Ghosts are everywhere. Not the apparitions in Disney’s Haunted Mansion or the pellucid warriors floating above Hogwarts, but the twins of loved ones and colleagues from our past. I saw my grandmother’s ghost in Raley’s just the other day. That’s her onContinue reading “HW: Ghosts”

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