In this blog, I contemplate the origins of Thanksgiving and a national tradition of thanking God for our blessings.
In this 2-part blog, I write about how to respond to the news media if you become the object of their inquiry.
We’ve all heard the phrase that beauty is only skin deep, but how many of us really believe it? According to the American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery, 10 million Americans don’t because they have altered their bodies through plastic surgery.
Based on a fictional town and a fictional community, Kaine Thompson created a cozy murder mystery that is being released October 26 on Amazon.
America is getting older. I’m not referring to our country’s upcoming 240th birthday in 2016 or the first English settlement at Jamestown 400 years ago in 1607. America–or more specifically–Americans are aging.
One thing that I have observed from hanging out with a bunch of mature ladies at the resort pool (average age is 80) is that no one escapes hardship; however, you can choose to face it graciously.
We are all weak and struggling in this world. No one is exempt from bad times or pain and suffering. It comes to us all: rich or poor, bad or good, famous or obscure, man, woman or child.
The lesson that these wonderful women, my friends whom I exercise with, have taught me is that they are resilient and grateful for life. They don’t complain, they merely inform. They share and laugh frequently at their misfortunes.
As a writer, I need the fellowship of others. The people I hang with are often the ones in the photo here—marble statues at museums or characters in my imagination.
Since I spend a lot of my time at home writing on my computer or researching for a book, I actually have to schedule my “see people” time. I won’t do it otherwise. I am quite content to stay connected to my muse and write for hours.
However, I have learned that it is essential as a writer to interact regularly with others. Isolation may get the work done, but it is not conducive to good writing. Pretty soon my creative juices dry up and my characters begin to seem wooden and lifeless. It is a careful balance I must keep.
The truth is no matter how much time you are given, you always run up against your own procrastination and time does not stop. Before you know it, the year is over and your book is in the same state that it was at the beginning of the year.
This is the bane of all new authors. According to the Wall Street Journal’s article on “5 Tips for Procrastinating Less,” the #1 way to address your procrastination is to “break a long-term project down into specific, concrete sub-goals.”
That is why I always create an outline of my book. This is a way to break the ENTIRE BOOK into little bits — like chapters. It’s a very useful tool for giving my book idea a rough structure.
My book signing of “Superstition Murder Club” is scheduled for October 26 at 7 p.m. in the Pueblo Room at Monte Vista Village Resort, 8865 E Baseline Road, Mesa, AZ.
There is beauty in the strangeness of things created in the world. Oddities abound– strange flowers, strange fruit, strange beasts, and even stranger humans. Strangeness is arresting–you have to stop and look. You can’t accept what your eyes see.
Each of us is different, unique in the world. No one else is like you. You are the creation of an infinite God whose creativity is infinite. Did you ever wonder why snowflakes are unique? If a perfect pattern is created, why not keep reproducing it over and over? Why the need for incomparable designs?
Think about fingerprints. Each is different, enough so that a person can be identified by the oily impressions left behind by touch. And then, of course, there is the mother of all identifiers: DNA. Scientific discoveries continually tell us that we are created completely unique to all others.