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 […]

cover of Poets and Writers

The Emergence of an Author Part 3

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 […]

Loren catching a fish

The Emergence of an Author Part 1

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 […]

old grave stones

Death Comes One Day, So Really Live All the Rest

Death and Personal Loss In the last year, I have lost my paternal grandmother Walt at the age of 99, my great-aunt Virginia at the age of 100 with whom I shared a special bond as strong as with any of my grandparents, and my maternal grandmother Laura at 104, Virginia’s sister about a month […]

gravestones of soldiers

Memorial Day

I remember, as a child, my parents taking me to Main Street in the little village of Sherman, NY every year to see old men marching in tight pea-green and ash-grey uniforms with rifles resting on their shoulders, but they were not what interested me about Memorial Day.   What excited me, were the pretty […]

Sant'Ambrogio Market

A Trip to the Sant’Ambrogio Market in Florence

Writing books is about experiences, perspectives, inspiration, and purpose.  A small excursion trip of visiting the Sant’Ambrogio Market in Florence encompassed all of these ingredients.  It was a fascinating experience, which broadened my perspective and inspired me to think of the ambiance of a traditional open market. Plus, I had a real purpose: to discover […]

America is the Land of the Free & Home of the Extreme

In the United States, we grow extremism by telling our children myths about bearded white deities (a Western tradition that predates Jesus) and quasi-omniscient demigod Founding Fathers.  These children grow up to age eighteen, and then they are entrusted to make crucial civic decisions about: good and bad, right and wrong, moral consciousness impacting the […]

Creating the Painting of Sorrow

Creating the Painting of Sorrow

I have elected to include this blog by Virginia Winters about her book Painting of Sorrow because of my deep appreciation of both art and historical fiction. As an undergraduate, I majored in history but took enough art history classes to nearly have a minor in the subject. This new book is exciting not only because of the […]