Compelling Characters

Author Janet Evanovich says that if you create a compelling character people will want to follow them everywhere. The reader learns about the character by watching the choices that they make and the actions they take. The author’s job is the make the reader...

History, Poetry, Truth

“Poetry is nearer to truth than history.” -Plato I’ve been watching the news as the United States and Russia arm wrestle for control of the narrative of what is happening in world events.  As someone who first trained as an historian, and went on to...

If I Have a Mission…

“If I have a mission … and this might sound not exactly what you expect of people, but again, ask any writer and, on this note, nobody’ll tell you anything different … I write those essays for myself — any good writer has to. That is, of course I want to...

Where Happiness Comes From

Fulfilled: (adjective) satisfied or happy because of fully developing one’s abilities or character. A state of pure happiness has enveloped me.  It’s an experience I’ve had before. It comes and goes, and I am trying to better understand the...

Pure Happiness

I have been in a state of pure happiness for two whole days. I walk around with a smile on my face, humming under my breath, hugging the people I love and sending notes of appreciation to those too far away to touch.  I have renewed energy.  It lasts even through a...