Another Day, Another Theme

Yes, I changed my look again.

A few weeks ago I went on a tour of the Amstel House in New Castle, Delaware. This is an historic home in the historic town where William Penn first landed in America. Our tour guide shared with us various tidbits from the home’s history. Most notably, George Washington once honored the owners, the Van Dyke family, by attending a wedding in the parlor. According to the guide, General Washington stood by the fireplace and “kissed all of the pretty girls, as was his wont.” And then he enjoyed an evening of dancing.

GW, what a party animal. Continue reading “Another Day, Another Theme”

A New Look

Conventional wisdom says a person working in publishing should develop a recognizable look–a brand–that ties the person to the product. That is wise advice. That’s why I adopted this Fleur de Lis as a gravatar and personal symbol. It represents my Louisiana French heritage.

But when it comes to keeping one look forever and ever, my fickle French nature cries mais non! I like to mix it up a little here, hence the new look.

Change is good, and so is adapting to it, but there is value in the tried and true, too.

This past month, I tried something new: teaching an online workshop on Story Planning. I am grateful to my class of eager and talented students from theĀ Mary Roberts Rinehart Chapter of Sisters in Crime out of Pittsburgh for their patience and generosity as we worked together throughout the course. I hope to offer the same class to other writing groups next year. Interested? Contact me for details.

I will also be offering my day-long course on Mastering the Art of Self-Editing next year. My editing calendar includes work on a couple of story anthologies, alongside novels and stories of all kinds. Somewhere in there I hope to facilitate more Free Writes and continue to promote the work and programs of my fellow artists here in Delaware.

And I will continue to write.

Bon chance to my writing friends and peers who are in the midst of change or happy with the status quo. Whatever works…work it!