May 16, 2016


My OWW writer friend, Phillip Spencer, who pens the blog "Nightspore", recently linked to a post by British author Freda Warrington (ELFLAND), in which she discusses her desire to create strong female characters when writing fantasy. 

An excerpt:

I wanted to read about mutual pleasure and joy, I wanted the women to have as much fun as the men, I did not want the men to be selfish pigs, I wanted equality and respect and shared adventure. But too often, in fiction, I was not finding it. Not even from female authors.

It's a long post, but well worth reading.

January 4, 2016

Celebrating La Befana

The holidays continue long past Christmas in other countries. Italy celebrates the story of La Befana on January 5. Click on the link to my website to learn more about her, including an original poem.

 NOTE: For copyright purposes, I don't post any original writing here. 

December 22, 2015

Merry Christmas!

Wishing you all the very best during the holidays.

Click on the link for a special Christmas greeting.

August 31, 2015

An Amazing Talent

A beautiful example of accordion virtuosity. Never thought "The Four Seasons" could sound so incredible with just one instrument. Vivaldi would be proud.

This young man is Alexander Hrustevich, a Ukranian teenager.


May 5, 2015

How to Publish Like the Pros

This is a free webinar that will take place on Thursday, May 7. The details below are part of an email I received from Joel Friedlander, one of the co-presenters.

It's sponsored by Kirkus Reviews. Sounds intriguing.

What:     Free webinar, "How to Publish Like the Pros"
Where:   Online from the comfort of your home or office
When:    Thursday, May 7, 2015 

                11:00 a.m.Pacific, 2:00 p.m. Eastern
Cost:       None, it's free
Who:      You, if you're interested in learning about indie 

                publishing, and how to find, hire, and work with 
                editors and designers.
How:      Register here: Webinar Registration Page
Why:      Webinar seating is limited, grab your seat now!

April 14, 2015


INDIE RECON, a free online conference founded by S.R. Johannes and Ali Cross, begins tomorrow, Wednesday, April 15 and runs through Friday, April 17.

There are events for beginners on up. Some titles to tempt you:

10 Million Sold and Counting: Barbara Freethy & Bella Andre    

Content Marketing 101: Jane Friedman

How to Protect your Rights and your Wallet: Helen Sedwick

Common Mistakes new Indie Authors Make: Ali Cross

Book Design For Authors – The Basics: Joel Friedlander 

And that's just a few you'll find on Wednesday!

For more info, go to: 


February 25, 2015


I've posted a new middle-grade short story on my website. 
It's based on the Slavic myth of the Green Man, also known as Leshee.
Hop on over for a look:


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