Help! How do I Name my Characters in a Young Adult Fantasy Story?

When I was creating the series of Legends of Green Isle, one of the biggest obstacles I came across was naming characters. I didn't want them to sound silly. (I could see them frowning at times when I posed a name that was reminiscent of a comic book hero). Fantasy characters like my dragons, elves,... Continue Reading →

Feeling your characters’ emotions: Writing a great Young Adult story.

If there is one thing I could suggest to people who want to be great writers, I would say, "feel your characters' emotions." Everyone can tell a good joke, but there are just some people who are better at it than others. It's usually the individuals who are able to convey emotion along with their words... Continue Reading →

Finishing Strong in a YA Fantasy Series (Concluding book two “The Mirror Sliver.”)

As any writer knows, its finishing that last sentence of the story which is the trophy of any writing. When writing a series, books can be spaced apart as many as three years, and it can be difficult remembering certain points or plots which you constructed in a previous book. So how do you finish... Continue Reading →

The Big Fat Italian Rehearsal Dinner: Reflections of a Part-Time Bartender

I love Italians.  They certainly know how to throw a Wedding Rehearsal Dinner party.  Working at the Vineyard part-time, I've come to be involved in the summer time events, especially the weddings and rehearsal dinners.  Last night we held a rehearsal dinner get-together for about 96 people, half of them Italians.  I think what really stuck with me... Continue Reading →

Some days my dog Lucky just seems to act like he's human. Recently he's developed this thing for warm laundry. The minute I set it on the bed, fresh from the dryer, he high-tails it downstairs and plunges nose first into the warm, soft confines of the material. All you see is a tail wagging... Continue Reading →

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