Closing Out

It’s a cold, damp, rainy Wednesday in Central PA. As I mentioned last week, I’ll be closing this website on March 8. Time is running out, so I’m not having a clearance sale, but a clearance give-away. I just have way too much stock and need to get rid of it, so help me out. Go to the Bools and Resources page and pick out any three books. Send me an email with your picks and shipping address to, and they are yours – free. Don’t order through the website as that will charge you for the books. Just send an email.

In the meantime, let me give you a tease with my three favorite stories.

Marine biologist Les Griffin’s precious marine life has been contaminated by radiation off the coast of Miami, Florida, and he has been contracted by the United States Navy to find the cause. The Navy isn’t appreciative of Les’s work, but then neither is Abaddon, who rules the underworld from beneath the Bermuda Triangle. The cost of his investigation – radiation poisoning, his daughter, and his own soul hangs in the balance. What will happen as Les approaches the unknown in the underworld? This suspense-filled book will have you turning pages to find the answer.

Ellie sat at the dining room table staring out through the French doors as a gentle, September breeze filled the room. Autumn’s golden garb was just beginning to clothe the mountains in the distance. She wondered how life ever got so complicated.

Her gaze shifted to the note in her left hand. It read in part – “Dear Ellie, . . . I never meant for this to happen. I don’t know how it all went wrong. I know I’ve caused you so much pain, and I can never make it right. Life has gotten to be too hard too fast. I’m leaving, and I won’t be back.” Scott Branson is on a path to self-destruction, and Ellie will pay the price.

“Call 911! Call 911!” She yelled to the driver. Blood flowing from Peter’s multiple wounds tinged the puddles a diluted red as the rain continued to fall. His faded, pale face told the story. Confusion. Pain. Trauma – Coming death. Peter McClanahan’s journey is just beginning and where it will end, not even The Voice knows. Can you count the twists?

Of course, there are many more to pick from so knock yourself out. Just go to the Books and Resources page. Until next week . . .



Stories Come and Stories Go

Happy Wednesday!!! The weather is warmer and clearer this week. But I know the end of winter is still a way off. That old varment, Punxutawney Phil, Pennsylvania’s weather predicting groundhog, says so. In the meantime, let’s move on.

And sadly, I say, let’s move on. Let me give you some background. In March of 2021, I developed a case of COVID-pneumonia. I was hospitalized for 11 days. They say COVID can do strange things to the brain. I found that to be true. Honestly, from that time forward, my creativity has dried up. I just checked my writing log, and not surprised, I have written only one and a half chapters of Black in the past year. To be completely honest with you, it’ s been very difficult to keep up with this blog over the same time period.

So where does that bring us? I’ll be closing My Very Own Writing Coach and the website on March 8, 2022. It may be, a break will allow me to refresh myself and I can start anew. It’s not a matter of writer’s block. I can fight through writer’s block. It’s a matter of a physical (or physiological) change within me.

My plan for the future is to finish Black no matter how long it takes and to finish a commentary on Genesis 1-11, which also remains undone. Other than that, we’ll see where the future leads. My books will still be available on Amazon. I’ll be deleting my email, but you can still reach me at, and please do.

I want to thank you all for the friendship you’ve shared and the encouragement you’ve been to me over the years. You are all so very important to me, so please stay in touch. Until then . . .


Scary Days

These can be scary days we live in if we don’t know where to find the answers. The times have changed forever the face of our world. The times, they are achangin’, but I’m grateful for the time we have to spend together each week. So let’s get to it.

 Often, we’re told that all  you need is a good story to succeed. So what makes a good story? Maybe vibrant characters will hold our reader’s interest. Or could it be we need an exciting plot? All this is true. What isn’t true is that that’s not all we need. 

This week we’ll take a look at description. Remember the last time  you couldn’t put  down a book. What kept the pages turning into the wee hours of the morning? No doubt the characters were well defined. No doubt the plot was intriguing. But what about description? It’s description that makes characters come alive (of course, great dialogue always helps). It’s description that creates a believable and drivable plot.

The key to holding your reader’s attention is to activate their imagination. How do you do this? Vivid description. You can help your readers see past the pages and take them into your world by using powerful descriptions of nouns, in particular. Think people, places, and things. Let’s add events to the list.

Detailed description allows you to establish an emotional connection with your audience, thus making the content more memorable, which keeps your readers engaged and coming back. 

I leave you with three thoughts on description. Hopefully, these will make your writing more compelling and clear.

1. Focus on the human experience. Realize that you are one human writing to another human. What do you experience in your human form? The one on the other side of the book experiences the same things. Make your description identifiable. Just like you, they go through challenges, moments of joy and pain, times of frustration. Let these show in  your writing.

2. Use sensory words. This is one of the best ways to help your reader understand the scene you set before them. You have five senses. Your reader has five senses. Use them all. Don’t just allow them to understand the scene. Allow them to experience it. Below are some examples of sensory words.

Sight: Dark, dingy, gloomy, bright, dazzling, shimmering, twinkling
Touch: Smooth, scratchy, frigid, scalding, fuzzy, rocky, slick
Sound: Screeching, buzzing, chirping, clinking, growling, jangling,
Taste: Bitter, sweet, buttery, zesty, spicy, tart, crispy
Smell: Musty, foul, floral, piney, smokey, acrid

3. Include anecdotes, similes, and metaphors. Especially when writing nonfiction, anecdotes are helpful. An anecdote is just a short narrative about a real incident that helps to drive home your point. In the world of preaching, we call them illustrations.

A simile is a comparison of two things using the words “like” or “as.” For example, “The rain flooded the streets like an ocean.” A metaphor is like a simile but without the use of “like” or “as”.  We could say, “The sound of the rain was music to my ears.” We compare the flooded streets to an ocean. We compare the sound of rain to music.

It may make things a little more difficult, but I believe developing description will be time well spent. 

That concludes another Wednesday. I hope yours is as great as I’m planning mine to be. See you next week.