When Travel Plans Go Awry

  • May 24, 2020
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For those who love Star Trek, you’ll understand my frustration. I booked a shuttle to the planet of Risa but got taken to Vulcan instead…

For those not sure why I’ m annoyed, watch Star Trek: The Next Generation, season 3, episode 19, “Captain’s Holiday.”

I have other trips planned and hope they go more smoothly. But I will never use an Andorian travel agent again!



Postcard by doctorheadly at Redbubble. Buy it here.







Fiction Writers: Will You Include the Pandemic or Not?

  • May 17, 2020
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notebook and pen photo

It’s a dilemma, one I faced when writing Magical Ties. The book takes place on Long Island but at one point, the main character, Emily, travels to Manhattan. In a post-9/11 world, I struggled with whether to mention the changes that horrific event created. Ultimately, Emily traveled only to a train station on East 14th Street, so it was unnecessary. And yes, that was deliberate on my part.

In these uncertain times, I’m left with a struggle that’s similar but much wider in scope. I’ve already started book two of Emily’s adventures (but early enough that I can change things). The question is, should I?

Placing characters inside the pandemic or its aftermath can either draw readers in (“Yes, I can relate”) or alienate them (“I’m reading to escape, dammit!”). And the weirdness of time factors in as well. Which will date the story faster? If we can get past this as a painful and difficult period in the world’s history, putting the pandemic into our stories will eventually date them. But if our lifestyles are permanently changed, not mentioning it will also date the stories. (Anyone else feel mildly uncomfortable watching old TV ads that feature large groups of people with no social distancing?)

I don’t have an answer. But I welcome comments.


Mother’s Day

  • May 10, 2020
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As is my tradition, I’m repeating this post:

My Mom and Writing

Magical Ties Sale Extended!

  • May 04, 2020
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I’m extending the Kindle sale of Magical Ties through the month of May. Enjoy!


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