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The One Star Club

Posted October 9th, 2016 by in Blog, This Writing Life

Today I’ve been thinking about reviews. Specifically, reviews of my books, but that led to thinking about the freedom we take for granted here in the USA — the freedom to say what we think without fear of being thrown in jail or worse. Basically, we can give our opinion anywhere, any time, about any […]


Work Work Work

Posted June 11th, 2015 by in Blog, Pat Tales

I started working for money in 1950 when I was thirteen years old. I was hired to work as a “page” in our small town public library. Pages shelved books, checked books in and out using a stamp with a pencil attached, filed index cards, “backed” magazines for checkout, and did whatever else needed doing. […]


I’ve Always Been a Writer

Posted May 23rd, 2015 by in Blog, This Writing Life

A little while ago I was reading a Facebook post by a former writing student of mine (she’s now a successful and wonderful romance author) and something she said made me start thinking about when I knew I wanted to be a writer. It’s a question I’ve often been asked, right up there with “where […]


A day to remember

Posted June 5th, 2014 by in Blog

I don’t remember the house we lived in when I was born. My earliest recollections happened here, in the building pictured, where we lived in an apartment over the store housed below. And my most vivid memory took place when I was about six years old. It was a crisp fall morning. I woke up […]


Trick or treat

Posted May 3rd, 2014 by in Blog, Cat Tales

I love my cats. Even when they’re causing me to tear my hair out, I still love them. They are like my babies. No matter what they do or don’t do, I can’t stay mad at them for long. But there’s one behavior that is driving me bananas: they are obsessed with treats. Jack, especially, […]



Posted April 16th, 2014 by in Blog, Students Write

By Janis Wilson — My word of the day is pretty much my life’s motto – strive. It means give your best effort, even when all indicates point to future failure. It means don’t take things for granted because, if you do, you fail to strive. Strivers are winners. Strivers have a sense of urgency […]


That all-important “C” word

Posted March 22nd, 2014 by in Blog, This Writing Life

In every class I teach, the subject of conflict is unavoidable. Truth is, no matter how knowledgeable or skillful the students, whenever there’s a problem with a scene, it’s almost always because there’s not enough conflict. I don’t know why it’s so difficult for even the best writers to plunge their characters into trouble and […]


How do you know when you’re old?

Posted March 9th, 2014 by in Blog, Pat Tales

I recently had a birthday.  I was born in 1937, so you can do the math. The day before my birthday I got a phone call from my oldest (not by age, by how long we’ve known each other) friend here in Houston — a woman who knows pretty much everything about me, and I, […]


Going for the Gold

Posted February 21st, 2014 by in Blog

I’m a skating junkie. I love watching figure skaters and ice dancers. To me, there’s no greater marriage of artistry, beauty, and athleticism. I get all caught up in the drama and intrigue surrounding the skating world and its stars. My husband didn’t feel the same way. In fact, he had gotten to the point […]


What signal are you sending?

Posted February 11th, 2014 by in Blog, Pat Tales

“Traffic signals in New York are just rough guidelines.” ~ David Letterman Something that really ticks me off is drivers who ignore traffic signals and run red lights. They’re in such a hurry, consider themselves so important, that they can’t wait a couple of minutes for a green light. So they risk not just their […]