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Lyrics Now, Tunes Later

As I mentioned recently, during my shelter-at-home stay, I haven’t been able to engage in songwriting because of the close quarters. I’m just too noisy when I’m working on a song. That doesn’t mean I’ve not been thinking about new songs. I have! In fact, I’ve written the lyrics for a few. Just no music…

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The Great IS!

Yes, indeed! Folks, I think The Great is GREAT! The Hulu dramedy about Catherine the Great, starring Elle Fanning and Nicholas Hoult as Empress and Emperor of Russia, is one outstanding show. I’ve watched so many period dramas on PBS that I wasn’t too sure about diving into yet another historically-based program. I was very…

Writing

A Rose by Any Other Name?

Nom de plume, pen name, alias, cover, whatever label you care to use, it amounts to the same thing – adopting a false moniker for the purpose of concealing your true identity. Sounds dishonest, doesn’t it? So why is it many authors choose to write under an assumed name? Good question! Better yet, why am…

Writing

Plotter or Pantser?

I found myself asking that very question last year as I pondered beginning my first attempt at a novel. I’d learned enough to know writers tend to fall into one or the other category. Some plan their book, the plot of their story, fully in advance of writing. Those are the plotters. The pantsers, on…

Writing

Keeping It Creative

I like to think working as a narrator is a creative endeavor. In my mind, it’s a bit like being a vocalist who’s singing a song composed by someone else. It’s interpretive, perhaps, but creative nonetheless. When the stay-at-home orders were issued a year ago, my ability to go into the studio where I’d been…