The Ten Rules of Etiquette for the Online Classroom

TEN RULES OF ETIQUETTE FOR THE CYBER CLASSROOM      Well, the new year has begun and look at all the class offerings turning up in your email!  It’s an online buffet of knowledge and inspiration just waiting for you to show up, fork and knife in hand. There are plenty of seats available. (All … Continue reading

It’s Nano time!

The marathon has started. Which just goes to show you that neither rain, nor snow, nor flooding, nor lack of electricity will stop writers from chasing the dream of writing a novel.  If you live in New Jersey, New York, or Pennsylvania, you probably started off writing by candlelight or flashlight.  Maybe you resorted to … Continue reading

21st Century Hysteria

21st Century Hysteria Recently, I’ve discovered something about myself that I really don’t like. I am swamped with fear. Fear of unexpected bills. Fear of missing payment on a credit card. Fear of cracking a tooth. Fear of my dog getting hit by a car. Fear of losing my debit card. Fear of car repairs, … Continue reading


At two a.m. this morning, I hit the 50,000 word count for the National Novel Writing Month.  It was a quiet moment, marked by the cacophony of snores from my two dogs  and from my husband who was out cold with a laptop propped on his chest.  Such is the fate of the writer. We … Continue reading


Twelve years ago, I enrolled in my first online writing class.  I was terribly nervous about exposing myself to a faceless audience.  Like all newbies, I was petrified of anyone reading my work. The idea of someone not liking one of my stories sent me into a panic mode. Somehow, I thought that if I … Continue reading

Mastering The Story Board

I thought I’d break my 2010  lazy streak this week and post again. Yeah, you got me.  A couple of writing buddies asked me for a little more detail on the story board and these guys know where I live.  So, let’s talk about how to create a story board. 1.  This is a white … Continue reading

An Eye is I

It’s all in the eye of the beholder–how you look at life, that is. Whether you see the glass as half empty or half full.  Whether you see purpose in your life or believed that you are simply here by accident. It’s all about perspective. It’s all about you. or me. or  “I.” As writers … Continue reading

Feast of Flash at “Not From Here Are you?”

It happened while  we were busily tapping away for the Nation Novel Writing Month.  Talented writer and highly successful author, Michael Solender, decided to hold a contest called “Feast of Flash” during November.  The theme? Thanksgiving of course! Michael, author of the “Not From Here Are You?” blog, added a neat twist. (He is a … Continue reading


Where Have I Been? I think I’ve been stuck in high anxiety mode for a month and it hasn’t been pleasant.  I’m going to have to figure out the final word count for the TAP! writers, which is impressive because they all kept writing and reporting in throughout the month of August. Right now, let’s … Continue reading

DAY 26 of TAP!

I’ve fallen behind in reporting the progress of our writers. Basically, life seems determined to gnaw away at my ankles, undermining my best efforts to keep organized.  This past weekend, my father fell and broke his hip ball joint. Today, my father is undergoing hip surgery.  It’s got me feeling a little nervous and a … Continue reading