One story is good, but several makes for a party

I had one idea in my head when I started my novel writing career 10 years ago—a beautiful story of two men falling in love in a rural atmosphere. That was all I was interested in writing at the time, and for many people who want to write a book, one is enough. My brain…

Visions of gingerbread and used-up rolls of tape on this Christmas Day

I’m sitting here early on Christmas morning, darkness still outside—except for the ever-glowing string of Christmas lights on the tree and fence at my next door neighbor’s house. Every Christmas is a little different, but I was a little surprised to be conscious before 5 a.m. I finally got all the presents wrapped. It’s ironic…

Some thoughts on Wisconsin winters

While December is known as the Christmas season, it also marks the start of winter. After nearly three months of going from hot to cold and seeing the leaves change color and fall off the trees, we’re rewarded with snow. Most folks around where I live in Shawano find it hard to believe that Arizona…

Torquere woes indicate professional publishing not the safest option

Sometimes self-publishers, also known as indie publishers, get a bad name. Because we don’t have the backing of a company with scores of employees dedicated to molding the books into literary perfection—if there is such a thing—we’re sometimes seen as lazy amateurs looking to sell books without putting in all the work. This isn’t going…