July 9, 2017

The United States uses seventeen different agencies to gather intelligence.

Have you read about them in the news lately? They are hard at work keeping America safe.

And that might work out really well, or not so much in your next novel - whether you are reading one or wr...

April 24, 2017

DARPA - have you heard of it?

It stands for: Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency.

If you haven't heard of them, you might have heard some of the inventions that DARPA research helped bring to reality:

  • the Internet

  • Windows and the World Wide Web

  • Vid...

February 20, 2017

Climbing Trees In the Rain - Encouragement for Your Writing (and other) Goals.


Writing is a journey - a put one word in front of the other adventure. And it takes persistence. Lots of persistence. I thought I might share with you this story about my daughter's service...

December 19, 2016

Manhunting - sounds like something I did in my earlier days before I found Hubby. But that's not what I was up to this particular weekend. I took part in a three-day training in tracking humans.


When your missing person is reported to 911, the police will come out and...

October 16, 2016

First, a Scientific Question

Could two writers who had just met on Twitter come together and write a novel? 

Hmmm. 

Some considerations:

* The writers had never met, never even spoken to each other. Only

   tweeted. Though the question was posed in an e-mail....

June 19, 2016

“Those sentiments are understandable. I’ve had days like that myself. It’s a very human reaction, I think,” Avery said.

Sean smiled. “Was today one of those days?” 

Canting her head, Avery asked. “How did you know?”

Sean rubbed his index finger at the corner of his m...