Category: Writing

2020 Sucked. But not all the way and not every day.

2020 Sucked. But not all the way and not every day.

In the prologue to Saving Time, the third book in the Edge of Yesterday series, published in 2020, the Year of the Coronavirus, I created a time capsule to comment on our extraordinary times from a time traveler’s perspective. Our own annus mirabilis (a.k.a., the Year of Wonders) doesn’t turn out to be all that … Continued

The Heart of the Earth Is Our Beating Heart – National Poetry Month 2020

The Heart of the Earth Is Our Beating Heart – National Poetry Month 2020

  There’s a storm outside Earthquake, volcano, tornado Hurricane, cyclone, tsunami We’ve choked off our lungs– Forest, ocean, air The lungs of the Earth The heart of the Earth Is our beating heart There’s a storm inside Virus, coughing, choking, Wheezing, breathlessness It’s choked off our lungs— Sacs, bronchioles, cell Particles littered like shattered glass … Continued

Stalking Leonardo da Vinci in France

Stalking Leonardo da Vinci in France

leonardo-visitor-clos-luce I was privileged in this, the 500th anniversary of Leonardo da Vinci’s death, to visit the chateau in Amboise, France, where the Renaissance master came to serve as first painter, engineer and architect to King Francis I beginning in 1516. Leonardo had, by most accounts, worn out his welcome in Florence, Milan and Rome, … Continued

EOY Tweets EOY, Time Travel, Storytelling to Teen Readers

EOY Tweets EOY, Time Travel, Storytelling to Teen Readers

On a recent Thursday afternoon in February, I was invited to do a Twitter Takeover for Young Entertainment Magazine (@YoungEntMag), doing a #YAauthorTakeover. I was a little nervous in the lead-up, but the two hours flew by. I’ve used screen shots to capture here–because ye olde Storify is no longer an option (boo!). So the … Continued

Leonardo da Vinci loves STEAM and Shows Us Why We Should, Too

Leonardo da Vinci loves STEAM and Shows Us Why We Should, Too

Leonardo da Vinci is very much with us. The recent sale, at auction, of his Salvator Mundi, for $450 million, puts him in a rarefied field–some would say, out of this world. There is no other artist in history whose work has claimed anywhere close to that price. The new biography by Walter Isaacson is … Continued

Remembering the Future

Remembering the Future

We, here at the Edge of Yesterday, are not just visiting the past, we are inventing the future, a feat that may require some reassurances, as we move from the known to an unknown world. Remember the Morrow Inventing the future is fearsome. No roadmaps, Nor sure sign posts. Life exacts the courage to get … Continued

Book Festival Brings Out Teen Writers

Book Festival Brings Out Teen Writers

Teens Exercise Writing Chops in Workshop with Maryland Writers Association Gaithersburg, Md. — On May 20, a group of seriously talented teen writers showed up for the 2017 Gaithersburg Book Festival’s Teen Writing Workshop, sponsored by the Maryland Writers Association, and led by poet Lucinda Marshall, and authors Robin Stevens Payes and Neal Gillen. Amid … Continued

Stalking Leonardo in America

Stalking Leonardo in America

On the hunt for Leonardo da Vinci ever since starting on the novelization of my time travel novel, but it seems, instead, he’s been stalking me. The genius is very much alive. A few of the most notable Leo sightings, up-close-and-personal. The Da Vinci Machines exhibit, currently on display in Bradenton, Florida. Artisans from Florence, … Continued

Quiet…Teens Writing

Quiet…Teens Writing

Telling stories is timeless, though the ways we do it have changed. I imagine the original storytellers speaking to tribe, family, friends under a million stars twinkling in the night sky. These ancient stories were as evanescent as the flames of the fire that warmed the gathered listeners, except for the tradition of oral transmission: … Continued

What’s Worth More — the Story or the Merchandise?

What’s Worth More — the Story or the Merchandise?

As I toil away on the second draft of my novel, Out of Time, thinking of the time, care, creative energy and effort I have put forth on this epic adventure, beginning with the seed of a story in 1997 through the prodigious output resulting in today’s (2014) screenplay-novel-tweet storytelling, Web-based learning platform, I wonder … Continued