Happy Easter to You All

Writing “If a thing is worth doing, it is worth doing badly.” G.K. Chesterton My novel (fourth draft) has been reviewed, and (sigh) it still needs lots of work.  (sigh again)  Multiple rewrites are par for the course for professional writers, so I can’t expect anything less.  I’m an engineer by profession, not a writer,Continue reading “Happy Easter to You All”

Blog Follower Appreciation Day

Fitness and prepping have been on my mind (and my blog!) as of late, but as a heads up: my primary passion is writing. This post is a “thank you” to my husband and to all of you, my blog followers. Writing is a life skill worth acquiring. I appreciate your following my amateurish, oftenContinue reading “Blog Follower Appreciation Day”

My Diet Plan Got Religion – Prepping for Success

A prepper should be mean and lean, right? If the SHTF and you must “bug out” on foot, could you do it? Or, consider a more plausible situation:  If your car breaks down and you’re out of cell phone range, could you walk ten miles to get help?  If someone kicks in your front doorContinue reading “My Diet Plan Got Religion – Prepping for Success”

All Aboard the Rona Express – One Last Prepper Posting

Y’ALL BETTER BE PREPPING FOR LIKELY SCENARIOS I’d wager I’m not the only wanna-be writer who thinks prepper websites are a good resource for dystopian worldbuilding.  Suburbanites like myself, with nearby stores stocking everything we need, and clean water available at the turn of the tap, have a difficult time visualizing a SHTF scenario. ButContinue reading “All Aboard the Rona Express – One Last Prepper Posting”

Taking their World for It

Who remembers a teacher asking him to name the planets in the solar system, starting from the sun outward?  Chances are, you included in your lineup a ball of gas named Saturn, which is distinguished by its rings. But have you ever seen it? Maybe you’ve seen artists’ renditions of far-off planets.  Maybe you’ve seenContinue reading “Taking their World for It”

Dystopian Worldbuilding and Industrial Facilities

On a normal day of operation at your friendly neighborhood industrial facility or oil refinery, thousands of pounds of toxic and/or flammable materials are shooting through hot pipes, swirling about in vessels, and reacting under tightly controlled conditions into desirable products. As a (retired) chemical engineer, I’ve worn my steel-toed boots thin in many suchContinue reading “Dystopian Worldbuilding and Industrial Facilities”

Dystopian Worldbuilding and Prepper Podcasts

“I wish it need not have happened in my time,” said Frodo.“So do I,” said Gandalf, “and so do all who live to see such times. But that is not for them to decide. All we have to decide is what to do with the time that is given us.” ― J.R.R. Tolkien, The FellowshipContinue reading “Dystopian Worldbuilding and Prepper Podcasts”

Raining and Snowing on My Writing Parade

Dear Fellow Writers, What do you want your words to do? Entertain? Inform? Persuade? Level sarcasm? Bludgeon? Make money? Gain attention? Prove how clever and erudite you are? Lead your readers over a cliff like so many lemmings? Provide catharsis? Or do you simply love spinning stories and find it fulfilling when others enjoy them?Continue reading “Raining and Snowing on My Writing Parade”

Careful, Or You’ll End Up In My Novel

Behold, my most comfy t-shirt: Some Famous Person wrote that writers do what they do for revenge and not money.  My fortysomething brain can’t remember who wrote that.  Poor witty person, what’s the point of being famous if people don’t connect you to your pithy cleverness?  Anyway, while I would posit that while writers doContinue reading “Careful, Or You’ll End Up In My Novel”

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