The desert. The word elicits images of dry white bones sticking out of sand, looming cactus, and cowboys riding through arid vistas with shimmering heat waves that rise from the ground. When I moved here I wasn't staying long, after all, what could possibly have more scenic vistas than the Rocky Mountain states? The photo below, that I took at Wickenburg Ranch, displays the variety of the desert so well, quiet yet harsh, elegant but stark, soft and keen-edged all at the same time. Complex … [Read more...] about The Unexpected
It Was A Dark And Stormy Night…. Darned That’s Already Been Used! As a writer today we’re inundated with lots of articles about what is the most important part of good writing. A good plot, a great character, conflict, protagonist, dialogue, showing not telling, theme, central idea, argument, and the list goes on and on. As an avid reader for well over half a century I can tell you what’s most important to me. It’s that first sentence; opening line, hook, whatever term you wish to use for … [Read more...] about It Was A Dark And Stormy Night….