Kiliane’s Rage’s Antagonist and his place in the novel

The antagonist in Kiliane’s Rage, my work-in-progress, created an interesting problem for me. He is an egotistical individual with aspirations to greatness. The problem is how to introduce his backstory which is important to understanding his aspirations. I considered writing his early story in a prologue. But I have read …

Soccer and the Gym Floor

Soccer is a young person’s sport! A hard-learned fact, at least for me, is that I don’t heal as quickly as once did. Another hard-learned fact is that my body has more places to hurt than I remember. I assist my son-in-law, Brad, coaching soccer. He is the coach…I am …

Kiliane’s Rage Update

  Kiliane’s Rage is my work-in-progress written during NaNoWriMo. I rarely visited it during the holidays. In mid-January, I brought the draft out and began working with it again. I joined a critique group about the time I took Kiliane’s Rage out of hiding. I quickly learned a critique group …

Genealogy – a family tree

Genealogy and creating a family tree is challenging without the internet. Today, Ancestry has digitized so much information that one is likely to find something on a person born a generation or more ago. I began before the internet or Ancestry.com. My family provided my first data. I collared my …

Home again!

It is good to be home. The time in Las Vegas was a nice vacation but there is no place like home (cliché). I finished the competition Thursday morning and said goodbye to friends. There were many ‘see you next year’ said and heard. We had received a warning when …

Bowling in Las Vegas

Hello from SUNNY Las Vegas, Nevada. Notice I did not say hot. It is warm though which is a contrast with the weather we, my wife and I, left behind us in Maryland. We flew yesterday when the weather forecast freezing rain and snow. You would be accurate if you …

Happy New Year

Thank you and Happy New Year to those who have spent time with me on this blog, on Facebook, or Twitter. Only active since October, I hope I entertained, provided a laugh or two, or brought a memory long gone to mind with the posts. I began the year toying …

Christmas Gifts for Writers

Internet for gift ideas – how ‘novel’ Search the internet for Christmas gifts for writers and you will be overwhelmed by the variety of suggestions. I am a writer and love gifts. However, my wife gives me the ‘are you kidding me’ look every time I tell someone that I …

Christmas gifts that can open the world of adventure

The tree needs more Christmas presents I lay awake last night considering Christmas gifts for my grandchildren. My wife and I had purchased the big items and they sat wrapped under our little tree. “Little” is a 5 foot artificial one we bought when the living room became too small …

Too early for New Year’s Resolutions

Too early for New Year’s Resolutions? I sit thinking of the resolutions I made last year and wondered whether I kept them. The one I am sure I kept was a commitment to lose some weight. I think the reason I don’t remember the others is because I didn’t keep …