February's Short but Sweet

February’s a really special month for Dick and Jane. It’s when they said, “I do,” thirty-eight years ago. The day was sunny and warm, wedding-perfect. That old adage must be true about time flying when you’re having the time of your life; years melt away, and leave behind cherished memories. 2020 has already been a... Continue Reading →

Indie Author Spotlight: Andrew McDowell

In honor of Indie April, I’ve asked self-published author Andrew McDowell, a fellow member of the Maryland Writers’ Association, questions about his debut novel Mystical Greenwood and lessons learned. We’re both writing our second novels. And so, I wanted to take time out to consider what we are doing differently the second time around. M.J.... Continue Reading →

On The Pond with Dick and Jane

Some time ago, in the twenty-first century, Dick and Jane received a desperate phone call from their propane company. “Have you seen the size of our trucks? You need to trim back your trees. Branches are brushing against the sides, and top of our vehicles.” Well, if Dick and Jane wanted hot water and to... Continue Reading →

M.J.’s Mismatched Month

February is short on days, and I’m short on time. Instead of the blog I’ve pondered on throughout the week, Sawmills and Sappy Characters. I’ve decided to go with MJ’s Mismatched Month. Mismatched, in what way? Well, my to-do list has expanded past February’s 28 days, allowing mayhem to trample, twist, and tug my schedule... Continue Reading →

Covered for Success, p2

Author L. R. Trovillion brought her book, False Gods, in three different covers, to the Maryland Writer's Association's Howard County's January chapter meeting as an example of a hard lesson learned. It was such a striking visual demonstration I asked if I could share it with you. In last week's blog, Are You Covered for... Continue Reading →

Are you Covered for Success?

Do you judge a book by its cover? Answer truthfully. It's a trick question; we all do. Whether the book sits on a library shelf, a bookstore display shelf, or the digital shelf. It’s the cover that grabs our attention, that compels us to examine it further, that makes us wonder what point in the... Continue Reading →

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