Top 10 Reasons to attend the ACFW writer’s conference

Posted On Sep 13 2013 by

As I jet off…okay, drive off in the Ford Flex to the ACFW conference in Indianapolis, I leave you with my top 10 reasons to attend a writer’s conference… 10. Proving you can smile and nod while a guy a quarter your age thrashes your manuscript. 9.   Marveling at how no one mixes their Apple Macbook with one of twenty others on the same table. 8.  Watching an editor stuff your one sheet–which you labored over more than your novel–into a three inch thick folder of other one sheets. 7.  Riding an elevator for two hours for the opportunity to …


The Peril of Young Knights

Posted On Sep 6 2013 by

Do you ever wonder how we survived childhood? I mean, really, can there be a more hostile environment on this planet than the gym locker room in a junior high school? Maybe that’s why the educational masterminds decided to change “junior high” to “middle” school. Maybe it sounded less treacherous. Kind of like changing the name of Sudan to…say…Happystan. They should try that. I’m sure it would work as well as it did for the junior high schools. I don’t know about you ladies, but for the boys, the years between 12 and 18 are what we affectionately refer to …


Top 10 reasons to visit New York

Posted On Jun 7 2013 by

Top 10 reasons to visit New York 10. You had no idea Elmo hugged for tips. 9. Subway platforms identified by street name, color code, and musical genre. 8. Free range rats. 7. NBC not only makes crappy TV shows, they have an entire gift store to commemorate them. 6. Going to the Village to play “name that gender.” 5. Waiting three hours to go to the top of a building you just flew over. 4. Searching for the Soup Nazi. 3. So you can laugh hysterically at every movie scene with someone biking or running alone through the peaceful …


Friday Top Ten

Posted On May 3 2013 by

Top 10 Sub-Genres that must be written: 10. Amish Zombie Apocalyptic – Buggies with Dead Horses 9. Civil War Sci-fi – The Laser on Little Round Top 8. Serial Killer Romance – Never Kill on the First Date 7. Espionage Zombies – The Spy Who Crawled Out of the Grave 6. Chick Lit Techo-thrillers – She’s All Out of Uranium (Ashley Stockingdale #74) 5. YA Nuclear Disaster – Attack of the 50 Foot ‘rents (or The Eyes in the Back of Mommy’s Head) 4. Southern Romance Psychological Thriller – Georgia Lambs are Never Silent 3. Children’s Police Procedural – If …


Top Ten Reasons Parents Go Batty

Posted On Apr 26 2013 by

Top 10 reasons parents go batty 10. Their child is the only kid in the world who has never, ever been informed of an upcoming exam. 9. A note that says “do the dishes” is not enough. We must inform the child what he or she is “doing” with the dishes. 8. Every dog ever brought home is accompanied with a child’s promise of a daily walk. A child does not realize that “daily” goes beyond today. 7. While dad is walking the dog and mom is doing the dishes, a child will have an emotional meltdown because he or …