Where would our country be without volunteers? Volunteers and volunteerism is something I didn’t even realize existed in the world around me. I mean I kind of did when I caught the Jerry Lewis telethon, but I didn’t think about it. Which is a shame because what telethon or fundraiser can exist without volunteers? WithoutContinue reading “Volunteerism”

Back It Up!

That’s right. I am anal when it comes to backing up my work. Anal to the point of being a worrisome wort on an overzealous pig. Now why would I describe this portion of myself like this? Well, it is because I once didn’t back up my work and lost it. Yep, lost it –Continue reading “Back It Up!”

Is the Weather Important in a Story?

Yes indeed, I said it. It’s hot here in Sacramento. I mean triple digits for days on end. We get excited when the forecast shows 98 or even 95. It is an unrelenting heat. We get maybe from 3 a.m. to 8 a.m. where the weather is tolerable. After that the house just sucks upContinue reading “Is the Weather Important in a Story?”

A Retreat

We just recently returned from a delightfully surprising retreat meant as a birthday gift for my wife Yvonne. Now I say delightfully surprising because it did not go as I thought it would. Or as we planned. The retreat was a Yoga retreat sponsored by Spotted Dog Yoga at the Lazy R Ranch about anContinue reading “A Retreat”

Character Happiness

Happiness What makes you happy? I mean it. What makes you happy? I’m not looking for the standard answers you think I want to hear. I’m looking for the answers you keep hidden deep inside. The place where only you know what it is that makes you the happiest. I’m not interested because I amContinue reading “Character Happiness”

Freaks, Weirdos, Bigots, and Liars

Interesting selection, isn’t it? All adjectives, nouns, or verbs depending on their usage. Let’s start with Freaks. Its usage has fallen into the abyss of politically correct non-usage. The term is considered an insult by all who use it. Yet, for some it was and is a badge of honor. Those who worked in theContinue reading “Freaks, Weirdos, Bigots, and Liars”

Contracts & Handshakes

We at The Pyrateheart Press like contracts. It makes things so much easier between us and our authors. Having said that, I must inform you several of our authors operate under a handshake deal. Those authors in my original writing circle have been offered a written contract but most have opted to maintain our agreementsContinue reading “Contracts & Handshakes”

How to Overcome Your Fear of Launching a Writing Business

The ability to put thoughts into words is a talent many do not possess. As such, talented writers are considered valuable assets. Those who focus on business-oriented ghostwriting and white papers can earn good money. According to job-growth analysts, 15,400 writing opportunities get created every year. Despite this rosy future, you may be feeling trepidationContinue reading “How to Overcome Your Fear of Launching a Writing Business”


Yeppers, I said chores. The definition of a chore according to the Merriam-Webster online dictionary is: Definition of chore 1: chores plural: the regular or daily light work of a household or farm 2: a routine task or job: The children were each assigned household chores. 3: a difficult or disagreeable task: doing taxes can be a real chore Anything can becomeContinue reading “Chores”