About Ron

Just about everything I believe has been shaped by the written word. But books don't force a belief; they stir the imagination so that you, the reader, eventually draw your own conclusions. We grow richer in spirit when we read, deeper in our understanding of the universe and our role in it. That's why I read. That's why I write. To offer you a bit of myself. Come along on my journey, won't you? There's plenty of room.

Seven Sevens

Posted On Dec 2 2005 by

I’ve been tagged by Gina Holmes AND Robin Miller. Here are the questions: Seven Things to Do Before I Die (Lord willing): 1. Publish a best-seller (aim high, people!)2. Write for a living.3. Go to Alaska.4. Take my wife to Hawaii.5. Be first in line at Robin’s, Gina’s, Ronies, and Dineen’s book signings.6. Read in the bathtub without getting the book wet.7. Watch my son pilot Blue Angel #5 over Traverse City. Seven Things I Cannot Do:1. Read in the bathtub.2. Take the auto industry seriously.3. Vote for a pro-abortionist.4. Turn my back on my Savior.5. Stop writing (I tried, …

15 Book Preference

Posted On Dec 1 2005 by

My pal Dineen has tagged me with my list of 15 book preferences. So here’s what I came up with: 15 Facts and Personal Preferences about books: 1. Nothing written by bad ex-Presidents.2. No gay vampires.3. I like to read in bed with my wife.4. I usually have at least two fiction books going at the same time.5. Never use the phrase “her near perfect features.”6. Nothing by Al Franken (what, exactly, does he do?)7. Fiction that teaches me something new.8. You get to use a writer as your protag once during your career, then move on.9. I check out …

Christmas Wish List

Posted On Nov 26 2005 by

My wife I are really doing it this year. We’re chopping the Christmas budget to unprecidented lows. We’ve already achieved somewhat of a Scrooge status by bowing out of the annual family gift grab. I mean, really, what’s the point in buying gifts for my cousin’s kids? I don’t need to launch into the ridiculous height of “stuffness” that Christmas has become, we’re all fully aware I’m sure. As I near my 39th birthday (Dec. 30th), I find that there’s nothing left that I want anyone to buy me, other than books, because you just can’t have enough books. But …

Writing from the Inside Out

Posted On Nov 23 2005 by

I think I understand. For as long as I’ve been writing, I’ve been told to “just write.” Turn off the internal editor and get it on paper. I’ve tried, but my brain still gets in the way. Leave it to a screenwriter to get it through to me. Robert McKee talks about “writing from the inside out” in his book, “Story.” For a novelist, it’s second nature to write from the viewpoint of one character and stay in that character’s head. For the screenwriter, it’s a little more difficult. McKee actually includes a scene from “Chinatown,” where the hero is …

The Most Important Ingredient

Posted On Nov 18 2005 by

Writers, please fill in the blank: Without _________, you have no story. That’s right! The answer is “chocolate.” Oh, wait, Robin is shaking her head (notice, however, she has a large bag of Hershey’s Kisses torn open next to her computer). Okay, the correct answer is “conflict.” We, who have been writing for more than three days, know this as well as “show don’t tell.” You see? It’s all quite simple really. You take a character, your hero/protag, and put him or her in the midst of conflict. Nuttin’ to it. So you think. The truth is, a good conflict …

Jodi my Hero

Posted On Nov 17 2005 by

I’ve been bugging my critique group to read something by Jodi Picoult. True, her genre is nothing like any of ours, but when I read Jodi it just makes me want to be a better writer. I’m telling you, the woman does things with words that boggle my mind. It’s almost like reading poetry, where you train your mind to see things differently, come up with new ways to describe something that’s been described a million times by writers throughout time. I’ve tried to explain what it is she writes, but I just can’t seem to put it in a …