Like Bob Dylan, I Feel a Change Coming On

You can see it up here on Signal Mountain: the times are changing. The leaves have turned from orange and red and gold banners into a brown carpet. We’ve already had night temps dip below freezing, so the moths no longer mob the front light. The blue-tailed skinks lurking around the door or skittering up the […]

Attack of the Unseen Evil

September threw itself at our household with hurricane strength. While the wind and rain trashed Haiti and the U.S.’s lower southeast, evil peppered  my New Orleans home in the form of my mother’s surprise cancer diagnosis, my uncle’s death, and a ratcheting up of tantrums from my children that makes me consider constructing a panic […]

Honoring Pat Conroy

Pat Conroy was a Southern literary institution, and next month two Atlanta-based literary groups will honor the best-selling author with tributes and personal memories of the man who wrote The Great Santini, The Prince of Tides, and The Water is Wide. Conroy died of pancreatic cancer on March 4 at the age of 70. He […]

By My Halidome! The Use and Overuse of Period Language in Historical Novels

Gentle reader, prithee tarry thou a moment in mine company, for by my troth, a tale I would fain unfold for thee. List and learn… And there you have it: gadzookery, the intemperate and/or unskillful use of archaic language. If you’re a reader of historical fiction, you’re no doubt familiar with the phenomenon. And if, […]

Where Do You Find Your Inspiration?

Artistic and daily inspiration can be found in a variety of unique places, depending on how individuals refresh and recharge themselves. Some people may prefer to listen to music, to a particular song or musical artist that holds special meaning. Others may find inspiration in the absence of noise, in silence — either through a […]

A Literary Banquet

These days, Thanksgiving sometimes seems to be “That Holiday between Halloween and Christmas.” Or “The Day before Black Friday”- although a number of stores have decided Friday begins on Thursday. Or “The Day of the Macy’s Parade, followed by Endless Football.” Or “The Best Meal of the Year,” when we reach for our chubby-faced Pilgrim […]