Train Dreams

woman looking out of train window

I remember the feeling of liberation when I finally received my driver’s license at the age of sixteen. There is something special about the freedom to get behind the wheel and go anywhere one wants. I soon found that this freedom had a great deal of responsibility: insurance, registration, maintenance, among other aspects. Perhaps the […]

The Emergence of an Author Part 4

Becoming an author is hard, no matter the route you take. The publishing industry can be so maddening to deal with that it makes you want to scream. Being a person who admits to it when someone asks: “Are you a writer?”  and your reply is affirmative, is a huge step in itself. Even when […]

The Emergence of an Author Part 3

cover of Poets and Writers

When I first started to get into writing seriously in 2007, I discovered Writer’s Digest. Then I picked up a copy of The Writer and also Poets & Writers. I soon realized that reading back issues was just about as useful as reading current ones. I scoured the local library, reading years of past issues. […]

The Emergence of an Author Part 2

I knew I wanted to write professionally, but I was socially conditioned to believe that I’d be destined to fall into the category of starving artist: I was forced to work a number of day jobs.  Yes, I had had a variety of jobs getting through college. During high school, I worked construction and in […]

The Emergence of an Author Part 1

Loren catching a fish

My mother says I was one of those kids who was full of energy.  Somehow I couldn’t just sit still and play quietly for hours. I was either running to the pond for a quick swim or tearing through the house looking for my next adventure. We lived in a big old white house on […]