Poet: Paul Laurence Dunbar

He Had His Dream He had his dream, and all through life, Worked up to it through toil and strife. Afloat fore’er before his eyes, It colored for him all his skies: The storm-cloud dark Above his bark, The calm and listless vault of blue Took on its hopeful hue, It tinctured every passing beam…

Feeling How God Feels

I’m not God, but I play one in my novels. It’s no secret that my books are about flawed people who eventually get their acts together (as I’m an optimist). I think about Calvin’s idea of God choosing who to save. I’ve always hated this idea, but as a writer I find a weird parallel….

Reasons I’m Still Not Writing

When I wake up to this I tend to linger a little longer in the yard. Even the turkeys spend more time on their “deck.” Before it gets too hot and guests arrive I pickle and can beets (my sister loves them so I grow and preserve them for her visits). The guests arrive and…

Every Character Has an Idol

Every character has an idol–morphine, romance, money. My books are about idolatry. My life is about it too.  Idols are interesting and different and not usually little sculptures made of wood. They’re insidious and lurk in the shadows of our consciousness. Here’s the list of idols I’ve worshiped over the years: Perfection, thinness, my children’s…

Painter Kenyon Cox

Cox, adamantly loyal to the preservation of the “older methods”, set himself in opposition to modern styles. In his 1917 book Concerning Painting: Considerations Theoretical and Historical, Cox restated his earlier feelings about the “Two Ways of Painting” saying: For at least fourteen thousand years, then, from the time of the cavemen to our own…

Books I’ve Known And Loved

Even as college students and dirty, rotten stay-outs, we poked fun at every artsy person’s need for the right hip place to be on the weekend (or any other night). We drove my father’s two-toned Oldsmobile ironically and on five dollars worth of mostly gas fumes to Hoboken. For a brief, sparkling time we were…

Finding Your Fictional Characters in the Real World

Here’s my muse Buck Crenshaw minus his evil twin Fred. Not sure why his overbearing mother allowed a photo of Buck on his own. It would have been better for everyone if she had separated the twins more often. Together they tortured chickens, shook down weaker school mates for cash and taught William Weldon how…

Cowboys Coming to Town for Christmas

Wishing you all a MERRY CHRISTMAS and a HAPPY HOLIDAY SEASON! I’ll be trying to keep the cowboys from too much trouble during the next week so I may not be at the computer that much, but will be back full time in the new year. Love and blessings to you all~ Adrienne PS~I hope…