Obscure, but handy, facts

If your spy kills someone in Africa, hyenas may eat — and digest — all the evidence, even the bones. Kids books can be a great source of plot-turning trivia. These come from National Geographic. 50 Awesome Facts (About Everything) | Mental Floss http://mentalfloss.com/article/58321/50-awesome-facts-about-everything?bypass=1

‘A rose by any other name …’

How do you name your characters? Some of mine just pop into my head, but I have favorite names that I keep starting with and need to change later. One character got his name when I saw a comination of letters on a license plate and wondered what it could possibly mean. I also useContinue reading “‘A rose by any other name …’”

It makes you feel old

For quite a few years, Beloit College in Beloit, Wisconsin, has published its annual Mindset List. It started as a way to remind professors of what their incoming freshmen know and don’t know. The Mindset List is also a great resource for writers who forget how quickly time passes. The first item on the newContinue reading “It makes you feel old”

Homework help and a question

Many writers — full and part-time — write from home. Here are some tips to help get the most out of your home work time. I like the Skype tip for collaborative projects, but I wouldn’t want it on all the time. 8 Essentials to Get the Most Out of Working From Home | Entrepreneur.comContinue reading “Homework help and a question”

Inside the little house

When I was a kid, I loved the “Little House” books. Previews of her autobiography make it sound as if Laura Ingalls Wilder’s stories told the “best” parts of her life. I’m still looking forward to reading her autobiography, though. The ‘Pioneer Girl’ Project: The Long Road to Bringing Laura Ingalls Wilder’s 1930 Autobiography intoContinue reading “Inside the little house”