YWS: The Big Bad Block

You’re all set … you’ve got the right notebook and right pen, or your computer screen is ready and the cursor is blinking at you from the page. You settle in take a deep breath — and you’ve got nothing. Not a single thought of where the story is going. Not a single word to scribble or type. Nada. Bubkis. … Read More

On Saving Rin

Over the past little bit, I’ve posted about how eating the right chocolate can help save the mouse lemur and how Cryptozoologists in their search for cryptids can help identify hitherto unknown species, like the pygmy three-toed sloth … so I’d like to share some exciting things happening to help save the golden lion tamarin and several other endangered species. … Read More

Did the Search for Nessie Help Save Sergio?

On the face of it, Cryptozoologists* and wildlife conservation scientists** don’t have much in common. Cryptozoology is widely considered a pseudoscience because its enthusiasts don’t follow conventional scientific methods while searching for monsters and mythological creatures, like Nessie and Bigfoot, which are also known as cryptids. Most conservation scientists don’t want to be associated with monsters and monster-hunting, but are … Read More

YWS: Where Do You Start?

You’ve just had a fabulous idea for a story and your brain is bursting with all the details and you cannot wait to write it. You sit down at the keyboard and pull up a page, or grab a notepad if you draft long hand, and the blank page mocks you with its emptiness. The only thing on your mind … Read More

Chocolate and the Endangered Species

I have been a chocolate lover my entire life. Unfortunately, I was tortured as a child because I was not allowed to have chocolate because I was allergic to it. Turns out I never was allergic to chocolate itself, but chocolate when paired with other things. Good thing I’m a purist and love plain chocolate the best. 🙂 By the … Read More

Bullying and the Dangers of Labels

In my writing the theme of bullying frequently pops up because bullying situations occur from childhood through adulthood. No one remains unscathed. If not bullied, you may have been the bullier, or you have seen someone else being bullied. And oftentimes we are reluctant to accept that we are being bullied, or if we accept it, we don’t want others … Read More

My Secret Friend

I had planned to be taking a hiatus from blogging after doing 24 days of Sloth on the Shelf with Sergio, but sometimes something unexpected happens to change those plans … as did in this case. Since I am pretty much confined to home because of illness, during the month of December, I had several things delivered. Gifts from friends, … Read More

Sloth on a Shelf – Day 24

After Sergio and the crew arrived home, Luna clung to Sergio like she’d never let him go. He told her he had BIG news from Santa and her eyes grew huge. Next thing we knew, a helicopter flying overhead descended and Santa came down on a rope. Hopping off, he greeted Sergio, Luna, Rin, Ella, Bobo, Finn, Jagger, Sandy, and … Read More

Sloth on a Shelf – Day 23

After decorating the tree for the woodland creatures, the crew set off for home. After flying for an hour, Sergio became worried. They didn’t seem to be getting closer to anything they should know. He double-checked with Rin and Ella, who agreed they were off course. Rather than panic, Sergio thought about all the Christmas stories he had read, and … Read More

Sloth on a Shelf – Day 22

On the way back home, Sergio and the crew stopped to decorate a tree so the woodland critters would have something pretty to look at for Christmas. Just after they finished decorating the tree, the snow stopped and they stood soaking in the moment. Something about standing on new-fallen snow looking at the beauty of the glimmering tree filled them … Read More

Sloth on a Shelf – Day 21

Communications from the North Pole have been a little sluggish over the past couple days. I guess Santa’s internet is probably struggling under the weight of last minute requests as he is getting for presents. Plus I’m sure the elves are updating the naughty and nice database constantly, just in case Santa needs to change out the gift for a … Read More

Sloth on a Shelf – Day 20

When the presents had all been delivered, Sergio turned the sleigh toward home as snow softly fell from the sky. As they journeyed on, the flurries grew greater and they spied a great place to build a snowman. Huffing and puffing after making the big snowballs, Sergio lifted his nose in the air to catch the snowflakes as they fell … Read More